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Arthas Build Guide “Frostmourne hungers.”

Last updated on Mar 23, 2020 at 16:00 by Kendric 27 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Arthas, a Tank in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.


Arthas's Overview

Arthas is a rather aggressive Tank who can also be played both as a Bruiser, especially when going for the Solo Lane in the early game. Arthas excels at slowing and rooting several opponents at the same time, which allows him to either chase down retreating enemies or to peel for threatened allies. Furthermore, the ability to reduce the Attack Speed of nearby opponents, make him an excellent choice against Assassins who are dependent on Basic Attacks.


Arthas's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Powerful crowd control abilities
  • +Good at clearing Mercenary Camps on his own
  • +Strong self-sustain
  • +Counters Heroes that rely on Basic Attacks
  • +High damage output compared to other Warriors
  • +Decent Solo Laner
X Weaknesses
  • -No gap-closers
  • -Mana dependent
  • -Relatively long cooldown on both Heroic Abilities

Arthas's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Level 1 Frost Presence Icon Rime Icon ?
Level 4 Frozen Wastes Icon
Level 7 Icebound Fortitude Icon Immortal Coil Icon ?
Level 10 Army of the Dead Icon
Level 13 Shattered Armor Icon Biting Cold Icon ?
Level 16 Embrace Death Icon Remorseless Winter Icon ?
Level 20 Legion of Northrend Icon Death's Advance Icon ?

The Tank Build relies heavily upon Arthas survivability during team fights to soak up as much damage as possible while heavily crippling the enemy team's advance. The strong synergy between Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence at Level 1 and Shattered Armor Icon Shattered Armor at Level 13 can be crucial at taking down enemy Heroes. At Level 7, it is suggested to play close attention to the enemy team's crowd control potential. If they have several Stun, Root, or Silences in their team, Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude is a mandatory pick up. Otherwise, Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil can be a solid alternative choice. If the enemy Team features several strong Basic Attackers, Rime Icon Rime can be a valid alternative choice. Without the focus on Arthas' W ability, we can then also recommend picking Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold at Level 13. While Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter can be great to keep enemies in your vicinity, we usually recommend picking Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death at Level 16, as this talent provides a strong self-heal, which allows Arthas to withstand heavy burst damage. At Level 20, Legion of Northrend Icon Legion of Northrend usually performs best, however, Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance can sometimes be crucial to secure kills or escape an enemy onslaught.

Bruiser Build

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Level 1 Eternal Hunger Icon
Level 4 Frozen Wastes Icon Icy Talons Icon ?
Level 7 Immortal Coil Icon Rune Tap Icon ?
Level 10 Summon Sindragosa Icon
Level 13 Biting Cold Icon
Level 16 Frostmourne Feeds Icon
Level 20 Death's Advance Icon

Arthas' Bruiser Build focuses on aggressive talents like Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger and Frostmourne Feeds Icon Frostmourne Feeds, which allow him to deal significant damage against single targets. However, it is important to highlight that we do not recommend picking this Build if there is no other dedicated Tank in your team. Against teams with low amounts of crowd control (Stuns, Slows, and Roots in particular), the mix of Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons at Level 4 and Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap at Level 7 can unlock astounding amounts of extra damage and self-heal.


Arthas's Synergies and Counters

V Arthas synergizes with

Arthas pairs well with Heroes who can either follow up on his crowd control, especially Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, or initiate with their own. Consequently, Heroes like Kerrigan or Jaina are ideal matches for Arthas.

X Arthas is countered by

Arthas is excellent when it comes to countering Basic Attackers with the exception of Tychus, whose Minigun Icon Minigun ignores any form of Armor and usually inflicts heavy damage onto Arthas who lacks mobility. Furthermore, Arthas also struggles against certain mages who deal a large amount of burst damage like Gul'dan or Kael'thas. Those Heroes are normally hard to reach for Arthas and are also capable of killing several Ghouls of his Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead Heroic Ability due to their superior AoE damage output.


Arthas's Maps

Arthas's stronger maps
Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Hanamura Temple Haunted Mines Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry
Arthas's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple Towers of Doom
Arthas's weaker maps
Warhead Junction

Due to his ability to reinforce ongoing pushes with Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa, Arthas can excel on maps that include a moving non-Heroic Objective, such as the Immortal, the Punisher, or the Webweavers. Other than that, Arthas usually performs decently on every map and has no real weaknesses in that regard.


Arthas's Tips and Tricks

  • Arthas can slow down the Attack Speed of enemies caught in his Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest, which makes him a great pick against Heroes like Illidan, Greymane, or other Basic Attack dependent Heroes.
  • Pressing ALT + Q causes Arthas to quickly cast Death Coil Icon Death Coil on himself, healing him for a considerable amount.
  • When using Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, it is sometimes better to cast it slightly ahead of the enemy target's movement path, as its projectile travels rather slowly.
  • Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa disables enemy Structures, which can make it a very potent ability to use during pushes.
  • Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest is a very useful tool to get rid of Zagara's Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumor.

Arthas' Role In The Current Meta

Arthas can fulfill two roles in a team. First of all, he can be played as a viable main Tank, capable of initiating and protecting his teammates in the backline. In the currenty Anomaly, however, we find him more impactful as a Solo Laner. Due to him being a strong duelist, he can effectively zone most of his opponents, especially if they are melee range, and thus prevent them from picking up Experience Globes.

Arthas fulfills the role of an offensive Tank or pseudo-Bruiser that poses a constant threat to nearby enemies. While he is innately not as durable as other Warriors like Muradin or Diablo, Arthas can nevertheless become quite tanky. Strong defensive talents like Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude or Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death provide enough protection to hold the front line during the later stages of the game against both Basic Attackers and Spell Casters. Two of Arthas' Basic Abilities, namely Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest and Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, can be used to initiate team fights by locking multiple nearby enemies down. However, the fact that Arthas has a hard time closing in on agile Heroes requires him to choose his targets wisely. In order to become a decent Arthas player, it is very important to know when to engage and when to remain passive.



  • 23 Mar. 2020 (this page): Wrong information corrected.
  • 23 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated Arthas' Tank Build.
  • 09 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 25 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Changed Deathlord from Situational to Not Recommended.
  • 05 Jun. 2019 (abilities page): Slight updates to some of the ability descriptions.
  • 05 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated map rankings, strengths, weaknesses, matchups, etc.
  • 05 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Completely overhauled and updated Arthas' talents and builds to make the guide more up-to-date with the current state of the game.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Frost Presence's talent description.
  • 16 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Changed the Howling Blast build to use Icebound Fortitude instead of Mortal Coil and improved the description of the Bruiser build.
  • 15 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Removed Self-Heal Build and updated the other two builds.
  • 14 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Overhauled talent recommendations following Arthas' rework in Probius' patch.
  • 18 Jan. 2017 (this page): Converted guide to new format and updated it.
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