Baku the Mooneater

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Baku the Mooneater
Baku the Mooneater(89335).png
Baku the Mooneater(89335) Gold.png
Set: The Witchwood
Type: Minion
Subtype: Beast
Class: Neutral
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 9
Attack: 7
Health: 8
Abilities: Replace Hero Power, Start of Game
Tags: Cost-related, Deck-related, Hero Power-related
Artist: James Ryman

Start of Game: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, upgrade your Hero Power.

In her defense, it did look like a cookie.

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Baku the Mooneater is a legendary neutral minion card, from the The Witchwood set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Baku the Mooneater can be obtained through The Witchwood card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Baku the Mooneater 1600 400
Golden Baku the Mooneater 3200 1600

Generated Hero Powers[edit | edit source]

Dire Shapeshift(22481).png
Ballista Shot(22483).png
Fireblast Rank 2(22484).png
The Silver Hand(22485).png
Heal(22486).png
Poisoned Daggers(22487).png
Totemic Slam(22489).png
Soul Tap(22494).png
Tank Up!(22495).png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Baku's "upgraded" hero powers function identically to hero powers upgraded by Justicar Trueheart.
  • 0-mana cards are even-cost cards. Cards without a mana cost (e.g. Shifting Scroll) are considered 0-cost cards.[1]
  • Your deck must not contain any even-costing cards from the very beginning of the game for this card's effect to activate.[2]
  • This card's effect takes priority over Prince Malchezaar, so the effect will activate even if Prince Malchezaar shuffles in even-cost cards into your deck.[3]
  • It has been noted that Baku will activate with Clockwork Giant (an even card) if the card is in hand[4]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Baku provides a very powerful bonus from the start of the game, at the cost of seriously hurting your deck building. Many staple cards cannot be used with Baku. However, it's possible to substitute cards with otherwise versions. For example, Gluttonous Ooze can be used instead of Acidic Swamp Ooze and Ironbeak Owl can be used instead of Spellbreaker.

One of the notable downsides of Baku the Mooneater is having to put Baku herself into your deck. As a vanilla 7/8 for 9 mana, Baku is essentially a dead draw.

Baku's strategy is wildly different for each class.

  • Dire Shapeshift is a flexible ability, letting you either effectively gain armor or chip away at enemies. It has the dedicated support, Gloom Stag, which allows for a strong Taunt backbone, potentially along with Hadronox.
  • Ballista Shot puts on a huge amount of pressure each turn, allowing Face Hunter decks to focus hard on the opponent. This is supported by odd-cost cards like Wolfrider and Animal Companion.
  • Fireblast Rank 2 allows for high value trading and applying pressure to your opponent. Black Cat is a great support card for this deck. This favours Tempo and Value decks.
  • The Silver Hand generates multiple minions each turn, which is invaluable for Aggro Paladin. While they lose out on Sunkeeper Tarim and all 2 drops, they make up for this with Divine Favor, Level Up!, and Unidentified Maul - all of which help aggro Paladin's strategy.
  • Heal is a powerful value Hero Power, capable of keeping minions and yourself topped off. It works very well with Quartz Elemental, easily keeping it swinging. While Priest has access to Glitter Moth, that card is generally unimportant for what a Baku deck requires.
  • Poisoned Daggers is incredibly efficient in the early game, turning Rogue into a removal machine. It is a strong fit Tempo Rogue, where it keeps many of its staple tempo cards like Hench-Clan Thug and Vilespine Slayer.
  • Totemic Slam give the Shaman's Hero Power more flexibility, but hardly any direct power increase or strong synergy options. It's better to ignore this card for Shamans.
  • Soul Tap is only a marginal improvement over Life Tap, especially since Warlock has access to plenty of healing. The sacrifices needed for it aren't worth the benefit.
  • Tank Up! is a strong bulking tool, especially when you can begin the extra armor immediately. Many of Warrior's best cards are odd, such as Brawl, Shield Block, and Shield Slam. You can also use Fire Plume's Heart with Baku, which works well with the large number of strong odd-cost Taunts. Warrior also has decent substitutions, such as Fiery War Axe instead of Blood Razor.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Effect triggering
None will survive!
Summon
I will silence their screams.
Attack
Slay them!

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Witchwood's growing influence drives even the redoubtable citizens of Gilneas to fearful flights of fancy. Uneasy townsfolk share bizarre stories of black cats with knowing eyes, and giant moths that peer into windows during the dead of night. Stranger still, they all seem to share the same horrid dream, night after night: a feeling of unspeakable dread as they watch huge, spectral fangs devour the moon.[5]

Baku is unique to Hearthstone. According to Mike Donais: "Hagatha, the witch of the Witchwood awakened the trees and beasts of the woods making them stronger and angrier. Baku the Mooneater is the great worm that is basically her General."[6] Baku has apparently devoured the White Lady, the larger of Azeroth's two moons, leaving only the Blue Child.[7]

No being akin to Baku exists in any our exhaustive records that describe serpents, dragonhawks, dragons, or other scaled, magical creatures. Given that this being has not been seen physically by anyone at all—instead observed solely via shared dream visions—our duty to investigate her nature is clear.
Our arcanists’ initial hypothesis is that Baku may in fact be the tormented psyche of a dragon whose physical form is trapped within the bounds of the Witchwood, but outside of physical reality—some kind of dream-dwelling projection of this dragon’s mind, warped and twisted by Hagatha’s own nightmares.
Whatever the Mooneater’s true nature, those who dream of her tend to slowly descend into a fugue state—neither waking nor dreaming—and develop the ability to manifest their will in surprising ways. In brief moments of lucidity, these subjects express a feeling of crushing, unyielding dread, and report seeing a kaleidoscopic serpent coiling and stretching across the horizon, blotting out the sky overhead.[8]

Baku is similar in appearance to a sea serpent. The closest habitat to Gilneas that would contain them would be the Kelp'thar Forest.

From Wowpedia:

Sea serpents are large serpents living in the seas of Azeroth. The sea serpents made their first appearance in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in the Kelp'thar Forest of Vashj'ir. They shouldn't be confused with the gigantic eels that also roam the areas.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Baku is a reference to Bakunawa, a dragon or sea serpent from Philippine mythology who is believed to cause eclipses by attempting to swallow the moon.[6]
  • Baku's character originated from when Blizzard needed artwork of a giant snake for a different card. The artist sent back art of a large python coiled around a tree, but the outsource manager stated that they'd need a bigger snake than that. The artist, "feeling saucy", responded by sending back artwork of a snake bigger than entire village, and since Blizzard "needed some badass art for Genn's Odd-nemesis", the artwork ended up being promoted from a generic card to a legendary in the form of Baku the Mooneater.[7]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Baku the Mooneater, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Donais. (2018-03-12). Reddit. 
  2. Mike Donais. (2018-03-12). Reddit. 
  3. Mike Donais. (2018-03-12). Reddit. 
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFJX07us89c
  5. Daxxarri (2018-03-12). Be Ready to Brave The Witchwood. Retrieved on 2018-03-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mike Donais. (2018-03-12). Reddit. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hadidjah Chamberlin. (2018-04-10). Reddit. Retrieved on 2018-04-10.
  8. Daxxarri (2018-04-25). The Witchwood – Mysterious Missives Part 3. Retrieved on 2018-04-25.
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