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Collection name:Core
Ann. date:February 20, 2021
Release date:March 30, 2021
Total cards
By rarity:128 Common, 55 Rare, 27 Epic, 25 Legendary
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Core is the primary card set of Hearthstone. It was first made available on March 30, 2021, along with Forged in the Barrens launch. It is the largest set in Standard format, featuring 235 cards.

The purpose of the Core is to provide a modern collection of starting cards to players of all types and make Hearthstone even more approachable for newcomers. Some of the Core cards are returning from previous sets, some are reimagined favorites, some are completely new. Regardless, all Core cards can be obtained for free through leveling up classes, while their golden cards can be obtained by winning in Ranked, Arena, or Duels games.

Unlike Basic and Classic, which were the main card sets of Hearthstone, Core will be refreshed each year. At the end of every year, a new Core Set will take the place of the previous, comprised of new and existing cards. When that happens, Core cards that are rotating will be swapped with new ones in the player's Collection automatically. The original versions of these cards can still be crafted and disenchanted, but the player will be unable to keep their Core versions.[1][2]

Core cards can be used in Standard and Wild format, although you may still only have the normal number of copies of any given card in your deck (two for most rarities, one for legendaries).


  • All the old cards in the Core set will have two versions that exist in parallel: One from the original set, and one from the Core set.
    • The original version can be crafted or disenchanted for Arcane Dust, while the Core version is uncraftable.
    • The Core set version is temporary and can be removed depending on the announcement of the next year's Core set.
    • In Wild format, both the original and Core versions are associated; therefore you can only bring either 2 copies of either of them. For example, you can only put:
    • Both versions are treated as the same cards for the Highlander cards' conditions.
    • The Core set version functions like how Wild Event did.
  • Core version of Legacy cards are not usable in Classic format. Only their original Legacy versions can be usable.

How to get[]

Core cards are free to obtain without using gold or real money to purchase them.

  • Regular Core cards can be obtained by raising your class levels, up to 10 for class cards, and sum of them to 60 for neutral cards.
  • Golden Core cards can be obtained through the Progression achievements, which involve in winning Ranked, Arena, or Duels games.


Year of the Gryphon's core set consists of 235 collectible but uncraftable cards. They can be recognized with Year of the Gryphon's watermark behind the card text, not found on other cards.


CORE LOEA10 3.png
CORE CS2 188.png
CORE KAR 036.png
CORE EX1 008.png
CORE GVG 013.png
CORE CS2 189.png
CS3 037.png
CORE EX1 011.png
CORE EX1 010.png
CORE GVG 085.png
CORE NEW1 018.png
CORE EX1 162.png
CORE GVG 076.png
CORE CS2 142.png
CORE EX1 096.png
CORE EX1 082.png
CORE EX1 506.png
CS3 038.png
CORE CS2 120.png
CORE DAL 086.png
CORE BOT 083.png
CORE EX1 049.png
CORE CS2 117.png
CORE tt 004.png
CORE AT 092.png
CORE CS2 203.png
CORE EX1 017.png
CORE CS2 122.png
CORE GVG 044.png
CORE LOOT 125.png
CORE CS2 182.png
CORE EX1 046.png
CORE ICC 026.png
CORE CS2 179.png
CORE EX1 399.png
CORE EX1 028.png
CORE UNG 813.png
CORE CS2 222.png
CORE LOOT 137.png
CORE EX1 509.png
CORE EX1 004.png
CORE EX1 066.png
CORE EX1 059.png
CS3 022.png
CORE FP1 007.png
CORE EX1 103.png
CORE UNG 844.png
CORE CS2 181.png
CORE LOOT 124.png
CORE EX1 093.png
CORE EX1 186.png
CORE NEW1 026.png
CORE EX1 095.png
CORE EX1 187.png
CORE GVG 109.png
CORE NEW1 027.png
CORE EX1 005.png
CORE EX1 564.png
CORE EX1 188.png
CORE GVG 121.png
CORE EX1 012.png
CORE EX1 189.png
CORE EX1 014.png
CORE FP1 031.png
CS3 025.png
CS3 024.png
CORE EX1 110.png
CORE EX1 190.png
CORE EX1 249.png
CS3 035.png
CS3 031.png
CS3 034.png
CS3 032.png
CS3 033.png
CS3 036.png

Related cards

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EX1 014t.png
DREAM 04.png
EX1 506a.png
NEW1 026t.png
Ds1 whelptoken.png
DREAM 01.png
DREAM 02.png
DREAM 03.png
EX1 110t.png

Demon Hunter

CORE BT 351.png
CORE BT 480.png
CORE BT 035.png
CORE BT 491.png
CORE BT 921.png
CORE BT 036.png
CS3 017.png
CORE BT 423.png
CORE BT 235.png
CORE BT 427.png
CORE BT 323.png
CORE BT 416.png
CS3 020.png
CORE BT 801.png
CORE BT 430.png
CS3 019.png

Related cards

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CORE TRL 243.png
CORE KAR 300.png
CORE EX1 160.png
CORE OG 047.png
CORE BOT 420.png
CORE CS2 013.png
CORE EX1 158.png
CORE EX1 165.png
CORE KAR 065.png
CORE EX1 169.png
CORE CS2 009.png
CS3 012.png
CORE EX1 164.png
CORE EX1 571.png
CORE EX1 178.png
CORE EX1 573.png

Related cards

CS2 013t.png
EX1 tk9.png
EX1 573t.png
SCH 612t.png
EX1 165t1.png
EX1 165t2.png
OG 044a.png

Choice cards

EX1 160b.png
EX1 160a.png
EX1 165b.png
EX1 165a.png
EX1 164b.png
EX1 164a.png
EX1 178a.png
EX1 178b.png
EX1 573a.png
EX1 573b.png


CORE FP1 011.png
CORE EX1 610.png
CORE EX1 611.png
CORE TRL 111.png
CORE BRM 013.png
CORE EX1 531.png
CORE ICC 419.png
CORE EX1 617.png
CORE GIL 828.png
CORE DS1 185.png
CORE DS1 184.png
CS3 015.png
CORE EX1 534.png
CORE AT 061.png
CORE EX1 554.png
CORE EX1 543.png

Related cards

EX1 554t.png
EX1 534t.png


CORE BOT 453.png
CORE GIL 801.png
CORE UNG 020.png
CORE CS2 023.png
CORE EX1 275.png
CORE EX1 289.png
CORE EX1 294.png
CORE CS2 029.png
CORE LOE 003.png
CORE KAR 009.png
CORE AT 003.png
CORE EX1 287.png
CORE CS2 033.png
CORE AT 008.png
CORE CS2 032.png
CS3 001.png


CORE FP1 020.png
CORE EX1 130.png
CORE ICC 038.png
CORE EX1 362.png
CORE AT 075.png
CORE CS2 092.png
CORE CS2 093.png
CORE CS2 097.png
CORE OG 273.png
CORE CS2 089.png
CORE EX1 382.png
CORE EX1 619.png
CORE CS2 088.png
CS3 016.png
CS3 029.png
CORE EX1 383.png

Related cards

EX1 130a.png
CS2 101t.png
EX1 383t.png


CORE AT 055.png
CORE CS1 130.png
CORE EX1 193.png
CORE EX1 622.png
CORE EX1 335.png
CS3 013.png
CORE CS1 112.png
CORE EX1 194.png
CORE EX1 623.png
CS3 014.png
CS3 027.png
CORE EX1 195.png
CS3 028.png
CORE EX1 625.png
CORE EX1 197.png
CORE EX1 198.png

Related cards

EX1 625t.png


CORE CS2 072.png
CORE EX1 144.png
CORE OG 070.png
CORE CS2 074.png
CORE KAR 069.png
CORE CS2 073.png
CORE ICC 809.png
CORE CS2 076.png
CORE LOE 012.png
CORE CS2 075.png
CORE EX1 134.png
CORE CS2 080.png
CORE CS2 077.png
CORE EX1 145.png
CORE EX1 522.png
CS3 005.png


CORE EX1 238.png
CS3 007.png
CORE BOT 533.png
CORE CS2 045.png
CORE CS2 039.png
CORE UNG 817.png
CORE EX1 258.png
CORE EX1 246.png
CORE CS2 042.png
CORE EX1 248.png
CORE EX1 259.png
CORE EX1 575.png
CORE AT 047.png
CORE EX1 567.png
CORE EX1 250.png
CORE NEW1 010.png

Related cards

EX1 tk11.png


CORE EX1 319.png
CORE EX1 302.png
CORE OG 241.png
CORE ICC 055.png
CORE GIL 191.png
CORE CS2 062.png
CORE UNG 833.png
CORE CS2 064.png
CS3 021.png
CS3 002.png
CORE AT 021.png
CORE EX1 304.png
CORE EX1 309.png
CS3 003.png
CORE EX1 312.png
CORE EX1 323.png

Related cards

EX1 323h.png
CORE GIL 191t.png
EX1 tk33.png
EX1 323w.png
CS3 002t.png
EX1 tk34.png


CS3 008.png
CORE EX1 400.png
CORE EX1 603.png
CORE CS2 108.png
CORE EX1 391.png
CORE CS2 106.png
CORE EX1 084.png
CS3 030.png
CORE EX1 402.png
CORE EX1 604.png
CS3 009.png
CORE GVG 053.png
CORE EX1 410.png
CORE EX1 407.png
CORE EX1 411.png
CORE EX1 414.png


Year of the Gryphon's Core set includes:


At the time of the Core set's introduction, the Classic set comprised 240 cards while the Basic set had another 143, for a total of 383 evergreen cards. With 148 less cards each year, the dev team can focus on making each set of evergreen cards more consistently impactful and relevant to the current meta.[3]


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  1. Blizzard Entertainment (2021-02-09). Introducing the Core Set and Classic Format
  2. Celestalon on Twitter. (2021-02-09). 
  3. Celestalon on Twitter. (2021-02-09). 
  4. Patch