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You might be looking for one of these cards: Shadowstep (Classic), Shadowstep (Core).

Shadowstep is a common rogue spell card, from the Legacy set.

Other versions

How to get

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

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

Golden Classic
Golden Wild
Golden1~2 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 40 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 400 Dust.pngGolden1


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  • This spell has two steps:
    • First it returns target friendly minion to your hand;
    • Then, it creates a cost-modification enchantment attached to it that reduces its mana cost by 2.
  • If Shadowstep is intercepted by your opponent's  Spellbender, it will return the token to your opponent's hand, not yours.[1]



Part of the reason for Shadowstep's design was to give rogues a way to activate Battlecries/Combo effects multiple times.[2] However, in practice players tended toward using Shadowstep primarily to enable re-use of Charge minions such as  Leeroy Jenkins (see below).[2] The Blackrock Mountain card  Gang Up was later created in order to provide an alternate means of activating these effects.[2]


Prior to the nerf of  Leeroy Jenkins in September 2014, 2 x Shadowstep was often used in combination with Leeroy in Miracle Rogue decks in order to deal 18 damage in a single turn. Combined with 2 x  Cold Blood, this total could be increased to 26 damage in a single turn, not counting other minions and weapons. Unsurprisingly, this led to an excessive level of non-interactive play, with opponents largely unable to defend against this amount of burst. The nerf increased Leeroy's mana cost to 5, preventing him from being combined with more than one Shadowstep in a turn (unless  The Coin is used) and moderating the combo's power.


Shadowstep is a rogue ability from World of Warcraft. It allows rogues to step through the shadows and appear behind a target. Movement speed is also increased by 70% for 2 seconds afterwards.


  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "The Hunt for Illidan" series, for the card Shadowstep.
  • Shadowstep was a part of Patch 29.N0, an April Fools 2024 prank, with the announced name change from "Shadowstep" to "Step" and the removal of its Shadow spell school, along with the dev comment: "For player sentiment reasons, Shadowstep has been removed from Core. A new card, called Step, will be added into Core in its place."


Patch changes

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25):
    • 2021-03-30: Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
    • Now has Shadow spell school (previously: no spell school).
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Closed beta, 2013-08-30):
    • Flavor text now reads: "Rogue dance troops will sometimes Shadowstep away at the end of a performance. Crowds love it." (previously: no flavor text).
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Alpha, 2013-08-12):
    • Now reads: Return a friendly minion to your hand. It costs (2) less. (previously: Return a friendly minion to your hand.)
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Alpha, April or May 2013):
    • Added.

External links

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tested in Patch (WotOG patch)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2015-04-03).