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 Kel'Thuzad, a lich. The undead come in many shapes and sizes.

Undead is a minion type. It was introduced in March of the Lich King.

Most Undead minions tend to have their effects activated only if another friendly Undead minion died after the player's last turn. This means that some Undead gain bonus effects if a friendly Undead died during the opponent's last turn or earlier on their current turn.

Reborn is a recurring theme on Undead minions, and it was reintroduced as an evergreen ability in March of the Lich King, originally being an expansion-exclusive ability in Saviors of Uldum. Death Knights and Priests are usually associated with Undead minions.

Undead minions

For Wild format listings, see Undead/Wild format.

Collectible

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RLK 503.png
ETC 382.png
CORE ULD 723.png
RLK 079.png
CORE EX1 193.png
YOG 300.png
RLK 958.png
CORE EX1 012.png
CORE EX1 059.png
TTN 450.png
RLK 511.png
JAM 021.png
WW 324.png
CORE ICC 210.png
TOY 827.png
TOY 028.png
UPCOMING 101264.png
CORE NEW1 020.png
RLK 708.png
ETC 523.png
TTN 457.png
UPCOMING 100627.png
ETC 209.png
ETC 339.png
TOY 823.png
TOY 821.png
YOG 520.png
WW 337.png
UPCOMING 106063.png
JAM 007.png
TOY 824.png
DEEP 033.png
WW 398.png
WW 357.png
CORE RLK 062.png
TOY 893.png
YOG 512.png
UPCOMING 99957.png
RLK 223.png
JAM 005.png
TOY 828.png
ETC 428.png
UPCOMING 107926.png
CORE RLK 504.png
RLK 082.png
ETC 088.png
ETC 522.png
TOY 830.png
RLK 720.png
JAM 004.png
CORE RLK 505.png
CORE EX1 016.png
ETC 349.png
CORE DAL 721.png
UPCOMING 100616.png
ETC 526.png
ETC 419.png
CORE RLK 741.png
RLK 744.png
WW 373.png

Uncollectible

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ICC 828t.png
TOY 828t.png
ETC 423t.png
ETC 522t.png
HERO 11bpt.png
HERO 11bp2t.png
WW 368t.png
RLK 061t.png
RLK 506t.png
ICC 026t.png
TTN 470t.png
TTN 812t.png
TOY 829t.png
RLK 118t3.png
RLK 018t.png
RLK 008t.png
EX1 tk11.png
RLK 070t.png
TTN 457t.png
TTN 737t2.png
TSC 912t2.png
FP1 007t.png
RLK 063t.png
NX2 034t.png
NX2 034t1.png
NX2 034t2.png
UPCOMING 108614.png
ETC 526t.png

Sources of Undead

For Wild format listings, see Undead/Wild format.

Undead-generating

These cards can generate or summon new Undead minions.

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TTN 737t1.png
RLK 039t.png
TTN 450t2.png
TTN 812.png
RLK 061.png
JAM 008.png
HERO 11bp.png
HERO 11cbp2.png
DEEP 017.png
CORE FP1 007.png
WW 324.png
TOY 829hp.png
TOY 827.png
ETC 423.png
UPCOMING 100173.png
UPCOMING 101265.png
TTN 457.png
UPCOMING 100627.png
CORE EX1 248.png
DEEP 001.png
UPCOMING 106063.png
CORE RLK 062.png
TOY 893.png
TOY 828.png
RLK 060.png
CORE RLK 504.png
ETC 522.png
CORE RLK 063.png
TTN 470.png
ETC 526.png
TTN 737.png
UPCOMING 108614.png
CORE RLK 122.png
ETC 210.png

Related cards

For Wild format listings, see Undead/Wild format.

These cards have effects related to Undead.

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TOY 825t2.png
TOY 825.png
RLK 958.png
TOY 825t.png
JAM 008.png
CORE RLK 116.png
CORE RLK 121.png
DEEP 015.png
YOG 520.png
YOG 512.png
YOG 513.png
TOY 828.png
CORE DAL 721.png

Achievements[edit | edit source]

CategoryNameDescriptionRewards
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - PriestA Graveyard SmashSummon 25 Undead in one game as Priest.20 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - WarlockScavenging CubeSummon 16 different Undead with Amorphous Slime.20 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - NeutralLook at All Those Chickens!Hatch 30 Undead Chickens from Foul Eggs.20 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - NeutralLook at All Those Chickens!Hatch 60 Undead Chickens from Foul Eggs.20 Achievement Point.png, 2x Golden Foul Egg (Uncraftable Common)
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - NeutralBlight of the ScourgeSummon 200 Undead.10 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - NeutralBlight of the ScourgeSummon 400 Undead.10 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 169 logoGameplay - Lich King - NeutralBlight of the ScourgeSummon 600 Undead.20 Achievement Point.png, 2x Golden Banshee (Uncraftable Rare)
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 172 logoGameplay - Festival of Legends - Death KnightGiant FollowingSummon a 10/10 or bigger Undead with Arcanite Ripper.20 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 174 logoGameplay - Titans - Death KnightPoor Social DistancingDestroy 25 minions with Poisonous Undead.20 Achievement Point.png
Achievement Category 2Achievement SubCategory 174 logoGameplay - Titans - Death KnightPoor Social DistancingDestroy 50 minions with Poisonous Undead.20 Achievement Point.png

History[edit | edit source]

The developers have considered adding the undead minion type ever since the development of Curse of Naxxramas, and Mike Donais describes it as "the minion type that has come up the most often". The type was "talked about [...] a lot" during the development of Knights of the Frozen Throne, but the team ultimately decided that it was "not quite worth it" to implement. At the time, the undead type was something that may still be added in the future, but there were no plans to do so. In Donais' opinion, there aren't too many disadvantages to making a new minion type, but one of the reasons the team chose not to do it was because of the addition of the Elemental type in the preceding Journey to Un'Goro expansion, and "doing two new minion types in a row didn't really make sense to me".[1]

Alongisde the launch of March of the Lich King and the death knight class, the undead minion type was finally added into the game.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Main article: Undead art
Warcraft Wiki icon.pngThis section uses content from the Warcraft Wiki.
The undead were once-living creatures, now animated by spiritual or supernatural forces. The term undead refers to all creatures or entities that function normally despite having terminated life functions. Most commonly known as zombies or ghosts, undead beings are most typically mindless, bloodthirsty fiends hostile toward any living thing that comes across their path.
The undead have appeared all throughout Azeroth, most commonly in nature as revenants or wraiths. They were used as a combat tool during the First War when the necrolytes of the Horde learned to animate corpses as skeleton warriors in their fight against the Alliance. Later, the studies of the necrolytes developed into necromancy, the form of magic used very heavily in the Third War when the Cult of the Damned spread the Plague of Undeath across Lordaeron.
In modern times, "undead" refers primarily to either the Scourge or the Forsaken, since nearly half of the human race have since become undead. According to the lore in most sources, the Forsaken share all the characteristics of standard undead. However, Forsaken player characters and NPCs are for most intents and purposes considered to be "humanoids" in World of Warcraft due to gameplay reasons and do not share all the characteristics of other undead.

In Hearthstone[edit | edit source]

The undead in hearthstone are represented by various different species, such as abominations, Forsaken, geists, ghosts, ghouls, liches, and undead beasts.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Undead is the largest new minion type addition after the game's release. Undead instantly became the second-largest minion type after its introduction in March of the Lich King, only staying behind Beasts.
  • Despite previous minion types being retroactively added to Tavern Brawl cards and boss cards, there are no plans to update old non-constructed cards with Undead types.[2]
    • The reasoning for this is likely the fact that there are a vast amount of existing non-tagged undead minions, as well as that the development priorities of Team 5 don't include non-constructed content.

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