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Captain Greenskin
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Minion type:Pirate
Cost:5 Mana icon.png
Attack:5 Attack icon.png
Health:4 Health
Artist:Dan Scott
Battlecry: Give your weapon +1/+1.
Flavor text

He was this close to piloting a massive juggernaut into Stormwind Harbor. If it weren't for those pesky kids!

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Battlecry, Increment attribute
Wiki referenced tags
Durability-related, Weapon-related
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Captain Greenskin is a legendary neutral minion card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
Card packs
Classic Pack
Wild Pack
Golden Classic Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting1600 dustdustRegular1
Crafting3200 dustdustGolden1

Previous availability[]


Captain Greenskin's Battlecry is surprisingly powerful and useful in any deck focused on weapons, and strongly encourages waiting to play him until you have a suitable weapon equipped.

Many weapons are carefully balanced so as not to be overpowering in their natural state, particularly when it comes to Durability. Greenskin's effect allows these weapons to be used one additional time, granting extra board clear and often providing a subtle but impressive amount of Card advantage via economy by allowing a single weapon card to clear three or four or even more minions on its own.

Some weapons become even more powerful - using Greenskin's Battlecry on a 7-Attack LegacyGorehowl will allow the weapon to gain 2 extra uses, and deal up to 16 extra damage in total - an extra 8 damage to the enemy hero, and an extra 1 damage for each of 8 attacks against minions. An LegacyAssassin's Blade with LegacyDeadly Poison and Greenskin's effect offers a total of 30 damage on its own - matching a Hero's starting life total. Kobolds & CatacombsKingsbane retains the +1/+1, which lets it become stronger early on before you whole deck is drawn. One Night in KarazhanAtiesh allows an additional spell to summon another minion.

Caution must be taken on using Greenskin with a Deathrattle weapon equipped - NaxxramasDeath's Bite, Goblins vs GnomesPowermace, The Grand TournamentCharged Hammer, and Whispers of the Old GodsHammer of Twilight are often played for their powerful deathrattles more so than their attack capability alone, and Greenskin's effect will delay the rattle for an extra turn.

Given his otherwise underwhelming stats, Greenskin is likely a poor choice for decks which do not feature weapons.

This card is the only reliable way a rogue can increase the durability of their weapons.




Wowpedia icon.pngThis section uses content from Wowpedia.
Captain Greenskin was a level 20 elite goblin in the Deadmines. Captain Greenskin was a goblin captain in the employ of Edwin VanCleef. His first mate was Mr. Smite, and the cook aboard his ship was Cookie. Greenskin was killed when a group of Alliance adventurers attacked the Deadmines.



Captain Greenskin, full art

Patch changes[]

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngYear of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
  • Patch (2013-10-02): Is now a 5/4 with ‘Battlecry: Give your weapon +1/+1.’
  • Previously: Whenever you attack with your hero, draw a card. [5 mana, 5 attack, 5 health, Legendary]
  • Alpha patch (unknown date, pre-May 2013): Text changed from "Battlecry: Give ALL other Pirates +2/+2." to "Whenever you attack with your hero, draw a card."
  • Previously: Battlecry: Give ALL other Pirates +2/+2. [5 mana, 5 attack, 5 health, Legendary]