|Tags:||Beast-generating, Random, Taunt-generating|
Summon a random Beast Companion.
You could summon Misha, Leokk, or Huffer! Huffer is more trouble than he's worth.
How to get[edit | edit source]
Two copies of Animal Companion are a reward for raising a hunter to level 2.
Summoned minions[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Unlike effects like Totemic Call, the companions are not mutually exclusive; it is possible for a player to play Animal Companion twice in a row and summon two copies of the same companion.
- As with all summoning spells, the minions summoned by this card are always placed at the far right of the battlefield. The player cannot control their placement, although they can choose to play other minions after playing this spell, allowing for some degree of control over positioning.
- Effects that trigger from spells being cast are activated before an animal companion is summoned. For instance, if you have six minions and one of them is a Violet Teacher, no companion would be summoned since the board becomes full due to Violet Teacher's ability before Animal Companion takes effect.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
|Leokk||2||4||Other friendly minions have +1 Attack.|
Animal Companion randomly summons either Misha, Leokk or Huffer, each uncollectible 3-cost Beast minions. Although you cannot choose or predict which minion will be summoned, all three are more mana-efficient than collectible 3-mana minions. They maintain their mana efficiency if "returned" to your hand, since each can be summoned back for 3 mana.
This spell can be used to obtain early board presence and apply pressure to your opponent, forcing him to deal with these early threats. Since these minions are all beasts, they also synergize with the various hunter cards that benefit from having beasts in play, such as Scavenging Hyena, Kill Command, Stablemaster or even Ram Wrangler.
Call of the Wild is a more powerful but more expensive alternative means of summoning the companions.
Huffer[edit | edit source]
Huffer is a well-rounded card for both early game play and later rounds, but with low Health it may not last very long. Use it as a pig-shaped missile.
Leokk[edit | edit source]
Leokk can be very useful due mostly to his aura; note that he buffs friendly minions even if they're not Beasts. Pairing Leokk with Snake Trap makes the latter a bigger threat. A good draw if you already have other minions on the board, or for use with Unleash the Hounds.
Misha[edit | edit source]
Misha's low cost and high stats combined with Taunt make her well-rounded for early-game play. Her Taunt will buy you time to set up supporting cards, but her Attack will also let her contribute to board control.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Misha, Leokk and Huffer are all known companions of Rexxar.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Reign of Fire" series, for the card Rexxar the Wanderer.
- If you play Animal Companion against the Kel'Thuzad boss in the Curse of Naxxramas adventure, Mr. Bigglesworth will be summoned instead.
- The phrase "Always Huffer" refers to the apparent ability of Face Hunter players to consistently get Huffer when playing Animal Companion (its Charge ability offering the best possible outcome for dealing face damage), often enabling unlikely lethals.
- When Rexxar is the hunter player's hero, he will say "To my side!" when casting this card. Other characters, including the alternate hunter hero Alleria Windrunner, do not have quotes when casting this card.