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Raid Leader
Cost:3 Mana icon.png
Attack:2 Attack icon.png
Health:3 Health
Abilities:Increment attribute
Wiki tags:Area of effect, Ongoing effect
Artist:Phill Gonzales
Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Flavor text

"That's a 50 DKP minus!"

External links

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Raid Leader is a neutral minion card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Two copies of regular and golden Raid Leader are automatically given after the player completes the Ranked's New player experience system, unlocking Wild and Classic format.

They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Core set[]

Two copies of regular Raid Leader (Core) are obtained for raising sum of all your class levels to 1.

Two copies of golden Raid Leader (Core) are obtained for winning 500 games across all classes.

Raid Leader (Core) is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Previous availability[]

Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:

  • Two copies of Raid Leader were automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the warrior class.
  • Two Golden copies of Raid Leader were a reward for raising a warrior to levels 57 and 58.


Play Raid Leader in conjunction with other minions. Raid Leader is great in decks that rely on minions with Windfury or on many small minions.

Raid Leader has good synergy with decks which focus on a large number of small minions. Examples include shaman, murloc and hunter beast decks.

With the addition of Odd Paladin, Raid Leader works very well in conjunction with the deck's constant output of small minions via its Hero Power.




The Raid Leader minion has special alternative quotes triggered exclusively during the Netherspite encounter in One Night in Karazhan.



The raid leader is there to command and guide the raid to victory with strength and intellect. Many raid leaders have come and gone during the history of Azeroth, but their legendary conquests remain.

The term 'raid leader' is widely used in World of Warcraft to describe the player in charge of a raid, a group of 10-25 players engaged in a high-end PvE challenge.


  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Heroes of Azeroth" series, depicting the ability Rise to the Challenge.
  • Upon playing a Raid Leader he will say "Handle it!". If you attack with the Raid Leader, he will say "Hit it very hard." Both lines and his flavor text are in reference to the famous Onyxia Raid Wipe [language warning]. The leader in this video epitomises the negative traits typically attributed to raid leaders, such as aggression, swearing and verbal abuse of members of the raid.
    • The "DKP" mentioned in the card's flavor text are Dragon Kill Points, a once-common raiding term that also features in the video.
  • Raid Leader's quote "Handle it!" was used for promotion of Hearthstone's iPad release.
"Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Now on iPad. Handle it!"
  • The Raid Leader's custom quotes for the Netherspite encounter are the first time a minion has had its quotes changed to match a boss encounter.


Raid Leader, full art

Patch changes[]