Quest (ability)

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This article is about the ability on certain spells. For quests which reward gold, see Quest.

A Quest is a spell ability and type of spell card which grants a conditional reward. When played, Quests are displayed above the controlling hero's portrait, similar to Secrets. When the condition of the Quest is met, the Quest's reward is given to the player. Unlike Secrets, Quests can be seen by the opponent when they are hovered over, the Quest's progress is displayed to both players, and their conditions are met by the possessing player rather than by the opponent.

Only one Quest can be included when building a deck, and only one Quest can be in play on each hero at any given time.[1] In addition, Quest cards are automatically included in the player's mulligan as the left-most card, although the player can choose to replace them.[2] All Quests are legendary, and currently the only legendary spell cards in the game.

Quests were a major new gameplay feature in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Example: A shaman has 7/10 progress on Unite the Murlocs. Their opponent kills their Sated Threshadon, summoning 3 Primalfins for them and completing the Quest.
Example: A priest has 6/7 progress on Awaken the Makers. Their opponent plays Hungry Dragon, which summons a Leper Gnome for the priest, completing the Quest.
  • It is not currently possible to view Quest reward cards from the My Collection screen. When a player receives a Quest card from opening a pack, only the Quest card is revealed, and not the uncollectible Quest reward card. The only place to see the Quest reward card in-game is when the player mouses over the Quest secret, or completes the Quest itself.[6]
  • Quests generate their rewards after the phase in which they were completed.[7]
    • It is therefore impossible for an effect that completes a Quest to directly affect the reward in the hand, since the reward would not yet have been generated.
Example: A warlock plays Doomguard with Lakkari Sacrifice at 5/6 progress. Doomguard's Battlecry discards two cards from those already in hand, then the Nether Portal reward is added to the hand.[8]
  • If the condition for a quest reward is met when the owner's hand is full, the quest completes but the reward is lost. This can happen if a summon effect completes the Quest while the player has a full hand, or if the quest is completed by playing a card that adds more cards to the hand.
Example: A mage has 9 cards in hand and 5/6 progress on Open the Waygate. They play an Arcane Intellect which was generated by Cabalist's Tome. They draw 2 cards, then the Quest completes, and the reward is lost since they now have 10 cards in hand.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Awaken the Makers Legendary Spell Priest 1 Quest: Summon 7 Deathrattle minions.
Reward: Amara, Warden of Hope. They keep hitting the Snooze button.
Fire Plume's Heart Legendary Spell Warrior 1 Quest: Play 7 Taunt Minions.
Reward: Sulfuras. Why does an active volcano need to be defended? To save its ash.
Jungle Giants Legendary Spell Druid 1 Quest: Summon 5 minions with 5 or more attack.
Reward: Barnabus. Forming the Golakka Crater was the end of Barnabus' disastrous career as a dancer.
Lakkari Sacrifice Legendary Spell Warlock 1 Quest: Discard 6 cards.
Reward: Nether Portal. They asked, “And what must we give in return?” Gul’dan lowered his hood and answered: “Six… cards…”
Open the Waygate Legendary Spell Mage 1 Quest: Cast 6 spells that didn't start in your deck.
Reward: Time Warp. Although powerful, the incantation is simple. It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right.
The Caverns Below Legendary Spell Rogue 1 Quest: Play four minions with the same name.
Reward: Crystal Core. Why can't it ever be The Taverns Below?
The Last Kaleidosaur Legendary Spell Paladin 1 Quest: Cast 6 spells on your minions. Reward: Galvadon. “Impossible!” exclaimed the Silver Hand Recruit, his eyes filled with fear. Uther shook his head, turning the crystal until it caught the light: “Life finds a way.”
The Marsh Queen Legendary Spell Hunter 1 Quest: Play seven 1-Cost minions.
Reward: Queen Carnassa. Question: What's scarier, one giant angry dinosaur or 15 smaller vicious ones? Answer: AHHHHHHH THEY FOUND MEEEEEE
Unite the Murlocs Legendary Spell Shaman 1 Quest: Summon 10 Murlocs.
Reward: Megafin. Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! Oh. Sorry. I was thinking about Mechafin.
Showing all 9 cards
Awaken the Makers(52588).png
Fire Plume's Heart(55523).png
Jungle Giants(55538).png
Lakkari Sacrifice(55447).png
Open the Waygate(55551).png
The Caverns Below(55481).png
The Last Kaleidosaur(55512).png
The Marsh Queen(55497).png
Unite the Murlocs(55470).png

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are generated by Quests.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Amara, Warden of Hope Legendary Minion General Priest 5 8 8 Taunt.
Battlecry:
Set your hero's Health to 40. 
Barnabus the Stomper Legendary Minion Beast Druid 5 8 8 Battlecry: Reduce the Cost of your minions in your deck to (0). 
Crystal Core Legendary Spell Rogue 5 For the rest of the game, your minions are 5/5. 
Galvadon Legendary Minion General Paladin 5 5 5 Battlecry: Adapt 5 times. 
Megafin Legendary Minion Murloc Shaman 5 8 8 Battlecry: Fill your hand with random Murlocs. 
Nether Portal Legendary Spell Warlock 5 Open a permanent portal that summons 3/2 Imps. 
Queen Carnassa Legendary Minion Beast Hunter 5 8 8 Battlecry: Shuffle 15 Raptors into your deck. 
Sulfuras Legendary Weapon Warrior 3 4 2 Battlecry: Your Hero Power becomes 'Deal 8 damage to a random enemy.' 
Time Warp Legendary Spell Mage 5 Take an extra turn. 
Showing all 9 cards
Amara, Warden of Hope(52584).png
Barnabus the Stomper(55539).png
Crystal Core(55482).png
Galvadon(55444).png
Megafin(55472).png
Nether Portal(55448).png
Queen Carnassa(55498).png
Sulfuras(55531).png
Time Warp(55554).png

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Quests are massive undertakings that should not be included in your deck if you are not sure if you can fulfill them. You should only add them to decks dedicated to finishing them. When contemplating building a quest-deck, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long does my quest take to complete? This is actually a multi-facet question. Broadly speaking, most quests take very long. You will only be able to reap the rewards in the late game. Do not let the reward's low mana cost fool you: You will almost never be able to play them on curve.
    • How many cards do I need to fulfill my quest? Depending on your class, your quest may require you to assemble and play a large amount of cards. Keep in mind that drawing that many cards takes a lot of time and usually prevents you from summoning your reward before reaching the late-game.
    • How long does it take to play these cards? Depending on your quest, actually playing the cards that cause your quest to progress may take up an entire turn, while other quests can be completed much more quickly. The mana cost of your quest-related cards is a major limitation of how soon you can reap your reward.
    • How does my reward fit into my mana curve? Of course, once you have your reward, you still need to play it. In some cases, your progress-related cards will curve smoothly into your reward. Sometimes they don't. If not, the benefit of your quest reward will be delayed by yet another turn.
  • How do I make any use of my reward? In some cases, your reward's power may not be obvious at first. While cards like Megafin, Sulfuras and Nether Portal are always useful, cards like Barnabus, Time Warp and Crystal Core require additional setup to provide any benefit.
  • Can I survive with one card less than usual? Quests are always in your opening hand, replacing one of your other cards. They are cards that have no effect on the battlefield at all until you play the reward. Ask yourself if this long-time investment will pay off for you.

The answers depend on the individual quest and the cards that are required to fulfill it. For more specific advice, consult your quest's wiki entry.

Design[edit | edit source]

Senior Designer Peter Whalen discusses the design process behind Quests:

As we figured out the initial story behind Journey to Un'Goro, we realized that the core fantasy had four pillars: dinosaurs, elementals, exploration, and the primal world itself. Dinosaurs and elementals had their own mechanics, so we needed one more that made players feel like they were on an expedition, exploring the awe-inspiring landscape of Un’Goro Crater itself.
The idea of creating quest cards had been floating around on our team for a very long time. Back when we were first working on Whispers of the Old Gods, one of the designers pitched a new type of secret: Quests. A Quest was only active on your turn, and when you completed its condition, something awesome happened! When we needed a mechanic for exploring a forgotten world to find something truly amazing, these Quests seemed like a natural fit.
Once we decided to give Quests a real shot in Journey to Un'Goro, we began heavily iterating on them. We started out with the idea that Quests would be Legendary and the rewards would be fantastic—the core fantasy of a Quest is that you work hard and are richly rewarded. As we’ve seen, that core idea carried through to the present with powerful Quest rewards like Amara, Nether Portal, and Megafin—cards we couldn’t make any other way.
An early priest Quest
Basically everything else about Quest cards changed.
When we started out, we wanted Quests to feel as much like normal cards as possible, which would make them fit into the rules naturally while being easier to understand. The first Priest Quest, for example, said “When this is the only card in your hand, transform it into an Un’Goro pack.” Other Quests looked very similar to the ones that are coming in Journey to Un’Goro, and they had requirements like “play a certain number of minions of a particular type.” We quickly realized that the most fun Quests were the ones that asked you to accomplish something over the course of a game—those paid off the core Quest fantasy the most.
One of the things we noticed with Quests that transformed in your hand was that they were hugely frustrating for your opponent. From an opponent’s perspective, you had just played an insanely powerful card seemingly out of nowhere. For example, this was the first version of the Priest Quest. To fix that, we required Quests cards to be played, and allowed both players to see their progress. In Un’Goro, Quests will appear around your portrait just like Secrets do.
From there, we talked a lot about how Quests are played. We tried having them simply play themselves from your deck so they didn’t take up space in your opening hand, but that was a little too powerful. With no risk involved at all, every single deck would play Quests just in case they happened to satisfy the conditions, or simply to thin the deck by one card. On the other hand, having to draw a Quest felt really bad, because you couldn’t make progress on it until you drew it halfway through the game. That’s why we decided to have Quests start in your opening hand.
Finally, we needed to decide how much mana Quests would cost, either (0) or (1). When they cost (0), playtesting revealed that players would often hold their Quest and then forget to play it before playing the card that triggered it. Making them cost (1) helped to slow the game down a little—letting the moment you played the quest feel more impactful—and required extra strategy around when to play the Quest. We still liked the overall power level the Quests had at (0), so we made the rewards a little better and the requirements a little easier to meet to balance things out.[9]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Donais - Reddit. (2017-03-20). 
  2. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-02-28). 
  3. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-02-27). 
  4. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2017-02-28). 
  5. Interview with Mike Donais on Year of the Mammoth - Tempo Storm. (2017-03-01). 
  6. Hearthpwn exclusive interview with Dean Ayala. (2017-03-27). 
  7. See this article's Discussion page on Quest reward timing. See the specific Quest pages for the phases in which they could be completed.
  8. Doomguard does not discard Lakkari Sacrifice upon completion.. (2017-04-20). 
  9. 2017-03-22. (Hearthside Chat: Un'Goro Quests with Peter Whalen).