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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.

Notes[]

  • 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.

Strategy[]

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.

Types[]

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.

Cards[]

For Wild format listings, see Area of effect/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Provoke Epic Spell General WARRIOR 0 Tradeable
Choose a friendly minion.
Enemy minions attack it.
Sigil of Silence Rare Spell Shadow Demon Hunter 0 At the start of your next turn, Silence all enemy minions.
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.
Grimoire of Sacrifice Common Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Destroy a friendly minion. Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.
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.
Shard of the Naaru Common Spell General PRIEST 1 Tradeable
Silence all enemy minions.
Sow the Soil Common Spell General DRUID 1 Choose One - Give your minions +1 Attack; or  Summon a 2/2 Treant.
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.
Arcane Explosion Free Spell Arcane Mage 2 Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions.
Bola Shot Common Spell General Hunter 2 Deal 1 damage to a minion and 2 damage to its neighbors.
Composting Epic Spell General DRUID 2 Give your minions
"Deathrattle: Draw
  a card."
Condemn (Rank 1) Epic Spell Holy Priest 2 Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. (Upgrades when you have 5 Mana.)
Condemn (Rank 2) Epic Spell Holy Priest 2 Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. (Upgrades when you have 10 Mana.)
Condemn (Rank 3) Epic Spell Holy Priest 2 Deal 3 damage to all enemy minions.
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.
Firemancer Flurgl Legendary Minion Murloc Shaman 2 2 3 After you play a Murloc, deal 1 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.
Sigil of Flame Epic Spell Fel Demon Hunter 2 At the start of your next turn, deal 3 damage to 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.
Felrattler Common Minion Beast Demon Hunter 3 3 2 Rush
Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions.
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.
Leokk Common Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 4 Your other minions have +1 Attack.
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.
Nofin Can Stop Us Rare Spell General Shaman 3 Give your minions +1/+1. Give your Murlocs an extra +1/+1.
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."
Savage Roar Free Spell General Druid 3 Give your characters +2 Attack this turn.
School Spirits Common Spell Shadow Warlock 3 Deal 2 damage to all minions. Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck.
Seedcloud Buckler Common Weapon Paladin 3 2 3 Deathrattle: Give your minions Divine Shield.
Shattering Blast Rare Spell Frost Mage 3 Destroy all Frozen minions.
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.
Blademaster Samuro Legendary Minion General Any 4 1 6 Rush
Frenzy: Deal damage equal to this minion's Attack to all enemy minions.
Consecration Common Spell Holy Paladin 4 Deal 2 damage to all enemies.
Crossroads Watch Post Epic Minion General Any 4 4 6 Can't attack. Whenever your opponent casts a spell, give your minions +1/+1.
Dunk Tank Rare Spell Nature Shaman 4 Corrupted
Deal 4 damage, then deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.
Earth Revenant Rare Minion Elemental Shaman 4 2 6 Taunt
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions.
Fire Breather Rare Minion Demon Warlock 4 4 3 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all minions except Demons.
Fire Sale Common Spell General MAGE 4 Tradeable
Deal 3 damage
to all minions.
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.
Invigorating Sermon Common Spell Holy Paladin 4 Give +1/+1 to all minions in your hand, deck, and battlefield.
Magtheridon Legendary Minion Demon Any 4 12 12 Dormant. Battlecry: Summon three 1/3 enemy Warders. When they die, destroy all minions and awaken.
Pride's Fury Common Spell General Druid 4 Give your minions +1/+3.
Rancor Epic Spell General Warrior 4 Deal 2 damage to all minions. Gain 2 Armor for each destroyed.
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."
Soul Rend Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 4 Deal 5 damage to all minions. Destroy a card in your deck for each killed.
Varden Dawngrasp Legendary Minion General Mage 4 3 3 Battlecry: Freeze all enemy minions. If any are already Frozen, deal 4 damage to them instead.
Vivid Spores Rare Spell Nature Shaman 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion."
Whirling Combatant Common Minion General Warrior 4 3 6 Battlecry and Frenzy: Deal 1 damage to all other minions.
Wretched Tutor Common Minion General Any 4 2 5 Spellburst: Deal 2 damage to all other minions.
Xyrella Legendary Minion General Priest 4 4 4 Battlecry: If you've restored Health this turn, deal that much damage to all enemy minions.
Against All Odds Epic Spell Holy Priest 5 Destroy ALL odd-Attack minions.
Arbor Up Rare Spell Nature Druid 5 Summon two 2/2 Treants. Give your minions +2/+1.
Barrens Blacksmith Epic Minion General Any 5 3 5 Frenzy: Give your other minions +2/+2.
Bloodlust Free Spell General Shaman 5 Give your minions +3 Attack this turn.
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).
Shady Bartender Common Minion General WARLOCK 5 4 4 Tradeable
Battlecry: Give your Demons +2/+2.
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.
Lightshower Elemental Rare Minion Elemental Priest 6 6 6 Taunt
Deathrattle: Restore 8 Health to all friendly characters.
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.
Mordresh Fire Eye Legendary Minion General Mage 8 8 8 Battlecry: If you've dealt 10 damage with your Hero Power this game, deal 10 damage to all enemies.
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.
Showing all 103 cards
Provoke(64198).png
Sigil of Silence(487666).png
Animated Broomstick(329973).png
Felscream Blast(389019).png
Glacier Racer(442069).png
Grimoire of Sacrifice(487646).png
Healing Totem(275).png
Kolek(330100).png
Revolve(389005).png
Shard of the Naaru(64391).png
Sow the Soil(64236).png
Wave of Apathy(329985).png
Whirlwind(475153).png
Wicked Whispers(378845).png
Arcane Explosion(56).png
Bola Shot(442068).png
Composting(64385).png
Condemn (Rank 1)(487640).png
Condemn (Rank 2)(500133).png
Condemn (Rank 3)(500134).png
Explosive Sheep(475176).png
Explosive Trap(475103).png
Firemancer Flurgl(487662).png
Landslide(442037).png
Power of the Wild(475014).png
Showstopper(389045).png
Sigil of Flame(487637).png
Coldlight Seer(475034).png
Combustion(329876).png
Darkmoon Statue(389087).png
Darkmoon Statue(389029).png
Dreadlord's Bite(389011).png
Equality(475047).png
Felrattler(63407).png
Grand Totem Eys'or(388960).png
Imprisoned Celestial(442039).png
Imprisoned Observer(210681).png
Leokk(32).png
Lightning Storm(463946).png
Lord Barov(329943).png
Nofin Can Stop Us(487651).png
Raid Leader(475175).png
Robes of Protection(329976).png
Savage Roar(329).png
School Spirits(329930).png
Seedcloud Buckler(63099).png
Shattering Blast(63515).png
Southsea Captain(475003).png
Warhorse Trainer(475046).png
Ysera Awakens(235).png
Balloon Merchant(388941).png
Blademaster Samuro(463927).png
Consecration(475042).png
Crossroads Watch Post(487673).png
Dunk Tank(378809).png
Earth Revenant(464174).png
Fire Breather(388948).png
Fire Sale(64423).png
Hellfire(475015).png
Holy Nova(475152).png
Invigorating Sermon(487649).png
Magtheridon(210747).png
Pride's Fury(464140).png
Rancor(464302).png
Shadow Word- Ruin(475157).png
Shardshatter Mystic(329928).png
Soul of the Forest(474990).png
Soul Rend(487648).png
Varden Dawngrasp(487661).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Whirling Combatant(464295).png
Wretched Tutor(329869).png
Xyrella(487676).png
Against All Odds(63347).png
Arbor Up(442067).png
Barrens Blacksmith(487670).png
Bloodlust(256).png
Boggspine Knuckles(210706).png
Brawl(475136).png
Chaos Nova(475059).png
Heart of C'Thun(378816).png
Libram of Justice(210755).png
Ras Frostwhisper(329910).png
Shady Bartender(64895).png
Shattered Rumbler(210749).png
Dread Infernal(475006).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(474994).png
Keli'dan the Breaker(210766).png
Lightshower Elemental(487638).png
Mossy Horror(89417).png
Baron Geddon(474992).png
Cycle of Hatred(329880).png
Flamestrike(475117).png
Stormwind Champion(475195).png
Worgen Abomination(89412).png
Cenarius(474979).png
Mordresh Fire Eye(487632).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


United in Stormwind

The below cards are planned for release with United in Stormwind, coming August 3rd, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Stormwind Piper Common Minion DEMON HUNTER 3 1 6 After this minion attacks,
give your Beasts +1/+1.
Entitled Customer Epic Minion General WARLOCK 6 3 2 Battlecry: Deal damage equal to your hand size to all other minions.
Showing all 2 cards
Stormwind Piper(64968).png
Entitled Customer(64898).png
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