Kael'thas Talents

Last updated on May 14, 2018 at 09:30 by Micekrispies 35 comments
General Information

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

1. Kael'thas's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Convection ? Fel Infusion Mana Addict
4 Nether Wind Energy Roil Mana Tap
7 Burned Flesh Sun King's Fury Sunfire Enchantment ?
10 Phoenix Pyroblast ?
13 Pyromaniac Backdraft ? Fission Bomb
16 Fury of the Sunwell Ignite Twin Spheres
20 Rebirth Presence Of Mind ? Master of Flames Flamethrower

2. Kael'thas' Talent Build Cheatsheet

Flamestrike Build

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Level 1 Mana Addict Icon Convection Icon ?
Level 4 Energy Roil Icon
Level 7 Burned Flesh Icon
Level 10 Phoenix Icon
Level 13 Pyromaniac Icon
Level 16 Fury of the Sunwell Icon
Level 20 Flamethrower Icon

The Flamestrike Build focuses on bolstering the damage output and utility of Flamestrike, providing Kael'thas with even stronger AoE damage. It is important for Kael'thas to try to complete the quest portion of Convection Icon Convection as early as possible, as the reward will grant a massive power spike to Flamestrike. Enemy teams will often try to focus Kael'thas down before he is able to finish his Convection quest, so be sure to play cautiously until it is completed. Empowering Flamestrike with Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres will make it much easier for players to strike multiple enemy Heroes, making great use of both Burned Flesh Icon Burned Flesh and Flamethrower Icon Flamethrower.

Living Bombs Build

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Level 1 Mana Addict Icon
Level 4 Energy Roil Icon
Level 7 Sun King's Fury Icon Sunfire Enchantment Icon ?
Level 10 Phoenix Icon
Level 13 Fission Bomb Icon Backdraft Icon ?
Level 16 Ignite Icon
Level 20 Master of Flames Icon

The Living Bombs Build is an effective alternative to the Flamestrike Build, primarily when Kael'thas may find himself having a hard time landing casts of Flamestrike on his targets. The "targeted" component to Living Bombs makes it much easier to guarantee damage, especially against teams with multiple highly mobile targets that are difficult to hit with Flamestrike. Kael'thas will need to play cautiously with a strong awareness of his positioning since the cast range of Living Bombs is somewhat limited. Try to cast Living Bombs on targets of high priority (when possible), but do not be afraid to cast in onto the enemy frontline as, many times, they may carry the explosion back into their own team, further spreading the bombs.

3. Level 1 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Convection ?
Convection (Level 1) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Quest: Damaging an enemy Hero with Flamestrike increase its damage by 5, up to 100. This bonus is lost on death.

Reward: After hitting 20 enemy Heroes, increase Flamestrike damage by an additional 100 and no longer lose any bonuses on death.

Kael'thas Fel Infusion
Fel Infusion (Level 1) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Increases Kael'thas's Spell Power by 4%. Kael'thas heals for 94 (+4% per level) Health when activating Verdant Spheres.

Kael'thas Mana Addict
Mana Addict (Level 1) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Kael'thas's maximum Mana by 15.

Reward: After gathering 20 Globes, Kael'thas can activate Arcane Barrier to gain a Shield equal to 100% of his maximum Mana for 4 seconds. 45 second cooldown.

3.1. Discussion

Convection Icon Convection, when fully stacked, will prove to be a strong talent option. The high-risk, high-reward nature of Convection makes it a challenging, yet rewarding choice. The large increase in damage to Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike is powerful in a Flamestrike-centric build. It is very important to play safe when trying to complete the quest portion of Convection, as Kael'thas will lose all progress should he be killed before it is accomplished. This requires players to have to weigh the cost of overextending to aim and land a cast of Flamestrike. During the early game, especially when in a lane alone, make sure to keep an eye on the Minimap for missing enemies who may be attempting to gank Kael'thas, particularly assassins like Nova and Zeratul. Convection works best with a strong frontline that will help peel away enemy Heroes from Kael'thas as he casts Flamestrike.

Fel Infusion Icon Fel Infusion provides Kael'thas not only with a moderate increase in damage but also some passive healing by means of activating Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres. Unfortunately, neither of these benefits are particularly strong enough to justify Fel Infusion's selection over the damage increase of Convection Icon Convection or the lifesaving potential of Mana Addict Icon Mana Addict.

Mana Addict Icon Mana Addict is a phenomenal source of damage mitigation and Mana regeneration for Kael'thas. Mana Addict will be integral in success against burst compositions, as the large shield may help keep him up during the enemies' focus fire, especially in the late game. The increased Mana pool will also help players last longer when trading over Objectives or sieging enemy fortifications. The bonus Mana granted after gathering a Regeneration Globe is immediate, and can be seen as an additional source of Mana regeneration.

4. Level 4 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Nether Wind
Nether Wind (Level 4) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Increases Gravity Lapse's range by 30%. When Gravity Lapse hits an enemy Hero, refund 80 Mana.

Kael'thas Energy Roil
Energy Roil (Level 4) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Reduce the Mana cost of Gravity Lapse by 70. If Gravity Lapse hits a Hero, reduce its cooldown by 9 seconds.

Kael'thas Mana Tap
Mana Tap (Level 4) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Activating Verdant Spheres restores 4% of Kael'thas's maximum Mana.

4.1. Discussion

Nether Wind Icon Nether Wind is a decent talent that increases the utility of Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse twice over. The increase in range will allow Kael'thas to more safely catch out enemies or peel for allies. Nether Wind is incredibly strong when combined with Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres, as it will allow Kael'thas to land Gravity Lapse on Heroes hidden behind the enemy frontline. The Mana refund is also a great bonus that will help to somewhat relieve Kael'thas from the burden of his Mana intensive abilities. Unfortunately for Nether Wind, the cooldown and Mana cost reduction of Energy Roil Icon Energy Roil are oftentimes too good to pass up.

Energy Roil Icon Energy Roil is the go-to option for Kael'thas' Level 4 Talents. Energy Roil provides a significant reduction in the Mana cost of Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse which will prove quite useful since its cooldown will be dropped to just 5 Seconds (assuming Kael'thas is able to repeatably land the ability). Because Kael'thas is one of the most vulnerable Heroes in the game, with no movement abilities or gap-closers, having Gravity Lapse more regularly available will help him self-peel away aggressive enemies. A chain of Gravity Lapses can also be synchronized with allied crowd-control to absolutely cripple an enemy target as they are burst down.

Mana Tap Icon Mana Tap lacks the utility bonus of Nether Wind Icon Nether Wind, but is a reliable source of Mana regeneration. The primary reason why Mana Tap is not recommended is that the amount of Mana refunded is VERY low. At Level 30 with a Mana pool of 790, this talent will only restore a disappointing 32 Mana (less than half of the Mana saved on a single cast of Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse at Level 4 with Energy Roil Icon Energy Roil).

5. Level 7 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Burned Flesh
Burned Flesh (Level 7) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

When Flamestrike damages 2 or more Heroes, they take additional damage equal to 8% of their maximum Health.

Kael'thas Sun King's Fury
Sun King's Fury (Level 7) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Living Bombs that spread to enemy Heroes deal 35% more damage.

Kael'thas Sunfire Enchantment ?
Sunfire Enchantment (Level 7) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Activating Verdant Spheres causes Kael'thas's next 2 Basic Attacks to instead deal 115 (+4% per level) Spell Damage. If both of these Attacks hit enemy Heroes, gain 15% Spell Power for 10 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

Burned Flesh Icon Burned Flesh will do massive amounts of damage to the enemy team should a cast of Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike land on multiple enemies. This talent will wreak absolute havoc on teams when combined with a quest completed Convection Icon Convection and Fury of the Sunwell Icon Fury of the Sunwell. Make sure to always cast an empowered version of Flamestrike using Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres in order to greatly increase the size of the ability and help ensure multiple enemies will be struck.

Sun King's Fury Icon Sun King's Fury will cause Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb to do large amounts of AoE damage to enemies unable to spread out after being struck. This talent is a great choice for the Living Bomb Build, where there is much less emphasis on the need to land casts of Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike.

Sunfire Enchantment Icon Sunfire Enchantment is a versatile Talent that will fit well into any build Kael'thas decides to pursue. The increase in Basic Attack damage is great against single targets, whether it be an isolated enemy Hero, an objective like the Immortals on Battlefield of Eternity, or a Boss. The increased Spell Power is the most powerful component of this Talent, and because the duration lasts much longer than the cooldown of Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres, Kael'thas is able to maintain significant uptime.

6. Level 10 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Phoenix
Phoenix (Level 10) World of Warcraft Kael'thas
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Launch a Phoenix to an area, dealing 78 (+4% per level) damage to enemies along the way. The Phoenix persists for 7 seconds, attacking enemies for 78 (+4% per level) damage and splashing for 39 (+4% per level) damage.

Kael'thas Pyroblast ?
Pyroblast (Level 10) World of Warcraft Kael'thas
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

After 1.5 seconds, cast a slow-moving fireball that deals 810 (+5% per level) damage to an enemy Hero and 405 (+5% per level) damage to enemies nearby.

6.1. Discussion

Phoenix Icon Phoenix is a great reliable source of damage that should be the standard pick for the vast majority of matches. There are a multitude of uses for Phoenix, such as zoning, waveclearing, and sieging or defending fortifications. Unfortunately Phoenix lacks any sort of crowd control, so many times enemies will be able to easily walk out of its effect. That is why Phoenix is best used in conjunction with reliable sources of crowd control. The abilities listed below are often used in conjunction with Phoenix.

The 60-second cooldown of Phoenix further makes it a great ability. The relatively short cooldown of Phoenix can help guarantee that it will be available for most teamfights or skirmishes, particularly those surrounding important Battleground objectives.

Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast is hands down the most powerful single-target ability in the game. Pyroblast can be used to finish off most targets, particularly squishier enemies such as supports or assassins. Alas, Pyroblast is the definition of situational, as it is incredibly unreliable and difficult to channel. The 1.5-second channeling time puts Kael'thas in an incredibly vulnerable position. Most enemies, especially those with a source of interrupt or burst damage, will attempt to capitalize on Kael'thas' exposure. Even if Kael'thas is able to successfully cast Pyroblast, the slow movement speed of its projectile will give enemies ample time to react. There are many ways the damage of Pyroblast can be completely negated, such as by Uther's Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield or Tyrael's Sanctification Icon Sanctification. Pyroblast should never been taken should the enemy team have a means to counter it.

7. Level 13 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Pyromaniac
Pyromaniac (Level 13) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Each time Living Bomb deals periodic damage, Kael'thas's Basic Ability cooldowns are reduced by 0.5 seconds.

Kael'thas Backdraft ?
Backdraft (Level 13) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Living Bomb's explosion slows enemy Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds.

Kael'thas Fission Bomb
Fission Bomb (Level 13) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Increases Living Bomb's explosion radius by 20%.

7.1. Discussion

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac is a great choice when trying to maximize Kael'thas' damage output, particularly for the Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike build. The reduction in cooldown for Kael'thas' Basic Abilities will greatly increase his damage uptime. Also, the reduction in cooldown of Gravity Lapse Icon Gravity Lapse will provide Kael'thas with additional utility allowing him to be more useful in teamfights and skirmishes.

Backdraft Icon Backdraft provides a nice element of crowd control to Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This slow is quite significant and makes it easier for Kael'thas to land his other abilities. Enemies under the effect of Backdraft will also have a much more difficult time trying to escape the AoE damage of Phoenix Icon Phoenix. When confronted by melee Heroes, the slow provided by Backdraft will assist Kael'thas in kiting them.

Fission Bomb Icon Fission Bomb is useful in terms of increasing the area-of-effect zone of Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. The 20% increase in explosion radius will most importantly make it much easier to apply new stacks of Living Bomb to unaffected targets, especially after having Talented into Master of Flames Icon Master of Flames at Level 20.

8. Level 16 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Fury of the Sunwell
Fury of the Sunwell (Level 16) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Flamestrike will explode a second time 1.5 seconds later.

Kael'thas Ignite
Ignite (Level 16) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Flamestrikes apply Living Bomb to the enemy Hero closest to its center who is not currently affected by Living Bomb.

Kael'thas Twin Spheres
Twin Spheres (Level 16) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Verdant Spheres gains a second charge.

8.1. Discussion

Fury of the Sunwell Icon Fury of the Sunwell is incredibly strong and a must-pick for the Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike Build. The strongest feature of Fury of the Sunwell is that the second cast of Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike inherits all of the original cast's talent related bonuses. This means both Convection Icon Convection and Burned Flesh Icon Burned Flesh will be included in the second explosion, allowing a single cast of Flamestrike to do absolutely devastating amounts of damage to the enemy team.

Ignite Icon Ignite is the best option for the Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb build as the stack of Living Bomb applied by Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike will be bolstered by all of Kael'thas' Living Bomb oriented Talents such as Sun King's Fury Icon Sun King's Fury, Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac, and Backdraft Icon Backdraft.

Twin Spheres Icon Twin Spheres is quite underwhelming when compared to the benefits that both Fury of the Sunwell Icon Fury of the Sunwell and Ignite Icon Ignite provide. Should Kael'thas decide to go with this Talent, it is important to note that each cast of Verdant Spheres Icon Verdant Spheres will still interact with previous Talents that upgrade it, such as Fel Infusion Icon Fel Infusion, Mana Tap Icon Mana Tap, and Sunfire Enchantment Icon Sunfire Enchantment.

9. Level 20 Talents for Kael'thas

Kael'thas Rebirth
Rebirth (Level 20) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Increases Phoenix duration by 100%. While alive, the Phoenix may be ordered to move to a different location.

Kael'thas Presence Of Mind ?
Presence Of Mind (Level 20) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Increases Pyroblast's explosion radius by 50%. Heroes that are hit by Flamestrike or have Living Bomb spread to them reduce the cooldown of Pyroblast by 10 seconds.

Kael'thas Master of Flames
Master of Flames (Level 20) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Living Bomb's spread from explosions can now also spread Living Bomb.

Kael'thas Flamethrower
Flamethrower (Level 20) World of Warcraft Kael'thas

Increases the cast range of Flamestrike by 40%. If Flamestrike hits 2 or more Heroes, its cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds.

9.1. Discussion

Rebirth Icon Rebirth allows Kael'thas to reposition his Phoenix once, providing him with additional zoning potential. This repositioning occurs from the location of the Phoenix, not Kael'thas, and can be repositioned globally. The repositioning of the Phoenix can also be used to target enemies who may have exhausted their gap-closers to escape its reach, or followup against enemies who attempt to engage or disengage out of the area of the Phoenix. The 100% increase in duration is further magnifies its strength, particularly when being used to zone away enemies from an objective.

Presence Of Mind Icon Presence Of Mind is a decent pick for Kael'thas should he have already chosen Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast over Phoenix Icon Phoenix at Level 10. Presence of Mind not only increases the explosion radius of Pyroblast, but also allows its cooldown to be significantly lowered by successfully landing casts of Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike and spreading Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This Talent does take some time for the cooldown reduction to prove effective, so remember that Presence of Mind may go completely wasted in very quick game-deciding teamfights. Because of this, even after talenting into Pyroblast, Kael'thas may still want to consider the immediate value of the other Level 20 Talent options (particularly the one that aligns with Kael'thas' build path).

Master of Flames Icon Master of Flames vastly increases the impact of Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb in teamfights. The beauty of Master of Flames is that the additional applications of Living Bomb will also benefit from talents that effect it, such as Sun King's Fury Icon Sun King's Fury, Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac, and Backdraft Icon Backdraft. Talenting into Master of Flames will force enemy teams to split up from those struck by Living Bomb in order to prevent its spread. This splitting can be capitalize on by Kael'thas and his allies, allowing isolated target to be quickly focused down.

Flamethrower Icon Flamethrower is a great option for the Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike build as it allows Kael'thas to cast his strongest Basic Ability from a much safer distance. This allows him to safely zone away enemies and more easily interrupt Heroes attempting to capture an objective such as an Altar on Towers of Doom or a Tribute on Cursed Hollow. The decrease in cooldown from striking multiple enemies with Flamestrike will allow it to be readily cast, vastly increasing Kael'thas damage output. Combined with the effect of Fury of the Sunwell Icon Fury of the Sunwell, Kael'thas will be able to trigger a volley of Flamestrike explosions that will chunk large amounts of Health from the entire enemy team.

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