Blood of The Ancient One

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Blood of The Ancient One is an epic neutral minion card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get

Card packsThe Regular version can be opened from any of these packs:

Whispers of the Old Gods
Regular1~2 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Whispers of the Old Gods
Golden Wild
Golden1~2 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 400 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 1600 Dust.pngGolden1

Summoned minions[edit | edit source]

The Ancient One


To edit these notes, go to Template:Blood of The Ancient One notes.

  • Despite the ambiguity of the word "merge", the successful activation of this minion's triggered effect simply results in the Blood of The Ancient Ones being immediately destroyed using a Forced Death Phase, and  The Ancient One being summoned. All usual related effects will activate normally from this, such as  Cult Master, Deathrattles and  Knife Juggler.[1]
  • At the end of the controlling player's turn, if they have two Blood of The Ancient Ones, they will be destroyed and The Ancient One will be summoned.[2][3][4] If the player has more than two, one The Ancient One will be summoned for each two Bloods - spare Bloods will not be affected.[5] With multiple pairs of Bloods, multiple The Ancient Ones can be summoned.[6][7]
  • Because each Blood of The Ancient One has the same triggered effect, if a player has two or more Bloods on their board, in order to prevent the process from taking place each Blood would need to be Silenced.[8][9] This makes Silence an ineffective way of trying to prevent the summoning of The Ancient One.
  • The Ancient One will not gain enchantments or properties from the generating Blood of The Ancient Ones, including Stealth.[10]
  • Additional copies of Blood of The Ancient One introduced during the end of turn phase (such as by  Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound), will be included in any subsequent checks to see if there are enough Bloods on the board to summon The Ancient One.[11] However, Bloods summoned by end of turn effects like Y'Shaarj will not activate their effects that turn. This makes order of play important.
    • Example: a player first summons a Blood of The Ancient One and then (such as on a later turn) summons Y'Shaarj, with only a Blood of The Ancient One remaining in their deck. At the end of the turn the Blood activates first, finds no other friendly Bloods on the board, and fails to take effect. The Y'Shaarj then activates and puts the remaining Blood into the battlefield; its effect does not activate that turn.
    • Example: a player summons Y'Shaarj, with only two Blood of The Ancient One in their deck. At the end of the first turn Y'Shaarj activates and puts a Blood into play. At the end of the second turn, Y'Shaarj activates and puts the second Blood into play, then the first Blood activates, finds the second Blood, and merges both Bloods into The Ancient One.
  • A golden Ancient One is only summoned if both generating Blood of The Ancient Ones are golden.[12]
  • Blood of the Ancient One's ability is not affected by  Drakkari Enchanter.
    • Example: Four Blood of the Ancient Ones are on the player's board with a Drakkari Enchanter, with no other minions on the board. At the end of the turn, only two The Ancient Ones are summoned.[13]

Sounds[edit | edit source]

  • ▶️ BloodOfTheAncientOne_OG_173_Play.wav <summon sound>
  • ▶️ BloodOfTheAncientOne_OG_173_Attack.wav <attack sound>
  • ▶️ BloodOfTheAncientOne_OG_173_Death.wav <death sound>

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Old Gods, even while chained beneath the crust of Azeroth, led massive armies and empowered fearsome generals.  The Ancient One was vanquished long ago, but it's hard to keep the minions of the Old Gods down, and with enough of its blood, you can herald the return of the Old Gods' greatest creation![14]

The Ancient One resembles the old god Y'Shaarj, and the old god's minions like the  Mindflayer Kaahrj within the Twilight hammers cult found inside the Ulduar raid protecting Yogg'saron's chamber, and the K'thir under N'zoth within Kul'tiras. The Ancient General itself, however, is unique to Hearthstone. It is described as "one of the generals of the Old Gods".[15]

It is not uncommon for the blood of powerful beings, such as  Deathwing, G'huun or Y'Shaarj, to take on a form of semi-sentience on their own by forming into mobile slime creatures. The Blood of The Ancient One appears to be consistent with this theme and resembles the card " Blood of G'huun".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ben Brode explains that Blood of The Ancient One was created "to give players who like crazy deckbuilding challenges a chance to see if they could get off a truly crazy combo. ... We also knew we wanted massive horrible monsters in Whispers of the Old Gods, and trying to find a way to include a 30/30 minion was a fun challenge for us."[14]
  • As of Kobolds and Catacombs, The Ancient One is the largest minion in the game, with the nearest competitors being  The Darkness,  Highkeeper Ra and  Deathwing, with the latter holding the record since the game's release. When asked how he felt about creating such a mammoth minion, Brode replied "Pretty good and pretty scared."[14]
  • A popular meme in the Hearthstone community based off Darkkmane's "A Glorious Guide to Hearthstone" involves the Ancient One.[16]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Blood of The Ancient One, full art

Patch changes

References[edit | edit source]

  1. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  2. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  3. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  4. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  5. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  6. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  7. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  8. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  9. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  10. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  11. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  12. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2016-04-05). 
  13. Tested by User:Aegonostic (2018-07-21)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods. (2016-04-05). 
  15. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2016-04-09). 
  16. Darkkmane: A Glorious Guide to Hearthstone. (2017-11-09).