|Set:||Journey to Un'Goro|
After this minion attacks a hero, Adapt.
A youngster who is truly hungry for self-improvement.
How to get[edit | edit source]
|Golden Vicious Fledgling||800||100|
Notes[edit | edit source]
Vicious Fledgling will no longer be offered for selection in Arena, since the 17th of October 2017. However, it is still obtainable in Arena matches through random effects.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
This minion benefits greatly from attacking the enemy hero multiple times. Thus, any adaptation that increases its survivability should be prioritized. This means that Rocky Carapace, Crackling Shield and Shrouding Mist (and in some cases Liquid Membrane too) are all great choices.
The single most powerful choice, however, is Lightning Speed. If Vicious Fledgling attacks the enemy hero and gains Windfury from adaptation, it will be able to attack again immediately, and thus, adapt again as well. This makes Lightning Speed a "free" adaptation that should be picked as quickly as possible.
With its ability to grow stronger and protect itself, Vicious Fledgling is a dangerous threat that can quickly snowball out of control and must be answered immediately. If you find yourself confronted with one, do not wait to kill it, or failing that block its access to your hero by playing a taunter. If it manages to hit you even once, it may already be too late. It may grow too tough to kill or elude your grasp entirely.
The downside of this minion is its relatively weak base-stats. It can be killed by most early-game cards, meaning that preventing it from snowballing is easy. On the other hand, it has enough power to at least trade cleanly with many early- to mid-game minions, so the loss of this minion is likely not to be earth-shattering. Because the payoff can be tremendous, this card may be worth the risk, especially in decks with Beast synergies.
Lore[edit | edit source]
- Pterrordax, also known as pteradons, are carnivorous, flying dinosaurs mainly found in Un'Goro Crater and on the Lost Isles. An adult pterrordax's sonic screeches are capable of turning a humanoid's eardrums to bloody pulps. Zandalari trolls have been known to use pterrordax as flying mounts.
- Pterrordax eggs are incubated underneath the fossils of their forebears, allowing the hatchlings to absorb their ancestors' ferocity and intelligence.
- An intact pteradon skeleton recovered from Un'Goro Crater is exhibited in the Ironforge museum. Based on the skeletal structure, it is clear that its specific genus has not yet been encountered. The skeleton could have been preserved for any number of centuries beneath the region's rich soil.
The Vicious Fledgling appears to be an older version of the Pterrordax Hatchling.