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My Onslaught will wash over the Lich King's forces! Your time has come to an end. You'll never defeat the Lich King without my forces! I'll have my revenge... on him AND you!
- Mal'Ganis

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 to darkness, and make him the Lich King's greatest champion.


Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.

Mal'Ganis in Warcraft III.

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 believed him to be slain.

Arthas kills Mal'Ganis.

In Wrath of the Lich King

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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. To this day, he is plotting his revenge against the traitorous Lich King.

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.

In Legion

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Mal'Ganis appears again among the host of demons summoned by Gul'dan at the Battle on the Broken Shore.

Memorable quotes

Mal'Ganis in WoW

Mal'Ganis in Warcraft III.

Encounter in Stratholme

  • "I've been waiting for you, young prince. I... am 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!"

Taunting Arthas in Northrend

  • "The Dark Lord said you would come! This is where your journey ends...boy. Trapped and freezing at the roof of the world, with only death to sing the tale of your doom!"

Mal'Ganis' last conversation with Arthas, a few seconds before his presumed death...

  • Mal'Ganis: "So, you've taken up Frostmourne at the expense of your comrade's life... 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 can't possibly mean to -" (Arthas swings his blade at Mal'Ganis)
  • Arthas: "It is finished!"

Encounter in Icecrown Glacier in the Onslaught Harbor

When revealing his true identity
  • "Gah! I spent too much time in that weak little shell."
  • "Kirel narak! I am Mal'Ganis. I AM ETERNAL!"
Killing a player
  • "Anach kyree!" (Miserable insect!)
  • "My Onslaught will wash over the Lich King's forces!"
  • "Your death is in vain, tiny mortal."
  • "Your time has come to an end."
When escaping
  • "ENOUGH! I waste my time here. I must gather my strength on the homeworld."
  • "You'll never defeat the Lich King without my forces! I'll have my revenge... on him AND you!"

Statistics of Mal'Ganis from Warcraft III at Level 10

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.

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Carrion Swarm Sleep Dark Conversion Soul Preservation
Mal'Ganis' abilities in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
  • 1150 HP (same as a regular dreadlord)
  • 600 MP (same as a regular dreadlord)
  • 44-54 hero melee damage (same as a regular dreadlord)
  • 6 hero armor (same as a regular dreadlord)
  • Attributes
    • 42 Strength Primary Attribute (same as a regular dreadlord)
    • 25 Agility (same as a regular dreadlord)
    • 40 Intelligence (same as a regular dreadlord)
  • AbilitiesINV Misc Bone DwarfSkull 01.png
    • Carrion Swarm (multiple target damage in a line)
    • Sleep (incapacitates enemy)
    • Dark Conversion (turns a villager undead)
    • Soul Preservation (sends undead unit to the "nether-realm")


  • Mal'Ganis and Balnazzar are the only two dreadlords who are confirmed to be still alive as the others are either dead or missing.
  • Though plotting his revenge upon the Lich King, developers hinted that he would have no role in Icecrown Citadel.[1] This eventually proved true. Mal'Ganis is nowhere to be found within Icecrown Citadel.
  • In the final level of The Scourge of Lordaeron in Warcaft III: Reign of Chaos, using the given base and units, it is possible to invade and destroy Mal'Ganis' base. If Mal'Ganis is killed before Arthas returns with Frostmourne, Mal'ganis will drop 2-3 Inv jewelry talisman 06.png [Ankhs 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.
    • This happens because if Mal'Ganis is initially killed before Arthas returns with Frostmourne, the game gives Mal'Ganis an Ankh every 2 seconds in an attempt to prevent the player from defeating Mal'Ganis until Arthas returns. The Ankhs will keep spawning until his inventory is full of Ankhs, even while Mal'Ganis is being resurrected. Players can still defeat him if they kill him in less than 2 seconds (before the game gives him an Ankh). Arthas still needs to claim Frostmourne to complete the mission, though.



Patch changes


External links

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King World of Warcraft: Legion
Patch 7.0.3 Patch 7.1.0

Preceded by:
Archbishop Landgren
Leader of the Scarlet Onslaught
Succeeded by: