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Gonk, the Raptor
49985 • TRL_241
Regular
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
Golden
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
Elite
Set:Rastakhan's RumbleRastakhan's Rumble
Type:Minion
Minion type:Beast
Class:DruidDruid
Rarity:LegendaryLegendary
Cost:7 Mana icon.png
Attack:4 Attack icon.png
Health:9 Health
Artist:Christopher Hayes
After your hero attacks and kills a minion, it may attack again.
Flavor text

There’s a word for Zandalari druids who refuse to pledge loyalty to Gonk: “Delicious.”

Keywords
TRIGGER_VISUAL
Boolean tags
COLLECTIBLE ELITE
Wiki tags
None
Wiki referenced tags
Attacking-related, Death-related, Hero-related, Triggered effect
External links

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Gonk, the Raptor is a legendary druid minion card, from the Rastakhan's Rumble set.

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
TypeSourcePremiumQ.
Card packs
Rastakhan's Rumble Pack
Wild Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting1600 dustdustRegular1
Crafting3200 dustdustGolden1

Notes[]

  • Multiple copies of Gonk, the Raptor stack, with each copy giving one extra attack per minion killed.[1]

Strategy[]

Naturally, Gonk has synergy with Rastakhan's RumbleSpirit of the Raptor; with each minion destroyed thanks to Gonk, you are rewarded with additional draws. Drawing into cards such as Rastakhan's RumblePounce or LegacyBite can assist in clearing out minions with higher health.

Attacking multiple times is an easy way to trigger the Deathrattle of Kobolds & CatacombsTwig of the World Tree, giving you access to 10 additional Mana Crystals.

Knights of the Frozen ThroneMalfurion the Pestilent's hero power or the upgraded hero power gained from The WitchwoodBaku the Mooneater are excellent sources of gaining hero attack without playing cards, which make Gonk useful even when resources of hero attack are limited.

The Boomsday ProjectFlobbidinous Floop is a great second resort if your Gonk has been destroyed before you could use it, also making it cheaper by 3 mana allowing more cards to be played, or to play Floop with as a second Gonk on board to utilize the stacking Gonk's effect, as stated in the Notes.

Being a Beast, Gonk can be drawn from and synergizes well with cards such as Rastakhan's RumbleOondasta, Rastakhan's RumblePredatory Instincts and Rastakhan's RumbleUntamed Beastmaster.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you control 2 Gonks, you are granted two extra attacks per kill. This increases with the number of Gonks you control. This allows Gonk to be played as an OTK combo, using cards that copy Gonk and summon weak minions for the opponent, such as Rise of ShadowsMad Summoner or Descent of DragonsZul'Drak Ritualist.

Sounds[]

Summon
Attack
Death

Lore[]

Wowpedia icon.pngThis section uses content from Wowpedia.
Gonk, the Great Hunter, is the ancient raptor loa of shapes and master of the hunt. The Darkspear trolls heard many of the Zandalari's tales about Gonk. He taught both tribes how to be druids, and the Zandalari druids serve him as the Raptari. Gonk's high priest is Rastakhan's RumbleWardruid Loti. The followers of Gonk and Pa'ku do not get along.
Gonk taught the Darkspear tribe how to contact the loa in a different way than they had before, thus allowing them to serve all the nature spirits at the same time instead of only one at a time as they used to do as loa priests (witch doctors). The other loa, such as Shirvallah, were against this but Gonk forced their hands in order to defeat Zalazane, who had trapped several loa inside the Emerald Dream. Through this method the Darkspear became druids, though the other loa are not happy about it and want the trolls to continue worshiping them one at a time.
Unlike the Darkspear druids, Gonk did not just speak to the Zandalari. For his Raptari, Gonk is not just a fragment or piece of him, but physically there, a real voice they can listen to in person.

In Hearthstone lore, Gonk serves as the patron loa of Gonk's Raptors, the ferocious, shapeshifting druid team in Rastakhan's Rumble.

Rastakhan's RumbleRikkar thought Gonk and Wardruid Loti were examples of inspiring contrast. Gonk was one of the oldest loa, and Loti one of the younger competitors in the Rumble (not to mention an advisor to Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngKing Rastakhan! And one of the most talented shapeshifters in the world!), but the two of them joined forces to open the door for young Zandalari trolls to become Druids. Loti was the inspiring leader to a pack of howling, dinosaur-jumping lunatics. Maybe he could use that![2]

Trivia[]

  • Originally during the development of Rastakhan's Rumble, Gonk's effect belonged to Rastakhan's RumbleSpirit of the Raptor (then called "Shrine to Gonk") with the card text "Your hero has Windfury". Gonk himself instead gave a bonus when the player attacked and killed minions, at one point being considered as an 8-mana 5/5 that gave the player's hero "Overkill: Refresh your Mana Crystals." The effects of Gonk and the Spirit were eventually swapped since the designers found that giving their hero the ability to "attack a whole bunch" was the more exciting of the two and thus belonged better on Gonk. Furthermore, the accompanying deck needed more resources since players would spend so many of their resources on buffing their hero's Attack, so they felt that it made sense to give a card draw effect to the Spirit.[3]
  • At one point in playtesting, Gonk cost 5 mana. While this was fine in most circumstances, occasionally it would allow druid players to use Gonk in combination with Rastakhan's RumblePounce and an already-equipped Kobolds & CatacombsTwig of the World Tree as early as the fourth turn to rapidly escalate the game, which was "not an okay circumstance".[3][4]

Gallery[]

Gonk, the Raptor, full art

Gonk in World of Warcraft.

Early iterations of Gonk's card art erroneously depicted him as green. He was changed to red at the end of the process to match his World of Warcraft appearance.[5]

Patch changes[]

References[]

 
  1. Disguised Toast. 7 NEW INTERACTIONS from RASTAKHAN'S RUMBLE. Retrieved on 2018-12-04.
  2. Daxxarri (2018-11-26). A New Challenger Approaches - Part 3. Retrieved on 2018-11-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cam Shea (2019-02-04). Hearthstone: Peter Whalen and Dean Ayala on Designing Key Rastakhan Cards. IGN. Retrieved on 2019-02-05.
  4. Hearthstone (2018-11-28). Final Card Reveal Livestream | Rastakhan's Rumble (44:35). YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-11-30.
  5. Christopher Hayes (2018-12-03). Gonka the Raptor. ArtStation. Retrieved on 2018-12-04.
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