"Balthazar came in fire and wrath, carrying the head of his father and leading his fierce hounds, Temar and Tegon. He swept Orr with a cleansing flame."
"It was he who claimed Tyria for humanity; he who said the other races would be easy to defeat. It would not be the only time that the Master of War was wrong."
Balthazar is the god of war, fire, and challenge. He was the second of the Six Gods to arrive on Tyria from the Mists, carrying the severed head of his father and accompanied by his two hounds, Temar and Tegon. It was Balthazar who urged humanity to engage the other races in battle and claim the world for themselves, believing the other races would fall easily. While many often praise and ask him for courage and victory in battle, there are individuals who call the god violent, going even as far as referring to him as "god of mass murder." His half-brother, Menzies, waged a war against Balthazar's realm of the Fissure of Woe. The outcome of this war, or if it even ended, is unknown.
Balthazar is often associated with honor, valor, wolves, and hounds. Statues of him often depict him with a greatsword and his hounds at his feet. Prior to the Rising of Orr and the destruction of the Battle Isles, the Zaishen Order worshiped Balthazar exclusively. Before The Cataclysm, Orrians worshiped Balthazar at the Cathedral of Glorious Victory.
|It is revealed that Lazarus' true identity was none other than Balthazar. Having betrayed his White Mantle followers and taken on mercenary armies, he stole Taimi's device designed to simultaneously kill the Elder Dragons Primordus and Jormag and retreated to Draconis Mons to use it on Primordus. In the heart of the volcano before Primordus, he joined into the energy trails linking Primordus and Jormag and began absorbing their magic as he had done to the Bloodstone Fen bloodstone in an attempt to slay the two Elder Dragons and take their power. During his second confrontation with the Pact Commander, Balthazar revealed that he had been severely weakened by an unknown group and intended retribution at any cost, even that of Tyria itself. He unleashed his hounds Temar and Tegon on the Pact Commander who not only defeated them but also foiled the god's plan by disrupting the machine, which resulted in Primordus and Jormag going back into hibernation while Balthazar himself vanished.|
- Judgment of War - Balthazar uses his flaming sword to smite you. Range: 5,000
Concept art by Kekai Kotaki.
- The Movement of the World says that Balthazar opened a portal to the Mists in Lion's Arch, however instead the Mists can be reached by the use of asura gates.
- Balthazar has his own leitmotif, called "Balthazar's Theme", which was composed by Maclaine Diemer.
- Associated items
- Balthazar's weapon skins
- Balthazar's Regalia Outfit
- Fires of Balthazar Skin
- Balthazar's Band
- Superior Rune of Balthazar
- Gift of Balthazar
- Balthazar Statue (decoration)