Deathrattle

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Deathrattle
Does something when it dies.
A Loot Hoarder displaying the Deathrattle icon

Deathrattle is an ability where the stated effect occurs when the minion or weapon is destroyed. Cards with Deathrattle appear with a skull and crossbones when in play.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Minions may benefit from multiple Deathrattles at the same time. As with all abilities, Deathrattle can be removed from minions with Silences.
  • Deathrattle effects occur after battle damage has been calculated and minions destroyed. Additional effects caused by damaging spells such as Bane of Doom will also take place before any Deathrattles.
  • Like triggered effects, players cannot choose the targets of Deathrattles. While the developers' policy is to explicitly state when a visible target of a Deathrattle is random, this may in some cases be left unstated, in order to simplify the card text.

Sequence of events[edit | edit source]

An equipped Death's Bite displaying the Deathrattle icon
Main article: Advanced rulebook

Deathrattles and death-related effects take place after damage has been exchanged and minions/weapons have been destroyed and removed from the board. This prevents Deathrattles from acting upon other minions which were destroyed in the same combat. It also prevents several simultaneous events from acting upon consequences of Deathrattles or other triggered events. The same is true for secrets and triggered effects which are activated from death, such as Duplicate and Cult Master, which are treated exactly the same as Deathrattles.

Note that all effects triggered from the death of a minion will play out in the order in which they were put into play, regardless of type of effect.[1] For example, if a mage plays Duplicate followed by Abomination, and the Abomination is then destroyed on the opponent's turn, the Duplicate will activate before the Abomination's own Deathrattle; while if the Abomination was played first, its Deathrattle will activate first, followed by the secret.[2][3] Deathrattles do not gain any special priority.

Note also that when multiple minions are killed simultaneously, their deaths will be resolved one at a time, in the order in which they entered play.

Once all destroyed minions have been removed from the board, each death will be resolved, including the activation of any death-related effects - this includes the minion's own Deathrattle, triggered effects such as Cult Master, and Secrets such as Duplicate. Resolution takes place one minion at a time, in order in which the minions entered play. As each death is resolved, all eligible triggered events will play out in the order in which the effect entered play, including the minion's own Deathrattle, Secrets and other effects. Each effect will play out individually and resolve, before the next activates. Once all related effects have played out for the minion, the next simultaneous minion's death will begin to resolve.

For example, if a Sylvanas Windrunner attacks another Sylvanas Windrunner, destroying both minions, the Deathrattle of the Sylvanas which was summoned first will take place first, followed by the Deathrattle of the Sylvanas which was summoned second. Order of minion summoning can therefore be extremely significant.

For a more thorough explanation of Deathrattles and their interactions with other effects, see the Advanced rulebook.

Cards with Deathrattle[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Deathrattle/Wild format

This section lists all cards which possess or provide Deathrattle.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Frostmourne None Weapon Death Knight 7 5 3
Deathrattle: Summon every minion killed by this weapon. 
Frozen Champion None Minion General Mage 1 0 1
Deathrattle: Add a random Legendary minion to your hand. 
Mana Treant None Minion General Druid 2 2 2
Deathrattle: Gain an empty Mana Crystal. 
Master Chest None Minion General Any 3 0 8
Deathrattle: Give your opponent a fantastic treasure! 
Splitting Sapling None Minion General Any 3 2 2
Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Woodchips. 
Arena Treasure Chest Common Minion General Any 4 0 4
Deathrattle: Draw 2 cards. Yeah it's great, but did you see the Arena Treasure Arms?!
Blood Razor Common Weapon Warrior 4 2 2
Battlecry and Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. For the close shave that you've always wanted. Caution: Very sharp.
Bone Baron Common Minion General Rogue 5 5 5
Deathrattle: Add two 1/1 Skeletons to your hand. "Oil," "Rail," and "Blubber" were already taken.
Cursed Disciple Common Minion General Any 4 5 1
Deathrattle: Summon a 5/1 Revenant. Politer than his brother, the cursing disciple, but far more evil.
Dead Ringer Common Minion Mech Priest 2 2 1
Deathrattle: Draw a Deathrattle minion from your deck. Shortstop on N'zoth's softball team.
Deranged Doctor Common Minion General Any 8 8 8
Deathrattle: Restore 8 Health to your hero. Unfortunately, his doctorate is in Murloc Literature.
Drygulch Jailor Common Minion General Paladin 2 1 1
Deathrattle: Add 3 Silver Hand Recruits to your hand. Hard time: 6-10 turns for candle-nappin'.
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.
Gilded Gargoyle Common Minion General Priest 3 2 2
Deathrattle: Add a Coin to your hand. You hear a coin rattling inside the slotted gargoyle... What could it mean?
Goblin Bomb Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 2
Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. They're Dr. Boom's babies. His baby boomers.
Harvest Golem Common Minion Mech Any 3 2 3
Deathrattle: Summon a 2/1 Damaged Golem. "Overheat threshold exceeded. System failure. Wheat clog in port two. Shutting down."
Hoarding Dragon Common Minion Dragon Any 4 5 6
Deathrattle: Give your opponent two Coins. Keeps his two cents to himself.
Igneous Elemental Common Minion Elemental Any 3 2 3
Deathrattle: Add two 1/2 Elementals to your hand. We wanted to name him "Ingenious Elemental", but he just wasn't that bright.
Kaboom Bot Common Minion Mech Any 3 2 2
Deathrattle: Deal 4 damage to a random enemy minion. More Boom for your buck.
Leper Gnome Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. He really just wants to be your friend, but the constant rejection is starting to really get to him.
Loot Hoarder Common Minion General Any 2 2 1
Deathrattle: Draw a card. Always roll need.
Lost Spirit Common Minion General Any 2 1 1
Deathrattle: Give your minions +1 Attack She simply refuses to ask for directions.
Mechano-Egg Common Minion Mech Paladin 5 0 5
Deathrattle: Summon an 8/8 Robosaur. When you need more iron in your diet.
Mecharoo Common Minion Mech Any 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Jo-E Bot. Its project name was KAN-GA. The little one was R-00.
Piloted Reaper Common Minion Mech Any 4 3 2
Deathrattle: Summon a random minion from your hand that costs (2) or less. New facial recognition systems keep out the Lorewalkers and Doomsayers.
Plated Beetle Common Minion Beast Any 2 2 3
Deathrattle: Gain 3 Armor. "Ok, your party has defeated the beetle." "I put it on my head." "What?" "I put it on my head. Like a hat."
Rotten Applebaum Common Minion General Any 5 4 5
Taunt
Deathrattle: Restore 4 Health to your hero. Key ingredient in Gilnean applesauce.
Rumbletusk Shaker Common Minion General Any 4 3 2
Deathrattle: Summon a 3/2 Rumbletusk Breaker. Rub a dub dub, three trolls in a tub.
And who do you think dey be?
Da Shaker, Da Breaker, and Da Undatakah.
And all of dem comin' for me.
Saronite Taskmaster Common Minion General Any 1 2 3
Deathrattle: Summon a 0/3 Free Agent with Taunt for your opponent. Don't even think of asking for time off.
Sated Threshadon Common Minion Beast Any 7 5 7
Deathrattle: Summon three 1/1 Murlocs. Bet you can't eat just one murloc!
Scarab Egg Common Minion General Any 0 0 2
Deathrattle: Summon three 1/1 Scarabs. They say you can’t make an omelet without AHHH THEY’RE EATING MY FACE!
Serrated Tooth Common Weapon Rogue 1 1 3
Deathrattle: Give your minions RushThe tooth hurts, don’t it?
Shimmering Tempest Common Minion Elemental Mage 2 2 1
Deathrattle: Add a random Mage spell to your hand. HATES being summoned for Kirin Tor party lighting.
Silver Vanguard Common Minion General Any 7 3 3
Deathrattle: Recruit an 8-Cost minion. Float like a Faerie Dragon, sting like a Hivequeen.
Skelemancer Common Minion General Any 5 2 2
Deathrattle: If it's your opponent's turn, summon an 8/8 Skeleton. What do you mean there's no such thing as "Skelemancy?" But "Dinomancy" is ok?
Soul of the Forest Common Spell Druid 4
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Treant." "Reforestation" is suddenly a terrifying word.
Swamp Dragon Egg Common Minion General Any 1 0 3
Deathrattle: Add a random Dragon to your hand. Would you eat them in a ditch? Would you eat them with a witch?
Tortollan Shellraiser Common Minion General Priest 4 2 6
Taunt
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. A hero... In a half-shell.
Violet Wurm Common Minion Beast Any 8 7 7
Deathrattle: Summon seven 1/1 Grubs. It's wurms all the way down.
Volatile Elemental Common Minion Elemental Any 2 1 1
Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to a random enemy minion. Currently in an anger management class with Raging Worgen, Grommash Hellscream, and The Angry Chicken. It isn't helping.
Vryghoul Common Minion General Any 3 3 1
Deathrattle: If it's your opponent's turn, summon a 2/2 Ghoul. It's pronounced VERY GHOUL. Don't let anyone tell you different.
Witchwood Imp Common Minion Demon Warlock 1 1 1
Stealth
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +2 Health. THIS wood imp. Stop asking!
Woodcutter's Axe Common Weapon Warrior 2 2 2
Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion with Rush +2/+1. It's a lumberjack's axe and that's ok.
Abomination Rare Minion General Any 5 4 4
Taunt. Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to ALL characters. Abominations enjoy Fresh Meat and long walks on the beach.
Arrogant Crusader Rare Minion General Paladin 4 5 2
Deathrattle: If it's your opponent's turn, summon a 2/2 Ghoul. To be honest, he was kind of a jerk even BEFORE he was bitten by that ghoul.
Bellringer Sentry Rare Minion General Paladin 4 3 4
Battlecry and Deathrattle: Put a Secret from your deck into the battlefield. Who are you? Eh, none of my business.
Blightnozzle Crawler Rare Minion Mech Rogue 4 2 4
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with Poisonous and Rush. "Well we HAD it contained. Then you went and gave it legs!"
Bone Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 6 6 5
Deathrattle: Add a random Dragon to your hand. The bone drake brings all the dragons to the yard. He would teach you, but you have no cards.
Coffin Crasher Rare Minion General Priest 6 6 5
Deathrattle: Summon a Deathrattle minion from your hand. Also does weddings.
Corpse Raiser Rare Minion General Any 5 3 3
Battlecry: Give a friendly minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." He was just minding his business, farming corpses, when you meddling adventurers came along.
Cruel Dinomancer Rare Minion General Warlock 6 5 5
Deathrattle: Summon a random minion you discarded this game. As that old saying goes: "you don't get into dinomancing to make friends."
Crystalline Oracle Rare Minion Elemental Priest 1 1 1
Deathrattle: Copy a card from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand. Being made of light has its disadvantages, but at least it's always looking on the bright side.
Cursed Castaway Rare Minion Pirate Rogue 6 5 3
Rush
Deathrattle: Draw a Combo card from your deck. She was an ordinary castaway... until she found that cursed volleyball.
Cybertech Chip Rare Spell Hunter 2
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Add a random Mech to your hand." Goes great with Cyber-Salsa.
Devilsaur Egg Rare Minion General Any 3 0 3
Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Devilsaur. A key ingredient in all discerning Funnel Cake recipes.
Direhorn Hatchling Rare Minion Beast Warrior 5 3 6
Taunt
Deathrattle: Shuffle a 6/9 Direhorn with Taunt into your deck. His mom could beat up your mom.
Exploding Bloatbat Rare Minion Beast Hunter 4 2 1
Deathrattle:
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. We've all been there after a night of one-too-many funnel cakes.
Greedy Sprite Rare Minion General Druid 3 3 1
Deathrattle: Gain an empty Mana Crystal. Sparkliest of the seven deadly sprites.
Grizzled Guardian Rare Minion Beast Druid 8 3 5
Taunt
Deathrattle: Recruit 2 minions that cost (4) or less. Favorite sandwich? Grizzled cheese.
Kobold Illusionist Rare Minion General Rogue 4 3 3
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 copy of a minion from your hand. He can make ANYTHING look like a candle.
Mechanical Whelp Rare Minion Mech Any 6 2 2
Deathrattle: Summon a 7/7 Mechanical Dragon. "Well if I didn't build the whelp and YOU didn't build the whelp…"
Mountainfire Armor Rare Minion General Warrior 3 4 3
Deathrattle: If it's your opponent's turn, gain 6 Armor. Excuse me. Your mountain is on fire.
Murloc Tastyfin Rare Minion Murloc Any 4 3 2
Deathrattle: Draw 2 Murlocs from your deck. He was destined for the soup. One way or another…
Necrium Blade Rare Weapon Rogue 3 3 2
Deathrattle: Trigger the Deathrattle of a random friendly minion. Grab death by the handle.
Possessed Lackey Rare Minion General Warlock 6 2 2
Deathrattle: Recruit a Demon. If you don't keep up with your payments, it'll be a repossessed lackey.
Raptor Hatchling Rare Minion Beast Hunter 1 2 1
Deathrattle: Shuffle a 4/3 Raptor into your deck. They’re just baby teeth. Lots and lots of baby teeth.
Replicating Menace Rare Minion Mech Any 4 3 1
Magnetic
Deathrattle: Summon three 1/1 Microbots. It's a car!
*Whomp whomp whomp*
It's a robot!
*Whomp whom-CRUNCH*
It's... three.. smaller robots!
Savannah Highmane Rare Minion Beast Hunter 6 6 5
Deathrattle: Summon two 2/2 Hyenas. In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion gets slowly consumed by hyenas.
Shallow Gravedigger Rare Minion General Any 3 3 1
Deathrattle: Add a random Deathrattle minion to your hand. It's hard to put them six feet under when you're three feet tall.
Spark Drill Rare Minion Mech Any 6 5 1
Rush
Deathrattle: Add two 1/1 Sparks with Rush to your hand. Preferred weapon of Dr. Boom's orthodontist.
Spider Bomb Rare Minion Mech Hunter 3 2 2
Magnetic
Deathrattle: Destroy a random enemy minion. Wrecks a dude, any size. Catches thieves, eats those guys. Look out! Here comes a Spider Bomb!
Spikeridged Steed Rare Spell Paladin 6
Give a minion +2/+6 and Taunt. When it dies, summon a Stegodon. What beats cavalry? Dinosaur cavalry.
Test Subject Rare Minion General Priest 1 0 2
Deathrattle: Return any spells you cast on this minion to your hand. "Now I feel... REALLY icky."
Ticking Abomination Rare Minion General Any 4 5 6
Deathrattle: Deal 5 damage to your minions. Abomination. Emphasis on the second syllable.
Void Analyst Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 2 2
Deathrattle: Give all Demons in your hand +1/+1. Conclusion: Nothing there.
Abominable Bowman Epic Minion General Hunter 7 6 7
Deathrattle: Summon a random friendly Beast that died this game. Frosty the Bowman... was an angry hateful soul... with a fresh hewn bow and a missing nose...
Astral Tiger Epic Minion General Druid 4 3 5
Deathrattle: Shuffle a copy of this minion into your deck. Astral kitty litter is surprisingly hard to find.
Carnivorous Cube Epic Minion General Any 5 4 6
Battlecry: Destroy a friendly minion.
Deathrattle: Summon 2 copies of it. He's always grumpy unil he's eaten his first barista of the morning.
Fatespinner Epic Minion General Druid 5 5 3
Choose a Deathrattle (Secretly) - Deal 3 damage to all minions; or Give them +2/+2. Her clothing? Pure silk, of course.
Giant Anaconda Epic Minion Beast Druid 7 5 3
Deathrattle: Summon a minion from your hand with 5 or more Attack. Must be something it ate.
Immortal Prelate Epic Minion General Paladin 2 1 3
Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck. It keeps any enchantments. She protec.
She attac.
But most importantly,
she come bac.
Meat Wagon Epic Minion Mech Any 4 1 4
Deathrattle: Summon a minion from your deck with less Attack than this minion. Necromancers call it "Meals on Wheels."
Obsidian Statue Epic Minion General Priest 9 4 8
Taunt. Lifesteal.
Deathrattle: Destroy a random enemy minion. The original artist spent many hours with a fine chisel perfecting the facial expression for maximum tauntiness.
Primalfin Champion Epic Minion Murloc Paladin 2 1 2
Deathrattle: Return any spells you cast on this minion to your hand. Sure, he'll return your stuff. OVER HIS DEAD BODY!
Rattling Rascal Epic Minion General Any 4 2 2
Battlecry: Summon a 5/5 Skeleton. Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Skeleton for your opponent. Don't give up, skeleton!
Splitting Festeroot Epic Minion General Any 8 4 4
Deathrattle: Summon two 2/2 Splitting Saplings. No use crying over split Festeroot,
Voidlord Epic Minion Demon Warlock 9 3 9
Taunt
Deathrattle: Summon three 1/3 Demons with TauntNever let it hold your checkbook.
Voodoo Doll Epic Minion General Any 3 1 1
Battlecry: Choose a minion. Deathrattle: Destroy the chosen minion. "Aww, I love it! It even kinda looks like me."
Weaponized Piñata Epic Minion Mech Any 4 4 3
Deathrattle: Add a random Legendary minion to your hand. It'll be fine. It's not like they have any reason to hate us.
Arfus Legendary Minion Beast Any 4 2 2
Deathrattle: Add a random Death Knight card to your hand. There must always be a Lick King.
Bloodmage Thalnos Legendary Minion General Any 2 1 1
Spell Damage +1. Deathrattle: Draw a card. He's in charge of the Annual Scarlet Monastery Blood Drive!
Cairne Bloodhoof Legendary Minion General Any 6 4 5
Deathrattle: Summon a 4/5 Baine Bloodhoof. Cairne was killed by Garrosh, so... don't put this guy in a Warrior deck. It's pretty insensitive.
Dr. Morrigan Legendary Minion General Warlock 8 5 5
Deathrattle: Swap this with a minion from your deck. She will NOT STOP until she gets tenure.
Gral, the Shark Legendary Minion Beast Rogue 5 2 2
Battlecry: Eat a minion in your deck and gain its stats.
Deathrattle: Add it to your hand. “… We’re gonna need a bigger board.”
Hadronox Legendary Minion Beast Druid 9 3 7
Deathrattle: Summon your Taunt minions that died this game. The viziers of Azjol-Nerub released Hadronox as a last-ditch effort to hold back the Lich King. They did so by VERY carefully scooping him up in a LARGE newspaper and releasing him.
Hakkar, the Soulflayer Legendary Minion Beast Any 10 9 6
Deathrattle: Shuffle a Corrupted Blood into each player's deck. ATTENTION: Do not enter any major city while infected with the Corrupted Blood!
Kathrena Winterwisp Legendary Minion General Hunter 8 6 6
Battlecry and Deathrattle: Recruit a Beast. She’s not one of those treehugger elves – but she does like the occasional cuddle.
Kingsbane Legendary Weapon Rogue 1 1 3
Deathrattle: Shuffle this into your deck. It keeps any enchantments. But it has a soft spot for emperors.
Mecha'thun Legendary Minion Mech Any 10 10 10
Deathrattle: If you have no cards in your deck, hand, and battlefield, destroy the enemy hero. "Your software will fail. Your users will abandon you. You are already obsolete."
Pyros Legendary Minion Elemental Mage 2 2 2
Deathrattle: Return this to your hand as a 6/6 that cost (6). If you strike her down, she shall become more powerful than you can possibly… well, she'll become a 6/6 anyways.
Pyros Legendary Minion Elemental Mage 6 6 6
Deathrattle:Return this to your hand as a 10/10 that costs (10). 
Rin, the First Disciple Legendary Minion General Warlock 6 3 6
Taunt.
Deathrattle: Add 'The First Seal' to your hand. Signed and sealed, she delivers oblivion.
Sherazin, Corpse Flower Legendary Minion General Rogue 4 5 3
Deathrattle: Go dormant. Play 4 cards in a turn to revive this minion. A Tortollan gardener's worst nightmare.
The Beast Legendary Minion Beast Any 6 9 7
Deathrattle: Summon a 3/3 Finkle Einhorn for your opponent. He lives in Blackrock Mountain. He eats Gnomes. That's pretty much it.
Tirion Fordring Legendary Minion General Paladin 8 6 6
Divine Shield. Taunt. Deathrattle: Equip a 5/3 Ashbringer. If you haven't heard the Tirion Fordring theme song, it's because it doesn't exist.
Twig of the World Tree Legendary Weapon Druid 4 1 5
Deathrattle: Gain 10 Mana Crystals. For druids who want to branch out.
Val'anyr Legendary Weapon Paladin 6 4 2
Deathrattle: Give a minion in your hand +4/+2. When it dies, reequip this. Recently unearthed in one of the deepest kobold caves. Traded for a large candle.
Zerek, Master Cloner Legendary Minion General Priest 6 5 5
Deathrattle: If you've cast any spells on this minion, resummon it. His original name was Aerek. Then the first clone was Berek. They went evil around Merek.
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Frostmourne(63047).png
Frozen Champion(61823).png
Mana Treant(55494).png
Master Chest(73351).png
Splitting Sapling(89420).png
Arena Treasure Chest(90286).png
Blood Razor(61815).png
Bone Baron(62939).png
Cursed Disciple(76990).png
Dead Ringer(89819).png
Deranged Doctor(89466).png
Drygulch Jailor(73329).png
Eggnapper(55595).png
Gilded Gargoyle(77005).png
Goblin Bomb(89850).png
Harvest Golem(386).png
Hoarding Dragon(76912).png
Igneous Elemental(55559).png
Kaboom Bot(89935).png
Leper Gnome(513).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Lost Spirit(89472).png
Mechano-Egg(89901).png
Mecharoo(89933).png
Piloted Reaper(89931).png
Plated Beetle(76995).png
Rotten Applebaum(89347).png
Rumbletusk Shaker(90266).png
Saronite Taskmaster(90205).png
Sated Threshadon(55534).png
Scarab Egg(90263).png
Serrated Tooth(90271).png
Shimmering Tempest(55561).png
Silver Vanguard(76884).png
Skelemancer(62943).png
Soul of the Forest(311).png
Swamp Dragon Egg(89449).png
Tortollan Shellraiser(55446).png
Violet Wurm(77012).png
Volatile Elemental(55550).png
Vryghoul(62941).png
Witchwood Imp(89468).png
Woodcutter's Axe(89383).png
Abomination(597).png
Arrogant Crusader(62930).png
Bellringer Sentry(89410).png
Blightnozzle Crawler(89841).png
Bone Drake(62899).png
Coffin Crasher(89368).png
Corpse Raiser(62866).png
Cruel Dinomancer(55569).png
Crystalline Oracle(55461).png
Cursed Castaway(89376).png
Cybertech Chip(89843).png
Devilsaur Egg(55567).png
Direhorn Hatchling(55524).png
Exploding Bloatbat(62942).png
Greedy Sprite(76972).png
Grizzled Guardian(76894).png
Kobold Illusionist(73331).png
Mechanical Whelp(89852).png
Mountainfire Armor(61818).png
Murloc Tastyfin(90210).png
Necrium Blade(89872).png
Possessed Lackey(76948).png
Raptor Hatchling(55502).png
Replicating Menace(89875).png
Savannah Highmane(8).png
Shallow Gravedigger(58720).png
Spark Drill(89928).png
Spider Bomb(89807).png
Spikeridged Steed(55516).png
Test Subject(89911).png
Ticking Abomination(61811).png
Void Analyst(89886).png
Abominable Bowman(61829).png
Astral Tiger(76982).png
Carnivorous Cube(73325).png
Fatespinner(61830).png
Giant Anaconda(55546).png
Immortal Prelate(90152).png
Meat Wagon(62849).png
Obsidian Statue(62870).png
Primalfin Champion(55565).png
Rattling Rascal(62893).png
Splitting Festeroot(89419).png
Voidlord(76913).png
Voodoo Doll(89404).png
Weaponized Piñata(89824).png
Arfus(62923).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Cairne Bloodhoof(498).png
Dr. Morrigan(89890).png
Gral, the Shark(90189).png
Hadronox(61828).png
Hakkar, the Soulflayer(90190).png
Kathrena Winterwisp(76873).png
Kingsbane(76967).png
Mecha'thun(89877).png
Pyros(52582).png
Pyros(52585).png
Rin, the First Disciple(73326).png
Sherazin, Corpse Flower(55457).png
The Beast(179).png
Tirion Fordring(391).png
Twig of the World Tree(76878).png
Val'anyr(76949).png
Zerek, Master Cloner(89863).png


Related cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Deathrattle/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Bomb Toss Common Spell Hunter 2
Deal 2 damage. Summon a 0/2 Goblin Bomb. Me throw face.
Dead Ringer Common Minion Mech Priest 2 2 1
Deathrattle: Draw a Deathrattle minion from your deck. Shortstop on N'zoth's softball team.
Elixir of Hope Common Spell Priest 3
Give a minion +2/+2 and "Deathrattle: Return this minion to your hand." 
Play Dead Common Spell Hunter 1
Trigger a friendly minion's DeathrattleHe's a very literal dog.
Violet Haze Common Spell Rogue 3
Add 2 random Deathrattle cards to your hand. Elite Tauren Chieftain's next hit single.
Ancestral Spirit Rare Spell Shaman 2
Give a minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." It was just a flesh wound.
Coffin Crasher Rare Minion General Priest 6 6 5
Deathrattle: Summon a Deathrattle minion from your hand. Also does weddings.
Corpse Widow Rare Minion Beast Hunter 5 4 6
Your Deathrattle cards cost (2) less. Her marriage survived death, but it decayed pretty quickly after that.
Fireworks Tech Rare Minion General Hunter 2 2 1
Battlecry: Give a friendly Mech +1/+1. If it has Deathrattle, trigger it. She learns by trial and error. Mostly error.
Lesser Onyx Spellstone Rare Spell Rogue 5
Destroy 1 random enemy minion. (Play 3 Deathrattle cards to upgrade.) The trolls of old embraced the gift
A jewel of black for daggers swift
No party lasts who finds the stone
Those wielding it soon stand alone.
Necrium Blade Rare Weapon Rogue 3 3 2
Deathrattle: Trigger the Deathrattle of a random friendly minion. Grab death by the handle.
Onyx Spellstone Rare Spell Rogue 5
Destroy up to 2 random enemy minions. (Play 3 Deathrattle cards to upgrade.) 
Primal Talismans Rare Spell Shaman 3
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Summon a random basic Totem." All that remained from the first kobold colony: a single talisman and the word "Flamestrike."
Roll the Bones Rare Spell Rogue 2
Draw a card. If it has Deathrattle, cast this again. Call it: Heads or Tailbone…
Seeping Oozeling Rare Minion General Hunter 6 5 4
Battlecry: Gain the Deathrattle of a random minion in your deck. Uh, you might want to get that looked at.
Shallow Gravedigger Rare Minion General Any 3 3 1
Deathrattle: Add a random Deathrattle minion to your hand. It's hard to put them six feet under when you're three feet tall.
Terrorscale Stalker Rare Minion General Hunter 3 3 3
Battlecry: Trigger a friendly minion's DeathrattleLikes to scare his friends half to death.
Twilight's Call Rare Spell Priest 3
Summon 1/1 copies of 2 friendly Deathrattle minions that died this game. If you're experiencing resurrection sickness, press 1.
Big Bad Voodoo Epic Spell Shaman 2
Give a friendly minion "Deathrattle: Summon a random minion that costs (1) more." Murlocs practice Small Nice Voodoo.
Necrium Vial Epic Spell Rogue 5
Trigger a friendly minion's Deathrattle twice. Two near-death experiences for the price of one!
Necromechanic Epic Minion General Hunter 5 3 6
Your Deathrattles trigger twice. If at first you don't succeed, die, die again.
Reckless Experimenter Epic Minion General Priest 5 4 6
Deathrattle minions you play cost (3) less, but die at the end of the turn. It's hard to call her reckless when it's clear she knows what she's doing.
Spirit Echo Epic Spell Shaman 3
Give your minions "Deathrattle: Return this to your hand." I guess you can say they’re… “soul survivors.”
Tomb Lurker Epic Minion General Any 5 5 3
Battlecry: Add a random Deathrattle minion that died this game to your hand. She hangs out in all the tombs, but she rarely posts.
Awaken the Makers Legendary Spell Priest 1
Quest: Summon 7 Deathrattle minions.
Reward: Amara, Warden of Hope. They keep hitting the Snooze button.
Countess Ashmore Legendary Minion General Any 7 6 6
Battlecry: Draw a Rush, Lifesteal, and Deathrattle card from your deck. "1 minion… ah, ah, ah! 2 minions… ah, ah, ah! 3 minions… ah, ah, ah!"
Da Undatakah Legendary Minion General Any 8 8 5
Battlecry: Gain the Deathrattle effects of 3 friendly minions that died this game. First Deathrattle: Draw a card.
Second: Draw 2 cards.
Third: Throw Mon'kind off a steel cage and plummet sixteen feet through an announcer’s table.
Myra Rotspring Legendary Minion General Rogue 5 4 2
Battlecry: Discover a Deathrattle minion. Also gain its DeathrattleOn her first day on the job, Myra removed the smoke detectors.
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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Big Bad Voodoo(90229).png
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Tomb Lurker(62863).png
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History[edit | edit source]

In the build-up to Curse of Naxxramas, the adventure's class cards were revealed to players one by one, many of which featured Deathrattle effects, with text that did not specify that the effects were randomly targeted. This led to widespread confusion over the function of the effects. In a special forum post, Ben Brode explained that by omitting the word 'random', card text could be shortened. By establishing the rule that Deathrattles were never targetable, the developers would not have to explicitly state this on each card, which could eventually allow for the development of more "strategically deep" card effects, due to having more card space in which to describe them, potentially otherwise a limiting factor. Brode stated that "setting expectations now that triggers never allow choices allows us to make cards that otherwise would have too much text",[4] explaining that the omission of explicit statements to this effect "lays the groundwork for shortening the text."[5]

However, in the face of player confusion and preference for random effects to be explicitly described as such, the policy was altered, and the word 'random' added to several Naxxramas cards.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Curse of Naxxramas logo.png Patch 1.1.0.6024 (2014-07-22): The order in which Deathrattle abilities resolve has been updated to be more consistent.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-07. Playing a Cult Master before or after a minion with Deathrattle, and then destroying the Deathrattle minion, will see the Cult Master's death-triggered effect activated before or after the minion's Deathrattle, respectively.
  2. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-07. Exactly as described: Played Duplicate followed by Abomination; the Abomination was then destroyed on the opponent's turn. The Duplicate activated first, before the Abomination's own Deathrattle.
  3. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-16/18. Various scenarios. For example: Played Clockwork Gnome then Avenge; opponent destroyed Gnome, Gnome's Deathrattle triggered before Avenge. Played Avenge then Abomination; opponent destroyed Abomination, Avenge triggered before Abomination's Deathrattle.
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-05-14). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-05-14).