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Ancient Apparition
Ancient Apparition Lore
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Heroes Enigma minimap icon Enigma
Crystal Maiden minimap icon Crystal Maiden
Races Elementals
Places Ultimyr Archives
Gods Fundamentals
▶️ One day, ice will cover these lands, and it will be as if this war never happened.
Kaldr portends the Age of Ice

Kaldr the Ancient Apparition is a faint and eerie projection of a being that exists outside of time. His stake in the war of the Ancients is unknown, but what we should be more concerned about is the grim fate that he brings to all of creation.


Ancient Apparition minimap icon Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition
Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition, is an image projected from outside time. He springs from the cold, infinite void that both predates the universe and awaits its end. Kaldr is, Kaldr was, Kaldr shall be… and what we perceive, powerful as it appears to us, is but the faintest faded echo of the true, eternal Kaldr. Some believe that as the cosmos ages and approaches its final moments, the brightness and power of Kaldr will also intensify—that the Ancient Apparition will grow younger and stronger as eternity's end draws nigh. His grip of ice will bring all matter to a stop, his image will cast a light too terrible to behold. An Apparition no longer!

Kaldr appears unto the world as an incorporeal elemental of ice: a being at one with nature, but in this case he is at one with the icy elements of nature.[1] This elemental is naught but an image, a mere projection of a greater being that exists outside time in the cold, infinite void—a presence that predates the universe and awaits its end at the moment of the great equilibrium.

Mere apocrypha dictates that as the cosmos ages and is ushered to its final moments by time, Kaldr's light and power will grow ever stronger. His Ancient moniker will lose its meaning as he defies time's aging and grows younger, his grip of ice will bring all matter to a stop, his image will cast a light too terrible to behold and herald the coming of the great equilibrium!

Personality and Mannerisms[]

  • Likely as a joke on his name, Kaldr will often speak about his age and ghostly nature, sometimes acting like an elderly being[2][3] or a spooky ghost.[4]



Kaldr is a subordinate to the Fundament Enigma minimap icon Enigma.[5] He seems to not acknowledge this (likely on purpose) which causes Enigma to remind him of his place.[6][7]


According to Wukong, Kaldr has a crush on Crystal Maiden minimap icon Crystal Maiden and wishes to ask her out on a date.[8]

Powers and Abilities[]


Kaldr is, as his name says, an apparition. He is a spiritual being in a body of ghostly ice that is animated by the spirit within.[9] Because he embodies and wields ice and cold, he is an ice elemental.[10][11]

This is not his true form, however. His lore suggests that he embodies the heat death of the universe, as implied in his lore which mentions the cessation of matter[12] in the time of the great equilibrium.[13] Kaldr's earliest depictions were once recorded in unreadable texts written in an extinct language. Archivists from the Ultimyr Archives have found these texts and one of them attempted to use a deciphering spell to read it, but was driven mad as a result.[14]


The power that we observe from Kaldr is but a fainted echo of his true cosmic form. His powers are limited to a worldly ice elemental that can manipulate cold and ice, but soon Kaldr will gradually grow stronger as the end of the universe approaches where he will be able to stop matter itself. It would seem that he is no mere elemental however, since he can control time to a minor extent.

Outside of Cold Feet icon Cold Feet's effect in gameplay, the lore for this ability implies that it is much more powerful than what we see from his gameplay. The ability's lore describes that just his mere presence can draw those around him into a frozen void, where they will be locked in an "icy prison" for eternity. This "frozen void" might be the same cold and infinite void where Kaldr's image springs from outside time, which means that this ability is no mere freezing spell, but rather a gateway beyond time and into the void itself.

Kaldr manipulates frozen, caustic winds at a whim, creating an Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex that freezes the area and anyone caught in its area of effect.

Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch allows Kaldr to use his "eternal knowledge" to imbue his attacks with a frigid enchantment. The old lore for this ability before it was reworked once stated that this also enchants his allies.

Channeling ice storms from ages past through his frosty limbs, Kaldr releases their power through an Ice Blast icon Ice Blast that crashes into the world and freezes anyone caught in its ill wake into statues of ice. The lore implies that these ice storms are actually drawn from time periods in the past before being sent into the present by Kaldr, hinting at some form of temporal power.

Friendships and Rivalries[]

Allies meeting Ancient Apparition

  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon r You're not much of a people person, are you.
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon r I'm not sure if the shivers I'm feeling are nerves, or just being around you.
  • ▶️ Dawnbreaker minimap icon r Convenient that you're here, Apparition. Let's fight after the fight.
  • ▶️ Enigma minimap icon r You mistake me Apparition. I am more than you know.
  • ▶️ Enigma minimap icon r Ancient Apparition: an elemental in service to the Fundament.
  • ▶️ Grimstroke minimap icon r Just between us, Kaldr, what's your stake in all this?
  • ▶️ Hoodwink minimap icon r I'm not keen on frost, yeah? Let's keep it to a minimum.
  • ▶️ Kunkka minimap icon r Apparition, with you by my side I'll live to be an ancient mariner!
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon r Listen ghost, if you're ever gonna ask the Crystal Maiden out on that date, you better start working on those ice puns.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon r Here's the plan: you freeze 'em, and I'll smash their face in.
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon r Are you brighter than you were yesterday?
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon r Does anything surprise you anymore, Kaldr?
  • ▶️ Puck minimap icon r Excellent, an apparition of exceptional age. What I wonder can it teach me.
  • ▶️ Snapfire minimap icon r Cookies n' cold cream go together just nice.
  • ▶️ Tusk minimap icon r So are you supposed to be some kind of ice ghost?
  • ▶️ Void Spirit minimap icon r Have you knowledge of events to come, Kaldr?

Enemies meeting Ancient Apparition

  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon r You should've stayed incorporeal.
  • ▶️ Grimstroke minimap icon r They say you always were. Now you'll never be again.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon r You should've stayed home, Apparition. You're not walking away from this.

Enemies killing Ancient Apparition

  • ▶️ Alchemist minimap icon I always wondered what you'd get if you melted Apparition down.
  • ▶️ Bane minimap icon When your blood runs cold, you can blame it on me.
  • ▶️ Brewmaster minimap icon I prefer my spirits in liquid form.
  • ▶️ Brewmaster minimap icon Time for a cold one.
  • ▶️ Centaur Warrunner minimap icon When ice meets blade, ice loses.
  • ▶️ Clinkz minimap icon Ice is no match for fire.
  • ▶️ Clinkz minimap icon Naught but steam!
  • ▶️ Crystal Maiden minimap icon Old, cold and busted.
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon r You never should've stuck your nose in my business, Kaldr.
  • ▶️ Dawnbreaker minimap icon r You've lurked at the edges for too long. I say no more.
  • ▶️ Enigma minimap icon You have been too long in the cold.
  • ▶️ Enigma minimap icon You should not fight your betters.
  • ▶️ Enigma minimap icon You are beneath me.
  • ▶️ Hoodwink minimap icon r Hate to shatter your dreams, you frigid idiot.
  • ▶️ Jakiro minimap icon A respectable chill, Apparition, but put some fire in it next time. More ice, too.
  • ▶️ Keeper of the Light minimap icon Ancient you were, dead you are.
  • ▶️ Mars minimap icon r It always feels good to kill an ancient one.
  • ▶️ Mars minimap icon r Ah, that feels nice. I'd worked up a sweat!
  • ▶️ Medusa minimap icon Ice cracks, the same as stone.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon r You think you're the first spirit I've dealt with?
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon r Not ancient enough, it appears, to know better.
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon r You require a bit more fire in your belly to take me on.
  • ▶️ Phoenix minimap icon Chirp!
  • ▶️ Rubick minimap icon Thaw and shatter.
  • ▶️ Snapfire minimap icon r Nothing personal, ice cube. I'd have welcomed you just the same.
  • ▶️ Snapfire minimap icon r So much for that business opportunity!
  • ▶️ Spectre minimap icon Death's cold embrace.
  • ▶️ Storm Spirit minimap icon Mm, Spirit, Apparition…they're nothing alike.
  • ▶️ Tiny minimap icon Nothing personal, Ancient. Some of my best friends are fossils.
  • ▶️ Tusk minimap icon Did you know that I shatter ice with my fists for fun?
  • ▶️ Void Spirit minimap icon r I once thought you might aid my cause in a much greater capacity than fodder.
  • ▶️ Winter Wyvern minimap icon You're the ice cold wind beneath my wings.


  • ▶️ Oracle minimap icon r You shall almost certainly exhale your last in an icy blast.


  1. Leshrac's biography: Like other elemental characters, he is completely at one with nature...
  2. Ancient Apparition response: ▶️ Feh, youth today.
  3. Ancient Apparition response: ▶️ I'm too old for this!
  4. Ancient Apparition response: ▶️ Haunted path.
  5. Enigma response: ▶️ Ancient Apparition: an elemental in service to the Fundament.
  6. Enigma response: ▶️ r You mistake me Apparition. I am more than you know.
  7. Enigma response: ▶️ You should not fight your betters.
  8. Monkey King response: ▶️ Listen ghost, if you're ever gonna ask the Crystal Maiden out on that date, you better start working on those ice puns.
  9. Ancient Apparition response: ▶️ My spirit may be locked in ice, but my rage still burns.
  10. Ancient Apparition response: ▶️ Ice elemental.
  11. Ancient Apparition response: ▶️ Enigma, elemental to elemental.
  12. Ancient Apparition's biography: His grip of ice will bring all matter to a stop...
  13. Shatterblast Core description.
  14. Shatterblast Rule description.