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Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngJaina Proudmoore, the first hero of Hearthstone

A hero is a character in the Warcraft universe representing the player. In Hearthstone, this concept is expressed in three interrelated but distinct ways:

  1. Heroes are gameplay characters representing players or bosses within a match. Heroes have attributes like Health, take damage, and can sometimes even attack, just as minions do. If a player's hero dies, they lose that game. This meaning of "hero" pertains specifically to game mechanics within a battle.
  2. A Hero is a collectible individual from Warcraft lore, with its own portrait, personality and style. Each hero represents a class, and can be used in any games played with a deck of that type, making each hero a "skin" for its class. One default hero of each class is available to new players, while hero skins are obtainable through purchase or awards.
  3. Hero is a card type introduced in Knights of the Frozen Throne. Upon being played, a hero will replace the player's hero, give them a small amount of Armor and replace their Hero Power with a new one.

At some point before the release of Ashes of Outland, Hero was a synonym for one of the nine Hearthstone classes within a player's account. These "heroes" earn experience after each game, gaining access to cards and other rewards. However, all rewards are earned based on the class played rather than the specific individual hero. Similarly, it is the class chosen for a deck rather than the specific hero which determines the class cards and Hero Power in games with that deck.

Characters in battle[]

Main article: Character

In Constructed, heroes have 30 base Health, and take damage when attacked by minions or hit by spells and effects. When a hero is destroyed or has its Health reduced to 0 or below, the corresponding player loses the game. Heroes by default do not have an Attack value, but can use various means to gain Attack such as equipping weapons. Heroes with an Attack value can attack other targets, similarly to minions, and will take damage from targets they attack accordingly.

In addition to having Attack and Health attributes, participating in combat, and taking damage, heroes can be affected by some of the same conditions or abilities that minions are, namely Destroy, Freeze, and Immune effects. On the other hand, they differ in several ways too. Heroes do not have mana costs, although some cards that create replacement heroes do. Heroes can gain Armor and equip weapons, which minions cannot. Heroes cannot be targeted by spells or effects that specify "minion" rather than "character", and some effects can only affect heroes, not minions. Heroes are also capable of attacking on their first turns, unlike most minions.

When dealing damage to a hero, the hero is often unofficially referred to as "the face", as in "dealing 10 damage to the face", in contrast to attacking minions. "Going for the face" is used to describe directing attacks at the enemy hero.

Gameplay[]

Main article: Gameplay

While much of the game involves trading minions and making wise use of cards to gain control of the battlefield, almost all Hearthstone battles are ultimately resolved through dealing damage to the enemy hero. Despite this, because of the opportunity for repeated damage presented by control of minions, it is generally more important to address the ongoing threat of enemy minions than to simply deal damage to the enemy hero. However, once the enemy hero's Health has reached a certain level, it becomes most important to simply direct all attacks at the enemy hero, regardless of the state of the board. The assessment of target priority is an ongoing strategic challenge of Hearthstone.

When the player is capable of dealing fatal damage to an enemy hero that turn (known as "having lethal"), it is always best to do so that turn. At these times, taking normally prudent actions such as removing threatening minions, rather than simply attacking the enemy hero, can in fact directly cause the player to lose the game.

Aggro decks tend to focus on dealing damage to the enemy hero as quickly as possible and sacrifice late game potential in order to provide greater power and capabilities during the earlier game. Focused on defeating the enemy before they have the chance to retaliate, these decks often ignore board control in favour of directing all attacks at the enemy hero itself.

Default heroes[]

Each class has a default hero that is available after the player unlocks the corresponding class. All players begin the game with Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngJaina Proudmoore from class mage and can quickly unlock the other heroes by defeating them in Solo Adventures' Practice mode or completing their Book of Heroes.

Hero skins[]

Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngMedivh, the first mage hero skin

Main article: Hero skin

Hero skins can be purchased or occasionally earned, acting as alternate heroes or alternate versions of default heroes for existing classes. These heroes have special art, emotes, animations, and in some cases card backs, and are always animated, even if you haven't unlocked the golden hero for that class. The differences are purely cosmetic; each uses the same Hero Power and class cards as the default hero of the same class. Even if you have not unlocked the golden version of a hero, you will still get an animated character and Hero Power, but the minions/weapons that are produced by your Hero Power will not be golden.[1][2]

Bosses[]

Main article: Boss

Bosses are unique computer-controlled heroes encountered in adventures, the tutorial, and single-player Tavern Brawls. Bosses are not selectable by the player and are not encountered in other modes of play.

Each boss features a unique Hero Power and selection of cards. Bosses may use regular collectible cards, but also have access to unique boss cards, special and often extremely powerful cards which are not available to players. Boss battles are generally designed to offer a specific challenge, usually featuring a strong theme or style, forcing the player to find a way to defeat them. Players often must alter their decks or construct new ones in order to beat specific bosses, with each having its own strengths and weaknesses.

Adventures or Tavern Brawls sometimes allow players to take control of boss heroes, internally called guest heroes in game files, specific to games within one encounter. Similar to bosses, these heroes may start with vastly inflated Health and Armor, and have access to special Hero Powers.

Examples
Nefarian
City of Stormwind
Medivh

Hero cards[]

Main article: Hero card

Knights of the Frozen ThroneDeathstalker Rexxar, the first hero card.

Hero is also introduced in Knights of the Frozen Throne as a card type. Upon being played, a hero will replace the player's hero, give them a small amount of Armor and replace their Hero Power with a new one.

Related cards[]

For Wild format listings, see Hero/Wild format

This section lists cards with effects related to your or the enemy hero.

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BAR 309.png
CORE BT 351.png
CORE LOOT 222.png
AV 209.png
BAR 891.png
ONY 023.png
SW 428.png
BAR 321.png
REV 506.png
SW 091.png
SW 090.png
SW 446.png
WC 025.png
BAR 323.png
SW 025.png
AV 118.png
SW 084.png
ONY 013.png
REV 917.png
CORE BT 035.png
REV 016.png
CORE EX1 610.png
TID 704.png
SW 311.png
BAR 745.png
TID 931.png
ONY 014.png
TSC 006.png
TSC 001.png
BAR 024.png
TSC 073.png
BAR 318.png
REV 504.png
BAR 875.png
SW 444.png
WC 021.png
AV 213.png
SW 436.png
TSC 085.png
BAR 026.png
DED 519.png
CORE OG 047.png
CS3 017.png
TSC 070.png
CORE EX1 289.png
REV 933.png
REV 509.png
TSC 002.png
TSC 651.png
SW 093.png
REV 516.png
BAR 027.png
TSC 610.png
DED 505.png
CORE GIL 622.png
BAR 844.png
SW 431.png
BAR 032.png
SW 056.png
AV 135.png
CORE CS2 097.png
ONY 018.png
BAR 846.png
AV 342.png
CORE EX1 309.png
AV 204.png
CORE LOE 011.png
TSC 917.png
AV 340.png
AV 258.png
REV 369.png
CS3 020.png
AV 132.png
AV 141t.png

History[]

Patch changes[]

  • Saviors of Uldum logo.png Patch 15.4.0.34670 (2019-10-08): Having 1,000 wins in Ranked or Arena now unlocks an alternate portrait for that class, including wins previously earned.
  • Rastakhan's Rumble logo.png Patch 13.4.0.29349 (2019-03-14): Arena wins now count towards the 500 for earning a gold hero. (Only applies to wins after 13.4 went live; earlier Arena wins are not counted.)
  • Journey to Un'Goro logo.png Patch 8.2.0.19506 (2017-06-01) Ranked wins for each hero will now tally beyond 500.
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.2.0.13619 (2016-07-12): The experience bar will no longer fill up after winning a game at max level. (This change was not successfully implemented until Patch 6.0.0.13921.)
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch 1.0.0.4944 (2014-03-11):
    • Golden Heroes have been added and now can be unlocked after winning 500 Ranked games with a Hero! Track your progress on the deck selection screen in Ranked Mode.
    • Unlocking a hero now plays that Hero’s emote. Well met!
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): The maximum level is now 60, and you can earn XP in any game mode up to max level.

References[]

Playable heroes
Default heroes
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
Illidan 64.png
Illidan
Malfurion 64.png
Malfurion
Rexxar 64.png
Rexxar
Jaina 64.png
Jaina
Uther 64.png
Uther
Anduin 64.png
Anduin
Valeera 64.png
Valeera
Thrall 64.png
Thrall
Guldan 64.png
Gul'dan
Garrosh 64.png
Garrosh
Alternate portraits
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
1,000 wins portraits
Demonic Illidan 64.png
Demonic
ShandoMalfurion 64.png
Shan'do
WandererRexxar 64.png
Wanderer
FireMageJaina 64.png
Fire Mage
LightforgedUther 64.png
Lightforged
KingAnduin 64.png
King
CapnValeera 64.png
Cap'n
WarchiefThrall 64.png
Warchief
ShadowGuldan 64.png
Shadow
CorruptGarrosh 64.png
Corrupt
Rewards Track portraits
Demonbane Illidan 64.png
Demonbane
Cenarion Malfurion 64.png
Cenarion
Giantstalker Rexxar 64.png
Giantstalker
Arcanist Jaina 64.png
Arcanist
Uther Lawbringer64.png
Lawbringer
Anduin of Prophecy 64.png
Prophecy
Nightslayer Valeera 64.png
Nightslayer
Earthfury Thrall 64.png
Earthfury
Felheart Guldan 64.png
Felheart
Garrosh of Might 64.png
Might
Tavern Regular portraits
Felravager Illidan 64.png
Felravager
Storm's Rage Malfurion 64.png
Storm's Rage
Dragonstalker Rexxar 64.png
Dragonstalker
Netherwind Jaina 64.png
Netherwind
Judgement Uther 64.png
Judgement
Transcendence Anduin 64.png
Transcendence
Deathmantle Valeera 64.png
Deathmantle
Ten Storm Thrall 64.png
Ten Storm
Nemesis Gul'dan 64.png
Nemesis
Garrosh of Wrath 64.png
Wrath
Book of Heroes portraits
SkullbearerIllidan 64.png
Skullbearer
EmeraldMalfurion 64.png
Emerald
WarsongRexxar 64.png
Warsong
ScholarJaina 64.png
Scholar
SecondWarUther 64.png
Second War
SI7Anduin 64.png
SI:7
GladiatorValeera 64.png
Gladiator
Frostwolf Thrall 64.png
Frostwolf
Shadowmoon Gul'dan 64.png
Shadowmoon
NagrandGarrosh 64.png
Nagrand
Other portraits
EmberCourtIllidan 64.png
Ember Court
InfernalArmorIllidan 64.png
Infernal Armor
IllidanTheNaughty 64.png
Naughty
ShaIllidan 64.png
Sha
SabertenderIllidan 64.png
Sabertender
Mrrgillidan 64.png
Mrrgillidan
IllhoofIllidan 64.png
Illhoof
DruidOfTheFlameMalfurion 64.png
Flame
WinterFuryMalfurion 64.png
Winter Fury
SteelGuardianMalfurion 64.png
Steel Guardian
IceLordMalfurion 64.png
Ice Lord
Firefang Rexxar 64.png
Firefang
Flamewalker Rexxar 64.png
Flamewalker
RobinHoodRexxar 64.png
Robin Hood
IronHunterRexxar 64.png
Iron Hunter
SnowflipperRexxar 64.png
Snowflipper
BlackOxRexxar 64.png
Black Ox
DenwatcherRexxar 64.png
Denwatcher
Apprentice Jaina 64.png
Apprentice
Archmage Jaina 64.png
Archmage
Kul Tiran Jaina 64.png
Kul Tiran
RedRidingHoodJaina 64.png
Red Riding
ArcaneSentinelJaina 64.png
Sentinel
FrostFairyJaina 64.png
Frost Fairy
RedCraneJaina 64.png
Red Crane
FestivalJaina 64.png
Festival
JainaProudmurgle 64.png
Proudmurgle
HorsemanUther 64.png
Horseman
GuanYuUther 64.png
Guan Yu
RighteousInfernoUther 64.png
Inferno
AscendedUther 64.png
Ascended
StarAscendantUther 64.png
Star Ascendant
GreenchUther 64.png
Greench
ZhugeLiangAnduin 64.png
Zhuge Liang
PrinceCharmingAnduin 64.png
Charming
HolyLeviathanAnduin 64.png
Leviathan
LittleLionAnduin 64.png
Little Lion
ButlerAnduin 64.png
Butler
DiaoChanValeera 64.png
Diao Chan
TitanbladeValeera 64.png
Titanblade
ValeeraTheNice 64.png
Nice
GardenPartyValeera 64.png
Garden Party
Thrall, Son of Durotan 64.png
Durotan
Alterac Thrall 64.png
Alterac
Wolfrider Thrall 64.png
Wolfrider
FrogPrinceThrall 64.png
Frog Prince
MechaconduitThrall 64.png
Mechaconduit
SnowmanThrall 64.png
Snowman
JadeSerpentThrall 64.png
Jade Serpent
HouseOfRitualsGul'dan 64.png
Rituals
FelColossusGul'dan 64.png
Fel Colossus
Mogu'shanGul'dan 64.png
Mogu'shan
HatcherGul'dan 64.png
Hatcher
LüBuGarrosh 64.png
Lü Bu
PirateKing 64.png
Pirate King
Forge-wroughGarrosh 64.png
Forge-wrought
GarroshTheWild 64.png
Wild
GarroshTheChained 64.png
Chained
Alternate heroes
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
Promotional and special events
Empty 64.png Lunara 64.png
Lunara
AmbassadorFaelin 64.png
Faelin
Empty 64.png Celeste 64.png
Celeste
Liadrin 64.png
Liadrin
Arthas 64.png
Arthas
Yrel 64.png
Yrel
Tyrande 64.png
Tyrande
Maiev 64.png
Maiev
Morgl 64.png
Morgl
Nemsy 64.png
Nemsy
Annhylde 64.png
Annhylde
PrinceRenathal 64.png
Renathal
Expansion pre-order heroes
Empty 64.png Elise 64.png
Elise
Hamuul 64.png
Hamuul
Empty 64.png Kel'Thuzad 64.png
Kel'Thuzad
LadyKatranaPrestor 64.png
Katrana
QueenAzshara 64.png
Azshara
Empty 64.png Lazul 64.png
Lazul
Empty 64.png Rastakhan 64.png
Rastakhan
LadyVashj 64.png
Vashj
Jaraxxus 64.png
Jaraxxus
Deathwing 64.png
Deathwing
Vanndar 64.png
Vanndar
Sire Denathrius 64.png
Denathrius
Bundle purchasable heroes
Aranna 64.png
Aranna
Hazelbark 64.png
Hazelbark
Xuen 64.png
Xuen
Alleria 64.png
Alleria
Sylvanas 64.png
Sylvanas
Medivh 64.png
Medivh
Khadgar 64.png
Khadgar
Kael'thas Sunstrider 64.png
Kael'thas
Annoy-O 64.png
Annoy-O
Leeroy Jenkins 64.png
Leeroy
Sir Finley Mrrgglton 64.png
Finley
Empty 64.png EdwinVanCleef 64.png
Edwin
GaronaHalforcen 64.png
Garona
TheThunderKing 64.png
Thunder King
RagnarosShaman 64.png
Ragnaros
Empty 64.png Magni 64.png
Magni
Alternate portraits
NightborneAranna 64.png
Nightborne
FelfireworkAranna 64.png
Felfirework
SongstressAranna 64.png
Songstress
Cherry Blossom Lunara 64.png
Cherry Blossom
Sea Dryad Lunara 64.png
Sea Dryad
Guff Murtotem 64.png
Murtotem
FireflowerLunara 64.png
Fireflower
ArdenwealdLunara 64.png
Ardenweald
Naga Sylvanas 64.png
Naga
FlameshotSylvanas 64.png
Flameshot
SanguineSylvanas 64.png
Sanguine
Navigator Khadgar 64.png
Navigator
EternalMedivh 64.png
Eternal
RevelerKaelthas 64.png
Reveler
KelThuzadTheInevitable 64.png
Inevitable
AdmiralLiadrin 64.png
Admiral
FireGlaiveLiadrin 64.png
Fire Glaive
VenthyrLiadrin 64.png
Venthyr
IceLadyTyrande 64.png
Ice Lady
HandmaidenTyrande 64.png
Handmaiden
TorchbearerTyrande 64.png
Torchbearer
KyrianTyrande 64.png
Kyrian
MarinerMaiev 64.png
Mariner
VendorMaiev 64.png
Vendor
SuspectMaiev 64.png
Suspect
DeepseaMorgl 64.png
Deepsea
KaldoreiVashj 64.png
Kaldorei
Murragnaros 64.png
Murragnaros
JugglerMorgl 64.png
Juggler
MorglHolmes 64.png
Holmes
BaronessVashj 64.png
Baroness
WintersLittleHelperNemsy 64.png
Little Helper
DiverNemsy 64.png
Diver
FeastNemsy 64.png
Feast
SparkspinnerNemsy 64.png
Sparkspinner
SculleryNemsy 64.png
Scullery
GreatfatherWinterMagni 64.png
Winter
ShipwreckedMagni 64.png
Shipwrecked
RoasterMagni 64.png
Roaster
Book of Mercenaries heroes
Kurtrus
Initiate Kurtrus 64.png
Initiate
Adept Kurtrus 64.png
Adept
Trainer Kurtrus 64.png
Trainer
Vengeant Kurtrus 64.png
Vengeant
Guff
Guff Runetotem 64.png
Runetotem
Spelunker Guff 64.png
Spelunker
Fangbound Guff 64.png
Fangbound
Fauna Friend Guff 64.png
Fauna Friend
Tavish
Tavish Stormpike 64.png
Stormpike
Tavish for Hire 64.png
For Hire
Lootmaster Tavish 64.png
Lootmaster
Sniper Tavish 64.png
Sniper
Varden
Apprentice Dawngrasp 64.png
Apprentice
Explorer Dawngrasp 64.png
Explorer
Elementalist Dawngrasp 64.png
Elementalist
Pyromancer Dawngrasp 64.png
Pyromancer
Cariel
Trainee Cariel 64.png
Trainee
Northwatch Cariel 64.png
Northwatch
Stalwart Cariel 64.png
Stalwart
Dungeoneer Cariel 64.png
Dungeoneer
Xyrella
Survivor Xyrella 64.png
Survivor
Shardseeker Xyrella 64.png
Shardseeker
Lightweaver Xyrella 64.png
Lightweaver
Shadow-touched Xyrella 64.png
Shadow-touched
Scabbs
Chef Scabbs 64.png
Chef
Agent Scabbs 64.png
Agent
Investigator Scabbs 64.png
Investigator
Undercover Scabbs 64.png
Undercover
Bru'kan
Barrens Bru'kan 64.png
Barrens
Dungeoneer Bru'kan 64.png
Dungeoneer
Venerable Bru'kan 64.png
Venerable
Deadmines Bru'kan 64.png
Deadmines
Tamsin
Scholomance Tamsin 64.png
Scholomance
Impressive Tamsin 64.png
Impressive
Summoner Tamsin 64.png
Summoner
Tamsin Triumphant 64.png
Triumphant
Rokara
Young Rokara 64.png
Young
Recruit Rokara 64.png
Recruit
Rokara of the Horde 64.png
Horde
Defiant Rokara 64.png
Defiant
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