Small-Time Buccaneer

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Small-Time Buccaneer
Small-Time Buccaneer(49759).png
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Set: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Type: Minion
Subtype: Pirate
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 1
Attack: 1
Health: 1
Abilities: Increment attribute
Tags: Ongoing effect, Weapon-related

Has +2 Attack while you have a weapon equipped.

"Oh, I'm not serious about it. I only pirate on the weekends."

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Small-Time Buccaneer is a rare neutral minion card, from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Small-Time Buccaneer can be obtained through Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Small-Time Buccaneer can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Small-Time Buccaneer 100 20
Golden Small-Time Buccaneer 800 100

Strategy[edit | edit source]

An excellent one-drop for Rogues even if their deck is not Pirate-focused, who can use their Hero Power to boost the Small-Time Buccaneer into a 3/1.

Other classes should be using a Pirate tribal deck before playing this minion. Pirate Warrior is a very strong alternative, with multiple weapons and weapon-generating cards that activate the Small-Time Buccaneer's effect.

Much like the Southsea Deckhand, be careful not to miss damage by using up your last weapon charge, as the minion's bonus Attack effect will then deactivate.

Small Time Buccaneer is best played at turn 1 while going first. Since it is a pirate, it can summon Patches the Pirate . Due to its 1 health, most classes can remove Small-Time Buccaneer very easily for most classes on Turn 2 such as Mage, Druid, and Rogue Hero Powers as well as spells such as Mortal Coil and Moonfire before you can get it to 3 attack.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Summon
Who goes tharr?
Attack
Ummm... hmm.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Small-Time Buccaneer was always a neutral card, but changed about five or six times throughout the design process. One of his iterations had him as a 1 mana 1/2 that gained a permanent +2 Attack buff whenever the player equipped a weapon. This caused problems with the Rogue Hero Power, Dagger Mastery, as the Rogue could sometimes use their Hero Power three times in three consecutive turns and cause their Small-Time Buccaneer to become a 7/2 minion, which was deemed to be too powerful.[1]
  • The earliest known version of Small-Time Buccaneer was a card known as "Swashbuckler", a 1 mana 1/1 minion with "Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each Attack of your weapon."[1][2]

Artist[edit | edit source]

Paul Mafayon

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Small-Time Buccaneer, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cam Shea (2017-01-11). IGN - Hearthstone: The many iterations of Small-Time Buccaneer. Retrieved on 2017-01-13.
  2. Cam Shea (2017-01-12). IGN - Hearthstone: Blizzard on designing Jade, testing red mana and leaving Reno behind. Retrieved on 2017-01-13.