Destroy

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Destroying a minion or weapon removes it from play. Only minions currently on the battlefield and weapons that are currently equipped can be destroyed. Discarding a card removes it directly from the player's hand and from the game, but does not destroy it. The destruction of a minion is often referred to as 'killing' or 'dying'. Destroying the enemy hero will conclude the match. The exceptions to this are Lord Jaraxxus and Majordomo Executus.

Destroy effects are effects which directly destroy a minion, hero, weapon or Secret, removing it from play regardless of its stats and enchantments, and without dealing damage to it.

Destruction[edit | edit source]

Cards can be destroyed in several ways. Regardless of the method used, the results are the same.

  • Minions and heroes can be destroyed by reducing their Health to 0
  • Weapons can be destroyed by reducing their Durability to 0, or by equipping another weapon
  • Cards of any type can be destroyed using appropriate destroy effects
  • Attempting to return a minion to the controlling player's hand when the player already has 10 cards in their hand will destroy that minion[1]
  • Secrets can be destroyed through attempting to gain a second copy of a specific Secret - currently only possible using Kezan Mystic

Consequences[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Technically, "destroying" a card refers to removing it from play while it is in the Play Zone - the battlefield for minions, or the weapon slot for weapons. Removing a card from play while it is in the hand results in the card being discarded, while removing it from play while it is in the deck results in a remove from deck effect. Note that attempting to move to a full zone will result in the card being removed from play with consequences matching its current zone.
    • Certain effects only come into play when the minion has been destroyed or killed - that is, specifically removed from the Play Zone. For example, Deathrattles will only activate when destroyed, not when discarded or removed from other zones. Likewise, cards destroyed through overdraw are not considered to have died, and therefore will not be summoned by Resurrect.[2]

Destroy effects[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

The majority of destroy effects affect minions, and are ideal for removing minions without triggering on-damage triggered effects such as those of Acolyte of Pain, Armorsmith and Frothing Berserker. However, any Deathrattles will still be triggered by destroy effects.

Poisonous is a specific type of destroy effect. Cards with this ability are listed below.

While heroes are not usually subject to destroy effects, when the opponent is replaced by Lord Jaraxxus, the destroy effect Sacrificial Pact can be used to directly destroy them. As of Patch 17.0.2.45932, Sacrificial Pact cannot destroy the enemy Jaraxxus. However, you can destroy your own hero.

All classes have a spell with a destroy effect, although the shaman's only destroy effect spell, Reincarnate, re-summons the destroyed minion with full health, arguably reducing its outright destructiveness.

Cards that destroy[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Destroy/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Nightmare None Spell Any 0 Give a minion +5/+5. At the start of your next turn, destroy it.
Sacrificial Pact Free Spell Warlock 0 Destroy a friendly Demon. Restore 5 Health to your hero.
Corruption Free Spell Warlock 1 Choose an enemy minion. At the start of your turn, destroy it.
Hungry Crab Epic Minion Beast Any 1 1 2 Battlecry: Destroy a Murloc and gain +2/+2.
Reckoning Epic Spell Holy Paladin 1 Secret: After an enemy minion deals 3 or more damage, destroy it.
Acidic Swamp Ooze Free Minion General Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon.
Doomsayer Epic Minion General Any 2 0 7 At the start of your turn, destroy ALL minions.
Execute Free Spell Warrior 2 Destroy a damaged enemy minion.
Flare Rare Spell Hunter 2 All minions lose Stealth. Destroy all enemy Secrets. Draw a card.
Patient Assassin Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 1 Stealth
Poisonous
Shadow Word: Death Free Spell Priest 2 Destroy a minion with
5 or more Attack.
Shadow Word: Pain Free Spell Priest 2 Destroy a minion with 3 or less Attack.
Coerce Rare Spell 3 Destroy a damaged minion. Combo: Destroy any minion.
Deadly Shot Common Spell Hunter 3 Destroy a random enemy minion.
Felguard Rare Minion Demon Warlock 3 3 5 Taunt
Battlecry: Destroy one of your Mana Crystals.
Revenant Rascal Epic Minion General Warlock 3 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy a Mana Crystal for both players.
Teron Gorefiend Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 4 Battlecry: Destroy all other friendly minions.
Deathrattle: Resummon them with +1/+1.
Vaporize Rare Spell Fire Mage 3 Secret: When a minion attacks your hero, destroy it.
Void Terror Rare Minion Demon Warlock 3 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy the minions on either side of this minion and gain their Attack and Health.
Blade Flurry Rare Spell Rogue 4 Destroy your weapon and deal its damage to all enemy minions.
Brittlebone Destroyer Rare Minion General 4 3 3 Battlecry: If your hero's Health changed this turn, destroy a minion.
Cascading Disaster Epic Spell Warlock 4 Destroy a random enemy minion. Corrupt: Destroy 2. Corrupt Again: Destroy 3.
Cascading Disaster Epic Spell Warlock 4 Corrupted
Destroy 2 random enemy minions.
Corrupt: Destroy 3.
Cascading Disaster Epic Spell Warlock 4 Corrupted
Destroy 3 random enemy minions.
Disciplinarian Gandling Legendary Minion General 4 3 6 After you play a minion, destroy it and summon a 4/4 Failed Student.
Krolusk Barkstripper Epic Minion Beast Hunter 4 3 5 Spellburst: Destroy a random enemy minion.
Magtheridon Legendary Minion Demon Any 4 12 12 Dormant. Battlecry: Summon three 1/3 enemy Warders. When they die, destroy all minions and awaken.
Shadowflame Rare Spell Warlock 4 Destroy a friendly minion and deal its Attack damage to all enemy minions.
SI:7 Infiltrator Rare Minion General Any 4 5 4 Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy Secret.
Assassinate Free Spell Rogue 5 Destroy an enemy minion.
Big Game Hunter Epic Minion General Any 5 4 2 Battlecry: Destroy a minion with 7 or more Attack.
Brawl Epic Spell Warrior 5 Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly)
Harrison Jones Legendary Minion General Any 5 5 4 Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon and draw cards equal to its Durability.
Malevolent Strike Epic Spell Rogue 5 Destroy a minion. Costs (1) less for each card in your deck that didn't start there.
Maw of C'Thun None Spell Any 5 Piece of C'Thun (0/4)
Destroy a minion.
Stampeding Kodo Rare Minion Beast Any 5 3 5 Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy minion with 2 or less Attack.
Keli'dan the Breaker Legendary Minion General Warlock 6 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy a minion. If drawn this turn, instead destroy all minions except this one.
Maxima Blastenheimer Legendary Minion General Hunter 6 4 4 Battlecry: Summon a minion from your deck. It attacks the enemy hero, then dies.
Mossy Horror Epic Minion General Any 6 2 7 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions with 2 or less Attack.
Siphon Soul Rare Spell Warlock 6 Destroy a minion. Restore 3 Health to your hero.
Taurajo Brave Rare Minion General Any 6 4 8 Frenzy: Destroy a random enemy minion.
The Black Knight Legendary Minion General Any 6 4 5 Battlecry: Destroy an enemy minion with Taunt.
Natalie Seline Legendary Minion General Priest 8 8 1 Battlecry: Destroy a minion and gain its Health.
Twisting Nether Epic Spell Warlock 8 Destroy all minions.
Deathwing Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand.
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate Legendary Minion General Any 10 7 5 Battlecry: If you've cast 10 spells this game, spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.
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Cards that destroy specific targets[edit | edit source]

Destroy effects can be categorized by which types of targets they destroy.

Minions[edit | edit source]

Nightmare(334).png
Sacrificial Pact(348).png
Corruption(252).png
Hungry Crab(660).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Execute(227).png
Patient Assassin(14).png
Shadow Word- Death(547).png
Shadow Word- Pain(315).png
Deadly Shot(239).png
Emperor Cobra(625).png
Vaporize(160).png
Void Terror(119).png
Cascading Disaster(388971).png
Cascading Disaster(388976).png
Cascading Disaster(388981).png
Shadowflame(673).png
Assassinate(568).png
Big Game Hunter(73).png
Brawl(297).png
Malevolent Strike(388952).png
Stampeding Kodo(389).png
Siphon Soul(573).png
The Black Knight(396).png
Twisting Nether(398).png
Deathwing(474).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 30th, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Grimoire of Sacrifice Common Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Destroy a friendly minion. Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.
Snap Freeze Common Spell Frost Mage 1 Freeze a minion. If it's already Frozen, destroy it.
Execute Common Spell Warrior 2 Destroy a damaged enemy minion.
Patient Assassin Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 2 Stealth
Poisonous
Shadow Word: Death Common Spell Shadow Priest 2 Destroy a minion with
5 or more Attack.
Deadly Shot Common Spell Hunter 3 Destroy a random enemy minion.
Void Terror Rare Minion Demon Warlock 3 3 4 Battlecry: Destroy the minions on either side of this minion and gain their Attack and Health.
Assassinate Common Spell Rogue 4 Destroy an enemy minion.
Big Game Hunter Epic Minion General Any 4 4 2 Battlecry: Destroy a minion with 7 or more Attack.
Shadow Word: Ruin Epic Spell Shadow Priest 4 Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack.
Brawl Epic Spell Warrior 5 Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly)
Siphon Soul Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 5 Destroy a minion. Restore 3 Health to your hero.
Twisting Nether Epic Spell Shadow Warlock 8 Destroy all minions.
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Grimoire of Sacrifice(487646).png
Snap Freeze(475139).png
Execute(475149).png
Patient Assassin(475104).png
Shadow Word- Death(475122).png
Deadly Shot(475089).png
Void Terror(475023).png
Assassinate(463943).png
Big Game Hunter(475005).png
Shadow Word- Ruin(475157).png
Brawl(475136).png
Siphon Soul(475009).png
Twisting Nether(475002).png

Minions that self-destroy[edit | edit source]


Weapons[edit | edit source]

Acidic Swamp Ooze(74).png
Blade Flurry(244).png
Harrison Jones(602).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 30th, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Acidic Swamp Ooze Rare Minion General Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon.
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Acidic Swamp Ooze(475040).png

Secrets[edit | edit source]

Flare(630).png
SI-7 Infiltrator(90688).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 30th, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
SI:7 Infiltrator Rare Minion General Any 4 5 4 Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy Secret.
Cannonmaster Smythe Legendary Minion General Paladin 5 4 4 Battlecry: Transform your Secrets into 3/3 Soldiers. They transform back when they die.
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SI-7 Infiltrator(475021).png
Cannonmaster Smythe(487631).png

Mana Crystals[edit | edit source]

Felguard(236).png
Revenant Rascal(378838).png


Hero[edit | edit source]


Related cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Destroy/Wild format

The below cards have synergy with minion death.


Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Raise Dead Common Spell 0 Deal 3 damage to your hero. Return two friendly minions that died this game to your hand.
Avenge Common Spell Holy Paladin 1 Secret: When one of your minions dies, give a random friendly minion +3/+2.
Mortal Coil Free Spell Warlock 1 Deal 1 damage to a minion. If that kills it, draw a card.
Redemption Common Spell Paladin 1 Secret: When a friendly minion dies, return it to life with 1 Health.
Throw Glaive Rare Spell Demon Hunter 1 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it dies, add a temporary copy of this to your hand.
Scavenging Hyena Common Minion Beast Hunter 2 2 2 Whenever a friendly Beast dies, gain +2/+1.
Slam Common Spell Warrior 2 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it survives, draw a card.
Bladestorm Epic Spell Warrior 3 Deal 1 damage to all minions. Repeat until one dies.
Flesheating Ghoul Common Minion General Any 3 2 3 Whenever a minion dies, gain +1 Attack.
Magicfin Epic Minion Murloc Shaman 3 3 4 After a friendly Murloc dies, add a random Legendary minion to your hand.
Rokara Legendary Minion General Warrior 3 2 3 Rush
After a friendly minion attacks and survives, give it +1/+1.
Teron Gorefiend Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 4 Battlecry: Destroy all other friendly minions.
Deathrattle: Resummon them with +1/+1.
Burrowing Scorpid Common Minion Beast Any 4 5 2 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage. If that kills the target, gain Stealth.
Cult Master Common Minion General Any 4 4 2 Whenever one of your other minions dies, draw a card.
Bane of Doom Epic Spell Warlock 5 Deal 2 damage to a character. If that kills it, summon a random Demon.
Blood Herald Common Minion General 5 1 1 Whenever a friendly minion dies while this is in your hand, gain +1/+1.
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 6 Spellburst: If the spell destroys any minions, summon them.
Vectus Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 4 Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps. Each gains a Deathrattle from your minions that died this game.
Initiation Rare Spell Priest 6 Deal 4 damage to a minion. If that kills it, summon a new copy.
Cycle of Hatred Rare Spell Demon Hunter 7 Deal 3 damage to all minions. Summon a 3/3 Spirit for every minion killed.
Expendable Performers Epic Spell Demon Hunter 7 Summon seven 1/1 Illidari with Rush. If they all die this turn, summon seven more.
Fel Guardians Common Spell Fel Demon Hunter 7 Summon three 1/2 Demons with Taunt. Costs (1) less whenever a friendly minion dies.
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 7 6 8 Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Jewel of N'Zoth Epic Spell Hunter 8 Summon three friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game.
Kanrethad Prime None Minion Demon Warlock 8 7 6 Battlecry: Summon 3 friendly Demons that died this game.
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Raise Dead(329974).png
Avenge(475055).png
Mortal Coil(43).png
Redemption(657).png
Throw Glaive(389015).png
Scavenging Hyena(279).png
Slam(215).png
Bladestorm(210803).png
Flesheating Ghoul(610).png
Magicfin(388979).png
Rokara(487672).png
Teron Gorefiend(210667).png
Burrowing Scorpid(210815).png
Cult Master(140).png
Bane of Doom(670).png
Blood Herald(329958).png
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad(329877).png
Vectus(329909).png
Initiation(329993).png
Cycle of Hatred(329880).png
Expendable Performers(378824).png
Fel Guardians(329952).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(90686).png
Jewel of N'Zoth(388967).png
Kanrethad Prime(211111).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 30th, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Mortal Coil Common Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Deal 1 damage to a minion. If that kills it, draw a card.
Feast of Souls Rare Spell Shadow Demon Hunter 2 Draw a card for each friendly minion that died this turn.
Scavenging Hyena Common Minion Beast Hunter 2 2 2 Whenever a friendly Beast dies, gain +2/+1.
Slam Common Spell Warrior 2 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it survives, draw a card.
Flesheating Ghoul Common Minion General Any 3 3 3 Whenever a minion dies, gain +1 Attack.
Outrider's Axe Rare Weapon Warrior 4 3 3 After your hero attacks and kills a minion, draw a card.
Rancor Epic Spell Warrior 4 Deal 2 damage to all minions. Gain 2 Armor for each destroyed.
Soul Rend Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 4 Deal 5 damage to all minions. Destroy a card in your deck for each killed.
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Deathwing the Destroyer Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions. Discard a card for each destroyed.
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Mortal Coil(475028).png
Feast of Souls(475079).png
Scavenging Hyena(475095).png
Slam(475147).png
Flesheating Ghoul(475163).png
Outrider's Axe(464301).png
Rancor(464302).png
Soul Rend(487648).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(474994).png
Deathwing the Destroyer(463941).png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hearth Trolden (2014-07-09). Funny and Lucky Moments - Hearthstone - Ep. 53
  2. Tested by jerodast on 9-8-2015: Without ever letting a friendly minion die, allowed hand to grow to 10 cards, and then overdrew two minions. Played Resurrect; no minion was summoned.