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Battlecry
Does something when you play it from your hand.

Battlecry is an ability where a particular effect activates when the card with the Battlecry is played directly from the hand. Although mostly limited to minions, some weapons also have Battlecries.

Activation of Battlecries are indicated by a flash of light from beneath the minion or weapon.

Battlecries are and long have been the most common type of ability in Hearthstone, representing the simplest way for a minion to bring an additional effect into play, and featuring a large variety of different effects.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Battlecries do not activate if the card is brought into play by another card. For example,  Alarm-o-Bot,  Faceless Manipulator and  Mirror Entity all place minions onto the board, but any Battlecries will not be activated.
  • Battlecries generally occur once, when the card is brought into play. Unlike some other buffs, these effects do not therefore rely on the casting minion staying alive, and cannot be removed by destroying it. For example, destroying  Stormwind Champion will remove its bonus effect from any affected minions, whereas  Shattered Sun Cleric's Battlecry, once granted, will not be removed by killing the Cleric. This means Battlecry minions are generally some of the less valuable minions once they have been played, since much of their point value lies in their Battlecry.
  • Order of play can be important. For example, if no other Murlocs are in play, playing  Coldlight Seer, followed by  Bluegill Warrior, will waste the Seer's Battlecry; while playing the Warrior first will allow it to benefit from the Seer's Battlecry.
  • Battlecries take place each time the minion is played by the player. Cards such as  Ancient Brewmaster, which return a minion to your hand, can be used to benefit from a minion's Battlecry effect more than once.
  • Choose One and Combo effects on minions are not considered Battlecries. In particular, they have no interaction with  Brann Bronzebeard,  Shudderwock, or  Corrupt the Waters.

Targeting[edit | edit source]

  • If a Battlecry requires a specific target, that target must be selected immediately after playing the minion. Many Battlecries require a specific type of target, such as a friendly minion or Beast, and cannot be targeted at other targets.
  • If a suitable target exists, the player must manually select it, even if there is no alternative target.
  • If no suitable target is available, the Battlecry simply will not occur.
  • While many Battlecries affect the Battlecry minion itself, targeted Battlecries cannot choose to target the possessing minion.
  • An appropriate target must be selected, if possible. In some cases, this means granting an advantageous buff to an enemy minion, or inconveniencing a friendly minion. This can be circumvented by careful assessment and control of the minions on the board, but is otherwise unavoidable. If no valid target exists, the Battlecry will not take effect, although any visual-audio effects will still be triggered.
  • While choosing a target, the player can choose to cancel the Battlecry. Doing so will actually reverse the summoning of the minion (which process has not actually occurred at that point, despite the display), something which is not normally possible. Note that if the Battlecry is unable to find a suitable target it will not activate, meaning the player will not get the chance to reverse the summoning.

Order of play[edit | edit source]

  • Battlecries occur after the minion enters play, and after 'whenever you play' triggered effects such as those of  Illidan Stormrage and  Hobgoblin. Battlecries occur before Secrets such as  Mirror Entity, as well as  Knife Juggler's 'after you summon' effect. In the past, Battlecries took place before certain 'whenever you summon' effects, such as  Ship's Cannon and  Sword of Justice, however these cards have since been changed to say 'after you summon' to keep the wording consistent with the order.
    • For references and a comprehensive description of the summoning process, see that section of the Advanced rulebook.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • It is a common strategy for players to use return effects (effects that return a minion to its owner's hand) on their own Battlecry minions in order to benefit from the effect again. Minions such as  Ancient Brewmaster,  Youthful Brewmaster and  Kidnapper, as well as spells such as  Shadowstep and  Dream, and hostile actions such as  Sap, can all be used for this purpose. This type of play is most effective when combined with minions with powerful Battlecries.
  •  Brann Bronzebeard is the strongest Battlecry-specific synergy in the game, with the ability to activate any Battlecry twice. Note that in some cases this produces no significant extra effect, while in others the result can be quite undesirable.
  • Battlecry minions are often good targets for cost-related transform effects like  Evolve and  Recombobulator. This is because a positive Battlecry accounts for some of the minion's value, meaning that once the Battlecry has been activated, the remaining minion is often below par for its cost (although this is often untrue for minions with self-buffing Battlecries). Because of this transforming a Battlecry minion has a good chance of producing a stronger or more valuable minion.

Cards with Battlecry[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Battlecry/Wild format.

The list of cards with Battlecry is quite extensive, and so is not listed visually, but can be explored through the table below. Click "Expand" to see the table. The table will only list the first 100 cards. To see more, click "Customize this list" and change the amount of cards presented.

Collectible[edit | edit source]

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NameClassTypeRarityCostAtkHP/Dur.ArmorDescription
 Abusive SergeantNeutralMinion Common111Battlecry: Give a minion +2 Attack this turn.
 Air GuitaristNeutralMinion Common111Battlecry: Give your weapon +1 Durability.
 Annoying FanNeutralMinion - MechCommon112Battlecry: Choose a minion. It can't attack while this is alive.
 Armor VendorNeutralMinion Rare113Battlecry: Give 4 Armor to each hero.
 Babbling BookMageMinion Rare112Battlecry: Add a random Mage spell to your hand.
 Beaming SidekickNeutralMinion Common112Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +2 Health.
 Body BaggerDeath KnightMinion - UndeadCommon113Battlecry: Gain a Corpse.
 Catch of the DayHunterMinion - BeastCommon133Rush Battlecry: Summon a 2/1 Worm for your opponent.
 Chaotic TendrilNeutralMinion Common111Battlecry: Cast a random 1-Cost spell. Improve your future Chaotic Tendrils.
 Drone DeconstructorNeutralMinion - MechCommon112Battlecry: Get a 1/1 Magnetic Sparkbot with a random bonus effect.
 Elven ArcherNeutralMinion Common111Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.
 Fire FlyNeutralMinion - ElementalCommon112Battlecry: Add a 1/2 Elemental to your hand.
 Flame ImpWarlockMinion - DemonCommon132Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero.
 FlowriderShamanMinion - NagaCommon121Battlecry: If you're Overloaded, Discover a spell from your deck.
 Free SpiritDruidMinion - Beast/UndeadEpic112Battlecry and Deathrattle: Your Hero Power gains 1 more Armor this game.
 Frequency OscillatorNeutralMinion - MechCommon121Battlecry: The next Mech you play costs (1) less.
 Giftwrapped WhelpNeutralMinion - DragonCommon121Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, give it and this minion +1/+1.
 Glacial ShardNeutralMinion - ElementalCommon121Battlecry: Freeze an enemy.
 Jeweled MacawHunterMinion - BeastCommon112Battlecry: Add a random Beast to your hand.
 Murloc GrowfinShamanMinion - MurlocRare111Gigantify Battlecry: Summon a Tinyfin with Rush and stats equal to this minion's.
 Noxious CadaverDeath KnightMinion - UndeadRare112Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to an enemy and your hero.
 Party FiendWarlockMinion - DemonCommon111Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Felbeasts. Deal 3 damage to your hero.
 Patches the PilotDemon HunterMinion - Demon/PirateLegendary111Battlecry: Shuffle six Parachutes into your deck that summon a 1/1 Pirate with Charge when drawn.
 Psychic ConjurerPriestMinion - UndeadCommon112Battlecry: Copy a card in your opponent’s deck and add it to your hand.
 Saxophone SoloistShamanMinion - MurlocEpic112Battlecry: If you control no other minions, add a Saxophone Soloist to your hand.
 Scarab KeychainNeutralMinion - BeastCommon111Battlecry: Discover a 2-Cost card.
 Shadestone SkulkerDemon HunterRogueMinion - ElementalRare111Rush. Battlecry: Take your weapon and gain its stats. Deathrattle: Give it back.
 Shadowtouched KvaldirPriestMinion - UndeadRare113Battlecry: Your next healing effect deals damage instead.
 Shock HopperShamanMinion - Beast/ElementalCommon112Battlecry: Get a random Overload card.
 Skeletal SidekickDeath KnightMinion - UndeadCommon112Battlecry: Give a friendly Undead +2 Attack.
 SwashburglarRogueMinion - PirateCommon112Battlecry: Add a random card from another class to your hand.
 Tidepool PupilNeutralMinion - NagaCommon121Battlecry: If you've cast 3 spells while holding this, Discover one of them. ( left!) (Ready!)
 Town CrierWarriorMinion Epic112Battlecry: Draw a Rush minion from your deck.
 Voodoo DoctorNeutralMinion Common121Battlecry: Restore 2 Health.
 Aqua ArchivistMageMinion - ElementalCommon222Battlecry: The next Elemental you play costs (2) less.
 ArcanologistMageMinion Common223Battlecry: Draw a Secret.
 Argent ProtectorPaladinMinion Common232Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Divine Shield.
 Audio AmplifierNeutralMinion - MechEpic223Battlecry: Set your maximum Mana and hand size to 11.
 Baritone ImpWarlockMinion - DemonCommon222Battlecry: Take Fatigue damage. Gain that much Attack and Health.
 Bartend-O-BotDemon HunterMinion - MechEpic231Battlecry: Draw an Outcast card and slide it to the left side of your hand.
 Bloodsail RaiderNeutralMinion - PirateCommon223Battlecry: Gain Attack equal to the Attack of your weapon.
 Bloodsail RecruiterNeutralMinion - PirateCommon241Battlecry: Discover a Pirate.
 Cactus CutterShamanMinion - MurlocCommon222Battlecry: Draw a spell. If you cast it this turn, gain +1/+2 and Taunt.
 Crazed AlchemistNeutralMinion - UndeadRare222Battlecry: Swap the Attack and Health of a minion.
 Cult NeophyteNeutralMinion Rare232Battlecry: Your opponent's spells cost (1) more next turn.
 Dirty RatNeutralMinion Epic226Taunt Battlecry: Your opponent summons a random minion from their hand.
 Disposal AssistantWarlockMinion Common232Battlecry and Deathrattle: Put a Barrel of Sludge on the bottom of your deck.
 DreamboatPriestMinion - NagaRare212Battlecry: Restore 3 Health to all other friendly minions. Gain +1/+1 for each one Overhealed.
 Dryscale DeputyNeutralMinion - NagaCommon222Battlecry: The next time you draw a spell, get a copy of it.
 Elementium GeodeWarlockMinion - ElementalRare221Battlecry and Deathrattle: Draw a card. Deal 2 damage to your hero.
 False DisciplePriestMinion Rare222Battlecry: Discover a Legendary Priest minion from the past.
 Fearless FlamejugglerWarlockMinion - DemonCommon211Battlecry: Gain stats equal to the damage your hero has taken this turn. ( )
 Flint FirearmNeutralMinion Legendary223Battlecry: Get a random Quickdraw card. If you play it this turn, repeat this.
 Fogsail FreebooterNeutralMinion - PirateRare222Battlecry: If you have a weapon equipped, deal 2 damage.
 Frightened FlunkyWarriorMinion Common223Taunt Battlecry: Discover a Taunt minion.
 Greedy PartnerNeutralMinion Common223Battlecry: If you're holding another 2-Cost card, get a Coin.
 Grimestreet OutfitterPaladinMinion Common222Battlecry: Give all minions in your hand +1/+1.
 Groovy CatDruidMinion - BeastRare221Battlecry and Deathrattle: Your Hero Power gives your hero 1 more Attack this game.
 HematurgeDeath KnightMinion Rare223Battlecry: Spend a Corpse to Discover a Blood Rune card.
 HipsterNeutralMinion Common213Battlecry: Discover a spell from your opponent's class that isn't in their deck.
 Horseshoe SlingerNeutralMinion - MechCommon211Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to a random enemy minion. Quickdraw: And one of its neighbors.
 Injured Tol'virNeutralMinion Common226Taunt Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to this minion.
 Instrument TechNeutralMinion Common212Battlecry: Draw a weapon.
 Kaja'mite CreationRogueMinion Rare232Battlecry: Discover a spell from another class that costs (3) or less.
 Kobold MinerNeutralMinion Common211Battlecry: Excavate a treasure.
 Mad BomberNeutralMinion Common232Battlecry: Deal 3 damage randomly split between all other characters.
 Menacing NimbusShamanMinion - ElementalCommon223Battlecry: Add a random Elemental to your hand.
 Murloc TidehunterNeutralMinion - MurlocCommon221Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
 Necrotic MorticianDeath KnightMinion Common223Battlecry: If a friendly Undead died after your last turn, Discover an Unholy Rune card.
 Painted CanvasaurHunterMinion - BeastRare232Battlecry: Give each other friendly Beast a random bonus effect.
 Parched DesperadoDemon HunterMinion - NagaRare232Battlecry: If you've cast a spell while holding this, give your hero +3 Attack this turn.
 Party AnimalNeutralMinion - BeastCommon223Battlecry: Give +1/+1 to each minion of a different type in your hand.
 Pet ParrotHunterMinion - BeastCommon211Battlecry: Repeat the last 1-Cost card you played.
 Pro GamerNeutralMinion Epic223Battlecry: Challenge your opponent to a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors! The winner draws 2 cards.
 Rolling StoneNeutralMinion - ElementalCommon222Rush Battlecry: If the last card you played costs (1), gain +1/+1.
 Saloon BrewmasterNeutralMinion Common222Battlecry: Return a friendly minion to your hand. Give it +2/+2.
 Saronite ShamblerDemon HunterMinion - ElementalRare223Battlecry: If you've cast 5 or more spells this game, give your hero +4 Attack this turn.
 Shale SpiderNeutralMinion - ElementalRare232Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, draw a card.
 Shambling ZombietankDeath KnightMinion - Undead/MechCommon232Taunt Battlecry: Spend 5 Corpses to summon a copy of this.
 SnakebiteDemon HunterMinion - NagaRare211Rush Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each minion that died this turn.
 Stoneskin ArmorerWarriorMinion Rare222Battlecry: If your Armor changed this turn, draw 2 cards.
 Thornveil TentacleWarlockMinion Common222Lifesteal Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to a random enemy minion.
 Travel AgentNeutralMinion - PirateRare222Battlecry: Discover a location from any class.
 UmberwingDemon HunterWeapon Common212Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Felwings.
 WandmakerNeutralMinion Common222Battlecry: Add a 1-Cost spell from your class to your hand.
 Watcher of the SunNeutralMinion Common223Battlecry: Get a random Holy spell. Forge: Also restore 6 Health to your hero.
 Wind-Up SaplingDruidMinion Rare221Tradeable Battlecry: Refresh 1 Mana Crystal. (Trade to upgrade!)
 Youthful BrewmasterNeutralMinion Common232Battlecry: Return a friendly minion from the battlefield to your hand.
 AerosoilizerDruidMinion Common322Battlecry and Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant.
 Antique FlingerRogueMinion Rare343Battlecry: If you've Excavated twice, destroy an enemy minion.
 Battleworn FacelessWarriorMinion Rare322Battlecry: Transform into a copy of a damaged minion.
 Benevolent BankerPriestMinion Epic324Battlecry: Discover a spell from your deck. Quickdraw: Enemy deck instead.
 Bronze ExplorerPaladinMinion - DragonCommon333Lifesteal Battlecry: Discover a Dragon.
 Bumbling BellhopNeutralMinion - Undead/PirateRare333Taunt Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, summon a copy of this.
 Card GraderNeutralMinion - NagaCommon324Battlecry: If you've cast a spell while holding this, Discover a card from your deck.
 Celestial ProjectionistNeutralMinion Rare333Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Add a Temporary copy of it to your hand.
 Chatty MacawHunterMinion - Beast/PirateEpic333Battlecry: Repeat the last spell you cast at an enemy (at a random enemy if possible).
 Chillfallen BaronDeath KnightMinion - UndeadCommon322Battlecry and Deathrattle: Draw a card.
 Chillin' Vol'jinPriestMinion Legendary333Hunter Tourist Battlecry: Choose 2 minions. Swap their stats.
 Coldlight SeerNeutralMinion - MurlocRare323Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.

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Sources of Battlecry

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

CategoryNameDescriptionRewards
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsFOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!!Play 150 cards with Battlecry.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsFOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!!Play 500 cards with Battlecry.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsFOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!!Play 1500 cards with Battlecry.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsFOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!!Play 5000 cards with Battlecry.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsFOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!!Play 15000 cards with Battlecry.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngVoyage to the Sunken City - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Sunken City - NeutralHarold Who?Trigger the Battlecry effects of 25 Herald Naga.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngVoyage to the Sunken City - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Sunken City - NeutralHarold Who?Trigger the Battlecry effects of 50 Herald Naga.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngFractured in Alterac Valley - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Alterac Valley - NeutralSnowblind? Sno Problem!Trigger Snowblind Harpy's Battlecry effect 50 times.20 Achievement Point.png, 2x Golden Snowblind Harpy (Uncraftable Rare)
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngYear of the Hydra - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Core (Hydra) - ClassesBone-a-fide Bone StormConsume 15 Corpses with a single Lord Marrowgar's Battlecry.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngYear of the Hydra - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Core (Hydra) - ClassesBone-a-fide Bone StormConsume 30 Corpses with a single Lord Marrowgar's Battlecry.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngFestival of Legends - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Festival of Legends - NeutralAll Eyes On MeTrigger the Battlecry effects of 70 Soloists.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngFestival of Legends - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Festival of Legends - NeutralAll Eyes On MeTrigger the Battlecry effects of 140 Soloists.20 Achievement Point.png, 2x Golden Stereo Totem (Uncraftable Common)
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngTITANS - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Titans - PaladinLegends Never DieResurrect 3 Legendary minions with a single Tyr's battlecry.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngYear of the Wolf - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Core (Wolf) - ClassesDraw It, Use It, Break It, Fix ItDestroy 3 minions with a single Dyn-o-matic's Battlecry.10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngYear of the Wolf - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Core (Wolf) - ClassesDraw It, Use It, Break It, Fix ItDestroy 5 minions with a single Dyn-o-matic's Battlecry.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngTITANS - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Titans - Demon HunterMental GymnasticsDeal 7 damage with a single Mindbender's Battlecry.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngTITANS - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Titans - Demon HunterMental GymnasticsDeal 10 damage with a single Mindbender's Battlecry.20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngShowdown in the Badlands - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Badlands - NeutralTwo of a KindTrigger the Battlecry effects of 30 Partner minions.100 Rewards Track - XP.png, 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngShowdown in the Badlands - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Badlands - NeutralTwo of a KindTrigger the Battlecry effects of 60 Partner minions.200 Rewards Track - XP.png, 20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngWhizbang's Workshop - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Whizbang - PaladinStocked InventorySummon 3 copies of Wind-Up Enforcer using its Battlecry.300 Rewards Track - XP.png, 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngWhizbang's Workshop - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Whizbang - PaladinStocked InventorySummon 6 copies of Wind-Up Enforcer using its Battlecry.400 Rewards Track - XP.png, 20 Achievement Point.png