Lifesteal

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Lifesteal
Damage dealt also heals your hero.
A minion with Lifesteal
Lifesteal icon

Lifesteal is an ability which causes damage dealt by a card to also restore that much Health to the controlling player's hero. Lifesteal minions on the battlefield are marked by a broken heart at the bottom of their portraits.

The Lifesteal mechanic was first introduced in Goblins vs Gnomes on the card Mistress of Pain (later renamed Queen of Pain). It was officially keyworded in Knights of the Frozen Throne. Prior to Patch 9.0.0.20457, Lifesteal was represented by the text "Damage dealt by this minion also heals your hero".

All classes have access to Lifesteal, but Demon Hunters and Warlocks have more then other classes, and to a lesser extent Priests.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Whenever a Lifesteal card or Hero Power deals damage, it will restore the exact same amount of Health to its controlling hero too.
  • If a hero deals Lifesteal damage while also taking lethal damage, the Lifesteal heal will save the hero if it would be enough to restore them to 1 health or more (or, put another way, if the damage taken minus the Lifesteal heal is less than the hero's health).
    • For example, if a rogue with 5 health remaining equipped with a Kingsbane which has been granted Lifesteal (by Leeching Poison) attacks Dr. Boom, the rogue will survive if Kingsbane has at least 3 attack.
  • If Betrayal is cast upon a minion with Lifesteal, the Lifesteal effect will activate once for each minion hit.
  • If a Lifesteal card deals damage to a minion protected by Divine Shield, it will deal 0 damage and thus also restore 0 Health, while also removing the Divine Shield.[2]
  • As with all healing effects, if combined with Auchenai Soulpriest, Embrace the Shadow or Auchenai Phantasm, Lifesteal cards will instead deal damage to the controlling hero. Because this damage is not counted as damage dealt by the Lifesteal card itself, however, the effect will not trigger a second time.

Cards with Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which have the ability to Lifesteal or can gain the ability to Lifesteal when played. (This section needs to be edited, because Ashtongue Battlelord appears twice on this page, anf I can not do this editing on mobile)

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Felscream Blast Common Spell Fel Demon Hunter 1 Lifesteal. Deal 1 damage to a minion and its neighbors.
Reliquary of Souls Legendary Minion General Priest 1 1 3 Lifesteal
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Reliquary Prime' into your deck.
Drain Soul Common Spell Shadow Warlock 2 Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage to a minion.
Kor'vas Bloodthorn Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 2 2 2 Charge, Lifesteal
After you play a card with Outcast, return this to your hand.
Aldrachi Warblades Common Weapon Demon Hunter 3 2 2 Lifesteal
Blood Shard Bristleback Rare Minion Quilboar Warlock 3 3 3 Lifesteal. Battlecry: If your deck contains 10 or fewer cards, deal 6 damage to a minion.
Devouring Plague Common Spell Shadow Priest 3 Lifesteal. Deal 4 damage randomly split among all enemy minions.
Eye Beam Epic Spell Fel Demon Hunter 3 Lifesteal. Deal 3 damage to a minion.
Outcast: This costs (1).
Tidal Surge Common Spell Nature Shaman 3 Lifesteal
Deal 4 damage to a minion.
Ashtongue Battlelord Common Minion General Demon Hunter 4 3 5 Taunt
Lifesteal
Ashtongue Battlelord Common Minion General Demon Hunter 4 3 5 Taunt
Lifesteal
Il'gynoth Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 4 2 6 Lifesteal
Your Lifesteal damages the enemy hero instead of healing you.
Judicious Junior Common Minion General Paladin 6 4 9 Lifesteal
Tidal Wave Common Spell Nature Shaman 8 Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage to all minions.
Showing all 14 cards
Felscream Blast(389019).png
Reliquary of Souls(210805).png
Drain Soul(475026).png
Kor'vas Bloodthorn(474984).png
Aldrachi Warblades(475073).png
Blood Shard Bristleback(487658).png
Devouring Plague(464115).png
Eye Beam(475069).png
Tidal Surge(475064).png
Ashtongue Battlelord(210806).png
Ashtongue Battlelord(475063).png
Il'gynoth(378830).png
Judicious Junior(329986).png
Tidal Wave(329999).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Deadscale Knight Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1 Lifesteal
Swamp Leech Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1 Lifesteal
Cheaty Anklebiter Common Minion General Any 2 2 1 Lifesteal
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.
Crystalsmith Kangor Legendary Minion General Paladin 2 1 2 Divine Shield, Lifesteal
Your healing is doubled.
Drain Soul Common Spell Shadow Warlock 2 Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage to a minion.
Penance Common Spell Holy Priest 2 Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage to a minion.
Queen of Pain Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 1 4 Lifesteal
Spirit Lash Common Spell Shadow Priest 2 Lifesteal
Deal 1 damage to all minions.
Vicious Scalehide Common Minion Beast Any 2 1 3 Lifesteal
Rush
Vilefiend Common Minion Demon Any 2 2 2 Lifesteal
Acolyte of Agony Common Minion General Priest 3 3 3 Lifesteal
Aldrachi Warblades Free Weapon Demon Hunter 3 2 2 Lifesteal
Bronze Explorer Common Minion Dragon Paladin 3 2 3 Lifesteal
Battlecry: Discover a Dragon.
Eye Beam Epic Spell Fel Demon Hunter 3 Lifesteal. Deal 3 damage to a minion.
Outcast: This costs (1).
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 2 4 Lifesteal
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health.
Soul Cleave Free Spell Shadow Demon Hunter 3 Lifesteal
Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions.
Tidal Surge Common Spell Nature Shaman 3 Lifesteal
Deal 4 damage to a minion.
Wickerflame Burnbristle Legendary Minion General Paladin 3 2 2 Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal
Ancestral Guardian Common Minion General Paladin 4 4 2 Lifesteal
Reborn
Chillblade Champion Common Minion General Paladin 4 3 2 Charge
Lifesteal
Felsoul Inquisitor Common Minion Demon Any 4 1 6 Lifesteal
Taunt
High Priestess Jeklik Legendary Minion General Warlock 4 3 4 Taunt, Lifesteal
When you discard this, add 2 copies of it to your hand.
Lesser Amethyst Spellstone Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 4 Lifesteal. Deal 3 damage to a minion. (Take damage from your cards to upgrade.)
Prince Valanar Legendary Minion General Any 4 4 4 Battlecry: If your deck has no 4-Cost cards, gain Lifesteal and Taunt.
Spectral Cutlass Epic Weapon Rogue 4 2 2 Lifesteal
Whenever you play a card from another class, gain +1 Durability.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel Legendary Minion General Warlock 5 1 6 Lifesteal
Has +1 Attack for each card you've discarded this game.
Bloodworm Common Minion Beast Any 5 4 4 Lifesteal
Rusty Recycler Common Minion Mech Any 5 2 6 Taunt
Lifesteal
Zilliax Legendary Minion Mech Any 5 3 2 Magnetic
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal, Rush
Walking Fountain Common Minion Elemental Shaman 8 4 8 Lifesteal, Rush, Windfury
Obsidian Statue Epic Minion General Priest 9 4 8 Taunt, Lifesteal
Deathrattle: Destroy a random enemy minion.
Shirvallah, the Tiger Legendary Minion Beast Paladin 25 7 5 Divine Shield, Rush, Lifesteal
Costs (1) less for each Mana you've spent on spells.
Showing all 32 cards
Deadscale Knight(62931).png
Swamp Leech(89477).png
Cheaty Anklebiter(90269).png
Crystalsmith Kangor(89860).png
Drain Soul(62928).png
Penance(90802).png
Queen of Pain(12283).png
Spirit Lash(58722).png
Vicious Scalehide(89444).png
Vilefiend(90778).png
Acolyte of Agony(62886).png
Aldrachi Warblades(210669).png
Bronze Explorer(151370).png
Eye Beam(210693).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89339).png
Soul Cleave(210670).png
Tidal Surge(55555).png
Wickerflame Burnbristle(49633).png
Ancestral Guardian(90822).png
Chillblade Champion(58721).png
Felsoul Inquisitor(89470).png
High Priestess Jeklik(90182).png
Lesser Amethyst Spellstone(76924).png
Prince Valanar(62844).png
Spectral Cutlass(89391).png
Blood-Queen Lana'thel(61814).png
Bloodworm(62933).png
Rusty Recycler(89929).png
Zilliax(89803).png
Walking Fountain(90605).png
Obsidian Statue(62870).png
Shirvallah, the Tiger(90145).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Battlefield Medic None Minion General Paladin 2 2 2 Lifesteal
Ravenous Vilefiend None Minion Demon Demon Hunter 2 2 2 Lifesteal
Vital Adventurer None Minion General Any 2 2 2 Lifesteal
Insatiable Felhound Common Minion Demon Demon Hunter 3 3 6 Corrupted
Taunt, Lifesteal
Desperate Dreadlord None Minion Demon Warlock 5 5 5 Lifesteal
Libram of Judgment Common Weapon Paladin 7 5 3 Corrupted
Lifesteal
Reliquary Prime None Minion General Priest 7 6 8 Taunt, Lifesteal
Only you can target this with spells and Hero Powers.
Showing all 7 cards
Battlefield Medic(487660).png
Ravenous Vilefiend(464135).png
Vital Adventurer(63109).png
Insatiable Felhound(388978).png
Desperate Dreadlord(211107).png
Libram of Judgment(442252).png
Reliquary Prime(211093).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Crystal Dryad None Minion General Druid 1 1 2 Lifesteal
Siphon Life None Hero Power Warlock 2 Hero Power
Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage.
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 4 2 Lifesteal
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health.
Amethyst Spellstone Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 4 Lifesteal. Deal 5 damage to a minion. (Take damage from your cards to upgrade.)
Greater Amethyst Spellstone Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 4 Lifesteal. Deal 7 damage to a minion.
Grave Vengeance None Weapon Paladin 8 5 3 Lifesteal
Showing all 6 cards
Crystal Dryad(91028).png
Siphon Life(62935).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89486).png
Amethyst Spellstone(76927).png
Greater Amethyst Spellstone(76928).png
Grave Vengeance(62916).png

Sources of Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

Lifesteal-generating cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which generate cards that have the ability to Lifesteal.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Final Gasp Common Spell Shadow Warlock 1 Deal 1 damage to a minion. If it dies, summon a 2/2 Adventurer with a random bonus effect.
Meeting Stone Common Minion General Any 1 0 2 At the end of your turn, add a 2/2 Adventurer with a random bonus effect to your hand.
Reliquary of Souls Legendary Minion General Priest 1 1 3 Lifesteal
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Reliquary Prime' into your deck.
Devouring Ectoplasm Common Minion General Any 3 3 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Adventurer with a random bonus effect.
Insatiable Felhound Common Minion Demon Demon Hunter 3 2 5 Taunt
Corrupt: Gain +1/+1 and Lifesteal.
Vile Call Common Spell General Demon Hunter 3 Summon two 2/2 Demons with Lifesteal.
Veteran Warmedic Epic Minion General Paladin 4 3 5 After you cast a Holy spell, summon a 2/2 Medic with Lifesteal.
Envoy Rustwix Legendary Minion Demon Warlock 5 5 4 Deathrattle: Shuffle 3 random Prime Legendary minions into your deck.
Libram of Judgment Common Weapon Paladin 7 5 3 Corrupt: Gain Lifesteal.
Party Up! Rare Spell General Paladin 7 Summon five 2/2 Adventurers with random bonus effects.
Enhanced Dreadlord Rare Minion Demon Warlock 8 5 7 Taunt
Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Dreadlord with Lifesteal.
Showing all 11 cards
Final Gasp(63369).png
Meeting Stone(63396).png
Reliquary of Souls(210805).png
Devouring Ectoplasm(63400).png
Insatiable Felhound(388968).png
Vile Call(464134).png
Veteran Warmedic(487647).png
Envoy Rustwix(442035).png
Libram of Judgment(442070).png
Party Up!(63102).png
Enhanced Dreadlord(210838).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Dreamway Guardians Rare Spell General Druid 2 Summon two 1/2 Dryads with Lifesteal.
Uther of the Ebon Blade Legendary Hero card Paladin 9 Battlecry: Equip a 5/3 Lifesteal weapon.
Showing all 2 cards
Dreamway Guardians(90563).png
Uther of the Ebon Blade(62906).png

Lifesteal-granting cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which grant the Lifesteal ability to other cards or to itself.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Dragonmaw Sentinel Rare Minion General Priest 2 1 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Lifesteal.
Apotheosis Common Spell Holy Priest 3 Give a minion +2/+3 and Lifesteal.
Man'ari Mosher Common Minion Demon Warlock 3 3 4 Battlecry: Give a friendly Demon +3 Attack and Lifesteal this turn.
High Exarch Yrel Legendary Minion General Paladin 8 7 5 Battlecry: If your deck has no Neutral cards, gain Rush, Lifesteal, Taunt, and Divine Shield.
Showing all 4 cards
Dragonmaw Sentinel(210802).png
Apotheosis(210830).png
Man'ari Mosher(389043).png
High Exarch Yrel(388942).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Leeching Poison Common Spell Nature Rogue 1 Give your weapon Lifesteal this turn.
Lightforged Blessing Common Spell Holy Paladin 2 Twinspell
Give a friendly minion Lifesteal.
Lightforged Blessing Common Spell Holy Paladin 2 Give a friendly minion Lifesteal.
Nether Breath Rare Spell Fel Warlock 2 Deal 2 damage. If you're holding a Dragon, deal 4 damage with Lifesteal instead.
Omega Mind Epic Minion General Shaman 2 2 3 Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals, your spells have Lifesteal this turn.
Elixir of Life Common Spell Holy Priest 3 Give a minion +2/+2 and Lifesteal.
Paragon of Light Rare Minion General Paladin 3 2 5 While this minion has 3 or more Attack, it has Taunt and Lifesteal.
Corpsetaker Epic Minion General Any 4 3 3 Battlecry: Gain Taunt if your deck has a Taunt minion. Repeat for Divine Shield, Lifesteal, Windfury.
Prince Valanar Legendary Minion General Any 4 4 4 Battlecry: If your deck has no 4-Cost cards, gain Lifesteal and Taunt.
Deathweb Spider Epic Minion Beast Warlock 5 4 6 Battlecry: If your hero took damage this turn, gain Lifesteal.
Zilliax Legendary Minion Mech Any 5 3 2 Magnetic
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal, Rush
Frost Lich Jaina Legendary Hero card Mage 9 Battlecry: Summon a 3/6 Water Elemental. Your Elementals have Lifesteal for the rest of the game.
Showing all 12 cards
Leeching Poison(61821).png
Lightforged Blessing(91010).png
Lightforged Blessing(90582).png
Nether Breath(151328).png
Omega Mind(89885).png
Elixir of Life(73335).png
Paragon of Light(89433).png
Corpsetaker(61832).png
Prince Valanar(62844).png
Deathweb Spider(89395).png
Zilliax(89803).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Il'gynoth Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 4 2 6 Lifesteal
Your Lifesteal damages the enemy hero instead of healing you.
Showing the only card
Il'gynoth(378830).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Deathaxe Punisher Epic Minion General Any 4 3 3 Battlecry: Give a random Lifesteal minion in your hand +2/+2.
Countess Ashmore Legendary Minion General Any 7 6 6 Battlecry: Draw a Rush, Lifesteal, and Deathrattle card from your deck.
Showing all 2 cards
Deathaxe Punisher(62949).png
Countess Ashmore(89415).png

Achievements[edit | edit source]

There are 7 achievements related to Lifesteal.

CategoryNameDescriptionRewards
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsI Vant to Suck Your BloodPlay 5 cards with Lifesteal.
  • 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsI Vant to Suck Your BloodPlay 15 cards with Lifesteal.
  • 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsI Vant to Suck Your BloodPlay 50 cards with Lifesteal.
  • 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsI Vant to Suck Your BloodPlay 150 cards with Lifesteal.
  • 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngClassic - SVG logo.svgGameplay - General - Neutral KeywordsI Vant to Suck Your BloodPlay 500 cards with Lifesteal.
  • 20 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngMadness at the Darkmoon Faire - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Darkmoon Faire - PaladinSo Judgey…Restore 60 Health with Lifesteal weapons.
  • 10 Achievement Point.png
AchievementPin Gameplay.pngMadness at the Darkmoon Faire - SVG logo.svgGameplay - Darkmoon Faire - PaladinSo Judgey…Restore 180 Health with Lifesteal weapons.
  • 20 Achievement Point.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to the introduction of the Lifesteal keyword in Patch 9.0.0.20457, if a Lifesteal card dealt damage while combined with Auchenai Soulpriest or Embrace the Shadow, the converted Lifesteal healing would count as damage dealt by the Lifesteal card itself. This would cause the Lifesteal card's effect to trigger again and again, resulting in an infinite loop of damage until the controlling player's hero was killed. More precisely, the infinite loop was believed to stop once the hero had been in negative Health following three consecutive triggers or after 61 triggers, whichever happened first. In Knights of the Frozen Throne, this interaction was changed to deal damage only once.[3]
  • When a Lifesteal effect restores health to the controlling player's hero, the healing is accompanied by a unified visual style.
  • Holy Fire, Drain Life, and Tidal Surge were not changed into Lifesteal spells with the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, as they always restore the same amount of Health to the controlling hero and changing them to Lifesteal would cause the healing to scale with Spell Damage.[2][4] In the case of Drain Life, Game Director Ben Brode has also expressed a reluctance to add a new keyword to the Basic set.[4]
  • Lifesteal is the second non-launch keyword to continue to appear on cards outside of the set it was introduced in, the first being Discover. It's also the first non-launch mechanic to later be given an official keyword.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch 9.0.0.20457 (2017-08-08): This effect is now named as Lifesteal. Lifesteal minions on the battlefield now have a unique icon at the bottom of their portraits.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matthew Place on Twitter. (2017-07-31). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  3. Auchenai Soulpriest and Lifesteal Synergy Update. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-07-21).