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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! 
Backstreet Leper Common Minion General Any 3 3 1 Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. Quit playing games with his heart. And his fingers. And foot. It's rude.
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.
Deadly Fork Common Minion General Rogue 3 3 2 Deathrattle: Add a 3/2 weapon to your hand. For a proper setting, place the deadly fork after the salad fork, but before the dinner fork.
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.
Elixir of Hope Common Spell Priest 3 Give a minion +2/+2 and "Deathrattle: Return this minion to your hand." 
Fiery Bat Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 2 1 Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to a random enemy. He'll always be our first.
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?
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."
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.
Infested Tauren Common Minion General Any 4 2 3 Taunt. Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Slime. The Overmind and the Old Gods are surprisingly similar.
Jade Swarmer Common Minion General Rogue 2 1 1 Stealth, Deathrattle: Summon a Jade GolemHe's so good at swarming, he can swarm all by himself!
Kindly Grandmother Common Minion Beast Hunter 2 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 3/2 Big Bad Wolf. "Goodness! What… abundant drool you have."
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.
Mistress of Mixtures Common Minion General Any 1 2 2 Deathrattle: Restore 4 Health to each hero. Her favorite mixture is cola and lime.
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."
Polluted Hoarder Common Minion General Any 4 4 2 Deathrattle: Draw a card. Roll ‘greed’ OR THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.
Possessed Villager Common Minion General Warlock 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Shadowbeast. It's like a pinata! A lame disgusting horrific pinata.
Runic Egg Common Minion General Any 1 0 2 Deathrattle: Draw a card. Oh man! Runic omelettes are the best!
Sated Threshadon Common Minion Beast Any 7 5 7 Deathrattle: Summon three 1/1 Murlocs. Bet you can't eat just one murloc!
Shaky Zipgunner Common Minion General Hunter 3 3 3 Deathrattle: Give a random minion in your hand +2/+2. The Grimy Goons can get you any weapon you want but if you want it to not explode you gotta pay extra.
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.
Southsea Squidface Common Minion Pirate Rogue 4 4 4 Deathrattle: Give your weapon +2 Attack. Quick! Before I drown! Let me sharpen your sword for you.
Spawn of N'Zoth Common Minion General Any 3 2 2 Deathrattle: Give your minions +1/+1. Who's a cute widdle N'Zoth? You are! Yes you are! Yes you're the cutest widdle N'Zoth in the whole world!!!
Tentacle of N'Zoth Common Minion General Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal 1 damage to all minions. Because EVERYDAY is the Day of the Tentacle of N'zoth.
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.
Zealous Initiate Common Minion General Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. Ok, Initiate. You need to settle down and do your job. In this case, that means die so someone else can get a minor buff.
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.
Ancestral Spirit Rare Spell Shaman 2 Give a minion "Deathrattle: Resummon this minion." It was just a flesh wound.
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.
Blood Razor Rare 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.
Bomb Squad Rare Minion General Any 5 2 2 Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to an enemy minion. Deathrattle: Deal 5 damage to your hero. Please don't explode! Please don't explode! Please don't explode!
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.
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.
Corrupted Healbot Rare Minion Mech Any 5 6 6 Deathrattle: Restore 8 Health to the enemy hero. Not so much "corrupted" as "has terrible aim".
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.
Darkshire Librarian Rare Minion General Warlock 2 3 2 Battlecry: Discard a random card. Deathrattle: Draw a card. Do NOT be late with your overdue fines.
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
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.
Infest Rare Spell Hunter 3 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Add a random Beast to your hand." The best part is the look on their face when you jump out of the cake! Err… corpse.
Infested Wolf Rare Minion Beast Hunter 4 3 3 Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Spiders. A little flea powder will fix that right up.
Journey Below Rare Spell Rogue 1 Discover a Deathrattle card. Don't stop believing there's something below.
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.
Moat Lurker Rare Minion General Any 6 3 3 Battlecry: Destroy a minion. Deathrattle: Resummon it. He really enjoys lurking and gets a lot of job satisfaction out of it.
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.
Possessed Lackey Rare Minion General Warlock 5 2 2 Deathrattle: Recruit a Demon. If you don't keep up with your payments, it'll be a repossessed lackey.
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."
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.
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.
Selfless Hero Rare Minion General Paladin 1 2 1 Deathrattle: Give a random friendly minion Divine Shield"Don't worry about me… I'll just be here... under these tentacles."
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.
Shifting Shade Rare Minion General Priest 4 4 3 Deathrattle: Copy a card from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand. Yeah, it's cooler in the shade, but you're also more likely to get JACKED.
Spikeridged Steed Rare Spell Paladin 6 Give a minion +2/+6 and Taunt. When it dies, summon a Stegodon. What beats cavalry? Dinosaur cavalry.
Ticking Abomination Rare Minion General Any 4 5 6 Deathrattle: Deal 5 damage to your minions. Abomination. Emphasis on the second syllable.
Undercity Huckster Rare Minion General Rogue 2 2 2 Deathrattle: Add a random class card to your hand (from your opponent's class). Psst! Wanna buy a random class card (from your opponent's class)?
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.
Hammer of Twilight Epic Weapon Shaman 5 4 2 Deathrattle: Summon a 4/2 Elemental. Stop! It's Twlight Hammer time.
Meanstreet Marshal Epic Minion General Paladin 1 1 2 Deathrattle: If this minion has 2 or more Attack, draw a card. Remember, submit your bribes directly to the Marshal - it's the law!
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.
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!
Rat Pack Epic Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 2 Deathrattle: Summon a number of 1/1 Rats equal to this minion's Attack. He's gonna do it his way.
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!
Spirit Echo Epic Spell Shaman 4 Give your minions "Deathrattle: Return this to your hand." I guess you can say they’re… “soul survivors.”
Tentacles for Arms Epic Weapon Warrior 5 2 2 Deathrattle: Return this to your hand. That's right. Garrosh just slapped you to death with a tentacle.
Twilight Summoner Epic Minion General Any 4 1 1 Deathrattle: Summon a 5/5 Faceless Destroyer. If you strike him down, he shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Voidlord Epic Minion Demon Warlock 9 3 9 Taunt
Summon three 1/3 Demons with TauntNever let it hold your checkbook.
Weasel Tunneler Epic Minion Beast Any 1 1 1 Deathrattle: Shuffle this minion into your opponent's deck. He's the reason the First Bank of Gadgetzan has steel floors.
Anomalus Legendary Minion Elemental Mage 8 8 6 Deathrattle: Deal 8 damage to all minions. That's short for "Anomnomnomnomalus".
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.
Aya Blackpaw Legendary Minion General Druid, Rogue, Shaman 6 5 3 Battlecry and Deathrattle: Summon a Jade GolemThough young, Aya took over as the leader of Jade Lotus through her charisma and strategic acumen when her predecessor was accidentally crushed by a jade golem.
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.
Deathwing, Dragonlord Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12 Deathrattle: Put all Dragons from your hand into the battlefield. To his credit, Deathwing really took to heart the feedback he was receiving that he needed to be "more of a team player".
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.
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.
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.
Add 'The First Seal' to your hand. Signed and sealed, she delivers oblivion.
Sergeant Sally Legendary Minion General Any 3 1 1 Deathrattle: Deal damage equal to the minion's Attack to all enemy minions. "Who is she? Where did she come from? We don't even have a police force here in Gadgetzan!!" - Mayor Noggenfogger
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.
White Eyes Legendary Minion General Shaman 5 5 5 Taunt
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'The Storm Guardian' into your deck. My life for Aya!
Xaril, Poisoned Mind Legendary Minion General Rogue 4 3 2 Battlecry and Deathrattle: Add a random Toxin card to your hand. It's basically your own fault if you go around drinking weird green potions handed out by creepy mantid dudes.
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Master Chest(73351).png
Backstreet Leper(49697).png
Bone Baron(62939).png
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Deadly Fork(42057).png
Drygulch Jailor(73329).png
Elixir of Hope(73341).png
Fiery Bat(35214).png
Gilded Gargoyle(77005).png
Harvest Golem(386).png
Igneous Elemental(55559).png
Infested Tauren(33128).png
Jade Swarmer(49713).png
Kindly Grandmother(42020).png
Leper Gnome(513).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Mistress of Mixtures(49646).png
Plated Beetle(76995).png
Polluted Hoarder(31111).png
Possessed Villager(33171).png
Runic Egg(42065).png
Sated Threshadon(55534).png
Shaky Zipgunner(49669).png
Shimmering Tempest(55561).png
Silver Vanguard(76884).png
Soul of the Forest(311).png
Southsea Squidface(35241).png
Spawn of N'Zoth(33137).png
Tentacle of N'Zoth(33130).png
Tortollan Shellraiser(55446).png
Violet Wurm(77012).png
Volatile Elemental(55550).png
Zealous Initiate(35222).png
Ancestral Spirit(526).png
Arrogant Crusader(62930).png
Blood Razor(61815).png
Bomb Squad(49696).png
Bone Drake(62899).png
Corpse Raiser(62866).png
Corrupted Healbot(31109).png
Cruel Dinomancer(55569).png
Crystalline Oracle(55461).png
Darkshire Librarian(35221).png
Devilsaur Egg(55567).png
Direhorn Hatchling(55524).png
Exploding Bloatbat(62942).png
Greedy Sprite(76972).png
Grizzled Guardian(76894).png
Infested Wolf(35215).png
Journey Below(35194).png
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Moat Lurker(42063).png
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Possessed Lackey(76948).png
Primal Talismans(76923).png
Raptor Hatchling(55502).png
Savannah Highmane(8).png
Selfless Hero(35245).png
Shallow Gravedigger(58720).png
Shifting Shade(35186).png
Spikeridged Steed(55516).png
Ticking Abomination(61811).png
Undercity Huckster(33135).png
Abominable Bowman(61829).png
Astral Tiger(76982).png
Carnivorous Cube(73325).png
Giant Anaconda(55546).png
Hammer of Twilight(33163).png
Meanstreet Marshal(49641).png
Meat Wagon(62849).png
Obsidian Statue(62870).png
Primalfin Champion(55565).png
Rat Pack(49681).png
Rattling Rascal(62893).png
Spirit Echo(55514).png
Tentacles for Arms(33140).png
Twilight Summoner(33175).png
Weasel Tunneler(49758).png
Aya Blackpaw(49706).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Cairne Bloodhoof(498).png
Deathwing, Dragonlord(33177).png
Kathrena Winterwisp(76873).png
Rin, the First Disciple(73326).png
Sergeant Sally(49728).png
Sherazin, Corpse Flower(55457).png
The Beast(179).png
Tirion Fordring(391).png
Twig of the World Tree(76878).png
White Eyes(49726).png
Xaril, Poisoned Mind(33139).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Deathrattle/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Play Dead Common Spell Hunter 1 Trigger a friendly minion's DeathrattleHe's a very literal dog.
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.
Forlorn Stalker Rare Minion General Hunter 3 4 2 Battlecry: Give all minions with Deathrattle in your hand +1/+1. He's going to leave the dying up to you, if that's cool.
Journey Below Rare Spell Rogue 1 Discover a Deathrattle card. Don't stop believing there's something below.
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.
Onyx Spellstone Rare Spell Rogue 5 Destroy up to 2 random enemy minions. (Play 3 Deathrattle cards to upgrade.) 
Roll the Bones Rare Spell Rogue 2 Draw a card. If it has Deathrattle, cast this again. Call it: Heads or Tailbone…
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.
Defias Cleaner Epic Minion General Any 6 5 7 Battlecry: Silence a minion with DeathrattleHis house cleaning service is quite thorough. Not a spot to be found... or any of your stuff!
Seeping Oozeling Epic 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.
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.
N'Zoth, the Corruptor Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 7 Battlecry: Summon your Deathrattle minions that died this game. Has not been able to get "Under the Sea" out of his head for like FIVE THOUSAND YEARS.
Princess Huhuran Legendary Minion Beast Hunter 5 6 5 Battlecry: Trigger a friendly minion's DeathrattleShe flitters around Ahn'Qiraj dreaming of the day she will meet a sweet prince, whom she can lay thousands of eggs with.
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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Roll the Bones(62885).png
Shallow Gravedigger(58720).png
Terrorscale Stalker(55505).png
Twilight's Call(76959).png
Defias Cleaner(49738).png
Seeping Oozeling(76882).png
Tomb Lurker(62863).png
Awaken the Makers(52588).png
N'Zoth, the Corruptor(33134).png
Princess Huhuran(35188).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 (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). 

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