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Helm of Domination

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For the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj helmet, see  [Helm of Domination].

Arthas wearing the Helm of Domination.

The Helm of Domination[1] (also referred to as the helm of the Lich King[2] or Lich King's crown[3]) was crafted by demons, both to hold the spirit of Ner'zhul and grant him his Lich King powers. The helm, which helps command undead and others, was bonded to Ner'zhul's spirit and locked within the Frozen Throne. The runeblade Frostmourne was also locked inside the Frozen Throne, but Ner'zhul cast it from the throne so it would eventually find its way to Arthas. Upon shattering the Frozen Throne, he donned the helm and inherited the Lich King's powers.[4][5][6] It forces the undead Scourge to obey the wearer's will.[2]

With the death of Arthas, the Helm of Domination passed to Bolvar Fordragon, who became the new Lich King.[7]

In the RPG

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As long as the Lich King is alive, any creature donning the helm is slain immediately by a surging overflow of power. Only divine beings are not slain, but they still cannot command its powers if the Lich King is alive.[4]

The Plate of the Damned, which is described in the Manual of Monsters to be combined with the Helm of Domination, makes the wearer nearly invulnerable.[4]

In the TCG

Icon-TCG.png This section contains information from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and is considered non-canon.

Angrathar the Wrathgate is crafted to look like the Helm of Domination.[8]


  • While the name originated from the non-canon RPG, Loreology confirmed that the name was still official but subject to change.[9] The name was officially used for the first time in patch 7.2.0.
  • The helm was once described as spiked and ornate.[5]
  • The helmet can be seen in the Caverns of Frost in Diablo III.