For lore, see crypt lord.
Crypt Lord
Race Crypt lord
Faction Undead Scourge
Hit points 675
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 1.30 (+2.00 on Blight) HP/sec.
Mana 210
Mana Regeneration rate 0.71 Mana/sec.
Unit Type Hero
Unit Classified As Undead
Gold 425 (0, If hired first) Gold
Lumber 135 (0, If hired first) Lumber
Food 5 Food
Produced at Altar of Darkness
Build time 55 sec.
Hotkey C
Weapon(s) Nerubian Claws
Normal attack 28-34 (31 avg)
Can attack Ground, Structure, Debris, Item, Ward
Range Melee
Attack type Hero
Cooldown 1.48 (Basic 1.90) sec.
Weapon type Normal
Armor Type Hero
Armor 2 (Basic -2)
Day Sight 180
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed Average (290)
Sound Set HeroCryptLord
Hero Parameters
Primary Attribute Strength
Strength Infocard-heroattributes-str.png 26 (+3.2/level)
Agility Infocard-heroattributes-agi.png 14 (+1.2/level)
Intelligence Infocard-heroattributes-int.png 14 (+1.6/level)
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

These ancient, evil behemoths were once the mighty kings of the subterranean spider kingdom of Azjol-Nerub. Though the Nerubians fell before the wrath of the Lich King during the fabled War of the Spider, the insidious Crypt Lords were swayed over to the Lich King's ranks and granted considerable power and the immortality of undeath. Now the giant, thundering beasts serve as the Lich King's mightiest warriors and the guardians of the Scourge's holdings in Northrend.


Level Strength Hit Points HP Regen Rate
(On Blight)
Attack (Ground/Air) Agility Armor (In-game) Cooldown Intelligence Mana Mana Regen Rate
1 26 675 1.30 (3.30) HP/sec. 28-34 (31 avg)/None 14 2.2 (2) 1.48 sec. 14 210 0.71 Mana/sec.
2 29.2 750 1.45 (3.45) HP/sec. 31-37 (34 avg)/None 15.2 2.5 (3) 1.46 sec. 15.6 225 0.76 Mana/sec.
3 32.4 825 1.60 (3.60) HP/sec. 34-40 (37 avg)/None 16.4 2.8 (3) 1.44 sec. 17.2 255 0.86 Mana/sec.
4 35.6 900 1.75 (3.75) HP/sec. 37-43 (40 avg)/None 17.6 3.1 (3) 1.42 sec. 18.8 270 0.91 Mana/sec.
5 38.8 975 1.90 (3.90) HP/sec. 40-46 (43 avg)/None 18.8 3.4 (3) 1.40 sec. 20.4 300 1.01 Mana/sec.
6 42 1075 2.10 (4.10) HP/sec. 44-50 (47 avg)/None 20 4.0 (4) 1.36 sec. 22 330 1.11 Mana/sec.
7 45.2 1150 2.25 (4.25) HP/sec. 47-53 (50 avg)/None 21.2 4.3 (4) 1.34 sec. 23.6 345 1.16 Mana/sec.
8 48.4 1225 2.40 (4.40) HP/sec. 50-56 (53 avg)/None 22.4 4.6 (5) 1.32 sec. 25.2 375 1.26 Mana/sec.
9 51.6 1300 2.55 (4.55) HP/sec. 53-59 (56 avg)/None 23.6 4.9 (5) 1.30 sec. 26.8 390 1.31 Mana/sec.
10 54.8 1375 2.70 (4.70) HP/sec. 56-62 (59 avg)/None 24.8 5.2 (5) 1.28 sec. 28.4 420 1.41 Mana/sec.

Hero names

Thebis-Ra, Typhis-Ahn, Anubiros, Memphis-Ahn, Horus'aman, Nephri'thos, Arak-arahm, Tuten'arak, Pharoh-moth.


Crypt Lords are immensely durable Undead heroes, much more compared to the Death Knight and Dreadlord. They possess high Strength and a respective amount of growth for it but are lacking in Agility and Intelligence.

Impale is a powerful ability for Crypt Lords, essentially being a multi-hitting version of the Mountain King's Storm Bolt in return for less damage and only being able to strike ground units.

Spiked Carapace allows the Crypt Lord to take more punishment by giving him extra armor.

They're essentially notable for wading into the midst of an intense battle and taking heavy amounts of punishment, thanks to their high health and Spiked Carapace providing the Crypt Lord with additional armor to protect him from standard attacks. Crypt Lords will benefit greatly from health and mana boosting items so they can make the most use out of their health and spells.

Despite this, most players generally prefer the Death Knight and Lich because of their versatility, but the Crypt Lord is very effective when given the proper items and training.

Spells and abilities


Slams the ground with the Crypt Lord's massive claws, shooting spiked tendrils out in a straight line, dealing damage and hurling enemy ground units into the air in their wake.
Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets
9 sec. 100 70 Width: 25, Length: 60 Ground, Enemy, Neutral, Organic
Level Duration (Hero) Effect Hero Level Req
1 2 (1) sec. 60 damage and stunned. 1
2 3 (1.5) sec. 105 damage and stunned. 3
3 4 (2) sec. 150 damage and stunned. 5

Notes: Airborne units can take damage and be attacked. Airborne units are untargeteable by spells.

Impale is a powerful move - while it doesn't do a lot of damage, it temporarily stuns every ground unit it hits on its path. Try to position the Crypt Lord in a position where he can impale the most units to make the most of this spell.


Try to avoid lining up your units in a way the Crypt Lord can incapacitate all of them at once. You should watch out for your Heroes though as most players tend to Impale them and finish them off while they're stunned.

Spiked Carapace (Passive)

The Crypt Lord forms barbed layers of chitinous armor that increases its defense and returns damage to enemy melee attackers.
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 +3 armor, 15% damage returned. 1
2 +5 armor, 25% damage returned. 3
3 +7 armor, 35% damage returned. 5

Spiked Carapace essentially combines the Ring of Protection items along with a Thorns Aura effect for himself - a perfect set to compliment his high health.

Carrion Beetles (Autocast)

The Crypt Lord progenerates 2 Carrion Beetles from a target corpse to attack the Crypt Lord's enemies. Beetles are permanent but only 6 can be controlled at a time.
Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets
6 sec. 30 90 Dead
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 170 hit points, 8-9 damage 1
2 300 hit points, 15-18 damage, Burrow ability 3
3 440 hit points, 22-27 damage, Burrow ability 5

Carrion Beetles are essentially great for early Creeping as they can take damage to allow the Crypt Lord to take less in return. Don't worry about them dying - they cost no food and are permanent until killed, or if another beetle is summoned when the limit is reached. They are also good for Death Knights and Liches to restore their health and mana respectively.

Level 2 and 3 Carrion Beetles can also use Burrow, making them ideal scouts if the enemy doesn't have invisibility detection.


Use dispel units to destroy any Carrion Beetles. Invisibility detection also works if they try to burrow underground.

Locust Swarm (Ultimate)

Creates a swarm of angry locusts that bite and tear at nearby enemy units. As they chew the enemy flesh, they convert it into a substance that restores hit points to the Crypt Lord when they return.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Area of Effect Hero Level Req
30 sec. 180 sec. 150 80 6

Locust Swarm is kind of similar to Protoss Carriers in StarCraft. Once "launched" the Locust Swarm will follow the Crypt Lord where he walks, heading out in an area around the Crypt Lord.


  • 20 Locusts are released. 0.2 second delay between releasing each Locust.
  • Up to 7 Locusts can target an enemy unit at the same time. Fraction of damage dealt by Locusts that will be returned and collected by Crypt Lord: 0.75.
  • The Locust must collect 20 hit points before returning it to the Crypt Lord.

Use this ability in a hectic fight - with many enemies around, the Crypt Lord is guaranteed to recover more than he can take in damage if he isn't being focused on.


Focus on the Crypt Lord if he activates the spell - the locusts summoned immediately die off (signified by loud screeching) if he teleports or is killed.


Patch changes

  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.15 (2004-05-10):
    • Level-2 Carrion Beetles now have the same collision size as Ghouls, instead of the same size as Crypt Fiends.
    • Level-3 Carrion Beetles now have the same collision size as Crypt Fiends, instead of the same size as Abominations.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.10 (2003-07-03): Impale area of effect width reduced to 250 from 300.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.07 (2003-07-01): Added.

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