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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.

Prior to Patch, 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 with 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 or Embrace the Shadow 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.
  • It is currently unknown how Lifesteal spells interact with Hallazeal the Ascended, though most likely the healing effect will simply trigger twice (once for the Lifesteal effect, and once for Hallazeal's own effect).

Cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Siphon Life None Hero Power Warlock 2
Hero Power
Deal 3 damage. 
Acolyte of Agony Common Minion General Priest 3 3 3
Lifesteal It takes many years of practiced study in order to fully master agony.
Bloodworm Common Minion Beast Any 5 4 4
Lifesteal Queen Lana'thel insists on one of these, fried, every morning for breakfast.
Chillblade Champion Common Minion General Paladin 4 3 2
Lifesteal It slices, it dices, it vaporizes! The Chillblade will make a Champion out of even the lowliest gnome.
Deadscale Knight Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1
Lifesteal His favorite spell is Chum Explosion.
Drain Soul Common Spell Warlock 2
Deal 2 damage to a minion. Cleans even the toughest clogs with just a flick of the wrist!
Elixir of Life Common Spell Priest 3
Give a minion +2/+2 and Lifesteal
Felsoul Inquisitor Common Minion Demon Any 4 1 6
Taunt Everyone expects an inquisition reference.
Leeching Poison Common Spell Rogue 2
Give your weapon LifestealNo actual leeches were harmed in the creation of this card.
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 2 4
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. Time to squash your opponent.
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 4 2
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. 
Spirit Lash Common Spell Priest 2
Deal 1 damage to all minions. We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, stolen from you!
Swamp Leech Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1
Lifesteal A face only a druid could love.
Vicious Scalehide Common Minion Beast Any 2 1 3
Rush They make wonderful pets if you're not allergic to blood loss.
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. 
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.
Paragon of Light Rare Minion General Paladin 3 2 5
Has Taunt and Lifesteal while it has 3 or more Attack. She’s all fun and games until someone rings that stupid bell.
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.
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.
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.
Spectral Cutlass Epic Weapon Rogue 4 2 2
Whenever you play a card from another class, gain +1 Durability. So sharp it can cut through a spectral tomato!
Blood-Queen Lana'thel Legendary Minion General Warlock 5 1 6
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.
Grave Vengeance Legendary Weapon Paladin 5 5 3
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.
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Acolyte of Agony(62886).png
Chillblade Champion(58721).png
Deadscale Knight(62931).png
Drain Soul(62928).png
Elixir of Life(73335).png
Felsoul Inquisitor(89470).png
Leeching Poison(61821).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89339).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89486).png
Spirit Lash(58722).png
Swamp Leech(89477).png
Vicious Scalehide(89444).png
Amethyst Spellstone(76927).png
Greater Amethyst Spellstone(76928).png
Lesser Amethyst Spellstone(76924).png
Paragon of Light(89433).png
Deathweb Spider(89395).png
Obsidian Statue(62870).png
Spectral Cutlass(89391).png
Blood-Queen Lana'thel(61814).png
Grave Vengeance(62916).png
Prince Valanar(62844).png

The Boomsday Project

The below cards are planned for release with The Boomsday Project, coming August 7, 2018.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Zilliax Legendary Minion Mech Any 5 3 2
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal, Rush 
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Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Mistress of Pain Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 1 4
Lifesteal Her sister is the Mistress of Pane who sells windows and shower doors.
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.
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Wickerflame Burnbristle(49633).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

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.
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!"
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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Countess Ashmore(89415).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to the introduction of the Lifesteal keyword in Patch, 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]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch (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). 

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