Design Notes

December 04, 2023

Glacial Warlord Class Skills Return

This month: rebalanced, updated Glacial Warlord Class

Embrace the power of the glaciers once again when the Glaceran Warlord Class arrives! This newly reimagined Glacial Warlord class returns with all-new art this month as part of our Frostval Gifting celebration.

How to Unlock the Class

There are three ways to unlock the Glaceran Warlord Class (the variant of Glacial Warlord class with new art + skills)

Generosity Coin Merge: 
Get a version of the class skills with new art for x10 Generosity Coins 
(2023 exclusive, rare set)

Gifting Event Tier Rewards: Tiers 2 - 7 of our Frostval Gifting Event will automatically unlock all of the Generosity Coin merge shop rewards (including the class) once the event ends. 

February Seasonal Shop:
The updated class skills return in February 2024 with a new art for 2,500 ACs
(Seasonal, returns each year)

Glaceran Warlord Details

Embrace the power of the glacier… and CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES! They will soon know the cold grasp of the grave thanks to the power you wield!

Recommended enhancements: Fighter, Lucky

Stat Model: Tank Melee

Mana Regen: Glaceran Warlords gain mana when they...

  • Strike an enemy in combat (more effective on crits)
  • Are struck by an enemy in combat

Skill Breakdown

Rank 1 Passive: Skull Crusher
Starting at rank 1, all skills can't crit unless Frozen Heart is active.

Powerful Blow
Rank needed: 1 / Auto Attack
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: 175% Physical
Range: Melee
Cooldown: 2.75 seconds

An attack that strikes with full force, but takes longer to build up power.

If Frozen Heart isn't active, applies Cryopathy to your target, reducing their Damage Resistance by 5% for 15 seconds, stacks to 10. 

A slower, but stronger auto attack than most. When Frozen Heart isn't active, this skill stacks a sizable defense debuff on your target. What is Frozen Heart? Well, read just a bit further!

Frozen Heart
Rank needed: 1
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: 150% Physical
Range: Melee
Mana Cost: 10
Cooldown: 2.5 seconds

Toggles Frozen Heart. While active, Frozen Heart reduces your Damage Resistance by 50%, causes all skills to crit, and changes the properties of your other skills. Use again to remove Frozen Heart. Can't miss.

When Glacial Warlord first released in December 2013, it used a mechanic called Frozen Heart, which changed the properties of its skills while it was active. While this was an interesting mechanic, it never felt like it was being utilized to its fullest extent, but that changes today. With this rework, Frozen Heart has become a toggleable skill, meaning that every time it is used, the class switches between one of two states; in this case, a defensive state that aims to keep you alive longer, and an offensive state that aims to increase your damage output! 

Bitter Cold
Rank needed: 2
Target: Enemy
Max Target: 1
Type: 200% Physical 
Range: Melee
Mana Cost: 15
Cooldown: 7 seconds

A chilling attack that freezes your target to the core, stunning them for 1 second. If Frozen Heart isn't active, applies Frigid to your target, reducing their Crit Chance by 20% for 10 seconds.

If Frozen Heart is active, applies Cold Wave to your target, reducing their Dodge by 20%. 

A debuffing skill that also stuns no matter what mode you're in. In your defensive state, you apply a Crit Chance debuff to keep you alive longer, and in offensive state, you apply a Dodge debuff that'll help you land attacks more often.

Glacier Crush
Rank needed: 3
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 1
Type: 275% Physical
Range: Long
Mana Cost: 25
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Attack with the might of a glacier. If Frozen Heart isn't active, applies Bone Chill to your target, reducing their Haste and outgoing damage by 30% for 15 seconds.

If Frozen Heart is active, applies Frozen Ferocity, increasing your Hit Chance by 20% and Haste by 10% for 15 seconds. ~12/08/23 update. The Haste increase was incorrectly stated, it has been updated to its correct amount. 

Your most expensive skill, but also your most powerful. While in defensive state, you apply a hefty debuff to your target that increases you and your allies survivability. In offensive state, you get a small Hit Chance and Haste buff that when combined with the Dodge buff from the previous skill, helps you output damage at an even more frequent pace!

Rank needed: 5
Target: Friendly
Max Targets: 7
Type: -800% Static Physical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 10 
Cooldown: 14 seconds

An invigorating shout. If Frozen Heart isn't active, heals you and up to 6 allies while applying Warlord's Rally, increasing Crit Chance and Damage Resistance by 25% and reducing mana costs by 50% for 20 seconds. 

If Frozen Heart is active, heals you and applies Warcry, healing you over time and increasing your Crit Damage by 75% for 20 seconds.

A healing and buffing skill that drastically changes depending on whether Frozen Heart is active or not. In your defensive state, this becomes a support focused skill that heals everyone, reduces their damage taken, and reduces the mana cost of their skills. In your offensive state however, this skill only heals you, and provides you with a HoT and an increase to your Crit Damage.

Rank 4 Passive: Heavy Armor Master
Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive

Damage Resistance increased by 50% and Physical Resistance increased by 20%.

Rank 4 Passive: Strong Arm
Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive

Strength increased by 50%.

Rank 1 Passive: Skull Crusher
Rank needed: 1/10
Type: Passive

Starting at rank 1, all skills can't crit unless Frozen Heart is active. At rank 10, if Frozen Heart is active, Powerful Blow applies Skull Crusher, increasing your outgoing damage by 5% for 15 seconds, stacks to 10.


Glacial Warlord's Frozen Heart ability allows it to switch between two states, an offensive state that causes your skills to always crit but makes you more vulnerable to incoming damage, and a defensive state that absorbs incoming damage and can support its party members, but reduces your damage output.

However, while there are two states, Frozen Heart has a short cooldown so you can essentially switch between the two states whenever you want, meaning that the auras you apply in one state can benefit the other. For example, while in defensive state, Powerful Blow applies a defense debuff to your target, but if you switch to offensive state, you can make use of that debuff to deal even more damage!

How you choose to play Glacial Warlord is up to you, but regardless, it should be a formidable force on the frozen battlefield!

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