Area of effect

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Area of effect (AoE) is the term for an effect which affects all characters of the specified type. Common targets for AoEs include all enemy minions, all minions, and all characters.

AoE is defined in contrast to 'single-target' and 'multiple target'. While AoEs may affect multiple targets, they have no limit to the number of targets affected, and their targets are determined by the nature of the AoE (e.g., "all minions") rather than by selecting a set number of individual targets. Positional effects function as limited-area AoEs, but in game terms are multiple target effects. AoEs are distinguished from multi-targets spells such as Arcane Missiles and Cleave, which are essentially multiple single-target effects.

The term AoE refers solely to the effect's target and does not describe its actual outcome. The most common types of AoE are healing and damage-dealing spells.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • AoEs affect all valid targets simultaneously. However, triggers resulting from each character affected are still applied one at a time, in the order the minions were played.
  • AoEs affect all targets before any related triggers are activated. For example a Circle of Healing will heal all minions before any Northshire Clerics will begin to activate.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The effect of an AoE on a given target is not diminished by the presence of more targets. This means that AoEs are generally more valuable the more valid targets are in play, since the AoE takes full effect on all of them. Damage-dealing AoEs can be very effective for tackling large groups of minions. AoEs tend to be most effective against large groups of weak minions, and least effective against small numbers of powerful minions.

AoEs can be very useful for dealing damage to targets with Stealth. Although stealthed minions cannot be targeted directly, AoEs will still affect them. Mage is a class with strong AoE damage abilities, but all classes have some form of AoE available.

Types[edit | edit source]

Below is a breakdown of the many types of AoE.

*Cards like Baron Geddon and Brawl exclude one minion from the effect, but hit all other targets as described. Ysera Awakens and Dread Infernal are two other examples of this type of targeting. Minions such as Stormwind Champion that provide ongoing AoE buffs similarly exclude themselves from the effect.

**Cards like Holy Nova and Blizzard have combined effects and thus falls into two categories.

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Area of effect/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kazakus Potion None Spell Mage, Priest, Warlock 1
Kazakus Potion None Spell Mage, Priest, Warlock 5
Kazakus Potion None Spell Mage, Priest, Warlock 10
Ysera Awakens None Spell Any 2 Deal 5 damage to all characters except Ysera. 
Arcane Explosion Free Spell Mage 2 Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. This spell is much better than Arcane Implosion.
Healing Totem Free Minion Totem Shaman 1 0 2 At the end of your turn, restore 1 Health to all friendly minions. 
Hellfire Free Spell Warlock 4 Deal 3 damage to ALL characters. It's spells like these that make it hard for Warlocks to get decent help.
Raid Leader Free Minion General Any 3 2 2 Your other minions have +1 Attack. "That's a 50 DKP minus!"
Abyssal Enforcer Common Minion Demon Warlock 7 6 6 Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to all other characters. The Kabal print this on every package of illicit Mana Crystals: WARNING - DO NOT PUT WITHIN REACH OF ABYSSALS. THIS IS NOT APPROVED FOR USE BY FLAMING DEMONS OF ANY KIND.
Bloodlust Common Spell Shaman 5 Give your minions +3 Attack this turn. blaarghghLLGHRHARAAHAHHH!!
Bolster Common Spell Warrior 2 Give your Taunt minions +2/+2. The best offense is a good defense.
Circle of Healing Common Spell Priest 0 Restore #4 Health to ALL minions. It isn't really a circle.
Conceal Common Spell Rogue 1 Give your minions Stealth until your next turn. Rogues conceal everything but their emotions. You can't get 'em to shut up about feelings.
Consecration Common Spell Paladin 4 Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Consecrated ground glows with Holy energy. But it smells a little, too.
Crystalweaver Common Minion General Warlock 4 5 4 Battlecry: Give your Demons +1/+1. The trick is soaking the crystals in warm milk to soften them up.
Darkscale Healer Common Minion General Any 5 4 5 Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Healing is just something she does in her free time. It's more of a hobby really.
Dread Infernal Common Minion Demon Warlock 6 6 6 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters. "INFERNOOOOOOOOOO!" - Jaraxxus, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion
Explosive Trap Common Spell Hunter 2 Secret: When your hero is attacked, deal 2 damage to all enemies. It traps your food AND cooks it for you!
Fan of Knives Common Spell Rogue 3 Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. Draw a card. I wouldn't say I LOVE knives, but I'm definitely a fan.
Flamestrike Common Spell Mage 7 Deal 4 damage to all enemy minions. When the ground is on fire, you should not stop, drop, and roll.
Frost Nova Common Spell Mage 3 Freeze all enemy minions. Hey man, that's cold. Literally and metaphorically.
Grimscale Oracle Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1 Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack. These are the brainy murlocs. It turns out that doesn’t mean much.
Holy Nova Common Spell Priest 5 Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. If the Holy Light forsakes you, good luck casting this spell. Also, you're probably a jerk.
Leokk Common Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 4 Your other minions have +1 Attack. 
Mark of the Lotus Common Spell Druid 1 Give your minions +1/+1. The mark of the Lotus is a little flower drawn in permanent marker on the ankle.
Mistress of Mixtures Common Minion General Any 1 2 2 Deathrattle: Restore 4 Health to both players. Her favorite mixture is cola and lime.
Mukla's Champion Common Minion Beast Any 5 4 3 Inspire: Give your other minions +1/+1. An elegant gorilla, for a more civilized age.
Ravaging Ghoul Common Minion General Warrior 3 3 3 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all other minions. But goes by "Ravishing Ghoul" when he hits the club.
Refreshment Vendor Common Minion General Any 4 3 5 Battlecry: Restore 4 Health to each hero. Menu: Funnel cakes, carrots, popcorn, jormungar steaks. It's hard serving a diverse clientele.
Savage Roar Common Spell Druid 3 Give your characters +2 Attack this turn. What do they roar? Nobody can quite tell, but it sounds like "Elephant Macho Breeze". It's probably not that, though.
Soul of the Forest Common Spell Druid 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant." "Reforestation" is suddenly a terrifying word.
Spawn of N'Zoth Common Minion General Any 3 2 2 Deathrattle: Give your minions +1/+1. Who's a cute widdle N'Zoth? You are! Yes you are! Yes you're the cutest widdle N'Zoth in the whole world!!!
Stormwind Champion Common Minion General Any 7 6 6 Your other minions have +1/+1. When Deathwing assaulted the capital, this soldier was the only member of his squad to survive. Now he's all bitter and stuff.
Streetwise Investigator Common Minion General Any 5 4 6 Battlecry: Enemy minions lose Stealth"Hmmmm… Call it a hunch, but I'm starting to think that there may be some kind of criminal activity going on in Gadgetzan."
Swipe Common Spell Druid 4 Deal 4 damage to an enemy and 1 damage to all other enemies. When a bear rears back and extends his arms, he's about to Swipe! ... or hug.
Tentacle of N'Zoth Common Minion General Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. Because EVERYDAY is the Day of the Tentacle of N'zoth.
Twilight Flamecaller Common Minion General Mage 3 2 2 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions Make sure you summon a Twilight Marshmallowcaller too! Mmmm Mmm Mmm!!
Vanish Common Spell Rogue 6 Return all minions to their owner's hand. 
Whirlwind Common Spell Warrior 1 Deal 1 damage to ALL minions. The way to tell seasoned warriors from novice ones: the novices yell "wheeeee" while whirlwinding.
Abomination Rare Minion General Any 5 4 4 Taunt. Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to ALL characters. Abominations enjoy Fresh Meat and long walks on the beach.
Blade Flurry Rare Spell Rogue 4 Destroy your weapon and deal its damage to all enemy minions. "Look, it's not just about waving daggers around really fast. It's a lot more complicated than that." - Shan, Rogue Trainer
Blizzard Rare Spell Mage 6 Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions and Freeze them. This spell can be very Entertaining.
Coldlight Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 3 2 3 Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health. The Coldlight murlocs reside in the darkest pits of the Abyssal Depths. So no, there's no getting away from murlocs.
Competitive Spirit Rare Spell Paladin 1 Secret: When your turn starts, give your minions +1/+1. Competition can be an inspiration to improve oneself. Or kill all the competitors.
Corrupted Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 6 2 3 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all non-Murloc minions. For seers, it's very handy to have your crystal ball hanging right in front of your face.
Dark Iron Skulker Rare Minion General Rogue 5 4 3 Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all undamaged enemy minions. He loves skulking. He skulks after hours just for the joy of it, but his friends are pretty worried he'll get burnt out.
Demonwrath Rare Spell Warlock 3 Deal 2 damage to all non-Demon minions. Demons are not angry most of the time. You have to play this card in order to really bring it out of them.
Devolve Rare Spell Shaman 2 Transform all enemy minions into random ones that cost (1) less. Ragnaros looked down. He looked like some kind of War Golem. "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME," he yelled. But all that came out was a deep grinding sound. He began to cry.
Eater of Secrets Rare Minion General Any 4 2 4 Battlecry: Destroy all enemy Secrets. Gain +1/+1 for each. You don't want to be around after it has eaten an explosive trap. You thought Sludge Belcher was bad...
Equality Rare Spell Paladin 2 Change the Health of ALL minions to 1. We are all special unique snowflakes... with 1 Health.
Everyfin is Awesome Rare Spell Shaman 7 Give your minions +2/+2.

Costs (1) less for each Murloc you control. Everyfin is cool when you're part of a murloc team!

Evolve Rare Spell Shaman 1 Transform your minions into random minions that cost (1) more. So you say you want an evolution. Well, you know. We all want to change the board.
Excavated Evil Rare Spell Priest 5 Deal 3 damage to all minions.

Shuffle this card into your opponent's deck. MOM! DAD! DON'T TOUCH IT! IT'S EVIL!!!!!!

Felfire Potion Rare Spell Warlock 6 Deal 5 damage to all characters. Kazakus has a squad of imps bottling Felfire round-the-clock and he *still* can't keep up with demand.
Flare Rare Spell Hunter 2 All minions lose Stealth. Destroy all enemy Secrets. Draw a card. Not only does it reveal your enemies, but it's also great for parties!
Lightning Storm Rare Spell Shaman 3 Deal 2-3 damage to all enemy minions. Overload: (2) An umbrella won't be effective, I'm afraid.
Maelstrom Portal Rare Spell Shaman 2 Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. Summon a random 1-Cost minion. They bill this as a popular resort attraction, but they try and get your money up front.
Mass Dispel Rare Spell Priest 4 Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
Pint-Size Potion Rare Spell Priest 1 Give all enemy minions -3 Attack this turn only. I hope you didn't disenchant your Shadow Word: Horror!
Rallying Blade Rare Weapon Paladin 3 3 2 Battlecry: Give +1/+1 to your minions with Divine ShieldAs far as blades go, this one is pretty great in the motivation department.
Revenge Rare Spell Warrior 2 Deal 1 damage to all minions. If you have 12 or less Health, deal 3 damage instead. This is better than Arcane Explosion, so I guess warriors are finally getting revenge on mages for Mortal Strike being worse than Fireball.
Shadow Word: Horror Rare Spell Priest 4 Destroy all minions with 2 or less Attack. It's more succinct than "Shadow Word: Suck Into Vortex."
Shadowflame Rare Spell Warlock 4 Destroy a friendly minion and deal its Attack damage to all enemy minions. Start with a powerful minion and stir in Shadowflame and you have a good time!
Spawn of Shadows Rare Minion General Priest 4 5 4 Inspire: Deal 4 damage to each hero. What did you expect to happen? He's a Spawn. Of Shadows.
Starfall Rare Spell Druid 5 Choose One - Deal 5 damage to a minion; or 2 damage to all enemy minions. Is the sky falling? Yes. Yes it is.
Volcanic Potion Rare Spell Mage 3 Deal 2 damage to all minions. The secret ingredient in Kazakus's award-winning chili recipe.
Wild Pyromancer Rare Minion General Any 2 3 2 After you cast a spell, deal 1 damage to ALL minions. BOOM BABY BOOM! BAD IS GOOD! DOWN WITH GOVERNMENT!
Brawl Epic Spell Warrior 5 Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly) Do you know the first rule of Brawl Club?
Confuse Epic Spell Priest 2 Swap the Attack and Health of all minions. This minion is really powerful!
DOOM! Epic Spell Warlock 10 Destroy all minions. Draw a card for each. We ran out of space for "DOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!"
Doomsayer Epic Minion General Any 2 0 7 At the start of your turn, destroy ALL minions. He's almost been right so many times. He was sure it was coming during the Cataclysm.
Dragonfire Potion Epic Spell Priest 6 Deal 5 damage to all minions except Dragons. No one was brave enough to fire the dragon in person… so they made the potion do it.
Elemental Destruction Epic Spell Shaman 3 Deal 4-5 damage to all minions. Overload: (5) I'm not a shaman or anything, but isn't Elemental Destruction the opposite of what they want to do?
Enter the Coliseum Epic Spell Paladin 6 Destroy all minions except each player's highest Attack minion. You have to get past the vendors first. So many are lost to shopping...
Murloc Warleader Epic Minion Murloc Any 3 3 3 Your other Murlocs have +2/+1. Do Murlocs ever get tired of making the same old sound? Nope! Mrglglrglglglglglglgl!
Sea Reaver Epic Minion General Warrior 6 6 7 When you draw this, deal 1 damage to your minions. A little better than Sea Minus Reaver.
Sleep with the Fishes Epic Spell Warrior 2 Deal 3 damage to all damaged minions. If you're sleeping with the fishes, we highly suggest not bringing an electric blanket.
Twisting Nether Epic Spell Warlock 8 Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Anomalus Legendary Minion General Mage 8 8 6 Deathrattle: Deal 8 damage to all minions. That's short for "Anomnomnomnomalus".
Baron Geddon Legendary Minion General Any 7 7 5 At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to ALL other characters. Baron Geddon was Ragnaros's foremost lieutenant, until he got FIRED.
Cenarius Legendary Minion General Druid 9 5 8 Choose One - Give your other minions +2/+2; or Summon two 2/2 Treants with TauntYes, he's a demigod. No, he doesn't need to wear a shirt.
Chillmaw Legendary Minion Dragon Any 7 6 6 Taunt
Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all minions. Chillmaw keeps trying to ruin the Grand Tournament, and she would've done it too, if it weren't for those dang kids!
Dreadscale Legendary Minion Beast Hunter 3 4 2 At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all other minions. Let's be clear about this: ACIDMAW is the sidekick.
Eadric the Pure Legendary Minion General Paladin 7 3 7 Battlecry: Change all enemy minions' Attack to 1. Nobody rocks a monocle like Eadric.
Sergeant Sally Legendary Minion General Any 3 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal damage equal to the minion's Attack to all enemy minions. "Who is she? Where did she come from? We don't even have a police force here in Gadgetzan!!" - Mayor Noggenfogger
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Ysera Awakens(235).png
Arcane Explosion(56).png
Healing Totem(275).png
Hellfire(122).png
Raid Leader(502).png
Abyssal Enforcer(49691).png
Bloodlust(256).png
Bolster(22320).png
Circle of Healing(38).png
Conceal(284).png
Consecration(260).png
Crystalweaver(49750).png
Darkscale Healer(84).png
Dread Infernal(36).png
Explosive Trap(344).png
Fan of Knives(378).png
Flamestrike(44).png
Frost Nova(49).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Holy Nova(671).png
Leokk(32).png
Mark of the Lotus(49642).png
Mistress of Mixtures(49646).png
Mukla's Champion(22318).png
Ravaging Ghoul(33161).png
Refreshment Vendor(22374).png
Savage Roar(329).png
Soul of the Forest(311).png
Spawn of N'Zoth(33137).png
Stormwind Champion(310).png
Streetwise Investigator(49757).png
Swipe(620).png
Tentacle of N'Zoth(33130).png
Twilight Flamecaller(35187).png
Vanish(658).png
Whirlwind(161).png
Abomination(597).png
Blade Flurry(244).png
Blizzard(276).png
Coldlight Seer(424).png
Competitive Spirit(22460).png
Corrupted Seer(35228).png
Dark Iron Skulker(14434).png
Demonwrath(14463).png
Devolve(49715).png
Eater of Secrets(31121).png
Equality(383).png
Everyfin is Awesome(27224).png
Evolve(35232).png
Excavated Evil(27242).png
Felfire Potion(49699).png
Flare(630).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Maelstrom Portal(42045).png
Mass Dispel(249).png
Pint-Size Potion(49644).png
Rallying Blade(35246).png
Revenge(14464).png
Shadow Word- Horror(33150).png
Shadowflame(673).png
Spawn of Shadows(22357).png
Starfall(464).png
Volcanic Potion(49689).png
Wild Pyromancer(25).png
Brawl(297).png
Confuse(22327).png
DOOM!(33129).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Dragonfire Potion(49648).png
Elemental Destruction(22345).png
Enter the Coliseum(22380).png
Murloc Warleader(222).png
Sea Reaver(22339).png
Sleep with the Fishes(49746).png
Twisting Nether(398).png
Anomalus(35230).png
Baron Geddon(539).png
Cenarius(605).png
Chillmaw(22353).png
Dreadscale(22389).png
Eadric the Pure(22313).png
Sergeant Sally(49728).png