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Tortollan Primalist
Set:Journey to Un'GoroJourney to Un'Goro
Cost:8 Mana icon.png
Attack:5 Attack icon.png
Health:4 Health
Abilities:Battlecry, Cast spell, Discover
Wiki tags:Random
Artist:Zoltan Boros
Battlecry: Discover a spell and cast it with random targets.
Flavor text

I see pizza in my future.

External links

Data pageHearthpwn

Tortollan Primalist is an epic neutral minion card, from the Journey to Un'Goro set.

How to get[]

Tortollan Primalist can be obtained through Journey to Un'Goro card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Tortollan Primalist 400 100
Golden Tortollan Primalist 1600 400


  • Tortollan Primalist's battlecry of casting a spell functions similarly to that of Yogg-Saron's battlecry.[1] Therefore, the following rules are mostly based on the behavior of Yogg-Saron - see that page for references.
    • Any collectible spell may be cast. Uncollectible spells will not be cast.
    • For card text purposes, the spell is considered to have been cast by the player. For example, Arcane Explosion will always target the opponent's board, Arcane Intellect will always draw cards for the player, and Excavated Evil will always shuffle itself into the opponent's deck.
      • Overload will therefore be applied to the player, since it is part of the card text.[2]
    • Like with Yogg-Saron, the spell is considered to be cast by the minion, and not by the player.
    • Only valid targets will be selected. If no valid target exists, the spell will fizzle and have no effect.
    • Cards with options such as Choose One or Discover will randomly select an option.
  • Damaging spells will be improved by Spell Damage.[3]
  • If Tortollan Primalist is used by a player with Ragnaros as the hero, the discovered spell will be from the mage class.


This minion has identical stats and a similar effect to Servant of Yogg-Saron, but costs an additional 3 mana. It has three upsides over Servant: firstly, the Discover will allow the player to avoid spells that always have bad outcomes or ones with poor chances of working. Secondly, the card can cast any collectible spell available to your class, not just ones that cost 5 or less. Finally, this minion is neutral rather than Mage specific.

This card does have a massive downside over Servant, that being its cost. It is severely understatted and will usually use up most of your mana for the turn it's played. Despite the Discover effect helping reduce the randomness, this card is still at the mercy of RNG. Even if you select a powerful spell, it has a chance of hitting the wrong target. It may also simply show you no cards that help you in your current situation, making it a waste of 8 mana.




  • An early name for this card was "Yoggasaurus", in reference to the similar Yogg-Saron, Hope's End.[4]
  • This minion's flavor text and quotes are a reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, in which the titular turtles are known for their love of eating pizza.


Tortollan Primalist, full art

Patch changes[]


  1. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2017-03-29). 
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-12-09). 
  3. Letos (29.04.2021). Tortollan Primalist with Spell Damage. YouTube. Retrieved on 29.04.2021.
  4. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2017-03-31).