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Does something when you play it from your hand.

Battlecry is an ability where a particular effect activates when the card with the Battlecry is played directly from the hand. Although mostly limited to minions, some weapons also have Battlecries.

Activation of Battlecries are indicated by a flash of light from beneath the minion or weapon.

Battlecries are and long have been the most common type of ability in Hearthstone, representing the simplest way for a minion to bring an additional effect into play, and featuring a large variety of different effects.


  • Battlecries do not activate if the card is brought into play by another card. For example, LegacyAlarm-o-Bot, LegacyFaceless Manipulator and LegacyMirror Entity all place minions onto the board, but any Battlecries will not be activated.
  • Battlecries generally occur once, when the card is brought into play. Unlike some other buffs, these effects do not therefore rely on the casting minion staying alive, and cannot be removed by destroying it. For example, destroying LegacyStormwind Champion will remove its bonus effect from any affected minions, whereas LegacyShattered Sun Cleric's Battlecry, once granted, will not be removed by killing the Cleric. This means Battlecry minions are generally some of the less valuable minions once they have been played, since much of their point value lies in their Battlecry.
  • Order of play can be important. For example, if no other Murlocs are in play, playing LegacyColdlight Seer, followed by LegacyBluegill Warrior, will waste the Seer's Battlecry; while playing the Warrior first will allow it to benefit from the Seer's Battlecry.
  • Battlecries take place each time the minion is played by the player. Cards such as LegacyAncient Brewmaster, which return a minion to your hand, can be used to benefit from a minion's Battlecry effect more than once.
  • Choose One and Combo effects on minions are not considered Battlecries. In particular, they have no interaction with The League of ExplorersBrann Bronzebeard, The WitchwoodShudderwock, or Saviors of UldumCorrupt the Waters.


  • If a Battlecry requires a specific target, that target must be selected immediately after playing the minion. Many Battlecries require a specific type of target, such as a friendly minion or Beast, and cannot be targeted at other targets.
  • If a suitable target exists, the player must manually select it, even if there is no alternative target.
  • If no suitable target is available, the Battlecry simply will not occur.
  • While many Battlecries affect the Battlecry minion itself, targeted Battlecries cannot choose to target the possessing minion.
  • An appropriate target must be selected, if possible. In some cases, this means granting an advantageous buff to an enemy minion, or inconveniencing a friendly minion. This can be circumvented by careful assessment and control of the minions on the board, but is otherwise unavoidable. If no valid target exists, the Battlecry will not take effect, although any visual-audio effects will still be triggered.
  • While choosing a target, the player can choose to cancel the Battlecry. Doing so will actually reverse the summoning of the minion (which process has not actually occurred at that point, despite the display), something which is not normally possible. Note that if the Battlecry is unable to find a suitable target it will not activate, meaning the player will not get the chance to reverse the summoning.

Order of play[]

  • Battlecries occur after the minion enters play, and after 'whenever you play' triggered effects such as those of Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngIllidan Stormrage and Goblins vs GnomesHobgoblin. Battlecries occur before Secrets such as LegacyMirror Entity, as well as LegacyKnife Juggler's 'after you summon' effect. In the past, Battlecries took place before certain 'whenever you summon' effects, such as Goblins vs GnomesShip's Cannon and LegacySword of Justice, however these cards have since been changed to say 'after you summon' to keep the wording consistent with the order.
    • For references and a comprehensive description of the summoning process, see that section of the Advanced rulebook.


  • It is a common strategy for players to use return effects (effects that return a minion to its owner's hand) on their own Battlecry minions in order to benefit from the effect again. Minions such as LegacyAncient Brewmaster, LegacyYouthful Brewmaster and LegacyKidnapper, as well as spells such as LegacyShadowstep and LegacyDream, and hostile actions such as LegacySap, can all be used for this purpose. This type of play is most effective when combined with minions with powerful Battlecries.
  • The League of ExplorersBrann Bronzebeard is the strongest Battlecry-specific synergy in the game, with the ability to activate any Battlecry twice. Note that in some cases this produces no significant extra effect, while in others the result can be quite undesirable.
  • Battlecry minions are often good targets for cost-related transform effects like Whispers of the Old GodsEvolve and Goblins vs GnomesRecombobulator. This is because a positive Battlecry accounts for some of the minion's value, meaning that once the Battlecry has been activated, the remaining minion is often below par for its cost (although this is often untrue for minions with self-buffing Battlecries). Because of this transforming a Battlecry minion has a good chance of producing a stronger or more valuable minion.

Cards with Battlecry[]

For Wild format listings, see Battlecry/Wild format

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Priestess Valishj Priest Minion LegendaryLegendary 011Battlecry: Refresh an empty Mana Crystal for each spell    you've cast this turn.@ (@)
Abusive Sergeant Neutral Minion CommonCommon 111Battlecry: Give a minion +2 Attack this turn.
Babbling Book Mage Minion RareRare 111Battlecry: Add a random Mage spell to your hand.
Beaming Sidekick Neutral Minion CommonCommon 112Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +2 Health.
Bloodsail Deckhand Warrior Minion CommonCommon 121Battlecry: The next weapon you play costs (1) less.
Cleric of An'she Priest Minion CommonCommon 112Battlecry: If you've restored Health this turn, Discover a spell from your deck.
Click-Clocker Neutral Minion CommonCommon 111Divine Shield. Battlecry: Give a random Mech in your hand +1/+1.
Elven Archer Neutral Minion CommonCommon 111Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.
Filletfighter Rogue Minion CommonCommon 131Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.
Flame Imp Warlock Minion CommonCommon 132Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero.
Ivus, the Forest Lord Neutral Minion LegendaryLegendary 111Battlecry: Spend the rest of your Mana and gain +2/+2, Rush, Divine Shield, or Taunt at random for each.
Kindling Elemental Neutral Minion CommonCommon 112Battlecry: The next Elemental you play costs (1) less.
Knight of Anointment Paladin Minion CommonCommon 111Battlecry: Draw a Holy spell.
Metamorfin Demon Hunter Minion CommonCommon 112Taunt Battlecry: If you've cast a Fel spell this turn, gain +2/+2.
Psychic Conjurer Priest Minion CommonCommon 111Battlecry: Copy a card in your opponent’s deck and add it to your hand.
Shadowblade Slinger Warlock Minion CommonCommon 121Battlecry: If you've taken damage this turn, deal that  much to an enemy minion.
Shattershambler Rogue Minion RareRare 113Battlecry: Your next Deathrattle minion costs (1) less, but immediately dies when played.
Shivering Sorceress Mage Minion CommonCommon 122Battlecry: Reduce the Cost of the highest Cost spell in your hand by (1).
Sir Finley Mrrgglton Neutral Minion LegendaryLegendary 113Battlecry: Discover a new basic Hero Power.
Sir Finley, Sea Guide Neutral Minion LegendaryLegendary 113Battlecry: Swap your hand with the bottom of your deck.
Springpaw Hunter Minion CommonCommon 111Rush Battlecry: Add a 1/1 Lynx with Rush to your hand.
Stockades Guard Neutral Minion CommonCommon 113Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Taunt.
Swashburglar Rogue Minion CommonCommon 111Battlecry: Add a random card from another class to your hand.
Voodoo Doctor Neutral Minion CommonCommon 121Battlecry: Restore 2 Health.
Acidic Swamp Ooze Neutral Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon.
Amalgam of the Deep Neutral Minion EpicEpic 223Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Discover a minion of the same minion type.
Amplified Snowflurry Mage Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Your next Hero Power costs (0) and Freezes the target.
Arcanologist Mage Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Draw a Secret.
Argent Protector Paladin Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Divine Shield.
Azsharan Scavenger Warlock Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Put a 'Sunken Scavenger' on the bottom of your deck.
Battle Vicar Paladin Minion RareRare 213Battlecry: Discover a Holy spell.
Bloodsail Raider Neutral Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Gain Attack equal to the Attack of your weapon.
Clawfury Adept Druid Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Give all other friendly characters +1 Attack this turn.
Crazed Alchemist Neutral Minion RareRare 222Battlecry: Swap the Attack and Health of a minion.
Cruel Taskmaster Warrior Minion CommonCommon 222Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to a minion and give it +2 Attack.
Darkshire Librarian Warlock Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Discard a random card. Deathrattle: Draw a card.
Deeprun Engineer Neutral Minion CommonCommon 212Battlecry: Discover a Mech. It costs (1) less.
Defias Leper Priest Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: If you're holding a Shadow spell, deal 2 damage.
Fogsail Freebooter Neutral Minion RareRare 222Battlecry: If you have a weapon equipped, deal 2 damage.
Harbor Scamp Warrior Minion CommonCommon 222Battlecry: Draw a Pirate.
Hecklefang Hyena Neutral Minion RareRare 224Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to your hero.
Injured Tol'vir Neutral Minion CommonCommon 226Taunt Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to this minion.
Jerry Rig Carpenter Druid Minion RareRare 221Battlecry: Draw a Choose One spell and split it.
K9-0tron Hunter Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Dredge. If it's a 1-Cost minion, summon it.
Kul Tiran Chaplain Priest Minion RareRare 223Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +2 Health.
Lushwater Murcenary Neutral Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: If you control a Murloc, gain +1/+1.
Mad Bomber Neutral Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: Deal 3 damage randomly split between all other characters.
Mailbox Dancer Neutral Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Add a Coin to your hand. Deathrattle: Give your opponent one.
Man-at-Arms Warrior Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: If you have a weapon equipped, gain +1/+1.
Menacing Nimbus Shaman Minion CommonCommon 222Battlecry: Add a random Elemental to your hand.
Murkwater Scribe Neutral Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: The next spell you play costs (1) less.
Murloc Tidehunter Neutral Minion CommonCommon 221Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
Obsidiansmith Warrior Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Dredge. If it's a minion or a weapon, give it +1/+1.
Prestor's Pyromancer Mage Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Your next Fire spell has Spell Damage +2.
Queensguard Priest Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each spell you've cast this turn.
Ram Commander Neutral Minion CommonCommon 222Battlecry: Add two 1/1 Rams with Rush to your hand.
Seafloor Savior Paladin Minion CommonCommon 222Battlecry: Dredge. If it's a minion, give it this minion's Attack and Health.
Selective Breeder Hunter Minion RareRare 213Battlecry: Discover a copy of a Beast in your deck.
Serena Bloodfeather Priest Minion LegendaryLegendary 211Battlecry: Choose an enemy minion. Steal Attack and Health from it until this has more.
SI:7 Skulker Neutral Minion CommonCommon 222Stealth Battlecry: The next card   you draw costs (1) less.
Sightless Watcher Demon Hunter Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Look at 3 cards in your deck. Choose one to put on top.
Sleetbreaker Shaman Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Add a Windchill to your hand.
South Coast Chieftain Shaman Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: If you control another Murloc, deal 2 damage.
Spellcoiler Mage Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: If you've cast a spell while holding this, Discover a spell.
Sunreaver Spy Neutral Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: If you control a Secret, gain +1/+1.
Talented Arcanist Neutral Minion CommonCommon 213Battlecry: Your next spell this turn has Spell Damage +2.
Toad of the Wilds Neutral Minion CommonCommon 222Taunt Battlecry: If you're holding a Nature spell, gain +2 Health.
Trench Surveyor Mage Minion RareRare 232Battlecry: Dredge. If it's a Mech, draw it.
Tuskarrrr Trawler Neutral Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: Dredge.
Twilight Deceptor Priest Minion CommonCommon 223Battlecry: If any hero took damage this turn, draw a Shadow spell.
Youthful Brewmaster Neutral Minion CommonCommon 232Battlecry: Return a friendly minion from the battlefield to your hand.
Aldor Peacekeeper Paladin Minion RareRare 333Battlecry: Change an enemy minion's Attack to 1.
Alliance Bannerman Paladin Minion CommonCommon 321Battlecry: Draw a minion. Give minions in your hand +1/+1.
Ancient Krakenbane Hunter Minion RareRare 333Battlecry: If you've cast three spells while holding this, deal 5 damage.@ ({0} left!)@ (Ready!)
Arid Stormer Shaman Minion CommonCommon 325Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, gain Rush and Windfury.
Azsharan Mooncatcher Paladin Minion RareRare 342Divine Shield. Battlecry: Put a 'Sunken Mooncatcher' on the bottom of your deck.
Azsharan Sweeper Mage Minion CommonCommon 334Battlecry: Put a 'Sunken Sweeper' on the bottom of your deck.
Blood Shard Bristleback Warlock Minion RareRare 333Lifesteal. Battlecry: If your deck contains 10 or fewer cards, deal 6 damage to a minion.
Bloodscent Vilefin Warlock Minion RareRare 334Battlecry: Dredge. If it's a Murloc, change its Cost to  Health instead of Mana.
Bronze Explorer Paladin Minion CommonCommon 333Lifesteal Battlecry: Discover a Dragon.
Catacomb Guard Paladin Minion RareRare 314Lifesteal Battlecry: Deal damage equal to this minion's Attack to an enemy minion.
Clownfish Shaman Minion CommonCommon 332Battlecry: Your next two Murlocs cost (2) less.
Coldlight Seer Neutral Minion RareRare 323Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.
Copycat Priest Minion RareRare 334Battlecry: Add a copy of the next card your opponent plays to your hand.
Crow's Nest Lookout Demon Hunter Minion CommonCommon 322Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to the left and right-most enemy minions.
Crushclaw Enforcer Neutral Minion RareRare 334Battlecry: If you've cast a spell while holding this, draw a Naga.
Devout Dungeoneer Priest Minion RareRare 323Battlecry: Draw a spell. If it's a Holy spell, reduce its Cost by (2).
Entrapped Sorceress Neutral Minion RareRare 334Battlecry: If you control a  Quest, Discover a spell.
Flightmaster Dungar Neutral Minion LegendaryLegendary 333Battlecry: Choose a flightpath and go Dormant. Awaken with a bonus   when you complete it!
Frostweave Dungeoneer Mage Minion RareRare 323Battlecry: Draw a spell. If it's a Frost spell, summon two 1/1    Elementals that Freeze.
Golakka Glutton Neutral Minion CommonCommon 323Battlecry: Destroy a Beast and gain +1/+1.
Gorillabot A-3 Neutral Minion CommonCommon 334Battlecry: If you control another Mech, Discover a Mech.
Grimtotem Bounty Hunter Neutral Minion EpicEpic 342Battlecry: Destroy an enemy Legendary minion.
Handmaiden Priest Minion RareRare 332Battlecry: If you've cast three spells while holding this, draw 3 cards.@ ({0} left!)@ (Ready!)
Herald of Chaos Demon Hunter Minion CommonCommon 334Lifesteal Battlecry: If you've cast a Fel spell while holding this, gain Rush.
Herald of Light Priest Minion CommonCommon 334Battlecry: If you've cast a Holy spell while holding this, restore 6 Health to all friendly characters.
Herald of Nature Druid Minion CommonCommon 333Battlecry: If you've cast a Nature spell while holding this, give your other minions +1/+2.
Herald of Shadows Warlock Minion CommonCommon 342Battlecry: If you've cast a Shadow spell while holding this, steal 2 Health from a minion.
Hog Rancher Neutral Minion CommonCommon 332Battlecry: Summon a 2/1 Hog with Rush.
Horde Operative Neutral Minion RareRare 334Battlecry: Copy your opponent's Secrets and put them into play.


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Sources of Battlecry[]

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FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!! (1/5) Play 150 cards with Battlecry. 10 Achievement Point.png
FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!! (2/5) Play 500 cards with Battlecry. 10 Achievement Point.png
FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!! (3/5) Play 1500 cards with Battlecry. 10 Achievement Point.png
FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!! (4/5) Play 5000 cards with Battlecry. 10 Achievement Point.png
FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT!!! (5/5) Play 15000 cards with Battlecry. 20 Achievement Point.png