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Poisonous
Destroy any minion damaged by this.
A Poisonous minion

Poisonous is a minion ability that causes any minion damaged by them to be destroyed. Poisonous minions on the battlefield are marked by a bubbling vial of poison at the bottom of their portraits. Poisonous is a type of triggered destroy effect.

Prior to Patch 7.1.0.17720, the Poisonous ability was represented by the text "Destroy any minion damaged by this minion".

Notes[edit | edit source]

Granting Poisonous to minions with triggered effects that deal damage to minions will cause those effects to become Poisonous themselves.

Example: A Wild Pyromancer is adapted with Poison Spit. When its triggered effect activates, all minions dealt damage by the effect are destroyed, including itself.[1]
Example: An Abomination is adapted with Poison Spit. When its deathrattle effect triggers, all minions dealt damage by the effect are destroyed.
Example: A Knife Juggler is given Poisonous by Plague Scientist. Minions damaged by the Knife Juggler's knives will be destroyed.
Example: An Imp Master is given Poisonous by Plague Scientist. At the end of the turn, the Imp Master will be destroyed.

Betrayal can be especially effective when used on a Poisonous minion; any adjacent minion without Divine Shield will be killed by the Poisonous effect.

Minions which deal damage as a Deathrattle which are adapted to be Poisonous will destroy every minion the Deathrattle damages. (Prior to Patch 9.0.0.20457, this did not happen if the minion died, but it did happen when the minion's Deathrattle was triggered by certain effects while it is still alive, such as Feign Death, Terrorscale Stalker, or Princess Huhuran.)

Example: A Fiery Bat gets the Poison Spit adaptation from Crackling Razormaw. Its deathrattle is triggered by Feign Death, and instantly destroys the minion it damages. Later the Fiery Bat dies and the deathrattle triggers again, again instantly killing the damaged minion.

Note: Before Patch 9.0.0.20457, a bug caused this interaction to work when triggering a Deathrattle without killing the minion, but not when the minion was actually killed.[2]

Similar to poisonous minions, a Death's Bite that has been enchanted with Envenom Weapon will destroy all minions on the board, except those protected by a Divine Shield.[3]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

While the stats of Poisonous minions are not always especially powerful, they offer a unique tactical advantage. Poisonous minions can destroy any opponent in a single strike, and can be used to single-handedly dispose of giants such as Ysera or Deathwing.

Poisonous minions are generally disposable, intended for a single swift strike. However, abilities such as Divine Shield can allow you to make more extended use of them.

Poisonous minions only destroy minions to whom they have caused damage. Minions shielded with Divine Shield will not actually take damage, and will not therefore be destroyed. Reducing a Poisonous minion's Attack to 0 through means such as Shrinkmeister will likewise prevent the Poisonous effect from occurring.[4]

Opponents will generally want to destroy Poisonous minions as quickly as possible, especially if they already have a powerful minion on the battlefield. The presence of a Poisonous minion, especially a Stealthed one, is a great deterrent to summoning any valuable minions, since they will likely be immediately removed from play by the Poisonous minion.

Adapt[edit | edit source]

Any card with the Adapt ability may become (or grant) the Poisonous ability with this choice:

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See Adapt for full listings.

Cards with Poisonous[edit | edit source]

This section lists minions which are Poisonous or have the ability to become Poisonous when played.

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Giant Wasp Common Minion Beast Any 3 2 2
Stealth
Poisonous Float like a butterfly, sting like a giant wasp!
Stoneskin Basilisk Common Minion Beast Any 3 1 1
Divine Shield
Poisonous He got that way from looking into a mirror.
Stubborn Gastropod Common Minion Beast Any 2 1 2
Taunt
Poisonous Stubbornly pursuing its dream to become Azeroth's fastest animal!
Venomancer Common Minion General Any 5 2 5
Poisonous Eight times the death of regular-mancers.
Venomizer Common Minion Mech Hunter 2 2 2
Magnetic
Poisonous Keeps getting banned for toxic behavior.
Vilebrood Skitterer Common Minion Beast Hunter 5 1 3
Poisonous
Rush It aspires to be a Vilebrood Dancer, but it has eight left feet.
Carrion Drake Rare Minion Dragon Hunter 5 3 7
Battlecry: If a minion died this turn, gain PoisonousFits easily into overhead luggage bins.
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion General Druid 2 1 2
Choose One - Transform into a 1/2 with Poisonous; or a 1/5 with TauntThe Druid awoke from troubling dreams to find herself transformed into a giant spider.
Emperor Cobra Rare Minion Beast Any 3 2 3
Poisonous The Sholazar Basin is home to a lot of really horrible things. If you're going to visit, wear bug spray. And plate armor.
Patient Assassin Epic Minion General Rogue 2 1 1
Stealth
Poisonous He’s not really that patient. It just takes a while for someone to walk by that he can actually reach.
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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
Pit Snake Common Minion Beast Rogue 1 2 1
Poisonous It could be worse. It could be a Snake Pit.
Maexxna Legendary Minion Beast Any 6 2 8
Poisonous Maexxna gets super mad when people introduce her as "Maxina" or "Maxxy".
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Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Drakeslayer None Minion General Any 1 2 1
Poisonous 
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion Beast Druid 2 1 2
Poisonous 
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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
Radioactive Ooze None Minion General Rogue 1 1 1
Poisonous
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
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion Beast Druid 2 1 5
Taunt
Poisonous 
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Sources of Poisonous[edit | edit source]

Poisonous-generating cards[edit | edit source]

This section lists cards which generate Poisonous minions.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Marsh Drake Common Minion Dragon Any 3 5 4
Battlecry: Summon a 2/1 Poisonous Drakeslayer for your opponent. She would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for that meddling Drakeslayer.
Webweave Common Spell Druid 5
Summon two 1/2 Poisonous Spiders. O, what a tangled web we weave, hoping spiders dodge the cleave.
Blightnozzle Crawler Rare Minion Mech Rogue 4 2 4
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with Poisonous and Rush. "Well we HAD it contained. Then you went and gave it legs!"
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion General Druid 2 1 2
Choose One - Transform into a 1/2 with Poisonous; or a 1/5 with TauntThe Druid awoke from troubling dreams to find herself transformed into a giant spider.
Venomstrike Trap Rare Spell Hunter 2
Secret: When one of your minions is attacked, summon a 2/3 Poisonous Cobra. Snakes on a frozen plain.
Malfurion the Pestilent Legendary Hero card Druid 7
Choose One - Summon 2 Poisonous Spiders; or 2 Scarabs with Taunt"Cenarius once taught me about the precarious balance between life and death. I have come to understand: there IS no balance. Death always wins."
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Poisonous-granting cards[edit | edit source]

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

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Plague Scientist Common Minion General Rogue 3 2 3
Combo: Give a friendly minion PoisonousThe excruciating pain means it's working!
Venomizer Common Minion Mech Hunter 2 2 2
Magnetic
Poisonous Keeps getting banned for toxic behavior.
Carrion Drake Rare Minion Dragon Hunter 5 3 7
Battlecry: If a minion died this turn, gain PoisonousFits easily into overhead luggage bins.
Envenom Weapon Rare Spell Rogue 3
Give your weapon PoisonousLike Deadly Poison, but deadlier.
Toxic Arrow Epic Spell Hunter 2
Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it survives, give it PoisonousWhat doesn't kill you makes you toxic.
Toxmonger Epic Minion General Hunter 4 2 4
Whenever you play a minion that costs (1), give it PoisonousNot all spiders are born poisonous. That's where he comes in.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

Keyword[edit | edit source]

Poisonous is actually a triggered effect, but does not display the lightning-bolt icon found on all other triggered effects. However, when the Poisonous minion deals damage, the lightning bolt icon is revealed.

Before Patch 7.1, 'Poisonous' was not a keyword, but was represented by the text "Destroy any minion damaged by this minion", as well as a unique animated icon depicting a green bubbling flask. The case of the Poisonous ability was cited in 2014 by Ben Brode as an example where the developers could have added a keyword, but chose instead to simply describe the ability in full, since it was only found on 4 cards.[5] This was changed in Patch 7.1.0.17720 during the lead up to Journey to Un'Goro, with the addition of the Poisonous keyword. The change was purely cosmetic, but appears to have been due to the introduction of a number of new Poisonous cards with Un'Goro, therefore justifying the creation of a keyword for the long-standing effect.

Poison vs Venom[edit | edit source]

At the time of its introduction, the keyword itself, Poisonous, was arguably technically incorrect for all four of the playable cards involved. This is because 'poisonous' animals such as snakes and spiders are in fact venomous, rather than poisonous; venom is injected whereas poison must be absorbed or ingested.[6] For example, a venomous spider injects its prey with venom, while a poisonous frog is dangerous if eaten.

However, Ben Brode explains that the term "Poison" is inherited from World of Warcraft,[7] where the term has long been used by the rogue class for a range of abilities and items used to deal additional effects when applied to their weapons. Hearthstone itself already contained a few such cards at the time, with more planned for the then-upcoming Journey to Un'Goro.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch 9.0.0.20457 (2017-08-08): Poisonous will work with Deathrattles.
  • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan logo.png Patch 7.1.0.17720 (2017-02-28): Poison effect is now named as Poisonous.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): Poison icon and triggering flash added. Prior to this, cards with Poison had no icon, and did not flash when triggering their ability.[8][9]

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