Transform

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Transform is an ability which irreversibly transforms a minion into something else. This removes all card text, abilities and enchantments, and does not trigger any Deathrattles.

Transformation is not an enchantment but rather a permanent change, which cannot be undone. Silencing the transformed minion or returning it to its owner's hand will not revert the transformation.

Transform is the battlefield equivalent of replace.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While transform effects effectively create a new minion in place of the old one, they do not summon minions and so will not trigger effects such as Knife Juggler or Starving Buzzard.[1] The process appears to continue the summoning process precisely, with the new minion in place of the old.
  • However, minions transformed as the result of a Battlecry will activate some of their triggered effects appropriate to the resulting minion, at the end of the summoning process.[1]
  • Example: A Faceless Manipulator is played, and its Battlecry is used to transform itself into a Savannah Highmane. First any "Whenever you summon" effects will trigger for the Faceless Manipulator, then (after the transform) any "After you summon" effects active for the Highmane, and then one extra phase is invoked to again trigger the "Whenever you summon" effects for the Highmane. This causes a Starving Buzzard to draw a card in this event, not during its normal phase prior to Battlecries, but instead after the minion's summoning has resolved, and all other effects have played out.[1] However, this also causes an Unlicensed Apothecary to trigger twice.
  • This double processing of the "Whenever you summon" effect specifically happens when the transform is the result of a Battlecry (minions transforming themselves, like Faceless Manipulator or Druid of the Claw; and minions transforming one other minion, like Master of Evolution or Tinkmaster Overspark. It also happens when playing Thrall, Deathseer (a Hero Card, not a minion, but the transform effect is still a battlecry). The latter effect can be particularlly devastating if one of your minions happens to be transformed into an Unlicensed Apothecary.
  • Minions that are transformed as the result of a spell (e.g Polymorph, Evolve) are not ever processed as summoned.
  • The exact behaviour of minions transformed as a result of Potion of Polymorph or Transmute Spirit is currently unknown.
  • Minions produced by transformations will be immediately exhausted, as though they had just been summoned.[2] This is true even if the minion which was transformed was previously ready to attack. However, if the resulting minion has Charge it will not suffer from exhaustion.[2]
  • Minions removed from play due to being transformed are not considered to have died, and so cannot be resummoned by effects like Resurrect or Kel'Thuzad.
  • Transforming a minion will result in the new minion becoming last in the 'queue' that determines the order in which effects are activated, since it has been freshly put into play.[3] This is the same result as if the new minion had been summoned in place of the old minion.
  • Not all transform effects are explicitly described as such.[4] Faceless Manipulator and Druid of the Claw transform the base minion into another minion according to how the card is played, despite the word 'transform' not being used on their cards. Comments by Ben Brode suggest this is likely due to the tradeoff between consistency and concision of phrasing.[5]

Cards with Transform[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Kazakus Potion None Spell Mage, Priest, Warlock 5
Kazakus Potion None Spell Mage, Priest, Warlock 10
Transmute Spirit None Hero Power Shaman 2 Hero Power: Transform a friendly minion into a random one that costs (1) more. 
Hex Free Spell Shaman 3 Transform a minion into a 0/1 Frog with TauntIf you Hex a Murloc... it really isn't much of a change, is it?
Polymorph Free Spell Mage 4 Transform a minion into a 1/1 Sheep. There was going to be a pun in this flavor text, but it just came out baa-d.
Druid of the Claw Common Minion General Druid 5 4 4 Choose One - Transform into a 4/4 with Charge; or a 4/6 with Taunt. Cat or Bear? Cat or Bear?! I just cannot CHOOSE!
Devolve Rare Spell Shaman 2 Transform all enemy minions into random ones that cost (1) less. Ragnaros looked down. He looked like some kind of War Golem. "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME," he yelled. But all that came out was a deep grinding sound. He began to cry.
Druid of the Swarm Rare Minion General Druid 2 1 2 Choose One - Transform into a 1/2 with Poisonous; or a 1/5 with TauntThe Druid awoke from troubling dreams to find herself transformed into a giant spider.
Evolve Rare Spell Shaman 1 Transform your minions into random minions that cost (1) more. So you say you want an evolution. Well, you know. We all want to change the board.
Master of Evolution Rare Minion General Shaman 4 4 5 Battlecry: Transform a friendly minion into a random one that costs (1) more. Will be really useful in the new "Hearthémon" game.
Potion of Polymorph Rare Spell Mage 3 Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, transform it into a 1/1 Sheep. Tastes like Baaaaananas.
Shellshifter Rare Minion General Druid 4 3 3 Choose One - Transform into a 5/3 with Stealth;
or a 3/5 with TauntMaster of the Three Shell Monte.
Faceless Manipulator Epic Minion General Any 5 3 3 Battlecry: Choose a minion and become a copy of it. The Faceless Ones are servants of Yogg-Saron, and they feed on fear. Right now they are feeding on your fear of accidentally disenchanting all your good cards.
Lotus Illusionist Epic Minion General Shaman 4 3 5 After this minion attacks a hero, transform it into a random 6-Cost minion. If you think her Illidan and Sylvanas cosplay is great, wait till you see her Reno Jackson!
Prince Taldaram Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 3 Battlecry: If your deck has no 3-Cost cards, transform into a 3/3 copy of a minion. Three Princes stand before you. This one wants to copy others.
Tinkmaster Overspark Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 3 Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel. Tinkmaster Overspark nearly lost his Tinker's license after the Great Ironforge Squirrel Stampede of '09.
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Devolve(49715).png
Druid of the Swarm(62905).png
Evolve(35232).png
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Prince Taldaram(61816).png
Tinkmaster Overspark(245).png

Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Druid of the Fang Common Minion General Druid 5 4 4 Battlecry: If you have a Beast, transform this minion into a 7/7. The Druids of the Fang live in the Wailing Caverns. They wear cool snake shirts and tell snake jokes and say "bro" a lot.
Druid of the Flame Common Minion General Druid 3 2 2 Choose One - Transform into a 5/2 minion; or a 2/5 minion. Druids who fought too long in Northrend were easily seduced by Ragnaros; a mug of hot chocolate was generally all it took.
Druid of the Saber Common Minion General Druid 2 2 1 Choose One - Transform into a 2/1 with Charge; or a 3/2 with StealthThat's saberTEETH, not like curved pirate blades. That's a different kind of druid. Druid of the Curved Pirate Blades.
Poultryizer Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 3 At the start of your turn, transform a random minion into a 1/1 Chicken. 
Polymorph: Boar Rare Spell Mage 3 Transform a minion into a 4/2 Boar with ChargeIt's always Huffer.
Recombobulator Epic Minion General Any 2 3 2 Battlecry: Transform a friendly minion into a random minion with the same Cost. For when you didn’t combobulate quite right the first time around.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to Patch 8.0.0.18336, all druid Choose One transform cards had inconsistent wording, with Druid of the Claw not including the word transform, Druid of the Flame showing the end result as opposed to the stat change, and Druid of the Saber including both the word transform and related stat changes. This was eventually changed to follow Druid of the Flame's formatting, with the new Shellshifter also written like this.
  • Prior to some time in early 2013, the word "Transform" was printed in bold text on cards such as Polymorph, and always with a capital letter. This suggests that it was previously a keyword (like Charge or Battlecry), complete with its own tooltip explaining the effect. The relative complexity of the mechanic (a non-reversible minion change) might justify this, with the ability the subject of some confusion during the game's beta.

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Alpha patch (unknown date, pre-May 2013): "Transform" in card text is no longer printed in bold, and is not capitalised.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tested by User:Taohinton and User:Xinhuan, 2015-02-02
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-03). 
  3. Tested by User:Taohinton, 2015-02-07. Various scenarios.
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-11-04). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-11-04).