Arthas, the Lich King, is a Melee Warriorhero from the Warcraft universe. Once the crown prince of Lordaeron and protégé of Uther the Lightbringer, Prince Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a desperate bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.
Quest: Root enemy Heroes with Howling Blast. Reward: After rooting 5 Heroes, Howling Blast's cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds. Reward: After rooting 10 Heroes, Howling Blast's range is increased by 30%. Reward: After rooting 20 Heroes, Howling Blast also roots enemies in its path.
Frozen TempestMana cost reduced by 4 per second. Quest: Damage enemy Heroes with Frozen Tempest. Reward: After damaging enemy Heroes 150 times with Frozen Tempest, the Movement and Attack Speed slows of Frozen Tempest last an extra 1.5 seconds against enemy Heroes.
Kel'Thuzad shines the most when his enemies are grouped up so that he can land his devastating 3-spell combo. Heroes like Arthas who have strong crowd control abilities are great for acting as a wall for Kel’thuzad as well as grouping up enemies so that he can perform at his best offensively.
Lúcio’s Speed Boost is a great enabler for heroes who are normally limited by a lack of mobility. Arthas benefits greatly from Lúcio’s ability to quickly get him into the fray so that he can slow the enemy team and enable additional teammates to burst them down.
Having an ally who can make it easier to get close to enemies and apply Reaper's Mark is a huge benefit for Malthael, and few do this better than Arthas. In addition to powerful slow and root effects that keep enemies from escaping, Arthas’ ability to self-heal and stay in the fight is a great match for Malthael.
No longer will Warriors have difficulty engaging with the enemy team’s back-line thanks to Dark Portal. The terrifying damage and lockdown of Arthas combined with Medivh’s Dark Portals can instantly ruin a safe Assassin’s day.
Probius needs a strong frontline hero who can take a lot of punishment and act as a wall between him and his opponents. It also helps if his frontline consists more of heroes who do not tend to dive the enemy team, as that leaves Probius in a vulnerable position. Arthas’s commanding battlefield presence and great peel between Howling Blast and Frozen Tempest make him a good tool to keep the enemy team from getting to and quickly eliminating Probius in teamfights.
The Lich King could honestly care less about pitiful lightning damage thrown around by a self-proclaimed demi-god. One misstep by Cassia will quickly put her in range of death’s cold embrace. A single well-placed Howling Blast will turn off her Trait, and allow him to close the gap. Once Arthas has her in range of Frozen Tempest, Cassia’s lack of mobility will slowly cause her to succumb to the same fate that has befallen countless poor souls before her.
Arthas was conceived within the first two years of the game's development. His model was designed first and his role in the game was decided upon later. His ultimate ability originally let him pull, heal, and deal damage simultaneously.
The "Mystic Kingdoms" skin is a reference to Guan Yu, one of the best known Chinese historical figures throughout East Asia, whose life stories have largely given way to fictionalised ones, most of which are found in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. In the Western world, Guan Yu is sometimes called the "Taoist God of War". He is often depicted with a red face, and riding a large red stallion.
(Patch May 17, 2016) Note:Arthas has received updated visual effects to coincide with his Talent rework.; Health increased from 2382 (+4% per level) to 2582 (+4% per level); Health regeneration increased from 4.96 (+4% per level) to 5.37 (+4% per level).
(Patch April 19, 2016) Note:Crimson Count Arthas’ Health bar will now appear much closer to his Hero model while in bat form.