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Area of effect (AoE) is the term for an effect which affects all characters of the specified type. Common targets for AoEs include all enemy minions, all minions, and all characters.

AoE is defined in contrast to 'single-target' and 'multiple target'. While AoEs may affect multiple targets, they have no limit to the number of targets affected, and their targets are determined by the nature of the AoE (e.g., "all minions") rather than by selecting a set number of individual targets. Positional effects function as limited-area AoEs, but in game terms are multiple target effects. AoEs are distinguished from multi-targets spells such as Arcane Missiles and Cleave, which are essentially multiple single-target effects.

The term AoE refers solely to the effect's target and does not describe its actual outcome. The most common types of AoE are healing and damage-dealing spells.


  • AoEs affect all valid targets simultaneously. However, triggers resulting from each character affected are still applied one at a time, in the order the minions were played.
  • AoEs affect all targets before any related triggers are activated. For example a Circle of Healing will heal all minions before any Northshire Clerics will begin to activate.


The effect of an AoE on a given target is not diminished by the presence of more targets. This means that AoEs are generally more valuable the more valid targets are in play, since the AoE takes full effect on all of them. Damage-dealing AoEs can be very effective for tackling large groups of minions. AoEs tend to be most effective against large groups of weak minions, and least effective against small numbers of powerful minions.

AoEs can be very useful for dealing damage to targets with Stealth. Although stealthed minions cannot be targeted directly, AoEs will still affect them. Mage is a class with strong AoE damage abilities, but all classes have some form of AoE available.


Below is a breakdown of the many types of AoE.

*Cards like Baron Geddon and Brawl exclude one minion from the effect, but hit all other targets as described. Ysera Awakens and Dread Infernal are two other examples of this type of targeting. Minions such as Stormwind Champion that provide ongoing AoE buffs similarly exclude themselves from the effect.

**Cards like Holy Nova, Blizzard, Fatespinner, and Breath of the Infinite have combined or alternate effects and thus falls into multiple categories.


For Wild format listings, see Area of effect/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Animated Broomstick Common Minion General Any 1 1 1 Rush
Battlecry: Give your other minions Rush.
Felscream Blast Common Spell Fel Demon Hunter 1 Lifesteal. Deal 1 damage to a minion and its neighbors.
Glacier Racer Rare Minion General Mage 1 1 3 Spellburst: Deal 3 damage to all Frozen enemies.
Healing Totem Free Minion Totem Shaman 1 0 2 At the end of your turn, restore 1 Health to all friendly minions.
Kolek Minion Demon 1 1 2 Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Revolve Common Spell General Shaman 1 Transform all minions into random ones with the same Cost.
Wave of Apathy Common Spell General 1 Set the Attack of all enemy minions to 1 until your next turn.
Whirlwind Common Spell General Warrior 1 Deal 1 damage to ALL minions.
Wicked Whispers Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Discard your lowest Cost card. Give your minions +1/+1.
Bola Shot Common Spell General Hunter 2 Deal 1 damage to a minion and 2 damage to its neighbors.
Explosive Sheep Common Minion Mech Any 2 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to all minions.
Explosive Trap Common Spell Fire Hunter 2 Secret: When your hero is attacked, deal 2 damage to all enemies.
Landslide Rare Spell Nature Shaman 2 Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. If you're Ovearloaded, deal 1 damage again.
Power of the Wild Common Spell General Druid 2 Choose One - Give your minions +1/+1; or Summon a 3/2 Panther.
Showstopper Common Minion General Any 2 3 2 Deathrattle: Silence all minions.
Coldlight Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 3 2 3 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.
Combustion Epic Spell Fire Mage 3 Deal 4 damage to a minion. Any excess damages both neighbors.
Darkmoon Statue Common Minion General Any 3 0 5 Your other minions have +1 Attack. Corrupt: This gains +4 Attack.
Darkmoon Statue Common Minion General Any 3 4 5 Corrupted
Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Dreadlord's Bite Common Weapon Demon Hunter 3 2 2 Outcast: Deal 1 damage to all enemies.
Equality Rare Spell Holy Paladin 3 Change the Health of ALL minions to 1.
Grand Totem Eys'or Legendary Minion Totem Shaman 3 0 4 At the end of your turn, give +1/+1 to all other Totems in your hand, deck and battlefield.
Imprisoned Celestial Rare Minion General Paladin 3 4 5 Dormant for 2 turns. Spellburst: Give your minions Divine Shield.
Imprisoned Observer Rare Minion Demon Mage 3 4 5 Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.
Lightning Storm Rare Spell Nature Shaman 3 Deal 3 damage to all enemy minions. Overload: (2)
Lord Barov Legendary Minion General 3 3 2 Battlecry: Set the Health of all other minions to 1.
Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions.
Raid Leader Common Minion General Any 3 2 3 Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Robes of Protection Rare Minion General Any 3 2 4 Your minions have "Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers."
School Spirits Common Spell Shadow Warlock 3 Deal 2 damage to all minions. Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck.
Southsea Captain Epic Minion Pirate Any 3 3 3 Your other Pirates have +1/+1.
Warhorse Trainer Common Minion General Paladin 3 3 4 Your Silver Hand Recruits have +1 Attack.
Ysera Awakens Spell Nature Any 3 Deal 5 damage to all characters except Ysera.
Balloon Merchant Rare Minion General Paladin 4 3 5 Battlecry: Give your Silver Hand Recruits +1 Attack and Divine Shield.
Consecration Common Spell Holy Paladin 4 Deal 2 damage to all enemies.
Dunk Tank Rare Spell Nature Shaman 4 Corrupted
Deal 4 damage, then deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.
Fire Breather Rare Minion Demon Warlock 4 4 3 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all minions except Demons.
Hellfire Common Spell Fire Warlock 4 Deal 3 damage to ALL characters.
Holy Nova Common Spell Holy Priest 4 Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters.
Magtheridon Legendary Minion Demon Any 4 12 12 Dormant. Battlecry: Summon three 1/3 enemy Warders. When they die, destroy all minions and awaken.
Shadow Word: Ruin Epic Spell Shadow Priest 4 Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack.
Shardshatter Mystic Rare Minion General Demon Hunter 4 3 2 Battlecry: Destroy a Soul Fragment in your deck to deal 3 damage to all other minions.
Soul of the Forest Common Spell Nature Druid 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant."
Vivid Spores Rare Spell Nature Shaman 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion."
Wretched Tutor Common Minion General Any 4 2 5 Spellburst: Deal 2 damage to all other minions.
Arbor Up Rare Spell Nature Druid 5 Summon two 2/2 Treants. Give your minions +2/+1.
Boggspine Knuckles Epic Weapon Shaman 5 3 2 After your hero attacks, transform your minions into random ones that cost (1) more.
Brawl Epic Spell General Warrior 5 Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly)
Chaos Nova Common Spell Fel Demon Hunter 5 Deal 4 damage to all minions.
Heart of C'Thun Spell General Any 5 Piece of C'Thun (0/4)
Deal 3 damage to all minions.
Libram of Justice Common Spell Holy Paladin 5 Equip a 1/4 weapon. Change the Health of all enemy minions to 1.
Ras Frostwhisper Legendary Minion General 5 3 6 At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all enemies (improved by Spell Damage).
Shattered Rumbler Epic Minion Elemental Shaman 5 5 6 Battlecry: If you cast a spell last turn, deal 2 damage to all other minions.
Dread Infernal Common Minion Demon Warlock 6 6 6 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters.
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Keli'dan the Breaker Legendary Minion General Warlock 6 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy a minion. If drawn this turn, instead destroy all minions except this one.
Mossy Horror Epic Minion General Any 6 2 7 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions with 2 or less Attack.
Baron Geddon Legendary Minion Elemental Any 7 7 7 At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to ALL other characters.
Cycle of Hatred Rare Spell General Demon Hunter 7 Deal 3 damage to all minions. Summon a 3/3 Spirit for every minion killed.
Flamestrike Epic Spell Fire Mage 7 Deal 5 damage to all enemy minions.
Stormwind Champion Common Minion General Any 7 7 7 Your other minions have +1/+1.
Worgen Abomination Epic Minion General Any 7 6 6 At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to all other damaged minions.
Cenarius Legendary Minion General Druid 8 5 8 Choose One - Give your other minions +2/+2; or Summon two 2/2 Treants with Taunt.
Tidal Wave Common Spell Nature Shaman 8 Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage to all minions.
Twisting Nether Epic Spell Shadow Warlock 8 Destroy all minions.
Ancient Void Hound Epic Minion Demon Demon Hunter 9 10 10 At the end of your turn, steal 1 Attack and Health from all enemy minions.
Darkmoon Rabbit Epic Minion Beast Any 10 1 1 Rush, Poisonous
Also damages the minions next to whomever this attacks.
Survival of the Fittest Epic Spell General Druid 10 Give +4/+4 to all minions in your hand, deck, and battlefield.
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate Legendary Minion General Any 10 7 5 Battlecry: If you've cast 10 spells this game, spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.
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Animated Broomstick(329973).png
Felscream Blast(389019).png
Glacier Racer(442069).png
Healing Totem(275).png
Wave of Apathy(329985).png
Wicked Whispers(378845).png
Bola Shot(442068).png
Explosive Sheep(475176).png
Explosive Trap(475103).png
Power of the Wild(475014).png
Coldlight Seer(475034).png
Darkmoon Statue(389087).png
Darkmoon Statue(389029).png
Dreadlord's Bite(389011).png
Grand Totem Eys'or(388960).png
Imprisoned Celestial(442039).png
Imprisoned Observer(210681).png
Lightning Storm(463946).png
Lord Barov(329943).png
Raid Leader(475175).png
Robes of Protection(329976).png
School Spirits(329930).png
Southsea Captain(475003).png
Warhorse Trainer(475046).png
Ysera Awakens(235).png
Balloon Merchant(388941).png
Dunk Tank(378809).png
Fire Breather(388948).png
Holy Nova(475152).png
Shadow Word- Ruin(475157).png
Shardshatter Mystic(329928).png
Soul of the Forest(474990).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Wretched Tutor(329869).png
Arbor Up(442067).png
Boggspine Knuckles(210706).png
Chaos Nova(475059).png
Heart of C'Thun(378816).png
Libram of Justice(210755).png
Ras Frostwhisper(329910).png
Shattered Rumbler(210749).png
Dread Infernal(475006).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(474994).png
Keli'dan the Breaker(210766).png
Mossy Horror(89417).png
Baron Geddon(474992).png
Cycle of Hatred(329880).png
Stormwind Champion(475195).png
Worgen Abomination(89412).png
Tidal Wave(329999).png
Twisting Nether(475002).png
Ancient Void Hound(329944).png
Darkmoon Rabbit(378799).png
Survival of the Fittest(329905).png
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate(378802).png