Journey to Un'Goro
- "We're almost there. Quiet down, everyone.
- "This is not like any of our previous expeditions. This will be far more... ambitious. We're stepping into a land of primordial wonders, infused with astonishing elemental energies. The plant life here holds very unusual properties. So don't, touch, anything. And while you may be excited to see the local fauna... you might want to make sure they don't see you. Because their powers of adaption are devastating. Make no mistake: we will be tested at every turn. But, if we stay on our guard, we might just survive.
- "Now then! Are you ready? Then let's journey into Un'Goro crater!"
Journey to Un'Goro (Un'Goro, JtU, UNG) will be the fifth expansion to Hearthstone. Featuring 135 new collectible cards, the expansion is planned to be released in early April 2017. It features the new Adapt mechanic, the new Quest card type, and adds the new Elemental minion type.
Set in the primordial mists of Un'Goro crater, the expansion sees Elise Starseeker leading an expedition to explore the strange wonders of the region. The denizens of the region include dinosaurs, raging elementals and unusually active plants, many of whom have learned to adapt to the needs of the situation with impressive new powers.
- 1 How to get
- 2 Cards
- 3 Themes
- 4 Battlefield
- 5 Card backs
- 6 Trailer
- 7 Lore
- 8 History
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Videos
- 11 References
- 12 External links
How to get[edit | edit source]
Following the expansion's release, Journey to Un'Goro cards will be available through the following options:
- Journey to Un'Goro card packs can be purchased through the Shop, with the usual prices and purchasing options.
- Journey to Un'Goro cards can be crafted for the usual amounts of Arcane Dust.
- For as long as Journey to Un'Goro is the latest expansion, the guaranteed card pack from each Arena run will be from the expansion. Once the next expansion comes out, second card packs will have a chance to be Journey to Un'Goro packs.
- The Highest Rank Bonus chest has a chance to award golden Journey to Un'Goro cards.
- Prior to the expansion's release, players are able to pre-order a bundle of 50 Journey to Un'Goro packs for $49.99 USD/€44,99 EUR/£34.99 GBP/$64.99 AUD or equivalent (non-US prices not yet confirmed).
- The packs will not be available until after the expansion is released.
- The pre-order bundle also comes with a unique card back (see below).
Cards[edit | edit source]
Regular card reveals will take place in the buildup to the expansion's release, starting March 17.
Neutral[edit | edit source]
- Common (3 cards)
- Rare (2 cards)
- Epic (1 card)
- Legendary (2 cards)
Adaptations[edit | edit source]
- Summoned minions
Class cards[edit | edit source]
Druid[edit | edit source]
Hunter[edit | edit source]
Mage[edit | edit source]
Paladin[edit | edit source]
Priest[edit | edit source]
Rogue[edit | edit source]
Shaman[edit | edit source]
- Choice cards
Warlock[edit | edit source]
Warrior[edit | edit source]
Themes[edit | edit source]
Elementals[edit | edit source]
- Nothing is more primal than the elements themselves, and Un’Goro’s ancient energies empower the resident elementals with a vigor and ferocity not seen anywhere else. Some of Hearthstone's familiar faces will gain the Elemental minion type, joining the ranks of Murlocs, Dragons, Pirates, and Beasts for exciting new synergies.
The expansion contains around 25 new Elementals.
Conversions[edit | edit source]
Many pre-existing minion cards that depict elemental beings will become part of the new Elemental type. 18 collectible and at least 2 uncollectible minions, listed below, have been confirmed to be changed into Elementals.
- Water Elemental
- Ragnaros, Lightlord
- Dust Devil
- Unbound Elemental
- Fireguard Destroyer
- Rumbling Elemental
- Earth Elemental
- Fire Elemental
- Al'Akir the Windlord
- Arcane Anomaly
- Ice Rager
- Magma Rager
- Frost Elemental
- Baron Geddon
- Ragnaros the Firelord
Quests[edit | edit source]
- While we’re in Un’Goro, let’s be sure to see and document all we can. From the hottest volcano to the stickiest, bubbliest tar pits, there’s a wealth of new and exciting things to discover. Let’s make it a personal Quest to see them all!
Similar to Secrets, Quests are spell cards that are cast normally but have a delayed, hidden effect, which only takes place when a specific condition is met. Quests that have been played but not yet completed are displayed above the controlling hero's portrait, but unlike Secrets Quests can be seen by the opponent, and the conditions may only be met by the possessing player rather than the opponent.
Only one Quest can be included in each deck. In addition, Quest cards are automatically included in the player's mulligan. All Quests are legendary, making them the first legendary spell cards in the game. Unlike all other collectible cards, Quests cannot be Discovered or generated by random effects.
Dinosaurs[edit | edit source]
The dense jungles of Un'Goro are home to a host of creatures from ancient times, most notably a wide variety of dinosaurs. While a few species, such as raptors and ravasaurs, are found in other parts of Azeroth, the dinosaurs found in Un'Goro are far more diverse - and in many cases larger - than those seen elsewhere, from towering devilsaurs and winged pterrordax to lumbering longnecks and peaceful megasaurs.
Adapt[edit | edit source]
- The new Adapt keyword allows a minion to become infused with elemental power, granting it new properties. Similar to the Discover mechanic, you will be presented with three options when you play a card with Adapt. You can choose one of these three options to immediately buff your minion. There are ten total Adaptations to choose from, so you’ll have plenty of options to respond to threats presented by your opponent.
As if they weren't already fearsome enough, the dinosaurs within Un'Goro have recently found a way to incorporate the raw elemental energies of the region, granting them some fearsome adaptations.
There are 10 possible adaptations:
- Crackling Shield
- Flaming Claws
- Lightning Speed
- Liquid Membrane
- Living Spores
- Volcanic Might
- Rocky Carapace
- Shrouding Mist
- Poison Spit
Tol'vir[edit | edit source]
The tol'vir are a race of feline humanoids found primarily in Uldum. Originally stone constructs created by the titans, a group of tol'vir have recently established a new home in Un'Goro, bringing with them some powerful magics.
Tortollans[edit | edit source]
Original to Hearthstone, the never-before-glimpsed Tortollans are a mysterious race of primitive turtle people that dwell in the jungles of Un'Goro Crater.
Plant life[edit | edit source]
The plants in Un'Goro are more than overgrown - these sapient species have a mind of their own, and an appetite to match.
Battlefield[edit | edit source]
The expansion will come with a new battlefield. A partial shot of the new board is shown below.
Card backs[edit | edit source]
A special card back was available as part of the expansion's pre-order bundle. The card back for Ranked play Season 36 is related, due to the start of the Year of the Mammoth that will be on the same day of the expansion's release.
Trailer[edit | edit source]
Lore[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
- Lush Un'Goro Crater (pronounced uhn-GOH-roh) ("God Lands" in the Qiraji language) lies at the southern part of Southern Kalimdor, between Tanaris, Silithus and Uldum. Although the area is almost completely isolated from the rest of the world and sandwiched between three deserts, the region is filled with exotic plant life and even more exotic creatures. Ranging from peaceful earth elementals to raging devilsaurs, the locals are not to be trifled with.
- When the Titans shaped Azeroth, Freya designed Un'Goro Crater to be an area for experimentation along with Sholazar Basin and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. All three locations were places where the power of the Well of Eternity had coalesced. The Wild Gods emerged from these cradles of life. According to Nablya you might call Un'Goro Crater the Titans' petri dish. This coincides with theories of Un'Goro being the home of the Titans when they inhabited Kalimdor. From the Shaper's Terrace Freya performed tests and experiments, though ever since she left Nablya has taken her place to observe and watch over Un'Goro. Normally the titanic watchers do not interfere with the matters of Azeroth, but here in Un'Goro, they are free to take a more direct approach. As Un'Goro is the experimental ground of the Titans, it is their right to do so. Many of the creatures in the crater existed long before the titans arrived, but some did not. Nevertheless, they observe them all, without prejudice. Like the Sholazar Basin, Un'Goro is unusual ecologically and geographically, contains crystal pylons, and has remnants of guardian constructs that protect the land.
- Un'Goro is a massive crater full of amazingly lush jungle and teeming with life. Dinosaurs roam freely here, as the land is wild and unpredictable. At the center of the crater a volcano rises, and fire elementals prowl. In addition, many strange and beautiful crystals dot the landscape, their purpose unknown to most but an object of research for some of the adventurous scientists camped in the area.
New developments[edit | edit source]
Un'Goro Crater was last glimpsed just following the Cataclysm caused by Deathwing's reawakening. In the years since the Cataclysm the life within the zone has developed significantly - and in some startling directions. While the crater had always been home to elementals, dinosaurs, and some mysterious and powerful crystals, since adventurers last charted the zone it seems the three have begun to merge, with the area's reptilian inhabitants gaining strange new elemental powers, and even fusing with living crystals.
In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]
In World of Warcraft Un'Goro Crater is a levelling zone, for characters from levels 50-55. Populated by gigantic dinosaurs, it is memorable for questlines involving researching the strange crystals and pylons scattered around the area; the creatures living in the tar pits to the north; sinister Silithid mounds invading in the south; and the gigantic King Mosh, who continually roams the zone, surprising absent-minded players with a swift and merciless death.
Players can enter the zone from Tanaris (the location of Gadgetzan) to the east, or from Silithus to the west; in both directions paths can be found winding up along the crater's mountainous edge to reach the higher altitudes of the neighbouring zones. In the centre of the zone is a huge volcano, and rivers and pools criss cross the crater's floor in many places, with hot springs in the zone's west.
History[edit | edit source]
The theme of the expansion was first discovered through the credits of voice actor Lani Minella, on her personal website. Among many previously released titles, a user on reddit found the name of an unreleased Hearthstone expansion: "Lost Secrets of Un'Goro", along with working titles for several cards, and the name was widely reported on February 6.
On Friday, February 24, Ben Brode tweeted a picture of himself pulling a bemused impression in front of a row of flannel shirts, with the text, "MFW the director of this new video we're filming asks if I can wear a flannel on Monday". The next day, Brode tweeted an image of himself in a verdant, overgrown setting, carrying an axe over one shoulder, with the text, "Looking forward to Monday!" On the Sunday, he tweeted a screenshot from within World of Warcraft, showing a character sitting on top of what was recognised by players as a sand dune in Tanaris (the location of Gadgetzan and bordering zone to Un'Goro Crater), with the text, "Ready to jump!". These tweets were widely assumed to confirm that an Un'Goro-themed expansion would be announced that Monday.
On March 14 the first in a series of videos, "Wonders of Un'Goro", was released, revolving around the adventures of explorer Professor George Herbert Doyle IV and his trusty cameraman Edward "Eddy" Malone. The video series was accompanied by a series of blogs, comprising entries in Malone's expedition journal. The first, "Welcome to Un'Goro" (blog) revealed The Last Kaleidosaur. Week two and week three continued to explore the elemental, murloc and tortollan population of the crater.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is the first Hearthstone content release not to include a song in its cinematic trailer. While those for Curse of Naxxramas and Whispers of the Old Gods were spoken rather than sung, like all other trailers up to that point they featured a strong musical form, including rhyming words. In contrast, while the Journey to Un'Goro trailer has a drifting musical score in the background, the words are not rhyming or spoken in time to the score.
- The lack of a song in the trailer led to a player-created thread on reddit entitled "Petition to make Ben Brode sing a song because we didn't get a musical trailer this time." The thread gained more than 5,000 upvotes in the first 24 hours after the trailer's release, and on the very next day Brode released "Un'Goro: The Journey", a video featuring himself rapping, on his personal YouTube channel. In the rap Brode explains his decision to respond to the reddit post; describes the various threats awaiting within Un'Goro; and encourages players to explore Elemental-based decks as well as the new Quest cards. Within a few hours the rap's reddit post had become the all-time most upvoted post on /r/Hearthstone, and soon the number one post on all of reddit at that time. The rap quickly saw a number of remixes from community members, setting Brode's voice to music ranging from hip hop and synthpop to the internet phenomenon "We Are Number One" and even tech metal, as well as overlaying Brode's rap over the original cinematic. Brode composed, performed and recorded the rap himself without assistance from other team members, taking him about 90 minutes to write.
- This expansion marks the first time that permanent cards have been made available in regular Play mode. Prior to the release of Un'Goro, permanent cards were only seen in the Netherspite boss encounter in One Night in Karazhan (i.e. Blue Portal and Red Portal) and in the three Tavern Brawls Party Portals! (Mark Moonwalker, Susie Sizzlesong and Wanda Wonderhooves), Yellow-Brick Brawl (Dorothee), and The Dark Wanderer (Enigmatic Portal).
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2017-02-28).
- Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-02-27).
- Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2017-02-27).
- Dean Ayala on reddit
- Hearthpwn.com - Hearthstone: Lost Secrets of Un'Goro: New Expansion Name Leaked?. (2017-02-06).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-28).
- Hearthstone Game Director caves to community; raps about new expansion. (2017-03-01).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-03-01).
- Powerchicken on Twitter. (2017-03-01).
- Top posts of /r/hearthstone. Retrieved on 2017-03-09.
- /r/topofreddit. Retrieved on 2017-03-02.
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-03-01).
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-03-03).
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- Hearthside Chat: Un'Goro Quests with Peter Whalen (2017-03-22)
- E. Malone's Journal - Week Three (2017-03-21)
- Hearthside Chat: Elementals of Un'Goro with Mike Donais (2017-03-20)
- E. Malone's Expedition Journal - Week Two (2017-03-14)
- E. Malone's Expedition Journal - Week One (2017-03-07)
- Prepare to Embark on a Journey to Un'Goro! (2017-02-27)