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Gnomish Experimenter
Gnomish Experimenter
Golden Gnomish Experimenter
Set:Goblins vs GnomesGoblins vs Gnomes
Cost:3 Mana icon.png
Attack:3 Attack icon.png
Health:2 Health
Abilities:Battlecry, Draw cards, Replace
Wiki tags:Beast-generating
Artist:Jesper Ejsing
Battlecry: Draw a card. If it's a minion, transform it into a Chicken.
Flavor text

He's legitimately surprised every time he turns himself into a chicken.

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Gnomish Experimenter is a rare neutral minion card, from the Goblins vs Gnomes set. It potentially replaces one of the player's cards with a 1/1 Chicken.

How to get[]

Gnomish Experimenter can be obtained through Goblins vs Gnomes card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Gnomish Experimenter 100 20
Golden Gnomish Experimenter 800 100

Transformed minions[]



  • Despite the card's wording, this card's effect is considered a replace effect rather than a transform effect, since it occurs outside the battlefield.
  • The Chicken that this card creates cost 1 mana, it is not the same minion created by Poultryizer which costs 0 mana.
  • Gnomish Experimenter's Battlecry occurs in two steps, first the card draw, then the replacement. Therefore, card draw triggered effects will interact with the original card, not the Chicken. However, it is still a single Battlecry, so it will complete even if a triggered effect kills the Experimenter halfway through.
    • When Gnomish Experimenter draws Flame Leviathan, first Flame Leviathan's effect goes off, then the card is replaced with a chicken.[1] The Flame Leviathan will still be replaced even if its on-draw effect destroys the Gnomish Experimenter.[1]
    • If a player with a Chromaggus and a Gnomish Experimenter draws a minion card, Chromaggus will produce a copy of the original card, and not the Chicken which is transformed later.


With higher-than-average stats for a card-drawing minion, Gnomish Experimenter can be used to great effect in a deck heavy on weapons. It can also be used in spell-centric decks but lacks synergy with most spell combos.

Even though the Chicken is a weak card, it can be put to good use by minions like Knife Juggler that have on-summon effects, or cards like Frostwolf Warlord that benefit from having lots of minions on the board.


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  • The art for this card's generated Chicken minion was commissioned by Ben Brode to be especially angry, in reference to the Hearthstone podcast The Angry Chicken.[2] Brode originally wanted to alter the art for Angry Chicken in tribute to the podcast, but changed his mind after deciding a change to established art would be too confusing for players.[3]


Gnomish Experimenter, full art

Patch changes[]

Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch (2014-12-04): Added.