Area of effect

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Area of effect (AoE) is the term for an effect which affects all characters of the specified type. Common targets for AoEs include all enemy minions, all minions, and all characters.

AoE is defined in contrast to 'single-target' and 'multiple target'. While AoEs may affect multiple targets, they have no limit to the number of targets affected, and their targets are determined by the nature of the AoE (e.g., "all minions") rather than by selecting a set number of individual targets. Positional effects function as limited-area AoEs, but in game terms are multiple target effects. AoEs are distinguished from multi-targets spells such as Arcane Missiles and Cleave, which are essentially multiple single-target effects.

The term AoE refers solely to the effect's target and does not describe its actual outcome. The most common types of AoE are healing and damage-dealing spells.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • AoEs affect all valid targets simultaneously. However, triggers resulting from each character affected are still applied one at a time, in the order the minions were played.
  • AoEs affect all targets before any related triggers are activated. For example a Circle of Healing will heal all minions before any Northshire Clerics will begin to activate.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The effect of an AoE on a given target is not diminished by the presence of more targets. This means that AoEs are generally more valuable the more valid targets are in play, since the AoE takes full effect on all of them. Damage-dealing AoEs can be very effective for tackling large groups of minions. AoEs tend to be most effective against large groups of weak minions, and least effective against small numbers of powerful minions.

AoEs can be very useful for dealing damage to targets with Stealth. Although stealthed minions cannot be targeted directly, AoEs will still affect them. Mage is a class with strong AoE damage abilities, but all classes have some form of AoE available.

Types[edit | edit source]

Below is a breakdown of the many types of AoE.

*Cards like Baron Geddon and Brawl exclude one minion from the effect, but hit all other targets as described. Ysera Awakens and Dread Infernal are two other examples of this type of targeting. Minions such as Stormwind Champion that provide ongoing AoE buffs similarly exclude themselves from the effect.

**Cards like Holy Nova and Blizzard have combined effects and thus falls into two categories.

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Area of effect/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
KABOOM! None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Deal 1 damage to all enemies. Swaps each turn. 
Ysera Awakens None Spell Any 2
Deal 5 damage to all characters except Ysera. 
Grimscale Oracle Free Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1
Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack. These are the brainy murlocs. It turns out that doesn’t mean much.
Healing Totem Free Minion Totem Shaman 1 0 2
At the end of your turn, restore 1 Health to all friendly minions. 
Timber Wolf Free Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Your other Beasts have +1 Attack. Other beasts totally dig hanging out with timber wolves.
Whirlwind Free Spell Warrior 1
Deal 1 damage to ALL minions. The way to tell seasoned warriors from novice ones: the novices yell "wheeeee" while whirlwinding.
Arcane Explosion Free Spell Mage 2
Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. This spell is much better than Arcane Implosion.
Fan of Knives Free Spell Rogue 3
Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. Draw a card. I wouldn't say I LOVE knives, but I'm definitely a fan.
Frost Nova Free Spell Mage 3
Freeze all enemy minions. Hey man, that's cold. Literally and metaphorically.
Raid Leader Free Minion General Any 3 2 2
Your other minions have +1 Attack. "That's a 50 DKP minus!"
Savage Roar Free Spell Druid 3
Give your characters +2 Attack this turn. What do they roar? Nobody can quite tell, but it sounds like "Elephant Macho Breeze". It's probably not that, though.
Warsong Commander Free Minion 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.
Consecration Free Spell Paladin 4
Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Consecrated ground glows with Holy energy. But it smells a little, too.
Hellfire Free Spell Warlock 4
Deal 3 damage to ALL characters. It's spells like these that make it hard for Warlocks to get decent help.
Swipe Free Spell Druid 4
Deal 4 damage to an enemy and 1 damage to all other enemies. When a bear rears back and extends his arms, he's about to Swipe! ... or hug.
Bloodlust Free Spell Shaman 5
Give your minions +3 Attack this turn. blaarghghLLGHRHARAAHAHHH!!
Darkscale Healer Free Minion General Any 5 4 5
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Healing is just something she does in her free time. It's more of a hobby really.
Holy Nova Free Spell Priest 5
Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. If the Holy Light forsakes you, good luck casting this spell. Also, you're probably a jerk.
Tundra Rhino Free Minion Beast Hunter 5 2 5
Your Beasts have ChargeTundra rhinos are often mistaken for kodos. Or am I mistaken?
Dread Infernal Free Minion Demon Warlock 6 6 6
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters. "INFERNOOOOOOOOOO!" - Jaraxxus, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion
Vanish Free Spell Rogue 6
Return all minions to their owner's hand. 
Flamestrike Free Spell Mage 7
Deal 4 damage to all enemy minions. When the ground is on fire, you should not stop, drop, and roll.
Stormwind Champion Free Minion General Any 7 6 6
Your other minions have +1/+1. When Deathwing assaulted the capital, this soldier was the only member of his squad to survive. Now he's all bitter and stuff.
Beakered Lightning Common Spell Shaman 0
Deal 1 damage to all minions. Overload: (2) Working in a shaman's lab, it's important to be well-grounded.
Circle of Healing Common Spell Priest 0
Restore 4 Health to ALL minions. It isn't really a circle.
Blessing of the Ancients Common Spell Druid 1
Twinspell
Give your minions +1/+1. Arguably the cutest blessing.
Daring Escape Common Spell Rogue 1
Return all friendly minions to your hand. Impossible to cast without cackling evilly.
Never Surrender! Common Spell Paladin 1
Secret: When your opponent casts a spell, give your minions +2 Health. But sometimes concede.
Potion Vendor Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Everyone gets two because that's all she can hold.
Serrated Tooth Common Weapon Rogue 1 1 3
Deathrattle: Give your minions RushThe tooth hurts, don’t it?
Divine Hymn Common Spell Priest 2
Restore 6 Health to all friendly characters. Taken up an octave, it's highly effective against stained glass golems.
Explosive Trap Common Spell Hunter 2
Secret: When your hero is attacked, deal 2 damage to all enemies. It traps your food AND cooks it for you!
Lost Spirit Common Minion General Any 2 1 1
Deathrattle: Give your minions +1 Attack She simply refuses to ask for directions.
Power of the Wild Common Spell Druid 2
Choose One - Give your minions +1/+1; or Summon a 3/2 Panther. Never look a panther in the eye. Or is it 'Always look a panther in the eye'? Well, it's one of those.
Soul of the Murloc Common Spell Shaman 2
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Murloc." Previously thought nonexistent.
Warpath Common Spell Warrior 2
Echo
Deal 1 damage to all minions. "Left, right, left, right, there's none of the enemy left… Right?"
Leokk Common Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 4
Your other minions have +1 Attack. 
Soul of the Forest Common Spell Druid 4
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant." "Reforestation" is suddenly a terrifying word.
Dragonmaw Scorcher Common Minion Dragon Any 5 3 6
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all other minions. Caution: Contains Flammable Material
Arcanosaur Common Minion Elemental Mage 6 3 3
Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, deal 3 damage to all other minions. Arcane energy… finds a way.
Cauldron Elemental Common Minion Elemental Any 8 7 7
Your other Elementals have +2 Attack. Decorating tip: Unused cauldrons can make a lovely elemental display.
Grim Rally Rare Spell Warlock 1
Destroy a friendly minion. Give your minions +1/+1. There’s no “Aiiiieeee” in “Team.”
Shriek Rare Spell Warlock 1
Discard your lowest Cost card. Deal 2 damage to all minions. The first warning sign of an oncoming warlock temper tantrum.
Commanding Shout Rare Spell 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
Curse of Weakness Rare Spell Warlock 2
Echo
Give all enemy minions -2 Attack until your next turn. Warlocks refer to this as a "balance change."
Flare Rare Spell Hunter 2
All minions lose Stealth. Destroy all enemy Secrets. Draw a card. Not only does it reveal your enemies, but it's also great for parties!
Wild Pyromancer Rare Minion General Any 2 3 2
After you cast a spell, deal 1 damage to ALL minions. BOOM BABY BOOM! BAD IS GOOD! DOWN WITH GOVERNMENT!
Coldlight Seer Rare Minion Murloc Any 3 2 3
Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health. The Coldlight murlocs reside in the darkest pits of the Abyssal Depths. So no, there's no getting away from murlocs.
Impferno Rare Spell Warlock 3
Give your Demons +1 Attack. Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. Imps don't get mad when you set them on fire. They think it's cozy.
Lightning Storm Rare Spell Shaman 3
Deal 2-3 damage to all enemy minions. Overload: (2) An umbrella won't be effective, I'm afraid.
Blade Flurry Rare Spell Rogue 4
Destroy your weapon and deal its damage to all enemy minions. "Look, it's not just about waving daggers around really fast. It's a lot more complicated than that." - Shan, Rogue Trainer
Equality Rare Spell Paladin 4
Change the Health of ALL minions to 1. We are all special unique snowflakes... with 1 Health.
Mass Dispel Rare Spell Priest 4
Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
Shadowflame Rare Spell Warlock 4
Destroy a friendly minion and deal its Attack damage to all enemy minions. Start with a powerful minion and stir in Shadowflame and you have a good time!
Abomination Rare Minion General Any 5 4 4
Taunt. Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to ALL characters. Abominations enjoy Fresh Meat and long walks on the beach.
Chief Inspector Rare Minion General Any 5 4 6
Battlecry: Destroy all enemy SecretsEmpty your pockets, I know you’ve got a Wandering Monster in there!
Hagatha's Scheme Rare Spell Shaman 5
Deal 1 damage to all minion.
(Upgrades each turn!) "All shall suffer!"
"But Hagatha, those are your minions..."
"I said ALL!!!"
Mass Hysteria Rare Spell Priest 5
Force each minion to attack another random minion. Black Friday gets worse every year.
Shrink Ray Rare Spell Paladin 5
Set the Attack and Health of all minions to 1. Actually works by enlarging the rest of the world.
Starfall Rare Spell Druid 5
Choose One - Deal 5 damage to a minion; or 2 damage to all enemy minions. Is the sky falling? Yes. Yes it is.
Blizzard Rare Spell Mage 6
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions and Freeze them. This spell can be very Entertaining.
Missile Launcher Rare Minion Mech Any 6 4 4
Magnetic
At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all other characters. We asked, "Where do the missiles go?" and he answered, "Yes."
Tending Tauren Rare Minion General Druid 6 3 4
Choose One - Give your other minions +1/+1; or Summon two 2/2 Treants. That racial bonus to Herbalism finally paid off.
Tunnel Blaster Rare Minion General Any 7 3 7
Taunt
Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to all minions. And you always thought they wore the candles just for fun.
Silver Sword Rare Weapon Paladin 8 3 4
After your hero attacks, give your minions +1/+1. Silver’s malleability limits its utility as an edged weapon. On the other hand... SHINY!
Doomsayer Epic Minion General Any 2 0 7
At the start of your turn, destroy ALL minions. He's almost been right so many times. He was sure it was coming during the Cataclysm.
Murloc Warleader Epic Minion Murloc Any 3 3 3
Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. Do Murlocs ever get tired of making the same old sound? Nope! Mrglglrglglglglglglgl!
Southsea Captain Epic Minion Pirate Any 3 3 3
Your other Pirates have +1/+1. When he saves enough plunder, he's going to commission an enormous captain's hat. He has hat envy.
Totem Cruncher Epic Minion Beast Shaman 4 2 3
Taunt
Battlecry: Destroy your Totems. Gain +2/+2 for each destroyed. When regular totem hours won't cut it.
Blast Wave Epic Spell Mage 5
Deal 2 damage to all minions.
Overkill: Add a random Mage spell to your hand. If you’re burning and you know it, wave your hands!
Brawl Epic Spell Warrior 5
Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly) Do you know the first rule of Brawl Club?
Loose Specimen Epic Minion Beast Any 5 6 6
Battlecry: Deal 6 damage randomly split among other friendly minions. You leave Deathstalker Rexxar alone in the lab for TWO minutes…
Treespeaker Epic Minion General Druid 5 4 4
Battlecry: Transform your Treans into 5/5 Ancients. Honestly, his delivery is a little wooden.
Darkest Hour Epic Spell Warlock 6
Destroy all friendly minions. For each one, summon a random minion from your deck. It's always darkest just before you find the light switch.
Deadly Arsenal Epic Spell Warrior 6
Reveal a weapon from your deck. Deal its Attack to all minions. Oh look. A Gorehowl.
Mossy Horror Epic Minion General Any 6 2 7
Battlecry: Destroy all other minions with 2 or less Attack. The hills have eyes. And teeth. Pretty bad breath, too.
Star Aligner Epic Minion General Any 7 7 7
Battlecry: If you control 3 minions with 7 Health, deal 7 damage to all enemies. "You're a Sagittarius? Me too! Just gimme a sec."
Worgen Abomination Epic Minion General Any 7 6 6
At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to all other damaged minions. Does anyone want to play dead!??!?
Twisting Nether Epic Spell Warlock 8
Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Whirlwind Tempest Epic Minion Elemental Any 8 6 6
Your minions with Windfury have Mega-WindfuryAnd your minions with mega-windfury get... dizzy.
Houndmaster Shaw Legendary Minion General Hunter 4 3 6
Your other minions have RushThey’re good dogs, Tess.
Lady in White Legendary Minion General Priest 6 5 5
Battlecry: Cast 'Inner Fire' on all minions in your deck. (set Attack equal to Health) She was a lady in polka dots until the gnomish laundromat incident.
Baron Geddon Legendary Minion Elemental Any 7 7 5
At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to ALL other characters. Baron Geddon was Ragnaros's foremost lieutenant, until he got FIRED.
Lord Godfrey Legendary Minion General Warlock 7 4 4
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all other minions. If any die, repeat this BattlecryBetrayed the Alliance. Betrayed the Horde. All for 200 achievement points and a sweet, sweet hat.
The Storm Bringer Legendary Spell Shaman 7
Transform your minions into random Legendary minions. Finally, Electra can work from home.
Hagatha the Witch Legendary Hero card Shaman 8
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to all minions. Curse-bringer, tree-twister, mother of wretched things…Hanzo main.
Cenarius Legendary Minion General Druid 9 5 8
Choose One - Give your other minions +2/+2; or Summon two 2/2 Treants with TauntYes, he's a demigod. No, he doesn't need to wear a shirt.
Deathwing Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12
Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand. Once a noble dragon known as Neltharion, Deathwing lost his mind and shattered Azeroth before finally being defeated. Daddy issues?
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Beakered Lightning(89947).png
Circle of Healing(38).png
Blessing of the Ancients(90645).png
Daring Escape(90673).png
Grim Rally(90217).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Healing Totem(275).png
Never Surrender!(90590).png
Potion Vendor(90626).png
Serrated Tooth(90271).png
Shriek(90179).png
Timber Wolf(86).png
Whirlwind(161).png
Arcane Explosion(56).png
Commanding Shout(166).png
Curse of Weakness(89434).png
Divine Hymn(89461).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Explosive Trap(344).png
Flare(630).png
KABOOM!(89833).png
Lost Spirit(89472).png
Power of the Wild(165).png
Soul of the Murloc(90647).png
Warpath(89344).png
Wild Pyromancer(25).png
Ysera Awakens(235).png
Coldlight Seer(424).png
Fan of Knives(378).png
Frost Nova(49).png
Impferno(90635).png
Leokk(32).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Murloc Warleader(222).png
Raid Leader(502).png
Savage Roar(329).png
Southsea Captain(324).png
Warsong Commander(193).png
Blade Flurry(244).png
Consecration(260).png
Equality(383).png
Hellfire(122).png
Houndmaster Shaw(89346).png
Mass Dispel(249).png
Shadowflame(673).png
Soul of the Forest(311).png
Swipe(620).png
Totem Cruncher(89414).png
Abomination(597).png
Blast Wave(90204).png
Bloodlust(256).png
Brawl(297).png
Chief Inspector(89474).png
Darkscale Healer(84).png
Dragonmaw Scorcher(90279).png
Hagatha's Scheme(90552).png
Holy Nova(671).png
Loose Specimen(89934).png
Mass Hysteria(90253).png
Shrink Ray(89864).png
Starfall(464).png
Treespeaker(90256).png
Tundra Rhino(162).png
Arcanosaur(90214).png
Blizzard(276).png
Darkest Hour(90672).png
Deadly Arsenal(89384).png
Dread Infernal(36).png
Lady in White(89375).png
Missile Launcher(89857).png
Mossy Horror(89417).png
Tending Tauren(89900).png
Vanish(658).png
Baron Geddon(539).png
Flamestrike(44).png
Lord Godfrey(89359).png
Star Aligner(89842).png
Stormwind Champion(310).png
The Storm Bringer(89892).png
Tunnel Blaster(90660).png
Worgen Abomination(89412).png
Cauldron Elemental(89463).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png
Silver Sword(89409).png
Twisting Nether(398).png
Whirlwind Tempest(90655).png
Cenarius(605).png
Deathwing(474).png