Flame Leviathan

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Flame Leviathan
Flame Leviathan(12290).png
Flame Leviathan(12290) Gold.png
Set: Goblins vs Gnomes
Type: Minion
Subtype: Mech
Class: Mage
Rarity: Legendary
Cost: 7
Attack: 7
Health: 7
Abilities: Deal damage
Tags: Area of effect, On-draw effect
Artist: Aleksi Briclot

When you draw this, deal 2 damage to all characters.

Mimiron likes to take the Flame Leviathan out on some sweet joyrides.

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Flame Leviathan is a legendary mage minion card, from the Goblins vs Gnomes set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Flame Leviathan can be obtained through Goblins vs Gnomes card packs purchased online from the Battle.net shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Flame Leviathan 1600 400
Golden Flame Leviathan 3200 1600

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Being drawn in the player's first or second mulligan will not activate this card's effect.[1] Being copied through effects such as Thoughtsteal or Chromaggus also will not activate its effect.[2][3]
  • When Gnomish Experimenter draws Flame Leviathan, first Flame Leviathan's effect goes off, then the card is transformed into a chicken.[4]
  • If this card is drawn by the card draw effect of Acolyte of Pain, even if the Acolyte would die, the Flame Leviathan's on draw effect will trigger first, damaging the Acolyte and causing you to draw one more card.
  • If you draw Flame Leviathan with Chromaggus in play, Chromaggus triggers before Flame Leviathan deals 2 damage to all characters.[5]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A 7-drop with average stats, Flame Leviathan is notable for its on-draw effect, making it something of a wildcard depending on when it's drawn. Its ability can be very useful for clearing the board of low cost minions such as Murlocs, softening enemy minions for one of the mage's board clearing spells, or giving the player enough damage to finish off their opponent, though it can also do the same for the opposing player. Its important if using a Flame Leviathan to include and mulligan for cards that can withstand its effect, as well as cards that can benefit from it, such as Enrage cards, Nerubian Egg, Acolyte of Pain and Gurubashi Berserker. While random, timing is important in determining whether its effect is positive or negative for the player.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Hostile entities detected.
Attack
Acquiring target.
Effect triggering
Countermeasures enabled.
Death
Powering dow...

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Flame Leviathan is the first boss encounter in Ulduar, found in the Formation Grounds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Flame Leviathan was specifically designed in order to experiment with draw-related effects, a mechanic which did not exist at the time.[6]
  • Upon its release this card was widely and immediately panned as a poor card, especially given its status as a legendary. However, this was considered by some to be due to the fact that the expansion saw the original mage legendary, Archmage Antonidas, gaining substantial popularity with the expansion's release, due to synergy with the new Spare Part cards. With Antonidas previously rarely seen at high levels, this resurgence could be a reason for the relative weakness of the Flame Leviathan, with mages expected to already have a strong legendary card for the expansion.
  • This card was leaked along with Iron Juggernaut, Trade Prince Gallywix, and Vol'jin, long before they were supposed to be revealed. Due to their very unique effects, many players believed the leaked cards to be a hoax.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Flame Leviathan, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04): Added.

References[edit | edit source]