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For information on summoning minions, see Minion#Summoning.

Summon is an ability which summons one or more minions.

Distinct from regular summoning, a minion generated by the summon ability does not consume or come from an existing card, is usually uncollectible, and does not incur its mana cost. The ability is found on hero powers, spells and minions, and is often triggered by a Battlecry or Deathrattle. Transform effects function similarly to summon effects in that they bring new minions into play, but do so by replacing an existing minion with another, and therefore do not trigger summoning-related effects.


  • Minions summoned by a summon effect are not played directly from the hand, and therefore will not trigger Battlecries or Overload. However, they will work with triggered effects which respond to the summoning of minions.
  • All minions are considered to be "summoned". However, only minions played directly from the hand are considered to have been "played". Card text which states "plays a minion" therefore refers only to the direct playing of a minion from the hand, while "summons a minion" can refer to a minion being summoned by any means. For example, using Reinforce to summon a Silver Hand Recruit will not trigger Mirror Entity, but will trigger Sword of Justice.
  • Unlike when directly summoning minions, the placement of minions summoned by summon effects is not controlled by the player. As a rule, summon effects tend to place minions to the right. In the case of minion summon effects such as Violet Teacher's triggered effect, the minion is placed immediately to the right of the summoning minion; while for all other sources of summon effects, including Hero Powers such as Totemic Call and spells such as Animal Companion, the minion is placed at the far right of the battlefield.
    • One notable exception: Minions that summon multiple minions at once frequently place the minions symmetrically on both sides. For example, summoning Onyxia will evenly distribute Whelps to Onyxia's left and right. Dr. Boom will similarly attempt to place a Boom Bot to each side of himself.
  • Cards with effects that summon random minions can summon even class-inappropriate ones.

Cards with summon[]


For Wild format listings, see Summon/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Ritual of Doom Rare Spell Shadow Warlock 0 Destroy a friendly minion. If you had 5 or more, summon a 5/5 Demon.
Adorable Infestation Common Spell General 1 Give a minion +1/+1. Summon a 1/1 Cub. Add a Cub to your hand.
Demon Companion Rare Spell General 1 Summon a random Demon Companion.
Imprisoned Sungill Rare Minion Murloc Paladin 1 2 1 Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, summon two 1/1 Murlocs.
Wolpertinger Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1 Battlecry: Summon a copy of this.
Ambush Rare Spell General Rogue 2 Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, summon a 2/3 Ambusher with Poisonous.
Boneweb Egg Rare Minion General Warlock 2 0 2 Deathrattle: Summon two 2/1 Spiders. If you discard this, trigger its Deathrattle.
Deathmatch Pavilion Epic Spell General Shaman 2 Summon a 3/2 Duelist. If your hero attacked this turn, summon another.
Gibberling Common Minion General DRUID 2 1 1 Spellburst: Summon a Gibberling.
Molten Blast Rare Spell Fire Shaman 2 Deal 2 damage. Summon that many 1/1 Elementals.
Open the Cages Common Spell General Hunter 2 Secret: When your turn starts, if you control two minions, summon an Animal Companion.
Pack Tactics Rare Spell General Hunter 2 Secret: When a friendly minion is attacked, summon a 3/3 copy.
Rustsworn Initiate Common Minion General Any 2 2 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Impcaster with Spell Damage +1.
Shadow Clone Rare Spell Shadow Rogue 2 Secret: After a minion attacks your hero, summon a copy of it with Stealth.
Blistering Rot Rare Minion General Any 3 1 2 At the end of your turn, summon a Rot with stats equal to this minion's.
Bloated Python Rare Minion Beast Hunter 3 1 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 4/4 Hapless Handler.
Ceremonial Maul Epic Weapon 3 2 2 Spellburst: Summon a Student with Taunt and stats equal to the spell's Cost.
Day at the Faire Common Spell General Paladin 3 Summon 3 Silver Hand Recruits. Corrupt: Summon 5.
Faire Arborist Common Minion General Druid 3 2 2 Choose One - Draw a card; or Summon a 2/2 Treant.
Corrupt: Do both.
Gift of Luminance Rare Spell Holy 3 Give a minion Divine Shield, then summon a 1/1 copy of it.
Netherwind Portal Common Spell Arcane Mage 3 Secret: After your opponent casts a spell, summon a random 4-Cost minion.
Petting Zoo Rare Spell General Hunter 3 Summon a 3/3 Strider. Repeat for each Secret you control.
Pit Master Rare Minion General Shaman 3 1 2 Battlecry: Summon a 3/2 Duelist.
Corrupt: Summon two.
Playmaker Epic Minion General Warrior 3 4 3 After you play a Rush minion, summon a copy with 1 Health remaining.
Serpentshrine Portal Common Spell Nature Shaman 3 Deal 3 damage. Summon a random 3-Cost minion.
Overload: (1)
Teron Gorefiend Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 4 Battlecry: Destroy all other friendly minions.
Deathrattle: Resummon them with +1/+1.
Terrorguard Escapee Common Minion Demon Any 3 3 7 Battlecry: Summon three 1/1 Huntresses for your opponent.
Totemic Reflection Common Spell General Shaman 3 Give a minion +2/+2. If it's a Totem, summon a copy of it.
Auspicious Spirits Rare Spell Shadow Priest 4 Summon a random 4-Cost minion.
Corrupt: Summon a 7-Cost minion instead.
Barricade Common Spell General 4 Summon a 2/4 Guard with Taunt. If it's your only minion, summon another.
Disciplinarian Gandling Legendary Minion General 4 3 6 After you play a minion, destroy it and summon a 4/4 Failed Student.
Disguised Wanderer Common Minion Demon Any 4 3 3 Deathrattle: Summon a 9/1 Inquisitor.
Germination Rare Spell Nature Druid 4 Summon a copy of a friendly minion. Give the copy Taunt.
Infiltrator Lilian Legendary Minion General Rogue 4 4 2 Stealth
Deathrattle: Summon a 4/2 Forsaken Lilian that attacks a random enemy.
Magtheridon Legendary Minion Demon Any 4 12 12 Dormant. Battlecry: Summon three 1/3 enemy Warders. When they die, destroy all minions and awaken.
Occult Conjurer Epic Minion General Mage 4 4 4 Battlecry: If you control a Secret, summon a copy of this.
Rally! Rare Spell Holy 4 Resurrect a friendly 1-Cost, 2-Cost, and 3-Cost minion.
Renowned Performer Common Minion General Demon Hunter 4 3 3 Rush
Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Assistants with Taunt.
Rustsworn Cultist Common Minion General Any 4 3 3 Battlecry: Give your other minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Demon."
Steeldancer Epic Minion General 4 4 4 Battlecry: Summon a random minion with Cost equal to your weapon's Attack.
Vilefiend Trainer Common Minion General Demon Hunter 4 5 4 Outcast: Summon two 1/1 Demons.
Vivid Spores Rare Spell Nature Shaman 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion."
Wyrm Weaver Rare Minion General Mage 4 3 5 Spellburst: Summon two 1/2 Mana Wyrms.
Al'ar Legendary Minion Elemental Any 5 7 3 Deathrattle: Summon a 0/3 Ashes of Al'ar that resurrects this minion on your next turn.
Apexis Blast Epic Spell General Mage 5 Deal 5 damage. If your deck has no minions, summon a random 5-Cost minion.
Arbor Up Rare Spell Nature Druid 5 Summon two 2/2 Treants. Give your minions +2/+1.
Derailed Coaster Rare Minion General Any 5 3 2 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Rider with Rush for each minion in your hand.
Glowfly Swarm Epic Spell General Druid 5 Summon a 2/2 Glowfly for each spell in your hand.
Greybough Legendary Minion General Druid 5 4 6 Taunt
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion "Deathrattle: Summon Greybough."
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 6 Spellburst: If the spell destroys any minions, summon them.
Ogremancer Common Minion General Any 5 3 7 Whenever your opponent casts a spell, summon a 2/2 Skeleton with Taunt.
Psyche Split Rare Spell Shadow Priest 5 Give a minion +1/+2. Summon a copy of it.
Teacher's Pet Rare Minion Beast 5 4 5 Taunt
Deathrattle: Summon a random 3-Cost Beast.
Totem Goliath Epic Minion Totem Shaman 5 5 5 Deathrattle: Summon all four basic Totems.
Overload: (1)
Vectus Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 4 Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps. Each gains a Deathrattle from your minions that died this game.
Dragonmaw Sky Stalker Common Minion Dragon Any 6 5 6 Deathrattle: Summon a 3/4 Dragonrider.
Hammer of the Naaru Epic Weapon Paladin 6 3 3 Battlecry: Summon a 6/6 Holy Elemental with Taunt.
Initiation Rare Spell Shadow Priest 6 Deal 4 damage to a minion. If that kills it, summon a new copy.
Jandice Barov Legendary Minion General 6 2 1 Battlecry: Summon two random 5-Cost minions. Secretly pick one that dies when it takes damage.
Ring Matron Common Minion Demon Warlock 6 6 4 Taunt\nDeathrattle: Summon\ntwo 3/2 Imps.
Runic Carvings Epic Spell Nature 6 Choose One - Summon four 2/2 Treant Totems; or Overload: (2) to summon them with Rush.
Sorcerous Substitute Common Minion General Any 6 6 6 Battlecry: If you have Spell Damage, summon a copy of this.
Cursed Vagrant Common Minion General Rogue 7 7 5 Deathrattle: Summon a 7/5 Shadow with Stealth.
Cycle of Hatred Rare Spell General Demon Hunter 7 Deal 3 damage to all minions. Summon a 3/3 Spirit for every minion killed.
Expendable Performers Epic Spell General Demon Hunter 7 Summon seven 1/1 Illidari with Rush. If they all die this turn, summon seven more.
Fel Guardians Common Spell Fel Demon Hunter 7 Summon three 1/2 Demons with Taunt. Costs (1) less whenever a friendly minion dies.
Soul Mirror Legendary Spell Shadow Priest 7 Summon copies of enemy minions. They attack their copies.
Soulciologist Malicia Legendary Minion General 7 5 5 Battlecry: For each Soul Fragment in your deck, summon a 3/3 Soul with Rush.
Cenarion Ward Epic Spell Nature Druid 8 Gain 8 Armor. Summon a random 8-Cost minion.
Coilfang Warlord Rare Minion General Demon Hunter 8 9 5 Rush
Deathrattle: Summon a 5/9 Warlord with Taunt.
Deep Freeze Rare Spell Frost Mage 8 Freeze an enemy. Summon two 3/6 Water Elementals.
Enhanced Dreadlord Rare Minion Demon Warlock 8 5 7 Taunt
Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Dreadlord with Lifesteal.
Grand Finale Rare Spell Fire Mage 8 Summon an 8/8 Elemental. Repeat for each Elemental you played last turn.
Idol of Y'Shaarj Epic Spell Shadow Priest 8 Summon a 10/10 copy of a minion in your deck.
Jewel of N'Zoth Epic Spell General Hunter 8 Summon three friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game.
Plagued Protodrake Common Minion Dragon Any 8 8 8 Deathrattle: Summon a random 7-Cost minion.
Troublemaker Rare Minion General Warrior 8 6 8 At the end of your turn, summon two 3/3 Ruffians that attack random enemies.
Blood of G'huun Epic Minion Elemental Priest 9 8 8 Taunt
At the end of your turn, summon a 5/5 copy of a minion in your deck.
Carnival Clown Epic Minion General Any 9 4 4 Taunt
Battlecry: Summon 2 copies of this. Corrupt: Fill your board with copies.
Libram of Hope Epic Spell Holy Paladin 9 Restore 8 Health. Summon an 8/8 Guardian with Taunt and Divine Shield.
N'Zoth, God of the Deep Legendary Minion General Any 9 5 7 Battlecry: Resurrect a friendly minion of each minion type.
Onyxia the Broodmother Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8 At the end of each turn, fill your board with 1/1 Whelps.
Rattlegore Legendary Minion General Warrior 9 9 9 Deathrattle: Resummon this with -1/-1.
Nagrand Slam Epic Spell General Hunter 10 Summon four 3/5 Clefthoofs that attack random enemies.
Scrapyard Colossus Rare Minion Elemental Any 10 7 7 Taunt
Deathrattle: Summon a 7/7 Felcracked Colossus with Taunt.
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate Legendary Minion General Any 10 7 5 Battlecry: If you've cast 10 spells this game, spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.
Showing all 86 cards
Ritual of Doom(475030).png
Adorable Infestation(329915).png
Demon Companion(329950).png
Imprisoned Sungill(210778).png
Boneweb Egg(329883).png
Deathmatch Pavilion(388963).png
Molten Blast(330013).png
Open the Cages(389006).png
Pack Tactics(210823).png
Rustsworn Initiate(210843).png
Shadow Clone(388962).png
Blistering Rot(210858).png
Bloated Python(329960).png
Ceremonial Maul(329892).png
Day at the Faire(378807).png
Faire Arborist(389020).png
Gift of Luminance(329914).png
Netherwind Portal(210799).png
Petting Zoo(378835).png
Pit Master(389013).png
Serpentshrine Portal(210829).png
Teron Gorefiend(210667).png
Terrorguard Escapee(210841).png
Totemic Reflection(210831).png
Auspicious Spirits(388972).png
Disciplinarian Gandling(329885).png
Disguised Wanderer(210836).png
Infiltrator Lilian(329879).png
Occult Conjurer(388944).png
Renowned Performer(378827).png
Rustsworn Cultist(210847).png
Vilefiend Trainer(329959).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Wyrm Weaver(329948).png
Apexis Blast(210743).png
Arbor Up(442067).png
Derailed Coaster(389033).png
Glowfly Swarm(210771).png
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad(329877).png
Psyche Split(210818).png
Teacher's Pet(329961).png
Totem Goliath(329894).png
Dragonmaw Sky Stalker(210822).png
Hammer of the Naaru(378828).png
Jandice Barov(329917).png
Ring Matron(389010).png
Runic Carvings(329919).png
Sorcerous Substitute(329954).png
Cursed Vagrant(210807).png
Cycle of Hatred(329880).png
Expendable Performers(378824).png
Fel Guardians(329952).png
Soul Mirror(210804).png
Soulciologist Malicia(329931).png
Cenarion Ward(388961).png
Coilfang Warlord(210768).png
Deep Freeze(210794).png
Enhanced Dreadlord(210838).png
Grand Finale(388992).png
Idol of Y'Shaarj(388990).png
Jewel of N'Zoth(388967).png
Plagued Protodrake(329979).png
Blood of G'huun(388998).png
Carnival Clown(389035).png
Libram of Hope(210758).png
N'Zoth, God of the Deep(378803).png
Onyxia the Broodmother(474986).png
Nagrand Slam(210754).png
Scrapyard Colossus(210765).png
Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate(378802).png


For Wild format listings, see Summon/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Noble Sacrifice Common Spell General Paladin 1 Secret: When an enemy attacks, summon a 2/1 Defender as the new target.
Possessed Villager Common Minion General Warlock 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Shadowbeast.
INFERNO! Hero Power Warlock 2 Hero Power
Summon a 6/6 Infernal.
Murloc Tidehunter Common Minion Murloc Any 2 2 1 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Murloc Scout.
Nerubian Egg Rare Minion General Any 2 0 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 4/4 Nerubian.
Power of the Wild Common Spell General Druid 2 Choose One - Give your minions +1/+1; or Summon a 3/2 Panther.
Reinforce Free Hero Power Paladin 2 Hero Power
Summon a 1/1 Silver Hand Recruit.
Snake Trap Epic Spell General Hunter 2 Secret: When one of your minions is attacked, summon three 1/1 Snakes.
Totemic Call Free Hero Power Shaman 2 Hero Power
Summon a random Totem.
Coordinated Strike Common Spell General Demon Hunter 3 Summon three 1/1 Illidari with Rush.
Day at the Faire Common Spell General Paladin 3 Corrupted
Summon 5 Silver Hand Recruits.
Faire Arborist Common Minion General Druid 3 2 2 Corrupted
Battlecry: Summon a 2/2 Treant. Draw a card.
Feral Spirit Rare Spell General Shaman 3 Summon two 2/3 Spirit Wolves with Taunt. Overload: (1)
Fiendish Circle Common Spell Fel Warlock 3 Summon four 1/1 Imps.
Landscaping Common Spell Nature Druid 3 Summon two 2/2 Treants.
Mirror Entity Common Spell Arcane Mage 3 Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, summon a copy of it.
Pit Master Rare Minion General Shaman 3 1 2 Corrupted
Battlecry: Summon two 3/2 Duelists.
Tickets Spell General Rogue 3 Casts When Drawn
Summon a 3/3 Plush Bear.
Auspicious Spirits Rare Spell Shadow Priest 4 Corrupted
Summon a random 7-Cost minion.
Grim Necromancer Common Minion General Any 4 2 4 Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Skeletons.
Soul of the Forest Common Spell Nature Druid 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant."
Violet Teacher Rare Minion General Any 4 3 5 Whenever you cast a spell, summon a 1/1 Violet Apprentice.
Body of C'Thun Spell General Any 5 Piece of C'Thun (0/4)
Summon a 6/6 C'Thun's Body with Taunt.
Force of Nature Epic Spell Nature Druid 5 Summon three 2/2 Treants.
Menagerie Warden Common Minion General Druid 5 4 4 Battlecry: Choose a friendly Beast. Summon a copy of it.
Stand Against Darkness Common Spell General Paladin 5 Summon five 1/1 Silver Hand Recruits.
Cairne Bloodhoof Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 5 Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Baine Bloodhoof.
High Inquisitor Whitemane Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn.
Savannah Highmane Rare Minion Beast Hunter 6 6 5 Deathrattle: Summon two 2/2 Hyenas.
Barrens Stablehand Epic Minion General Any 7 5 5 Battlecry: Summon a random Beast.
Cenarius Legendary Minion General Druid 8 5 8 Choose One - Give your other minions +2/+2; or Summon two 2/2 Treants with Taunt.
Kanrethad Prime Minion Demon Warlock 8 7 6 Battlecry: Summon 3 friendly Demons that died this game.
Murgurgle Prime Minion Murloc Paladin 8 6 3 Divine Shield
Battlecry: Summon 4 random Murlocs. Give them Divine Shield.
Zixor Prime Minion Beast Hunter 8 4 4 Rush
Battlecry: Summon 3 copies of this minion.
Carnival Clown Epic Minion General Any 9 4 4 Corrupted
Battlecry: Fill your board with copies of this.
Msshi'fn Prime Minion General Druid 10 9 9 Taunt
Choose One - Summon a 9/9 Fungal Giant with Taunt; or Rush.
Showing all 36 cards
Noble Sacrifice(475054).png
Possessed Villager(475027).png
Murloc Tidehunter(475188).png
Nerubian Egg(475035).png
Power of the Wild(475014).png
Snake Trap(475091).png
Totemic Call(687).png
Coordinated Strike(475072).png
Day at the Faire(378810).png
Faire Arborist(389077).png
Feral Spirit(463945).png
Fiendish Circle(475017).png
Mirror Entity(475126).png
Pit Master(389154).png
Auspicious Spirits(388973).png
Grim Necromancer(475187).png
Soul of the Forest(474990).png
Violet Teacher(475020).png
Body of C'Thun(378815).png
Force of Nature(474985).png
Menagerie Warden(463944).png
Stand Against Darkness(475039).png
Cairne Bloodhoof(474995).png
High Inquisitor Whitemane(474994).png
Savannah Highmane(475086).png
Barrens Stablehand(475010).png
Kanrethad Prime(211111).png
Murgurgle Prime(211054).png
Zixor Prime(211097).png
Carnival Clown(389058).png
Msshi'fn Prime(211075).png

Related cards[]

For Wild format listings, see Summon/Wild format

These cards have effects related to the summoning of minions. For a list of cards related to the playing of minions from the hand, see Minion#Playing-related.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Murloc Tidecaller Rare Minion Murloc Any 1 1 2 Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack.
Mirror Entity Common Spell Arcane Mage 3 Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, summon a copy of it.
Showing all 2 cards
Murloc Tidecaller(475044).png
Mirror Entity(475126).png

Patch changes[]

  • Alpha patch (unknown date, pre-May 2013): "Summon" in card text is no longer capitalised.