You could summon Misha, Leokk, or Huffer! Huffer is more trouble than he's worth.
How to get
Regular and golden Animal Companion are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.
|New player||Complete the Ranked's New player experience system||Regular||2|
|New player||Complete the Ranked's New player experience system||Golden||2|
Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:
- Two copies of Animal Companion were a reward for raising a hunter to level 2.
- Two Golden copies of Animal Companion were a reward for raising a hunter to levels 45 and 46.
Animal Companion randomly summons either , or , each uncollectible 3-cost Beast minions. Although you cannot choose or predict which minion will be summoned, all three are more mana-efficient than collectible 3-mana minions. They maintain their mana efficiency if "returned" to your hand, since each can be summoned back for 3 mana.
This spell can be used to obtain early board presence and apply pressure to your opponent, forcing them to deal with these early threats. Since these minions are all beasts, they also synergize with the various hunter cards that benefit from having beasts in play, such as , , or even .
As a spell, Animal Companion is able to serve to maintain board presence when playing Spell Hunter.
Huffer is versatile and can be useful in almost any situation. Huffer is very efficient at outputting damage and can pose an enormous threat to a slower deck. Paired with the next turn, Huffer can efficiently get rid of its issue with low health. In wild, can offer significant bonuses which fit into Huffer's style of play very much, with eliminating the possible health weakness which the opponent can take advantage of to make better trades, not only increases Huffer's damage output, but also adds a bonus to all future buffs, while can protect Huffer from a trade to gain tempo.
Huffer is more efficient than , as they both cost 3 mana and have Charge, but Huffer has +1/+1 in stats when compared to Wolfrider.
Leokk is the most situational out of the three animal companions. Leokk is only useful when multiple other minions are controlled at the same time. Leokk's aura is most beneficial to large amounts of small minions, most notably, Leokk can help kill large minions with , , and Snakes from . In an beast focused deck, Leokk can help serve the purpose of , just at a higher cost and with a sturdier body. Leokk is generally not efficient at trading, but it can do the job in the early game, being able to efficiently trade into minions such as , , and , but is very vulnerable if played later than turn 3, as popular minions such as , , , and can all kill Leokk while still leaving a threatening body on the field, thus, protecting Leokk later on in the game can be quite beneficial.
Misha is one of the most efficient 3-drops in the game: it is very favorable when trading, has a sturdy body, and can protect other important minions. Although Misha, when compared to Huffer, is not able to provide an immediate board impact, Misha still has the capability to gain a huge boost in tempo. Later on in the game, Misha becomes less favorable as 4/4 bodies aren't as impactful as they are in the early game. With 4 health, Misha is able to kill many early minions and survive, such as and , however, Misha is still vulnerable to removal such as and .
Misha, Leokk and Huffer are all known companions of Rexxar.
Rexxar's trusted companion, Misha is a bear who will fight at Rexxar's side whenever she is called upon. Misha battles ferociously, and loyally follows Rexxar to every location he travels to. Rexxar is very protective of Misha when they enter civilized areas, and ensures that the bear stays close to him.
Misha accompanied her master in the aftermath of the Third War in the battles of Kalimdor against Daelin Proudmoore. Years later, Misha found the body of an orc named Byrok. She carried him on her back to Orgrimmar.
She was later seen by her master's side in the Stonetalon Mountains, Desolace, and Feralas. Misha accompanied Rexxar through the Dark Portal to Outland and could be found in the Thunderlord Stronghold in the Blade's Edge Mountains.
Misha continues to follow her master on the Broken Isles during the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth. She is also briefly seen in Undercity at a ceremony hosted by Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner. Though traditionally by her master's side during the war against the Alliance, Misha wasn't part of Rexxar's mission to break out Lady Priscilla Ashvane out of her prison.
Shortly after Rexxar arrived in Blade's Edge Mountains, he was attacked by Bladespire ogres. Although Rexxar escaped after slaying many, Leokk was taken prisoner. Thankfully, with the help of Spirit and a Horde adventurer, Leokk was located and freed.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Reign of Fire" series, for the card Rexxar the Wanderer.
- If you play Animal Companion against the Kel'Thuzad boss in the Curse of Naxxramas adventure, will be summoned instead.
- Animal Companion is famously known with the phrase "Always Huffer", which refers to the apparent ability of Face Hunter players to consistently get Huffer when playing Animal Companion often enabling unlikely lethals.
- When Rexxar is the hunter player's hero, he will say "To my side!" when casting Animal Companion. Other hunter heroes do not have quotes when the player casts it.
- Animal Companion was a part of Patch 188.8.131.52.1.1, an April Fools 2022 prank, with the announced text change from "Summon an Animal Companion" to "Summon Leokk" and a Dev Comment "Rexxar has finally decided on his new favorite pet, so we're updating Animal Companion to reflect that."
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Basic to Legacy set.
- Patch 184.108.40.20636 (2017-04-04): Now has Free rarity (previously: Common).
- Patch 220.127.116.1166 (2015-06-15): 's text has been changed from "Other friendly minions..." to "Your other minions..."
- Patch 18.104.22.16824 (2014-07-22): Now features a "To my side!" soundbite when played.