Bolf Ramshield

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Bolf Ramshield
Bolf Ramshield(22346).png
Bolf Ramshield(22346) Gold.png
Set: The Grand Tournament
Type: Minion
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 6
Attack: 3
Health: 9
Abilities: Deal damage
Tags: Damage-related, Triggered effect
Artist: Wayne Reynolds

Whenever your hero takes damage, this minion takes it instead.

Bolf keeps coming in 2nd at the Grand Tournament. It might be his year this year, if Lebron doesn't enter.

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Bolf Ramshield is a legendary neutral minion card, from the Grand Tournament set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Bolf Ramshield can be obtained through The Grand Tournament card packs purchased online from the Battle.net shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Bolf Ramshield 1600 400
Golden Bolf Ramshield 3200 1600

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Bolf Ramshield, Ice Block and Animated Armor are all predamage triggers, that trigger when your hero takes damage, before the damage is taken: Animated Armor has an early priority and always triggers first, and then Bolf Ramshield and Ice Block trigger in order of play.[1][2]
    • If Animated Armor and Bolf Ramshield are played together, Animated Armor will always reduce the damage to 1 before Bolf Ramshield intercepts it.
    • If Bolf Ramshield is played before Ice Block, Bolf Ramshield will intercept fatal damage. If Ice Block is played before Bolf Ramshield, Ice Block will prevent fatal damage before Bolf Ramshield can intercept it.[3]
    • If multiple Bolf Ramshields are in play, the earliest played one is the one that will intercept the damage, due to play order.[4]
  • Any instance of damage taken by the hero while Bolf Ramshield is in play will be taken by him instead, including from Secrets and fatigue[5] and regardless if its amount exceeds Bolf Ramshield's Health. [6] In addition, Bolf Ramshield can still intercept damage while mortally wounded (0 or less Health) up until the current Phase ends and Hearthstone checks for deaths.[7][8]
  • Technically, when Bolf Ramshield triggers, it prevents the Damage Event targeting your hero and creates a new Damage Event (with the same source and proposed damage) whose target is Bolf Ramshield himself. Thus, any effects which trigger from the attacking character dealing damage, such as Snowchugger and Mistress of Pain, will still take effect if Bolf Ramshield intercepts the damage.[9]
  • Means of damage prevention or reduction such as Divine Shield on Bolf Ramshield will still function normally to prevent him from taking damage.[10]
  • For additional details, see Damage#Advanced rules.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • When Lifesteal from a minion triggers while Auchenai Soulpriest or Embrace the Shadow is in effect with Bolf Ramshield in play, it creates a loop where Bolf Ramshield absorbs the damage of reverse-Lifesteal while the Lifesteal minion constantly activates its effect until it heals or deals damage to the owner, stopping at 61 triggers.[11]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This minion's ability can be used as a modified Taunt that only prevents taking damage from the attacks against your hero. Normal Taunt minions can be bypassed by using direct damage, such as Nightblade, Fireball, or Steady Shot, but Bolf Ramshield will redirect this damage towards himself, if the hero is targeted. However, Bolf is less useful than Taunt against enemy minions as he cannot protect your other minions and can also be "traded" into without dealing retaliatory damage if enemy minions target your face.

This minion can also prevent your hero from being Frozen through damaging effects from minions such as Snowchugger and Water Elemental, useful if your deck relies on weapons to help you win the game.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
I'll take on the lot o' ya.
Attack
Who's next?!

Lore[edit | edit source]

Bolf is an original Hearthstone character.[12] He was formerly an aspirant, but has been promoted recently.[13]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Bolf Ramshield, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

Unknown patch (between Patch 7.0.0.15590 and Patch 8.4.0.20022): The source of the Damage Event created by Bolf Ramshield is still the original Damage Event's source. Previously, Bolf Ramshield was considered the source of the damage dealt to himself, which led to the following interactions:

  • Any effects triggering from the attacking character dealing damage, such as Snowchugger and Mistress of Pain, did not take effect if Bolf Ramshield intercepted the damage.[14][15]
  • A Stealthed Bolf Ramshield lost Stealth after intercepting damage.[16]
  • If a Stealthed Wrathguard took damage and triggered to damage the controlling hero, but Bolf Ramshield intercepted the damage, the Wrathguard did not lose Stealth, because it was not a source of damage.[17]

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

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