Generate

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Generate effects are abilities which create new cards and place them into a player's hand, or more rarely shuffle them into the player's deck. They may generate entirely new cards, or combine with a copy effect to generate copies of existing cards. Discover effects incorporate a generate effect for the chosen card, while Summon and equip effects are essentially generate effects which place the generated minion or weapon directly into play, without passing through the player's hand.

Generate effects often provide the only means of obtaining uncollectible cards like Spare Parts, Power of the Horde or even Burrowing Mine, but can also create collectible cards. Many generate random cards from a pool of possibilities. Cards created by generate effects usually display the text "Created by [name of card]" when played by the opponent or moused over in the history.

Generate effects are distinguished from card draw and put into hand effects which draw cards from the player's deck; from Summon effects which summon new minions directly onto the battlefield; and from equip effects which directly equip the hero with new weapons.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Generate effects cannot create cards in a player's hand if the hand is already full (10 cards). Effects which generate multiple cards, such as Thoughtsteal, will generate as many as possible without exceeding the maximum hand size. The same is true for generate effects which shuffle cards into the player's deck, although the deck maximum of 60 cards means this is rarely a concern.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Because they do not draw from the player's deck, generate effects can be very useful for gaining card advantage, and provide an alternative to card draw for refilling the player's hand.

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Generate/Wild format

All cards with specific generate effects are listed below. For related effects, see Discover, Equip and Summon.

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
Map to the Golden Monkey None Spell Any 2 Shuffle the Golden Monkey into your deck. Draw a card. 
Curse of Rafaam Common Spell Warlock 2 Give your opponent a 'Cursed!' card.

While they hold it, they take 2 damage on their turn. This is what happens when Rafaam stubs his toe unexpectedly.

Deadly Fork Common Minion General Rogue 3 3 2 Deathrattle: Add a 3/2 weapon to your hand. For a proper setting, place the deadly fork after the salad fork, but before the dinner fork.
Forgotten Torch Common Spell Mage 3 Deal 3 damage. Shuffle a (6 damage for 3 mana card) into your deck. Why does a forgotten torch turn into a roaring torch with no provocation? It's one of life's many mysteries.
Gang Up Common Spell Rogue 2 Choose a minion. Shuffle 3 copies of it into your deck. If you are thinking about visiting Moonbrook, you better roll deep.
Kabal Chemist Common Minion General Mage, Priest, Warlock 4 3 3 Battlecry: Add a random Potion to your hand. Sure you could have that Polymorph potion, but wouldn't you rather have this mystery potion? It could be anything. Even a Polymorph potion!
Mind Vision Common Spell Priest 1 Put a copy of a random card in your opponent's hand into your hand. I see what you did there.
Sense Demons Common Spell Warlock 3 Put 2 random Demons from your deck into your hand. Generally demons are pretty obvious and you don’t need a spell to sense them.
Spellslinger Common Minion General Mage 3 3 4 Battlecry: Add a random spell to each player's hand. Does he sling spells, or do his spells linger about. Who can say?
Swashburglar Common Minion Pirate Rogue 1 1 1 Battlecry: Add a random class card to your hand (from your opponent's class)Was almost named "Swashb-AAAARRHHH-gler"
Thoughtsteal Common Spell Priest 3 Copy 2 cards from your opponent's deck and put them into your hand. "What do you get when you cast Thoughtsteal on an Orc? Nothing!" - Tauren joke
Tomb Pillager Common Minion General Rogue 4 5 4 Deathrattle: Add a Coin to your hand. After the guild broke up, he could no longer raid the tombs.
Ancient Shade Rare Minion General Any 4 7 4 Battlecry: Shuffle an 'Ancient Curse' into your deck that deals 7 damage to you when drawn. Warning: Do not expose to direct sunlight.
Burgle Rare Spell Rogue 3 Add 2 random class cards to your hand (from your opponent's class)Yoink!
Convert Rare Spell Priest 2 Put a copy of an enemy minion into your hand. "Are you interested in... HEALTH benefits?!"
Cutpurse Rare Minion General Rogue 2 2 2 Whenever this minion attacks a hero, add the Coin to your hand. He has a giant collection of purses now. One for every outfit!
Doomcaller Rare Minion General Any 8 7 9 Battlecry: Give your C'Thun +2/+2 (wherever it is). If it's dead, shuffle it into your deck. "Hello, is Doom there? No? Can I leave a message?"
Drakonid Operative Rare Minion Dragon Priest 5 5 6 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a card in your opponent's deck. His job is to spy on the Goons and the Jade Lotus, but he's OBVIOUSLY a dragon so it's pretty hard work.
Explorer's Hat Rare Spell Hunter 2 Give a minion +1/+1 and "Deathrattle: Add an Explorer's Hat to your hand." Harrison Jones was disappointed that he didn't get to be part of the League of Explorers, but his hat did.
Infest Rare Spell Hunter 3 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Add a random Beast to your hand." The best part is the look on their face when you jump out of the cake! Err… corpse.
Jade Idol Rare Spell Druid 1 Choose One - Summon a Jade Golem; or Shuffle 3 copies of this card into your deck. Shuffle or no guts.
Shifting Shade Rare Minion General Priest 4 4 3 Deathrattle: Copy a card from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand. Yeah, it's cooler in the shade, but you're also more likely to get JACKED.
Thistle Tea Rare Spell Rogue 6 Draw a card. Add 2 extra copies of it to your hand. Aren't Thistles prickly? Why would you drink them? I don't get Rogues.
Undercity Huckster Rare Minion General Rogue 2 2 2 Deathrattle: Add a random class card to your hand (from your opponent's class). Psst! Wanna buy a random class card (from your opponent's class)?
Beneath the Grounds Epic Spell Rogue 3 Shuffle 3 Ambushes into your opponent's deck. When drawn, you summon a 4/4 Nerubian. Can you hold these eggs for just a second? I promise they're not full of giant enraged undead spider things.
Blood Warriors Epic Spell Warrior 3 Add a copy of each damaged friendly minion to your hand. They have an uneasy rivalry with the Blood Paladins.
Burgly Bully Epic Minion General Any 5 4 6 Whenever your opponent casts a spell, add a Coin to your hand. He only burgles to pay the bills. He is really just a bully at heart.
Cabalist's Tome Epic Spell Mage 5 Add 3 random Mage spells to your hand. What's in there? I bet it's cookie recipes!
Grand Crusader Epic Minion General Any 6 5 5 Battlecry: Add a random Paladin card to your hand. A veteran of a number of crusades, she is a force for light and goodness. Her latest crusade is against goblin telemarketers.
Kabal Trafficker Epic Minion General Warlock 6 6 6 At the end of your turn, add a random Demon to your hand. She ships illicit mana crystals around the world in packages marked: FUNNEL CAKE.
Lock and Load Epic Spell Hunter 2 Each time you cast a spell this turn, add a random Hunter card to your hand. Rexxar narrowed his eyes, grabbed his machine gun, and said: "It's go time. Lock and load."

This card pays homage to that special moment.
Mulch Epic Spell Druid 3 Destroy a minion.
Add a random minion to your opponent's hand. Is this a noun or a verb? We will never know.
Recruiter Epic Minion General Any 5 5 4 Inspire: Add a 2/2 Squire to your hand. Join the Argent Crusade! We have attractive tabards and you get to carry really nice swords!
Shadowcaster Epic Minion General Rogue 5 4 4 Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Add a 1/1 copy to your hand that costs (1). I mean, it's not creepy if you ASK before you steal their shadow to make a small replica of them to keep on your shelf.
Archmage Antonidas Legendary Minion General Mage 7 5 7 Whenever you cast a spell, put a 'Fireball' spell into your hand. Antonidas was the Grand Magus of the Kirin Tor, and Jaina's mentor. This was a big step up from being Grand Magus of Jelly Donuts.
Chromaggus Legendary Minion Dragon 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.
Elise Starseeker Legendary Minion General Any 4 3 5 Battlecry: Shuffle the 'Map to the Golden Monkey' into your deck. A large part of her job entails not mixing up the Map to the Golden Monkey with the Map to Monkey Island.
Kazakus Legendary Minion General Mage, Priest, Warlock 4 3 3 Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, create a custom spell. The mysterious leader of the Kabal is NOT a dragon, and does NOT deal in illegal potions. Any public statements to the contrary will be met with litigation and Dragonfire Potions.
King Mukla Legendary Minion Beast Any 3 5 5 Battlecry: Give your opponent 2 Bananas. King Mukla wanders Jaguero Isle, searching for love.
Lorewalker Cho Legendary Minion General Any 2 0 4 Whenever a player casts a spell, put a copy into the other player's hand. Lorewalker Cho archives and shares tales from the land of Pandaria, but his favorite story is the one where Joey and Phoebe go on a road trip.
Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale Legendary Minion Beast Any 6 5 5 Battlecry: Add 2 Bananas to your hand. Pro tip: DO NOT BOGART THE BANANAS.
Nefarian Legendary Minion Dragon 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.
Nexus-Champion Saraad Legendary Minion General Any 5 4 5 Inspire: Add a random spell to your hand. The ethereals have their own jousting tournament, and Saraad is the reigning champion. Also he won the ethereal hot dog eating contest.
Prince Malchezaar Legendary Minion Demon Any 5 5 6 When the game starts, add 5 extra Legendary minions to your deck. He was super excited to acquire Gorehowl at a garage sale! Then super disappointed to find out it was a foam reproduction.
Rhonin Legendary Minion General Mage 8 7 7 Deathrattle: Add 3 copies of Arcane Missiles to your hand. A masterless shamurai.
Shaku, the Collector Legendary Minion General Rogue 3 2 3 Stealth. Whenever this minions attacks, add a random card to your hand (from your opponent's class)Aya even staged an intervention once, but Shaku still insists that he is not a hoarder.
White Eyes Legendary Minion General Shaman 5 5 5 Taunt
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'The Storm Guardian' into your deck. My life for Aya!
Xaril, Poisoned Mind Legendary Minion General Rogue 4 3 2 Battlecry and Deathrattle: Add a random Toxin card to your hand. It's basically your own fault if you go around drinking weird green potions handed out by creepy mantid dudes.
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?
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Kazakus Potion(49798).png
Kazakus Potion(49803).png
Kazakus Potion(49804).png
Map to the Golden Monkey(27213).png
Curse of Rafaam(27232).png
Deadly Fork(42057).png
Forgotten Torch(27216).png
Gang Up(14462).png
Kabal Chemist(49690).png
Mind Vision(438).png
Sense Demons(327).png
Spellslinger(22299).png
Swashburglar(42046).png
Thoughtsteal(62).png
Tomb Pillager(27229).png
Ancient Shade(27245).png
Burgle(22321).png
Convert(22379).png
Cutpurse(22336).png
Doomcaller(35211).png
Drakonid Operative(49638).png
Explorer's Hat(27209).png
Infest(33146).png
Jade Idol(49714).png
Shifting Shade(35186).png
Thistle Tea(33174).png
Undercity Huckster(33135).png
Beneath the Grounds(22397).png
Blood Warriors(33166).png
Burgly Bully(49704).png
Cabalist's Tome(33155).png
Grand Crusader(22326).png
Kabal Trafficker(49742).png
Lock and Load(22258).png
Mulch(22383).png
Recruiter(22367).png
Shadowcaster(33180).png
Archmage Antonidas(220).png
Chromaggus(14451).png
Elise Starseeker(27210).png
Kazakus(49622).png
King Mukla(373).png
Lorewalker Cho(456).png
Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale(33149).png
Nefarian(14448).png
Nexus-Champion Saraad(22264).png
Prince Malchezaar(42031).png
Rhonin(22343).png
Shaku, the Collector(49657).png
White Eyes(49726).png
Xaril, Poisoned Mind(33139).png
Ysera(495).png


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