Warrior

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The Warrior icon.png Warrior is one of the nine classes in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, represented by Garrosh Hellscream and Magni Bronzebeard.

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Garrosh Hellscream is the standard hero for warriors. Players who have unlocked the Magni Bronzebeard alternate hero may choose to play as him instead when using any warrior deck. Both heroes use the same gameplay mechanics; the difference is purely cosmetic.

Garrosh Hellscream(635).png Magni Bronzebeard(14693).png

Overview[edit | edit source]

Hearthstone's master of war, the warrior is a powerful damage-oriented class. These mighty warlords command the allegiance of fast and deadly minions, sending them charging into the fray. Bloodthirsty gladiators, warriors thrive on damage and bloodshed, with their own wounds only serving to enrage and empower them, making them even deadlier than ever. The warrior's minions share this bloodlust, gaining fearsome new powers from the thrill of battle.

However, these mighty commanders are not content to leave all the fun to their minions, and are always ready to leap into a brawl in person, wielding a range of deadly weapons to cleave and crush their enemies first-hand. Thriving on carnage, warriors can also whirl razor-sharp blades bouncing into the battlefield, drawing blood from friends and foes alike, and rendering enemies vulnerable to their attacks.

As well as their fearsome prowess in attack, warriors are also masters of defence, boasting the most powerful armor of any class. With Armorsmiths and Shieldmaidens constantly crafting fresh pieces for them, warriors can build an unassailable fortress of steel, under which to crush their enemies.

Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Warrior

For as long as war has raged, heroes from every race have aimed to master the art of battle. Warriors combine strength, leadership, and a vast knowledge of arms and armor to wreak havoc in glorious combat. Some protect from the front lines with shields, locking down enemies while allies support the warrior from behind with spell and bow. Others forgo the shield and unleash their rage at the closest threat with a variety of deadly weapons. The warrior’s battle cries embolden friends and leave foes cowering in fear. With legendary precision, warriors target the smallest gaps in armor and slice at hamstrings in a blur of steel.

Every dragon slain, corrupted tyrant toppled, and demon banished from Azeroth has trembled in the face of these lords of war.[1]

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Armor Up!(253).png

Hero Powers are unique abilities, specific to each class, usable once each turn.

Armor Up! is the warrior Hero Power, allowing the warrior to gain 2 Armor. A powerful defensive option, Armor Up! can be useful for slowly building a wall of Armor, through which the opponent will have to break in order to defeat the warrior, and makes a solid option to fall back on when mana is not better spent elsewhere. In contrast to Health, Armor can be stacked indefinitely. Armor-synergy cards such as Shield Slam can also allow Armor to be used in other ways.

Strategy and gameplay[edit | edit source]

The warrior in Hearthstone is best played as an aggressive mid-range (lacking many low-cost, weak monsters), combo, or control deck. Warrior cards and mechanics tend to favor attacking, and having creatures that can deal and take damage. The premier mechanic of the warrior class is Enrage, which gives a buff to a creature when it is damaged, like Amani Berserker and Grommash Hellscream.

Warriors have many cards that cause or can cause damage to their own minions such as Whirlwind, Cruel Taskmaster, Slam and Inner Rage, which are perfect for triggering Enrage effects, or effectively providing one to the damaged minion. These cards are also useful for triggering pseudo-enrages like Gurubashi Berserker and Frothing Berserker. The class also features some cards which offer benefits from damaged minions such as Battle Rage, which allows you to draw a card for every damaged minion, and Armorsmith, which increases your armor anytime a minion is damaged, as well as Rampage, able to empower and protect damaged minions without removing their enrage effect.

Warriors also place heavy emphasis on Charge. Warriors have access to the only fully controllable Charge buff in the game - Charge - as well as the only Charge-synergy card: Warsong Commander. Other warrior Charge minions are Kor'kron Elite and the legendary Grommash Hellscream.

All of these card types can be combined very effectively, such as by using Whirlwind to deal damage to the warrior's own freshly-summoned Enrage minions, then using a Charge effect to allow them to immediately deal damage to the opponent before they have a chance to defeat the warrior's weakened minions.

Warriors also have a large amount of effective defensive cards which along with their Hero Power allows for a more controlling strategy where they can stall the game long enough to be able to freely play high cost and powerful cards that can win the game on their own. Additionally, the warrior's many weapon cards and armor buffs allow the hero to kill the opponent's creatures himself while taking minimum damage, all while gaining card advantage and waiting for mana to play more expensive cards.

While warrior decks do not feature too many spell removal cards, they come with plenty of weapons to allow the warrior to do their board clearing in person. Warriors have access to more weapon cards than any other class, as well as boasting the most powerful weapon of all - the epic Gorehowl. Fiery War Axe is a cheap and effective weapon for clearing lower health minions, while Arcanite Reaper is excellent for removing more substantial enemies. Warriors synergise well with cards that reward weapon use, such as pirates. While this method of minion removal comes at the price of the warrior's health, the warrior's Hero Power and other defensive effects can serve to balance this loss, and with most weapons providing several attacks for a single card, this approach can allow the warrior to save mana and accrue a card advantage while keeping the board clear of threats.

Warriors do however have access to a few direct removal options. Whirlwind and Revenge are full AoE minion light/medium damage effects, while Cleave is an excellent and cheap clear for low-health minions. The only direct warrior destroy effects are Execute and Crush. The latter is cumbersome without a guaranteed damaged minion, while the former, although limited in comparison to cards like Assassinate, when combined with Whirlwind, Cruel Taskmaster or Slam can allow the warrior to remove a single target at will. Warriors also have access to the epic Brawl - a powerful but unpredictable free-for-all that clears the board of minions, with only a single randomly selected survivor left standing.

Themes[edit | edit source]

Like every other class, warriors have themes giving flavor and common mechanics to their cards and decks. One such theme is Armor, which they gain through their Hero Power as well as cards like Shield Block, Shieldmaiden, and Ancient Shieldbearer. They are the only class with cards that directly grow in power with Armor, Shield Slam and Siege Engine. Also highlighting this protective nature is Taunt minions and synergies, a theme that has been emphasized more since The Grand Tournament expansion. Examples include Bolster, Sparring Partner, and the legendary Quest Fire Plume's Heart.

Warriors can complement this defense with aggression. Warriors have the strongest weapon theme of all classes, with an armory including Fiery War Axe, Death's Bite, and Arcanite Reaper, and also weapon buffs like Bloodsail Cultist, Orgrimmar Aspirant, and Upgrade!. Two minor warrior themes are Pirates and Charge effects, with Pirates like N'Zoth's First Mate and Bloodsail Cultist sometimes complementing the weapons directly, and Charge cards such as Kor'kron Elite and Charge supplementing a warrior's ability to mount a quick offense.

Another major theme representing this willingness to wade into battle is cards like Mortal Strike and Revenge which are improved by being at low Health. Warrior minions also take part in this desire to take damage, in ways ranging from the standard Enrage ability - represented famously by Grom Hellscream, among others - to unique triggered effects like Frothing Berserker, Armorsmith, and Axe Flinger. Spells like Blood Brothers and Rampage supplement this, while those like Whirlwind, Slam, and Inner Rage can be used to trigger friendly effects or hurt enemy minions. Finally, Execute, Crush, and King Mosh can finish off enemies once they have been hit by all the damage flying around.

Warriors were also part of the Grimy Goons faction in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, providing them with its "buff cards in hand" mechanic using the likes of Stolen Goods and Grimy Gadgeteer. However, it was not used frequently by warriors, especially compared to its two "allied" classes, hunter and paladin, so this is a minor theme at best.

Spells[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warrior/Wild format

See Spell.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Description
Charge Free Warrior 1 Give a friendly minion Charge. It can't attack heroes this turn. "Guys! Guys! Slow down!" - some kind of non-warrior minion
Cleave Free Warrior 2 Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions. Hey you two…could you stand next to each other for a second…
Execute Free Warrior 2 Destroy a damaged enemy minion. It's okay, he deserved it.
Heroic Strike Free Warrior 2 Give your hero +4 Attack this turn. Really, if you're a hero, this is every strike.
Shield Block Free Warrior 3 Gain 5 Armor. Draw a card. Shields were invented because Face Block is USELESS.
Whirlwind Free Warrior 1 Deal 1 damage to ALL minions. The way to tell seasoned warriors from novice ones: the novices yell "wheeeee" while whirlwinding.
Battle Rage Common Warrior 2 Draw a card for each damaged friendly character. "You won't like me when I'm angry."
I Know a Guy Common Warrior 1 Discover a Taunt minion. Well… a guy who knows a guy.
Inner Rage Common Warrior 0 Deal 1 damage to a minion and give it +2 Attack. They're only smiling on the outside.
Iron Hide Common Warrior 1 Gain 5 Armor. Week 6. I remain covered head to toe with scales. They do not yet realize that I am not a dinosaur.
Ironforge Portal Common Warrior 5 Gain 4 Armor. Summon a random 4-Cost minion. Come to beautiful Ironforge! Where irons are forged and the forges are iron!
Rampage Common Warrior 2 Give a damaged minion +3/+3. Minion get ANGRY. Minion SMASH!
Slam Common Warrior 2 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it survives, draw a card. "Dun da dun, dun da dun": if you've heard an ogre sing this, it's too late.
Blood To Ichor Rare Warrior 1 Deal 1 damage to a minion. If it survives, summon a 2/2 Slime. For his next trick, he turns the ichor back to blood and stuffs it back in you.
Commanding Shout Rare Warrior 2 Your minions can't be reduced below 1 Health this turn. Draw a card. "Shout! Shout! Let it all out!" - Advice to warriors-in-training
Mortal Strike Rare Warrior 4 Deal 4 damage. If you have 12 or less Health, deal 6 instead. "If you only use one ability, use Mortal Strike." - The Warrior Code, Line 6
Protect the King! Rare Warrior 3 For each enemy minion, summon a 1/1 Pawn with TauntForm ranks! Everyone into the King's Tuskarr Defense!
Stolen Goods Rare Warrior 2 Give a random Taunt minion in your hand +3/+3. It fell off a kodo, I promise!
Upgrade! Rare Warrior 1 If you have a weapon, give it +1/+1. Otherwise equip a 1/3 weapon. Easily worth 50 DKP.
Blood Warriors Epic Warrior 3 Add a copy of each damaged friendly minion to your hand. They have an uneasy rivalry with the Blood Paladins.
Brawl Epic Warrior 5 Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly) Do you know the first rule of Brawl Club?
Explore Un'Goro Epic Warrior 2 Replace your deck with copies of "Discover a card." It turns out cards DO grow on trees!
Shield Slam Epic Warrior 1 Deal 1 damage to a minion for each Armor you have. "What is a better weapon? The sharp one your enemies expect, or the blunt one they ignore?" - The Art of Warrior, Chapter 9
Sleep with the Fishes Epic Warrior 2 Deal 3 damage to all damaged minions. If you're sleeping with the fishes, we highly suggest not bringing an electric blanket.
Sudden Genesis Epic Warrior 5 Summon copies of your damaged minions. Being hurt can make you another person.
Fire Plume's Heart Legendary Warrior 1 Quest: Play 7 Taunt Minions.
Reward: Sulfuras. Why does an active volcano need to be defended? To save its ash.
Showing all 26 cards
Charge(646).png
Cleave(81).png
Execute(227).png
Heroic Strike(1).png
Shield Block(493).png
Whirlwind(161).png
Battle Rage(664).png
I Know a Guy(49623).png
Inner Rage(366).png
Iron Hide(55572).png
Ironforge Portal(42064).png
Rampage(454).png
Slam(215).png
Blood To Ichor(35209).png
Commanding Shout(166).png
Mortal Strike(345).png
Protect the King!(42032).png
Stolen Goods(49661).png
Upgrade!(638).png
Blood Warriors(33166).png
Brawl(297).png
Explore Un'Goro(55445).png
Shield Slam(50).png
Sleep with the Fishes(49746).png
Sudden Genesis(55577).png
Fire Plume's Heart(55523).png


Uncollectible

For Wild format listings, see Warrior/Wild format

The following spells are generated by other warrior cards or effects, and are uncollectible.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Description
Choose Your Path None Warrior 1 Discover a card. 
Showing the only card
Choose Your Path(55598).png

Minions[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warrior/Wild format

All classes can also use neutral minions in their decks. See Minion.

Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kor'kron Elite Free General Warrior 4 4 3 Charge The Kor'kron are the elite forces of Garrosh Hellscream. Let's just say you don't want to run into these guys while wearing a blue tabard.
Warsong Commander Free General Warrior 3 2 3 Your Charge minions have +1 Attack. The Warsong clan is such drama. It's really not worth it to become a commander.
Arathi Weaponsmith Common General Warrior 4 3 3 Battlecry: Equip a 2/2 weapon. 50% off fist weapons, limited time only!
Bloodhoof Brave Common General Warrior 4 2 6 Taunt
Enrage:+3 Attack. He thought the set was called "Flippers of the Old Cods" and hungrily volunteered to be in it. He is definitely going to get his hearing checked.
Cruel Taskmaster Common General Warrior 2 2 2 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to a minion and give it +2 Attack. "I'm going to need you to come in on Sunday." - Cruel Taskmaster
Grimestreet Smuggler Common General Hunter, Paladin, Warrior 3 2 4 Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +1/+1 She's got anything you want. Need the latest derpinger? No problem!
Grimy Gadgeteer Common General Warrior 4 4 3 At the end of your turn, give a random minion in your hand +2/+2. "You look like a Gadgetgun 3000-Mark IV man, am I right?"
N'Zoth's First Mate Common Pirate Warrior 1 1 1 Battlecry: Equip a 1/3 Rusty Hook. Hates when N'Zoth yells "Ahoy Matey!!", but there's not really much he can do about it.
Ornery Direhorn Common Beast Warrior 6 5 5 Taunt
Battlecry: Adapt.
 "It's an herbivore. How dangerous can it be?" - Famous last words
Public Defender Common General Warrior 2 0 7 Taunt Happy to defend any public offender!
Ravaging Ghoul Common General Warrior 3 3 3 Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all other minions. But goes by "Ravishing Ghoul" when he hits the club.
Tar Lord Common Elemental Warrior 7 1 11 Taunt
Has +4 Attack during your opponent's turn. Tar Lord, man... legendary monster? Aw, forget it.
Alley Armorsmith Rare General Warrior 5 2 7 Taunt Whenever this minion deal damage, gain that much Armor. The rent is cheap and she passes the savings onto YOU!
Ancient Shieldbearer Rare General Warrior 7 6 6 Battlecry: If your C'Thun has at least 10 Attack, gain 10 Armor. Back in her day, each shield weighed two tons and she had to carry four of them on each arm!
Armorsmith Rare General Warrior 2 1 4 Whenever a friendly minion takes damage, gain 1 Armor. She accepts guild funds for repairs!
Bloodsail Cultist Rare Pirate Warrior 3 3 4 Battlecry: If you control another Pirate, give your weapon +1/+1. They're really just in it for the Blood Parrot.
Cornered Sentry Rare General Warrior 2 2 6 Taunt. Battlecry: Summon three 1/1 Raptors for your opponent. The Draenei are seriously considering cancelling "Bring Your Murderous Pet to Work Day."
Direhorn Hatchling Rare Beast Warrior 5 3 6 Taunt
Deathrattle:
Shuffle a 6/9 Direhorn with Taunt into your deck. His mom could beat up your mom.
Frothing Berserker Rare General Warrior 3 2 4 Whenever a minion takes damage, gain +1 Attack. He used to work as an accountant before he tried his hand at Berserkering.
Grimestreet Informant Rare General Hunter, Warrior, Paladin 2 1 1 Battlecry: Discover a Hunter, Paladin or Warrior card. "Naw, naw. You're talkin' about Grime BOULEVARD. I ain't know nuthin' 'bout that."
Grimestreet Pawnbroker Rare General Warrior 3 3 3 Battlecry: Give a random weapon in your hand +1/+1. "I don't know a lot about used GvG cards, so I'm going to have to call in an expert."
Don Han'Cho Legendary General Hunter, Warrior, Paladin 7 5 6 Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +5/+5. The brilliant mastermind of the Grimy Goons, Han sometimes thinks about ditching the idiot Cho, but that would just tear him apart.
Grommash Hellscream Legendary General Warrior 8 4 9 Charge
Enrage: +6 Attack Grommash drank the tainted blood of Mannoroth, dooming the orcs to green skin and red eyes! Maybe not his best decision.
Hobart Grapplehammer Legendary General Warrior 2 2 2 Battlecry: Give all weapons in your hand and deck +1 Attack. Grapplehammer is the horrible mind behind the Automatic Piranaha Launcher (banned in 7 districts)!
King Mosh Legendary Beast Warrior 9 9 7 Battlecry: Destroy all damaged Minions. He's a terror at concerts.
Malkorok Legendary General Warrior 7 6 5 Battlecry: Equip a random weapon. Garrosh's best buddy. It's true. Look it up.
Showing all 26 cards
Kor'kron Elite(130).png
Warsong Commander(193).png
Arathi Weaponsmith(504).png
Bloodhoof Brave(35205).png
Cruel Taskmaster(328).png
Grimestreet Smuggler(49664).png
Grimy Gadgeteer(49679).png
N'Zoth's First Mate(33132).png
Ornery Direhorn(55530).png
Public Defender(49732).png
Ravaging Ghoul(33161).png
Tar Lord(55535).png
Alley Armorsmith(49663).png
Ancient Shieldbearer(33122).png
Armorsmith(644).png
Bloodsail Cultist(35204).png
Cornered Sentry(55517).png
Direhorn Hatchling(55524).png
Frothing Berserker(69).png
Grimestreet Informant(49627).png
Grimestreet Pawnbroker(49668).png
Don Han'Cho(49683).png
Grommash Hellscream(643).png
Hobart Grapplehammer(49729).png
King Mosh(55501).png
Malkorok(35207).png


Uncollectible

For Wild format listings, see Warrior/Wild format

The following minions are generated by other warrior cards or effects, and are uncollectible.

Name / Desc Rarity Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Direhorn Matriarch None Beast Warrior 5 6 9 Taunt 
Pawn None General Warrior 1 1 1 Taunt 
Slime None General Warrior 2 2 2
Showing all 3 cards
Direhorn Matriarch(55601).png
Pawn(42201).png
Slime(35350).png

Weapons[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warrior/Wild format

See Weapon.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Atk HP Description
Arcanite Reaper Free Warrior 5 5 2 No… actually you should fear the Reaper.
Fiery War Axe Free Warrior 2 3 2 During times of tranquility and harmony, this weapon was called by its less popular name, Chilly Peace Axe.
Fool's Bane Common Warrior 5 3 4 Unlimited attacks each turn. Can't attack heroes. A fool and his bane are soon parted.
Molten Blade Rare Warrior 1 1 1 Each turn this is in your hand, transform it into a new weapon. It’s a sword! It’s a knife! It’s a swizzle-stick!
Brass Knuckles Epic Warrior 4 2 3 After your hero attacks, give a random minion in your hand +1/+1. For the goon that wants to make a fashion statement.
Gorehowl Epic 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!
Tentacles for Arms Epic Warrior 5 2 2 Deathrattle: Return this to your hand. That's right. Garrosh just slapped you to death with a tentacle.
Showing all 7 cards
Arcanite Reaper(182).png
Fiery War Axe(632).png
Fool's Bane(42041).png
Molten Blade(55496).png
Brass Knuckles(49680).png
Gorehowl(96).png
Tentacles for Arms(33140).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Warrior/Wild format

The following weapons are generated by other warrior cards and effects, and are uncollectible.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Atk HP Description
Battle Axe Common Warrior 1 2 2
Heavy Axe Common Warrior 1 1 3
Rusty Hook Common Warrior 1 1 3
Sulfuras Legendary Warrior 3 4 2 Battlecry: Your Hero Power becomes 'Deal 8 damage to a random enemy.' 
Showing all 4 cards
Battle Axe(403).png
Heavy Axe(583).png
Rusty Hook(35285).png
Sulfuras(55531).png


Leveling rewards[edit | edit source]

As a hero reaches various levels they are awarded new cards, with each class having its own rewards. All cards awarded by gaining levels are soulbound, and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Levels up to 10 award new Basic class cards, while levels after this award only golden versions of existing cards.

Starting cards[edit | edit source]

All warriors start with the following class cards.

Charge(646).png
Execute(227).png
Fiery War Axe(632).png
Heroic Strike(1).png
Warsong Commander(193).png

Level 2-10[edit | edit source]

Up to level 10, reaching each even-numbered level will award the player two copies of a new Basic class card. These cards are not obtainable through any other means.

Cleave(81).png

Level 2
Kor'kron Elite(130).png

Level 4
Whirlwind(161).png

Level 6
Shield Block(493).png

Level 8
Arcanite Reaper(182).png

Level 10

Level 11-60[edit | edit source]

Above level 10, reaching certain levels will award golden versions of existing Basic cards. As they are uncraftable, it is not possible to disenchant these cards, making the reward purely cosmetic. Reaching each required level will award one golden card. Levels after 10 award golden Basic class cards, whereas levels after 50 award golden Basic neutral minion cards.

Heroic Strike(1) Gold.png

Level 15/20
Charge(646) Gold.png

Level 23/26
Shield Block(493) Gold.png

Level 28/30
Whirlwind(161) Gold.png

Level 32/34
Warsong Commander(193) Gold.png

Level 36/38
Cleave(81) Gold.png

Level 40/42
Kor'kron Elite(130) Gold.png

Level 44/46
Execute(227) Gold.png

Level 47/48
Fiery War Axe(632) Gold.png

Level 49/50
Arcanite Reaper(182) Gold.png

Level 51/52
Silverback Patriarch(611) Gold.png

Level 53/54
Chillwind Yeti(31) Gold.png

Level 55/56
Raid Leader(502) Gold.png

Level 57/58
Wolfrider(174) Gold.png

Level 59/60

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/class/warrior