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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
Anti-Magic Shell None Spell Death Knight 4
Give your minions +2/+2 and "Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers." 
Bladestorm None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Deal 1 damage to all minions. 
Death and Decay None Spell Death Knight 3
Deal 3 damage to all enemies. 
Doom Pact None Spell Death Knight 5
Destroy all minions. Remove the top card from your deck for each minion destroyed. 
Ysera Awakens None Spell Any 2
Deal 5 damage to all characters except Ysera. 
Arcane Explosion Free Spell Mage 2
Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. This spell is much better than Arcane Implosion.
Bloodlust Free Spell Shaman 5
Give your minions +3 Attack this turn. blaarghghLLGHRHARAAHAHHH!!
Consecration Free Spell Paladin 4
Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Consecrated ground glows with Holy energy. But it smells a little, too.
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.
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
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.
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.
Frost Nova Free Spell Mage 3
Freeze all enemy minions. Hey man, that's cold. Literally and metaphorically.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timber Wolf Free Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1
Your other Beasts have +1 Attack. Other beasts totally dig hanging out with timber wolves.
Tundra Rhino Free Minion Beast Hunter 5 2 5
Your Beasts have ChargeTundra rhinos are often mistaken for kodos. Or am I mistaken?
Vanish Free Spell Rogue 6
Return all minions to their owner's hand. 
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.
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.
Boisterous Bard Common Minion General Any 3 3 2
Battlecry: Give your other minions +1 Health. As a kid, she fought with rocks. Now she fights with ROCK!
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.
Circle of Healing Common Spell Priest 0
Restore 4 Health to ALL minions. It isn't really a circle.
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.
Emerald Reaver Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to each hero. Not to be confused with clubbing enthusiast Emerald Raver.
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!
Fungal Enchanter Common Minion General Any 3 3 3
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Qualifications: Born with pointy hat.
Healing Rain Common Spell Shaman 3
Restore 12 Health divided randomly among all friendly characters. It's filled with electrolytes!
Hyldnir Frostrider Common Minion General Any 3 4 4
Battlecry: Freeze your other minions. Don't be fooled, that polar bear's the one in charge.
Leokk Common Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 4
Your other minions have +1 Attack. 
Lost Spirit Common Minion General Any 1 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.
Sneaky Devil Common Minion Demon Any 4 2 2
Stealth
Your other minions have +1 Attack. The result of a tragic accident involving a Defias Thug, a Wand of Polymorph, and a bundle of Fel Lotus.
Soul of the Forest Common Spell Druid 4
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant." "Reforestation" is suddenly a terrifying word.
Spirit Lash Common Spell Priest 2
Lifesteal
Deal 1 damage to all minions. We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, stolen from you!
Warpath Common Spell Warrior 2
Echo
Deal 1 damage to all minions. "Left, right, left, right, there's none of the enemy left… Right?"
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.
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
Blessed Maul Rare Weapon Paladin 3 2 2
Battlecry: Give your minions +1 Attack. 
Blizzard Rare Spell Mage 6
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions and Freeze them. This spell can be very Entertaining.
Blood Razor Rare Weapon Warrior 4 2 2
Battlecry and Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. For the close shave that you've always wanted. Caution: Very sharp.
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!
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.
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
Corrupting Mist Rare Spell Warlock 2
Corrupt every minion. Destroy them at the start of your next turn. The most terrifying of Un’goro magics is both silent… AND deadly.
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."
Despicable Dreadlord Rare Minion Demon Warlock 5 4 5
At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. He's deathspicable.
Duskbreaker Rare Minion Dragon Priest 4 3 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other minions. Waking up at the break of dusk is just not as impressive.
Equality Rare Spell Paladin 2
Change the Health of ALL minions to 1. We are all special unique snowflakes... with 1 Health.
Evolving Spores Rare Spell Druid 4
Adapt your minions. The most powerful mushrooms are commonly found in boxes marked with "?".
Exploding Bloatbat Rare Minion Beast Hunter 4 2 1
Deathrattle:
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. We've all been there after a night of one-too-many funnel cakes.
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!
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.
Mass Dispel Rare Spell Priest 4
Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
Primal Talismans Rare Spell Shaman 3
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a random basic Totem." All that remained from the first kobold colony: a single talisman and the word "Flamestrike."
Purifier's Maul Rare Weapon Paladin 3 2 2
Battlecry: Give your minions Divine Shield
Sacred Maul Rare Weapon Paladin 3 2 2
Battlecry: Give your minions Taunt
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!
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!
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.
Ticking Abomination Rare Minion General Any 4 5 6
Deathrattle: Deal 5 damage to your minions. Abomination. Emphasis on the second syllable.
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!
Brawl Epic Spell Warrior 5
Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly) Do you know the first rule of Brawl Club?
Cataclysm Epic Spell Warlock 4
Destroy all minions. Discard your hand. RUN FROM SKY CANDLES! THEY BURN! RUN!
Deadly Arsenal Epic Spell Warrior 6
Reveal a weapon from your deck. Deal its Attack to all minions. Oh look. A Gorehowl.
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.
Dragon's Fury Epic Spell Mage 5
Reveal a spell from your deck. Deal damage equal to its Cost to all minions. "C'mon Hucklemuck. She'll never notice if we take just one little coin."
Fatespinner Epic Minion General Druid 5 5 3
Choose a Deathrattle (Secretly) - Deal 3 damage to all minions; or Give them +2/+2. Her clothing? Pure silk, of course.
Level Up! Epic Spell Paladin 5
Give your Silver Hand Recruits +2/+2 and Taunt. Ding!
Grats.
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.
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!
Primordial Drake Epic Minion Dragon Any 8 4 8
Taunt
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all other minions. Before he became a rap artist.
Psychic Scream Epic Spell Priest 7
Shuffle all minions into your opponent's deck. Everybody! Hit the deck!
Reckless Flurry Epic Spell Warrior 3
Spend all your Armor. Deal that much damage to all minions. Look. Cautious Flurries will only get you so far in life.
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.
Spirit Echo Epic Spell Shaman 3
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Return this to your hand." I guess you can say they’re… “soul survivors.”
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.
Twisting Nether Epic Spell Warlock 8
Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Void Ripper Epic Minion Demon Any 3 3 3
Battlecry: Swap the Attack and Health of all other minions. You had to put the portable hole inside the bag of holding, didn't you?!
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!??!?
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.
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.
Deathstalker Rexxar Legendary Hero card Hunter 6
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. "You were too slow, old friend. The hunt began long ago. And now... it will never end."
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?
Glinda Crowskin Legendary Minion General Warlock 6 3 7
Minions in your hand have EchoSummon an unlimited* number of minions!** *Six **Wisps
Hagatha the Witch Legendary Hero card Shaman 8 5
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to all minions. Curse-bringer, tree-twister, mother of wretched things…Hanzo main.
Houndmaster Shaw Legendary Minion General Hunter 4 3 6
Your other minions have RushThey’re good dogs, Tess.
Kalimos, Primal Lord Legendary Minion Elemental Shaman 8 7 7
Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, cast an Elemental Invocation. All that's missing is a little heart.
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.
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.
Shadowreaper Anduin Legendary Hero card Priest 8
Battlecry: Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack. "I will tell you what Velen never taught me. Whosoever stands before the Light… inevitably casts a shadow."
Sunkeeper Tarim Legendary Minion General Paladin 6 3 7
Taunt
Battlecry: Set all other minions' Attack and Health to 3. Ironically, his favorite number is 4.
Thrall, Deathseer Legendary Hero card Shaman 5
Battlecry: Transform your minions into random ones that cost (2) more. "Do not be afraid. Approach. The dead will sleep… for now."
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Anti-Magic Shell(63054).png
Bladestorm(62925).png
Death and Decay(63056).png
Doom Pact(63050).png
Ysera Awakens(235).png
Arcane Explosion(56).png
Bloodlust(256).png
Consecration(260).png
Darkscale Healer(84).png
Dread Infernal(36).png
Fan of Knives(378).png
Flamestrike(44).png
Frost Nova(49).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Healing Totem(275).png
Hellfire(122).png
Holy Nova(671).png
Raid Leader(502).png
Savage Roar(329).png
Stormwind Champion(310).png
Swipe(620).png
Timber Wolf(86).png
Tundra Rhino(162).png
Vanish(658).png
Warsong Commander(193).png
Whirlwind(161).png
Boisterous Bard(76999).png
Cauldron Elemental(89463).png
Circle of Healing(38).png
Divine Hymn(89461).png
Emerald Reaver(55568).png
Explosive Trap(344).png
Fungal Enchanter(77003).png
Healing Rain(77008).png
Hyldnir Frostrider(62920).png
Leokk(32).png
Lost Spirit(89472).png
Power of the Wild(165).png
Sneaky Devil(77019).png
Soul of the Forest(311).png
Spirit Lash(58722).png
Warpath(89344).png
Abomination(597).png
Blade Flurry(244).png
Blessed Maul(76890).png
Blizzard(276).png
Blood Razor(61815).png
Chief Inspector(89474).png
Coldlight Seer(424).png
Commanding Shout(166).png
Corrupting Mist(55493).png
Curse of Weakness(89434).png
Despicable Dreadlord(62903).png
Duskbreaker(76868).png
Equality(383).png
Evolving Spores(55513).png
Exploding Bloatbat(62942).png
Flare(630).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Mass Dispel(249).png
Primal Talismans(76923).png
Sacred Maul(76888).png
Shadowflame(673).png
Silver Sword(89409).png
Starfall(464).png
Ticking Abomination(61811).png
Wild Pyromancer(25).png
Brawl(297).png
Cataclysm(76918).png
Deadly Arsenal(89384).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Fatespinner(61830).png
Level Up!(76867).png
Mossy Horror(89417).png
Murloc Warleader(222).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png
Psychic Scream(76911).png
Reckless Flurry(76945).png
Southsea Captain(324).png
Spirit Echo(55514).png
Totem Cruncher(89414).png
Twisting Nether(398).png
Void Ripper(76973).png
Worgen Abomination(89412).png
Baron Geddon(539).png
Cenarius(605).png
Deathstalker Rexxar(58724).png
Deathwing(474).png
Glinda Crowskin(89352).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png
Houndmaster Shaw(89346).png
Kalimos, Primal Lord(55473).png
Lady in White(89375).png
Lord Godfrey(89359).png
Shadowreaper Anduin(62889).png
Sunkeeper Tarim(55462).png
Thrall, Deathseer(62861).png


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