Big Bad Wolf (encounter)

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Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf (boss).png

Set: One Night in Karazhan
Type: Hero
Health: 20 (Normal)
20 (Heroic)
Armor: 15 Armor.png (Heroic)
Artist: Mark Gibbons

My what big teeth she has...

The "Kindly Grandmother" is used to represent the Big Bad Wolf on the Normal mode selection screen
For the minion card, see Big Bad Wolf.

The Big Bad Wolf is a boss found in the One Night in Karazhan adventure. It is the second boss of the second wing, The Opera.

On Normal mode, the Big Bad Wolf is presented under the guise of the Kindly Grandmother. However, the Grandmother does not feature in the encounter, only on the selection screen.

Hero Power[edit]

Normal Heroic

Special cards[edit]

Big Bad Claws(42114).png


The below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on the boss' use of the cards during the battle.

Normal and Heroic

Class Card Quantity
Boss Big Bad Claws 2
Druid Power of the Wild 2
Savage Roar 2
Bite 2
Swipe 2
Hunter Bestial Wrath 2
On the Hunt 2
Infested Wolf 2
Shaman Feral Spirit 2
Neutral Bloodfen Raptor 2
Dire Wolf Alpha 2
Huge Toad 2
Ironfur Grizzly 2
Pantry Spider 2
Stranglethorn Tiger 2

Starting board[edit]

On Heroic mode, the Big Bad Wolf starts with 3 Kindly Grandmothers on the board.


There are many ways to cheat the Hero Power or even make it work in your favor.

  • The Hero Power only sets minions played from the hand to 1/1. Minions summoned through spells, Battlecries or Choose One effects have normal stats. Therefore, it is beneficial to have minions that summon other minions. For example, playing Onyxia provides up to seven 1/1s (including Onyxia herself) for only 1 mana.
  • The Hero Power's effect is applied before the activation of any Battlecry. This means that stat-boosting Battlecries can provide excellent value. For example, a Frostwolf Warlord played with 6 other minions on the board will result in a 7/7 for 1 mana.
  • A minion that transforms as part of its Battlecry or Choose One effect becomes a full version of its transformed state. For example, playing a Druid of the Claw produces a full 4/4 Charge or 4/6 Taunt minion for only 1 mana.
  • Minions whose abilities are more valuable than their stats can be played early, even as early as turn 1.


In Heroic mode, the Big Bad Wolf will always start with three Kindly Grandmothers on the board. Your primary concern will be to clear the board as quickly as possible before the boss has the chance to play Savage Roar or Power of the Wild.

Originally, one of the easiest ways to defeat the Big Bad Wolf was to use Explosive Trap to trigger the Kindly Grandmothers' deathrattles, followed by playing Abomination afterwards; the AI would refuse to attack the Abomination, since this would result in clearing its own board, allowing the player to finish the boss off with their own minions. Although a hotfix on August 25th, 2016 corrected an AI issue with Abominations for several boss encounters, this strategy may still be effective for dealing with the initial three Kindly Grandmothers.



Kindly Grandmother(42020).png
Arcane Giant(42049).png


Before match

A kindly grandmother, but... those big eyes harbor a terrible secret!


Big Bad Wolf
Run away, little girl, run away!

Turn 1

I so love audience participation! Run, little guest, run!

Player's first minion

Big Bad Wolf
Look at your minions. See how they shrink before me?

Turn 5

Haha! A grand show! Even better than that ogre we chased around last week!

Stranglethorn Tiger

Oh granny, what big minions you have!
Big Bad Wolf
The better to crush you with!

Emote Response

Big Bad Wolf
Mmmm... Delicious...

Player's cards

Dire Wolf Alpha
Big Bad Wolf
Dire Wolf Alpha
Scarlet Crusader
Big Bad Wolf
Oh, little red cloak, where are you going?


Big Bad Wolf
Hunted? No...
Aha! The finale awaits!


"Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this evening's presentation!
"Tonight, things are not what they seem... for tonight your eyes may not be trusted!
"Take for instance this quiet elderly woman waiting for a visit from her granddaughter.... surely there is nothing to fear from this sweet, gray-haired old lady!
"But don't let me pull the wool over your eyes! See for yourself what lies beneath those covers! And now... on with the show!" - Barnes

The Big Bad Wolf is a worgen boss found in the Opera event. He represents the wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood, and many of his quotes reference this.


The Big Bad Wolf chasing Little Red Riding Hood as Barnes holds forth
The Big Bad Wolf getting his groove on in the One Night in Karazhan trailer
The Big Bad Wolf in World of Warcraft
The Big Bad Wolf in the TCG
Big Bad Wolf, full art

Patch changes[edit]