Shifter Zerus

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You might be looking for one of these cards: Battlegrounds/Shifter Zerus, Battlegrounds/Shifter Zerus (golden).

Shifter Zerus is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get

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

Whispers of the Old Gods
Regular1 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Whispers of the Old Gods
Golden Wild
Golden1 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 1600 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 3200 Dust.pngGolden1


To edit these notes, go to Template:Shifter Zerus notes.

A transformed Shifter Zerus, featuring the card's special visual effect
  • This card may transform into any collectible minion, but not uncollectible minions.
  • Even though the card text reads "Each turn", Shifter Zerus transforms only at the start of the possessing player's turn. When drawn, it does not transform immediately but remains as Shifter Zerus until the start of the player's next turn, at which point it begins shifting.
  • Shifter Zerus' transformation effect is unusual, in that while transforming into other minions, it retains the original card's ability to transform again the next turn. This ability is retained until the card is removed from the hand, at which point it is lost.[1] Returning the minion into which Zerus transformed to the hand will not cause it to start transforming again.[2] However, if the untransformed Zerus minion itself is in the battlefield and then returned to the hand, it will begin transforming again.[3]
  • A special visual display highlights Shifter Zerus, making it clear which minion it is, and reminding the player that it will transform again next turn.
  • Shifter Zerus' transform effect does not depend on being played from the hand; put into battlefield effects will also see the resulting minion enter play, and the transformation ability lost.[4]
  • The transformation includes mana cost.[5] For example, if a Shifter Zerus changes into a  Deathwing, it will cost 10 to play.
  • If  Simulacrum or  Elise the Enlightened are used on a transformed Shifter Zerus in the player's hand, the player will receive a copy of the minion Zerus is currently transformed as. This copy will not transform into other minions.
  • If  Mind Vision copies an untransformed Shifter Zerus minion into the player's hand, the copy will continue to transform as usual. If Mind Vision copies a Shifter Zerus that has already transformed into another minion (even if it has not yet been played from the hand), it will not transform.[6][7]
  • Even when in the hand, Shifter Zerus is considered to be of the class of the card into which it is currently transformed, for the purposes of cards like  Ethereal Peddler.[8]
  • Shifter Zerus will retain any buffs it receives from the card it transformed into, such as  Blubber Baron and  Clutchmother Zavas.
  • If there is already a buffed C'Thun in the deck, hand, field, or "graveyard", and Shifter Zerus becomes a C'Thun, the C'Thun that Shifter becomes does not become pre-buffed (i.e. a normal 6/6, without any other buffs like from  The Mistcaller).[9]
  • If Shifter Zerus transforms into a warlock minion,  Renounce Darkness will turn Shifter Zerus into a different card, losing its ongoing transformation ability.[10]


  • Shifter Zerus's transformation is a trigger in the Start of Turn Phase.
    • Because this is before the Draw Phase at the start of each turn, a normally drawn Shifter Zerus will not transform until your next turn begins.
    • Because of the Quad Queue Model, Shifter Zerus's first transformation will queue and resolve after in-play Start of Turn Phase triggers (for example, a Shifter Zerus drawn by  Nat Pagle immediately transforms), and Shifter Zerus's later transformations (which occur due to an attached enchantment, which is considered in play) will queue and resolve during in-play Start of Turn Phase triggers and before in-hand Start of Turn Phase triggers (such as  Nerubian Prophet).

Sounds[edit | edit source]

  • ▶️ ShifterZerus_OG_123_Play.wav <summon sound>
  • ▶️ Vashjir_Play_Stinger_2.wav <music stinger>
  • ▶️ ShifterZerus_OG_123_Attack.wav <attack sound>
  • ▶️ ShifterZerus_OG_123_Death.wav <death sound>

Lore[edit | edit source]

Shifter Zerus is original to Hearthstone.

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The n'raqi, commonly known as the faceless ones or the faceless, are a monstrous race that arose from the organic matter that seeped from the Old Gods' blighted forms during the primordial era of Azeroth. Cunning and intelligent, they serve their eldritch masters with fanatical loyalty.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Shifter Zerus, full art

Patch changes

References[edit | edit source]