Area of effect
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.
- 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.
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.
Below is a breakdown of the many types of AoE.
- AoE damage
- Damage all characters
- Damage all minions
- Chaos Nova, Whirlwind, Wild Pyromancer, Unstable Ghoul, Death's Bite, Explosive Sheep, Lightbomb, Revenge, Elemental Destruction, Chillmaw, Dreadscale*, Excavated Evil, Tentacle of N'Zoth, Ravaging Ghoul*, Anomalus, Volcanic Potion, Primordial Drake*, Fatespinner**, Spirit Lash, Defile, Blood Razor, Bladestorm, Dragon's Fury, Duskbreaker, Reckless Flurry, Hagatha the Witch, Lord Godfrey*, Warpath, Beakered Lightning, Dragonmaw Scorcher*, Arcanosaur*, Blast Wave, Shriek, Tunnel Blaster, Hagatha's Scheme, Earthquake, Depth Charge, Annihilation, Breath of the Infinite**, Awaken!, Risky Skipper, Immolation Aura, Shattered Rumbler*, Bladestorm
- Damage both heroes
- Damage all minions of a specific type
- Damage all enemies
- Damage all enemy minions
- Arcane Explosion, Blizzard**, Flamestrike, Holy Nova**, Lightning Storm, Starfall, Shadowflame, Blade Flurry, Fan of Knives, Twilight Flamecaller, Maelstrom Portal, Sergeant Sally, Invocation of Air, Exploding Bloatbat, Deathstalker Rexxar, Despicable Dreadlord, Impferno**, Flame Ward, Arcane Flakmage, Holy Ripple**, Sandstorm Elemental, Malygos's Explosion, Malygos's Flamestrike, Breath of the Infinite**, Chronobreaker, Imprisoned Observer
- Damage all enemy minions of a specific type
- Damage all friendly minions
- AoE healing
- Heal all characters
- Heal all minions
- Heal both heroes
- Heal all friendly characters
- Heal all friendly minions
- AoE destroy
- Destroy all minions
- Destroy all minions after silencing them
- Destroy all minions of a specific type
- Destroy all friendly minions
- Destroy all friendly minions of a specific type
- Destroy all enemy secrets
- Make all minions disappear
- AoE return
- AoE Transform
- AoE Enchantments
- Targets all minions
- Targets all enemy minions
- Targets all friendly characters
- Targets all friendly minions
- Conceal, Bloodlust, Power of the Wild, Cenarius*, Soul of the Forest, Enhance-o Mechano*, Mukla's Champion*, Competitive Spirit, Everyfin is Awesome, Spawn of N'Zoth, Wisps of the Old Gods, Infest, Mark of the Lotus, Spirit Echo, Evolving Spores, Anti-Magic Shell, Boisterous Bard, Branching Paths, Blessed Maul, Purifier's Maul, Sacred Maul, Primal Talismans, Lost Spirit, Silver Sword, Glitter Moth*, Tending Tauren*, Serrated Tooth, Grim Rally, Blessing of the Ancients, Never Surrender!, Soul of the Murloc, Domination, Storm's Wrath, Fiendish Rites, Rustsworn Cultist*
- Targets all friendly minions of a specific type
- Ongoing effects
- Targets all characters
- Targets all minions
- Targets both heroes
- Targets all friendly characters'
- Targets all friendly minions
- Targets all friendly minions of a specific type
- Targets all Hero Powers
- AoE Deathrattle trigger
- AoE remove Stealth
- AoE remove Divine Shield
- AoE Silence
- AoE Freeze
- AoE force all minions to attack
*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, Blizzard, Fatespinner, and Breath of the Infinite have combined or alternate effects and thus falls into multiple categories.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Freeze all enemy minions.
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions.
|Pharaoh's Warmask||None||Hero Power||Hunter||2|
Give your minions +2 Attack.
Deal 5 damage to all characters except Ysera.
Deal 8 damage to all enemy minions.
At the end of your turn, deal 20 damage to all enemies.
Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack. These are the brainy murlocs. It turns out that doesn’t mean much.
At the end of your turn, restore 1 Health to all friendly minions.
Your other Beasts have +1 Attack. Other beasts totally dig hanging out with timber wolves.
Deal 1 damage to ALL minions. The way to tell seasoned warriors from novice ones: the novices yell "wheeeee" while whirlwinding.
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.
Freeze all enemy minions. Hey man, that's cold. Literally and metaphorically.
Your other minions have +1 Attack. "That's a 50 DKP minus!"
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.
|Soul Cleave||Free||Spell||Demon Hunter||3|
Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions The way to a demon's soul is through its stomach.
Your Charge minions have +1 Attack. The Warsong clan is such drama. It's really not worth it to become a commander.
Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Consecrated ground glows with Holy energy. But it smells a little, too.
Deal 3 damage to ALL characters. It's spells like these that make it hard for Warlocks to get decent help.
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. If the Holy Light forsakes you, good luck casting this spell. Also, you're probably a jerk.
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.
Give your minions +3 Attack this turn. blaarghghLLGHRHARAAHAHHH!!
|Chaos Nova||Free||Spell||Demon Hunter||5|
Deal 4 damage to all minions. Illin' Illidan laying down the damage, flinging out the chaos as far as he can manage.
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.
Your Beasts have Charge. Tundra rhinos are often mistaken for kodos. Or am I mistaken?
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to ALL other characters. "INFERNOOOOOOOOOO!" - Jaraxxus, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion
Deal 4 damage to all enemy minions. When the ground is on fire, you should not stop, drop, and roll.
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.
|Circle of Healing||Common||Spell||Priest||0|
Restore 4 Health to ALL minions. It isn't really a circle.
Give your Totems +2 Attack. It's not really advanced shamanic magic, you just draw nasty eyebrows on them.
Battlecry: Give your other minions Rush. "Blimey, that's a Stratocumulus 1000!"
Return all friendly minions to your hand. Impossible to cast without cackling evilly.
Secret: When your opponent casts a spell, give your minions +2 Health. But sometimes concede.
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Everyone gets two because that's all she can hold.
|Rain of Fire||Common||Spell||Warlock||1|
Deal 1 damage to all characters. You know it’s autumn when the skies rain brimstone and fire. Also: pumpkin spice!
|Wave of Apathy||Common||Spell||1|
Set the Attack of all enemy minions to 1 until your next turn. "Flavor text? Eh. Can’t be bothered."
Secret: When your hero is attacked, deal 2 damage to all enemies. It traps your food AND cooks it for you!
|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.
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions.
Overload: (1) Doot doot doot doot doot [Pause] Doot doot doot doot doot DEE doot doot doot doot doot!
|Soul of the Murloc||Common||Spell||Shaman||2|
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Murloc." Previously thought nonexistent.
Invoke Galakrond. Deal 1 damage to all minions. This is an alarm clock you can't ignore.
|Blessing of the Ancients||Common||Spell||Druid||3|
Give your minions +1/+1. Arguably the cutest blessing.
|Blessing of the Ancients||Common||Spell||Druid||3|
Give your minions +1/+1.
Secret: After a minion attacks your hero, deal 3 damage to all enemy minions. Not to be confused with the burn ward.
Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Your minions can't be Frozen. If you want that muscular physique, you've really gotta feel the burn.
Deal 2 damage to all minions. Shuffle 2 Soul Fragments into your deck. "B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E!"
Invoke Galakrond. Give your minions +1 Attack. "You have the right to sacrifice an ally. If you do not have an ally, then one will be sacrificed for you."
|Soul of the Forest||Common||Spell||Druid||4|
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant." "Reforestation" is suddenly a terrifying word.
Spellburst: Deal 2 damage to all other minions. "If you like my tutoring, you'll love my sister the art therapist, my father the driver, and my mother the housekeeper."
|Libram of Justice||Common||Spell||Paladin||5|
Equip a 1/4 weapon. Change the Health of all enemy minions to 1. Proper justice. Throw the book at him!
Your Taunt minions have +2 Attack. Turns out he's really good at herding cats.
Battlecry: Give your other Mechs Stealth until your next turn. "What does that cloud look like to you?" "Trouble."
|Gift of the Wild||Common||Spell||Druid||8|
Give your minions +2/+2 and Taunt. The gift that keeps on living.
Deal 3 damage to all minions. "Hang Four, mon!"
At the start of your turn, deal 5 damage to ALL minions. * Does not have Charge.
|Plague of Flames||Rare||Spell||Warlock||1|
Destroy all your minions. For each one, destroy a random enemy minion. This is fine.
Sidequest: Summon 5 minions.
Reward: Give your minions +1/+1. "And I hereby dub thee a cadet of the Explorer’s League! NEXT!"
After you play a minion, deal 1 damage to all minions. Sworn enemy of the Safety Matey.
Give your minions +1/+1.
Overload: (1) How many dragons does it take to destroy a hot air balloon? One, two, three, CRUNCH!
After you play a Secret, deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. Ancient pandaren proverb: He who is without secrets lacks flak.
|Blade Dance||Rare||Spell||Demon Hunter||2|
Deal damage equal to your hero's Attack to 3 random enemy minions. The surest way to clear the dance floor.
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
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!
Deal 1 damage to all enemies. Restore 1 Health to all friendly characters. I still prefer the taste of banana fudge ripple.
Battlecry: Give all enemy minions -2 Attack this turn. Use a light abrasive to buff blemishes away but use a heavy abrasive to debuff problems.
After you cast a spell, deal 1 damage to ALL minions. BOOM BABY BOOM! BAD IS GOOD! DOWN WITH GOVERNMENT!
|Breath of the Infinite||Rare||Spell||Priest||3|
Deal 2 damage to all minions. If you're holding a Dragon, only damage enemies. It's called "circular breathing."
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.
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.
Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. Currently serving two turns on charges of aggravated minion slaughter.
Deal 2-3 damage to all enemy minions. Overload: (2) An umbrella won't be effective, I'm afraid.
|Robes of Protection||Rare||Minion||General||Any||3||2||4|
Your minions have "Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers." Warning: Robes of Protection are intended for targeted effects only and are not an effective defense against Flamestrike, Twisting Nether, or other AOE attacks.
|Shardshatter Mystic||Rare||Minion||General||Demon Hunter||3||3||2|
Battlecry: Destroy a Soul Fragment in your deck to deal 3 damage to all other minions. Enjoys a good soul-crushing defeat.
Your other Mechs have +1 Attack.
Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Microcopters. Carefully engineered to never grab the Mimiron plush toy.
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
Change the Health of ALL minions to 1. We are all special unique snowflakes... with 1 Health.
Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
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!
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." Hey man, I just feel like... death is just a construct of our imaginations, ya know?
Taunt. Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to ALL characters. Abominations enjoy Fresh Meat and long walks on the beach.
Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all enemy minions. If he asks to borrow your watch, just say no.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other characters. Always tail swipes left.
Deal 1 damage to all minion.
(Upgrades each turn!) "All shall suffer!"
"But Hagatha, those are your minions..."
"I said ALL!!!"
|Plague of Wrath||Rare||Spell||Warrior||5|
Destroy all damaged minions. "Thanks, I HATE it!"
Give your minions Divine Shield. Shield yourself in righteousness! It feels like a warm fuzzy blanket.
Battlecry: Give your Murlocs Divine Shield. It's about what they have in common, not what makes them different.
Choose One - Deal 5 damage to a minion; or 2 damage to all enemy minions. Is the sky falling? Yes. Yes it is.
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions and Freeze them. This spell can be very Entertaining.
|Cycle of Hatred||Rare||Spell||Demon Hunter||7|
Deal 3 damage to all minions. Summon a 3/3 Spirit for every minion killed. If you run 2 of these, would that make it the bi-cycle of hatred?
Deal 5 damage to all minions, then deal 2 damage to all minions. Shake it, sh-sh-sh-shake it like a Kalimdor fissure.
Restore 5 Health to all characters. Draw 5 cards. It's a high five followed by a low tide.
Your other Demons have +1 Attack. Has a side hustle as a siegebroker.
Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to all minions. And you always thought they wore the candles just for fun.
Battlecry: If your board is full of Mogu Cultists, sacrifice them all and summon Highkeeper Ra. Mogu cultists have the worst team-building exercises.
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.
Deal 4 damage to a minion. Any excess damages both neighbors. Sally is friends with three Silverhand Recruits conveniently standing in a line. After casting this spell, how many friends does she have left? (Show your work.)
Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. Do Murlocs ever get tired of making the same old sound? Nope! Mrglglrglglglglglglgl!
|Plague of Murlocs||Epic||Spell||Shaman||3|
Transform all minions into random Murlocs. This is horrible! And adorable!
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.
After your hero attacks, transform your minions into random ones that cost (1) more. I would NOT want to put my hand in there. It's... SQUISHY.
Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly) Do you know the first rule of Brawl Club?
Battlecry: If you cast a spell last turn, deal 2 damage to all other minions. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GROUND!
|Wrathspike Brute||Epic||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||5||2||6|
After this is attacked, deal 1 damage to all enemies. You scratch her back, her back scratches back.
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.
Battlecry: Destroy all other minions with 2 or less Attack. The hills have eyes. And teeth. Pretty bad breath, too.
Also damages the minions next to whomever your hero attacks. Honestly it sows more flame than it reaps.
At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to all other damaged minions. Does anyone want to play dead!??!?
Destroy all minions. The Twisting Nether is a formless place of magic and illusion and destroyed minions.
Your minions with Windfury have Mega-Windfury. And your minions with mega-windfury get... dizzy.
|Ancient Void Hound||Epic||Minion||Demon||Demon Hunter||9||10||10|
At the end of your turn, steal 1 Attack and Health from all enemy minions. What happened to my 1/1 Void Pup? And the glee club?!
|Plague of Death||Epic||Spell||Priest||9|
Silence and destroy all minions. Don't worry, there's a happy little funhouse right under that sand pit.
|Survival of the Fittest||Epic||Spell||Druid||10|
Give +4/+4 to all minions in your hand, deck, and battlefield. Sometimes the fittest is the one smart enough to not start a fight with seven 6/6 Treants.
Battlecry: Set the Health of all other minions to 1.
Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. Alexei Barov stayed at Scholomance despite leasing it to Kel’Thuzad. He says it’s for "supervision."
|Altruis the Outcast||Legendary||Minion||General||Demon Hunter||4||4||2|
After you play the left- or right-most card in your hand, deal 1 damage to all enemies. Altruis betrayed Illidan to forge his own way in Outland. With Blackjack. And Netherdrakes.
Dormant. Battlecry: Summon three 1/3 enemy Warders. When they die, destroy all minions and awaken. Came from another world to invade Outland and bend it to his will… only to be overthrown by an elf from another world who invaded Outland and bent it to his will.
While you're Overloaded, your other minions have +2 Attack. She wasn't happy when Hagatha sent her back to Uldum. But her "angry" hiss sounds like her "happy" hiss, so no one knew the difference.
At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all enemies (improved by Spell Damage). Always the favorite of Headmaster Kel'Thuzad, Ras nonetheless received a chilly reception from the other faculty.
|Keli'dan the Breaker||Legendary||Minion||General||Warlock||6||3||3|
Battlecry: Destroy a minion. If drawn this turn, instead destroy all minions except this one. He calms down a lot if you just give him a turn.
Battlecry: Draw Galakrond. If you're already Galakrond, unleash a Devastation. The only one who knows how to properly prepare Galakrond's coffee.
Battlecry: Change the Health of all enemy minions to 1. As an empty nester, she just misses her little ones.
At the end of your turn, deal 2 damage to ALL other characters. Baron Geddon was Ragnaros's foremost lieutenant, until he got FIRED.
|High Inquisitor Whitemane||Legendary||Minion||General||Any||7||6||8|
Battlecry: Summon all friendly minions that died this turn. No one told her that champions want to sleep in.
Choose One - Give your other minions +2/+2; or Summon two 2/2 Treants with Taunt. Yes, he's a demigod. No, he doesn't need to wear a shirt.
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?
|The Amazing Reno||Legendary||Hero card||Mage||10|
Battlecry: Make all minions disappear. *Poof!* "Reno!"
"Please address me by my proper title."
"<sigh> Amazing Reno..."
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