Arthas Talents

Last updated on Aug 21, 2020 at 06:00 by Elitesparkle 27 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Arthas. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Arthas's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Arthas's Talent Build

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

Arthas's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Frozen Tempest Build

Recommended
Level 1 Frost Presence Icon Rime Icon ?
Level 4 Frozen Wastes Icon
Level 7 Icebound Fortitude Icon
Level 10 Army of the Dead Icon
Level 13 Shattered Armor Icon Biting Cold Icon ?
Level 16 Remorseless Winter Icon Embrace Death Icon ?
Level 20 Legion of Northrend Icon Anti-Magic Shell Icon ?

Arthas's Frozen Tempest Build increases his survivability during team fight thanks to Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude at Level 7 and allows him to cripple the enemy team's advance or retreat by further increasing the power of Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast and Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest. If needed, it is possible to give up a few offensive or utility Talents to increase his survivability even more.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Arthas

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 20%.

Reward: After Rooting 20 Heroes, Howling Blast also Roots enemies in its path.

Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence is a strong Talent that, once the Quest is completed, allows Arthas to Root enemies with Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast while the spell is still travelling.

After completing the Quest, remember to change your playstyle from aiming on the enemy Hero to aiming beyond them—not because the former will not work, but because the latter will give you more value as the Ability will hit more enemies than usual.

If you are playing as main Tank for your team, prefer picking this Talent over the rest because the additional range helps you to engage and the additional area covered helps you to peel.

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.

Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger is a situational Talent that increases the damage done and Mana restored via Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers. While the Mana bonus has a cap, the damage does not have a reachable limit.

Pick this Talent only if the enemy Solo Laner will easily allow you to stack and you do not need Rime Icon Rime.

Arthas Rime ?
Rime (Level 1) World of Warcraft Arthas

Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 3 charges.

Rime Icon Rime is a good Talent that provides additional survivability when playing against Heroes with slow but heavy-hitting Basic Attacks (such as Leoric) and really bad when playing against Heroes with fast-hitting Basic Attacks (like D.Va).

Pick this Talent based on the enemy Solo Laner, without ignoring the rest of the enemy team.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Arthas

Arthas Deathlord ?
Deathlord (Level 4) World of Warcraft Arthas

Increase the range of Death Coil by 30%, reduce its cooldown by 3 seconds, and if Death Coil is used on an enemy Hero, its Mana cost is refunded.

Deathlord Icon Deathlord is a situational Talent that allows Arthas to poke enemy Heroes for free from the distance. In particular, this Talent removes the Mana cost of Death Coil Icon Death Coil when used on an enemy Hero, increases its range, and reduces its cooldown.

While it has low impact during team fights, you may want to pick this Talent to better handle a particular matchup in the Solo Lane (for example to constantly poke Fenix so that Shield Capacitor Icon Shield Capacitor cannot regenerate his Shield).

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

Frozen Tempest Mana cost reduced by 2 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.

Frozen Wastes Icon Frozen Wastes is a good Talent that reduces the Mana cost of Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest when picked and allows its effect to persist on enemy Heroes for a short while when the Quest gets completed.

Pick this Talent when playing against Heroes who have short range and rely on Basic Attacks, especially if they are able to get out from Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest by using their mobility (such as Kerrigan with Ravage Icon Ravage).

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%.

Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons is a situational Talent that provides a powerful Attack Speed buff when fighting against Heroes who cannot get out of Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest with ease (such as Artanis).

All that said, you should usually avoid picking this Talent because it is hard to get value from it in most scenarios, especially during team fights.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Arthas

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.

Immortal Coil Icon Immortal Coil is a weak Talent that doubles the healing provided by Death Coil Icon Death Coil when used on enemies and increases its effectiveness when used on himself.

The synergy with Deathlord Icon Deathlord should not be a reason to skip the always useful Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude.

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

Every 3rd Basic Attack heals Arthas for 5% of his max Health.

Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap is a weak Talent that slightly increases Arthas's survivability while dueling in the solo lane by making every third Basic Attack heal him for a percentage of his maximum Health.

The healing via Basic Attacks has synergy with Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers that resets the cooldown of your next Basic Attack and with Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons that increases your Attack Speed.

The synergy with Icy Talons Icon Icy Talons should not be a reason to skip the always useful Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude.

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.

Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude is a strong Talent that heavily increases Arthas's survivability against most crowd control effects and burst damage, something that is always a threat to Arthas during team fights.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Arthas

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check the dedicated section in the Abilities and Strategy page.

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 and atttack for 20 (+4% per level) damage. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 267 (+4% per level) Health.

Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead is a strong Heroic Ability that heavily increases Arthas's survivability in team fights.

Pick it in most if not all games, sometimes even against burst damage and/or healing reduction effects because it still helps before and/or after they hit you.

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 Minions, Mercenaries, Monsters and Structures for 20 seconds.

Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa is a situational Heroic Ability that gives some damage and crowd control, something that allows Arthas to engage from the distance and eventually combo with other Heroic Abilities (for example Purification Salvo Icon Purification Salvo by Fenix).

Pick when you do not need the additional survivability provided by Army of the Dead and your team wants to play aggressively, especially if your team has a solid lead when reaching Level 10 and you can capitalize on it by getting an early Keep with the combination of a powerful Objective and the enemy Structures being disabled for enough time to take them down or get some kills and then push uncontested.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Arthas

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.

Shattered Armor Icon Shattered Armor is a strong Talent that, by reducing the Armor of enemies Heroes hit by Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast, indirectly increases the damage output of your team, especially if there is a Mage involved (for example Kael'thas).

While it has synergy with Frost Presence Icon Frost Presence at Level 1, it is not a strong requirement and can therefore be picked without it as well.

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.

Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold is a good Talent that causes Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest to deal significantly more damage over time, which is especially useful against targets that lack any form of mobility.

Pick this Talent when your team does not really need Shattered Armor because your team does not have enough burst damage to follow up and team fights are lasting long enough to get value from it.

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.

Frost Strike Icon Frost Strike is a weak Talent that adds a Slow effect to Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers.

We do not recommend this Talent because, while the Slow provided may help you hold enemy Heroes within Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest enough time to let it ramp up, you already have the Root from Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast for doing so.

The synergy with other Trait-based Talents should not be a reason to skip the powerful Shattered Armor Icon Shattered Armor or Biting Cold Icon Biting Cold.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Arthas

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.

Embrace Death Icon Embrace Death is a situational Talent that increases the effectiveness of Death Coil Icon Death Coil when Arthas has low Health.

Pick this Talent when there is a need of burst healing (for example against Greymane with Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet).

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.

Remorseless Winter Icon Remorseless Winter is a strong Talent that allows Arthas to Root enemy Heroes that stay too long inside Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest, drastically increasing his crowd control capabilities against low-mobility Heroes (such as Cassia).

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

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

Frostmourne Feeds Icon Frostmourne Feeds is increases your burst damage when using Frostmourne Hungers Icon Frostmourne Hungers.

If you have a good amount of stacks on Eternal Hunger Icon Eternal Hunger at Level 1, then you may consider going for this Talent to basically double them.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Arthas

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

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

Legion of Northrend Icon Legion of Northrend is a strong Talent that drastically increases Arthas's survivability by increasing the amount of healing, the duration, and the number of Ghouls coming from Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead.

Pick this Talent in most games, unless the enemy team has healing reduction effects (for example Mortal Wound Icon Mortal Wound by Xul).

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

Sindragosa flies twice as far. Enemy Heroes are Rooted for 2.5 seconds, and then Slowed by 60% for 4 seconds.

Absolute Zero Icon Absolute Zero is a situational but rarely necessary Talent that greatly the strength of the Summon Sindragosa Icon Summon Sindragosa by adding a relatively long Root before the already powerful Slow effect.

The additional distance covered is not that useful, however, sometimes it may help you disable enemy Structures from the distance and/or catch enemy Heroes that want to avoid a team fight at all costs.

Avoid picking this Talent when you need the additional survivability provided by either Legion of Northrend Icon Legion of Northrend or Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell.

Arthas Death's Advance ?
Death's Advance (Level 20) World of Warcraft Arthas

Increases Movement Speed by 10%. Frozen Tempest's maximum Movement Speed Slow and Attack Speed Slow increased from 40% to 60%.

Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance is a situational Talent that slightly increases Arthas's Movement Speed and empowers Frozen Tempest Icon Frozen Tempest.

The combination of both effects allows you to chase and/or body block enemy Heroes.

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 4 seconds and heal Arthas for 25% of the damage prevented.

Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell is a situational Talent that allows Arthas to survive burst damage in the form of both Spell Damage and Percent Damage.

10.

Changelog

  • 21 Aug. 2020: Talent Build page updated.
    • Balance Update revision.
    • Minor fixes.
    • New layout.
  • 03 May 2020: Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 23 Jan. 2020: Updated Arthas's Tank Build.
  • 25 Nov. 2019: Changed Deathlord from Situational to Not Recommended.
  • 05 Jun. 2019: Completely overhauled and updated Arthas's talents and builds to make the guide more up-to-date with the current state of the game.
  • 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's rework in Probius's patch.
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