Poisonous

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Poisonous
Destroy any minion damaged by this.
A Poisonous minion
The special damage indicator for damage dealt by a Poisonous source

Poisonous is a minion ability that causes any minion damaged by them to be destroyed. Poisonous minions on the battlefield are marked by a bubbling vial of poison at the bottom of their portraits. Poisonous is a type of triggered destroy effect.

Prior to Patch 7.1.0.17720, the Poisonous ability was represented by the text "Destroy any minion damaged by this minion".

Poisonous is strongly associated to the Rogue and Hunter classes.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Granting Poisonous to minions with triggered effects that deal damage to minions will cause those effects to become Poisonous themselves.

Example: A Wild Pyromancer is adapted with Poison Spit. When its triggered effect activates, all minions dealt damage by the effect are destroyed, including itself.[1]
Example: An Abomination is adapted with Poison Spit. When its deathrattle effect triggers, all minions dealt damage by the effect are destroyed.
Example: A Knife Juggler is given Poisonous by Plague Scientist. Minions damaged by the Knife Juggler's knives will be destroyed.
Example: An Imp Master is given Poisonous by Plague Scientist. At the end of the turn, the Imp Master will be destroyed.

Betrayal can be especially effective when used on a Poisonous minion; any adjacent minion without Divine Shield will be killed by the Poisonous effect.

Minions which deal damage as a Deathrattle which are adapted to be Poisonous will destroy every minion the Deathrattle damages. (Prior to Patch 9.0.0.20457, this did not happen if the minion died, but it did happen when the minion's Deathrattle was triggered by certain effects while it is still alive, such as Feign Death, Terrorscale Stalker, or Princess Huhuran.)

Example: A Fiery Bat gets the Poison Spit adaptation from Crackling Razormaw. Its deathrattle is triggered by Feign Death, and instantly destroys the minion it damages. Later the Fiery Bat dies and the deathrattle triggers again, again instantly killing the damaged minion.

Note: Before Patch 9.0.0.20457, a bug caused this interaction to work when triggering a Deathrattle without killing the minion, but not when the minion was actually killed.[2]

Similar to poisonous minions, a Death's Bite that has been enchanted with Envenom Weapon will destroy all minions on the board, except those protected by a Divine Shield.[3]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

While the stats of Poisonous minions are not always especially powerful, they offer a unique tactical advantage. Poisonous minions can destroy any opponent in a single strike, and can be used to single-handedly dispose of giants such as Ysera or Deathwing.

Poisonous minions are generally disposable, intended for a single swift strike. However, abilities such as Divine Shield can allow you to make more extended use of them.

Poisonous minions only destroy minions to whom they have caused damage. Minions shielded with Divine Shield will not actually take damage, and will not therefore be destroyed. Reducing a Poisonous minion's Attack to 0 through means such as Shrinkmeister will likewise prevent the Poisonous effect from occurring.[4]

Opponents will generally want to destroy Poisonous minions as quickly as possible, especially if they already have a powerful minion on the battlefield. The presence of a Poisonous minion, especially a Stealthed one, is a great deterrent to summoning any valuable minions, since they will likely be immediately removed from play by the Poisonous minion.

Adapt[edit | edit source]

Any card with the Adapt ability may become (or grant) the Poisonous ability with this choice:

Poison Spit(52596).png

See Adapt for full listings.

Cards with Poisonous[edit | edit source]

This section lists minions which are Poisonous or have the ability to become Poisonous when played.

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Patient Assassin Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 1 Stealth
Poisonous
Emperor Cobra Rare Minion Beast Any 3 2 3 Poisonous
Venomous Scorpid Common Minion Beast Any 3 1 3 Poisonous
Battlecry: Discover a spell.
Darkmoon Rabbit Epic Minion Beast Any 10 1 1 Rush, Poisonous
Also damages the minions next to whomever this attacks.
Showing all 4 cards
Patient Assassin(14).png
Emperor Cobra(625).png
Venomous Scorpid(464074).png
Darkmoon Rabbit(378799).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 30th, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Patient Assassin Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 2 Stealth
Poisonous
Stoneskin Basilisk Common Minion Beast Any 3 1 1 Divine Shield
Poisonous
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Patient Assassin(475104).png
Stoneskin Basilisk(475180).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Pit Snake Common Minion Beast Rogue 1 2 1 Poisonous
Evasive Chimaera Common Minion Beast Any 2 2 1 Poisonous
Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.
Stubborn Gastropod Common Minion Beast Any 2 1 2 Taunt
Poisonous
Venomizer Common Minion Mech Hunter 2 2 2 Magnetic
Poisonous
Giant Wasp Common Minion Beast Any 3 2 2 Stealth
Poisonous
Primordial Explorer Common Minion Dragon Hunter 3 2 3 Poisonous
Battlecry: Discover a Dragon.
Stoneskin Basilisk Common Minion Beast Any 3 1 1 Divine Shield
Poisonous
Trogg Gloomeater Common Minion General Any 5 1 5 Taunt
Poisonous
Venomancer Common Minion General Any 5 2 5 Poisonous
Vilebrood Skitterer Common Minion Beast Hunter 5 1 3 Poisonous
Rush
Maexxna Legendary Minion Beast Any 6 2 8 Poisonous
Wasteland Scorpid Common Minion Beast Any 7 3 9 Poisonous
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Pit Snake(27221).png
Evasive Chimaera(151384).png
Stubborn Gastropod(55532).png
Venomizer(89921).png
Giant Wasp(55525).png
Primordial Explorer(127295).png
Stoneskin Basilisk(77021).png
Trogg Gloomeater(77015).png
Venomancer(62953).png
Vilebrood Skitterer(89441).png
Maexxna(7747).png
Wasteland Scorpid(90839).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Broken Ambusher None Minion General Rogue 2 2 3 Poisonous
Dancing Cobra Common Minion Beast Hunter 2 1 5 Corrupted
Poisonous
Transfer Student Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2 Stealth
Poisonous
Showing all 3 cards
Broken Ambusher(211123).png
Dancing Cobra(389053).png
Transfer Student(211525).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Drakeslayer None Minion General Any 1 2 1 Poisonous
Frost Widow None Minion Beast Druid 1 1 2 Poisonous
Plagued Knife None Weapon Rogue 1 2 2 Poisonous
Radioactive Ooze None Minion General Rogue 1 1 1 Poisonous
Rush
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion Beast Druid 2 1 5 Taunt
Poisonous
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion Beast Druid 2 1 2 Poisonous
Wardruid Loti Legendary Minion Beast Druid 3 4 6 Taunt, Rush, Poisonous, Stealth, Spell Damage +1
Wardruid Loti Legendary Minion Beast Druid 3 1 2 Poisonous, Stealth
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Drakeslayer(89481).png
Frost Widow(63090).png
Plagued Knife(90717).png
Radioactive Ooze(89869).png
Druid of the Swarm(63029).png
Druid of the Swarm(63031).png
Wardruid Loti(90225).png
Wardruid Loti(90224).png

Sources of Poisonous[edit | edit source]

Poisonous-generating cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which generate Poisonous minions or weapons.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Ambush Rare Spell General Rogue 2 Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, summon a 2/3 Ambusher with Poisonous.
Dancing Cobra Common Minion Beast Hunter 2 1 5 Corrupt: Gain Poisonous.
Transfer Student Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2 This has different effects based on which game board you're on.
Showing all 3 cards
Ambush(210657).png
Dancing Cobra(389018).png
Transfer Student(211502).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Plague of Madness Rare Spell General Rogue 1 Each player equips a 2/2 Knife with Poisonous.
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion General Druid 2 1 2 Choose One - Transform into a 1/2 with Poisonous; or a 1/5 with Taunt.
Venomstrike Trap Rare Spell General Hunter 2 Secret: When one of your minions is attacked, summon a 2/3 Poisonous Cobra.
Marsh Drake Common Minion Dragon Any 3 5 4 Battlecry: Summon a 2/1 Poisonous Drakeslayer for your opponent.
Wardruid Loti Legendary Minion General Druid 3 1 2 Choose One - Transform into one of Loti's four dinosaur forms.
Blightnozzle Crawler Rare Minion Mech Rogue 4 2 4 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with Poisonous and Rush.
Webweave Common Spell General Druid 5 Summon two 1/2 Poisonous Spiders.
Assassin's Contract Epic Spell General Rogue 6 Destroy a minion. Summon a 1/1 Patient Assassin.
Malfurion the Pestilent Legendary Hero card Druid 7 Choose One - Summon 2 Poisonous Spiders; or 2 Scarabs with Taunt.
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Plague of Madness(90709).png
Druid of the Swarm(62905).png
Venomstrike Trap(62837).png
Marsh Drake(89452).png
Wardruid Loti(90223).png
Blightnozzle Crawler(89841).png
Webweave(62900).png
Assassin's Contract(90993).png
Malfurion the Pestilent(62904).png

Poisonous-granting cards[edit | edit source]

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

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Plague Scientist Common Minion General Rogue 3 2 3 Combo: Give a friendly minion Poisonous.
Professor Slate Legendary Minion General Hunter 3 3 4 Your spells are Poisonous.
Plaguebringer Free Minion General Rogue 4 3 3 Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Poisonous.
Showing all 3 cards
Plague Scientist(475101).png
Professor Slate(329935).png
Plaguebringer(90681).png


Wild format

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Toxfin Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2 Battlecry: Give a friendly Murloc Poisonous.
Toxic Arrow Epic Spell Nature Hunter 2 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it survives, give it Poisonous.
Venomizer Common Minion Mech Hunter 2 2 2 Magnetic
Poisonous
Envenom Weapon Rare Spell General Rogue 3 Give your weapon Poisonous.
Plague Scientist Common Minion General Rogue 3 2 3 Combo: Give a friendly minion Poisonous.
Toxmonger Epic Minion General Hunter 4 2 4 Whenever you play a minion that costs (1), give it Poisonous.
Carrion Drake Rare Minion Dragon Hunter 5 3 7 Battlecry: If a minion died this turn, gain Poisonous.
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Toxfin(90652).png
Toxic Arrow(62952).png
Venomizer(89921).png
Envenom Weapon(55588).png
Plague Scientist(61812).png
Toxmonger(89379).png
Carrion Drake(89440).png

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Name Requirements Rewards
Uh, Actually, They're Venomous (1/5) Play 5 cards with Poisonous. 10 Achievement Point.png
Uh, Actually, They're Venomous (2/5) Play 15 cards with Poisonous. 10 Achievement Point.png
Uh, Actually, They're Venomous (3/5) Play 50 cards with Poisonous. 10 Achievement Point.png
Uh, Actually, They're Venomous (4/5) Play 150 cards with Poisonous. 10 Achievement Point.png
Uh, Actually, They're Venomous (5/5) Play 500 cards with Poisonous. 20 Achievement Point.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Keyword[edit | edit source]

Poisonous is actually a triggered effect, but does not display the lightning-bolt icon found on all other triggered effects. However, when the Poisonous minion deals damage, the lightning bolt icon is revealed.

Before Patch 7.1, 'Poisonous' was not a keyword, but was represented by the text "Destroy any minion damaged by this minion", as well as a unique animated icon depicting a green bubbling flask. The case of the Poisonous ability was cited in 2014 by Ben Brode as an example where the developers could have added a keyword, but chose instead to simply describe the ability in full, since it was only found on 4 cards.[5] This was changed in Patch 7.1.0.17720 during the lead up to Journey to Un'Goro, with the addition of the Poisonous keyword. The change was purely cosmetic, but appears to have been due to the introduction of a number of new Poisonous cards with Un'Goro, therefore justifying the creation of a keyword for the long-standing effect.

Poison vs Venom[edit | edit source]

At the time of its introduction, the keyword itself, Poisonous, was arguably technically incorrect for all four of the playable cards involved. This is because 'poisonous' animals such as snakes and spiders are in fact venomous, rather than poisonous; venom is injected whereas poison must be absorbed or ingested.[6] For example, a venomous spider injects its prey with venom, while a poisonous frog is dangerous if eaten.

However, Ben Brode explains that the term "Poison" is inherited from World of Warcraft,[7] where the term has long been used by the rogue class for a range of abilities and items used to deal additional effects when applied to their weapons. Hearthstone itself already contained a few such cards at the time, with more planned for the then-upcoming Journey to Un'Goro.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Scholomance Academy logo.pngPatch 18.0.0.54613 (2020-07-30): Poisonous has a new damage icon.
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch 9.0.0.20457 (2017-08-08): Poisonous will work with Deathrattles.
  • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan logo.png Patch 7.1.0.17720 (2017-02-28): Poison effect is now named as Poisonous.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): Poison icon and triggering flash added. Prior to this, cards with Poison had no icon, and did not flash when triggering their ability.[8][9]

References[edit | edit source]