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Tortollan

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The tortollans are a race of primitive but friendly turtle-like humanoids native to Un'Goro Crater, first introduced in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion.

One of Professor Doyle's notes remarks that if he can bring back proof of this rumored race of crater-dwellers, his name will rank among Azeroth's greatest explorers.[1] When Doyle and his assistant Eddie Malone were captured by a group of saurok in an Un'Goro swamp, they were rescued by the tortollans. The tribe leader, Umbra, guided them to a nearby murloc village and re-appeared a few days later to direct them towards the volcano at the heart of Un'Goro, where she told them to climb the 'fire mountain' to see 'the truth'.[2]

The tortollans' name and appearance may hint at a connection to the turtle Wild God Tortolla, whom they apparently revere or worship.

After being introduced in Hearthstone, the tortollans would go on to appear in World of Warcraft with the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Cards[edit | edit source]

Tortollans

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Tortollan Forager Common Minion General Druid 2 2 2
Battlecry: Add a random minion with 5 or more Attack to your hand. In the Tortollan tongue, Un’goro is known as the “Land of the Lost and Found.”
Eggnapper Common Minion General Any 3 3 1
Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Raptors. Often misunderstood, it's just that he likes to use the eggs as pillows.
Tortollan Shellraiser Common Minion General Priest 4 2 6
Taunt
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. A hero... In a half-shell.
Traveling Healer Common Minion General Any 4 3 2
Divine Shield
Battlecry: Restore 3 Health. Some heroes have soft hearts and hard shells.
Stonehill Defender Rare Minion General Any 3 1 4
Taunt
Battlecry: Discover a Taunt minion. Briefly tried stand-up comedy under the name "Stonehill Offender", but turtles are just too thin-skinned.
Shellshifter Rare Minion General Druid 4 3 3
Choose One - Transform into a 5/3 with Stealth;
or a 3/5 with TauntMaster of the Three Shell Monte.
Tortollan Pilgrim Epic Minion General Mage 8 5 5
Battlecry: Discover a copy of a spell in your deck and cast it with random targets. A tortollan made it to the desert!
Tortollan Primalist Epic Minion General Any 8 5 4
Battlecry: Discover a spell and cast it with random targets. I see pizza in my future.
Spiritsinger Umbra Legendary Minion General Any 4 3 4
After you summon a minion, trigger its Deathrattle effect. She sees the fate of anyone she meets, but it's always the same: dinosaur attack.
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Tortollan Primalist(55515).png

Tortollan art

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Massive None Spell Any 0
Taunt 
Lost in the Jungle Common Spell Paladin 1
Summon two 1/1 Silver Hand Recruits. George and Karl were never heard from again.
Stegodon Common Minion Beast Any 4 2 6
Taunt Level 40 Tortollan Paladins quest to tame a Stegodon. There are no level 41 Tortollan Paladins.
Spikeridged Steed Rare Spell Paladin 6
Give a minion +2/+6 and Taunt. When it dies, summon a Stegodon. What beats cavalry? Dinosaur cavalry.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

"This sketch shows what a shaman and brute might look like in their culture. Fish as a weapon?! They . . . aren’t very clever."[3]
  • While Hearthstone has previously introduced various new creature types and variations of existing species to the Warcraft universe, such as many of the Mechs from Goblins vs Gnomes and the ethereal "energy-camel" ridden by Nexus-Champion Saraad, the tortollans represent the very first time that a never-before-seen intelligent humanoid race has been introduced through Hearthstone.
  • Senior Concept Artist Jerry Mascho describes the creation of the tortollans as follows: "The designers wanted us to explore the idea of a tribal group and we thought it would be fun to introduce a new race based on some ancient turtle creatures. So, the Tortollans were born."[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Professor Doyle's Notes on the official Journey to Un'Goro site
  2. Blizzard Entertainment (2017-03-21). E. Malone's Journal - Week Three. Retrieved on 2017-03-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blizzard Entertainment (2017-03-29). Hearthside Chat: The Art of Journey to Un'Goro. Retrieved on 2017-03-29.