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Ancestral Healing
149 • CS2_041
Spell school:Nature
Cost:0 Mana icon.png
Artist:Dan Scott
Restore a minion to full Health and give it Taunt.
Flavor text

I personally prefer some non-ancestral right-the-heck-now healing, but maybe that is just me.

Boolean tags
Wiki tags
Restore Health
Wiki referenced tags
Taunt-granting, Health-related, Targeted
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Ancestral Healing is a shaman spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Regular and golden Ancestral Healing are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Auto-detected sources
New playerComplete the Ranked's New player experience systemRegular2
New playerComplete the Ranked's New player experience systemGolden2

Previous availability[]

Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:

  • Two copies of Ancestral Healing were automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the shaman class.
  • Two Golden copies of Ancestral Healing were a reward for raising a shaman to levels 15 and 20.


  • This spell's healing effect works by attempting to heal the target for an amount equal to its maximum Health.
  • When used in combination with Auchenai Soulpriest or Embrace the Shadow, this spell will deal damage to the target minion equal to its maximum Health, usually killing the minion.[1]


Ancestral Healing is a useful card to take advantage of early trading. Using this card on sturdier early-game minions, like Zombie Chow or Spider Tank, after a successful trade allows them to be restored to full health and give them the powerful Taunt ability. As a bonus, since Ancestral Healing costs no mana, you can create a tempo advantage by trading early, restoring the damaged minion to full health, and then also playing another minion to keep the pressure on your opponent.

Late game minions can also take advantage of a full heal from this card. High health minions like, Boulderfist Ogre, can take damage, be healed, and their new Taunt ability will force your opponent into using more damage or removal on a card that has already gotten value.

A rare strategy, Ancestral Healing can also be used to allow the player to attack an enemy minion that is shielded by Taunt minions. For example, if the opponent has an Ogre Brute and a Target Dummy, the player can use Ancestral Healing on the Ogre Brute, granting it Taunt and thus allowing the player to attack it. However, due to Ancestral Healing's healing effect, this is less desirable if the target is not already at full Health, or if the player is not able to defeat them in a single attack.


Ancestral Healing was a shaman talent in World of Warcraft that improved the shaman's healing abilities. It was removed with Mists of Pandaria. Communication with the ancestors is a central aspect of shamanism, also reflected in Ancestral Spirit.



Ancestral Healing, full art

Patch changes[]


  1. Hearthstone Mythbusters Ep.6. (2014-01-30). 
  2. Dean Ayala (2016-09-08). Hearthside Chat: Upcoming Arena Changes with Dean Ayala. Retrieved on 2019-03-26.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment (2018-12-19). Arena Updates – December 19 2018. Retrieved on 2019-03-26.