He serves as a supporting anti-heroic protagonist in Kingdom Rush: Origins, the main antagonist of Kingdom Rush, the posthumous overarching antagonist of Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, the overarching protagonist of Kingdom Rush: Vengeance, and a cameo antagonist of Legends of Kingdom Rush.
Vez'nan is the main antagonist, the third and final boss in the main campaign of Kingdom Rush. He has one of the lowest health of any Campaign boss in the game (except Myconid), but also hits the hardest of any boss in the series.
The most evil being you will encounter. Watch out for his evil bad jokes!
From Wave 9 onward, Vez'nan periodically casts a spell that disables towers. The spell is initially dispellable by clicking/tapping on the tower rapidly, however, after a few seconds, the spell becomes undispellable and will only end after approximately 10 seconds. As the stage progresses, Vez'nan will cast the spell simultaneously on more and more towers, making it nearly impossible to dispel all of them before they become undispellable. Vez'nan can also summon Demon Spawn and Demon Hounds from the summoning circles on the map. On flash, his Soul Drain attack instantly disintegrates soldiers (except Earth Elementals).
When his humanoid form is killed, Vez'nan will transform into a giant winged fire-breathing demon, which must also be killed. This form is significantly faster, allowing Vez'nan to easily reach the exit if he is near enough to it, but otherwise, it is actually weaker, since Vez'nan can no longer disable towers, summon demons or use the special Soul Drain attack.
- Remember to build towers at the bottom of the map. During the final waves, Vez'nan creates enemies in the bottom pentagram, leaving you very little time to kill them. A Barbarian Mead Hall is usually enough unless you're being overwhelmed by enemies.
- Towers should be upgraded before creating new ones; this will prevent Vez'nan from disabling many towers simultaneously.
- If you do not have time to cancel all of Vez'nan's spells, free the most powerful attack towers and the towers which are closest to Vez'nan's troops. Don't worry about Barracks buildings with soldiers who don't need management at the moment, as the disabling, while it will stop upgrading, rallying, and respawning, won't stop the soldiers already on the road from doing their job.
- The same barracks upgrade cannon fodder tactic used against J.T. also works to easily kill Vez'nan. Use a barracks on Vez'nan's path or sell another tower and build a barracks. Every time a soldier melee attacks Vez'nan, he stops moving briefly to destroy the soldier. Immediately upgrade the barracks to create fresh troops to attack again. When the barracks is maxed out on level 4, sell it and build another barracks. Meanwhile use reinforcements as often as possible to slow him down in the same way. Repeat this process and Vez'nan will make very slow progress while taking steady damage from nearby towers.
- Another method for defeating Vez'nan is to use Elementals in the "Cannon Fodder" tactic. Elementals are better to use than Soldiers because they have more health, are stronger, it takes Vez'nan two hits to kill them, and Vez'nan's Soul Drain attack does not work on Elementals because they are just made of rock and have no soul.
- Put a Barracks up near the graveyard. This will both create a choke point and hold off the Skeletons that come from there.
- Use a hero with good armor, like Gerald Lightseeker or Hacksaw. On hero level 10, it takes Vez'nan 4 hits to kill them, if it is on mage form.
Vez'nan has a full repertoire of jarring taunts, threatening phrases, and ironic culture references that he uses to unnerve his foes. Fortunately, he is easily ignored...
- It is good you made it this far!
- You'll make a fine addition to my head collection!
- Mmmh! I don't think that will work!
- Zzzzz!!! Need a strategy guide?
- Let's see what you are made of!
- I love the smell of blasphemy at midnight...
- Dyin' time's here!
- Kneel before me!
- Bah! A mere apprentice could defeat you!
- You're not even a challenge...
- Would you kindly die already?
- You will be baked, and then there will be cake.
- All your base are belong to us!
- Haha! Who you gonna call?
- I am darkness and fire incarnate!
- Yes we shall pass!
- I say thee nay!
- I am your nightmares made flesh!
- Face your doom!
- There will be no dawn...for men.
- There is no life in the void. Only death.
- Prepare for unforeseen consequences.
- Good! I can feel your anger!
- Fear is the mind-killer.
- Heeeeeere's Vez'nan!
- I'm not afraid of the dark, the dark is afraid of ME
- Surrender, and your death shall be quick.
- You are so WEAK!
- Abandon all hope!
- I'll enjoy every minute of this!
- Why so SERIOUS?
- You are a mere insect before me!
- I may be bad, but I feel GOOOOOD!
- Remember these old friends?
- OMG, you are a complete fail!
- Resistance is futile!
- Bwahahaha HA HA HA!!
- Seriously, are you even trying?
- Vez'nan's Soul Drain attack is only used on the flash version of the game.
- His health being 6,666 and his attack being 666-999 seems like a reference to the number 666, which represents Satan. This is also supported by his evil nature and his second forms appearance being similar to a Devil.
- Using modified gameplay, it was proven that Vez'nan in his demon form does not have an instant kill attack, it is just very high. In flash, however, the demon form still deals 666-999 damage every breath.
- In the Heroic Challenge and Iron Challenge modes, you will notice that since Vez'nan is dead, there is a "FOR SALE" sign in the Dark Tower.
- At the end of the game, during the ending, Vez'nan's staff is picked up by Lord Malagar.
- Vez'nan's demon form's health is not affected by difficulty in Flash and iOS; he always has 6666 health (the human form is affected normally).
- In Pandaemonium, Vez'nan's soul is seen in a cage next to Moloch's throne. In the early versions of the game, Vez'nan was seen wielding his staff, though the credits suggested it had been stolen by Lord Malagar. Further updates changed to Vez'nan gripping the bars of the cage with no sign of the staff. In the Heroic Challenge and Iron Challenge, after Moloch is killed, the cage is destroyed with Vez'nan missing. Vez'nan is again ready to conquer Linirea for the second time in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance.
- Vez'nan is tied with Gerald Lightseeker for the most appearances across the Category:Kingdom Rush Franchise with four occurrences. He appears as a hero in Kingdom Rush: Origins and Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time, as a boss in Kingdom Rush and as the main antagonist (though indirectly unplayable) in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance
- Vez'nan is an anagram of Vanzen, the forum name of Álvaro Azofra, one of the three founders of Ironhide Game Studio.
- Vez'nan makes a cameo appearance alongside Grawl in the game ToToTemple by Canadian game designers Juicy Beast .
- Vez'nan also has a cameo (though not a physical appearance) in the game Banner Saga 2, by Stoic Studios; he has a 'godstone' dedicated to him, where players can obtain a loot-item called the 'Gem of Vez'nan'. It is speculated that this is in response to another cross-reference.
|Enemies • Kingdom Rush|
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|Bosses||The Juggernaut • J.T. • Vez'nan • Sarelgaz • Gul'Thak • Greenmuck • The Kingpin • Ulguk-Hai • Moloch • Myconid • Lord Blackburn|
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|Enemies||Desert Thug • Dune Raider • Desert Archer • Sand Hound • War Hound • Immortal • Fallen • Executioner • Giant Scorpion • Giant Wasp • Giant Wasp Queen • Dune Terror • Sand Wraith • Lesser Efreeti • Anoobis • Jungle Spider • Jungle Matriarch • Spiderling • Savage Warrior • Savage Hunter • Witch Doctor • Earth Shaman • Spirit Shaman • Blood Trickster • Savage Zombie • Savage Brute • Gorillon • Poukai Rider • Poukai • Parasyte • Reaper • Mandrilos • Reaper Lord • Saurian Razorwing • Saurian Quetzal • Saurian Broodguard • Saurian Myrmidon • Saurian Blazefang • Saurian Nightscale • Saurian Darter • Saurian Brute • Saurian Savant • Shade Elemental • Shred of Darkness • Saurian Deathcoil • Gunboat • Greenfin • Redspine • Blacksurge • Deviltide • Bluegale • Bloodshell • Zombie • Ghoul • Bat • Werewolf • Abomination • Lycan • Ghost • Phantom Warrior • Jack'O Lantern • Vampiresa|
|Bosses||Nazeru • Quincon • Umbra • Leviathan • Vasile • Xyzzy|
|Enemies • Kingdom Rush: Origins|
|Enemies||Gnoll Reaver • Gnoll Burner • Gnoll Gnawer • Hyena • Perython • Gnoll Blighter • Ettin • Twilight Harasser • Gnoll Catapult • Gnoll Warleader • Twilight Brute • Blood Gnoll • Blood Ogre • Ogre Magi • Sword Spider • Satyr Cutthroat • Satyr Hoplite • Webspitter Spider • Gloomy • Twilight Scourger • Scourger Banshee • Bandersnatch • Redcap • Twilight Avenger • Boomshroom • Munchshroom • Fungus Breeder • Zealot • Bunny • Blood Servant • Screecher Bat • Mounted Avenger • Razorboar • Twilight Evoker • Twilight Golem • Cloud Stalker • Spiderbrood • Twilight Heretic • Son of Mactans • Arachnomancer • Drider • Shadowspawn • Devourer • Dark Spitter • Shadow Champion|
|Bosses||Hi-Hi Enha • Malicia • Spider Goddess • Bram the Beheader • Baj'Nimen the Hateful • Godieth|
|“||All magic comes with a price.||”|
Vez'nan the Dark Wizard is a Hero in Kingdom Rush: Origins. He is the younger version of the villain Vez'nan from Kingdom Rush. He is unlocked by paying $4.99 as an in-app purchase and is unlocked on Shrine of Elynie on Steam. He starts at level 5.
The most powerful wizard that Linirea has ever known. He abandoned spells and tomes for the very power of souls. Some fear he may have exchanged his own soul to obtain demonic abilities. All power comes with a price but Vez'nan has gone far beyond that.
- Disintegrates any single enemy or up to 250/500/750 health worth of enemies .
HERMETIC INSIGHT (passive) (1/1/1 hero points):
- Increases Vez'nan's attack and ability range by 10/20/30% .
- Casts a huge magical explosion that deals 28-52/46-86/64-120 area magic damage, slowing down (-50% speed) enemies caught in the blast for 2 seconds.
DARK PACT (active, cooldown: 120 seconds) (4/4/4 hero points):
- Summons a mighty demon to fight enemies for 30 seconds. Its spawn stuns nearby enemies for 2/3/4/5 seconds.
- The demon deals True Damage both in melee and ranged.  
- Vez'nan deals magic damage in ranged, and physical damage in melee.
Tips and Tricks
Vez'nan is best used behind either reinforcements or barracks troops, due to his low health, but once protected, he is one of the best heroes in the game at crowd control, as most of his skills have an area-of-effect. His regular attack deals great damage at Level 10, and combined with Magic Shackles, Soul Burn and effective meatshields, Vez'nan is more than capable of taking out wounded Ettins or Bandersnatches alone. As a result, he is extremely agile, capable of being used against almost any enemy- so long as he has backup.
- Soul Burn is one of four instant kills in all four games that actively target groups of enemies, the other being Disintegrate of Nivus, Abduction of Sha'tra and Eruption of Murglun. The high maximum health limit of this skill allows it to turn the tide of the battle by taking out crowds of foes, and there is little need to properly aim due to Vez'nan's abnormally long range with Hermetic Insight.
- Soul Burn seems to prioritize groups over any single enemy. This is usually good, since it allows the skill to destroy more foes, and avoid being wasted on a weak enemy; however, sometimes you still want Soul Burn to target one strong foe, such as a Bandersnatch or a Twilight Heretic. In this case, save the skill by moving Vez'nan backward, and watch for a moment the target is alone, usually when it first appear, then send Vez'nan in to burn the enemy.
- Despite being able to kill the mighty Twilight Heretic, Soul Burn has no effect on a Twilight Golem, which is only vulnerable to one instant kill - Vindicator of Reg'son.
- Arcane Nova and Magic Shackles are superior crowd control tools, both being able to synergy with Hermetic Insight to grab more foes. With these skills, Vez'nan can lock a horde of enemies in place for them to be bombarded.
- These skills can all slow down the progress of the Twilight Golem, with Magic Shackles being able to immobilize it entirely. Use this to your advantage against the giant mooks.
- They can combine effectively with Soul Burn to drop large groups of enemies, like Sword Spiders, Spiderbroods, Boomshrooms and Munchshrooms.
Vez'nan can teleport, so don't be afraid to move him around the map to where he's needed most. He does not tank effectively, but can be used for the guerrilla tactic: sniping out enemies from afar, and secretly follow targets as they move out of range.
Vez'nan's demon is equally versatile, and excels in both melee and ranged combat - in the later case his attacks have area-of-effect that can heavily wound large groups of enemies. Place the demon in the middle of a large swarm of enemies, regardless of how powerful they are, and the demon's massive health and high AOE damage is more than capable of thinning out the pack, if not completely destroying it, in almost any case. The demon can hold the line against almost any enemy - however, due to it's long respawn time, it's recommended that you do not use it frivolously on small number of weak foes. The Demon can also tank against powerful enemies and even some bosses, like Hi-Hi Enha and Malicia, and usually kill or at least inflict a good deal of damage to its opponent.
- Use the Demon to counter strong and/or magic resistant enemies, especially: groups of Twilight Avengers, Twilight Heretic, Twilight Golem. Deploying it is also a good way to avoid being overwhelmed by lots of enemies swarming over your choke point.
- In boss fights, save the Demon to tank against the boss to hold him/her in place for towers to unleash the punishment, and utilize Vez'nan to destroy the boss's army with his AOE skills. Demon is immune to poison, fire, stun, face hug, instant kills, and web.
- Crowd Control: Vez'nan can take on hordes of Gnoll Reavers, Gnoll Burners, Satyr Cutthroats, Redcaps, Boomshrooms, Munchshrooms, Gloomies and even Twilight Harassers at ease.
- Support a choke point: Vez'nan, with his crowd control capability, is very good to have around a choke point to prevent the soldiers from being overrun.
- Get rid of tough foes: Vez'nan's Demon can kill strong enemies like Ettins, Bandersnatches, Twilight Avengers rather quickly, and Vez'nan himself can lock them in place, deal great damage and instant kill one at a time with Soul Burn.
- Magic Resistance: Vez'nan deals purely magic damage, so spiders, especially Webspitter Spiders and Sons of Mactans can overwhelm him very easily unless Magic Shackles or Soul Burn kicks in, and the long recharge of these skills leaves Vez'nan's usefulness against magic resistant enemies undesirable.
- When facing magic resistant foes, you can move Vez'nan a bit backward so that he won't be attacked by those enemies that he can't kill, and he can still use his skills to hamper their progress.
- Vez'nan's Demon deals True Damage, so you can deploy it when many magic resistant foes are clustered and threatening to burst through a player's defense, so they can be destroyed altogether.
- Low health: Vez'nan, like most other mages, has very little health, and thus is incredibly vulnerable in melee, where even a basic Twilight Harasser or Twilight Scourger can defeat him. To add to it, Vez'nan also has a long respawn time of 20 seconds, during which many problems can pop up without the hero to handle them. In the heat of battle, it is easy to lose track of hero, and in the case of Vez'nan, can result in his death when you do not notice he is being overwhelmed.
- You should build a solid soldier barricade to provide hideout for Vez'nan, where he can safely demolish enemies from afar.
- In case a huge horde is destroying your soldier barricade, putting Vez'nan and a player's defense at risk, you can deploy the Demon to guard the choke point, or, sometimes, allow Magic Shackles, Arcane Nova and Soul Burn to finish off a large number of enemies.
- Vez'nan: 330 in ranged (430 with Hermetic Insight III, which is the same as Eridan)
- Demon: 300 in ranged, 130 in melee
- "All magic comes with a price."
- "Witness true sorcery."
- "With glorious purpose."
- "Power is... POWER!"
- (death) "You mewling quim!"
The Demon has different names each time it is summoned.
- Vez'nan is the second hero in the saga to have a crowd instakill after Sha'tra.
- In the game's ending comic strip, Vez'nan, Eridan and Prince Denas find the corrupted Tear of Elynie. Denas says that the corrupted Tear must be destroyed, and Eridan suggests casting it into the Rift of Cinders, at which point Vez'nan volunteers to do it - the first step in his fall from hero to evil overlord. When Shrine of Elynie is played in the Heroic Challenge or Iron Challenge, if Vez'nan isn't chosen to be the player's hero, he can be seen with two unarmoured Demon Legions guarding the corrupted Tear.
- The HP of Vez'nan's demon on level 0 is 666, the number of the beast associated with the Devil.
- "All magic comes with a price."
- A line spoken by Rumpelstiltskin in the 2011 TV Series 'Once Upon A Time'.
- "Witness true sorcery."
- A response made by the Invoker unit in Dota2.
- "With glorious purpose."
- A line spoken by the villain Loki is the 2012 film The Avengers. The full line is "I am burdened with glorious purpose.".
- "Power is... POWER!"
- A line spoken by Cersei in the TV Series 'A Game of Thrones', based on the book series 'A Song of Fire And Ice' by George R. Martin. It is said to counter the common phrase "Knowledge is power.".
- "You mewling quim!"
- Another line spoken by Loki in The Avengers. Joss Whedon (writer and director) considers getting the line into the film a great achievement, as the meaning is highly insulting.
- In iOS, Vez'nan disintegration depends on the initial health of the enemies, not remaining health
- The actual damage is 30 on iOS
- The description is incorrect, saying 20/40/60%
- On iOS the demon deals physical damage instead of true damage
- The demon itself is immune to instant kills.
Vez'nan is the immediate superior of the protagonist of Kingdom Rush: Vengeance. After having escaped from the clutches of Moloch (with the help of Oloch, Moloch's little brother), Vez'nan is once again ready to conquer Linirea for the second time.
Vez'nan gives briefings to the player at the start of all stages, but only personally takes to the battlefield himself in the final level, Denas's Castle, in Campaign mode. He stands at the back of the level and cannot be attacked by anything.
In this level, tapping on Vez'nan when he's ready will cause him to shoot a green fireball at the enemy closest to the exit, dealing 800 True Damage to the target and nearby enemies. This is enough to kill most enemies, except Cavaliers (who will only get dismounted) and High Sorcerers (who have enough HP to survive).
At the end of wave 7, Vez'nan will focus his power to destroy the ramparts of the castle, killing the Citadel Archers and allowing his men to advance further, setting up the second part of the stage. Once wave 15 ends, he will focus his power to summon the Archdemon, to which King Denas will respond by tasking three of his men to drink a super serum, turning them into Paragons. At this point, Vez'nan can no longer fire the green fireballs; tapping on him when he's ready will instead cause the Archdemon to use its special slam attack.
Before Wave 1:
- This is not for revenge, fool!
- It's time for the Kingdom to open its new eyes.
- The end is near and you refuse to accept it.
- Is it madness? Is it? IS IT?
- You stole everything from me.
- Foolishness, Denas. Foolishness...
- Haha! Who you gonna call?
- You're but a shadow of what you once were.
- I have paid the price, now it's your turn.
- Might controls everything.
- Without strength you cannot protect anything.
- No! You kneel before me!
After Wave 8:
- You think mere bricks and stone will stop me?!
- BEHOLD MY POWAH!!!
After Wave 18:
- For my next trick... I'm bringing an old friend.
After Beating the Third Paragon:
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
Vez’nan stepped back and admired his work, his pentagram conjuration ready. His plan to conquer Denas’s castle was in motion. The Dark Lord knew he had the element of surprise on his side, as no one had dared to attack Linirea since ancient times. All he needed now was an army that would grant him his victory.
There was nothing he wouldn’t do to make sure his campaign was successful, and making pacts with ancient entities was something he needed to do. He was fully aware that alliances like this demanded hefty payments, but since his soul was already bound by a previous pact he had made, he would have to bargain with something else.
He smirked at the thought of his old teacher, Nivus, finding out about his plans. The old wizard would find his actions despiteful and think of him as an abomination.
But the old man had never had as much power in his hands as Vez’nan had now, nor did he ever feel the intoxicating pulse of magic emanating from the jewel that whispered to him from the tip of his staff: the magnificent Tear of Elynie.
It was time. As soon as he started chanting his conjuration spell, the grass surrounding the pentagram rotted and the air became tainted with the stench of rotten flesh and sulfur.
Soon the heat became almost unbearable as the Ghost Kings materialized on the now corrupted field. There was something utterly unnerving about the ways the brothers mirrored each other’s movements as both pairs of hollow eye sockets fixed on him.
Vez’nan started with the negotiations immediately. He wanted to be done with this deal as fast as possible to be able to focus on the next step of his plan. There was no time to lose.
After much discussion, the kings agreed to grant him the command of their undead army to secure Linirea’s throne. Their price was also set: they required the souls of every enemy soldier fallen in battle. The price did not bother Vez’nan at all, as it was merely collateral damage. A means to an end. They signed the contract with blood and soon the kings disappeared from the field. The deal was done.“Now we are ready,” the crimson red tear whispered to Vez’nan. “Let the journey begin.”