Kel'Thuzard (Necromancer)

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"Your curiosity will be the death of you."
-- Kel'Thuzad


Kel'Thuzad, leader of the Cult of the Damned.

Kel'Thuzad was the founder of the Cult of the Damned and one of the principal agents of the Lich King responsible for the spreading of the plague of undeath across Lordaeron. Originally a human mage of the Kirin Tor, Kel'Thuzad was swayed under the influence of the Lich King. After bringing the plague to Lordaeron, he was slain by Arthas Menethil.

Main Lore page: Kel'Thuzad

Hero Parameters

Attribute Base Gain
Strength.jpg 14 1.5
Agility.jpg 14 1.0
Intelligence-c.jpg 20 3.1

Combat Statistics

  • Starting Level: 2
  • Hit Points: 675
  • Mana Points: 345
  • Base Damage: 25-31
  • Attack Type: Hero
  • Attack Range: 600
  • Base Armor: 2
  • Armor Type: Hero
  • Movement Speed: 220


As hero, he recieves no upgrades, however, there is Event, which let transform Kel'Thuzad into his more powerful version.


Passive - Attribute Bonus


Gives a permanent bonus to Agility, Intelligence, and Strength.


Level Bonus to every attribute
1 +3
2 +6
3 +9
4 +12
5 +15
6 +18
7 +21
8 +24
9 +27
10 +30


Just a way to spend skill points after all abilities are maxed up.

Q - Corpse Explosion


Blasts enemy units around a target enemy unit with a wave of damaging plague that slows movement.


Level AOE damage Target damage AOE range Normal Slow duration Hero Slow duration Mana cost Cooldown
1 100 100 200 4 2 125 8
2 150 100 200 6 3 135 8
3 200 100 200 8 4 145 8
4 250 100 200 10 5 155 8


Because of no damage cap, this ability might be extremely useful against packed group of enemies. Cost and Cooldown are relatively low, so ability can be spammed, however, for best Slow utilization, it may be tactically wise to save ability for moments of chasing enemies which are about to retreat, or slowing down enemy melee units which charge on your ranged troops.

W - Wise Council


The hero utters mystical words, increasing the magical powers of nearby allies, by restoring thier mana points.


Level Mana restored AOE range Mana cost Cooldown
1 50 600 100 20
2 100 600 150 20
3 150 600 200 20
4 200 600 250 20


With no mana cap, this ability may one or even two times per combat give allied casters opportunity to cast 1-2 more powerful spells (like summon combat units), so the more casters around Hero, the more it incredibely effective. To utilize this ability well, one need at least 10 potent casters around.

E - Dark Ritual


Sacrifices a target friendly Undead unit to convert its hit points into mana and health for the caster.


Level Life to life ratio Life to mana ratio Mana cost Cooldown
1 0.25 0.33 25 20
2 0.5 0.66 25 20
3 0.75 1.0 25 20
4 1 1.33 25 20


Very good ability for Hero to stay alive and potent during combat. However, it is questionable, whether to consume regular units, which costed you time and gold, or not. It depends on situation. During fights, you may always consume summoned units, which will be dismissed after anyway. On high levels of ability, even summoned unit (with not so many health) is enough to be sacrificed. In critical situations, to prevent permanent Kel'Thuzad death, you may consume even strong regular units, like Abomination.

R - Death And Decay


Damages everything (both allies and enemies) in its area of effect by a percentage of its base hit points per second. Also destroys trees.


Ultimate ability (Hero level required: 10)

Level Life damage per second, % AOE range Duration Mana cost Cooldown
1 5 350 25 300 180
2 6 375 25 300 180
3 7 400 25 300 180


Ability has many ways of utilization (both offensive and defensive), and guarantees, that affected units which stay long enough in area of cast, have no chance to survive. However, the fact it affects your allies too, may lead to silly spoiled teamfights, due to unskilled player ability usage. It has notably long cooldown, and swift enemy reaction with single disable (like stun) will interrupt ability, which could apply tons of damage for 35+ seconds.

Events and Others

  • If members of North Alliance (either Purple or Orange) kill Kel'Thuzad, he will be lost in the realm of dead as a ghost. 
  • If you take the Sunwell (Hight Elves - Green) when he is dead or alive, he will become a powerful Lich who can summon the Burning Legion
  • When the Lich King dies, Kel'Thuzad, along with all other scourge units, will turn neutral hostile.

Hero Summary

To be done