For other uses, see Ancient Protector (disambiguation).
Ancient Protector
Race Ancient
Faction Night Elf Sentinels
Hit points 600
Hit point regeneration Night
Hit point regeneration rate 0.50 HP/sec.
Level 3
Gold 135 Gold
Lumber 80 Lumber
Build time 55 sec.
Requires Hunter's Hall
Hotkey P
Weapon(s) Throwing Rocks (Rooted); Ancient Claws (Uprooted)
Normal attack

45-54 (49.5 avg)
Area Damage Radius:

  • Full Damage Area: 2.5
  • 3/20 Damage Area: 7.5
  • 1/20 Damage Area: 12.5
Can attack

Ground, Structure, Debris, Air, Item, Ward

  • Area Damage Targets: Ground, Structure, Debris, Wall, Enemy, Neutral
Range 70
Attack type Piercing
Cooldown 1.70 sec.
Weapon type Missile Splash
Secondary attack 26-33 (29.5 avg)
Can attack Ground, Structure, Debris, Item, Ward
Range Melee (12.8)
Attack type Normal
Cooldown 1.40 sec.
Weapon type Normal
Armor Type Fortified (Rooted); Heavy (Uprooted)
Armor 1
Day Sight 190
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed 40 (While Uprooted)
Turn Rate 0.40
This article 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 Effect
150 Gold 200 Lumber Tree of Life/Tree of Ages/Tree of Eternity Tree of Ages/Tree of Eternity 60 sec. Armor: 3
Movement Speed: 80

Patch changes

  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.17 (2004-09-20): Rooted attack now uses a homing missile.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.13 (2003-12-16): Eat Tree now heals 500 hit points over 30 seconds, up from 200 hit points over 10 seconds.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.10 (2003-07-03): Ancients now attack while rooted.
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.06 (2003-06-03): Ancients temporarily lose their fortified armor when they uproot, becoming medium armor units.
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.04 (2002-11-04):
    • Ancient Protector cost reduced to 160/80 from 240/100.
    • Ancient Protector hit points increased to 600 from 550.
    • Ancient Protector armor decreased to 1 from 2.
    • Ancient Protector minimum range reduced to 0 from 200.
    • Ancient Protector ranged attack damage reduced to 1d10+44 from 1d13+51.
    • Ancient Protector damage type changed to pierce from siege.
    • Ancient Protector splash damage reduced.
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.01 (2002-07-05):
    • 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.