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Small-Time Buccaneer
40608 • CFM_325
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Dimensions: Full330 x 410px
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Set:Mean Streets of GadgetzanMean Streets of Gadgetzan
Minion type:Pirate
Cost:1 Mana icon.png
Attack:1 Attack icon.png
Health:1 Health
Artist:Paul Mafayon
Has +2 Attack while you have a weapon equipped.
Flavor text

"Oh, I'm not serious about it. I only pirate on the weekends."

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Small-Time Buccaneer is a rare neutral minion card, from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan set.

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Card packs
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Pack
Wild Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting100 dustdustRegular1
Crafting800 dustdustGolden1


An excellent one-drop for Rogues even if their deck is not Pirate-focused, who can use their Hero Power to boost the Small-Time Buccaneer into a 3/1.

Other classes should be using a Pirate tribal deck before playing this minion. Pirate Warrior is a very strong alternative, with multiple weapons and weapon-generating cards that activate the Small-Time Buccaneer's effect.

Much like the LegacySouthsea Deckhand, be careful not to miss damage by using up your last weapon charge, as the minion's bonus Attack effect will then deactivate.

Small Time Buccaneer is best played at turn 1 while going first. Since it is a pirate, it can summon Patches the Pirate . Due to its 1 health, most classes can remove Small-Time Buccaneer very easily for most classes on Turn 2 such as Mage, Druid, and Rogue Hero Powers as well as spells such as LegacyMortal Coil and LegacyMoonfire before you can get it to 3 attack.


Who goes tharr?
Ummm... hmm.


  • Small-Time Buccaneer was always a neutral card, but changed about five or six times throughout the design process. One of his iterations had him as a 1 mana 1/2 that gained a permanent +2 Attack buff whenever the player equipped a weapon. This caused problems with the Rogue Hero Power, LegacyDagger Mastery, as the Rogue could sometimes use their Hero Power three times in three consecutive turns and cause their Small-Time Buccaneer to become a 7/2 minion, which was deemed to be too powerful.[1]
  • The earliest known version of Small-Time Buccaneer was a card known as "Swashbuckler", a 1 mana 1/1 minion with "Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each Attack of your weapon."[1][2]


Small-Time Buccaneer, full art

Patch changes[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cam Shea (2017-01-11). IGN - Hearthstone: The many iterations of Small-Time Buccaneer. Retrieved on 2017-01-13.
  2. Cam Shea (2017-01-12). IGN - Hearthstone: Blizzard on designing Jade, testing red mana and leaving Reno behind. Retrieved on 2017-01-13.