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Reckless Apprentice
63059 • BAR_544
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
Set:Forged in the BarrensForged in the Barrens
Cost:4 Mana icon.png
Attack:3 Attack icon.png
Health:5 Health
Artist:Yaohua Xu
Battlecry: Fire your Hero Power at all enemies.
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It’s all a great learning experience until someone accidentally aggros the boss.

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Reckless Apprentice is a rare mage minion card, from the Forged in the Barrens set.

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
Card packs
Forged in the Barrens Pack
Standard Pack
Mage Pack
Golden Forged in the Barrens Pack
Golden Standard Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting100 dustdustRegular1
Crafting800 dustdustGolden1
RunCompleting an Arena or Heroic Duels runRegular1
RankedOpening the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of seasonRegular1~7


  • It will not fire additional times to adjacent targets if Rastakhan's RumbleSpirit of the Dragonhawk is in play.
  • It does trigger Inspire effects.[1]
  • It will trigger Rastakhan's RumblePyromaniac's draw effect if any minions are destroyed.
  • Reckless Apprentice's effect appears to be coded as "apply your Hero Power's effect once for each enemy (targets it if the Hero Power can choose targets)".[2] In particular, with:

Fixed bugs[]

  • Prior to Patch, Reckless Apprentice would cause Saviors of UldumEmperor Wraps, Dinomancy, and Modest Aspirations (from Duels), to target the enemy hero. Respectively, this would transform your hero into a 2/2 copy of the opponent with no Hero Power, give the opponent a permanent +2/+2, and set the opponent's Attack and Health to 3.[3]


Played on its own, Reckless Apprentice can be read as "Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all enemies" attached to decent stats for the cost, effectively a better LegacyArcane Explosion for free. Where this card truly shines, however, is in tandem with Hero Power boosting effects, such as Forged in the BarrensWildfire, The Grand TournamentFallen Hero, and (in Wild) Galakrond's AwakeningArcane Amplifier, providing an efficient board clear and face damage.

In Wild, this also synergizes well with The WitchwoodGenn Greymane because of its even cost and the upgraded Hero Power given by The Grand TournamentJusticar Trueheart; however, as an even-cost card, it cannot be used with The WitchwoodBaku the Mooneater.




Reckless Apprentice, full art

Patch changes[]

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-06-03): Fixed a bug where Reckless Apprentice’s effect would cause some minion-only Hero Powers to hit the enemy hero.
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-04-13):
    • Fixed a bug where the Battlecry for Reckless Apprentice would not apply the Freeze effect from Knights of the Frozen ThroneIce Walker.
    • Fixed a bug where the Battlecry for Reckless Apprentice would still trigger if the Hero Power was disabled.
    • (Undocumented) Reckless Apprentice's Battlecry will count as using Hero Power for one-time effect cards such as Rastakhan's RumbleDaring Fire-Eater.
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25): Added.


  1. Video example of using Apprentice with Inspire cards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F6LzTDB8NI
  2. HysteriA (2021-04-01). Hearthstone Mythbusters 106 | Reckless Apprentice Experiments - Forged in The Barrens. YouTube. 
  3. XxBobTheZealotxX (2021-04-21). I fired my hero power at all enemies. Reddit.