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Stampeding Kodo

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Stampeding Kodo
Stampeding Kodo(389).png
Stampeding Kodo(389) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Minion
Subtype: Beast
Rarity: Rare
Cost: 5
Attack: 3
Health: 5
Abilities: Battlecry, Destroy
Tags: Attack-related, Random

Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy minion with 2 or less Attack.

This Kodo is so big that he can stampede by himself.

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Stampeding Kodo is a rare neutral minion card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Stampeding Kodo can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Stampeding Kodo can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Stampeding Kodo 100 20
Golden Stampeding Kodo 800 100

Strategy[edit | edit source]

While the Stampeding Kodo has below average stats for its cost, its Battlecry offers a unique and powerful form of removal. This can be very useful for getting rid of the enemy's early-game minions while placing down a decent threat at the same time. Note that the Battlecry can bypass and target minions with Stealth. Prime targets for the Kodo include Acolyte of Pain and Shade of Naxxramas.

The Battlecry can be detrimental in select cases, such as destroying a Nerubian Egg or Haunted Creeper and triggering their Deathrattles. As with all Battlecries, if there is any valid target this ability will take effect, even if the result is to the disadvantage of the summoning player.

The Kodo's destroy effect is useful not only for removing minions regardless of their Health, but also for doing so without activating any damage-related triggered effects. This makes it ideal for removing Acolyte of Pain and Armorsmith, and for avoiding triggering Frothing Berserker, all of which make it particularly useful against warrior decks.

Stampeding Kodo is even stronger in hunter decks. Because hunters have many cards that interact with and enhance Beasts such as the Stampeding Kodo, they can make full use of its attributes.

For the paladin this card combines well with Humility and Aldor Peacekeeper, both of which change a minion's attack to 1, enabling the Kodo to destroy them. This combo is one of the few methods a paladin can use to remove large minions.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Kodo - WoW.png

From Wowpedia:

Kodo are massive reptiles with thick leathery skin that ranges in color from sandy brown to black. Most kodo have a large horn that sprouts from their nose, and some are even covered in thick woolly hair. Kodo range across central Kalimdor, but are particularly prevalent in Mulgore, where the rolling grassy plains are particularly suited to their omnivorous nature. Wild kodo are normally herbivorous, however, and will not attack unless threatened. In the waning years of their lives, kodo instinctively trek to the Kodo Graveyard in the center of Kalimdor, where they spend their last hours. At the Kodo Graveyard there are even Kodo Spirits that have passed over to the spirit realm.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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  • Note that this card's art actually depicts a clefthoof, specifically Brokentoe as depicted in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Blood of Gladiators" series. This selection was made due to a lack of quality kodo art, with the developers considering the clefthoof art preferable overall.[1] Nonetheless, the minion itself is intended to be a kodo.
From Wowpedia:
Clefthooves (plural also "clefthoof") are large, hairy kodo-like beasts native to Draenor.
Large enough to quake the ground, covered with a thick valuable pelt, and armed with enormous tusks, these gigantic beasts are a hunter’s most treasured prize and worst nightmare rolled into one. The meat of a single adult clefthoof can feed an orc clan for days, but their inclination to travel in large packs makes them dangerous prey - beware their devastating headbutt or swiping attacks with their formidable tusks. Fortunately, it’s nearly impossible to be surprised by these massive beasts – heroes will be able to see and hear them coming from far away!
The clefthoof are the "wooly cousins" of the kodo, but are not biologically related, having developed independently on separate worlds.

Artist[edit | edit source]

Daren Bader

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Stampeding Kodo, full art

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode. (2014-06-07).