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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 Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Atk HP Description
Black Whelp Black Whelp {2Common Any icon.png Any 1 Mana icon.png 2 Attack icon.png 1 Health icon.png
Dragonkin Sorcerer Dragonkin Sorcerer {2Common Any icon.png Any 4 Mana icon.png 3 Attack icon.png 5 Health icon.png 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".
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 Drakonid Crusher {2Common Any icon.png Any 6 Mana icon.png 6 Attack icon.png 6 Health icon.png 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?
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 Emerald Drake {2Common Any icon.png Any 4 Mana icon.png 7 Attack icon.png 6 Health icon.png
Faerie Dragon Faerie Dragon {2Common Any icon.png Any 2 Mana icon.png 3 Attack icon.png 2 Health icon.png Can't be targeted by Spells or Hero Powers. Adorable. Immune to Magic. Doesn't pee on the rug. The perfect pet!
Can't be targeted by Spells or Hero Powers. Adorable. Immune to Magic. Doesn't pee on the rug. The perfect pet!
Hungry Dragon Hungry Dragon {2Common Any icon.png Any 4 Mana icon.png 5 Attack icon.png 6 Health icon.png Battlecry: Summon a random 1-Cost minion for your opponent. Hungry Hungry Dragon is NOT a fun game.
Battlecry: Summon a random 1-Cost minion for your opponent. Hungry Hungry Dragon is NOT a fun game.
Twilight Whelp Twilight Whelp {2Common Priest icon.png Priest 1 Mana icon.png 2 Attack icon.png 1 Health icon.png 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.
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 Volcanic Drake {2Common Any icon.png Any 6 Mana icon.png 6 Attack icon.png 4 Health icon.png 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.
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 Whelp {2Common Any icon.png Any 1 Mana icon.png 1 Attack icon.png 1 Health icon.png
Azure Drake Azure Drake {3Rare Any icon.png Any 5 Mana icon.png 4 Attack icon.png 4 Health icon.png Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card. They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.
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 Dragon Consort {3Rare Paladin icon.png Paladin 5 Mana icon.png 5 Attack icon.png 5 Health icon.png Battlecry: The next Dragon you play costs (2) less. Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
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 Twilight Drake {3Rare Any icon.png Any 4 Mana icon.png 4 Attack icon.png 1 Health icon.png Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand. Twilight drakes feed on Mystical Energy. And Tacos.
Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand. Twilight drakes feed on Mystical Energy. And Tacos.
Chromaggus Chromaggus {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 8 Mana icon.png 6 Attack icon.png 8 Health icon.png 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.
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 Deathwing {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 10 Mana icon.png 12 Attack icon.png 12 Health icon.png 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?
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 Malygos {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 4 Attack icon.png 12 Health icon.png Spell Damage +5 Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
Spell Damage +5 Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
Nefarian Nefarian {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 8 Attack icon.png 8 Health icon.png 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.
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 Nozdormu {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 8 Attack icon.png 8 Health icon.png Players only have 15 seconds to take their turns. Time to write some flavor text.
Players only have 15 seconds to take their turns. Time to write some flavor text.
Onyxia Onyxia {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 8 Attack icon.png 8 Health icon.png 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.
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 Ysera {5Legendary Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 4 Attack icon.png 12 Health icon.png 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?
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 19 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).pngChromaggus(14451).pngDeathwing(474).pngMalygos(241).pngNefarian(14448).pngNozdormu(285).pngOnyxia(432).pngYsera(495).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Blackwing Corruptor Blackwing Corruptor {2Common Minion General Any icon.png Any 5 Mana icon.png 5 Attack icon.png 4 Health icon.png 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.
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 Blackwing Technician {2Common Minion General Any icon.png Any 3 Mana icon.png 2 Attack icon.png 4 Health icon.png 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!
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 Twilight Whelp {2Common Minion Dragon Priest icon.png Priest 1 Mana icon.png 2 Attack icon.png 1 Health icon.png 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.
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.
Dragon Consort Dragon Consort {3Rare Minion Dragon Paladin icon.png Paladin 5 Mana icon.png 5 Attack icon.png 5 Health icon.png Battlecry: The next Dragon you play costs (2) less. Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
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 Dragon Egg {3Rare Minion General Any icon.png Any 1 Mana icon.png 0 Attack icon.png 2 Health icon.png Whenever this minion takes damage, summon a 2/1 Whelp. Think of them as bullets for your dragon gun.
Whenever this minion takes damage, summon a 2/1 Whelp. Think of them as bullets for your dragon gun.
Leeroy Jenkins Leeroy Jenkins {5Legendary Minion General Any icon.png Any 5 Mana icon.png 6 Attack icon.png 2 Health icon.png Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent. At least he has Angry Chicken.
Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent. At least he has Angry Chicken.
Onyxia Onyxia {5Legendary Minion Dragon Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 8 Attack icon.png 8 Health icon.png 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.
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 Rend Blackhand {5Legendary Minion General Any icon.png Any 7 Mana icon.png 8 Attack icon.png 4 Health icon.png 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.
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 Ysera {5Legendary Minion Dragon Any icon.png Any 9 Mana icon.png 4 Attack icon.png 12 Health icon.png 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?
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 9 cards
Blackwing Corruptor(14447).pngBlackwing Technician(14437).pngTwilight Whelp(14460).pngDragon Consort(14452).pngDragon Egg(14442).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).