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Nested in among flavor text, minion quotes and even the Finding Opponent screen, Hearthstone is full of hidden references, waiting like easter eggs to be found by sharp-eyed (or -eared) players. These references transcend the boundaries of the game's lore, touching on real life culture ranging from well-known films and music to popular memes within the Hearthstone community and beyond.

The list of in-game references within Hearthstone is extensive, and this page represents a work-in-progress attempt to compile them in one place. For references not listed here, see individual card pages and Trivia sections.

Movies and TV[]

  • Rats of Extraordinary Size - Reference to Rodents Of Unusual Size mentioned in the cult classic movie, The Princess Bride.
  • Intrepid Initiate's flavor text states, "How do you like them apples?" - Reference to the film Goodwill Hunting
  • Il'gynoth's flavor text states, "Well, that just sounds like damage with extra steps." - Reference to Rick and Morty (Season 2 Episode 6).
  • Wandmaker - Voice-lines include "You don't pick the wand" and "The wand picks you". Reference to the Wand Maker in the Harry Potter Book/Movie Series.
  • Elwynn Boar - "Deathrattle: If you had 7 Elwynn Boars die this game, equip a 15/3 Sword of a Thousand Truths" - Reference to South Park Episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" where the kids are grinding to defeat “that which has no life” and it’s Deathrattle is the sword that was used to defeat him. It’s flavor text states, “Be grateful we lowered the requirement from 65,340,285.” Referring to one of the kids stating that’s how many boars they would have to kill to stand a chance against him.
  • Hungry Crab's flavor text reads, "Murloc. It's what's for dinner." - Reference to the ad campaign by National Livestock and Meat Board in 1992, "Beef. It's what's for dinner."


Books and Literature[]

  • Brightwing's flavor text reads, "Little faerie dragons are made of sugar and spice and maniacal vice." - Reference to the nursery rhyme "What Are Little Boys Made Of?"
  • Transfer Student's flavor text states, "Oh, the places you'll go! There is so much to flight! There are boards to be explored. There are dreams to take flight." - Reference to Dr. Seuss' "Oh the places you'll go!"
  • Redgill Razorjaw's flavor text reads, "One fish, two fish, red fish replaces blue fish." - Reference to Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
  • Animated Broomstick's flavor text states, "Blimey, that's a Stratocumulus 1000!". Reference to Ronald Weasley's exclamation to Harry Potter receiving the Nimbus 1000 in the Harry Potter Book/Movie Series.
  • Wandmaker - Voice-lines include "You don't pick the wand" and "The wand picks you". Reference to the Wand Maker in the Harry Potter Book/Movie Series.


Music[]

  • Glacial Shard's flavor text reads, "Ice, ice, baby!" - Reference to "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
  • Kindling Elemental's flavor text reads, "Burn baby burn. Little inferno!" - Reference to the song Disco Inferno by The Trampps
  • Lushwater Scout's flavor text reads, "Only knows how to play "Careless Murgl" and "Mrgl Mrgl Little Star." - Reference to Careless Whisper by George Michael and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star "Mozart Composition".

Video Games[]

Fourth Wall[]

Warcraft terms[]

  • Loot Hoarder is a representation of a ninja looter, a player who needs on every item that drops.
  • Uncraftable was once know as Soulbound, a term used for items in warcraft that cannot be exchanged with other players.
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