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Healing is the restoration of Health to a damaged character. Healing a character will increase their Health by the stated amount, up to but not beyond their current maximum Health.

Healing effects or Restore Health effects are effects which restore Health. These may be Hero Powers, spells or abilities such as Battlecries or Deathrattles. Most healing effects affect a single character (these effects can be targetable or select the target automatically or at random), while some others have an area of effect.

Healing is distinct from granting a minion increased Health, which increases both the current and maximum Health for the target. Increasing a minion's Health is usually achieved through enchantments (or removing them through Silences), while healing is usually achieved through effects.

Healing is available to all classes through neutral cards, but is most strongly associated with the priest class, and to a lesser extent paladins, shamans and druids.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Although healing effects (including targetable ones) can target undamaged characters, attempting to restore Health to a character already at their current maximum Health will have no effect and will not count as healing for game purposes (for example, on-heal triggers such as Lightwarden will not trigger).
  • Healing effects with an area of effect (such as Circle of Healing) heal all affected targets before any on-heal triggered effect (such as Shadowboxer) triggers.[1]
  • Auchenai Soulpriest, Auchenai Phantasm, and Embrace the Shadow make your healing effects deal damage instead (for additional details see the Advanced rules section below).
  • Prophet Velen doubles the healing of your healing spells and Hero Powers (for additional details see the Advanced rules section below). Note that Prophet Velen will NOT double the healing recieved by minions with Lifesteal.
  • Healing a character to full Health will remove its damaged status and thus any Enrage effect currently active, which can be very useful for denying enemy minions' Enrage effects.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Healing can be very useful for sustaining friendly minions, allowing them to survive another round, or trade favourably with enemy minions. It can also be used to restore Health to the hero, preventing defeat and moving the hero out of lethal range. Healing is often used as a counter to aggro decks, which focus on quickly reducing an opponent's Health before they have time to counter.

Healing works best in control-based strategies, especially hero healing, which can allow the player to outlast their opponent. Reno Jackson is an especially powerful neutral healing option, single-handedly forming the basis of many control deck types. Minion healing can allow for superior trades and card efficiency, but works best with synergy cards like Northshire Cleric. Priests have the widest range of healing options in general, as well as almost exclusive access to healing synergy cards. Lesser Heal works especially well to heal either themselves or their minions, while AoE heals like Circle of Healing and Holy Nova allow for powerful combos with cards like Northshire Cleric.

A few priest cards (Auchenai Soulpriest, Embrace the Shadow) and ((Auchenai Phantasm)) have the effect of converting healing into damage, allowing for some very efficient plays especially when combined with cheap healing cards like Flash Heal and Circle of Healing.

Advanced rules[edit | edit source]

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Healing Events

Healing effects work by creating and resolving Healing Events:

  • Healing effects that affect a single target create one Healing Event, and then immediately resolve it;
  • Healing effects that affect "multiple targets" (Binding Heal) creates and resolves the Healing Event of each target before moving to the next one;
  • Healing effects with an area of effect first create all Healing Events (one for each affected character, in play order), and then resolve all Healing Events (queuing and resolving triggers) in play order.

Spells and effects with two steps (like Light of the Naaru, Moonglade Portal and Lay on Hands) resolve the Healing Event before they query the target's condition (e.g., if the target of Light of the Naaru is damaged) or move to their next step.


Creating a Healing Event

Each Healing Event has its own source (usually, the healing effect that created the Event; notice that, in the case of Power Word: Glory, the source of the Healing Event is the enchantment created by the spell, not the spell itself), target and proposed healing:

Then, if the controller of the source of the Healing Event also controlled an unsilenced Auchenai Soulpriest since the last Aura Update (Other) Step or controls the enchantment created by Embrace the Shadow, the Healing Event is prevented and replaced with a Damage Event: this Damage Event has the same source and target of the Healing Event and has a proposed damage equal to its proposed healing (for additional details, see Damage#Advanced rules).

  • Example: If a player with an Auchenai Soulpriest active casts Tree of Life all characters will suffer damage equal to their maximum Health, usually causing them all to die.
  • Example: In combination with Auchenai Soulpriest, Queen of Pain will instead deal damage to the controlling player[2]; however, since that damage is counted as damage dealt by the Queen of Pain herself, her effect will trigger again and again until the controlling hero is destroyed.[2]

Then, if the the source of the Healing Event is a Hero Power or a spell (notice that this does not include the enchantment created by Power Word: Glory) and its controller also controlled an unsilenced Prophet Velen since the last Aura Update (Other) Step, double the proposed healing of the Healing Event. Multiple Prophet Velens stack, each one doubling the proposed healing.

Finally, the character's current Health is increased by the Healing Event's proposed healing, up to but not beyond its current maximum Health.


Resolving a Healing Event

If the Healing Event was prevented or if it did not change the character's current Health, it will not run any triggers.

Otherwise, on-heal triggers (listed in the following table) queue and resolve in play order.


Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Northshire Cleric Free Minion General Priest 1 1 3
Whenever a minion is healed, draw a card. They help the downtrodden and distressed. Also they sell cookies.
Holy Champion Common Minion General Priest 4 3 5
Whenever a character is healed, gain +2 Attack. She really likes seeing people get better. That's why she hurts them in the first place.
Hooded Acolyte Common Minion General Priest 4 3 6
Whenever a character is healed, give your C'Thun +1/+1 (Wherever it is)Wait, what kind of acolyte doesn't wear a hood?
Lightwarden Rare Minion General Any 1 1 2
Whenever a character is healed, gain +2 Attack. She’s smaller than her sisters Mediumwarden and Heavywarden.
Shadowboxer Rare Minion Mech Priest 2 2 3
Whenever a minion is healed, deal 1 damage to a random enemy. Punching is its primary function. Also, its secondary function.
Soup Vendor Rare Minion General Any 2 1 4
Whenever you restore 3 or more Health to your hero, draw a card. Fresh from the floor of the arena!
Nightscale Matriarch Rare Minion Dragon Priest 7 4 9
Whenever a friendly minion is healed, summon a 3/3 Whelp. Everywhelp, get in here!
Mana Geode Epic Minion Elemental Priest 2 2 3
Whenever this minion is healed, summon a 2/2 Crystal. Gadgetzan, where even the pet rocks have pet rocks.
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Cards with healing effects[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Healing/Wild format

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Ancestral Healing Free Spell Shaman 0
Restore a minion to full Health and give it TauntI personally prefer some non-ancestral right-the-heck-now healing, but maybe that is just me.
Sacrificial Pact Free Spell Warlock 0
Destroy a Demon. Restore 5 Health to your hero. This is the reason that Demons never really become friends with Warlocks.
Radiance Free Spell Priest 1
Restore 5 Health to your hero. Because you're worth it!
Voodoo Doctor Free Minion General Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health. Voodoo is an oft-misunderstood art. But it is art.
Holy Light Free Spell Paladin 2
Restore 6 Health. If you are often bathed in Holy Light, you should consider wearing sunscreen.
Drain Life Free Spell Warlock 3
Deal 2 damage. Restore 2 Health to your hero. "I've just sucked one year of your life away."
Healing Touch Free Spell Druid 3
Restore 8 Health. 8 Health, no waiting.
Truesilver Champion Free Weapon Paladin 4 4 2
Whenever your hero attacks, restore 2 Health to it. It Slices, it Dices. You can cut a tin can with it. (But you wouldn't want to.)
Darkscale Healer Free Minion General Any 5 4 5
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Healing is just something she does in her free time. It's more of a hobby really.
Holy Nova Free Spell Priest 5
Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. If the Holy Light forsakes you, good luck casting this spell. Also, you're probably a jerk.
Guardian of Kings Free Minion General Paladin 7 5 6
Battlecry: Restore 6 Health to your hero. Holy beings from the beyond are so cliché!
Circle of Healing Common Spell Priest 0
Restore 4 Health to ALL minions. It isn't really a circle.
Regenerate Common Spell Priest 0
Restore 3 Health. Finally a cure for degenerates.
Crystal Power Common Spell Druid 1
Choose One: Deal 2 damage to a minion; or Restore 5 Health. Often used as healing crystals, but also good for throwing at people.
Potion Vendor Common Minion General Any 1 1 1
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Everyone gets two because that's all she can hold.
Swamp Leech Common Minion Beast Any 1 2 1
Lifesteal A face only a druid could love.
Cheaty Anklebiter Common Minion General Any 2 2 1
Lifesteal
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage. Famed hunter of the deadly Achilliosaur.
Divine Hymn Common Spell Priest 2
Restore 6 Health to all friendly characters. Taken up an octave, it's highly effective against stained glass golems.
Flash of Light Common Spell Paladin 2
Restore 4 health.
Draw a card. Hey! No cameras allowed!
Penance Common Spell Priest 2
Lifesteal
Deal 3 damage to a minion. This is what happens when you don’t give a sincere apology.
Squashling Common Minion General Priest 2 2 1
Echo
Battlecry: Restore 2 Health. Everyone hail to the squashling song!
Vicious Scalehide Common Minion Beast Any 2 1 3
Lifesteal
Rush They make wonderful pets if you're not allergic to blood loss.
Vilefiend Common Minion Demon Any 2 2 2
Lifesteal Dreamed of becoming a Stylefiend, but fel was never in season.
Earthen Ring Farseer Common Minion General Any 3 3 3
Battlecry: Restore 3 Health. He can see really far, and he doesn't use a telescope like those filthy pirates.
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 2 4
Lifesteal
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. Time to squash your opponent.
Ancestral Guardian Common Minion General Paladin 4 4 2
Lifesteal
Reborn No one knows whose ancestor he is, but he's still upset that you never call.
Felsoul Inquisitor Common Minion Demon Any 4 1 6
Lifesteal
Taunt Everyone expects an inquisition reference.
Hench-Clan Shadequill Common Minion General Priest 4 4 7
Deathrattle: Restore 5 Health to the enemy hero. The Hench-Clan has a point.
Regeneratin' Thug Common Minion General Any 4 3 5
At the start of your turn, restore 2 Health to this minion. Regenerates any injury except heartbreak.
Traveling Healer Common Minion General Any 4 3 2
Divine Shield
Battlecry: Restore 3 Health. Some heroes have soft hearts and hard shells.
Rotten Applebaum Common Minion General Any 5 4 5
Taunt
Deathrattle: Restore 4 Health to your hero. Key ingredient in Gilnean applesauce.
Rusty Recycler Common Minion Mech Any 5 2 6
Taunt
Lifesteal Ironic. It could recycle others, but not itself.
Sandhoof Waterbearer Common Minion General Priest 5 5 5
At the end of your turn, restore 5 Health to a damaged friendly character. Used to carrying for his team.
Aranasi Broodmother Common Minion Demon Warlock 6 4 6
Taunt
When you draw this, restore 4 Health to your hero. She's got a big brood and a big mood.
Priestess of Elune Common Minion General Any 6 5 4
Battlecry: Restore 4 Health to your hero. If she threatens to "moon" you, it's not what you think.
Deranged Doctor Common Minion General Any 8 8 8
Deathrattle: Restore 8 Health to your hero. Unfortunately, his doctorate is in Murloc Literature.
Walking Fountain Common Minion Elemental Shaman 8 4 8
Lifesteal, Rush, Windfury The weirdest part is that it doesn't have legs.
Holy Ripple Rare Spell Priest 2
Deal 1 damage to all enemies. Restore 1 Health to all friendly characters. I still prefer the taste of banana fudge ripple.
Lightwell Rare Minion General Priest 2 0 5
At the start of your turn, restore 3 Health to a damaged friendly character. It isn't clear if people ignore the Lightwell, or if it is just invisible.
Neferset Ritualist Rare Minion General Any 2 2 3
Battlecry: Restore adjacent minions to full Health. The Neferset are great—they'll always make sure their friends are feline fine.
Omega Medic Rare Minion General Priest 3 3 4
Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals, restore 10 Health to your hero. She feels waiting for healing makes you appreciate it more.
Lifedrinker Rare Minion Beast Any 4 3 3
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to the enemy hero. Restore 3 Health to your hero. In a pinch, he'll also settle for Holy Water: Zero.
Hidden Oasis Rare Spell Druid 6
Choose One - Summon a 6/6 Ancient with Taunt; or Restore 12 Health. Amazing that it's been hidden, given the twenty-foot treant splashing around in it.
Holy Fire Rare Spell Priest 6
Deal 5 damage. Restore 5 Health to your hero. Often followed by Holy Smokes!
Khartut Defender Rare Minion General Any 6 3 4
Taunt, Reborn
Deathrattle: Restore 3 Health to your hero. Gesundheit!
Siphon Soul Rare Spell Warlock 6
Destroy a minion. Restore 3 Health to your hero. You probably should avoid siphoning your own soul. You might create some kind of weird infinite loop.
Overflow Rare Spell Druid 7
Restore 5 Health to all characters. Draw 5 cards. It's a high five followed by a low tide.
Witch's Brew Epic Spell Shaman 2
Restore 4 Health. Repeatable this turn. The swill has eyes!
Spectral Cutlass Epic Weapon Rogue 4 2 2
Lifesteal
Whenever you play a card from another class, gain +1 Durability. So sharp it can cut through a spectral tomato!
Ancient of Lore Epic Minion General Druid 7 5 5
Choose One - Draw a card; or Restore 5 Health. Go ahead, carve your initials in him.
Lay on Hands Epic Spell Paladin 8
Restore 8 Health. Draw 3 cards. A grammatically awkward life saver.
Crystalsmith Kangor Legendary Minion General Paladin 2 1 2
Divine Shield, Lifesteal
Your healing is doubled. He wants to tank, but Boom always makes him play support.
High Priestess Jeklik Legendary Minion General Warlock 4 3 4
Taunt, Lifesteal
When you discard this, add 2 copies of it to your hand. If you love Jeklik, set her free. YOU CAN'T GET RID OF HER.
Zilliax Legendary Minion Mech Any 5 3 2
Magnetic
Divine Shield, Taunt, Lifesteal, Rush Everything but the kitchen sink. Oh wait, there's one on his back.
Nozari Legendary Minion Dragon Paladin 10 4 12
Battlecry: Restore both heroes to full Health. In another timeline, she was called Yeszari.
Shirvallah, the Tiger Legendary Minion Beast Paladin 25 7 5
Divine Shield, Rush, Lifesteal
Costs (1) less for each Mana you've spent on spells. On bended knee Thekal placed his weapon upon Shirvallah’s altar, whereupon she slowly knocked it off with her paw.
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Ancestral Healing(216).png
Circle of Healing(38).png
Regenerate(90242).png
Sacrificial Pact(348).png
Crystal Power(90601).png
Potion Vendor(90626).png
Radiance(90682).png
Swamp Leech(89477).png
Voodoo Doctor(410).png
Cheaty Anklebiter(90269).png
Crystalsmith Kangor(89860).png
Divine Hymn(89461).png
Flash of Light(90262).png
Holy Light(108).png
Holy Ripple(90803).png
Lightwell(117).png
Neferset Ritualist(90753).png
Penance(90802).png
Squashling(89435).png
Vicious Scalehide(89444).png
Vilefiend(90778).png
Witch's Brew(90654).png
Drain Life(332).png
Earthen Ring Farseer(557).png
Healing Touch(258).png
Omega Medic(89834).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89339).png
Ancestral Guardian(90822).png
Felsoul Inquisitor(89470).png
Hench-Clan Shadequill(90629).png
High Priestess Jeklik(90182).png
Lifedrinker(89471).png
Regeneratin' Thug(90267).png
Spectral Cutlass(89391).png
Travelling Healer(90580).png
Truesilver Champion(293).png
Darkscale Healer(84).png
Holy Nova(671).png
Rotten Applebaum(89347).png
Rusty Recycler(89929).png
Sandhoof Waterbearer(90809).png
Zilliax(89803).png
Aranasi Broodmother(90551).png
Hidden Oasis(90727).png
Holy Fire(457).png
Khartut Defender(90794).png
Priestess of Elune(138).png
Siphon Soul(573).png
Ancient of Lore(34).png
Guardian of Kings(283).png
Overflow(90772).png
Deranged Doctor(89466).png
Lay on Hands(506).png
Walking Fountain(90605).png
Nozari(90609).png
Shirvallah, the Tiger(90145).png


Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Crystal Dryad None Minion General Druid 1 1 2
Lifesteal 
Heal None Hero Power Priest 2
Hero Power
Restore 4 Health. 
Lesser Heal None Hero Power Priest 2
Hero Power
Restore 2 Health. 
Obelisk's Eye None Hero Power Priest 2
Hero Power
Restore 3 Health. If you target a minion, also give it +3/+3. 
Healing Totem Free Minion Totem Shaman 1 0 2
At the end of your turn, restore 1 Health to all friendly minions. 
Pumpkin Peasant Common Minion General Any 3 4 2
Lifesteal
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. 
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Crystal Dryad(91028).png
Healing Totem(275).png
Heal(22486).png
Lesser Heal(126).png
Obelisk's Eye(90797).png
Pumpkin Peasant(89486).png


Related cards[edit | edit source]

For Wild format listings, see Healing/Wild format
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Northshire Cleric Free Minion General Priest 1 1 3
Whenever a minion is healed, draw a card. They help the downtrodden and distressed. Also they sell cookies.
Clockwork Automaton Common Minion Mech Any 5 4 4
Double the damage and healing of your Hero Power. Most mechs are pretty chill, but this one is all wound up.
Lightwarden Rare Minion General Any 1 1 2
Whenever a character is healed, gain +2 Attack. She’s smaller than her sisters Mediumwarden and Heavywarden.
Soup Vendor Rare Minion General Any 2 1 4
Whenever you restore 3 or more Health to your hero, draw a card. Fresh from the floor of the arena!
Auchenai Soulpriest Rare Minion General Priest 4 3 5
Your cards and powers that restore Health now deal damage instead. The Auchenai know the end is coming, but they're not sure when.
Zandalari Templar Rare Minion General Paladin 4 4 4
Battlecry: If you've restored 10 Health this game, gain +4/+4 and TauntYOU WERE A TEMPLAR, JONDAR!
Nightscale Matriarch Rare Minion Dragon Priest 7 4 9
Whenever a friendly minion is healed, summon a 3/3 Whelp. Everywhelp, get in here!
Auchenai Phantasm Epic Minion General Priest 2 3 2
Battlecry: This turn, your healing effects deal damage instead. “Okay kids did everyone remember to heal before we left?”
Crystal Stag Epic Minion Beast Druid 5 4 4
Rush. Battlecry: If you've restored 5 Health this game, summon a copy of this. Arrives alone, but usually leaves with a friend just like him.
Activate the Obelisk Legendary Spell Priest 1
Quest: Restore 15 Health.
Reward: Obelisk's Eye. A one-eyed, one stone, towering purple minion healer.
Crystalsmith Kangor Legendary Minion General Paladin 2 1 2
Divine Shield, Lifesteal
Your healing is doubled. He wants to tank, but Boom always makes him play support.
The Glass Knight Legendary Minion General Paladin 4 4 3
Divine Shield
Whenever you restore Health, gain Divine ShieldShe seems scary, but she's got a glass jaw.
Prophet Velen Legendary Minion General Priest 7 7 7
Double the damage and healing of your spells and Hero Power. He's been exiled from his home, and all his brothers turned evil, but otherwise he doesn't have a lot to complain about.
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Lightwarden(436).png
Northshire Cleric(600).png
Auchenai Phantasm(90283).png
Crystalsmith Kangor(89860).png
Soup Vendor(90202).png
Auchenai Soulpriest(656).png
The Glass Knight(89411).png
Zandalari Templar(90192).png
Clockwork Automaton(89367).png
Crystal Stag(90600).png
Nightscale Matriarch(89457).png
Prophet Velen(228).png


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://imgur.com/a/ZmOKA Tested in Patch 3.0.0.9786 (TGT patch)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yong Woo on Twitter. (2014-12-02).