N'Zoth (hero)

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For other representations of N'Zoth, see N'Zoth (disambiguation).

N'Zoth is an alternate hero for the Warlock icon.png Warlock class.

Background[edit | edit source]

N'Zoth, the Corruptor
N'Zoth in Battle for Azeroth

N'Zoth is notable as the one Old God which had not previously been revealed in any form in World of Warcraft or other media. Little was therefore known of the form, powers and details of N'Zoth.

While the character is long established in Warcraft lore, he was first depicted, revealed or even described in detail in Hearthstone, making it in a sense original to Hearthstone.[1][2] Its full art was intentionally revealed to players in advance of the card itself, providing a first ever glimpse of the elusive horror.[1] However, as of the Visions of N'Zoth patch in World of Warcraft, N'Zoth has taken a more prominent role and is shown in game, reflecting the art first introduced in Hearthstone.

The Hearthstone team collaborated "a lot" with the Warcraft lore developers when conceiving N'Zoth,[3] and the artist for the card, Tyson Murphy, is lead character artist for World of Warcraft. While the card itself is part of the game of Hearthstone, the art for N'Zoth is intended to be canonical.[4]

One of N'Zoth's tentacles features as a separate minion: Tentacle of N'Zoth.

From Wowpedia:

N'Zoth, the Corruptor is the Old God of Seven Heads an Old God who is likely imprisoned beneath Azeroth's oceans, and is responsible for the spark of the Emerald Nightmare corrupting the Emerald Dream. Due to its oceanic nature, it is possible that it is the Old God which turned night elves into naga, corruption of Neltharion into Deathwing and it likely makes several indirect appearances in the quest-chains of the Vashj'ir zone. In ages past, N'Zoth engaged in a long war with C'Thun and Yogg-Saron, with Warlord Zon'ozz leading N'Zoth's army. During the events of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, N'Zoth was a driving force behind the actions of Deathwing and during World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth the Old God once again assaulted Azeroth but was ultimately stopped by Magni and the heroes.
During the days of the Black Empire, N'Zoth controlled a vast territory in the east of Kalimdor, covering much of what would later become known as the Eastern Kingdoms. Countless ages ago, Warlord Zon'ozz and his soldiers waged endless war in the name of N'Zoth against the forces of C'Thun and Yogg-Saron. N'Zoth was the first of the Old Gods to be sealed beneath the surface of Azeroth by the titan-forged after Y'Shaarj's death, though it is not known exactly where (only that its bastion was located somewhat southeast of the Well of Eternity).

In Hearthstone[edit | edit source]

Very little is certain about N’Zoth (pronounced nuh-ZAH-th or /nə'zɑθ/)—most beings on Azeroth don't even know its name, much less what it looks like. Scraps of obscure lore claim that the Old God has been imprisoned beneath the darkest depths of the ocean for millennia beyond counting. There are also whispers that N'Zoth desires nothing more than to twist what was once noble and pure to its own inscrutable ends. Ultimately, most of what is "known" about this most insidious of beings is mere speculation.
Still, looking at the evidence, it seems like N'Zoth feels a compulsive need to redecorate, and has the aesthetic sensibilities of someone that's super into skulls, black leather, and knee high platform boots. Emerald Dream? How about Emerald Nightmare. Neltharion the Earth Warder? Nah, let's go with DEATHWING THE DESTROYER! Prissy Night Elf nobility throwing a hissy fit? BAM! You get a snake body and actual hissing! Yes, it's rumored that N'Zoth was involved with twisting the Emerald Dream, corrupting one of Azeroth's most powerful dragons, and mutating the Highborne into the despicable Naga... but it's just getting started.[5]

N'Zoth "embraces chaos", as reflected by the randomness of his Battlecry effect.[6] Despite some confusion from other sources, in Hearthstone lore, while Yogg-Saron "opened the door when it corrupted Vordrassil", it was "not the only Old God at work in the Emerald Dream".[7]

Alongside N'Zoth's playable counterpart, the Old God reappeared in Madness at the Darkmoon Faire as a new legendary minion, which both depict N'Zoth's design in the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

How to get[edit | edit source]

N'Zoth is only obtainable by purchasing the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Mega Bundle, which is only purchasable with real money.

Functionality[edit | edit source]

Once unlocked and selected for use, N'Zoth replaces Gul'dan whenever playing with a Warlock deck. N'Zoth comes with his own portrait, emotes, and hero tray art, as well as featuring a special animation when using N'Zoth's Hero Power, Life Tap (or its upgraded version, Soul Tap).

For more information, see Alternate heroes.

Flavor text[edit | edit source]

When viewed in the Collection, N'Zoth has the following flavor text:

When someone asks if you're an Old God, you can now say "YES!"

Emotes[edit | edit source]

N'Zoth, full art.

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

Regular play[edit | edit source]

Type Emote
Thanks Thank you.
Well played Glorious and terrible!
Greetings Welcome, my devoted chosen.
Mirror Greetings Together we dream. Only one shall wake.
Wow The multitudes cry out!
Oops With a whisper, chaos comes.
Threaten Dream with me...
Attack <attack exertion>
Death It ends...
Concede Back... to... sleep...
Opening remark All eyes shall be opened!
Mirror start And the sleeping city shall awaken.
Opening vs Lady Vashj Such gifts I bestowed to your people, your queen...
Opening vs Garrosh Hellscream Our gifts are not your weapons, warchief.
Opening vs Druid I feel your roots in the deep, awakening the nightmare.
Opening vs Morgl the Oracle Join me in the depths, little one.
Opening vs Madame Lazul Long have I whispered to you...
Opening vs Sylvanas Windrunner I see the machinations of your dark heart.
Opening vs The Thunder King Servant of the Titans, your time has come.
Opening vs Deathwing Worldbreaker. You heard my call in the deep.
Opening vs Nemsy Necrofizzle You, too, have heard the calling from the deep.
Opening vs Prince Arthas Your future unwinds, prince. Your crown will open the way.
Thinking [1] Hmmm...
Thinking [2] ...infinite truths...
Thinking [3] ...the veil wanes...
Running out of time The hour is close at hand!
Almost out of cards The end of my deck is nigh...
Out of cards My deck is barren!
Error: Too many minions There are too many..
Error: Generic It can not be done.
Error: Hand already full My hand is full.
Error: Hero already attacked I cannot attack.
Error: Minion not ready Give that one time to make ready.
Error: Minion exhausted That minion is spent.
Error: Not enough mana Not enough mana.
Error: Need a weapon I need a weapon…
Error: Can't play that card It is beyond me.
Error: Can't target stealthed minions That minion has stealth.
Error: Not a valid target I need a target.
Error: Must attack taunt minion I must attack the minion with taunt.
Selection in Arena I can save you from what is to come...
Lunar New Year Greetings Another year, the dawning of the end.
Winter Veil Greetings Your holiday has come.
Noblegarden Greetings Numberless eggs hidden in the deeps...
Hallow's End Greetings On Hallow's End, the veil is torn...
Midsummer Fire Festival Greetings The fires consume, but the flames will cleanse.
Pirate's Day Greetings Yo... ho... ho...
Using Life Tap [1] I feed...
Using Life Tap [2] Sacrifice.
Using Life Tap [3] More...
When playing Bane of Doom Their end is but the beginning.
When playing Drain Life Your suffering is my strength.
When playing Hellfire All is ruin!
When playing N'Zoth, the Corruptor I am multitides.
When playing Plot Twist Nothing as it seems...
When playing Shadowflame They give themselves to me...
When playing Soulfire Into the depths.
When playing Twisted Knowledge I know the unknowable, see the unseen...
When playing Twisting Nether The void consumes!
When playing Deck of Chaos The future is history rewritten...

Unused[edit | edit source]

Type Emote
Sorry I will atone.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 So... N'zoth.. (2016-03-21). 
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-03-20). 
  3. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-03-30). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-03-29). 
  5. Whispers of the Old Gods – The Enigma of N’Zoth. (2016-03-24). 
  6. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-03-24). 
  7. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-03-24).