Spell Damage

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Spell Damage
Your spells deal extra damage.
A Wrath of Air Totem, with purple sparkles to signal its Spell Damage bonus

Spell Damage is an ability which boosts the overall damage of spells by the listed amount. Spell Damage does not increase healing done by spells, and does not increase damage dealt from non-spell sources such as Hero Powers, Deathrattles or Battlecries. Sources of Spell Damage are indicated by purple sparkles around their portaits.

Notes[edit]

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  • Spell Damage increases the damage dealt by any spell, with only a few exceptions:
  • Multiple instances of Spell Damage stack. In particular, Spell Damage granted by enchantments will stack with any existing Spell Damage on the buffed minions.
  • Being an additive bonus, Spell Damage is applied before being multiplied by multiplicative bonuses like Prophet Velen.[1]
  • Spell Damage has always the most up-to-date value: its value updates constantly, and not only when Auras are updated.
  • For any given spell, Spell Damage boosts either the total damage output or the damage per hit by the given amount, depending on the type of targeting and the way damage is distributed. The general rule is, when numbers printed on the card describe the amount of damage, each point of Spell Damage increases each of those numbers by 1, and the spell acts accordingly. More precisely:
    • Spells that deal a certain amount of damage randomly split among all characters with a given characteristic (Arcane Missiles, Avenging Wrath, Timepiece of Horror,Spreading Madness, Cinderstorm) have their total damage increased by Spell Damage: the spell will thus shoot an increased number of missiles, but each one will still deal 1 damage.
    • Arcane Blast's damage in increased by twice the total Spell Damage bonus of its caster.
    • All other spells that deal damage to one or more characters have the damage dealt to each target increased by their caster's total Spell Damage bonus. This includes single-target spells (for example, with Spell Damage +2 Fireball will deal 8 damage), area of effect spells (for example, with Spell Damage +1 Swipe will do 5 damage to its target and 2 damage to all other enemies)[2] and spells that damage "multiple targets" (such as Cleave and Explosive Shot) or that do a base amount of damage repeated a variable number of times (like Bouncing Blade and Greater Arcane Missiles).
    • Forbidden Flame's damage is increased despite there being no numbers on the card text to indicate it. In particular, at 0 mana, it will do 1 damage.
  • Sources of Spell Damage are indicated by purple sparkles. This includes, as long as a Jungle Moonkin is in play, both heroes as well as the Jungle Moonkin itself.
  • For additional details, see Damage#Advanced rules.
  • Spell Damage dynamically modifies the numbers printed on the text of eligible spell cards in your hand accordingly (for example, with Spell Damage +2 the text of a Fireball card in your hand will read "Deal *8* damage.").

Strategy[edit]

Mousing over a friendly source of Spell Damage will highlight any cards affected by Spell Damage, indicated by purple sparkles

Spell Damage is a valuable quality for classes which use damaging spells. The mage, rogue and shaman classes are good examples, but every class has damaging spells and can therefore benefit from it. Spell Damage is especially important to control decks such as Freeze Mage and Miracle Rogue, as well as spell-related aggro decks such as Aggro Shaman.

Like most card text effects, Spell Damage takes effect as soon as the related minion comes into play. This makes order of play very important, and allows you to quickly unload a flurry of buffed attacks in one turn, if you have the mana to spare. This is particularly possible with low mana cost minions such as Kobold Geomancer. Even if your opponent removes your minion the next turn, you will still have gotten some use from them.

Note that while many varieties of Spell Damage minion exist, almost all of them offer the same bonus: Spell Damage +1. This means the difference between a Dalaran Mage and an Archmage (and the justification for the extra mana cost) lies only in Attack and Health values, not in their actual ability to boost spell damage. This can make low-cost Spell Damage minions an appealing choice, allowing you to rapidly and cheaply put them into play, ideally in immediate combination with some damaging spells.

Players will generally want to protect their Spell Damage minions, and may not wish to summon them until they have a sturdy Taunt in place, although this does not of course protect them from spells and other effects. Conversely, attacking players will often want to dispose of Spell Damage minions as quickly as possible, before their owner can put their bonus damage to good use.

This can make Spell Damage minions good lures for removal, as well as neutralisation through Silences and transform effects. Spell Damage minions often function as soft taunts, drawing the priority fire of your opponent while other targets are ignored. In less than ideal circumstances, this is as good a use of a Spell Damage minion as any, especially if you have other Spell Damage minions on the way, have no spells in your hand, or have already used most of those in your deck.

Trivia[edit]

  • Sources of Spell Damage are usually minions, but Jungle Moonkin makes both heroes sources of Spell Damage - although they depend on the minion's ongoing effect to retain this ability.
  • Most sources of Spell Damage have "Spell Damage +1": exceptions are Jungle Moonkin, Evolved Kobold, Spellweaver, Darkmire Moonkin, Cosmic Anomaly, Celestial Emissary and Spellzerker with "Spell Damage +2", Kirin Tor Tricaster with "Spell Damage +3", and Malygos with "Spell Damage +5".
  • The developers have tried having cards that decreased the opponent's Spell Damage, but found that it was too confusing in practice.[3]
  • Most minions with Spell Damage themselves have explanatory tooltips that state "Your spell cards deal 1 extra damage". This is true even for those with Spell Damage +2.
    • Malygos correctly states "Your spell cards deal 5 extra damage."
    • Other cards which grant or mention Spell Damage, such as Ancient Mage and Velen's Chosen, simply say "Your spells deal extra damage" instead.

Cards with Spell Damage[edit]

Collectible[edit]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kobold Geomancer Free Minion General Any 2 2 2
Spell Damage +1 In the old days, Kobolds were the finest candle merchants in the land. Then they got pushed too far...
Dalaran Mage Free Minion General Any 3 1 4
Spell Damage +1 You don't see a lot of Dalaran warriors.
Ogre Magi Free Minion General Any 4 4 4
Spell Damage +1 Training Ogres in the art of spellcasting is a questionable decision.
Archmage Free Minion General Any 6 4 7
Spell Damage +1 You earn the title of Archmage when you can destroy anyone who calls you on it.
Lab Partner Common Minion General Mage 1 1 3
Spell Damage +1 "Professor, a gnome burned my homework!"
Mana Reservoir Common Minion Elemental Any 2 0 6
Spell Damage +1 If it soaks too long, it becomes a reservoir hog.
Azure Explorer Common Minion Dragon Mage 4 2 3
Spell Damage +2 Battlecry: Discover a Dragon. Has an appetite for knowledge!
Squallhunter Common Minion Dragon Shaman 4 5 7
Spell Damage +2
Overload: (2) "Oh, the weather outside is frightful… But Squallhunter's so delightful! And since we've gone down this road--overload, overload, overload!"
Steward of Scrolls Common Minion Elemental Any 5 4 4
Spell Damage +1
Battlecry: Discover a spell. Oh dang it, I spilled ink elemental all over my essay!
Violet Warden Common Minion General Any 6 4 7
Taunt
Spell Damage +1 He's got magic, a shield, and an unwavering obsession with the color purple.
Kirin Tor Tricaster Rare Minion General Mage 4 3 3
Spell Damage +3
Your spells cost (1) more. The math checks out!
Astromancer Solarian Legendary Minion General Mage 2 3 2
Spell Damage +1
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Solarian Prime' into your deck. Loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider, this blood elf mage sought arcane power in the Void. Did she find it... or did IT find her?
Bloodmage Thalnos Legendary Minion General Any 2 1 1
Spell Damage +1. Deathrattle: Draw a card. He's in charge of the Annual Scarlet Monastery Blood Drive!
Lady Vashj Legendary Minion General Shaman 3 4 3
Spell Damage +1
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Vashj Prime' into your deck. Personal handmaiden to Queen Azshara turned lieutenant to Illidan Stormrage. Also quite the hair sssstylist.
Malygos Legendary Minion Dragon Any 9 4 12
Spell Damage +5 Malygos hates it when mortals use magic. He gets so mad!
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Astromancer Solarian(210717).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Kobold Geomancer(479).png
Mana Reservoir(90636).png
Dalaran Mage(388).png
Lady Vashj(210683).png
Azure Explorer(127296).png
Kirin Tor Tricaster(90641).png
Ogre Magi(659).png
Squallhunter(151383).png
Steward of Scrolls(329957).png
Archmage(545).png
Violet Warden(90656).png
Malygos(241).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Spellshifter Common Minion General Any 2 1 4
Spell Damage +1
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. He also goes by "worg-lock."
Tainted Zealot Common Minion General Any 2 1 1
Divine Shield
Spell Damage +1 The love she shares seems to go nowhere. Now she's lost her Light, tosses and turns, she can't sleep at night...
Black Cat Common Minion Beast Mage 3 3 3
Spell Damage +1
Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, draw a card. She's so odd, you can't even.
Street Trickster Common Minion Demon Any 3 0 7
Spell Damage +1 His first trick: making your wallet disappear!
Cosmic Anomaly Common Minion Elemental Mage 4 4 3
Spell Damage +2 INGREDIENTS: STAR-STUFF, BLUE #1, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.
Evolved Kobold Common Minion General Any 4 2 2
Spell Damage +2 You no take tentacle!
Frigid Snobold Common Minion General Any 4 2 6
Spell Damage +1 Ironically, the natural enemy of the snobold is THE CANDLE.
Spellweaver Common Minion General Any 6 4 4
Spell Damage +2 Spells offer twice the moisture wicking of cotton.
Darkmire Moonkin Common Minion General Any 7 2 8
Spell Damage +2 Birds of a feather Moonfire together.
Celestial Emissary Rare Minion Elemental Mage 2 2 1
Battlecry: Your next spell this turn has Spell Damage +2Casting with the stars.
Cult Sorcerer Rare Minion General Mage 2 3 2
Spell Damage +1
After you cast a spell, give your C'Thun +1/+1 (wherever it is)No matter how many times we tell her not to, she keeps feeding C'Thun scraps under the table.
Soot Spewer Rare Minion Mech Mage 3 3 3
Spell Damage +1 The inventor of the goblin shredder is involved in several patent disputes with the inventor of the soot spewer.
Jungle Moonkin Rare Minion General Druid 4 4 4
Both players have Spell Damage +2The REAL angry chicken!
Azure Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 5 4 4
Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card. They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.
Mini-Mage Epic Minion General Any 4 4 1
Stealth Spell Damage +1 He is sometimes found hiding in the treasure chest in the Gurubashi Arena.
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Cult Sorcerer(35239).png
Spellshifter(89401).png
Tainted Zealot(62951).png
Black Cat(89342).png
Soot Spewer(12306).png
Street Trickster(49761).png
Cosmic Anomaly(89861).png
Evolved Kobold(35254).png
Frigid Snobold(22381).png
Jungle Moonkin(27236).png
Mini-Mage(12262).png
Azure Drake(280).png
Spellweaver(62938).png
Darkmire Moonkin(89453).png

Uncollectible[edit]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Impcaster None Minion Demon Any 1 1 1
Spell Damage +1 
Solarian Prime None Minion Demon Mage 7 7 7
Spell Damage +1
Battlecry: Cast 5 random Mage spells (targets enemies if possible)
Vashj Prime None Minion General Shaman 7 5 4
Spell Damage +1
Battlecry: Draw 3 spells. Reduce their Cost by (3). 
Wrath of Air Totem Free Minion Totem Shaman 1 0 2
Spell Damage +1 
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Wrath of Air Totem(365).png
Solarian Prime(211059).png
Vashj Prime(211063).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Spellshifter Common Minion General Any 2 4 1
Spell Damage +1
Each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health. 
Wardruid Loti Legendary Minion Beast Druid 3 4 6
Taunt, Rush, Poisonous, Stealth, Spell Damage +1 
Wardruid Loti Legendary Minion Beast Druid 3 1 4
Spell Damage +1 
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Wardruid Loti(90224).png
Wardruid Loti(90228).png

Sources of Spell Damage[edit]

Spell Damage-generating cards[edit]

This section lists cards which generate Spell Damage cards.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Totemic Call None Hero Power Shaman 2
Hero Power
Summon a random Totem. 
Totemic Slam None Hero Power Shaman 2
Hero Power
Summon a Totem of your choice. 
Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury None Weapon Hunter 3 2 3
After your hero attacks, gain Spell Damage +2 this turn. 
Primordial Studies Common Spell 1
Discover a Spell Damage minion. Your next one costs (1) less. A long forgotten tome whose very essence seeps of magic. 40 dust, used.
Rustsworn Initiate Common Minion General Any 2 2 2
Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Impcaster with Spell Damage +1The Rusted Legion's training leaves a little to be desired. He hasn't even had a tetanus shot yet!
Totem Goliath Epic Minion Totem Shaman 5 4 5
Deathrattle: Summon all four basic Totems.
Overload: (2)
 It was an art project, and nobody knew when to stop.
Astromancer Solarian Legendary Minion General Mage 2 3 2
Spell Damage +1
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Solarian Prime' into your deck. Loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider, this blood elf mage sought arcane power in the Void. Did she find it... or did IT find her?
Lady Vashj Legendary Minion General Shaman 3 4 3
Spell Damage +1
Deathrattle: Shuffle 'Vashj Prime' into your deck. Personal handmaiden to Queen Azshara turned lieutenant to Illidan Stormrage. Also quite the hair sssstylist.
Vereesa Windrunner Legendary Minion General Hunter 7 5 6
Battlecry: Equip Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury. Good things come in threes: Windrunner sisters and arrows of Thori'dal.
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Astromancer Solarian(210717).png
Rustsworn Initiate(210843).png
Totemic Call(316).png
Totemic Slam(22489).png
Lady Vashj(210683).png
Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury(91001).png
Totem Goliath(329894).png
Vereesa Windrunner(90593).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kobold Hermit Common Minion General Shaman 2 1 1
Battlecry: Choose a basic Totem. Summon it. To truly understand candles, it takes YEARS of quiet contemplation.
Wardruid Loti Legendary Minion General Druid 3 1 2
Choose One - Transform into one of Loti's four dinosaur forms. “Ravasaur!”
“Pretty scary”
“…Blammodax!”
“Is that a thing?”
“SMAXODON!”
“….now you’re just making those up.”
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Wardruid Loti(90223).png

Spell Damage-granting cards[edit]

This section lists cards which grant the Spell Damage ability to other characters or to itself.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Ethereal Augmerchant Common Minion General Any 1 2 1
Battlecry: Deal 1 damage to a minion and give it Spell Damage +1According to him, undamaged minions just spell problems.
Rune Dagger Common Weapon Shaman 2 1 3
After your hero attacks, gain Spell Damage +1 this turn. Turns out being stabbed makes you more vulnerable to magic.
Ancient Mage Rare Minion General Any 4 2 5
Battlecry: Give adjacent minions Spell Damage +1Sometimes he forgets and just wanders into someone else's game.
Azerite Elemental Epic Minion Elemental Any 5 2 7
At the start of your turn, gain Spell Damage +2This is some bad blood.
Mozaki, Master Duelist Legendary Minion General Mage 5 3 8
After you cast a spell, gain Spell damage +1Treats her students like her peers, which means defeating them in one-sided duels all day long.
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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
Spellzerker Common Minion General Any 2 2 3
Has Spell Damage +2 while damaged. But don’t ask her to use it in a sentence.
Tuskarr Fisherman Common Minion General Any 2 2 3
Battlecry: Give a friendly minion Spell Damage +1If you bring him 500 fish, he'll give you this sweet Kalu'ak Fishing Pole.
Velen's Chosen Common Spell Priest 3
Give a minion +2/+4 and Spell Damage +1Velen wrote a "Lovely Card" for Tyrande with a picture of the Deeprun Tram that said "I Choo-Choo-Choose you!"
Dalaran Aspirant Common Minion General Mage 4 3 5
Inspire: Gain Spell Damage +1Is he aspiring or inspiring? Make up your mind!
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Tuskarr Fisherman(62937).png
Velen's Chosen(12174).png
Dalaran Aspirant(22359).png

Related cards[edit]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Primordial Studies Common Spell 1
Discover a Spell Damage minion. Your next one costs (1) less. A long forgotten tome whose very essence seeps of magic. 40 dust, used.
Spellbook Binder Common Minion General Any 2 3 2
Battlecry: If you have Spell Damage, draw a card. You're bound to love his work!
Sorcerous Substitute Common Minion General Any 6 6 6
Battlecry: If you have Spell Damage, summon a copy of this. This substitute's substitution is a dangerous institution.
Cram Session Rare Spell Mage 2
Draw 1 card (improved by Spell Damage)The font of the arcane gives nearly limitless access to power and energy! But it can't keep you awake, for that we still use coffee.
Arcane Watcher Rare Minion General Any 3 5 6
Can't attack unless you have Spell DamageNow his watch has ended... until you have Spell Damage.
Ras Frostwhisper Legendary Minion General 5 3 6
At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to all enemies (improved by Spell Damage)Always the favorite of Headmaster Kel'Thuzad, Ras nonetheless received a chilly reception from the other faculty.
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Cram Session(329953).png
Spellbook Binder(90662).png
Arcane Watcher(90628).png
Ras Frostwhisper(329910).png
Sorcerous Substitute(329954).png


Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Spirit Claws Common Weapon Shaman 2 1 3
Has +2 Attack while you have Spell DamageThey'll be MUCH easier to use once they add the spirit thumb.
Arcane Blast Epic Spell Mage 1
Deal 2 damage to a minion. This spell gets double bonus from Spell DamageNow with 100% more blast!
Master of Ceremonies Epic Minion General Any 3 4 2
Battlecry: If you have a minion with Spell Damage, gain +2/+2. Goes by "MC ElfyElf".
Unexpected Results Epic Spell Mage 3
Summon two random 2-Cost minions (improved by Spell Damage)Sometimes science is more art than science. A lot of people don't get that.
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Spirit Claws(42042).png
Master of Ceremonies(22306).png
Unexpected Results(89826).png

Patch changes[edit]

  • Unknown patch: Mousing over a source of Spell Damage will no longer highlight the cards in the player's hand that benefit from Spell Damage; previously, it did.
  • The Grand Tournament logo.png Patch 3.0.0.9786 (2015-08-18): The first Spell Damage synergy is added, with Master of Ceremonies, as well as the first card to multiply Spell Damage: Arcane Blast.
  • Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): “Spell Power +1” has been renamed “Spell Damage +1”.

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