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Turn the destructive forces of chaos against your enemies as the Demon Hunter. Using quick and devastating attacks, enormous demonic allies, and chaotic fel magics, show your enemies the hatred of 10,000 years![1]

Demon Hunter icon.png Demon Hunter is one of 11 classes in Hearthstone.

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Demon Hunter is represented by the following heroes. Illidan Stormrage is the default hero of Demon Hunter.


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Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Demon Hunter

Demon hunters, the disciples of Illidan Stormrage, uphold a dark legacy, one that frightens their allies and enemies alike. The Illidari embrace fel and chaotic magics—energies that have long threatened the world of Azeroth—believing them necessary to challenge the Burning Legion. Wielding the powers of demons they’ve slain, they develop demonic features that incite revulsion and dread in fellow elves.

Demon hunters made a pact, long ago, to fight against the forces of chaos using their own terrible powers against it. They ritually blind themselves in exchange for  Spectral Sight that enables them to better sense their prey. This enhanced awareness, together with their great agility and magical prowess, makes demon hunters unpredictable adversaries. They wield demonically charged warblades in battle and call upon demonic energies to augment their formidable combat skills.

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Demon Claws
Main article:  Demon Claws
Fight tooth and nail to vanquish any who dare stand against you.[1]

Demon Claws, the class’ Hero Power, is a one mana-cost boost to the Demon Hunter’s Attack, designed around robust synergies with its class cards. The low mana cost of Demon Claws allows it to fit fluidly into curves, giving the Demon Hunter a unique gameplay feel.

The hero power can reliably allow the Demon Hunter to fill their Mana curve, and can be used alongside their many synergistic cards such as  Blade Dance and  Satyr Overseer. While most classes spend 2 mana on their hero power, the Demon Hunter only spends 1.

Replacement Hero Powers[edit | edit source]

Demon's Bite
Demonic Blast
Demonic Blast
Ashfallen's Fury

Traits[edit | edit source]

Outcast[edit | edit source]

Demon Hunters are no strangers to being strangers. Take advantage of the class-specific keyword Outcast to trigger additional effects when these cards are played from the left or right-most positions in your hand.[1]

Demon Hunter introduces a new class-specific keyword, Outcast. Outcast cards have impactful bonuses when played from the left or right-most position in your hand. With a bit of careful thought and turn-planning, Outcast cards can shift the tides of a match.[2]

Featured cards

Skull of Gul'dan
Eye Beam
Spectral Sight

Hero Attacks[edit | edit source]

Channel your rage through furious attacks against heroes and minions alike. Enable powerful effects that only trigger if the Demon Hunter has unleashed an attack this turn.[1]

Mix and match Hero Attack buffs with weapons to trigger mighty attacking-related effects. Slice into enemy minions, using your own health as a resource. You’ll find the class lacks in direct sources of healing, but instead relies on smaller chip heals via Lifesteal.

Featured cards

Warglaives of Azzinoth
Satyr Overseer
Aldrachi Warblades

Demonic Allies[edit | edit source]

Turning even the most dreadful enemies against their kind, the Demon Hunter can call upon gigantic demonic minions to wreak havoc on the board.[1]
Featured cards

Raging Felscreamer
Pit Commander
Wrathspike Brute

How to get cards[edit | edit source]

Core cards[edit | edit source]

Completing the Apprentice Track awards 17 Demon Hunter cards (32 copies), while winning up to 500 games in Ranked or Arena awards golden copies of existing cards. All Core cards are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Crimson Sigil Runner
Illidari Studies
Chaos Strike
Immolation Aura
Spectral Sight
Wayward Sage
Aldrachi Warblades
Coordinated Strike
Eye Beam
Gan'arg Glaivesmith
Kayn Sunfury
Raging Felscreamer
Expendable Performers
Illidari Inquisitor

Expansion cards[edit | edit source]

Demon Hunter pack
Main article: Card pack

Demon Hunter's expansion cards can be obtained mostly by obtaining corresponding card packs or Demon Hunter class packs. The player can buy them in Shop with gold or real money, or get them through various sources. Some cards may be available through various promotions, like logging in to get them.

Mini-set cards, while can be obtained like expansion cards, can also be obtained by buying its bundle available in Shop for a limited-time. The player can buy the bundle with gold or real money.

Expansions cards are also craftable and can be obtained by crafting them with Arcane Dust.

Demon Hunter Initiate cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Demon Hunter Initiate

Demon Hunter Initiate is a special card set only for Demon Hunter, allowing them to catch up to the other classes in Standard format at the time of their release. The player can obtain Demon Hunter Initiate cards by completing Demon Hunter Prologue.

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Standard format cards, see Demon Hunter/Standard format.
For Wild format cards, see Demon Hunter/Wild format.

Breakdown of Demon Hunter cards in both Standard and Wild formats can be seen in the following table.

Demon HunterDemon Hunter card statistics
Rarity Hero Minion Spell Weapon Location
Free 0 4 5 1 0
CommonCommon 0 41 35 9 0
RareRare 0 26 33 3 1
EpicEpic 0 20 10 4 0
LegendaryLegendary 1 26 4 1 0

Strategy and gameplay[edit | edit source]

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Common deck types[edit | edit source]

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Because of Demon Hunter's fantastic card draw, high chip and burst damage, and the speed at which they burn out, most Demon Hunters are geared towards aggressive or midrange builds. Demon Hunters arm themselves with weapons and aggressively-statted minions to take control of the board or apply massive face damage.

Counters[edit | edit source]

  • Demon Hunters are susceptible to large minions (particularly those with Taunt) as they lack hard removal. Decks that can produce large minions repeatedly can create an insurmountable force.
  • Since Demon Hunters attack with their hero for many different card effects, freezing their hero can often delay their plays.
  • Demon Hunters are relatively reliant on their weapons, which extend the effect of their hero power and cards like  Chaos Strike. Weapon-destruction effects can severely hamper them.
  • Try to play one large minion instead of lots of small ones, since Demon Hunters can easily remove small minions.
  • Demon Hunters have great card draw, but difficulty generating extra cards. This makes them easy to beat in fatigue.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Demon Hunter is the first new playable class added to Hearthstone. While Death Knight was technically the first new class, it was only represented in a few uncollectible tokens until it became a playable class in March of the Lich King.
  • The Demon Hunter did not have a set of Classic cards. However, the extra five cards added in each Year of the Phoenix expansion were designed to provide parity with this. Blizzard intended to build them a Classic set partially out of expansion cards, once they figured out which effects they want to keep evergreen.[3][4]
    • Demon Hunter ended up not getting a Classic set due to it being replaced with the Core set in Patch Instead, Demon Hunter received a set of Core cards, and their Basic set was integrated into the Legacy set.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Card frames

Videos[edit | edit source]

Demon Hunter Cinematic Trailer (2020-03-17)

Hearthstone: How Demon Hunter Was Brought to Life (2020-03-19)

Hearthside Chat – Demon Hunter Deep Dive (2020-03-24)

How the Hearthstone Team Designed Demon Hunter – Behind the Scenes (2020-03-26)

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Demon Hunter - Heroes - Hearthstone. PlayHearthstone. Retrieved on 2021-06-20.
  2. Introducing the Demon Hunter. (2020-03-17). 
  3. Chadd Nervig (2020-03-17). Chadd Nervig on Reddit. Retrieved on 2020-03-17.
  4. Chadd Nervig on Twitter (X). (2020-03-17). 

External links[edit | edit source]