Deathstalker Rexxar

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For other uses of Rexxar, see Rexxar (disambiguation).

Deathstalker Rexxar is a legendary hunter hero card, from the Knights of the Frozen Throne set.

How to get

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

Knights of the Frozen Throne
Regular1 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Knights of the Frozen Throne
Golden Wild
Golden1 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 1600 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 3200 Dust.pngGolden1

Ban lists

Deathstalker Rexxar is in these ban lists:

  • Hero cards - Hero cards cannot be drafted in Arena.

Related cards

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Tied Hero Power
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To edit these notes, go to Template:Deathstalker Rexxar notes.

  • For information about the functionality of hero cards in general, see Hero card#Notes.
  • Build-a-Beast allows the player to create a  Zombeast through a Discover-like interface. The player is presented with 3 Beast minions twice to choose from.
  • A minion card is then generated for the player with the combined mana costs, Attack, Health and card text of the two Beasts. The Zombeast will have the card art and quotes of the first minion chosen.[1][2]
  • The first choice will always be from Beasts with only card text and non-obstructive keywords, whereas the second choice will always be from Beasts with either only keywords, non-obstructive text, or no card text at all.[3][4]
    • Minions with keywords such as Battlecry and Deathrattle count as being in the first pool of cards, since they have additional text that specifies what their effect does (for example, "Battlecry: Deal 1 damage", or "Deathrattle: Draw a card", as opposed to simply "Battlecry" or "Deathrattle").[5][6]
    • Non-obstructive keywords include ones like Magnetic, as although cards like  Mecha-Leaper should technically be excluded from the text pool since it has both a keyword and text, Magnetic doesn't appear on any eligible Mech/Beast in the second pool, so there cannot be an issue with double Magnetic being listed on a Zombeast.[4]
    • Beasts that have obstructive keywords and text are specifically excluded from the Build-A-Beast options, even if they cost 5 Mana or less,[7] for example  King of Beasts[8],  Witchwood Grizzly, or  Azsharan Saber.
      • Obstructive keywords include ones like Taunt, Rush, etc. which appear on Beasts in the second pool, and would result in potential double keywords.
    • Non-obstructive text for Beasts in the second pool include ones like  Mistake's "This has all minion types." or  Pelican Diver's "Dormant for 1 turn. Rush". These do not obstruct the text from Beasts in the first pool, and can appear alongside it, and therefore Beasts with these types of text are included in the second pool.
  • Hunter Beasts and neutral Beasts have an equal chance of being offered.[3]
  • Beasts with transformation-type keywords, such as Corrupt, Infuse, and Forge are specifically excluded from Zombeast pools.[9]
  • The player will never be offered a Beast that costs more than 5 Mana, since this could potentially lead to creating a Zombeast that costs more than 10 Mana and is thus impossible to play under normal circumstances.[10]
  • Certain other Beasts are hard-coded to not appear in Zombeast pools even though they should be eligible to appear. Known exclusions include:
  • The Zombeast is treated as having all the original properties of the two Beasts. For example, a Zombeast created with a Deathrattle effect will be able to be resummoned by  N'Zoth, the Corruptor's Battlecry.[12]
    • The exception is the minion type. No matter what types the original beasts had, the resulting Zombeast will always be an undead beast (unless an All-type minion is combined, which will result in the Zombeast having All types as well).
  • Silencing a Zombeast will not reduce/remove its attack and health stats.


Play stinger▶️<music stinger>
Play stinger▶️<music stinger>
Play▶️The eternal hunt has begun.
Attack▶️An easy target.
Death▶️<death sound>
Emote: Greetings▶️Start running, prey.
Emote: Well Played▶️<VO sound>
Emote: Oops▶️That was a miss.
Emote: Threaten▶️I will hunt you down... Forever.
Emote: Thanks▶️My thanks.
Concede▶️This hunt is yours.
Running out of time▶️The scent grows faint!
Thinking▶️I wonder...
Thinking▶️Which tracks to follow...
Almost out of cards▶️I'm almost out of cards!
Out of cards▶️I'm out of cards!
Emote: Wow▶️Impressive.


When Rexxar’s hunt came to a premature end, he was resurrected as Deathstalker Rexxar. When played, Deathstalker Rexxar fires a flurry of arrows—dealing 2 damage to all enemy minions—and replaces your hero, granting 5 armor and changing your Hero Power to Build-a-Beast.
Build-a-Beast allows Deathstalker Rexxar to stitch together a horrifying new Zombeast by ‘Discovering’ pieces of two former animal friends. The new creation combines all the stats of both creatures he’s sewn together; mana cost, attack, health, and card text. The beastly abomination is then added to Deathstalker Rexxar’s hand to later be unleashed on a hapless foe.
Terrifying indeed! Of course, there are many other threats to found within the Scourge.[2]

Deathstalker Rexxar is the death knight version of  Rexxar.

Deathstalker Rexxar in Forest for the Weary.

In the web comic Forest for the Weary, a  Pompous Thespian tells a cautionary tale about Rexxar, who one day discovered that a great evil had descended on his forest home — the air was frigid, and the forests and everything that walked within them were dying. This corruption was revealed to be the result of the druid  Malfurion Stormrage, who had become pestilent, a corruptor of nature commanding legions of bugs. Rexxar fired his bow at the corrupt druid, but the insects chewed apart his arrows and poisoned his companions,  Misha and  Huffer. With sorrow in his heart, the hunter swore he would do anything for the power to do what was right. Suddenly, the shadow of a twisted throne fell over him, but in its place was only the stranger  Gul'dan, who had just what Rexxar wished for. All that the warlock asked in return was a single life. Rexxar accepted, and was resurrected as Deathstalker Rexxar. He was taught by Gul'dan how to grant his beloved animals immortality and unholy power. The thespian's tale is interrupted when the audience members begin suggesting that Rexxar used his powers to stitch together various animals into horrifying Zombeasts. Although the thespian tells the listeners to not get carried away, he is swayed by the donations of gold coins and continues by telling how the most fearsome Zombeast of all was the dreaded "sharkbear". Deathstalker Rexxar and his Zombeasts marched against Malfurion's forces and defeated the corrupt druid, but just as Rexxar moved in for the killing blow, Malfurion revealed that he himself had simply been trying to protect the forests as well before being swayed by the promises of a twisted throne: he and Rexxar had fallen victim to the same force.

The deathstalker's sickly green color scheme and propensity for stitching living creatures together into abominations appear to suggest an association with the Unholy death knight specialization.

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"While free from the Lich King’s grasp, some death knights still embody the ever-corrupting nature of the Scourge plague that once threatened to consume Azeroth. No matter their allegiance or cause, they remain defilers of life; and nowhere is their callousness more on display than when threatened. Inflictors of the most aggressive of diseases—and masters of raising unhallowed minions from the ground—these unholy death knights are vicious melee combatants, capable of striking with the force of an undead legion and unleashing pestilence that would bring their foes to ruin."

For more information, see Knights of the Frozen Throne.


  • Deathstalker Rexxar's card design changed "maybe 10 different times" during development, with each iteration drastically different from the others. One of the earlier versions of the card had him summon 5/5 zombies for each Beast minion that had died that turn, while a later variation instead caused him to resummon all Beasts that had died during the game, similar to  Bloodreaver Gul'dan's Battlecry effect. The card was later changed yet again to summon three Beasts from the player's deck. Build-a-Beast was originally planned to be a collectible spell card which simply allowed the player to Discover two Beasts and combine them, but the spell was so well liked by the developers that it was "promoted" to Deathstalker Rexxar's Hero Power.[13]
  • Keeping the pool of beasts for Deathstalker Rexxar up to date for future expansions is a "fairly complicated endeavor".[7]
  • Deathstalker Rexxar is the only other hero card with a unique entrance quote and mirror entrance, the other being  Shadowreaper Anduin. These can't be heard normally, but were originally used for the Rise of the Zombeasts and Duel of the Death Knights Tavern Brawls.
  • While the original mask of Rexxar is a reference to Darkwolf's mask, Deathstalker Rexxar's mask more resembles Wolverine's.


    Upon release of the expansion Kobolds and Catacombs, players found that Deathstalker Rexxar's Build-a-Beast hero power did not include cards from Kobolds and Catacombs. This made many players frustrated. When asked why the hero power was like this, Mike Donais responded:

    The challenge was not a coding one. It was combining 2 text boxes into one across 15 languages. A lot of things that work ok in English don't work as well in other languages. When text is written for a card, it has very specific templates and line breaks and spacing to make it fit and look good and some languages actually have very different rules and would surprise you what they have to do.[14]

    Four days later, Donais responded with a forum post, in which he agreed with the community, and said there will be change. He said the following:

    Many players have noticed that Deathstalker Rexxar’s Hero Power does not include any of the new Beasts that were added with the Kobolds & Catacombs expansion.

    Since then, some players have provided constructive feedback regarding the state of Deathstalker Rexxar, and we agreed that a change to the Hero Power was warranted. As such, we will be updating Deathstalker Rexxar’s Hero Power to include new Beasts going forward. Please be patient, as this is a fairly complicated endeavor and we may need to start with a smaller change before a more permanent solution is implemented. We don’t have a date for this change to share with you today, but we will provide more information once we have it. Please also note that as new Beasts are released, we may need to mark some of them as exempt for various reasons, much like how King of Beasts is currently excluded from the pool of Beasts that Deathstalker Rexxar’s Hero Power can pull from.[15]


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