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Dragon

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Dragons are a type of minion. Most Dragon synergies involve Battlecries which activate if the controlling player is holding a Dragon card in their hand.

There are more legendary Dragons than any other specific minion type, and the type includes an especially high number of large, high-stat, high-cost minions.

Background[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

A dragon is a reptilian creature, usually winged, with magical or unusual abilities. Dragons were one of the first intelligent life forms to appear in Azeroth. It is not clear whether the titans created them or if they somehow evolved prior to the titans' arrival. At one time, their numbers were uncountable, but in present-day Azeroth there are very few left. Originally, there were many different dragonflights, with many different colors to be seen. The five most influential, however, were the reds, the greens, the bronze, the blacks, and the blues, and eventually most (if not all) of the other flights disappeared.
Chosen by the titans, each of the five dragonflights were given domain over a certain aspect of the world, ranging from the earth to time itself. During the War of the Ancients, the dragonflights sought to fulfill their duty and strike against the invading Burning Legion. Over time, the dragons have endured much hardship and only a handful still remain, hostile to all that may tamper with the titans' creations.

Dragon cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Atk HP Description
Black Whelp Common Any 1 2 1
Dragonkin Sorcerer Common Any 4 3 5 Whenever you target this minion with a spell, gain +1/+1.Dragonkin Sorcerers be all "I'm a wizard" and everyone else be all "daaaaang".
Drakonid Crusher Common Any 6 6 6 Battlecry: If your opponent has 15 or less Health, gain +3/+3.Drakonids were created to have all the bad parts of a dragon in the form of a humaniod. But, like, why?
Emerald Drake Common Any 4 7 6
Faerie Dragon Common Any 2 3 2 Can't be targeted by Spells or Hero Powers.Adorable. Immune to Magic. Doesn't pee on the rug. The perfect pet!
Hungry Dragon Common Any 4 5 6 Battlecry: Summon a random 1-Cost minion for your opponent.Hungry Hungry Dragon is NOT a fun game.
Twilight Whelp Common Priest 1 2 1 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health.The twilight whelps are basically magic-vampires. Despite this, they are not a reference to any popular series of novels.
Volcanic Drake Common Any 6 6 4 Costs (1) less for each minion that died this turn.Volcanic Drakes breathe lava instead of fire. The antacid vendor at Thorium Point does a brisk business with them.
Whelp Common Any 1 1 1
Azure Drake Rare Any 5 4 4 Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card.They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.
Dragon Consort Rare Paladin 5 5 5 Battlecry: The next Dragon you play costs (2) less.Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
Twilight Drake Rare Any 4 4 1 Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand.Twilight drakes feed on Mystical Energy. And Tacos.
Coldarra Drake Epic Mage 6 6 6 You can use your Hero Power any number of times.The Grand Tournament has a "No dragons allowed" policy, but it's rarely enforced.
Twilight Guardian Epic Any 4 2 6 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt.A result of magical experiments carried out by the Black Dragonflight, it's not his fault that he's a vicious killer.
Alexstrasza Legendary Any 9 8 8 Battlecry: Set a hero's remaining Health to 15.Alexstrasza the Life-Binder brings life and hope to everyone. Except Deathwing. And Malygos. And Nekros.
Chillmaw Legendary 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!
Chromaggus Legendary Any 8 6 8 Whenever you draw a card, put another copy into your hand.Left head and right head can never agree about what to eat for dinner, so they always end up just eating ramen again.
Deathwing Legendary Any 10 12 12 Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand.Once a noble dragon known as Neltharion, Deathwing lost his mind and shattered Azeroth before finally being defeated. Daddy issues?
Malygos Legendary Any 9 4 12 Spell Damage +5Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
Nefarian Legendary Any 9 8 8 Battlecry: Add 2 random spells to your hand (from your opponent's class).They call him "Blackwing" because he's a black dragon...... and he's got wings.
Nozdormu Legendary Any 9 8 8 Players only have 15 seconds to take their turns.Time to write some flavor text.
Onyxia Legendary Any 9 8 8 Battlecry: Summon 1/1 Whelps until your side of the battlefield is full.Onyxia long manipulated the Stormwind Court by disguising herself as Lady Katrana Prestor. You would have thought that the giant wings and scales would have been a giveaway.
Ysera Legendary Any 9 4 12 At the end of your turn, add a Dream Card to your hand.Ysera rules the Emerald Dream. Which is some kind of green-mirror-version of the real world, or something?
Showing all 23 cards

Black Whelp(14652).pngDragonkin Sorcerer(14441).pngDrakonid Crusher(14449).pngEmerald Drake(534).pngFaerie Dragon(213).pngHungry Dragon(14436).pngTwilight Whelp(14460).pngVolcanic Drake(14450).pngWhelp(527).pngAzure Drake(280).pngDragon Consort(14452).pngTwilight Drake(360).pngColdarra Drake(22261).pngTwilight Guardian(22351).pngAlexstrasza(303).pngChillmaw(22353).pngChromaggus(14451).pngDeathwing(474).pngMalygos(241).pngNefarian(14448).pngNozdormu(285).pngOnyxia(432).pngYsera(495).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Blackwing Corruptor Common Minion General Any 5 5 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage.He got his name when he gave Blackwing some comic books and rock & roll records.
Blackwing Technician Common Minion General Any 3 2 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1/+1.This is who you go to when your Blackwing needs a tune up. Don't go to a cut rate Blackwing tune up shop!
Twilight Whelp Common Minion Dragon Priest 1 2 1 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health.The twilight whelps are basically magic-vampires. Despite this, they are not a reference to any popular series of novels.
Alexstrasza's Champion Rare Minion General Warrior 2 2 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Charge."Put more spikes on her. No, more spikes. What part of 'more spikes' do you not understand? MORE SPIKES!" - Alexstrasza
Dragon Consort Rare Minion Dragon Paladin 5 5 5 Battlecry: The next Dragon you play costs (2) less.Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
Dragon Egg Rare Minion General Any 1 0 2 Whenever this minion takes damage, summon a 2/1 Whelp.Think of them as bullets for your dragon gun.
Wyrmrest Agent Rare Minion General Priest 2 1 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt.Keeping tabs on the Grand Tournament is priority #1 for the five mighty Dragonflights!
Twilight Guardian Epic Minion Dragon Any 4 2 6 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt.A result of magical experiments carried out by the Black Dragonflight, it's not his fault that he's a vicious killer.
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!
Leeroy Jenkins Legendary Minion General Any 5 6 2 Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent.At least he has Angry Chicken.
Onyxia Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8 Battlecry: Summon 1/1 Whelps until your side of the battlefield is full.Onyxia long manipulated the Stormwind Court by disguising herself as Lady Katrana Prestor. You would have thought that the giant wings and scales would have been a giveaway.
Rend Blackhand Legendary Minion General Any 7 8 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a Legendary minion.Rend believes he is the True Warchief of the Horde and he keeps editing the wikipedia page for "Warchief of the Horde" to include his picture.
Ysera Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 4 12 At the end of your turn, add a Dream Card to your hand.Ysera rules the Emerald Dream. Which is some kind of green-mirror-version of the real world, or something?
Showing all 13 cards
Blackwing Corruptor(14447).pngBlackwing Technician(14437).pngTwilight Whelp(14460).pngAlexstrasza's Champion(22333).pngDragon Consort(14452).pngDragon Egg(14442).pngWyrmrest Agent(22398).pngTwilight Guardian(22351).pngChillmaw(22353).pngLeeroy Jenkins(674).pngOnyxia(432).pngRend Blackhand(14438).pngYsera(495).png

Design[edit | edit source]

Prior to Blackrock Mountain, Dragon was the only minion type to have no synergy effects in the game. This effectively made the type purely cosmetic, as it had no functional difference from the general type. In February 2014, Eric Dodds stated the following regarding the design and future of the dragon minion type:

"So the Dragons was really done for flavor. To give you some insight into development, a couple of years ago, we were talking about adding this guy who would interact with the Dragons, but he never made the cut. Really we just kept it because the Dragons are such iconic and cool Warcraft characters that we felt needed to be labelled as dragons. We're likely to do something with that in the future, we just don't know exactly when."[1]

The designers would eventually add the first Dragon synergies to the game with Blackrock Mountain, just over 1 year after the game's full release. Ben Brode explains that the Dragon synergies added with the adventure were intended to support the inclusion of high cost Dragons in the deck, with the size and power of Dragons considered thematic to the type.[2] Minions like Blackwing Technician were therefore added, with 'holding' effects that allowed the player to benefit from having a Dragon in their hand even if they could not yet afford to play it.[2]

Mike Donais explains that the 'holding' mechanic has the potential to further explore a relatively new element in Hearthstone: bluffing.[2] Because the successful activation of a Blackwing Technician, Blackwing Corruptor or Rend Blackhand highlights the presence of a Dragon in the player's hand, this can be used to play mind games with the opponent, who may alter their play in order to counter the Dragon assumed to be in the player's hand. Donais states, "Bluffing is something I want to encourage more in our games."[2]

Dragon art[edit | edit source]

While most dragon art is featured on Dragon minion cards, some is found on other cards. For a full list, see Dragon art.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. HearthPwn.com: Developer Interview with Eric Dodds and Ben Brode - Adventures, Game Design, Rewards (2014-02-05)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 How a Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Card is Made. (2015-04-30).