The Caverns Below

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The Caverns Below is a legendary rogue spell card, from the Journey to Un'Goro set.

How to get

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

Journey to Un'Goro
Regular1 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Journey to Un'Goro
Golden Wild
Golden1 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 1600 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 3200 Dust.pngGolden1

Generated cards[edit | edit source]

Crystal Core


To edit these notes, go to Template:The Caverns Below notes.

  • The Caverns Below counts minions played, not minions summoned. This means that minions such as  Doppelgangster will trigger only once, and not three times, for the quest.[1][2] In summary, minions' names will only be counted for advancing the quest if the minions were played from the hand.
  • The quest progress counts any minions that have the same name, even if they are not the exact same minion. For example, playing from hand an Imp token created by  Imp Master and an Imp token created by  Imp-losion would count as playing 2 minions of the same name, despite the two Imps' difference in source and card art. Similarly, playing a Doppelgangster, returning one of the uncollectible copies to one's hand and then playing the copy again would count as 2 minions of the same name.[1][3]
  • Upon playing Crystal Core, all friendly minions in the player's hand, deck and battlefield get set to 5/5 stats, and any friendly minion summoned/transformed/taken control of thereafter will be set to a 5/5 the next time Auras update, if it has not been set to a 5/5 this way yet. Afterwards, minions can still take damage, get buffed and activate their triggered effects, Battlecries and Combos like normal; they will simply start out with 5/5 stats by default.[4][5][6][7][8][9] This includes tokens created by cards such as  Violet Teacher and  Onyxia, copies of other friendly minions created by  Barnes and  Shadowcaster, and transformed minions created by spells such as  Polymorph and  Hex.[6][10][11][12][13]
    • All Jade Golems summoned after playing Crystal Core will be 5/5 minions.[14]
    • Taking control of an enemy minion after playing Crystal Core, such as using  Sylvanas Windrunner's Deathrattle or a randomly generated  Potion of Madness, will cause that minion's stats to immediately be changed to 5/5.[15] They will stay a 5/5 even after returning to the enemy player's side of the board.[16]
    • Silencing a minion affected by Crystal Core will remove all enchantments and card text except the Crystal Core enchantment, meaning that the minion's stats will remain 5/5.[17][18] (It's hypothesized that the enchantment is being removed but re-applied instantly - so rather than it being unsilencable, it's added back too quickly for anyone to notice.)[19]
    • Cards that create 1/1 copies of minions, like  Herald Volazj and  Mirage Caller, are hard-coded to not copy the Crystal Core buff. As a result, the Crystal Core buff is re-applied afterwards, so the copies will be 5/5, not 1/1.[19] (The copies used to be 1/1s before Patch 8.2.)[20]
    • If you have a Sword of Justice/ Addled Grizzly and Crystal Core and play or summon a minion, it will become a 5/5.[19] (Before Patch 8.2, merely summoned minion would get buffed +1/+1 THEN become a 5/5.)[21]
August 2019 consistency change
  • The buffing mechanic of Crystal Core was reworked in Patch to correct some inconsistencies.[22]
    • Now, after Crystal Core is played, the base stats for all of the player's minions are changed to 5/5's. This means that the stat numbers for these minions now appear as white instead of green, and if silenced or stolen, the minions will still remain as 5/5's.
    • Also, when Crystal Core is played, minions currently in play on the board receive a one-time enchantment that sets their stats to 5/5, clearing damage and overriding enchantments that were already in place.
  • Additionally, cards which create a copy of a minion with specifically stated stats (e.g.  Sonya Shadowdancer,  Prince Taldaram,  Barnes, etc.) now work as written, since new enchantments from such minions override the Crystal Core enchantment. In summary, Crystal Core no longer acts as a persistent aura effect as in previous versions of the card.
    • For example, the minion summoned by Barnes will be a 1/1, instead of a 5/5.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The crystals of Un'Goro Crater are ancient titan energy sources. The Crystal Core is a particularly powerful one, and represents infusing the affected minions with titan energy, comparable to the opposite of Old God corruption, "except that you look like a Norse god at the end instead of a tentacle monster. A 5/5 Norse god."[23][24][25]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The Caverns Below, full art

Patch changes

  • TTN Logo Adventure.pngPatch (2023-09-28):
    • Banned from Duels deck-building and card buckets.
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25):
    • Condition changed from "Play five minions with the same name." to "Play four minions with the same name."
  • Journey to Un'Goro logo.png Patch (2017-07-10):
    • Condition changed from "Play four minions with the same name." to "Play five minions with the same name."
  • Journey to Un'Goro logo.png Patch (2017-04-04):
    • Added.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-22). 
  2. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-22). 
  3. holden yip (2017-04-13). Hearthstone Experiment: Can we finish the Rogue Quest by same name DIFFERENT cards? - YouTube
  4. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-22). 
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  11. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-22). 
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  14. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-23). 
  15. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-29). 
  17. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-03-29). 
  18. Trolden (2017-04-08). Funny And Lucky Moments - Hearthstone - Ep. 237
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2
  22. Blizzard Entertainment (August 1, 2019). Hearthstone Update – August 1 – Saviors of Uldum. Retrieved on 2019-09-08.
  23. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-04-27). 
  24. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-04-27). 
  25. Peter Whalen on Twitter (X). (2017-04-27).