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Arthas Talents

Last updated on Jul 12, 2016 at 12:59 by Kendric 6 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Arthas in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Arthas guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Block ? Eternal Hunger Frost Presence
4 Frozen Wastes Deathlord Biting Cold
7 Rune Tap Immortal Coil Icebound Fortitude ?
10 Army of the Dead Summon Sindragosa
13 Trail of Frost Frost Strike Frigid Winds
16 Remorseless Winter Frostmourne Feeds Embrace Death
20 Legion of Northrend Absolute Zero ? Death's Advance Anti-Magic Shell

2. Common Talent Paths

Death Coil Build: incredibly high self-sustain and single-target damage

Anti Magic Build: increased resilience against strong ability compositions

Frozen Tempest Build: strong AoE crowd control with great disruption

3. Level 1 Talents

Block ? Eternal Hunger Frost Presence

3.1. Descriptions

Block Icon Block causes you to generate 1 stack of Block every 5 seconds, up to a maximum of 2. Block stacks are consumed by individual enemy Hero Basic Attacks, reducing each of them by 75%.

Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger permanently increases Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers' Mana regeneration amount by 4, up to a maximum of 40, each time Arthas hits an enemy Hero with it. After hitting 10 Heroes with Frostmourne Hungers, Eternal Hunger also permanently increases its damage bonus by 25%.

Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence lowers Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast's cooldown by 5 seconds when it hits an enemy Hero.

3.2. Recommended

Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger introduces an offensive quest talent for Arthas. Increasing the amount of Mana Arthas restores with his Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers trait allows him to use his other Basic Abilities, notably Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast and Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest, more frequently in order to deal more damage overall. If you want to play Arthas as a Bruiser, we recommend picking up Eternal Hunger at Level 1, since the 25% bonus damage after hitting 10 enemy Heroes with Frostmourne Hungers, greatly increases his damage output against single targets.

Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence lowers the cooldown of Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast by 5 seconds (if he successfully hits an enemy Hero with it) which allows Arthas to become a very effective ganker. This talent loses a bit of its value after the laning phase is over, however, it is still useful during longer team fights and skirmishes in the later stages of the game. We recommend picking Frost Presence over Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger if your team compositions features crowd-control heavy Heroes like Muradin or Tyrande who can follow up on Arthas' Howling Blast.

3.3. Situational

Block Icon Block is a very efficient defensive talent against enemy team compositions that rely heavily on dealing damage with Basic Attacks. Block makes Arthas considerably more durable if he is forced to stay in lane against strong ranged Assassins or Specialists like Zagara or Valla. In a late-game situation, Block will, on average, prevent between 100 to 150 damage every 5 seconds, which contributes a lot to Arthas' team fight presence as both Tank and Bruiser.

4. Level 4 Talents

Frozen Wastes Deathlord Biting Cold

4.1. Descriptions

Frozen Wastes Icon Frozen Wastes lowers Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest's Mana cost by 4 per second.

Deathlord Icon Deathlord lowers Death Coil Icon Death Coil's cooldown by 2 seconds and also increases its range by 25%.

Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold increases Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest's damage by 30%.

4.2. Recommended

Deathlord Icon Deathlord marks the foundation for a Death Coil Icon Death Coil based talent build. While it does not look very impressive by itself, the lower cooldown and increased casting range become incredibly powerful if combined with later Death Coil Icon Death Coil talents like Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil at Level 7 and Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death at Level 16.

Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold causes Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest to deal significantly more damage over time, which is especially useful against targets that lack any form of escape mechanism. Biting Cold is a solid talent if you plan on using other Frozen Tempest related talents like Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds at Level 13 and Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter at Level 16.

4.3. Not Recommended

Frozen Wastes Icon Frozen Wastes is a rather unnecessary talent if you took Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger. Thanks to the bonus Mana restoration Eternal Hunger provides you with, you should be able to keep Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest active long enough to slow your target(s) down efficiently.

5. Level 7 Talents

Rune Tap Immortal Coil Icebound Fortitude ?

5.1. Description

Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap causes every third Basic Attack to heal for 4% of Arthas' maximum health.

Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil causes Death Coil Icon Death Coil to always apply the self-healing effect on Arthas, even if used on an enemy. If Death Coil damages an enemy Hero, Arthas heals himself for an additional 100% of the damage dealt.

Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude is an activatable talent that reduces damage taken by 25% and reduces the duration of crowd control effects against you by 75% for 3 seconds.

5.2. Recommended

Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap works extremely well with Arthas' Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers trait, as the latter resets his Basic Attack animation. This allows him to use two Basic Attacks within a very short interval, which consequently triggers Rune Tap more frequently. By healing himself after every third Basic Attack, Rune Tap enables Arthas to clear Siege Giant and Bruiser Mercenary Camps on his own without problems.

Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil adds strong self-sustain to Arthas' kit, which allows him to hold his own as a frontliner. It also possesses incredible synergy with Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death at Level 16. The lower you are on health, the more you will heal yourself using Death Coil Icon Death Coil, which makes Immortal Coil tremendously powerful in the late game.

5.3. Situational

Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude is a viable alternative talent choice if the enemy team features multiple Heroes that excel at crowd control or if you do not trust in the abilities of your Support. Otherwise, both Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap and Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil provide more consistent self-sustain than Icebound Fortitude.

6. Level 10 Talents

Army of the Dead Summon Sindragosa

6.1. Description

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Both Heroic Abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead adds a lot survivability to Arthas. Being able to gradually replenish his health pool by consuming ghouls allows Arthas to march towards enemies, potentially slowing and rooting them with Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest and Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast.

While Army of the Dead is active, consuming ghouls by activating the ability again should be your main priority, especially if you find yourself focused by several enemies at the same time. This Heroic Ability works extremely well with other defensive talents like Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil at Level 7 and Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell at Level 20, which turn Arthas into a stalwart Tank capable of staying in the frontline for an extended period of time.

Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa is the offensive alternative choice to Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead. By choosing this Heroic Ability, Arthas sacrifices durability in favour of damage and crowd control. Due to the 60% movement speed reduction Summon Sindragosa casts on each enemy hit, it is a great initiating ability that allows Arthas' team to collapse on their opponents. Another big advantage of Summon Sindragosa is its long casting range which allows you to surprise the enemy team from a great distance.

Keep in mind that you will have to play a lot more carefully during team fights when picking Summon Sindragosa, as you lose a lot of your survivability without Army of the Dead. You should adjust your talent build depending on how well the game goes for your team during the later stages of the game. Going even more aggressive by choosing talents like Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds and Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter is recommendable if your team has established a solid lead, whereas choosing defensive talents like Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell is a wise thing to do if the game is fairly even or if you are getting focused a lot by the enemy team.

7. Level 13 Talents

Trail of Frost Frost Strike Frigid Winds

7.1. Description

Trail of Frost Icon Trail of Frost increases Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast's range by 30% and also causes its projectile to root enemies standing in its path.

Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike reduces Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers' cooldown by 2 seconds and additionally slows the target by 40% for 1.5 seconds.

Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds causes Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest to reduce enemies' attack speed by 8% per second, stacking up to 40%.

7.2. Recommended

Trail of Frost Icon Trail of Frost makes it a lot easier to land Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast. Being able to root several enemy Heroes at the same time can enable your allies to get a favorable engage on the enemy team.

Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds is an incredibly powerful counter to (melee) Assassins like Illidan or Thrall who rely heavily on their Basic Attack damage. As long as Arthas manages to stay close to those priority targets, he can significantly hinder their combat performance.

7.3. Not Recommended

Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike is not a bad talent per se, yet it struggles to deliver the same impact on team fights like Trail of Frost Icon Trail of Frost and Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds.

8. Level 16 Talents

Remorseless Winter Frostmourne Feeds Embrace Death

8.1. Descriptions

Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter causes enemy Heroes who stay within the radius of Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest for 3 seconds to get rooted for 1.75 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 10 seconds.

Frostmourne Feeds Icon Frostmourne Feeds increases the number of empowered Basic Attacks provided by Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers to 2. The second empowered Basic Attack benefits from every other talent related to Frostmourne Hungers as well.

Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death causes Death Coil Icon Death Coil to deal 10% more damage for each 10% of health Arthas is missing.

8.2. Recommended

Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter provides an additional root to Arthas' kit, which turns him into a crowd control powerhouse. Landing Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast successfully on an enemy Hero keeps them frozen in place for 1.25 seconds, which makes it a lot easier for Arthas to trigger Remorseless Winter's second root. Also, keep in mind that this talent benefits greatly from Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa's massive movement speed slow.

Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death completes Arthas' Death Coil Icon Death Coil build and consequently has strong synergy with Deathlord Icon Deathlord at Level 4 and especially Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil at Level 7. Being able to cast Death Coil more frequently, while benefiting from an increased self-heal and dealing increased damage the lower Arthas' health pool is, causes him to perform very well during the late game.

8.3. Not Recommended

Frostmourne Feeds Icon Frostmourne Feeds suffers from the same issue like Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike at Level 13. While it is a great talent by itself, it does not add as much impact during team fights as the additional root provided by Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter and utility provided by Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death.

9. Level 20 Talents

Legion of Northrend Absolute Zero ? Death's Advance Anti-Magic Shell

9.1. Description

Legion of Northrend Icon Legion of Northrend creates 3 additional ghouls when using Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead. It also causes each ghoul to have 25% additional health and to last 5 seconds longer.

Absolute Zero Icon Absolute Zero causes Sindragosa to fly twice as far. It also causes Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa to root enemy Heroes for 2 seconds, slowing their movement speed by 60% for 3.5 seconds after the root expired.

Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance passively increases Arthas' movement speed by 10%. If activated, it boosts his movement speed to 30% for 3 seconds.

Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell can be activated to reduce all damage done by enemy abilities by 100% for 3 seconds. It also causes Arthas to heal himself for 25% of the damage prevented.

9.2. Recommended

Legion of Northrend Icon Legion of Northrend improves Arthas' self-sustain by increasing the number of ghouls from Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead. Since many Assassins and Specialists receive a significant damage boost after reaching Level 20, this talent does have its use, especially if the enemy team does not rely on ability damage, which makes Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell unnecessary.

Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell turns Arthas into one of the strongest Warriors against ability-heavy teams that feature Heroes like Kael'thas or Li-Ming. While it does not make him immune to crowd control effects, it provides him with great protection and self-sustain against enemy burst ability damage. The only downside to this talent is its long cooldown of 60 seconds, which requires you to time it very wisely.

9.3. Situational

Absolute Zero Icon Absolute Zero can only be picked if you went for Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa at Level 10. Absolute Zero greatly improves the impact Summon Sindrogasa has on a team fight by rooting enemy Heroes caught in the blast for 2 seconds. Furthermore, it also increases the already long casting range of Summon Sindragosa which allows Arthas to cast this ability from a large distance to catch the enemy team off guard and to dismount fleeing enemies. We recommend picking this talent if you get the feeling that you do not need additional defensive talents to keep you alive during the later stages of the game.

9.4. Not Recommended

Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance adds zero defensive bonuses, which makes it inferior to the other Level 20 talents. While the additional mobility complements one of Arthas' weaknesses, he becomes very vulnerable without the protection granted by either Legion of Northrend Icon Legion of Northrend or Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell. Furthermore, the 50-second cooldown on its activatable component is too long to make this talent worth the investment.

10. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jul. 2016: Minor update to the descriptions of Frozen Wastes and Rune Tap following the changes in Gul'dan's patch.
  • 17 May 2016: Completely overhauled Arthas' talents section in accordance with his rework from Chromie's patch.
  • 22 Aug. 2015: Replaced Superiority with Mercenary Lord to account for Kharazim's patch. No changes in talent recommendations.
  • 03 Jul. 2015: Adjusted the descriptions for Regeneration Master and Spellshield in accordance with the recent Eternal Conflict update.
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