Lifesteal

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Lifesteal
Damage dealt also heals your hero.
A minion with Lifesteal

Lifesteal is an ability which causes damage dealt by a card to also restore that much Health to the controlling player's hero. Lifesteal minions on the battlefield are marked by a broken heart at the bottom of their portraits.

The Lifesteal mechanic was first introduced in Goblins vs Gnomes on the card Mistress of Pain (later renamed Queen of Pain). It was officially keyworded in Knights of the Frozen Throne. Prior to Patch 9.0.0.20457, Lifesteal was represented by the text "Damage dealt by this minion also heals your hero".

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Whenever a Lifesteal card or Hero Power deals damage, it will restore the exact same amount of Health to its controlling hero too.
  • If a hero deals Lifesteal damage while also taking lethal damage, the Lifesteal heal will save the hero if it would be enough to restore them to 1 health or more (or, put another way, if the damage taken minus the Lifesteal heal is less than the hero's health).
    • For example, if a rogue with 5 health remaining equipped with a Kingsbane which has been granted Lifesteal (by Leeching Poison) attacks Dr. Boom, the rogue will survive if Kingsbane has at least 3 attack.
  • If Betrayal is cast upon a minion with Lifesteal, the Lifesteal effect will activate once for each minion hit.
  • If a Lifesteal card deals damage to a minion protected by Divine Shield, it will deal 0 damage and thus also restore 0 Health, while also removing the Divine Shield.[2]
  • As with all healing effects, if combined with Auchenai Soulpriest, Embrace the Shadow or Auchenai Phantasm, Lifesteal cards will instead deal damage to the controlling hero. Because this damage is not counted as damage dealt by the Lifesteal card itself, however, the effect will not trigger a second time.

Cards with Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which have the ability to Lifesteal or can gain the ability to Lifesteal when played.

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Swamp Leech Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1
Lifesteal A face only a druid could love.
Cheaty Anklebiter Common Minion General Any 2 2 1
Lifesteal
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage. Famed hunter of the deadly Achilliosaur.
Vicious Scalehide Common Minion Beast Any 2 1 3
Lifesteal
Rush They make wonderful pets if you're not allergic to blood loss.
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 2 4
Lifesteal
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. Time to squash your opponent.
Felsoul Inquisitor Common Minion Demon Any 4 1 6
Lifesteal
Taunt Everyone expects an inquisition reference.
Rusty Recycler Common Minion Mech Any 5 2 6
Taunt
Lifesteal Ironic. It could recycle others, but not itself.
Walking Fountain Common Minion Elemental Shaman 8 4 8
Lifesteal, Rush, Windfury The weirdest part is that it doesn't have legs.
Paragon of Light Rare Minion General Paladin 3 2 5
While this minion has 3 or more Attack, it has Taunt and LifestealShe’s all fun and games until someone rings that stupid bell.
Spectral Cutlass Epic Weapon Rogue 4 2 2
Lifesteal
Whenever you play a card from another class, gain +1 Durability. So sharp it can cut through a spectral tomato!
Crystalsmith Kangor Legendary Minion General Paladin 2 1 2
Divine Shield, Lifesteal
Your healing is doubled. He wants to tank, but Boom always makes him play support.
High Priestess Jeklik Legendary Minion General Warlock 4 3 4
Taunt, Lifesteal
When you discard this, add 2 copies of it to your hand. If you love Jeklik, set her free. YOU CAN'T GET RID OF HER.
Zilliax Legendary Minion Mech Any 5 3 2
Magnetic
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal, Rush Everything but the kitchen sink. Oh wait, there's one on his back.
Shirvallah, the Tiger Legendary Minion Beast Paladin 25 7 5
Divine Shield, Rush, Lifesteal
Costs (1) less for each Mana you've spent on spells. On bended knee Thekal placed his weapon upon Shirvallah’s altar, whereupon she slowly knocked it off with her paw.
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Cheaty Anklebiter(90269).png
Crystalsmith Kangor(89860).png
Vicious Scalehide(89444).png
Paragon of Light(89433).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89339).png
Felsoul Inquisitor(89470).png
High Priestess Jeklik(90182).png
Spectral Cutlass(89391).png
Rusty Recycler(89929).png
Zilliax(89803).png
Walking Fountain(90605).png
Shirvallah, the Tiger(90145).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Deadscale Knight Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1
Lifesteal His favorite spell is Chum Explosion.
Drain Soul Common Spell Warlock 2
Lifesteal
Deal 2 damage to a minion. Cleans even the toughest clogs with just a flick of the wrist!
Spirit Lash Common Spell Priest 2
Lifesteal
Deal 1 damage to all minions. We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, stolen from you!
Acolyte of Agony Common Minion General Priest 3 3 3
Lifesteal It takes many years of practiced study in order to fully master agony.
Chillblade Champion Common Minion General Paladin 4 3 2
Charge
Lifesteal It slices, it dices, it vaporizes! The Chillblade will make a Champion out of even the lowliest gnome.
Bloodworm Common Minion Beast Any 5 4 4
Lifesteal Queen Lana'thel insists on one of these, fried, every morning for breakfast.
Queen of Pain Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 1 4
Lifesteal Her sister is the Queen of Pane who sells windows and shower doors.
Lesser Amethyst Spellstone Rare Spell Warlock 4
Lifesteal. Deal 3 damage to a minion. (Take damage from your cards to upgrade.) A purple stone Azari carved
For dark hearts, craving, power-starved.
The first to bow, the warlock Rin,
Embraced the darkness, slew her kin.
Obsidian Statue Epic Minion General Priest 9 4 8
Taunt, Lifesteal
Deathrattle: Destroy a random enemy minion. The original artist spent many hours with a fine chisel perfecting the facial expression for maximum tauntiness.
Wickerflame Burnbristle Legendary Minion General Paladin 3 2 2
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal Wickerflame spent years as a recruit for the Goons, never making the big-time because he always fired his chest-cannon too slowly. "Hey," he thought, "maybe if I keep my beard lit on fire, I can do this faster." BOOM, promoted.
Prince Valanar Legendary Minion General Any 4 4 4
Battlecry: If your deck has no 4-Cost cards, gain Lifesteal and TauntThree Princes stand before you. This one devours one after another.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel Legendary Minion General Warlock 5 1 6
Lifesteal
Has +1 Attack for each card you've discarded this game. As a young blood-princess she learned the proper way for a lady to curtsy, how to address fellow members of royalty, and how to bite them.
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Deadscale Knight(62931).png
Drain Soul(62928).png
Queen of Pain(12283).png
Spirit Lash(58722).png
Acolyte of Agony(62886).png
Wickerflame Burnbristle(49633).png
Chillblade Champion(58721).png
Lesser Amethyst Spellstone(76924).png
Prince Valanar(62844).png
Blood-Queen Lana'thel(61814).png
Bloodworm(62933).png
Obsidian Statue(62870).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Crystal Dryad None Minion General Druid 1 1 2
Lifesteal 
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 4 2
Lifesteal
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. 
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Crystal Dryad.png
Pumpkin Peasant(89486).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Siphon Life None Hero Power Warlock 2
Hero Power
Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage. 
Grave Vengeance None Weapon Paladin 5 5 3
 
Amethyst Spellstone Rare Spell Warlock 4
Lifesteal. Deal 5 damage to a minion. (Take damage from your cards to upgrade.) 
Greater Amethyst Spellstone Rare Spell Warlock 4
Lifesteal. Deal 7 damage to a minion. 
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Siphon Life(62935).png
Amethyst Spellstone(76927).png
Greater Amethyst Spellstone(76928).png
Grave Vengeance(62916).png

Sources of Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

Lifesteal-generating cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which generate cards that have the ability to Lifesteal.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Dreamway Guardians Rare Spell Druid 2
Summon two 1/2 Dryads with LifestealThey're a nightmare to deal with.
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Lifesteal-granting cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which grant the Lifesteal ability to other cards or to itself.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Lightforged Blessing Common Spell Paladin 2
Twinspell
Give a friendly minion LifestealSome might call this a lightforgery.
Paragon of Light Rare Minion General Paladin 3 2 5
While this minion has 3 or more Attack, it has Taunt and LifestealShe’s all fun and games until someone rings that stupid bell.
Omega Mind Epic Minion General Shaman 2 2 3
Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals, your spells have Lifesteal this turn. Has a side-business selling her lipstick shade, "Omega Red."
Deathweb Spider Epic Minion Beast Warlock 5 4 6
Battlecry: If your hero took damage this turn, gain LifestealThe itsy bitsy spiders climbed up the village wall. Then came the witch and the spiders ate them all.
Zilliax Legendary Minion Mech Any 5 3 2
Magnetic
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal, Rush Everything but the kitchen sink. Oh wait, there's one on his back.
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Omega Mind(89885).png
Paragon of Light(89433).png
Deathweb Spider(89395).png
Zilliax(89803).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Leeching Poison Common Spell Rogue 1
Give your weapon Lifesteal this turn. No actual leeches were harmed in the creation of this card.
Elixir of Life Common Spell Priest 3
Give a minion +2/+2 and Lifesteal
Corpsetaker Epic Minion General Any 4 3 3
Battlecry: Gain Taunt if your deck has a Taunt minion. Repeat for Divine Shield, Lifesteal, WindfuryHer extensive collection of corpses includes one of nearly every type. She'd love for you to join it.
Prince Valanar Legendary Minion General Any 4 4 4
Battlecry: If your deck has no 4-Cost cards, gain Lifesteal and TauntThree Princes stand before you. This one devours one after another.
Frost Lich Jaina Legendary Hero card Mage 9
Battlecry: Summon a 3/6 Water Elemental. Your Elementals have Lifesteal for the rest of the game. "Arthas was a spoiled child, playing with toys he could neither control nor understand. Come into the cold. I will show you the true power of the Frozen Throne."
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Leeching Poison(61821).png
Elixir of Life(73335).png
Corpsetaker(61832).png
Prince Valanar(62844).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Countess Ashmore Legendary Minion General Any 7 6 6
Battlecry: Draw a Rush, Lifesteal, and Deathrattle card from your deck. "1 minion… ah, ah, ah! 2 minions… ah, ah, ah! 3 minions… ah, ah, ah!"
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Countess Ashmore(89415).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Deathaxe Punisher Epic Minion General Any 4 3 3
Battlecry: Give a random Lifesteal minion in your hand +2/+2. Don't fear the Arcanite Reaper.
Uther of the Ebon Blade Legendary Hero card Paladin 9
Battlecry: Equip a 5/3 Lifesteal weapon. "Step forward. Confess! Once I was a mere servant of the Light. Now I alone stand in judgement."
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to the introduction of the Lifesteal keyword in Patch 9.0.0.20457, if a Lifesteal card dealt damage while combined with Auchenai Soulpriest or Embrace the Shadow, the converted Lifesteal healing would count as damage dealt by the Lifesteal card itself. This would cause the Lifesteal card's effect to trigger again and again, resulting in an infinite loop of damage until the controlling player's hero was killed. More precisely, the infinite loop was believed to stop once the hero had been in negative Health following three consecutive triggers or after 61 triggers, whichever happened first. In Knights of the Frozen Throne, this interaction was changed to deal damage only once.[3]
  • When a Lifesteal effect restores health to the controlling player's hero, the healing is accompanied by a unified visual style.
  • Holy Fire, Drain Life, and Tidal Surge were not changed into Lifesteal spells with the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, as they always restore the same amount of Health to the controlling hero and changing them to Lifesteal would cause the healing to scale with Spell Damage.[2][4] In the case of Drain Life, Game Director Ben Brode has also expressed a reluctance to add a new keyword to the Basic set.[4]
  • Lifesteal is the second non-launch keyword to continue to appear on cards outside of the set it was introduced in, the first being Discover. It's also the first non-launch mechanic to later be given an official keyword.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch 9.0.0.20457 (2017-08-08): This effect is now named as Lifesteal. Lifesteal minions on the battlefield now have a unique icon at the bottom of their portraits.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matthew Place on Twitter. (2017-07-31). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  3. Auchenai Soulpriest and Lifesteal Synergy Update. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-07-21).