Galakrond, the Nightmare

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Galakrond, the Nightmare
Regular
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Gold
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Battlecry: Draw 1 card. It costs (0).
(Invoke twice to upgrade.)

The enormous creature unfurled terrifying claws dripping with poisonous ichor. King Togwaggle was pleased, but inwardly disappointed the great Nightmare refused to wear the candle.

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Galakrond, the Nightmare is a legendary rogue hero card, from the Descent of Dragons set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

A single non-golden copy of Galakrond, the Nightmare will be automatically given to each player the first time they open a Descent of Dragons pack. Non-golden Galakrond, the Nightmare is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Golden Galakrond, the Nightmare can only be obtained through crafting. Galakrond, the Nightmare is not available from card packs or Arena rewards.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Golden Galakrond, the Nightmare 3200 1600

Upgrades into[edit | edit source]

Galakrond, the Apocalypse(151534).png
Galakrond, Azeroth's End(151535).png

Generated Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Galakrond's Guile(127285).png

Fixed bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to a server-side update, Galakrond, the Nightmare's Battlecry applied a permanent enchantment that overrode other cost modifiers.[1]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Galakrond, the Nightmare is best used in a Tempo Rogue deck looking for a source of value. One of the major weaknesses of Galakrond, the Nightmare compared to other versions of Galakrond is the weakness of Rogue's Invoke cards. As such, The Nightmare isn't the best card to build around, but is decent as a mid to lategame play to close games out. Thankfully, his Battlecry is reasonably strong at all three stages, meaning you don't have to wait until he's fully Invoked to play him. His relative splashability makes him and his support cards a good choice for filler in a Highlander build.

Paying three mana for a Lackey is not very efficient. However, the Lackeys can be stored and saved to trigger Combos or build a large Edwin VanCleef, meaning it's still a good idea to use the Hero Power every turn where possible.

The constant Lackey generation from his Invoke and Hero Power make Heistbaron Togwaggle very useful throughout the game.

His Battlecry has great synergy with Transmogrifier, giving you up to four random Legendary minions that cost (0).

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Darken the skies. My nightmare reigns!

Emotes[edit | edit source]

Each hero has their own selection of audio and written emotes that are produced in response to specific events. For more information, see Emote.

Type Emote
Thanks Thanks, I will destroy you last.
Well played Your composure is... commendable.
Greetings Your fear... is delectable.
Mirror Greetings You only scare yourself.
Wow Startling!
Oops That was frightening!
Threaten Your screams delight me.
Attack Fear me!
Concede The nightmare ends... You win.
Thinking [1] What about...
Thinking [2] What if...
Thinking [3] Maybe...
Running out of time The darkness wanes!
Almost out of cards I am running out of cards.
Out of cards I am out of cards!
Error: Too many minions My board is too full.
Error: Generic That is impossible.
Error: Hand already full I have too many cards.
Error: Hero already attacked I cannot attack again.
Error: Minion not ready Give that weakling a turn to get ready.
Error: Minion exhausted That minion already attacked.
Error: Not enough mana I need more Mana for that.
Error: Need a weapon I need a weapon. Or claws.
Error: Can't play that card I cannot do that.
Error: Can't target stealthed minions That minion has Stealth.
Error: Not a valid target I cannot target that.
Error: Must attack taunt minion I must attack the minion with Taunt.
Lunar New Year Greetings Happy New Year.
Winter Veil Greetings Happy Feast of Winter Veil...
Pirate's Day Greetings Yarr! Galakrond be raidin' the skies.
Noblegarden Greetings Noblegarden... I detest it.
Hallow's End Greetings Hallow's End... My favorite.
Midsummer Fire Festival Greetings Fireworks. I love those...

Unused[edit | edit source]

Type Emote
Opening remark You will not wake from this nightmare.
Mirror start I will show you a real terror.
Selection in Arena Choosing the darkness, I see. Wise.
Sorry Sorry. Did I scare you?

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Galakrond was a massive proto-dragon, who is known as the "progenitor of dragonkind". He was a threat which five proto-dragons of varying colors united against. It is said that from him the Titans created the Aspects, but this is a rumor the Aspects actively encouraged so as to keep the truth about Galakrond a secret from the dragonflights.
His size alone was greater than all of the Aspects combined, large enough that the only possible being Galakrond could be compared to was himself. His roar could be heard from miles around, and the flap of his wings generated powerful wind. As he continued to consume the life-energies of his fellow proto-dragons, Galakrond grew hideous mutations all over his body (such as limbs and even eyes) and his skin started to decay, almost as if he had become an undead like his victims. Galakrond was not always this large and he used to have a smoother, more streamlined appearance. His mutations were caused by cannibalizing on other proto-dragons, and as a by-product of his absorption of the proto-dragons' life essence his victims came back as undead, called the not-living.

This version of Galakrond is one of five forms he takes in Descent of Dragons, each catering to a League of E.V.I.L. member. This incarnation was reanimated by King Togwaggle. Fitting for a rogue, Galakrond the Nightmare appears to have venomous teeth and claws, and his quotes/emotes imply he has power over darkness and fear. His other forms are as follows:

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Galakrond, the Nightmare, full art
Concept art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Server-side Patch (2020-02-12): Fixed an issue that caused Galakrond the Nightmare's cost-reduction priority to negate the cost-increase effects of cards such as Boompistol Bully and Loatheb.
  • Descent of Dragons logo.png Patch 16.0.0.37060 (2019-12-05): Added.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Regis Killbin on Twitter. (2020-02-04).  Funny video clip.