Updates to Hearthstone are made in the form of patches. This page lists all Hearthstone patches to date.
New patches for Hearthstone are released regularly, fixing bugs and adding new cards, card backs and game features. Patches for desktop clients are downloaded automatically from the Battle.net launcher prior to launching the game, and players are required to update to each new patch in order to launch Hearthstone.
Larger patches are released sparingly, adding cards and data for new expansions and adventures, or more rarely major new features. Between these, smaller patches are more commonly released, fixing bugs and adding less-critical content such as new card backs, hero skins and cards and data for Tavern Brawls.
List of patches
This section list all patches that have been released in Hearthstone.
|24.0.0||145077||2022-07-26||Murder at Castle Nathria release, Battlegrounds new emotes, Duels new season and content, Mercenaries updates and balance changes, Arena rotation, New feature: Multiple Favorite/Random Hero Skins, Updated Returning Player Experience|
|23.6.2||143410||2022-07-11||Performance improvement, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Taverns of Time card changes|
|23.6.0||142295||2022-06-27||Murder at Castle Nathria pre-order, Battlegrounds updates, Mercenaries event, Arena rotation, Taverns of Time, Fire Festival event|
|23.4.3||141643||2022-06-16||Card changes, Battlegrounds' Card changes, Mercenaries' Card changes|
|23.4.0||139963||2022-06-01||Throne of the Tides release, Huge Mercenaries updates, Battlegrounds updates, Arena rotation, Book of Heroes: Faelin|
|23.2.2||139522||2022-05-19||Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Duels' card changes|
|23.2.0||138759||2022-05-11||Arena micro-adjustments, Arena card bans|
|23.2.0||137922||2022-05-10||Battlegrounds update: Naga, Mercenaries update: N'Zoth event, New feature: Upgrading regular to golden, New feature: Copying deckcode in chat, New feature: Multiple favorite card backs|
|23.0.3||137436||2022-04-26||Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes|
|23.0.0||135540||2022-04-05||Voyage to the Sunken City release, Mercenaries updates, Battlegrounds updates, Mercenaries' Card changes, New year: Year of the Hydra, Duels updates, Arena rotation, Duels rotation|
|22.6.0||134558||2022-03-22||Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes|
|22.6.0||133923||2022-03-17||Voyage to the Sunken City pre-order, Battlegrounds' Armor system return, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Mercenaries update, Book of Mercenaries: Dawngrasp|
|22.4.3||133122||2022-03-03||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes, Mercenaries' card changes|
|22.4.0||131660||2022-02-15||Onyxia's Lair release, Battlegrounds updates, Duels' Card changes, Mercenaries first event, Arena rotation, Book of Mercenaries:|
|22.2.2||131337||2022-02-08||Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Duels' card changes|
|22.2.0||130051||2022-01-25||Card changes, Battlegrounds update: Buddy introduction, Duels' card changes, Duels update, Mercenaries update|
|22.0.2||128654||2021-12-20||Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Mercenaries update, Arena ban|
|22.0.0||126807||2021-11-30||Fractured in Alterac Valley release, Arena rotation, Mercenaries updates, Duels updates, Battlegrounds' board skin introduction, Battlegrounds updates|
|21.8.0||126451||2021-11-16||Fractured in Alterac Valley pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds' new Armor system, Battlegrounds' card changes, Mercenaries' card changes, Arena: ban, Book of Mercenaries: Scabbs|
|21.6.0||124497||2021-11-02||Deadmines release, Hallow's End event, Book of Mercenaries: Cariel, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates and card changes, Arena rotation|
|21.4.4||121569||2021-10-21||Battlegrounds' card changes|
|21.4.0||94969||2021-10-01||Mercenaries early access|
|21.3.0||93849||2021-09-21||Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels' card changes, Arena changes|
|21.2.0||93227||2021-09-16||Mercenaries early access|
|21.2.0||91456||2021-08-31||Card changes, Battlegrounds revamp, Duels' card changes, Mercenaries pre-order, Book of Mercenaries: Tamsin|
|21.0.3||91040||2021-08-17||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|21.0.0||88998||2021-07-27||United in Stormwind release, Rewards Track reset, Battlegrounds skins introduction, Arena rotation, Duels update, Book of Heroes: Illidan|
|20.8.0||86601||2021-07-02||United in Stormwind pre-purchase, Battlegrounds' card changes, Duels' Card changes, Nozdormu Day implement, Darkmoon Prizes return, Book of Mercenaries: , Book of Heroes: , Fire Festival event|
|20.4.2||86314||2021-06-16||Wild format's ban introduction, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|20.4.0||84593||2021-06-03||Wailing Caverns release, Card changes, Battlegrounds updates, Arena rotation, Purchasable-with-gold card backs and alternate heroes, Book of Mercenaries: and Guff, Book of Heroes: Malfurion|
|20.2.2||82994||2021-05-12||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|20.2.0||81706||2021-05-04||New Quilboar minion type, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Tavern Regular alternate portraits, Book of Heroes: , Battle-Ready deck introductions|
|20.0.2||79904||2021-04-13||Card changes, Arena changes, Battlegrounds' card changes, Duels' card changes|
|20.0.0||77662||2021-03-25||Year of the Gryphon rotation, Forged in the Barrens release, New Core set, New spell schools, New Classic format, Rewards Track reset, Card changes, Arena rotation, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Book of Mercenaries: , Diamond card introduction|
|19.6.0||74257||2021-02-19||Forged in the Barrens pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes, Duels' card changes, Book of Heroes: Valeera|
|19.4.1||72661||2021-01-28||Card changes, Duels' card changes|
|19.4.0||71003||2021-01-21||Darkmoon Races release, Arena rotation, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Lunar New Year event, Book of Heroes: Anduin|
|19.2.1||70828||2021-01-08||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|19.2.0||68600||2020-12-15||Rewards Track changes, Card changes, Battlegrounds updates, Darkmoon Prizes, Duels updates, Winter Veil event, Book of Heroes: Garrosh and Uther|
|19.0.0||65614||2020-11-12||Madness at the Darkmoon Faire release, Battlegrounds updates, New achievements, New Rewards Track, Quest revamp, New Profile, Duels updates, Arena rotation|
|18.6.1||65000||2020-11-05||Battlegrounds' card changes, Duels' card changes|
|18.6.0||63160||2020-10-22||Madness at the Darkmoon Faire pre-order, Duels introduction, Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|18.4.2||62331||2020-10-15||Battlegrounds' card changes|
|18.4.0||60352||2020-09-29||Battlegrounds updates: Elemental, Card changes, Book of Heroes: , Hallow's End event|
|18.2.0||58213||2020-09-08||Battlegrounds updates, Book of Heroes: Jaina, Forbidden Library event|
|18.0.2||56359||2020-08-18||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|18.0.0||54613||2020-07-30||Scholomance Academy release, Weapon frame changes, Hunter frame changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|17.6.0||53261||2020-07-14||Scholomance Academy pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|17.4.1||51510||2020-06-18||Battlegrounds' card changes, Card changes|
|17.4.0||49534||2020-06-09||Battlegrounds updates: Pirate, Felfire Festival event, Trial by Felfire release|
|17.2.0||47374||2020-05-12||Battlegrounds updates, Re-ordering deck introduction|
|17.0.2||45932||2020-04-20||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|17.0.0||45310||2020-04-09||Card changes, Arena changes|
|17.0.0||44222||2020-03-26||Year of the Phoenix rotation, New class: Demon Hunter, Ashes of Outland release, Priest revamp, Card changes, Duplicate protection, Arena rotation, Battlegrounds updates, Ranked system overhaul changes, Free Deck introduction|
|16.6.0||43246||2020-03-17||Ashes of Outland pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|16.4.0||42174||2020-02-26||Battlegrounds updates: Dragon, Arena rotation|
|16.2.3||40734||2020-02-06||Battlegrounds' card changes|
|16.2.0||39954||2020-01-21||Galakrond's Awakening release, Battlegrounds updates|
|16.0.8||39282||2020-01-09||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|16.0.5||38377||2019-12-19||Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|16.0.3||38203||2019-12-12||Arena changes, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|16.0.0||37060||2019-12-05||Descent of Dragons release, Arena rotation, Winter Veil event, Battlegrounds updates, Echo and Transform changes, In-game Shop's New UI|
|15.6.0||36393||2019-11-11||Battlegrounds open beta, Battlegrounds' card changes|
|15.6.0||35747||2019-11-05||Descent of Dragons pre-order, Battlegrounds introduction, Daily quests changes, Smart Deck Builder introduction, Streamer mode introduction|
|15.4.0||34670||2019-10-08||Doom in the Tomb event, 1000-win alternate portraits introduction|
|15.2.0||33717||2019-09-10||Tombs of Terror release, Discover change|
|15.0.0||32708||2019-08-01||Saviors of Uldum release, Arena rotation|
|14.6.0||31761||2019-07-01||Saviors of Uldum pre-order, Basic Hall of Fame rotation, New Basic and Classic cards, Card art changes, reduced Tavern Brawl downtime|
|14.4.0||31268||2019-06-03||Rise of the Mech, Card changes, Arena rotation|
|14.2.0||30795||2019-05-14||The Dalaran Heist release|
|14.0.0||29933||2019-04-04||Year of the Dragon rotation, Rise of Shadows release, Regular Arena rotation introduction|
|13.4.0||29349||2019-03-14||Rise of Shadows pre-order|
|13.2.0||28855||2019-02-05||Lunar New Year event|
|13.0.9||28556||2019-01-24||Ranked system changes|
|13.0.3||28329||2018-12-19||Card changes, Arena changes|
|13.0.0||27845||2018-11-29||Rastakhan's Rumble release|
|12.4.0||27405||2018-11-05||Rastakhan's Rumble pre-order, New Classic cards|
|12.2.0||26996||2018-10-02||Hallow's End event, New player ranks, New daily quests, New keyword Casts When Drawn|
|12.0.0||25770||2018-08-02||The Boomsday Project release, Arena changes, Game Mechanics Updates|
|11.4.0||25252||2018-07-10||The Boomsday Project pre-order, Midsummer Fire Festival event|
|11.2.0||24769||2018-06-06||Taverns of Time event|
|11.0.0||23966||2018-04-10||Year of the Raven rotation, The Witchwood release, Daily quest improvements, Friendly Challenge deck sharing introduction, Arena rotation|
|10.4.0||23576||2018-03-11||The Witchwood pre-order|
|10.0.0||22611||2017-12-06||Kobolds & Catacombs release|
|9.4.0||22115||2017-11-06||Kobolds & Catacombs pre-order|
|9.2.0||21517||2017-10-17||Arena changes, Upgraded Fireside Gathering support, Hallow's End event|
|9.0.0||20457||2017-08-08||Knights of the Frozen Throne release|
|8.4.0||20022||2017-07-10||Knights of the Frozen Throne pre-order, Card changes, Arena changes|
|8.2.0||19506||2017-06-01||Deck Importing introduction, Friendly Feud introduction, Improved search feature, Pick a Replacement introduction|
|8.0.0||18336||2017-04-04||Year of the Mammoth rotation, Journey to Un'Goro release, Hall of Fame introduction, Reward and Promo removals|
|7.1.0||17720||2017-02-28||Journey to Un'Goro pre-order, Card changes|
|7.0.0||15590||2016-11-29||Mean Streets of Gadgetzan release|
|6.1.1||14406||2016-09-15||Arena updates, Welcome Bundle introduction|
|6.0.0||13921||2016-08-09||One Night in Karazhan release|
|5.2.0||13619||2016-07-12||Recruit A Friend introduction, Game mode ID system|
|5.0.0||12574||2016-04-24||Standard format introduction, Year of the Kraken rotation, Whispers of the Old Gods release, Card changes, UI changes|
|4.2.0||12051||2016-03-14||Whispers of the Old Gods pre-order, 9 additional deck slots, UI changes|
|4.0.0||10833||2015-11-10||The League of Explorers release|
|3.0.0||9786||2015-08-18||The Grand Tournament release|
|2.8.0||9554||2015-07-29||The Grand Tournament pre-purchase|
|2.7.0||9166||2015-06-15||Tavern Brawl introduction, Alternate hero introduction, UI changes|
|2.5.0||8416||2015-04-14||Official support for iOS and Android devices|
|2.4.0||8311||2015-03-31||Blackrock Mountain release|
|2.3.0||8108||2015-03-19||Blackrock Mountain pre-purchase|
|2.0.0||7234||2014-12-04||Goblins vs Gnomes release, New spectator mode, Card changes|
|1.1.0||6024||2014-07-22||Curse of Naxxramas release, Card changes|
- The developers try to release major features in separate patches to new content such as adventures and expansions, in order to reduce the risk of problems due to the changes.
Each patch represents a different version of Hearthstone, incompatible with previous versions. Because of this, players using different patches cannot be matched against each other, in order to avoid version conflict and missing data during matches. This usually only happens due to using different platforms, or because a player has not logged out and updated since the new patch has been released.
While players are required to update to the latest patch as soon as it is released on their current platform, because patches are released at different times for different platforms, it is possible to update one device to a new patch while the other is not yet able to update. Once an account has been updated to a new patch, the player will not be able to access the account on any device that has not yet updated to that patch, effectively locking out all other platforms until that patch is also released for them.
Use of older versions appears to only be permitted during the rollout period, while the patch is being rolled out to each platform in turn. Once all platforms have access to the latest patch, clients with the older version will be prevented from playing until they have updated to the latest version.
The complexity of releasing on multiple platforms can cause delays to the release of patches. Designer Dean Ayala explains, "In order to patch simultaneously on PC/Mobile there are a number of things that have to be submit and approved being we can release a new patch to the public," with the result that card changes are often postponed until the new patch is ready for all platforms.
Each patch's version number charts its position in the game's history. Currently, the first part of the number is changed for each major release (expansion or adventure). From Blackrock Mountain to The League of Explorers the second part was changed with each patch, reseting to 0 at the start of each new release, but Whispers of the Old Gods has seen the second digit increased more erratically. The third digit was unused until Whispers of the Old Gods, but seems to reflect smaller progressions. The remaining digits are increased at a more erratic pace, likely reflecting revisions to in-house builds not released to the public. These digits do not increase the first three parts of the version number, and are essentially superfluous. Colloquially, patches are often referred to by the first two sections, such as "Patch 3.2". Note that these rules are not always followed; some patches fail to increase numbers, or increase numbers without including appropriate changes.
The system used until Whispers of the Old Gods was similar to that used in games like World of Warcraft, although without the division between major and minor patches, without the use of the third part of the number, and with additional digits. In comparison, "Patch 22.214.171.12456" would likely be titled "Patch 4.0.1".
Prior to the adoption of a standardised format with Blackrock Mountain neither the first nor second parts of the number were regularly increased. The game's version numbers initially began with 1.0.0. This was changed to 1.1.0 after the release of Curse of Naxxramas, and again to 1.2.0 with Patch 126.96.36.19985. The first digit was raised from 1 to 2 with the pre-patch for the game's first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, but was not increased to 3 until the game's second expansion, The Grand Tournament. In September 2014 Yong Woo had stated that the developers were still "tuning" their version number process. After setting a consistent patch number trend with earlier content, Whispers of the Old Gods saw sparse and erratic increases to patch numbers, entirely breaking the established pattern. The expansion's Patch 188.8.131.5207 also saw the third digit increased for the first time, previously never having had any value other than 0.
Patch numbers were first stated in official blogs with Patch 184.108.40.20643. With Patch 220.127.116.1119 the official blogs ceased to state patch numbers, instead referring to each new patch as a "Hearthstone Update".
- As of April 2016, the Whispers of the Old Gods patch is the largest patch Hearthstone has ever received.
- Patch 18.104.22.168.1.1 was a joke patch made for April Fool's Day 2022, and included humorous changes with no real intention to push any of the changes to the live game.
- Later in patch Patch 22.214.171.124540, the change to was secretly pushed to the live game.
- Hotfixes - updates to Hearthstone not released in the form of client patches
- Platform-specific patch changes - a list of changes specific to the game's non-PC versions
- Card changes - a list of all changes made to specific cards
- Rule changes - a list of changes to pre-existing game mechanics
- Unknown patch - a list of changes with no certain accompanying patch or date of implementation
- Bugs - an ongoing project to chart all bugs currently affecting the game
- Hearthpwn: Tavern Brawls and Open Q&A - BlizzCon 2015 Live Panel Recap (Fireside Chat). (2015-11-07).
- PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-04-24).
- Dean Ayala Talks About the Nerfs, Jade Concerns, and the Different Hearthstone Design Teams. (2017-02-14).
- Yong Woo on Twitter. (2014-09-23).
- Hearthstone Update – July 12, 2016. (2016-07-12).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-04-22).