Firelord (Warcraft III)

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For an overview of creatures referred to as firelords, see Firelord.

Firelord

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Race Fire elemental
Faction Neutral
Statistics
Hit points 475 (925*)
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 1.00 (1.90*) HP/sec.
Mana 270 (600*)
Mana Regeneration rate 0.91 (2.04*) Mana/sec.
Unit Classified As: Ground
Level 1-10
Gold 425 Gold
Lumber 135 Lumber
Food 5 Food
Produced at Tavern
Requires Altar
Hotkey O
Combat
Weapon(s) Fireball
Normal attack: 25 (39*) avg
Can attack: Ground, Structure, Debris, Item, Air, Ward
Range 55
Attack type Hero
Cooldown 1.40 (1.11*) sec.
Weapon type Missile
Armor Type Flesh
Defense Type Hero
Armor 4 (8*)
Day Sight 180
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed Fast (320)
Sound
Sound Set HeroFireLord
Hero Parameters
Primary Attribute Agility
Strength Infocard-heroattributes-str.png 15 (+2/level)
Agility Infocard-heroattributes-agi.png 20 (+1.6/level)
Intelligence Infocard-heroattributes-int.png 18 (+2.5/level)
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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.

The Firelord is a Neutral Hero in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and was added in August, 2004.

Firelords are sentient elementals, more complex and powerful beings than the mindless water elementals Alliance mages call to battle. While being neutral heroes in Warcraft III, they are vicious elites in World of Warcraft, found in the Molten Core.

Long ago, when the world was in a state of constant turmoil, the Elementals (Earth, Wind, Fire and Water) faithfully served their Old-God masters. When the Old Gods were defeated by the coming of the Titans, the Elementals were banished to an alternate plane of existence. Over time the world became Azeroth, where Human wizards learned how to call back the Elementals through the art of summoning. The Firelord is one of these liberated Elementals. Consumed by hatred for all organic life, he roams the world he once called home, sewing chaos, wreaking vengeance, and inflicting pain with extreme prejudice.[1]

Statistics

Level Attack (Ground/Air) Armor Strength Agility Intelligence Hit Points Mana
1 22-28 [25 avg]/None 4 15 20 18 475 270
2 23-29 [26 avg]/None 4 17 21 20 525 300
3 25-31 [28 avg]/None 5 19 23 23 575 345
4 26-32 [29 avg]/None 5 21 24 25 625 375
5 28-34 [31 avg]/None 6 23 26 28 675 420
6 30-36 [33 avg]/None 6 25 28 30 725 450
7 31-37 [34 avg]/None 7 27 29 33 775 495
8 33-39 [36 avg]/None 7 29 31 35 825 525
9 34-40 [37 avg]/None 8 31 32 38 875 570
10 36-42 [39 avg]/None 8 33 34 40 925 600

Hero names

Ragepyre, Hatespark, Blazefury, Heatflayer, Volcanus, Flashfire, Kar the Everburning, Smolderas, Singeslayer.

NOTE: Most of the firelords listed here later appeared in World of Warcraft. See Firelord → Firelands for details.

Information

The Firelord is specialized at causing damage, prioritizing the offensive a lot more than the defensive. Because of this, he is rather fragile, having a relatively small amount of HP (and mana). A good description of him would be "glass cannon". Other than this he is also very fast and agile, being able to run faster than most other heroes. He is also one of the heroes able to attack units from a distance.

Spending Points

It has been suggested that the lava spawns are his most useful spell, making him capable of both creeping and fighting your opponents[2]. Soul Burn and Incinerate seems to be somewhat equal after this, though some prefer Incinerate. Generally, Incinerate is good against groups of low-HP enemies, while Soul Burn and Lava Spawns are better against fewer and thus usually stronger enemies. Volcano is powerful against bases, but as it might cause as much damage against your own army as well, any non-ultimate spell may challenge it in practical usage.

Firelord Counters

As mentioned, due to the Firelord's low HP, it is possible to kill him swiftly if you focus your attacks on him. Most of his spells can also (probably) be neutralized with dispels, so bring units with dispel-abilities to be sure.

Spells and abilities

Soul Burn

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Wreaths an enemy unit in magical flames which cause damage over time,
prevent the casting of spells, and reduce attack damage by 50%.
Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets
12 sec. 85 70 Air, Ground, Enemy, Organic, Neutral
Level Duration (Hero) Effect Hero Level Req
1 14 (6) sec. 100 damage over 14 seconds. 1
2 16 (7) sec. 225 damage over 16 seconds. 3
3 18 (8) sec. 375 damage over 18 seconds. 5

Soul Burn is a versatile spell. It is highly effective against enemy heroes and lone powerful creeps. For example, casting it on a Bandit Lord would temporarily prevent him from using Divine Shield, where he can be quickly killed before he has a chance to use it. It is essentially a one-target version of the Dark Ranger's Silence spell, but with damage.

Soul Burn Counters

As a general negative effect, it may be dispelled of to remove its effects.

Summon Lava Spawn

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Summons a Lava Spawn, a resilient and deadly fire creature.
As a Lava Spawn deals damage, it consumes the flesh of its target, eventually splitting into two healthy Lava Spawns.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost
70 sec. 32 sec. 150
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 425 hit points, 11-27 damage 1
2 550 hit points, 21-45 damage 3
3 700 hit points, 32-56 damage 5

Lava Spawn can be used to creep efficiently, as well as to stage a rush if you can get a large enough pack of Lava Spawns while creeping near an enemy base.

The Lava Spawn multiplies after performing 15 attacks. It goes through a rather lengthy spewing animation - if the spawn is killed during this animation, then the additional spawn will not appear. The spawn darkens after each multiplication and also adds an additional 5 seconds to its timer. They're essentially a mobile version Shadow Hunter's Serpent Wards.

An idea by a player suggests using Unholy Frenzy on the lava spawns to increase their attack-speed, causing them to rapidly split into more spawns[3].

Lava Spawn Counters

If you focus your fire on the Lava Spawns as soon as they are summoned, you might kill them before they do too much damage to your own unts. You will also prevent them from multiplying. Similar to how you counter the other spells used by the Firelord, you can use dispels to cause powerful damage to the Lava Spawns as they are summoned units.

Incinerate (Autocast)

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Each attack made is enchanced with living flames that cling to the target.
These flames add a small amount of damage on the first attack,
twice as much on the second attack, three times as much on the third attack, etc.
If the unit dies while under this effect, it is incinerated, causing significant damage to all nearby hostile units.
Duration Mana Cost Allowed Targets
2 6 per attack Enemy, Organic, Neutral
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 1 bonus damage, 30 incineration damage 1
2 2 bonus damage, 45 incineration damage 3
3 3 bonus damage, 60 incineration damage 5

This spell is similar to the Searing/Cold Arrows spell - the Firelord's attacks become incendiary. Each attack adds additional bonus damage, and if the unit is killed under this status, it explodes and damages everything else near it. The damage only affects enemy units, so there is no risk of unintentional friendly fire from these explosions. Like the Dark Ranger's Black Arrows spell, units killed by Incinerate leave no corpse behind. This is important for any player seeking to resurrect or reanimate corpses.

Volcano (Ultimate)

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Causes the ground to erupt into a massive Volcano.
Every 5 seconds, a wave of molten rocks is hurled from the
Volcano at nearby ground units and buildings, causing 100
damage to each target and stunning it for 2 seconds.
Buildings take 2 times more damage from molten rocks than units do.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect Hero Level Req
35 sec. 180 sec. 200 80 50 Ground, Building, Not Self, Tree, Debris Creates Volcano 6

Volcano is typically used to destroy bases, but it can also be used against clustered units, or if you are really desperate, to disrupt channeled spells. It will damage your own units as well, so be careful when using it. As the spell must be maintained to get the full effect (it is channeled), it might be a good idea to have the Firelord use a potion granting him invulnerability before starting it.

Like the Dreadlord's Infernal summon and Blood Mage's Flame Strike, the volcano can destroy trees.

Volcano Counters

If the Firelord moves or is stunned, the spell will be canceled and not do its full damage.

World Editor description

Mystical Hero, adept at disrupting spells and dealing large amounts of fire damage. Can learn Soul Burn, Summon Lava Spawn, Incinerate and Volcano. Attacks land and air units.

Quotes

Notes

  • The Firelord, along with the Alchemist and Tinker, is one of the neutral heroes having no appearance in the official campaigns.
  • Blazefury, which is a random name for the Firelord in WarCraft III, is also a sword in World of Warcraft.

Gallery

Patch changes

Patch 1.18 (03/02/2005)
  • Incinerate can now be turned on or off.
When turned on, it consumes 6 mana per attack.
It is otherwise unchanged.
  • Lava Spawns now require 15 attacks to replicate, up from 14.
Patch 1.17 (09/20/2004)
  • Added.

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