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Bear Trap

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Bear Trap
Bear Trap(22364).png
Bear Trap(22364) Gold.png

Secret: After your hero is attacked, summon a 3/3 Bear with Taunt.

You'll never guess what's in that conveniently bear-sized, bear-smelling box.

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Bear Trap is a common hunter spell card, from the Grand Tournament set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Bear Trap is a Wild format card, and so can only be obtained through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Bear Trap 40 5
Golden Bear Trap 400 50

Summoned minions[edit | edit source]

Although not specifically named in the card text, this Secret summons an Ironfur Grizzly.[1]

Ironfur Grizzly(519).png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike Explosive Trap, the Ironfur Grizzly is summoned after the player is attacked.
  • Bear Trap will not activate if the attack does not complete, e.g. because the attacker died or was returned to hand before it could hit its target, such as by Freezing Trap.
  • Bear Trap will not activate if the player's board is full.
  • Bear Trap will activate if you are attacked for 0 damage, such as because Ice Block prevented the damage.[2]

Previous bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to Patch 4.0.0.10833 (LoE patch) Bear Trap would trigger and do nothing if your board was full.[3][4]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A strong card for midrange and control hunter. This is a 3/3 Taunt for 2 mana (that comes out slow) that can give you time to regain board presence. While it doesn't block the triggering attack itself, the Taunt can prevent further attacks. Note that if a player plans to attack with several minions that turn, the first will succeed; but this will trigger the Trap, meaning they may be forced to trade their other minion/s. Order of attack can therefore be very significant when testing for Bear Trap.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Bear Trap's comical design (see Trivia) is distinctly Hearthstone. However, Bear Trap was first a card in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, albeit with a far more conventional effect.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bear Trap's design is an intentional inversion of expectations. A real life bear trap is a powerful, sharpened metal contraption designed to trap bears. However, Bear Trap is instead a trap which sets a Bear upon the person who triggers it. Senior Producer Yong Woo described the card's concept: "Sometimes you trap the bear. Sometimes the bear traps you."[5]
  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "War of the Elements" series, for the card Noxious Trap.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Richard Wright

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Bear Trap, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

The Grand Tournament logo.png Patch 3.0.0.9786 (2015-08-18): Added.

References[edit | edit source]