Immune

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The immune effect from Bestial Wrath

Immune is an ability that prevents a character from receiving damage from any source, and prevents the opponent from targeting it. However, Immune does not prevent destroy, healing or other effects, or prevent the character from being targeted by randomly or automatically targeted effects.

For discussion and references, see below.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Immune effects are always temporary, and only offer immunity for the stated period or while the source is active: after this, the effect is removed.
    • Immune effects on a hero belong to that specific hero, not to the controlling player. For example, if Ice Block gives Immune to a hero that later that turn is replaced by Majordomo Executus's Deathrattle, the resulting hero will lose the Immune effect.[1]
  • Immune prevents all damage that would be dealt to the affected character, regardless of its amount and source (similarly to Divine Shield). In particular:
  • An Immune character cannot be actively targeted by the opponent (similarly to Stealth). This includes combat attacks as well as targeted spells, Battlecries and Hero Powers. In particular:
    • Immune characters can be targeted by enemy effects that are automatically targeted (such as Vaporize)[6] or randomly targeted (such as Ragnaros the Firelord, Knife Juggler or Clumsy characters), although any resulting damage will still be prevented.[7][8][9]
    • Immune characters can be actively targeted by the controlling player, although any resulting damage will still be prevented. For example, a player can use healing and destroy effects on their own Immune hero or minions to full effect.
Example: A player whose hero have been replaced by Lord Jaraxxus and is protected by Mal'Ganis can still use Sacrificial Pact to destroy themselves.[10][11].
Example: A player can use Alexstrasza to directly alter their own hero's Health, regardless of its current value.[12]
Example: A player can cast damaging spells (such as Darkbomb) on their own Immune hero: they simply will not deal any damage.[11]
  • Misdirection does not trigger if an Immune hero is the only available redirect target.[13] In addition, it is believed (with 99.2% confidence, i.e. 1/128 probability of being incorrect) that Misdirection cannot select an Immune character as the defender, even if it does trigger.[14]
  • As with Stealth, Taunt minions that are Immune have their Taunt ability temporarily suppressed, and can thus be bypassed.[15][16]
  • Immune effects will not prevent the game from ending automatically at the start of the 90th turn: for example, if both players have a Mal'Ganis in play and refuse to attack each other, the game will end in a draw at the beginning of the 90th turn.[17][18]
  • Although not explicitly stated in the card's text, Gorehowl has a triggered effect that grants a temporary Immune effect to the weapon itself, which protects it from Durability losses the same way Immune effects on characters protect them from damage. For additional information, see Gorehowl.

Cards with Immune[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Violet Illusionist Common Minion General Any 3 4 3 During your turn, your hero is ImmuneShe’s much more cheerful after losing the ‘n’ in her name.
Bestial Wrath Epic Spell Hunter 1 Give a friendly Beast +2 Attack and Immune this turn. The seething wrath is just beneath the surface. Beneath that is wild abandon, followed by slight annoyance.
Gladiator's Longbow Epic Weapon Hunter 7 5 2 Your hero is Immune while attacking. The longbow allows shots to be fired from farther away and is useful for firing on particularly odorous targets.
Gorehowl Epic Weapon Warrior 7 7 1 Attacking a minion costs 1 Attack instead of 1 Durability. Grommash Hellscream's famous axe. Somehow this ended up in Prince Malchezaar's possession. Quite the mystery!
Ice Block Epic Spell Mage 3 Secret: When your hero takes fatal damage, prevent it and become Immune this turn. Ice is nice, and will suffice!
Stablemaster Epic Minion General Hunter 3 4 2 Battlecry: Give a friendly Beast Immune this turn. Takes way better care of her pets than her brother, Unstablemaster.
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Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Mal'Ganis Legendary Minion Demon Warlock 9 9 7 Your other Demons have +2/+2.

Your hero is ImmuneMal'Ganis doesn't like being betrayed, so if you discard him, watch out.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If Immune effects cause a character that is capable of attack to have no valid targets to attack, clicking on them will produce a "You cannot play that without a target" message across the battlefield, and the "I can't play that" emote from the hero. The character will also not be highlighted green, despite their ability to attack.
  • As of Patch 4.1.0.10956, the only way to make an enemy minion Immune is to have Bestial Wrath stolen by a Spellbender,[19] or to have Bestial Wrath's or Stablemaster's target stolen by an enemy Sylvanas Windrunner.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Day9's Day Off - Relaxing laddering day :) P6 (SWEARING). (2015-04-16). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-03). 
  3. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-03). 
  4. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-03). 
  5. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-03). 
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWKWciwU3u0
  7. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-12-31). 
  8. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-19. Knife Juggler on my board; opponent had 3 minions, including Mal'Ganis. Played Unleash the Hounds; Knife Juggler triggered, and 2 of his knives hit the immune hero; dealt no damage.
  9. Hearthsim IRC channel, 2015-02-14. [7:15pm] dyule: Interesting Ogre Fact: Ogres will attack immune targets as one of their "wrong enemies" [7:23pm] dyule: source is I just tested it. [7:24pm] dyule: And it was the hero who was immune, so the ogre did not take damage [7:24pm] dyule: (I had Mal'ganis down)
  10. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-01-01). 
  11. 11.0 11.1 http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2ueeqa/til_jaraxxus_malganis_sacrificial_pact_interaction/
  12. http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2vm1if/does_immune_protect_you_from_my_alexstrasza/ 2015-02-11
  13. https://youtu.be/4jQfTxe7UY4 Tested in Patch 4.3.0.12266 (2016-04-14)
  14. Tested by culinko in Patch 4.3.0.12266 (2016-04-14). Attacked with minion A into the enemy hero with Misdirection. Only other target was minion B, made Immune using Bestial Wrath. New defender was always the friendly hero. Tested 7 times.
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcoElDlkR34
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7NGyGZiH5E Tested in Patch_2.7.0.9166 (Tavern Brawl patch)
  17. Hearthstone Mythbusters. (2015-02-08). 
  18. Patashu (2015-06-07). Maximum Length (in turns) of a Game (Blackrock Mountain Edition)
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FpZgWaDW3M Tested in Patch_2.7.0.9166 (Tavern Brawl patch)