Ancient Protector (Warcraft III)

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For lore, see Ancient protector.
Ancient Protector
Faction Night elf
Hit points 600
Hit point regeneration Night
Hit point regeneration rate 0.50 HP/sec.
Gold 135 Gold
Lumber 80 Lumber
Build time 60 sec.
Requires Hunter's Hall
Hotkey P
Normal attack: 49.5 avg (Rooted)

Full Damage Area: 2.5
3/20 Damage Area: 7.5
1/20 Damage Area: 12.5

Can attack: Air, Ground, Structure
Range 70
Attack type Piercing
Cooldown 2.00 sec.
Weapon type Msplash
Secondary attack: 29.5 avg (Uprooted)
Can attack: Ground, Structure
Range Melee
Attack type Normal
Cooldown 1.50 sec.
Weapon type Normal
Armor Type Fortified (Heavy*)
Armor 1 (3*)
Day Sight 190
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed 40 (80*)
Turn Rate 0.40
This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Spells and abilities

Eat Tree

Consume a tree to restore 500 hit points over 30 seconds.
Duration Effect
30 sec. Heals 500 hit points.


Allows the Ancient to pull itself up out of the ground so that it can move and engage units in melee combat.
Also gives the Ancient Heavy armor.
Duration Effect
2.50 sec. Can move, switches to attack 2, gets Heavy armor.


Burrows the Ancient's roots into the ground, rendering it immobile, but allowing it to hurl enormous rocks through the air to damage enemy units.
Also gives the Ancient Fortified armor.
Duration Effect
2.50 sec. Can't move, switches to attack 1, gets Fortified armor.


Nature's Blessing
Upgrades all Ancients' and Treants' movement speed and armor.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
150 Gold 200 Lumber Tree of Life Tree of Ages 60 sec.

Patch changes

Patch 1.01 (07/03/2002)
  • Rooted damage increased to 52-64 (58 avg) from 43-65.
  • Nature's Blessing upgrade is now first available at Tree of Ages instead of Tree of Eternity.
Patch 1.04 (11/05/2002)
  • Cost reduced to 160/80 from 240/100.
  • Hit points increased to 600 from 550.
  • Armor decreased to 1 from 2.
  • Minimum range reduced to 0 from 200.
  • Rooted attack damage reduced to 1d10+44 from 1d13+51.
  • Rooted attack type changed to pierce from siege.
  • Splash damage reduced. Previously was
Full Damage Area: 5
1/2 Damage Area: 7.5
1/10 Damage Area: 12.5
Patch 1.06 (06/04/2003)
in The Frozen Throne) when uprooted.
Patch 1.13 (12/17/2003)
  • Eat Tree now heals 500 hit points over 30 seconds,
up from 200 hit points over 10 seconds.
Patch 1.17 (09/20/2004)
  • Rooted attack now uses a homing missile.