- For his Warcraft III statistics, see Mal'Ganis (Warcraft III). For information on how to defeat him in World of Warcraft, see Mal'Ganis (tactics).
|Former affiliation(s)||Scourge (Undead Elite Guard), Scarlet Onslaught (while in the form of Barean Westwind)|
|Occupation||Leader of the Scarlet Onslaught (while in the form of Barean Westwind)|
- “I am Mal'Ganis. I AM ETERNAL!”
- — Mal'Ganis shedding his disguise as Barean Westwind
Mal'Ganis (or Mal'ganis) was one of the nathrezim sent by Archimonde as a jailor of the Lich King. He was chosen to head up the plot to turn Prince Arthas Menethil to darkness, and make him the Lich King's greatest champion. Later he led the Scarlet Onslaught under the guise of Barean Westwind.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Locations
- 3 Memorable quotes
- 4 In Hearthstone
- 5 In Heroes of the Storm
- 6 Notes and trivia
- 7 Speculation
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Videos
- 10 Patch changes
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The breaking of Ner'zhul
At Kil'jaeden's command a group of dreadlords consisting of Mal'Ganis, Tichondrius, Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras tortured the orc shaman Ner'zhul after he had escaped from Draenor to the Twisting Nether. Eventually, Ner'zhul, his sanity cracking, would agree to serve Kil'jaeden. Kil'jaeden passed the orc's spirit through death and revived as a spectral entity. The dreadlords bound his disembodied spirit to a specifically crafted set of armor and a mighty runeblade called Frostmourne. These items were locked in a diamond-hard block of ice to imprison Ner'zhul. The Lich King and the dreadlords who had tortured him were then sent to Azeroth in order to weaken any resistance that the Burning Legion would in face during the Third War. While the Lich King gathered his strength, Mal'Ganis and his fellow dreadlords would serve as jailors and executors meant to hasten the Lich King's task by any means necessary. To this end, they would construct the Icecrown Citadel within Northrend. Though seemingly broken by the dreadlords, Ner'zhul sought vengeance and was able to play on the dreadlord's fears of Kil'jaeden in order trick them into allowing him to hurl Frostmourne out of the Frozen Throne.
The Third War
As Arthas and Jaina Proudmoore were investigating rumors of plague, they were attacked again and again by the forces of the Scourge posing as the personal army of the dreadlord Mal'Ganis. Kel'Thuzad helped play the part by telling Arthas that it was Mal'Ganis himself and not the Lich King behind the plague. Each attack, each town destroyed hit at Arthas' weakness, his pride. Arthas began to take his inability to protect his people from the Scourge personally, and soon became obsessed with killing the dreadlord.
Mal'Ganis led Arthas to Stratholme, and left him with the choice of either slaughtering all of its inhabitants or watching them fall to the plague. Arthas chose to kill his own subjects rather than let them become slaves to Mal'Ganis in death, killing most of the inhabitants of the town. Mal'Ganis was there in the wreckage, and goaded Arthas once again to come to Northrend to finish their battle. As expected, Arthas took the royal fleet and sailed north. The Prince's obsession with the hated dreadlord led him further down the path of evil, first lying to his men, betraying his mercenaries, and finally forsaking his own soul to take up the runeblade Frostmourne, grievously wounding Muradin Bronzebeard in the process.
The moment Arthas took up Frostmourne he became a tool of the Lich King, completely subservient to his will. This was what Mal'Ganis had planned all along. Confidently he approached Arthas and informed him of his fate. However, the manipulative and traitorous dreadlord was himself betrayed, as the Lich King's first whispers to Arthas were that the time for his vengeance had come (this was the first step towards Ner'zhul's independence). Arthas defeated the dreadlord, and both Arthas and the Lich King believed him to be slain. However, the dreadlords had ensured they would be shielded from the power of Frostmourne when they created it. The sword was incapable of consuming Mal'Ganis's soul, which instead returned to the Twisting Nether where he would be reborn in a new body.
World of Warcraft
This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
Culling of Stratholme
Mal'Ganis is the final boss in the Stratholme of the past, the fourth wing of the Caverns of Time that opened with the release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. In the Warcraft III scenario The Culling, Mal'Ganis would always resurrect after a certain period and return to continue his corruption of the city. In the instance, however, once Mal'ganis is taken to 1% health, he teleports out of the city after telling Arthas to meet him in Northrend.
Recent discoveries have shown that this is not the case. Mal'Ganis is still alive — under the guise of Barean Westwind — and has taken over control of the Scarlet Onslaught, much like Balnazzar had done with the original Scarlet Crusade. He stood in seclusion in Onslaught Harbor until agents from the Knights of the Ebon Blade forced him to show his true identity and flee back to his homeworld. He claimed to be plotting his revenge against the traitorous Lich King, but this never came to fruition.
This section concerns content related to Legion.
Mal'Ganis has not appeared since then and his location is unknown.
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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
- Mal'Ganis: I've been waiting for you, young prince. I am Mal'Ganis.
- Mal'Ganis: As you can see, your people are now mine. I will now turn this city household by household, until the flame of life has been snuffed out... forever.
- Arthas: I won't allow it, Mal'Ganis! Better that these people die by my hand than serve as your slaves in death!
- Arthas: We're going to finish this right now, Mal'Ganis. Just you and me.
- Mal'Ganis: Brave words. Unfortunately for you, it won't end here. Your journey has just begun, young prince.
- Mal'Ganis: Gather your forces and meet me in the arctic land of Northrend. It is there that we shall settle the score between us. It is there were your true destiny will unfold.
- Arthas: I'll hunt you to the ends of the earth if I have to! Do you hear me? To the ends of the earth!
- "The Dark Lord said you would come! This is where you journey ends...boy. Trapped and freezing at the roof of the world, with only death to sing the tale of your doom!"
- Mal'Ganis: So, you've taken up Frostmourne at the expense of your comrades' lives, just as the Dark Lord said you would. You're stronger than I thought.
- Arthas: You waste your breath Mal'Ganis. I heed only the voice of Frostmourne now.
- Mal'Ganis: You hear the voice of the Dark Lord. He whispers to you through the blade you wield... What does he say, young human? What does the Dark Lord of the Dead tell you now?
- Arthas: He tells me the time for my vengeance has come.
- Mal'Ganis: What? He couldn't possibly mean to--
- Arthas: It is finished.
World of Warcraft
This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
- Main article: A Royal Escort#Notes
- Main article: Mal'Ganis (tactics)#Quotes
- Main article: The Admiral Revealed#Notes
Mal'Ganis appears as a legendary card for the warlock class in the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "Mal'Ganis doesn't like being betrayed, so if you discard him, watch out."
In Heroes of the Storm
Notes and trivia
- The name of Mal'Ganis comes from a space vampire lord in Blizzard's canceled game "Bloodlines" named "Mal Ganis." According to Chris Metzen, the name was later lifted for use in Warcraft.
- Though plotting his revenge upon the Lich King, developers hinted that he would have no role in Icecrown Citadel. This eventually proved true. Mal'Ganis is nowhere to be found within Icecrown Citadel.
- During the Purge of Dalaran, Archmage Lan'dalock summoned images of various Wrath of the Lich King era bosses, Mal'Ganis among them, to fight for him against the Horde.
- In a manga Nightmares, Jaina was dreaming about traveling with Arthas to Northrend. There, they defeated the dreadlord and then found Frostmourne Cavern and Frostmourne in it. As Arthas was about to approach the blade, Mal'Ganis reappeared and attacked him, almost overwhelming him. In hoping to rescue Arthas, Jaina took the blade and slew the dreadlord, damning her own soul and eventuality becoming the Lich Queen.
- In the final level of The Scourge of Lordaeron in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, using the given base and units it is possible to invade and destroy Mal'Ganis' base, but if Mal'Ganis is killed before Arthas returns with Frostmourne, Mal'Ganis will die, drop 2-3 Ankh of Reincarnation, and come back to life. This can be repeated numerous times and when he does finally stay down (you will see the death animation when he finally dies), Ankhs will continuously spawn from where he died.
- In the Warcraft III campaigns, dreadlord characters were given different colors out of concern that players wouldn't be able to tell them apart.
- Mal'Ganis is voiced by Christopher Corey Smith in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
- An unused NPC ID suggests that he was at some point intended to appear during vanilla as a boss named Dreadlord Malganis <Overfiend>.
- It is unknown why he was not present in Icecrown Citadel. It can be speculated that his plans were ruined by the arrival of the Ashen Verdict.
- Illidan Stormrage believed he had possibly destroyed the dreadlord homeworld, Nathreza, well before Mal'Ganis was discovered in Northrend. Mal'Ganis's statement after being discovered as Westwind might imply that he did not know about Nathreza's fate or that some of the planet still exists, like Outland. The later was eventually confirmed in Legion.
- Heroes of the Storm
Bats created by Mal'Ganis's Heroic ability Carrion Swarm.
- Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Added.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 17
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 39
- ^ The Cult of the Damned (WC3 Human)
- ^ March of the Scourge (WC3 Human)
- ^ The Culling (WC3 Human)
- ^ Divergent Courses (WC3 Human)
- ^ Dissension (WC3 Human)
- ^ Frostmourne (WC3 Human)
- ^ Trudging through the Ashes (WC3 Undead)
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 52 - 53
- ^ Carpenter, Nick (w), Didier, Samwise (w), Metzen, Chris (w), The Art of Blizzard Entertainment (hardcover), pg. 348. Insight Editions, February 12, 2013. ISBN 1608-87027-8.
- ^ http://www.worldofraids.com/news/1078-twitter-blizzard-developer-chat-transcript.html
- ^ Warcraft III - Design Insights Highlights 02 : Undead Campaign
- ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan