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Dragons are a type of minion. Most Dragon synergies involve Battlecries which activate if the controlling player is holding a Dragon card in their hand.

There are more legendary Dragons than any other specific minion type, and the type includes an especially high number of large, high-stat, high-cost minions.

Background[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

A dragon is a reptilian creature, usually winged, with magical or unusual abilities. Dragons were one of the first intelligent life forms to appear in Azeroth. It is not clear whether the titans created them or if they somehow evolved prior to the titans' arrival. At one time, their numbers were uncountable, but in present-day Azeroth there are very few left. Originally, there were many different dragonflights, with many different colors to be seen. The five most influential, however, were the reds, the greens, the bronze, the blacks, and the blues, and eventually most (if not all) of the other flights disappeared.
Chosen by the titans, each of the five dragonflights were given domain over a certain aspect of the world, ranging from the earth to time itself. During the War of the Ancients, the dragonflights sought to fulfill their duty and strike against the invading Burning Legion. Over time, the dragons have endured much hardship and only a handful still remain, hostile to all that may tamper with the titans' creations.

Dragon cards[edit | edit source]

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Cobalt Scalebane Common Minion Dragon Any 5 5 5
At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +3 Attack. You get a sword! And you get a sword! Everybody gets a sword!
Faerie Dragon Common Minion Dragon Any 2 3 2
Can't be targeted by Spells or Hero Powers. Adorable. Immune to Magic. Doesn't pee on the rug. The perfect pet!
Hoarding Dragon Common Minion Dragon Any 4 5 6
Deathrattle: Give your opponent two Coins. Keeps his two cents to himself.
Marsh Drake Common Minion Dragon Any 3 5 4
Battlecry: Summon a 2/1 Poisonous Drakeslayer for your opponent. She would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for that meddling Drakeslayer.
Sleepy Dragon Common Minion Dragon Any 9 4 12
Taunt Local villagers call her "Naps Under the Mountain."
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.
Carrion Drake Rare Minion Dragon Hunter 5 3 7
Battlecry: If a minion died this turn, gain PoisonousFits easily into overhead luggage bins.
Duskbreaker Rare Minion Dragon Priest 4 3 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other minions. Waking up at the break of dusk is just not as impressive.
Ebon Dragonsmith Rare Minion Dragon Any 4 3 4
Battlecry: Reduce the Cost of a random weapon in your hand by (2). Having a furnace-mouth is really handy for a blacksmith.
Nightscale Matriarch Rare Minion Dragon Priest 7 4 9
Whenever a friendly minion is healed, summon a 3/3 Whelp. Everywhelp, get in here!
Twilight Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 4 4 1
Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand. Twilight drakes feed on Mystical Energy. And Tacos.
Primordial Drake Epic Minion Dragon Any 8 4 8
Taunt
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all other minions. Before he became a rap artist.
Alexstrasza Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8
Battlecry: Set a hero's remaining Health to 15. Alexstrasza the Life-Binder brings life and hope to everyone. Except Deathwing. And Malygos. And Nekros.
Deathwing Legendary Minion Dragon Any 10 12 12
Battlecry: Destroy all other minions and discard your hand. Once a noble dragon known as Neltharion, Deathwing lost his mind and shattered Azeroth before finally being defeated. Daddy issues?
Emeriss Legendary Minion Dragon Hunter 10 8 8
Battlecry: Double the Attack and Health of all minions in your hand. Taste your world's corruption! It tastes like chicken.
Malygos Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 4 12
Spell Damage +5 Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
Nozdormu Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8
Players only have 15 seconds to take their turns. Time to write some flavor text.
Onyxia Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8
Battlecry: Summon 1/1 Whelps until your side of the battlefield is full. Onyxia long manipulated the Stormwind Court by disguising herself as Lady Katrana Prestor. You would have thought that the giant wings and scales would have been a giveaway.
Sindragosa Legendary Minion Dragon Mage 8 8 8
Battlecry: Summon two 0/1 Frozen Champions. "I recognize your effort but I think your magic still has room for improvement." - Sindragosa after taking a class on giving constructive feedback.
Temporus Legendary Minion Dragon Priest 7 6 6
Battlecry: Your opponent takes two turns. Then you take two turns. Follows adventurers, seeking the ultimate time magic: the ability to reload.
Ysera Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 4 12
At the end of your turn, add a Dream Card to your hand. Ysera rules the Emerald Dream. Which is some kind of green-mirror-version of the real world, or something?
Showing all 21 cards
Cobalt Scalebane(62851).png
Faerie Dragon(213).png
Hoarding Dragon(76912).png
Marsh Drake(89452).png
Sleepy Dragon(76980).png
Bone Drake(62899).png
Carrion Drake(89440).png
Duskbreaker(76868).png
Ebon Dragonsmith(76992).png
Nightscale Matriarch(89457).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png
Alexstrasza(303).png
Deathwing(474).png
Emeriss(89370).png
Malygos(241).png
Nozdormu(285).png
Onyxia(432).png
Sindragosa(61822).png
Temporus(76893).png
Ysera(495).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Dragon Spirit None Minion Dragon Priest 5 5 5
 
Emerald Drake None Minion Dragon Any 4 7 6
 
Fire Dragon None Minion Dragon Mage 5 5 5
 
Nightscale Whelp None Minion Dragon Priest 3 3 3
 
Whelp Common Minion Dragon Any 1 1 1
 
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Dragon Spirit(73356).png
Emerald Drake(534).png
Fire Dragon(76961).png
Nightscale Whelp(89480).png
Whelp(527).png



Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Whelp None Minion Dragon Paladin 1 1 1
 
Black Whelp Common Minion Dragon Any 1 2 1
 
Dragonkin Sorcerer Common Minion Dragon Any 4 3 5
Whenever you target this minion with a spell, gain +1/+1. Dragonkin Sorcerers be all "I'm a wizard" and everyone else be all "daaaaang".
Drakonid Crusher Common Minion Dragon Any 6 6 6
Battlecry: If your opponent has 15 or less Health, gain +3/+3. Drakonids were created to have all the bad parts of a dragon in the form of a humanoid. But, like, why?
Hungry Dragon Common Minion Dragon Any 4 5 6
Battlecry: Summon a random 1-Cost minion for your opponent. Hungry Hungry Dragon is NOT a fun game.
Twilight Whelp Common Minion Dragon Priest 1 2 1
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health. The twilight whelps are basically magic-vampires. Despite this, they are not a reference to any popular series of novels.
Volcanic Drake Common Minion Dragon Any 6 6 4
Costs (1) less for each minion that died this turn. Volcanic Drakes breathe lava instead of fire. The antacid vendor at Thorium Point does a brisk business with them.
Azure Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 5 4 4
Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card. They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.
Book Wyrm Rare Minion Dragon Any 6 3 6
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy an enemy minion with 3 Attack or less. His favorites are classic tragedies like "The Hobbit" and "Grendel".
Dragon Consort Rare Minion Dragon Paladin 5 5 5
Battlecry: The next Dragon you play costs (2) less. Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
Drakonid Operative Rare Minion Dragon Priest 5 5 6
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a card in your opponent's deck. His job is to spy on the Goons and the Jade Lotus, but he's OBVIOUSLY a dragon so it's pretty hard work.
Midnight Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 4 1 4
Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each other card in your hand. Still fearsome in the daytime.
Coldarra Drake Epic Minion Dragon Mage 6 6 6
You can use your Hero Power any number of times. The Grand Tournament has a "No dragons allowed" policy, but it's rarely enforced.
Scaled Nightmare Epic Minion Dragon Any 6 2 8
At the start of your turn, double this minion's Attack. I like it because it scales.
Twilight Guardian Epic Minion Dragon Any 4 2 6
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and TauntA result of magical experiments carried out by the Black Dragonflight, it's not his fault that he's a vicious killer.
Chillmaw Legendary Minion Dragon Any 7 6 6
Taunt
Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all minions. Chillmaw keeps trying to ruin the Grand Tournament, and she would've done it too, if it weren't for those dang kids!
Chromaggus Legendary Minion Dragon Any 8 6 8
Whenever you draw a card, put another copy into your hand. Left head and right head can never agree about what to eat for dinner, so they always end up just eating ramen again.
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".
Nefarian Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8
Battlecry: Add 2 random spells to your hand (from your opponent's class)They call him "Blackwing" because he's a black dragon...... and he's got wings.
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Whelp(42197).png
Black Whelp(14652).png
Dragonkin Sorcerer(14441).png
Drakonid Crusher(14449).png
Hungry Dragon(14436).png
Twilight Whelp(14460).png
Volcanic Drake(14450).png
Azure Drake(280).png
Book Wyrm(42029).png
Dragon Consort(14452).png
Drakonid Operative(49638).png
Midnight Drake(35247).png
Coldarra Drake(22261).png
Scaled Nightmare(33152).png
Twilight Guardian(22351).png
Chillmaw(22353).png
Chromaggus(14451).png
Deathwing, Dragonlord(33177).png
Nefarian(14448).png

Cards that generate Dragons[edit | edit source]

These cards bring new Dragons into play through their card text.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
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.
Dragon Soul Legendary Weapon Priest 3 0 3
After you cast 3 spells in a turn, summon a 5/5 Dragon. Crafted by Deathwing's goblin horde, but the dragon added the rainbow sparkles himself.
Dragoncaller Alanna Legendary Minion General Mage 9 3 3
Battlecry: Summon a 5/5 Dragon for each spell you cast this game that costs (5) or more. Her secret is using a gentle voice and carrying a baggie of hotdogs.
Leeroy Jenkins Legendary Minion General Any 5 6 2
Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent. At least he has Angry Chicken.
Onyxia Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8
Battlecry: Summon 1/1 Whelps until your side of the battlefield is full. Onyxia long manipulated the Stormwind Court by disguising herself as Lady Katrana Prestor. You would have thought that the giant wings and scales would have been a giveaway.
Ysera Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 4 12
At the end of your turn, add a Dream Card to your hand. Ysera rules the Emerald Dream. Which is some kind of green-mirror-version of the real world, or something?
Showing all 6 cards
Bone Drake(62899).png
Dragon Soul(73322).png
Dragoncaller Alanna(76960).png
Leeroy Jenkins(674).png
Onyxia(432).png
Ysera(495).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Netherspite Historian Common Minion General Any 2 1 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a Dragon. She can tell you all about the history of people not STANDING IN THE GREEN BEAM!
Nightbane Templar Common Minion General Paladin 3 2 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, summon two 1/1 Whelps. Originally joined to be Arcanagos’ Templar, but has to admit that ordering pizza has become waaaay easier.
Dragon Egg Rare Minion General Any 1 0 2
Whenever this minion takes damage, summon a 2/1 Whelp. Think of them as bullets for your dragon gun.
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Netherspite Historian(42039).png
Nightbane Templar(42052).png
Dragon Egg(14442).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Dragonslayer Common Minion General Any 3 4 3
Battlecry: Deal 6 damage to a Dragon. A pair of stout dwarves nearly averted the Cataclysm.
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?
Wyrmguard Common Minion General Any 7 3 11
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and TauntThey think they're trusted guardians. Dragons think they're convenient snacks.
Duskbreaker Rare Minion Dragon Priest 4 3 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other minions. Waking up at the break of dusk is just not as impressive.
Scaleworm Rare Minion Beast Any 4 4 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and RushA popular local alternative to bananas.
Cathedral Gargoyle Epic Minion General Paladin 2 2 2
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain Taunt and Divine ShieldFly like an eagle, drop like a rock.
Dragonhatcher Epic Minion General Any 9 2 4
At the end of your turn, Recruit a Dragon. Which came first? The dragon or the dragonhatcher?
Twilight Acolyte Epic Minion General Priest 3 2 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, swap this minion's Attack with another minion's. The dragons mostly keep him around as a snack.
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Dragonslayer(77001).png
Swamp Dragon Egg(89449).png
Wyrmguard(89442).png
Duskbreaker(76868).png
Scaleworm(89364).png
Cathedral Gargoyle(89382).png
Dragonhatcher(76964).png
Twilight Acolyte(76974).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Blackwing Corruptor Common Minion General Any 5 5 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage. He got his name when he gave Blackwing some comic books and rock & roll records.
Blackwing Technician Common Minion General Any 3 2 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1/+1. This is who you go to when your Blackwing needs a tune up. Don't go to a cut rate Blackwing tune up shop!
Menagerie Magician Common Minion General Any 5 4 4
Battlecry: Give a random Beast, Dragon and Murloc +2/+2. Just between us, if things get tight the Menagerie Magician position will probably be the first to go.
Netherspite Historian Common Minion General Any 2 1 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a Dragon. She can tell you all about the history of people not STANDING IN THE GREEN BEAM!
Nightbane Templar Common Minion General Paladin 3 2 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, summon two 1/1 Whelps. Originally joined to be Arcanagos’ Templar, but has to admit that ordering pizza has become waaaay easier.
Twilight Whelp Common Minion Dragon Priest 1 2 1
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health. The twilight whelps are basically magic-vampires. Despite this, they are not a reference to any popular series of novels.
Zoobot Common Minion Mech Any 3 3 3
Battlecry: Give a random friendly Beast, Dragon and Murloc +1/+1. The Murloc is taking the picture.
Alexstrasza's Champion Rare Minion General Warrior 2 2 3
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Charge"Put more spikes on her. No, more spikes. What part of 'more spikes' do you not understand? MORE SPIKES!" - Alexstrasza
Book Wyrm Rare Minion Dragon Any 6 3 6
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy an enemy minion with 3 Attack or less. His favorites are classic tragedies like "The Hobbit" and "Grendel".
Dragon Consort Rare Minion Dragon Paladin 5 5 5
Battlecry: The next Dragon you play costs (2) less. Everybody wants someone to snuggle with. Even giant armored scaly draconic beasts of destruction.
Wyrmrest Agent Rare Minion General Priest 2 1 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and TauntKeeping tabs on the Grand Tournament is priority #1 for the five mighty Dragonflights!
Dragonfire Potion Epic Spell Priest 6
Deal 5 damage to all minions except Dragons. No one was brave enough to fire the dragon in person… so they made the potion do it.
Twilight Guardian Epic Minion Dragon Any 4 2 6
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and TauntA result of magical experiments carried out by the Black Dragonflight, it's not his fault that he's a vicious killer.
Chillmaw Legendary Minion Dragon Any 7 6 6
Taunt
Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all minions. Chillmaw keeps trying to ruin the Grand Tournament, and she would've done it too, if it weren't for those dang kids!
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".
Rend Blackhand Legendary Minion General Any 7 8 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a Legendary minion. Rend believes he is the True Warchief of the Horde and he keeps editing the wikipedia page for "Warchief of the Horde" to include his picture.
The Curator Legendary Minion Mech Any 7 4 6
Taunt
Battlecry: Draw a Beast, Dragon, and Murloc from your deck. The Curator guards Azeroth’s deadliest creatures, but it’s secretly terrified of squirrels.
Wrathion Legendary Minion General Any 6 4 5
Taunt. Battlecry: Draw cards until you draw one that isn't a Dragon. Wrathion, son of Deathwing, is a dragon. Why isn't he tagged as a dragon, you ask? WHAT, ARE YOU TRYING TO BLOW HIS COVER??
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Blackwing Corruptor(14447).png
Blackwing Technician(14437).png
Menagerie Magician(42055).png
Netherspite Historian(42039).png
Nightbane Templar(42052).png
Twilight Whelp(14460).png
Zoobot(42035).png
Alexstrasza's Champion(22333).png
Book Wyrm(42029).png
Dragon Consort(14452).png
Wyrmrest Agent(22398).png
Dragonfire Potion(49648).png
Twilight Guardian(22351).png
Chillmaw(22353).png
Deathwing, Dragonlord(33177).png
Rend Blackhand(14438).png
The Curator(42022).png
Wrathion(49731).png

Design[edit | edit source]

Prior to Blackrock Mountain, Dragon was the only minion type to have no synergy effects in the game. This effectively made the type purely cosmetic, as it had no functional difference from the general type. In February 2014, Eric Dodds stated the following regarding the design and future of the dragon minion type:

"So the Dragons was really done for flavor. To give you some insight into development, a couple of years ago, we were talking about adding this guy who would interact with the Dragons, but he never made the cut. Really we just kept it because the Dragons are such iconic and cool Warcraft characters that we felt needed to be labelled as dragons. We're likely to do something with that in the future, we just don't know exactly when."[1]

The designers would eventually add the first Dragon synergies to the game with Blackrock Mountain, just over 1 year after the game's full release. Ben Brode explains that the Dragon synergies added with the adventure were intended to support the inclusion of high cost Dragons in the deck, with the size and power of Dragons considered thematic to the type.[2] Minions like Blackwing Technician were therefore added, with 'holding' effects that allowed the player to benefit from having a Dragon in their hand even if they could not yet afford to play it.[2]

Mike Donais explained that the 'holding' mechanic had the potential to further explore a relatively new element in Hearthstone: bluffing.[2] Because the successful activation of a Blackwing Technician, Blackwing Corruptor or Rend Blackhand highlights the presence of a Dragon in the player's hand, this can be used to play mind games with the opponent, who may alter their play in order to counter the Dragon assumed to be in the player's hand. Donais stated, "Bluffing is something I want to encourage more in our games."[2]

Dragon art[edit | edit source]

While most dragon art is featured on Dragon minion cards, some is found on other cards. For a full list, see Dragon art.

References[edit | edit source]


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