Floating Watcher

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Floating Watcher
Floating Watcher(12271).png
Floating Watcher(12271) Gold.png
Set: Goblins vs Gnomes
Type: Minion
Subtype: Demon
Class: Warlock
Rarity: Common
Cost: 5
Attack: 4
Health: 4
Abilities: Increment attribute
Tags: Damage-related, Triggered effect
Artist: Todd Lockwood

Whenever your hero takes damage on your turn, gain +2/+2.

"Evil Eye Watcher of Doom" was the original name, but marketing felt it was a bit too aggressive.

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Floating Watcher is a common warlock minion card, from the Goblins vs Gnomes set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

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

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Floating Watcher 40 5
Golden Floating Watcher 400 50

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Floating Watcher can be triggered multiple times within the same turn, producing multiple stacking buffs.[1]
  • Floating Watcher will not trigger if the hero does not take damage, for example if the damage is prevented by Ice Block, Bolf Ramshield or Immune effects.[2]
    • Floating Watcher will still trigger if you take damage while your hero has armor; although it does not lower your hero's Health, it still counts as damage.[3]
  • Since the game does not resolve deaths until all simultaneous effects have taken place, a Floating Watcher can be buffed after being reduced to 0 health. For example, when a 4/2 Floating Watcher attacks into an enemy Explosive Trap, which deals 2 damage to Floating Watcher and its controlling hero, although Floating Watcher's Health would be lowered to 0 by the Explosive Trap's damage, its triggered effect gives it +2/+2 and thus, the Floating Watcher will not die from this sequence of events, but survives as a 6/2 and deals 6 damage to the opponent.[4] Many of the warlock's AoEs, such as Hellfire, behave similarly.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Many warlock cards are stronger than average at the cost of the user's health; the Floating Watcher can turn that into a powerful board presence. Ways to trigger its effect include Life Tap, Flame Imp, Pit Lord, Hellfire and Dread Infernal. Drain Life can also trigger its effect if the player cast it on his own hero, since it does 2 damage and then restores 2. This can be a situational solution for better board control, or finishing the game.

Combined with Hellfire or Felfire Potion, Floating Watcher can provide large amounts of burst damage as a game finisher while still alternatively providing board presence. It also gains health from these board clears, effectively taking diminished damage.

Self-damage on your own turn can also be caused through playing minions like Mad Bomber, attacking a minion using a weapon (such as after playing Lord Jaraxxus), or destroying enemy Deathrattle minions like Leper Gnome and Boom Bot. Mages who obtain this card (such as through Unstable Portal) can use Fireblast on their own hero during their turn to buff Floating Watcher.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
I see everything.
Effect triggering
YES!

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Floating Watcher is a member of the Observer race.

From Wowpedia:

Observers, also known as floating eyes, are an intelligent race of floating eyeball squids native to the Great Dark Beyond.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Floating Watcher, 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]