Arthas Build Guide “Frostmourne hungers.”

Last updated on May 04, 2017 at 14:10 by Kendric 25 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.

1. Arthas' Overview

Arthas is an aggressive Warrior who can be played both as a Bruiser and as a Tank. 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.

2. Arthas' Strengths and Weaknesses

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

3. Arthas' Talent Build Cheatsheet

Howling Blast Build

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Level 1 Frost Presence Icon
Level 4 Frozen Wastes Icon
Level 7 Icebound Fortitude Icon
Level 10 Army of the Dead Icon
Level 13 Shattered Armor Icon
Level 16 Remorseless Winter Icon
Level 20 Death's Advance Icon

The Howling Blast Build relies heavily upon Arthas' multiple Movement Speed Slows and his ability to root his opponents with his W. The ensuing synergy with Shattered Armor Icon Shattered Armor at Level 13 enables him to make several enemy Heroes more vulnerable to Arthas' own and his teammates' damage.

Bruiser Build

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Level 1 Eternal Hunger Icon
Level 4 Frozen Wastes Icon
Level 7 Immortal Coil 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.

4. Arthas' 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 Physical Armor. However, Arthas himself 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.

5. Arthas' 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
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 excels on maps that include a moving non-Heroic Objective, such as the Immortal, the Punisher, or the Webweavers. We do not recommend Arthas as a high priority pick on larger maps without mobile Objectives, such as Sky Temple or Warhead Junction.

6. Arthas' 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 or Greymane.
  • 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 makes 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.

7. Arthas' Role In The Current Meta

Arthas fulfills the role of an offensive Warrior that poses a constant threat to nearby enemies. While he is innately not as durable as other Warriors like Muradin or E.T.C., Arthas can nevertheless become quite tanky. Strong defensive talents like Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil or Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell 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.

8. Changelog

  • 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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