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Arthas Talents

Last updated on May 04, 2017 at 14:10 by Kendric 22 comments

Table of Contents

Arthas Image

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 Eternal Hunger Frost Presence ? Rime
4 Frozen Wastes Icy Talons ? Deathlord
7 Rune Tap ? Immortal Coil Icebound Fortitude
10 Army of the Dead Summon Sindragosa
13 Shattered Armor Frost Strike Biting Cold
16 Remorseless Winter Frostmourne Feeds ? Embrace Death
20 Legion of Northrend Absolute Zero ? Death's Advance Anti-Magic Shell ?
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Howling Blast Build (talent calculator link)

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 (talent calculator link)

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.

3. Level 1 Talents

Arthas Eternal Hunger
Eternal Hunger (Level 1) World of Warcraft Arthas

Quest: Use Frostmourne Hungers on an enemy Hero.

Reward: Increases the Mana it restores by 4, to a maximum of 40, and its damage by 4.

Arthas Frost Presence ?
Frost Presence (Level 1) World of Warcraft Arthas

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.

Arthas Rime
Rime (Level 1) World of Warcraft Arthas

Every 5 seconds, gain 60 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 60%. Stores up to 3 charges.

3.1. Discussion

Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence is one of the most versatile talents available to Arthas. It offers great rewards and should be completed relatively quickly, which is why we recommend picking it unless you are facing multiple Basic Attack dependent Heroes, such as Illidan or Valla. In that case, Rime Icon Rime is a worthy replacement.

Rime Icon Rime is a very efficient defensive talent against enemy team compositions that rely heavily on dealing damage with Basic Attacks. Rime makes Arthas considerably more durable if he is forced to stay in lane against strong Assassins or Specialists like Thrall or Valla.

Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger introduces an offensive quest talent without cap limit 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. We recommend picking up Eternal Hunger at Level 1 if you want to play Arthas as a Bruiser.

4. Level 4 Talents

Arthas Frozen Wastes
Frozen Wastes (Level 4) World of Warcraft Arthas

Frozen Tempest Mana 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.

Arthas Icy Talons ?
Icy Talons (Level 4) World of Warcraft Arthas

Gain 3% Attack Speed for 1.5 seconds every time a Hero is damaged by Frozen Tempest, to a maximum of 60%.

Arthas Deathlord
Deathlord (Level 4) World of Warcraft Arthas

Reduces Death Coil's cooldown by 3 seconds and increase its range by 30%.

4.1. Discussion

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.

Frozen Wastes Icon Frozen Wastes requires you to hit enemy Heroes 150 times with Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest in order to complete it, which usually should not be very difficult to achieve. The additional duration of Frozen Tempest's Movement and Attack Speed slow can have a tremendous impact on team fights, especially if Arthas' original target escapes Frozen Tempest. We recommend this talent on smaller maps like Tomb of the Spider Queen, that involve early team fighting to stack up Frozen Wastes as quickly as possible.

Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons provides a powerful Attack Speed buff, which has great synergy with Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap at Level 7. We recommend this talent if the enemy team is low on crowd control, Blinds in particular.

5. Level 7 Talents

Arthas Rune Tap ?
Rune Tap (Level 7) World of Warcraft Arthas

Every 3rd Basic Attack heals Arthas for 4% of his max Health.

Arthas Immortal Coil
Immortal Coil (Level 7) World of Warcraft Arthas

Gain the healing effect of Death Coil even when used on enemies. If Death Coil is used on Arthas, it heals for an additional 50% bonus healing.

Arthas Icebound Fortitude
Icebound Fortitude (Level 7) World of Warcraft Arthas
  • Cooldown: 35 seconds

Activate to gain 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%, and reduce the duration of Stuns, Slows, and Roots against Arthas by 75% for 3 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

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.

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.

Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap does offer strong self-sustain during team fights if combined with Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons at Level 4. As a positive side effect, picking Rune Tap allows Arthas to clear Mercenary Camps all by himself fairly easily.

6. Level 10 Talents

Arthas Army of the Dead
Army of the Dead (Level 10) World of Warcraft Arthas
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 267 (+4% per level) Health.

Arthas Summon Sindragosa
Summon Sindragosa (Level 10) World of Warcraft Arthas
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Deals 230 (+4% per level) damage and slows enemies by 60% for 4 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.

6.1. Discussion

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

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.

7. Level 13 Talents

Arthas Shattered Armor
Shattered Armor (Level 13) World of Warcraft Arthas

Enemy Heroes hit by Howling Blast have their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds.

Arthas Frost Strike
Frost Strike (Level 13) World of Warcraft Arthas

Reduces Frostmourne Hungers' cooldown by 2 seconds. Frostmourne Hungers also slows the enemy by 50% for 1.5 seconds.

Arthas Biting Cold
Biting Cold (Level 13) World of Warcraft Arthas

Each second an enemy is damaged by Frozen Tempest, it deals 12.5% bonus damage, up to a 50% bonus.

7.1. Discussion

Shattered Armor Icon Shattered Armor provides excellent damage amplification against one or several enemy targets, depending on how many opponents got hit by Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast. Shattered Armor possesses outstanding synergy with Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence at Level 1, as its completed Quest reward makes it much easier to land Howling Blast.


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 Frozen Wastes Icon Frozen Wastes, Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons, or Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter.

Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike is not a bad talent per se, yet it struggles to deliver the same impact on team fights like Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold.

8. Level 16 Talents

Arthas Remorseless Winter
Remorseless Winter (Level 16) World of Warcraft Arthas

Enemy Heroes that remain within Frozen Tempest for 3 seconds are rooted for 1.25 seconds. This effect can only happen once every 10 seconds.

Arthas Frostmourne Feeds ?
Frostmourne Feeds (Level 16) World of Warcraft Arthas

Increases the amount of Basic Attacks empowered by Frostmourne Hungers to 2.

Arthas Embrace Death
Embrace Death (Level 16) World of Warcraft Arthas

Death Coil deals more damage and heals more the lower Arthas's current health is, to a maximum of 100% bonus damage and healing.

8.1. Discussion

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.

Frostmourne Feeds Icon Frostmourne Feeds gains a lot of value if you decided to pick Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger at Level 1. Being able to use two empowered Basic Attacks in a row adds a lot of Mana while also dealing a significant amount of single target damage.

Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death has very 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.

9. Level 20 Talents

Arthas Legion of Northrend
Legion of Northrend (Level 20) World of Warcraft Arthas

3 additional Ghouls are created. Ghouls heal for an additional 50% and last 5 seconds longer.

Arthas Absolute Zero ?
Absolute Zero (Level 20) World of Warcraft Arthas

Sindragosa flies twice as far. Enemy Heroes are rooted for 2 seconds, and then slowed by 60% for 3.5 seconds.

Arthas Death's Advance
Death's Advance (Level 20) World of Warcraft Arthas
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Activate to increase Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.

Passive: Increases Movement Speed by 10%.

Arthas Anti-Magic Shell ?
Anti-Magic Shell (Level 20) World of Warcraft Arthas
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to make Arthas immune to Spell Damage for 3 seconds and heal Arthas for 25% of the damage prevented.

9.1. Discussion

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.

Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance's additional mobility complements one of Arthas' weaknesses, which is his relatively low mobility. Being able to out-run most other Heroes also allows him to slow and root his desired target, which then allows his teammates to finish the job.

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.

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 rather long cooldown of 60 seconds, which requires you to time it very wisely.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 04 May 2017: Updated Frost Presence's talent description.
  • 16 Apr. 2017: Changed the Howling Blast build to use Icebound Fortitude instead of Mortal Coil and improved the description of the Bruiser build.
  • 15 Mar. 2017: Removed Self-Heal Build and updated the other two builds.
  • 14 Mar. 2017: Overhauled talent recommendations following Arthas' rework in Probius' patch.
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