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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
Minion type:Dragon
Cost:9 Mana icon.png
Attack:8 Attack icon.png
Health:8 Health
Artist:Dany Orizio
Voice actor:Stephanie Keefer
Battlecry: Summon 1/1 Whelps until your side of the battlefield is full.
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Onyxia long manipulated the Stormwind Court by disguising herself as Lady Katrana Prestor. You would have thought that the giant wings and scales would have been a giveaway.

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For other appearances of Onyxia, see Onyxia (disambiguation).

Onyxia is a legendary neutral minion card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

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  • Onyxia summons Whelps alternating first on the right side, then on the left side.


Onyxia is a powerful Legendary, which can create an army with a total of 14 Damage and 14 creature health from an empty board state, swarming your opponent with 1/1 Whelps. Each player can have a maximum of 7 minions on their side of the field, meaning Onyxia will summon up to 6 Whelps. Unusual for Battlecry summons, Onyxia potentially summons Whelps to both sides of herself, so check this effect to maximize positional cards like LegacyDire Wolf Alpha properly. Note that if the battlefield is already full by the time her Battlecry is activated, no Whelps will be summoned. Note also that The League of ExplorersBrann Bronzebeard does not affect Onyxia, since the second battlecry fails to have any room to summon more minions.

Onyxia works especially well with druid decks, and to a lesser extent with shaman and paladin decks, and with effects which buff all of the player's minions. Synergistic druid cards include the card LegacySoul of the Forest, which makes all friendly minions summon a 2/2 Treant when they die, AoE Buffs like LegacyPower of the Wild, Whispers of the Old GodsWisps of the Old Gods or Mean Streets of GadgetzanMark of the Lotus, as well as cards like Whispers of the Old GodsAddled Grizzly, which will buff all whelps to 3/3's as they are summoned, generating quite a brutal army nearly instantly. Shaman cards include the card LegacyBloodlust, which grants all friendly minions +3 Attack this turn, or Whispers of the Old GodsEvolve, which can produce a great number of 2-cost minions (but beware of accidentally ending up with a LegacyDoomsayer). Paladin cards include Whispers of the Old GodsSteward of Darkshire, which will grant all Whelps Divine Shield, and Journey to Un'GoroSunkeeper Tarim if Onyxia is killed but Whelps remain, which will instantly transform them into 3/3's.

Many neutral minions are powerful with her as well - if you can combo the whelps with either a LegacyRaid Leader, a LegacyDire Wolf Alpha, or LegacyStormwind Champion, you can get a lot more out of them than what you can expect from six 1/1's. (Remember to place the Dire Wolf optimally so that it affects the maximum number of Whelps.) LegacyKnife Juggler also works well with Onyxia, dealing 1 damage for each Whelp summoned, as well as for Onyxia herself, for up to 6 damage if it is the only card on the board when she is summoned. The Grand TournamentMukla's Champion can be very powerful, buffing the army of whelps every turn, resulting in quite a snowballing army. LegacyCult Master may be among the most powerful minion cards to combo with Onyxia, as if it is played the next turn, the player can draw up to five cards from sacrificing Whelps attacking enemy minions. (One Whelp will have to go away first to make room for the Master if the board is still full.) Blackrock MountainEmperor Thaurissan, like Aviana, can increase the power of her army even further by reducing her mana cost and allowing the player to cast buffing cards on the Whelp army the turn that she is played.

The biggest dangers to Onyxia's dominance are board-clear cards like LegacyTwisting Nether, LegacySwipe, LegacyLightning Storm, LegacyConsecration, Journey to Un'GoroMeteor, LegacyFlamestrike, LegacyBlizzard, and even the humble LegacyArcane Explosion and LegacyFan of Knives. Whispers of the Old GodsDOOM! in particular turns her boardstate into an incredible advantage for the opposing player, obliterating her army while simultaneously more or less filling the enemy player's hand.

As such, Onyxia is best used as a late-game finisher when your opponent has already used up their board clearing cards and has few or no cards left in hand.




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Onyxia was the daughter of LegacyDeathwing and his Prime Consort Sintharia and the temporary broodmother of the black dragonflight on Azeroth. After carefully calculating her plans for many years, she entered into a pact with her elder brother, Blackrock MountainNefarian, to take over for their missing father and gain control of the entire flight. To this end, she had begun manipulating many mortals and dragons alike to her own ends and wielded considerable political power over many groups.
After being slain and beheaded by The Grand TournamentVarian Wrynn, she was reanimated by her brother Nefarian as an electrical undead monstrosity. Ultimately, she would be destroyed once more, along with Nefarian, in the Blackwing Descent.




Onyxia, full art

Onyxia's human form, Katrana Prestor

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