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Basic Info
Title Wildhammer Thane
Role Ranged Assassin Ranged Assassin
Difficulty Medium
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1365
Health Regen 2.8437
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.8125
Attack Speed 1.43
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 104
Data Page

Falstad Wildhammer, the Wildhammer Thane, is a Ranged Assassin Hero from the Warcraft universe.[1] He is the High Thane of the Wildhammer clan and a founding member of the Council of Three Hammers that now presides over Ironforge. Despite wild speculation, Falstad has never been dead and anyone who claims such is a liar.

Falstad is an Assassin who can fly large distances, excelling on large battlegrounds.


Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Falstad Wildhammer first gained notoriety as the leader of a group of gryphon riders that patrolled Lordaeron's shores against dragons after the Second War, earning him the name Falstad Dragonreaver. Despite his skill against the giant creatures, Falstad is also one of the most respected humanoids alive in the eyes of the Red dragonflight due to his participation in the mission to rescue Alexstrasza from the Dragonmaw clan at the fortress of Grim Batol.

Following the presumed death or retirement of High Thane Maz Drachrip of the Wildhammer clan, Falstad became the new High Thane. Ruling from his seat at Aerie Peak in the Hinterlands, Falstad had officially maintained neutrality in the war between the Horde and Alliance, despite his leanings towards the latter. This allowed the Wildhammers to avoid open hostilities with the Revantusk trolls, though isolated skirmishes were not necessarily rare occurrences in the Hinterlands due to limited territory and the natural animosity between the two races. This neutrality would prove to be short lived. With the Revantusk trolls to the east and the Forsaken capital only a short distance to the northwest, as well as the growing threat of the Scourge, Falstad found himself squeezed from three sides and worked to rebuild the relationship between the Wildhammers and the Alliance.

When Magni Bronzebeard, King of Ironforge and head of the Bronzebeard clan fell prey to a curse that turned him to crystal, a council with a representative from each major dwarven clan was formed to succeed him. Falstad, representing the Wildhammer clan, now rules alongside Moira Thaurissan of the Dark Iron clan and Muradin Bronzebeard, King Magni's brother.

Falstad's gryphon mount, Swiftwing, is a minor character from the Hinterlands leveling zone. Said to be the mightiest gryphon living in the Wildhammer dwarven capital of Aerie Peak, Swiftwing has a mate, Keenclaw, and a son, Sharpbeak. Saving Sharpbeak from capture by the Vilebranch forest troll tribe was the focus of a quest in Vanilla WoW, but other than that Swiftwing has no other involvement with the plot.


Falstad is a versatile and flexible ranged damage dealer. His strong points are his solid single-target DPS, extreme on-demand area of effect ranged burst damage, and global mobility. However, his relative fragility makes him a high priority target.


  • Flight offers global map control
  • Solid single-target damage output
  • On-demand burst damage
  • Strong in all phases of the game



See Data page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Tailwind Icon.png
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Gain 15% increased Movement Speed after not taking damage for 5 seconds.

Hammerang Icon.png
60 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds

Throw out a Hammer that returns to Falstad, dealing 80 damage and Slowing enemies by 25% for 2 seconds. Reactive to explode the hammer, dealing 95 damage to nearby enemies.

Type: Spell Damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 4.00390625%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect, Clamping, Piercing Skillshot
Cast time:
- Initial: 0.0625 + 0.125 seconds
- Reactivation: Instant
Range: 11
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 2.5
Hitbox: 1.25 x 2.1
Missile speed: 10

  • Hammerang can hit a unit twice, once on both throw and return.
  • Reactivation area damage does not apply the Slow.
Lightning Rod Icon.png
Lightning Rod
60 Mana Cooldown: 13 seconds

Deal 107 to an enemy, and an additional 75 damage per second for 4 seconds while close to the target. Deals 100% increased damage to Minions and Mercenaries.

Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00390625%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Unit target
Cast time: Instant
- Cast: 5.5
- Active: 8.0
Tickrate: 1.0 per second (x5, incl. initial)

  • Target is validated every 0.25 seconds. If the target is untargetable or outside the active radius during the check, the Ability ends. Target momentarily leaving the active radius or becoming untargetable does not end the Ability, as long as they are valid for the next check.
  • Only one Lightning Rod may be active at a time. Recasting Lightning Rod on another Hero while it is still active causes only the initial damage to be dealt. Recasting Lightning Rod on the same Hero resets its duration.
  • Damage bonus to Minions and Mercenaries stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Lightning Rod's damage.
Barrel Roll Icon.png
Barrel Roll
70 Mana Cooldown: 13 seconds

Dashes forward and grants a 171 point Shield for 3 seconds.

Type: Shield, Movement: Launch
Scaling: 4.00390625%
Affects: Self
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Clamping
Cast time: Instant
Range: 7.0
Missile speed: 24
Hinterland Blast Icon.png
Hinterland Blast
80 Mana Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 1 second, deal 475 damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.76074219%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect, Channeled cast (stationary), Clamping
Cast time: 1.0 (ch) + 0 seconds
Area of Effect: Rectangle
Width: 3.0
Height: 32.5

  • Interrupting the channel during its cast puts the ability on a 10 second cooldown.
Mighty Gust Icon.png
Mighty Gust
70 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds

Push enemies away, and Slow their Movement Speed by 40% decaying over 4 seconds.

Type: Crowd control
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Knockback, Piercing Skillshot, Slow
Cast time: 0.25 + 0.25 seconds
Range: 19.5
Hitbox: 8.0 x 3.0
Missile speed: 32
Knockback duration: 0.875 seconds
Knockback speed: 14

  • Always pushes a set distance regardless of the distance between Falstad and the affected enemy.
Epic Mount Icon.png
Cooldown: 75 seconds

Instead of mounting, Falstad can fly a great distance over terrain.

Type: Movement: Launch
Properties: Channeled cast (stationary), Unstoppable, Untargetable
Cast time: 2.0 (ch) + 0 seconds
Range: 75

  • Cast can be canceled by issuing a 'move' or 'stop' command or be interrupted by enemy abilities that Stun, Silence, Stasis or Knockback. Taking damage does not interrupt the cast.
  • Interrupting the channel in any way puts Flight on a 10 second cooldown.
  • An indicator will display the landing location to both teams on the ground (for the enemy team, it only appears if within vision).


Gathering Storm Icon.png
Gathering Storm

❢ Quest: Every time Hammerang hits a Hero, increase its damage by 0.5% and refund 6 Mana.

❢ Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes with Hammerang, increase its damage by 15%.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Ability
Maximum damage bonus: 6,553,500% (x32,767,500)

  • Hammerang's reactivation also grants stacks and benefits from the damage bonus.
  • Continues to gain stacks after the quest reward is achieved.
  • Per hit and reward damage bonuses stack additively with themselves and other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Hammerang's damage.
Dishonorable Discharge Icon.png
Dishonorable Discharge

Reduce Lightning Rod's cooldown by 2 seconds.

❢ Quest: After 3 Lightning Rod strikes, subsequent strikes on enemy Heroes increase its damage by 1%, up to 75%.

❢ Reward: After 30 subsequent strikes, further reduce the cooldown of Lightning Rod by 2 seconds.

❢ Reward: After 75 subsequent strikes, Takedowns reset Lightning Rod's cooldown.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Scaling: -
Affects: Ability

  • Damage bonus affects both initial and periodic damage instances.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and offensive damage modifiers that can affect Lightning Rod's damage.
Frequent Flyer Icon.png
Frequent Flyer

Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate Frequent Flyer to gain 40% Attack Speed and Tailwind for 4 seconds.

❢ Quest: Minion kills grant 0.2 Basic Attack Damage. Hero Takedowns grant 0.5 Basic Attack Damage.

Type: Status effect (active) / Bonus damage (quest)
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Attack Speed
Cast time: Instant
Maximum damage bonus: 1000 damage

  • When Tailwind is activated through this talent, it cannot be interrupted by taking damage.
  • Minions that die in any way within 12 radius of Falstad grant quest progress.
Static Shield Icon.png
Static Shield

Gain a Shield equal to 4% of Falstad's maximum Health after every Lightning Rod strike. Lasts 4 seconds and stacks.

Type: Shield
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Maximum Shield: 28% (x7)

  • Duration is refreshed on every consecutive lightning strike.
Updraft Icon.png

Increases Barrel Roll's range by 40% and Shield amount by 70% and its Shield now lasts indefinitely.

Type: Bonus Shield
Scaling: -
Affects: Ability
Bonus range: 2.8
Hammer Gains Icon.png
Hammer Gains

Basic Attacks heal for 20% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

Type: Healing
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Properties: Attack Modifier (all), Lifesteal
Secret Weapon Icon.png
Secret Weapon

Increases Hammerang's range by 30% and Basic Attacks deal 75% bonus damage while Hammerang is in flight.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self
Bonus range: 3.0

  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Falstad's Basic Attack damage.
BOOMerang Icon.png

Hammerang's explosion deals 100% additional damage, and hitting enemy Heroes reduces their Spell Armor by 15 for 3 seconds.

Type: Defensive damage modifier / Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemy Heroes / Ability
Properties: Spell Armor reduction

  • Only Hammerang's explosion applies the Spell Armor reduction.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Hammerang's explosion damage.
  • Does not stack with other negative Spell Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
  • Spell Armor reduction is not cleansed by Stasis effects.
Charged Up Icon.png
Charged Up

Increases the number of Lightning Rod strikes by 2 and its range by 25%.

Bonus range:
- Cast: 1.375
- Active: 2.0

  • Increases Lightning Rod's maximum duration to 6 seconds.
Hinterland Blast Icon.png
Hinterland Blast

Cooldown: 120 seconds
After 1 second, deal 475 damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

Mighty Gust Icon.png
Mighty Gust

Cooldown: 60 seconds
Push enemies away, and Slow their Movement Speed by 40% decaying over 4 seconds.

Thunderstrikes Icon.png

Lightning Rod deals 25% more damage each subsequent strike.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Ability
Maximum damage bonus: 150% (x6)

  • Damage bonus is immediately reset every time Lightning Rod is cast.
  • Damage bonus is applied 0.5 seconds after the damage is dealt, including the initial damage instance.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and other offensive damage modifiers affecting Lightning Rod's damage.
Flow Rider Icon.png
Flow Rider

While Tailwind is active, Falstad's Basic Abilities recharge 100% faster.

Sustained Winds Icon.png
Sustained Winds

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1.5% of the Hero's maximum Health, increased to 2% while Tailwind is active.

Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: -
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Properties: Attack Modifier (heroes), Percent Damage
Crippling Hammer Icon.png
Crippling Hammer

Increases Hammerang's Slow from 25% to 50%, and Hammerang's explosion also Slows.

Aerie Gusts Icon.png
Aerie Gusts

Reduces the activation time for Tailwind from 5 to 3 seconds, and increases the Movement Speed bonus from 15% to 25%.

Afterburner Icon.png

Barrel Roll increases Movement Speed by 60%, decaying over 3 seconds.

Type: Status effect
Affects: Self
Properties: Movement speed
Call of the Wildhammer Icon.png
Call of the Wildhammer

Hinterland Blast has double the range and deals 25% more damage.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Ability

  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Hinterland Blast.
Wind Tunnel Icon.png
Wind Tunnel

Mighty Gust creates a wind tunnel for 4 seconds. Enemies caught in the tunnel will periodically be pushed back.

Type: Crowd control
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Knockback
Tickrate: 2.0 per second (x8)
Knockback duration: 0.125
Knockback speed: 4.84

  • Wind Tunnel's pulses do not Slow.
Nexus Frenzy Icon.png
Nexus Frenzy

Increases Attack Speed by 20% and Attack Range by 1.1.

Epic Mount Icon.png
Epic Mount

Reduce the cooldown of Flight by 50 seconds, reduce the cast time before flying to 0.5 seconds, and increase the travel speed by 50%.

Type: Cooldown reduction

  • Removes the indicator for where Falstad will land after Flight.

Builds and guides[]

Icy Veins Falstad Guide

Falstad Community Build Guides @ HeroesFire

Falstad Community Build Guides @ Heroes Hearth


Falstad Skins
Rare Wildhammer Thane
Backstory: Falstad Wildhammer is the High Thane of the Wildhammer Clan and a founding member of the Council of Three Hammers that presides over Ironforge. Despite speculation, Falstad has never been dead and anyone who claims such is a liar.
Falstad Wildhammer Thane.jpg
Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Wildhammer Thane
Falstad Dark Iron.jpg
Dark Iron
Falstad Frostborn.jpg
Falstad Ironforge.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Legendary Buccaneer
Backstory: To this day, Captain Falstad and the crew of the Wildhammer honor the pirate’s code set by Mistharbour's Council of Three Anchors. Of course, some say those rules are merely guidelines...
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Mistharbour skins.
Falstad Buccaneer.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Salty.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Seafoam.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Midnight.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Spectral.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Limited-Time OfferSpectral
Rare Gryphon Master
Backstory: Much like other clans and races will don warpaint as they head into battle, the Wildhammer Dwarves will adorn themselves with their gryphon's feathers.
Falstad Gryphon Master.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Falstad Gryphon Master Crimson.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Falstad Gryphon Master Sky.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Rare Storm Lord
Backstory: During the War of Three Hammers, no Wildhammer was as feared as the Storm Lords. Their stormhammers forced the Bronzebeards to adopt new weapons and strategies.
Falstad Storm Lord.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Falstad Storm Lord Dark.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Falstad Storm Lord Frost.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100


Falstad Portraits
Buccaneer Falstad Portrait.png
Fall of King's Crest Buccaneer Falstad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Falstad Portrait.png
Carbot Falstad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Falstad Hero Portrait.png
Falstad Hero
Falstad Mastery Portrait.png
Falstad Mastery
Squeaky Clean Falstad Portrait.png
Toys II Squeaky Clean Falstad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40


Falstad Sprays
Buccaneer Falstad Spray.png
Buccaneer Falstad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Falstad Spray.png
Carbot Falstad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Drift Beak Spray.png
Drift Beak
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Falstad Pixel Spray.png
Falstad Pixel
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Paper Falstad Spray.gif
Paper Falstad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75


Falstad Pack 1 Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Happy.png Falstad Pack 2 Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Happy.png Falstad Happy :falstadhappy:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Angry.png Falstad Angry :falstadangry:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad ROFL.png Falstad ROFL :falstadlol:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Cool.png Falstad Cool :falstadcool:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Sad.png Falstad Sad :falstadsad:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Oops.png Falstad Embarrassed :falstadoops:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Silly.png Falstad Silly :falstadsilly:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Love.png Falstad in Love :falstadlove:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Meh.png Falstad Speechless :falstadmeh:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Surprised.png Falstad Surprised :falstadwow:


Main article: Falstad/Quotes


  • Gryphon riders first appeared in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (December 1995). Falstad first appeared in the novel Day of the Dragon (February 2001).
    • His first game appearance was three years later, in World of Warcraft (November 2004).
  • Falstad is voiced by Michael Sorich.
  • Falstad was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Falstad is the only Dwarven Ranged Assassin hero in the game.
    • He is also the first and only mounted hero in the game.
  • Falstad was original designed to be "Broody the Broodlord" and could passively fly over terrain. Both was changed during development.[2]



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