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Core Rager
Core Rager
Golden Core Rager
Set:Blackrock MountainBlackrock Mountain
Minion type:Beast
Cost:4 Mana icon.png
Attack:4 Attack icon.png
Health:4 Health
Abilities:Battlecry, Increment attribute
Wiki tags:Hand-related
Artist:Jomaro Kindred
Battlecry: If your hand is empty, gain +3/+3.
Flavor text

It takes a special kind of hunter to venture deep into a firey lava pit and convince a monster who lives there to come home and be a cuddly housepet.

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Core Rager is a rare hunter minion card, from the Blackrock Mountain set.

How to get[]

Two copies of regular Core Rager are obtained by defeating Highlord Omokk in Blackrock Mountain.

As a Wild format card, both regular and golden versions of Core Rager can also be crafted for the following amounts:

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Core Rager 100 20
Golden Core Rager 800 100


  • The Core Rager's +3/+3 buff is provided by an enchantment, and so can be removed by Silences.[1]
  • Core Rager's Battlecry will take activate after most summoning-related triggered effects, but before any Secrets. This means that if a player already has a Starving Buzzard on the field, summoning a Core Rager will draw a new card into the hand, thus negating the prerequisite needed to acquire the Rager's enchantment. For a detailed sequence of events, see Advanced rulebook.


Core Rager's stats make it sub-optimal unless its Battlecry is activated. Ideally play it in a deck that frequently sees the player with an empty or nearly empty hand. If possible, play any remaining cards before summoning Core Rager. The +3/+3 buff is worth some compromise to achieve, although it may still be better to save critical cards like Hunter's Mark or Deadly Shot for the right moment, even if that means failing to activate the Rager's Battlecry. The Rager is still a useful minion without its Battlecry, but the player may wish to hold it until the opportunity arises to play it to full effect.


Core Ragers are a type of Core Hound, fiery elemental beasts normally found in Firelands of the Elemental Plane.

Wowpedia icon.pngThis section uses content from Wowpedia.
Core Ragers can be found in Molten Core as the pets of Golemagg the Incinerator; two will assist him in the fight. They cannot be killed while Golemagg still lives; once he dies, they will die too.
A core hound is a giant elemental beast, with the appearance of a massive bulldog with two heads, each equipped with a mouth filled with rows of flaming teeth. Its body is covered with armored hide and studded with bony spikes. A streak of flames runs down its spine from head to stubby tail. The oldest and most powerful of the core hounds is Magmadar, the alpha male and sire of the entire current pack, and every core hound can trace their lineage back to Magmadar.
Core hounds originate from the Firelands of the Elemental Plane. However, they have also lived alongside their master Ragnaros in the Molten Core, and more recently attempted to invade Mount Hyjal.

In Hearthstone[]

It turns out that elemental lords are fond of keeping pets. Unfortunately, when a magma giant thinks “cuddly,” he checks off a list that includes things like “giant,” “two-headed,” “fang-mawed,” and “made of living magma.” The only beings dwelling in the elemental plane of fire who match that description are the terrifying core hounds. While keeping one of these critters probably makes apartment hunting a chore, there’s no better four-legged friend to have when your back is up against the wall.[2]


Core Rager, full art

A Core Rager in World of Warcraft

Core Rager in the Blackrock Mountain trailer, with a golden 'legendary' gem

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