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"Can't attack" can refer to two different abilities that restrict the combat options for a character but are not denoted by keywords like Freeze or Taunt:

  • Can't attack is an ability that prevents a minion to be chosen as the attacker during an Attack action. However, some of these minions (Silithid Swarmer, Argent Watchman, Eerie Statue) can suppress the inability to attack under specific circumstances, allowing them to attack.
  • Can't attack heroes is an ability that prevents a character to have a hero chosen as the defender during an Attack action. If it has a combination with Charge, that card will act as Rush. This inability can be temporary (lasting for a turn only) or permanent.

Notes[]

  • Most cards that force minions to attack (Ex. Flark's Boom-Zooka, Mass Hysteria) can cause "Can't Attack" minions to attack, despite being unable to otherwise.
    • Notably, Duel! is the only card with this effect that cannot force minions with "Can't Attack" to attack.

Strategy[]

While "Can't Attack" minions are functionally useless, they are extremely mana efficient. Putting out a 2 mana 4/5 on the board on round two can be potentially be threatening and gives you good board presence.

There are many decks that revolve around the use of "Can't Attack" minions, the main one being Silence Priest. Playing minions such as Ironbeak Owl, or Spellbreaker and silencing the "Can't Attack" minion allows the "Can't Attack" minion to attack (provided you gave the minion a turn to get ready). To less experienced players these cards are also seen as low priority for removal, giving you a chance to silence the minion and attack with it.

Cards with "Can't attack"[]

This section lists minions which can't attack permanently or based on a fact.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Far Watch Post Common Minion General Any 2 2 3 Can't attack. After your opponent draws a card, it costs (1) more (up to 10).
Humongous Razorleaf Rare Minion General Any 3 4 8 Can't attack.
Mor'shan Watch Post Rare Minion General Any 3 3 4 Can't attack. After your opponent plays a minion, summon a 2/2 Grunt.
Crossroads Watch Post Epic Minion General Any 4 4 6 Can't attack. Whenever your opponent casts a spell, give your minions +1/+1.
Felsaber Common Minion Demon Demon Hunter 4 5 6 Can only attack if your hero attacked this turn.
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Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Ancient Watcher Rare Minion General Any 2 4 5 Can't attack.
Argent Watchman Rare Minion General Any 2 2 4 Can't attack.
Inspire: Can attack as normal this turn.
Unpowered Mauler Rare Minion Mech Any 2 2 4 Can only attack if you cast a spell this turn.
Arcane Watcher Rare Minion General Any 3 5 6 Can't attack unless you have Spell Damage.
Humongous Razorleaf Rare Minion General Any 3 4 8 Can't attack.
Silithid Swarmer Rare Minion Beast Any 3 3 5 Can only attack if your hero attacked this turn.
Eerie Statue Rare Minion General Any 4 7 7 Can’t attack unless it’s the only minion in the battlefield.
Ironwood Golem Common Minion General DRUID 4 3 6 Taunt
Can only attack if you have 3 or more Armor.
Quartz Elemental Common Minion Elemental Priest 5 5 8 Can't attack while damaged.
Gemstudded Golem Common Minion General WARRIOR 6 5 9 Taunt
Can only attack if you have 5 or more Armor.
Blackhowl Gunspire Legendary Minion General Warrior 7 3 8 Can't Attack. Whenever this minion takes damage, deal 3 damage to a random enemy.
Ragnaros the Firelord Legendary Minion Elemental Any 8 8 8 Can't attack. At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy.
Ragnaros the Firelord Legendary Minion Elemental Any 8 8 8 Can't attack. At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy.
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Cards with "Can't attack heroes"[]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Blessing of Authority Rare Spell Holy Paladin 5 Give a minion +8/+8. It can't attack heroes this turn.
Supreme Abyssal Common Minion Demon Any 8 12 12 Can't attack heroes.
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Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Bladed Gauntlet Epic Weapon WARRIOR 2 0 Has Attack equal to your Armor. Can't attack heroes.
Fool's Bane Common Weapon Warrior 5 3 4 Unlimited attacks each turn. Can't attack heroes.
Charged Devilsaur Epic Minion Beast Any 8 7 7 Charge
Battlecry: Can't attack heroes this turn.
Icehowl Legendary Minion General Any 9 10 10 Charge
Can't attack heroes.
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