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Untouchable for both players.
Though unable to act for two turns, Dormant minions tout powerful stats and effects once they escape their ephemeral bonds.[1]

Dormant is an ability that allows a minion to become Permanent until a condition is fulfilled.

The Dormant mechanic first appeared in Journey to Un'Goro with  Sherazin, Corpse Flower. However, the ability was first keyworded in Ashes of Outland.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Dormant minions, or minions affected by Dormant keyword, do not reset nor effect enchantments when awakened.[2]
  • Minions will always start Dormant until their condition is fulfilled, no matter how they were summoned.
    • The exception is when the player copies a Dormant minion that has already awakened.
  • Dormant minions with no way to awaken themselves cannot be randomly summoned or transformed into ( The Darkness and  Magtheridon).
  • Dormant minions which awaken by themselves over a set number of turns trigger the countdown to their awakening at the start of the controller's turn.
  • If a Dormant minion with an on-awaken effect is made Dormant again (e.g. by  Maiev Shadowsong), its on-awaken effect will trigger again after the second awakening.

Cards with Dormant

For Wild format listings, see Dormant/Wild format.


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Sources of Dormant

For Wild format listings, see Dormant/Wild format.

Dormant-granting cards

This section lists cards which grant the Dormant ability to other minions or to itself.

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Related cards

For Wild format listings, see Dormant/Wild format.

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TOY 647.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Ashes of Outland Dormant mechanic first appeared on the Taverns of Time card Stasis Dragon. However, it was still slightly different since it used a token minion for the Dormant effect rather than enforcing a Dormant state.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ashes of Outland - Hearthstone
  2. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (March 22, 2020). 
  3. Chadd Nervig on Twitter (X). (2020-03-18). 
  4. Liv Breeden on reddit. (2020-03-18). Retrieved on 2020-04-21.