Ongoing effect

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The welling of light indicating an ongoing effect

Ongoing effects are minion, weapon, and boss Hero Power abilities which grant special effects on an ongoing basis. Ongoing effects are often referred to as auras, particularly those which grant temporary enchantments to other targets.

Ongoing effects are distinguished from regular minion abilities such as Taunt in that their effects directly affect the state of other game elements, and/or are toggled on and off in response to the state of other game elements. This makes ongoing effects dynamic and synergistic abilities, capable of directly altering the function of the game, or manifesting additional abilities in response to the wider state of the game. Ongoing effects are also distinguished from abilities such as Enrage which are activated solely through personal state changes, and effects which grant one-time enchantments. Ongoing effects are contrasted with triggered effects, which only take effect in response to specific events.

Minions with ongoing effects are indicated on the battlefield by a pool of light periodically welling from beneath them. There are exceptions, such as Old Murk-Eye and Prophet Velen, which do not have such pulsing pools of light. Any enchantments granted by ongoing effects are listed on affected minions, and not on the generating minion.

Auras[edit | edit source]

Ongoing effects which grant temporary enchantments or buffs to other minions are referred to as auras. Some notable examples of cards which provide persistent auras are Stormwind Champion and Murloc Warleader. Auras may affect all friendly minions, or all minions of a specific type. Auras usually take effect on the player's entire side of the board, but some auras only affect adjacent minions, such as Dire Wolf Alpha and Flametongue Totem. The key distinction between aura buffs and minion-specific buffs is that auras grant their effects only for as long as the aura-generating card remains in play. For example, Defender of Argus and Shattered Sun Cleric are examples of minions that give minion-specific buffs, but not auras. In Hearthstone, auras can be defined as continuously ongoing effects that are provided only by the presence of another card in play.

Auras, unlike permanent enchantments, cannot be removed by silencing the minion being affected by the aura, but only by neutralizing the minion generating the aura. Silencing or removing an aura-generating minion will remove its aura generation, and remove its aura effect from all affected minions. However, silencing the same minion will not prevent it from being affected by the auras of other minions.

If an aura minion meets the requirements for its own aura, it will benefit from it. For example, Tundra Rhino will gain Charge due to its own aura, and Warsong Commander will grant itself +1 Attack if you cast Potion of Madness on it.

Notes[edit | edit source]

While enchantments are normally applied to minions in the order in which they were granted, enchantments from auras and ongoing effects appear to be granted after all other enchantments have been applied, even if the aura was in place prior to the other buffs being gained. For the most part this prevents auras from being included in the calculations of other enchantments, but still allows them to be included in effect calculations such as Reversing Switch. For more details, see Advanced rulebook#Enchantments.

Cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Ongoing effect/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Ossirian Tear None Hero Power Druid Passive Hero Power
Your Choose One cards have both effects combined.
Dwarven Sharpshooter Common Minion General Hunter 1 1 3 Your Hero Power can target minions.
Grimscale Oracle Free Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1 Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack.
Illidari Studies Common Spell Demon Hunter 1 Discover an Outcast card. Your next one costs (1) less.
Kolek None Minion Demon 1 1 2 Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Nature Studies Common Spell Druid 1 Discover a spell. Your next one costs (1) less.
Southsea Deckhand Common Minion Pirate Any 1 2 1 Has Charge while you have a weapon equipped.
Spiked Wheel Common Weapon Warrior 1 0 2 Has +3 Attack while your hero has Armor.
Surging Tempest Common Minion Elemental Shaman 1 1 3 Has +1 Attack while you have Overloaded Mana Crystals.
Timber Wolf Free Minion Beast Hunter 1 1 1 Your other Beasts have +1 Attack.
Commanding Shout Rare Spell Warrior 2 Your minions can't be reduced below 1 Health this turn. Draw a card.
Dire Wolf Alpha Common Minion Beast Any 2 2 2 Adjacent minions have +1 Attack.
Felfire Deadeye Common Minion General 2 2 3 Your Hero Power costs (1) less.
Game Master Common Minion General Mage 2 2 3 The first Secret you play each turn costs (1).
Kanrethad Ebonlocke Legendary Minion General Warlock 2 3 2 Your Demons cost (1) less.
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Kanrethad Prime' into your deck.
Mana Wraith Rare Minion General Any 2 2 2 ALL minions cost (1) more.
Mo'arg Artificer Epic Minion Demon Any 2 2 4 All minions take double damage from spells.
Pint-Sized Summoner Rare Minion General Any 2 2 2 The first minion you play each turn costs (1) less.
Sorcerer's Apprentice Common Minion General Mage 2 3 2 Your spells cost (1) less.
Ace Hunter Kreen Legendary Minion General 3 2 4 Your other characters are Immune while attacking.
Arcane Amplifier Common Minion Elemental Mage 3 2 5 Your Hero Power deals 2 extra damage.
Darkmoon Statue Common Minion General Any 3 0 5 Your other minions have +1 Attack. Corrupt: This gains +4 Attack.
Darkmoon Statue Common Minion General Any 3 4 5 Corrupted
Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Deathwarden Epic Minion General Any 3 2 5 Deathrattles can't trigger.
Dread Raven Epic Minion Beast Any 3 3 4 Has +3 Attack for each other Dread Raven you control.
Eye Beam Epic Spell Demon Hunter 3 Lifesteal. Deal 3 damage to a minion.
Outcast: This costs (1).
Flametongue Totem Free Minion Totem Shaman 3 0 3 Adjacent minions have +2 Attack.
Generous Mummy Rare Minion General Any 3 5 4 Reborn
Your opponent's cards cost (1) less.
Leokk Common Minion Beast Hunter 3 2 4 Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Line Hopper Common Minion General Demon Hunter 3 3 4 Your Outcast cards cost (1) less.
Living Dragonbreath Common Minion Elemental Any 3 3 4 Your minions can't be Frozen.
Murloc Warleader Epic Minion Murloc Any 3 3 3 Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack.
Overconfident Orc Common Minion General Any 3 1 6 Taunt
While at full Health, this has +2 Attack.
Professor Slate Legendary Minion General Hunter 3 3 4 Your spells are Poisonous.
Raid Leader Free Minion General Any 3 2 2 Your other minions have +1 Attack.
Robes of Protection Rare Minion General Any 3 2 4 Your minions have "Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers."
Sky Claw Rare Minion Mech Paladin 3 1 2 Your other Mechs have +1 Attack.
Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Microcopters.
Southsea Captain Epic Minion Pirate Any 3 3 3 Your other Pirates have +1/+1.
Vulpera Toxinblade Common Minion General Rogue 3 3 3 Your weapon has +2 Attack.
Warsong Commander Free Minion General Warrior 3 2 3 Your Charge minions have +1 Attack.
Dread Corsair Common Minion Pirate Any 4 3 3 Taunt. Costs (1) less per Attack of your weapon.
Felsaber Common Minion Demon Demon Hunter 4 5 6 Can only attack if your hero attacked this turn.
Frenzied Felwing Rare Minion Demon Any 4 3 2 Costs (1) less for each damage dealt to your opponent this turn.
Kayn Sunfury Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 4 3 4 Charge
All friendly attacks ignore Taunt.
Kirin Tor Tricaster Rare Minion General Mage 4 3 3 Spell Damage +3
Your spells cost (1) more.
Lightspawn Common Minion Elemental Priest 4 0 5 This minion's Attack is always equal to its Health.
Proud Defender Common Minion General Any 4 2 6 Taunt
Has +2 Attack while you have no other minions.
Scargil Legendary Minion Murloc Shaman 4 4 4 Your Murlocs cost (1).
Summoning Portal Common Minion General Warlock 4 0 4 Your minions cost (2) less, but not less than (1).
Vessina Legendary Minion General Shaman 4 2 6 While you're Overloaded, your other minions have +2 Attack.
Wing Commander Common Minion General Any 4 2 5 Has +2 Attack for each Dragon in your hand.
Aeroponics Rare Spell Druid 5 Draw 2 cards. Costs (2) less for each Treant you control.
Anubisath Defender Epic Minion General Druid 5 3 5 Taunt. Costs (0) if you've cast a spell that costs (5) or more this turn.
Dark Pharaoh Tekahn Legendary Minion General Warlock 5 4 4 Battlecry: For the rest of the game, your Lackeys are 4/4.
Inara Stormcrash Legendary Minion General Shaman 5 4 5 On your turn, your hero has +2 Attack and Windfury
Malevolent Strike Epic Spell Rogue 5 Destroy a minion. Costs (1) less for each card in your deck that didn't start there.
Phalanx Commander Common Minion General Any 5 4 5 Your Taunt minions have +2 Attack.
Tundra Rhino Free Minion Beast Hunter 5 2 5 Your Beasts have Charge.
Venture Co. Mercenary Common Minion General Any 5 7 6 Your minions cost (3) more.
Akama Prime None Minion General Rogue 6 6 5 Permanently Stealthed.
Bladed Lady Rare Minion Demon Demon Hunter 6 6 6 Rush
Costs (1) if your hero has 6 or more Attack.
Bloodboil Brute Rare Minion General Warrior 7 5 8 Rush
Costs (1) less for each damaged minion.
Goru the Mightree Legendary Minion General Druid 7 5 10 Taunt
Battlecry: For the rest of the game, your Treants have +1/+1.
Siegebreaker Rare Minion Demon Warlock 7 5 8 Taunt
Your other Demons have +1 Attack.
Stormwind Champion Free Minion General Any 7 6 6 Your other minions have +1/+1.
Umbral Owl Rare Minion Beast Druid 7 4 4 Rush
Costs (1) less for each spell you've cast this game.
Flesh Giant Epic Minion General 8 8 8 Costs 1 less for each time your hero's Health changed during your turns.
Mana Giant Epic Minion Elemental Mage 8 8 8 Costs (1) less for each card you've played this game that didn't start in your deck.
Whirlwind Tempest Epic Minion Elemental Any 8 6 6 Your minions with Windfury have Mega-Windfury.
Mogu Fleshshaper Rare Minion General Shaman 9 3 4 Rush. Costs (1) less for each minion on the battlefield.
Nozdormu Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 8 8 Players only have 15 seconds to take their turns.
Ysiel Windsinger Legendary Minion General Druid 9 5 5 Your spells cost (1).
Jumbo Imp Epic Minion Demon Warlock 10 8 8 Costs (1) less whenever a friendly Demon dies while this is in your hand.
Kalecgos Legendary Minion Dragon Mage 10 4 12 Your first spell each turn costs (0).
Battlecry: Discover a spell.
Sea Giant Epic Minion General Any 10 8 8 Costs (1) less for each other minion on the battlefield.
Showing all 75 cards
Ossirian Tear(90700).png
Dwarven Sharpshooter(127274).png
Grimscale Oracle(510).png
Illidari Studies(442062).png
Nature Studies(329870).png
Southsea Deckhand(103).png
Spiked Wheel(442050).png
Surging Tempest(151409).png
Timber Wolf(86).png
Commanding Shout(166).png
Dire Wolf Alpha(305).png
Felfire Deadeye(442055).png
Game Master(389038).png
Kanrethad Ebonlocke(210811).png
Mana Wraith(197).png
Mo'arg Artificer(210701).png
Pint-Sized Summoner(54).png
Sorcerer's Apprentice(4).png
Ace Hunter Kreen(329891).png
Arcane Amplifier(184661).png
Darkmoon Statue(389087).png
Darkmoon Statue(389029).png
Dread Raven(151355).png
Eye Beam(210693).png
Flametongue Totem(390).png
Generous Mummy(90761).png
Line Hopper(389001).png
Living Dragonbreath(151392).png
Murloc Warleader(222).png
Overconfident Orc(210789).png
Professor Slate(329935).png
Raid Leader(502).png
Robes of Protection(329976).png
Sky Claw(151399).png
Southsea Captain(324).png
Vulpera Toxinblade(330002).png
Warsong Commander(193).png
Dread Corsair(261).png
Frenzied Felwing(184981).png
Kayn Sunfury(210736).png
Kirin Tor Tricaster(90641).png
Proud Defender(90634).png
Summoning Portal(566).png
Wing Commander(151411).png
Anubisath Defender(90771).png
Dark Pharaoh Tekahn(90777).png
Inara Stormcrash(388987).png
Malevolent Strike(388952).png
Phalanx Commander(90844).png
Tundra Rhino(162).png
Venture Co. Mercenary(509).png
Akama Prime(211125).png
Bladed Lady(388947).png
Bloodboil Brute(210798).png
Goru the Mightree(151377).png
Stormwind Champion(310).png
Umbral Owl(389042).png
Flesh Giant(329888).png
Mana Giant(151419).png
Whirlwind Tempest(90655).png
Mogu Fleshshaper(90836).png
Ysiel Windsinger(210751).png
Jumbo Imp(90640).png
Sea Giant(614).png

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Patch (2014-03-11): The visual effect for ongoing effects has been adjusted and now occurs more frequently.