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Swamp King Dred
Set:Journey to Un'GoroJourney to Un'Goro
Minion type:Beast
Cost:7 Mana icon.png
Attack:9 Attack icon.png
Health:9 Health
Abilities:Force attack
Wiki tags:Summoning-related, Triggered effect
Artist:Alex Horley
After your opponent plays a minion, attack it.
Flavor text

Swamp King Dred, more like Swamp King Dead, amiright?

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Swamp King Dred is a legendary hunter minion card, from the Journey to Un'Goro set.

How to get[]

Swamp King Dred can be obtained through Journey to Un'Goro card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Swamp King Dred 1600 400
Golden Swamp King Dred 3200 1600


These notes pertain to attacks caused by Swamp King Dred's triggered effect which cause it to attack enemy minions played from the hand.

  • Stealthed minions will be attacked by Swamp King Dred when played.[1][2]
  • If Swamp King Dred attacks cards with affects like Water Elemental and Snowchugger through its own effect, Swamp King Dred will become frozen.
  • If Swamp King Dred is frozen, it will not attack minions.[3]
  • Taunt has no effect on Swamp King Dred's triggered attacks. Dred will attack minions played regardless of any minions with Taunt on the board.[2]
  • Swamp King Dred triggers during the After Play Phase of the summoning sequence, which follows the Battlecry Phase and all subsequent death processing. Therefore, if Swamp King Dred is not in play when the opponent plays a Battlecry minion, but is summoned as a result of the Battlecry, it will trigger and attack the Battlecry minion.
Example: Dirty Rat is played, putting an enemy Swamp King Dred into play with its Battlecry. Swamp King Dred attacks the Dirty rat and kills it.[4][2]
Example: Blackwing Corruptor kills a Giant Anaconda with its Battlecry. The Giant Anaconda's Deathrattle puts Swamp King Dred into play. Swamp King Dred then attacks and kills the Corruptor.[1]
  • As with most triggered effects that occur in the same phase, multiple Swamp King Dreds will trigger in the order they were played.
Example: Multiple Swamp King Dreds are in play. Many enemy minions are played. The earliest Dred played attacks and kills the minions each time. Once the earliest one dies, the next earliest Dred becomes the one to attack the new minions, and so on.[2]
  • Swamp King Dred's triggered effect only causes an attack if, after previous effects are resolved, the triggering minion is still a minion and has not received lethal damage.
Example: Multiple Swamp King Dreds are in play. An enemy minion is played, and the first Dred to attack kills it. The others do not attack.[2]
Example: The opponent plays Lord Jaraxxus. Swamp King Dred triggers, but does not attack, because Jaraxxus has become a hero rather than a minion.[1]


With its immense size (9/9) for mere 7 mana, this minion can be devastating. Its triggered effect activates after the opponent plays a minion, causing Swamp King Dred to immediately attack that minion whatever it was, even if it's Stealthed. This will make it difficult for the opponent to build their board while Dred is in play.

Some caution is warranted when playing this minion however. Dred is particularly vulnerable to Poisonous minions played by your opponent, destroying it for a typically less cost than hard removal. They can also play Deathrattle minions that are normally hard to activate to kill it instantly, such as Devilsaur Egg and Hadronox. When a minion with Divine Shield is played, Dred will attack, removing the shield but leaving the minion alive, which can result in a bad trade.

Minions that are summoned but not played will not be attacked by Dred. Example, the opponent plays Animal Companion; the summoned minion will not be attacked by Dred.

Its huge body is worth Recruiting with Kathrena Winterwisp.


King Dred is a massive devilsaur and the third boss of Drak'Tharon Keep, a stronghold of the Drakkari ice trolls of Zul'Drak in the frozen continent of Northrend.

From the World of Warcraft Adventure Guide
King Dred is a legend amongst the Drakkari. Stories tell of a troll hunting party locating a mighty beast that thrived in a habitat saturated with Scourge plague. The trolls tamed the devilsaur, believing that he alone held an antidote for the savage disease devastating their people.

How this version of Dred ended up in Un'Goro Crater is unclear.



Swamp King Dred, full art

King Dred in World of Warcraft

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