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Silence

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Silence
Removes all card text and enchantments.
For the card of the same name, see Silence (card).

Silence is an ability which removes all current card text, enchantments, and abilities from the targeted minion. It does not remove damage or minion type.

Notes[edit | edit source]

The Silence visual effect, indicating that the minion has been silenced
  • Silencing a target will only remove currently active effects. New enchantments can still be applied to a silenced minion to full effect. Targets may be silenced repeatedly.
  • Note that Silence itself is not an enchantment; rather it is an effect which is applied once to the target minion. Silences cannot therefore be dispelled (e.g., by using another silence) or otherwise removed while the minion is on the battlefield. However, returning a silenced minion to its owner's hand will restore the minion to its original stats and card text, removing the silence.
  • When removing enchantments that affect Health, silencing may act to increase or reduce Health (since Health is automatically increased by the same amount as any gain in maximum Health), and may therefore restore wounded minions to full Health. See Health, buffs and taking damage for details.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

It is possible to silence your own minions, which can be useful for removing Freeze effects and negative enchantments, such as Corruption, or Power Overwhelming after having used the minion to attack. However, silencing will still remove any other magic effects, taunts, or buffs, so this may be undesirable for use with many minions. Silencing your own minion will also get rid of possible negative effects for you, like the increased minion cost on Venture Co. Mercenary, or the attack prevention on Ancient Watcher.

Cards with Silence[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Silence Common Spell Priest 0
Silence a minion. Reserved for enemy spellcasters, evil liches from beyond the grave, and karaoke nights at the Grim Guzzler.
Earth Shock Common Spell Shaman 1
Silence a minion, then deal 1 damage to it. Earth Shock? Shouldn't it be "Azeroth Shock"?
Dalaran Librarian Common Minion General Any 2 2 3
Battlecry: Silence adjacent minions. Don't make her raise her "shush"!
Ironbeak Owl Common Minion Beast Any 3 2 1
Battlecry: Silence a minion. Their wings are silent but their screech is... whatever the opposite of silent is.
Spellbreaker Common Minion General Any 4 4 3
Battlecry: Silence a minion. Spellbreakers can rip enchantments from magic-wielders. The process is painless and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Unsleeping Soul Common Spell Priest 4
Silence a friendly minion, then summon a copy of it. It's 3 am. Do you know where your soul is?
Shieldbreaker Rare Minion General Any 2 2 1
Battlecry: Silence an enemy minion with TauntCan also break up fights, relationships, and unions.
Keeper of the Grove Rare Minion General Druid 4 2 2
Choose One - Deal 2 damage; or Silence a minion. These guys just show up and start Keeping your Groves without even asking.
Mass Dispel Rare Spell Priest 4
Silence all enemy minions. Draw a card. It dispels buffs, powers, hopes, and dreams.
Plague of Death Epic Spell Priest 9
Silence and destroy all minions. Don't worry, there's a happy little funhouse right under that sand pit.
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Earth Shock(77).png
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Keeper of the Grove(459).png
Mass Dispel(249).png
Spellbreaker(42).png
Unsleeping Soul(90632).png
Plague of Death(90693).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Purify Common Spell Priest 2
Silence a friendly minion. Draw a card. Even better than a hot shower with vigorous scrubbing!
Kabal Songstealer Common Minion General Priest 5 5 5
Battlecry: Silence a minion. Gadgetzan Writer’s Award goes to the player who writes the most compelling fanfic about why this Arrakoa has a golden frog in his hand!
Light's Champion Rare Minion General Any 3 4 3
Battlecry: Silence a Demon. When there's something strange (say, a gibbering demon) in your neighborhood, who are you going to call?
Wailing Soul Rare Minion General Any 4 3 5
Battlecry: Silence your other minions. This soul just wails on you. Dang, soul, let up already.
Defias Cleaner Epic Minion General Any 6 5 7
Battlecry: Silence a minion with DeathrattleHis house cleaning service is quite thorough. Not a spot to be found... or any of your stuff!
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Wailing Soul(7758).png
Kabal Songstealer(49753).png
Defias Cleaner(49738).png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In April 2016, the game's developers considered that Silence effects "may be undercosted right now", due to their ability to neutralize powerful cards. This is why only a few cards with Silence effects had been added since the game's initial release, often with very limited applications: For example, Wailing Soul and Purify can only Silence the player's own minions, generally useful only for specific combo play; while Light's Champion, Defias Cleaner, and Shieldbreaker can only Silence specific types of cards.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-04-10).