At the end of each turn, gain +1/+1 .
He's Gruul "the Dragonkiller". He just wanted to cuddle them… he never meant to…
Other versions[edit | edit source]
How to get[edit | edit source]
Previous availability[edit | edit source]
- Regular Gruul could also be obtained as a first-time reward for first time reaching Legend in Ranked mode from April 1, 2020 to March 25, 2021 (or as a reward of Climbing the Ranks (10/10) achievement).
Known bugs[edit | edit source]
- In all patches prior to Patch 184.108.40.20656 (2015-12-04), If Gruul at 8/8 is reduced to 0 Health by a shot from Ragnaros, Gruul will still buff himself and survive as a 9/1, regardless of who triggers first. However, in Patch 220.127.116.1156, Gruul will not buff himself and will die, again regardless of who triggers first. This is a bug, as it is inconsistent with other ways a minion can gain Health in the same Phase it is damaged to 0 Health.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Gruul can be a game-ending card if not immediately dealt with. Gruul gains +1/+1 at the end of each turn, both the controlling player's and their opponent's. This can allow Gruul to quickly grow to a staggering size. By the time the opponent is able to attempt to remove him, Gruul will already be an 8/8. If he is not removed, damaged, or silenced, he will be a 9/9 by the time he is no longer exhausted.
Gruul is best included in decks that can protect him. Opponents should make the removal of Gruul an extremely high priority.
With the Grimy Goons' hand-buffing effects, Gruul can become a very big minion very quickly, and it will still increase its stats after each turn.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- ▶️No escape!
- ▶️<death sound>
Lore[edit | edit source]
- Gruul the Dragonkiller is the father of the seven gronn lords of the ogres, and the most powerful of them. Although he seems to be nothing but a cruel brute, he possesses intelligence. In the events unfolded in the novel Beyond the Dark Portal — shortly after Deathwing invaded his home — Gruul was met by the lost heroes of the Second War: Khadgar, Turalyon, and Alleria Windrunner. They were after the Skull of Gul'dan which Deathwing possessed. After that, Gruul and his ogre minions, along with the heroes, challenged Deathwing from his perch in Blade's Edge Mountains — killing his eggs and impaling his lesser black drakes on the mountain spikes. Infuriated by this act, Deathwing landed on top of them and attacked Gruul. Although clearly no match for the mad Aspect's power, Gruul was saved by Khadgar's miraculuous spell when he disassembled some of the adamantium plates that were holding Deathwing's unstable body together resulting in Deathwing's retreat. This led to a clear devastation for the black dragonflight in Outland. The results can still be seen as impaled black dragon corpses all over Blade's Edge Mountains.
In Warlords of Draenor[edit | edit source]
From the Dungeon Journal:
- Garrosh knew that the surest path to breaking the gronn lay in subjugating their great father, Gruul. Known in another time as the Dragonkiller, here Gruul has been reduced to the role of menial laborer. In a cruel mockery of the Shattered Hand's warrior tradition, his hand has been replaced with a hook to enable him to more easily haul pallets of fuel to the furnace.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- At the end of each turn, Gruul gains +1/+1. This mirrors a mechanic he has as a raid boss in World of Warcraft, where he gains 15% damage every 30 seconds, making him tougher to defeat as time goes on.
- The current flavor text references the classic novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, in which the character Lennie, a large half-wit, accidentally kills a puppy by petting it too roughly.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Crown of the Heavens" series, for the card Gronn Skullcracker.
- Players who do not have Gruul in their collection are called "fuuls" by other players.
- Gruul reappears in the Trial by Felfire Challenges as the boss Gruul the Dragonkiller.
- If you play the collectible Gruul against Gruul the Dragonkiller, since the boss now has his own artwork, he will acknowledge the Gruul card having placeholder artwork by rejecting "Purple Gruul" as the real Gruul.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
- Patch 18.104.22.16890 (2013-10-02): Flavor text changed from "Gruul the Dragonkiller deserves his name. The bones of dragons litter his lair in the Blade's Edge Mountains." to "He's Gruul "the Dragonkiller". He just wanted to cuddle them... he never meant to..."