Quest (ability)

From Hearthstone Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Starts in your hand.
Complete for a reward.
This article is about the ability on certain spells. For quests which reward gold, see Quest.

A Quest is a spell ability and type of spell card which grants a conditional reward. When played, Quests are displayed above the controlling hero's portrait, similar to Secrets. When the condition of the Quest is met, the Quest's reward is given to the player. Unlike Secrets, Quests can be seen by the opponent when they are hovered over, the Quest's progress is displayed to both players, and their conditions are met by the possessing player rather than by the opponent.

Only one Quest can be in play on each hero at any given time.[1] In addition, Quest cards are automatically included in the player's mulligan as the left-most card(s), although the player can choose to replace them.[2][3] All Quests are legendary spells.

Quests were a major new gameplay feature in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion. A second round of quests released with Saviors of Uldum.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Example: A shaman has 7/10 progress on Unite the Murlocs. Their opponent kills their Sated Threshadon, summoning 3 Primalfins for them and completing the Quest.
Example: A priest has 6/7 progress on Awaken the Makers. Their opponent plays Hungry Dragon, which summons a Leper Gnome for the priest, completing the Quest.
  • Viewing a Quest in the Collection manager will display its reward beside it.
  • Quests generate their rewards after the phase in which they were completed.[7]
    • It is therefore impossible for an effect that completes a Quest to directly affect the reward in the hand, since the reward would not yet have been generated.
Example: A warlock plays Doomguard with Lakkari Sacrifice at 5/6 progress. Doomguard's Battlecry discards two cards from those already in hand, then the Nether Portal reward is added to the hand, hence it is not possible for the reward to be discarded via Doomguard.[8]
  • If the condition for a Quest which gives a card as its reward is met when the owner's hand is full, the Quest completes but the reward is lost. This can happen if a summon effect completes the Quest while the player has a full hand, or if the Quest is completed by playing a card that adds more cards to the hand. Hence, you have to be careful with this, particularly when playing with cards that generate more cards such as using Fire Fly with The Caverns Below.
Example: A mage has 9 cards in hand and 5/6 progress on Open the Waygate. They play an Arcane Intellect which was generated by Cabalist's Tome. They draw 2 cards, then the Quest completes, and the reward is lost since they now have 10 cards in hand.
  • Because Quests cards are spells, they can be affected by Secrets such as Counterspell or Mana Bind. Therefore be careful about playing your Quest if your opponent has a Mage Secret active. This could arise in real games using Kabal Lackey or if you wish to hold on to your Quest, for example Activate the Obelisk to entice your opponent into damaging you.
  • Only one Quest can be in play per hero at a time. Any Quest currently in play must be completed before a second Quest can be played.[9][10]

Quests[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Activate the Obelisk Legendary Spell Priest 1
Quest: Restore 15 Health.
Reward: Obelisk's Eye. A one-eyed, one stone, towering purple minion healer.
Bazaar Burglary Legendary Spell Rogue 1
Quest: Add 4 cards from other classes to your hand.
Reward: Ancient Blades. Just when you set up your "All-Natural Scented Candles" at the farmer's market and then some STUPID KOBOLD COMES AND TAKES THEM ALL!
Corrupt the Waters Legendary Spell Shaman 1
Quest: Play 6 Battlecry cards.
Reward: Heart of Vir'naal. This is why Hagatha is banned from public pools.
Hack the System Legendary Spell Warrior 1
Quest: Attack 5 times with your hero.
Reward: Anraphet's Core. Anything can be hacked, if you're holding an axe.
Making Mummies Legendary Spell Paladin 1
Quest: Play 5 Reborn minions.
Reward: Emperor Wraps. "I do say, this gives me the vapors every single time!"
Raid the Sky Temple Legendary Spell Mage 1
Quest: Cast 10 spells.
Reward: Ascendant Scroll. "Why can't I hold all these scrolls?"
Supreme Archaeology Legendary Spell Warlock 1
Quest: Draw 20 cards.
Reward: Tome of Origination. Archaeology is the discovery of rare and powerful artifacts. Supreme Archaeology is TAKING THEM!
Unseal the Vault Legendary Spell Hunter 1
Quest: Summon 20 minions.
Reward: Pharaoh's Warmask. "Huh... That's a nice card back."
Untapped Potential Legendary Spell Druid 1
Quest: End 4 turns with any unspent Mana.
Reward: Ossirian Tear. The official term is "strategic laziness."
Showing all 9 cards
Activate the Obelisk(90796).png
Bazaar Burglary(90798).png
Corrupt the Waters(90701).png
Hack the System(90768).png
Making Mummies(90724).png
Raid the Sky Temple(90705).png
Supreme Archaeology(90697).png
Unseal the Vault(90813).png
Untapped Potential(90698).png

Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Awaken the Makers Legendary Spell Priest 1
Quest: Summon 7 Deathrattle minions.
Reward: Amara, Warden of Hope. They keep hitting the Snooze button.
Fire Plume's Heart Legendary Spell Warrior 1
Quest: Play 7 Taunt Minions.
Reward: Sulfuras. Why does an active volcano need to be defended? To save its ash.
Jungle Giants Legendary Spell Druid 1
Quest: Summon 5 minions with 5 or more attack.
Reward: Barnabus. Forming the Golakka Crater was the end of Barnabus' disastrous career as a dancer.
Lakkari Sacrifice Legendary Spell Warlock 1
Quest: Discard 6 cards.
Reward: Nether Portal. They asked, “And what must we give in return?” Gul’dan lowered his hood and answered: “Six… cards…”
Open the Waygate Legendary Spell Mage 1
Quest: Cast 8 spells that didn't start in your deck.
Reward: Time Warp. Although powerful, the incantation is simple. It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right.
The Caverns Below Legendary Spell Rogue 1
Quest: Play five minions with the same name. Reward: Crystal Core. Why can't it ever be The Taverns Below?
The Last Kaleidosaur Legendary Spell Paladin 1
Quest: Cast 6 spells on your minions. Reward: Galvadon. “Impossible!” exclaimed the Silver Hand Recruit, his eyes filled with fear. Uther shook his head, turning the crystal until it caught the light: “Life finds a way.”
The Marsh Queen Legendary Spell Hunter 1
Quest: Play seven 1-Cost minions.
Reward: Queen Carnassa. Question: What's scarier, one giant angry dinosaur or 15 smaller vicious ones? Answer: AHHHHHHH THEY FOUND MEEEEEE
Unite the Murlocs Legendary Spell Shaman 1
Quest: Summon 10 Murlocs.
Reward: Megafin. Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! Oh. Sorry. I was thinking about Mechafin.
Showing all 9 cards
Awaken the Makers(52588).png
Fire Plume's Heart(55523).png
Jungle Giants(55538).png
Lakkari Sacrifice(55447).png
Open the Waygate(55551).png
The Caverns Below(55481).png
The Last Kaleidosaur(55512).png
The Marsh Queen(55497).png
Unite the Murlocs(55470).png

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are generated by Quests.

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. 
Ancient Blades None Hero Power Rogue 2
Hero Power
Equip a 3/2 Blade with Immune while attacking. 
Anraphet's Core None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Summon a 4/3 Golem. After your hero attacks, refresh this. 
Ascendant Scroll None Hero Power Mage 2
Hero Power
Add a random Mage spell to your hand. It costs (2) less. 
Emperor Wraps None Hero Power Paladin 2
Hero Power
Summon a 2/2 copy of a friendly minion. 
Heart of Vir'naal None Hero Power Shaman 2
Hero Power
Your Battlecries trigger twice this turn. 
Obelisk's Eye None Hero Power Priest 2
Hero Power
Restore 3 Health. If you target a minion, also give it +3/+3. 
Pharaoh's Warmask None Hero Power Hunter 2
Hero Power
Give your minions +2 Attack. 
Tome of Origination None Hero Power Warlock 2
Hero Power
Draw a card.
It costs (0). 
Showing all 9 cards
Ossirian Tear(90700).png
Ancient Blades(90799).png
Anraphet's Core(90769).png
Ascendant Scroll(90706).png
Emperor Wraps(90725).png
Heart of Vir'naal(90702).png
Obelisk's Eye(90797).png
Pharaoh's Warmask(90818).png
Tome of Origination(90699).png

Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Sulfuras None Weapon Warrior 3 4 2
Battlecry: Your Hero Power becomes 'Deal 8 damage to a random enemy.' 
Amara, Warden of Hope None Minion General Priest 5 8 8
Battlecry: Set your hero's Health to 40. 
Barnabus the Stomper None Minion Beast Druid 5 8 8
Battlecry: Reduce the Cost of your minions in your deck to (0). 
Crystal Core None Spell Rogue 5
For the rest of the game, your minions are 4/4. 
Galvadon None Minion General Paladin 5 5 5
Battlecry: Adapt 5 times. 
Megafin None Minion Murloc Shaman 5 8 8
Battlecry: Fill your hand with random Murlocs. 
Nether Portal None Spell Warlock 5
Open a permanent portal that summons 3/2 Imps. 
Queen Carnassa None Minion Beast Hunter 5 8 8
Battlecry: Shuffle 15 Raptors into your deck. 
Time Warp None Spell Mage 5
Take an extra turn. 
Showing all 9 cards
Amara, Warden of Hope(52584).png
Barnabus the Stomper(55539).png
Crystal Core(55482).png
Nether Portal(55448).png
Queen Carnassa(55498).png
Time Warp(55554).png

Related cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Licensed Adventurer Rare Minion General Any 2 3 2
Battlecry: If you control a Quest, add a Coin to your hand. "Just point me in the vague direction of the things you want smashed, and you got yourself a deal!"
Questing Explorer Rare Minion General Any 2 2 3
Battlecry: If you control a Quest, draw a card. Earned her merit badges the hard way—twelve zhevra hooves at a time.
Sky Gen'ral Kragg Legendary Minion Pirate Any 4 2 3
Battlecry: If you've played a Quest this game, summon a 4/2 Parrot with RushHe's gunning for Sky Adm'ral.
Showing all 3 cards
Licensed Adventurer(184980).png
Questing Explorer(90691).png
Sky Gen'ral Kragg(184662).png

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Quests are massive undertakings that should not be included in your deck if you are not sure if you can fulfill them. You should only add them to decks dedicated to finishing them. When contemplating building a Quest-deck, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long does my Quest take to complete? This is actually a multi-facet question. Broadly speaking, most Quests take very long. You will only be able to reap the rewards in the late game. Do not let the reward's low mana cost fool you: You will almost never be able to play them on curve; instead, it is usually only in the late-game around turn 10 that you will be able to complete it (though with Lakkari Sacrifice it can be completed on turn 4 with Cataclysm, allowing you to play the reward on curve, and The Marsh Queen and Unite the Murlocs can also be completed quickly due to the fast nature of its decks).
    • How many cards do I need to fulfill my Quest? Depending on your class, your Quest may require you to assemble and play a large amount of cards. Keep in mind that drawing that many cards takes a lot of time and usually prevents you from summoning your reward before reaching the late-game. However, it can range from simply using your hero power (Activate the Obelisk) to playing 7 Taunts (Fire Plume's Heart).
    • How long does it take to play these cards? Depending on your Quest, actually playing the cards that cause your Quest to progress may take up an entire turn, while other Quests can be completed much more quickly. The mana cost of your Quest-related cards is a major limitation of how soon you can reap your reward. For example, Open the Waygate may force you to generate high cost spells that you can only cast once or twice a turn, whereas The Marsh Queen can be completed quickly since a total of 7 Mana is actually needed to complete it, or Untapped Potential which requires no effort.
    • How does my reward fit into my mana curve? Of course, once you have your reward, you still need to play it. In some cases, your progress-related cards will curve smoothly into your reward. Sometimes they don't. If not, the benefit of your Quest reward will be delayed by yet another turn.
  • How do I make any use of my reward? In some cases, your reward's power may not be obvious at first. While cards like Megafin, Sulfuras and Nether Portal are always useful, cards like Barnabus, Time Warp and Crystal Core require additional setup to provide any benefit.
  • Can I survive with one card less than usual? Quests are always in your opening hand, replacing one of your other cards. They are cards that have no effect on the battlefield at all until you play the reward. Ask yourself if this long-time investment will pay off for you.

The answers depend on the individual Quest and the cards that are required to fulfill it. For more specific advice, consult your Quest's wiki entry.

Design[edit | edit source]

Journey to Un'Goro

Senior Designer Peter Whalen discusses the design process behind Quests:

As we figured out the initial story behind Journey to Un'Goro, we realized that the core fantasy had four pillars: dinosaurs, elementals, exploration, and the primal world itself. Dinosaurs and elementals had their own mechanics, so we needed one more that made players feel like they were on an expedition, exploring the awe-inspiring landscape of Un’Goro Crater itself.
The idea of creating quest cards had been floating around on our team for a very long time. Back when we were first working on Whispers of the Old Gods, one of the designers pitched a new type of secret: Quests. A Quest was only active on your turn, and when you completed its condition, something awesome happened! When we needed a mechanic for exploring a forgotten world to find something truly amazing, these Quests seemed like a natural fit.
Once we decided to give Quests a real shot in Journey to Un'Goro, we began heavily iterating on them. We started out with the idea that Quests would be Legendary and the rewards would be fantastic—the core fantasy of a Quest is that you work hard and are richly rewarded. As we’ve seen, that core idea carried through to the present with powerful Quest rewards like Amara, Nether Portal, and Megafin—cards we couldn’t make any other way.
An early priest Quest
Basically everything else about Quest cards changed.
When we started out, we wanted Quests to feel as much like normal cards as possible, which would make them fit into the rules naturally while being easier to understand. The first Priest Quest, for example, said “When this is the only card in your hand, transform it into an Un’Goro pack.” Other Quests looked very similar to the ones that are coming in Journey to Un’Goro, and they had requirements like “play a certain number of minions of a particular type.” We quickly realized that the most fun Quests were the ones that asked you to accomplish something over the course of a game—those paid off the core Quest fantasy the most.
One of the things we noticed with Quests that transformed in your hand was that they were hugely frustrating for your opponent. From an opponent’s perspective, you had just played an insanely powerful card seemingly out of nowhere. For example, this was the first version of the Priest Quest. To fix that, we required Quests cards to be played, and allowed both players to see their progress. In Un’Goro, Quests will appear around your portrait just like Secrets do.
From there, we talked a lot about how Quests are played. We tried having them simply play themselves from your deck so they didn’t take up space in your opening hand, but that was a little too powerful. With no risk involved at all, every single deck would play Quests just in case they happened to satisfy the conditions, or simply to thin the deck by one card. On the other hand, having to draw a Quest felt really bad, because you couldn’t make progress on it until you drew it halfway through the game. That’s why we decided to have Quests start in your opening hand.
Finally, we needed to decide how much mana Quests would cost, either (0) or (1). When they cost (0), playtesting revealed that players would often hold their Quest and then forget to play it before playing the card that triggered it. Making them cost (1) helped to slow the game down a little—letting the moment you played the quest feel more impactful—and required extra strategy around when to play the Quest. We still liked the overall power level the Quests had at (0), so we made the rewards a little better and the requirements a little easier to meet to balance things out.[11]
Saviors of Uldum

When designing new Quest cards for Saviors of Uldum, the team approached the mechanic in a slightly different way, as explained by Game Designer Puffin:

When we decided that we wanted to explore Quests again for Saviors of Uldum, we wanted to do them differently than we did with Journey to Un'Goro. The original Quests were more difficult to complete in general and you tended to have to go all-in in your deck build-around for them. Whether or not you were able to complete your quest often determined if you would win the game since rewards for those quests were so powerful the game ended shortly after.
With the Quests in Saviors of Uldum, we wanted them to be easier to complete, but also have more of a game to play out once the quest was completed. The new Quests will instantly change your Hero Power on completion so you can immediately take advantage of their effect. We expect these Quests to complete more towards the mid-game than the end game so it will feel more like a second phase of the game with your opponent still having a good opportunity to win.[12]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Donais on Reddit. (2017-03-20). 
  2. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-02-28). 
  3. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2019-07-01). 
  4. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-02-27). 
  5. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2017-02-28). 
  6. Interview with Mike Donais on Year of the Mammoth - Tempo Storm. (2017-03-01). 
  7. See this article's Discussion page on Quest reward timing. See the specific Quest pages for the phases in which they could be completed.
  8. Doomguard does not discard Lakkari Sacrifice upon completion.. (2017-04-20). 
  9. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2019-07-01). 
  10. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2019-07-01). 
  11. Hearthside Chat: Un'Goro Quests with Peter Whalen. (2017-03-22). 
  12. Puffin on Reddit. (2019-07-09). Retrieved on 2019-07-16.