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The Curator
Set:One Night in KarazhanOne Night in Karazhan
Minion type:Mech
Cost:7 Mana icon.png
Attack:4 Attack icon.png
Health:6 Health
Abilities:Battlecry, Put into hand, Taunt
Wiki tags:Beast-related, Dragon-related, Murloc-related
Artist:Wei Wang
Battlecry: Draw a Beast, Dragon, and Murloc from your deck.
Flavor text

The Curator guards Azeroth’s deadliest creatures, but it’s secretly terrified of squirrels.

External links

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For other representations of The Curator, see The Curator (disambiguation).

The Curator is a legendary neutral minion card, from the One Night in Karazhan set.

How to get[]

Regular The Curator is obtained by completing The Menagerie, the third wing of One Night in Karazhan.

As a Wild-format card, both regular and golden versions of The Curator can also be crafted for the following amounts:

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
The Curator 1600 400
Golden The Curator 3200 1600

Fixed bugs[]

  • Until Patch 7.1, this card did not interact with on-draw triggers such as Chromaggus.


The Curator works best with a Zoo deck or "menagerie" deck designed to benefit from this reasonably powerful, late-midrange-focused Legendary, ideally placing a random Dragon, Murloc and Beast from your deck into your hand. Its base stats are unimpressive for a 7-drop, but its Taunt allows it to provide some protection for the minions drawn. Alternatively, it's used to draw key dragon, beast, or murloc card more reliably.

The Curator can support a wide variety of strategies, and works particularly well with midrange/control staples of the appropriate types which favor a heavy field or large hand size, like Stampeding Kodo, Twilight Drake, Primordial Drake, Murloc Knight, and Mukla's Champion. It can also be used to grab powerful late-game control finishers like Ysera, Onyxia, Malygos, Chromaggus, and Nefarian. It purposefully synergizes with its fellow One Night in Karazhan wing rewards Zoobot, Menagerie Magician and Menagerie Warden to boost the cards it finds. Including only a single minion of a type results in a guaranteed draw of the card if it remains in the deck; this strategy can be very powerful, though it reduces total stat-boosting synergy with other potential menagerie cards in the deck overall.

The Curator also has somewhat of a synergy with Prince Malchezaar. There is a good chance to draw a legendary Dragon since most of them are Neutral, plus a smaller chance to draw a Legendary beast, moreso for Hunters and Druids. However, the generated legendaries are random and may not even generate any legendary of the three types, so using the Curator solely for this purpose is unwise.

Having Brann Bronzebeard in play potentially doubles the draw advantage and may be an especially powerful combination. Effects like Spirit of the Dead, Lab Recruiter, and Dead Man's Hand also allow a potentially ridiculous amount of draw, making this one of the more powerful cards for sheer card advantage if enough cards of the three minion types are present in the deck.

The Curator can draw Nightmare Amalgam for any of the three types, if there are two or more copies of Nightmare Amalgam, it might be drawn twice or even three times. This allows for synergies with Dire Frenzy, and potentially also Deathwing, Dragonlord.

Hunter and Druid class Beast affinities are other potential avenues of synergy with Curator/menagerie deck types.




The Curator is definitely not functioning as intended

"The third level of Karazhan is Medivh's prized Menagerie. Creatures from all over the world are gathered and penned up here and tended to by the massive mechanical Curator. Now, without Medivh, the Curator's programming has gone haywire. Instead of keeping the creatures in their cages, he's just letting them loose! It's really just one flipped bit. You will have to reprogram the Curator, and he will help you wrangle the escaped creatures, so you can move up through the tower."[1]

The Curator appears in the One Night in Karazhan adventure as the first boss of the third wing, The Menagerie.

In World of Warcraft[]

"This curator is equipped for gallery protection."
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The Curator is an Arcane Guardian boss in the Menagerie in Karazhan. It is not optional; raids wanting to kill the bosses behind it must first defeat The Curator. The encounter is not difficult to learn, but is (for new raids) a rather hard gear check. A raid able to defeat this boss is in principle equipped well enough to clear the whole instance, save perhaps Nightbane and Prince Malchezaar.
Most of the fight consists of two alternating phases: a 90 second Flare Phase followed by a 20 second Evocation Phase. Once the Curator's health drops below 15% it does a soft enrage, stops summoning Flares and Evocating, but instead increases melee attack speed and Hateful Bolt frequency. 10 minutes after the pull the Curator does a hard enrage and wipes the raid very quickly.


The Curator, full art

The Curator in World of Warcraft

The Curator welcoming players to the party in the adventure's trailer

"Dive right in - you'll never be the same!"


The "Beast, Dragon and Murloc" effect of the card, combined with the cinematic showing Curator jumping into a hot tub with a Beast, Murloc and Reno birthed a fan theory.

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