Headmaster Kel'Thuzad

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For other uses of Kel'Thuzad, see Kel'Thuzad (disambiguation).

Headmaster Kel'Thuzad is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Scholomance Academy set.

How to get

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

Scholomance Academy
Year of the Phoenix
Regular1 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Scholomance Academy
Golden Scholomance Academy
Year of the Phoenix
Golden Wild
Golden Year of the Phoenix
Golden1 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 1600 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 3200 Dust.pngGolden1

Secret effect

Summoning 6 cat minions while Headmaster Kel'Thuzad is in play will add a copy of Mr. Bigglesworth to your hand.[1]

Mr. Bigglesworth
Click 'Expand' to view all minions considered "cats"

This is a list of minions that count as cats for Headmaster Kel'Thuzad to summon Mr. Bigglesworth. This also counts uncollectible minions and even some adventure-exclusive minions.[2]

CFM 315.png
ULD 186.png
TRL 348.png
ETC 385.png
SCH 283.png
SW 436.png
GIL 838.png
DED 514.png
EX1 017.png
WON 162.png
GVG 046.png
GVG 048.png
ULD 438.png
LOOT 056.png
YOD 006.png
BT 212.png
GIL 624.png
CORE SW 431.png
SW 431.png
TRL 309.png
TRL 900.png
CORE EX1 028.png
EX1 028.png
SCH 616.png
LOOT 313.png
GVG 034.png
UNG 812.png
CORE EX1 534.png
EX1 534.png
BAR 538.png
TRL 300.png
TRL 348t.png
CFM 315t.png
TRL 309t.png
OG 044c.png
AT 042t.png
AT 042t2.png
AT 042a.png
EX1 160t.png
AT 042b.png
KAR 004a.png
GIL 188a.png
OG 044b.png
BRM 010t.png
GIL 188t3.png
GIL 188t.png
BRM 010a.png
EX1 165a.png
OG 044a.png
EX1 165t1.png
NAX15 05.png
Story 01 GrayCat.png
Story 11 MetaltoothLeapPuzzle.png
TRLA 164.png
TRLA 165.png
Story 11 SpiritedSeahorse.png


To edit these notes, go to Template:Headmaster Kel'Thuzad notes.

  • Minions killed through  Professor Slate's effect does trigger Headmaster Kel'Thuzad, as well as killing them by swapping their health and attack such as  Confuse and  Topsy Turvy.
  • Headmaster Kel'Thuzad does work with spells that force attacks, like  Ramming Speed and  Mass Hysteria.
    • In the case of cards like  Nagrand Slam, minions summoned and killed by the same spell will be resurrected.
  • Unlike other Spellbursts, Headmaster Kel'Thuzad's Spellburst will trigger if he changes his controller by the time the spell has resolved. For example, his Spellburst will trigger if  Treachery is cast on him, while all other Spellburst minions would not trigger.[3]
    • This can easily be seen if the spell is used to kill an enemy  Sylvanas Windrunner if she takes control of Headmaster Kel'Thuzad, who will resummon Sylvanas (as well as any other minions killed by the spell) for your opponent.


  • ▶️ VO_SCH_224_Male_Human_Play_01.wav To control life, we must wield the power of death itself!
  • ▶️ HeadmasterKelThuzad_Play_Stinger.wav <music stinger>
  • ▶️ VO_SCH_224_Male_Human_Attack_02.wav Your soul is mine!
  • ▶️ ShadowMagic_Attack_Underlay.wav <underlay sound>
  • ▶️ VO_SCH_224_Male_Human_Death_01.wav <death sound>
  • ▶️ Parchment_BookOpen_Death_Underlay.wav <underlay sound>
  • ▶️ ShadowMagic_Death_Underlay.wav <underlay sound>


This card depicts  Kel'Thuzad while he was still a human necromancer, before his battle with  Prince Arthas.

In this earlier period of Azeroth's history, he is the Headmaster of the Scholomance Academy, a renowned magical institution of higher learning he founded with  Lord Barov and  Mindrender Illucia which really serves as a cover for the activities of the Cult of the Damned taking place under the school - the slaying of students and locals from the region to provide corpses for  The Scourge, and the hideous necromantic torture experiments of  Doctor Krastinov,  Ras Frostwhisper, and  Disciplinarian Gandling.


  • In the public Hearthstone Team AMA on April 14, 2020, the developers were hinting at cats as being a special thing in the upcoming year. This might have been a reference to Mr. Bigglesworth.


Patch changes

  • Scholomance Academy logo.pngPatch (2020-08-18):
    • Headmaster Kel'Thuzad's Spellburst will now resurrect minions that are destroyed by spells that swap Attack and Health, and spells that have been granted Poisonous by  Professor Slate.
    • Summoning a cat will no longer allow Headmaster Kel'Thuzad's Spellburst to trigger on the opponent's turn.
    • 2020-08-13: Fixed a bug where Headmaster Kel'Thuzad would not resurrect minions that were destroyed from being returned to a full hand.
  • Scholomance Academy logo.pngPatch (2020-07-30):
    • Added.

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