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A Dormant Ashes of OutlandImprisoned Antaen.

Though unable to act for two turns, Dormant minions tout powerful stats and effects once they escape their ephemeral bonds.[1]

Dormant is an ability that allows a minion to become Permanent until a condition is fulfilled.

The Dormant mechanic first appeared in Journey to Un'Goro with Journey to Un'GoroSherazin, Corpse Flower. However, the ability was first keyworded in Ashes of Outland.


  • Dormant minions, or minions affected by Dormant keyword, do not reset nor effect enchantments when awakened.[2]
  • Minions will always start Dormant until their condition is fulfilled, no matter how they were summoned.
    • The exception is when the player copies a Dormant minion that has already awakened.
  • Dormant minions with no way to awaken themselves cannot be randomly summoned or transformed into (Kobolds & CatacombsThe Darkness and Ashes of OutlandMagtheridon).
  • Dormant minions which awaken by themselves over a set number of turns trigger the countdown to their awakening at the start of the controller's turn.
  • If a Dormant minion with an on-awaken effect is made Dormant again (e.g. by Maiev Shadowsong), its on-awaken effect will trigger again after the second awakening.

Known bugs[]

  • Voyage to the Sunken CityBlademaster Okani can counter dormant minions. However, in special situations, if cards have been made dormant by other cards like Ashes of OutlandMaiev Shadowsong and they are played while still dormant, Blademaster Okani will use its counter but do nothing.[3]

Cards with Dormant[]


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Sources of Dormant[]

Dormant-generating cards[]

This section lists cards which generate Dormant cards.

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Related cards[]

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  • The Ashes of Outland Dormant mechanic first appeared on the Taverns of Time card Stasis Dragon. However, it was still slightly different since it used a token minion for the Dormant effect rather than enforcing a Dormant state.

Patch changes[]


  1. Ashes of Outland - Hearthstone
  2. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (March 22, 2020). 
  3. Hearth Tech#240 Test5,6
  4. Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (2020-03-18). 
  5. Liv Breeden on reddit. (2020-03-18). Retrieved on 2020-04-21.