The Guardian

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The Guardian
Race Revenant
Hit points 2000 (2400*)
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 1.00 HP/sec.
Mana 500
Mana Regeneration rate 1.25 Mana/sec.
Level 10
Gold Bounty Awarded 76-88 BTNPillage.png
Sleeps No
Collision Size 31
Normal attack 72.5 (78*) avg
Can attack Ground
Range 12.8
Attack type Normal
Cooldown 1.35 sec.
Armor Type Heavy
Armor 6
Movement Speed 270
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The Guardian was a revenant who warned Arthas to not draw the cursed sword Frostmourne from its pedestal, but Arthas did so regardless of the dire warning.[1]

The Guardian is described by Arthas as "the leader [of the group of revenants], the one assigned to guard Frostmourne" or as "the strange protector", and the other revenants "the other elemental guardians of the sword". Little information is given beyond that and the description of the battle.[2] The only other hints to his motivations are the inscription on the dais being written in Kalimag,[3] and the green ore in the walls of Frostmourne Cavern being referenced as "softly glowing turquoise crystals and veins of ore".[4]

Deathbringer Revenants could be found in Frostmourne Cavern, as well as Frost Revenants and Skeletal Marksmen.


The Guardian in Warcraft III.
The Guardian: Turn back, mortals. Death and darkness are all that await you in this forsaken vault.
Arthas: I doubt there is anything down here more terrifying than what we've faced already.
The Guardian: Believe what you will, boy. You shall not pass.
The Guardian: Turn away... before it's... too late.
Arthas: Still trying to protect the sword, are you?
The Guardian: No... trying to protect you... from it.

Spells and abilities

Frost Nova

Blasts enemy units around a target enemy unit with a wave of damaging frost that slows movement by 50% and attack by 25%.
Duration Effect
4 sec. 50 target damage, 50 nova damage

Frost Armor (Autocast)

Creates a shield of frost around a target friendly unit.
The shield adds armor and slows melee units that attack it.
Cooldown Effect
5 sec. Adds 3 armor, 5 seconds of cold


  • As the sword had been intentionally left for Arthas to find, and the elemental forces probably cared little for what happened to Lordaeron, the Guardian's motives are unknown.
  • His true intentions were hinted at going to be revealed in Arthas: Rise of the Lich King.[5]


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • The green ore in the Cavern could be Saronite, suggesting that The Guardian may have been connected to Yogg-Saron.
  • The revenants, having a sort of resistance to the Lich King's influence,[6] would explain why he tried to warn Arthas instead of encourage him. It's possible that he saw the future Arthas would bring as the Lich King and tried to prevent it. Alternatively he could have feared Frostmourne being out in the open would increase the Lich King's powers to the point of allowing the Lich King to bring the revenants under control.


  1. ^ "The Scourge of Lordaeron: Frostmourne", Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Blizzard Entertainment.
  2. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pages 178-181
  3. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, page 182, Muradin: "Aye, I thought I recognized this. It's written in Kalimag-the elemental language."
  4. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, page 178
  5. ^ 'Medievaldragon: What were the Revenants' motives to care for Arthas' fate? Will it be explained in World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King? Metzen: It's in the book.
  6. ^ Warcraft III manual, pg. 84