Volcanic Drake

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Volcanic Drake
Volcanic Drake(14450).png
Volcanic Drake(14450) Gold.png
Set: Blackrock Mountain
Type: Minion
Subtype: Dragon
Rarity: Common
Cost: 6
Attack: 6
Health: 4
Abilities: Increment attribute, Modify cost
Tags: Death-related, In-hand effect, Ongoing effect
Artist: Lucas Graciano

Costs (1) less for each minion that died this turn.

Volcanic Drakes breathe lava instead of fire. The antacid vendor at Thorium Point does a brisk business with them.

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Volcanic Drake is a common neutral minion card, from the Blackrock Mountain set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular Volcanic Drake are obtained by defeating Omnotron Defense System in Blackrock Mountain.

As a Wild format card, both regular and golden versions of Volcanic Drake can also be crafted for the following amounts:

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Volcanic Drake 40 5
Golden Volcanic Drake 400 50

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The mana cost of this card is reduced by 1 for each minion that has already died during the current turn (including minions killed during the 'start of turn' phase by effects such as Doomsayer).
  • The mana cost of this card cannot be reduced below 0. However, further cost-reductions can help in countering cost-increasing effects like Loatheb.
  • This card has an in-hand effect: it modifies its own mana cost only while in the player's hand, and not while the card is anywhere else.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Ideally you want to make this card cost 4 or less mana to get value. You can either trade minions or cast AoE like Flamestrike in order to achieve this. Keep in mind that its stat distribution makes it vulnerable to your opponent's 4-damage options.

Since this is a 6-drop you can use Recombobulator to create another 6-drop minion. Recombobulator will use the Drake's base mana cost of 6, even if it was played for less.

This minion has great potential as part of, or even when against a Paladin deck. Their hero power Reinforce and Muster for Battle will create a multitude of bodies by themselves, which can make playing Volcanic Drake a cheap and devastating swing in board control.

In Arena this card is average, not a card that you want to draw too early. Not guaranteed to shift the match into your favor, instead it is useful if you can maintain board advantage. Otherwise its stat distribution for its mana cost is will make it difficult to summon it and have it survive into the next turn.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Blackrock Mountain[edit | edit source]

In a given dragonflight, not all dragonkin are equally powerful. Drakes are younger dragons, and Nefarian keeps a bunch of these around to do his bidding. They do it all, including acting as guards, enforcers, mounts for favored allies (lookin’ at you Rend), cook, clean, do chores around the lair, and are really great at disposing of excess adventurers.

They have a weakness for snacks, so if you have some tasty corpses handy, a drake will be your best friend forever.[1]

World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Drakes are dragons that are still relatively young in comparison to their ancient brethren. Drakes are almost always flying while moving, while nether drakes tend to walk. Fully grown dragons are bigger and typically walk while moving. Drakes can be found throughout Azeroth, but are especially prevalent in some areas, such as the Burning Steppes, the Swamp of Sorrows, Winterspring, and in many dungeons.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Volcanic Drake, full art

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