Gather your gear and hold fast to your ambition, newcomer. This is the Barrens. The road before us winds through vast, sun-scorched lands, bringing danger and discovery beyond imagination’s grasp. Thorned dens of bristling quilboar, rampaging tribes of furious centaur, and treetop nests of soaring harpies separate the champions from the weak. The Barrens are the anvil upon which the Horde as we know it was founded: A literal crossroads where the tauren, trolls, and orcs came together for the first time. Heroes are made here. Perhaps you, too, shall be Forged in the Barrens.
Forged in the Barrens will launch worldwide this Spring with 135 new collectible cards! You can find the full schedule for card reveals and see which cards were announced today by visiting the card library here. Check back frequently—the list will be updated with new cards as they’re revealed!
New Keyword: Frenzy
The monsters, minions, magic, and machinery found within the boundaries of the Barrens can turn any upstart axe flinger into a champion of the Horde. Minions with the new Frenzy keyword will trigger a powerful effect the first time they survive damage!
Mastering magic is key to surviving the elements (and elementals). All 10 classes will have access to an all-new Ranked Spell that will grow in power as your reach 5 and 10 Mana Crystals, regardless of whether it’s in your hand or deck!
New Mechanic: Spell Schools
Magical Spell Schools are a permanent addition to Hearthstone, which will be applied retroactively to many previously released spells, adding synergies and a new layer of depth throughout your Collection! Spells in Standard and Wild can now have a tag from one of seven different schools:
- Arcane (2 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 44 Spells from past sets)
- *UPDATED* Fel (3 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 23 Spells from past sets)
- *UPDATED* Fire (2 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 45 Spells from past sets)
- Frost (2 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 24 Spells from past sets)
- Holy (5 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 67 Spells from past sets)
- *UPDATED* Nature (6 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 117 Spells from past sets)
- *UPDATED* Shadow (4 Spells in Forged in the Barrens, added to 113 Spells from past sets)
Meet the Mercenaries
There’s no shortage of swords-for-hire within the Alliance and Horde. Forged in the Barrens introduces 10 Legendary Mercenary minions, each representing a different class, whose stories will play out across the Year of the Gryphon in an all-new year-long narrative!
Pre-Purchase Forged in the Barrens
The Forged in the Barrens Mega Bundle includes 80 Forged in the Barrens card packs, 5 Golden Forged in the Barrens packs, two random Forged in the Barrens Golden Legendary cards, the Hamuul Runetotem Druid Hero, the Hamuul Runetotem card back, and Battlegrounds perks**!
The Forged in the Barrens Bundle includes 60 Forged in the Barrens card packs, two random Forged in the Barrens Legendary cards, and the Hamuul Runetotem card back!
**Battlegrounds Perks are available upon purchase and expire at the end of the Forged in the Barrens expansion cycle.
A Shadow Hunter is a bit like a Shadow Priest, only with more Voodoo! Log into Hearthstone after the 19.6 patch goes live to receive the Shadow Hunter Vol’jin Neutral Legendary minion for free, available to play immediately! Limited one per account.
Lok’Tar Ogar! The 19.6 patch launches today, which includes a host of Battlegrounds and Duels updates. Check out the patch notes here for details! Also, don't miss our announcement of the next Hearthstone year, the Year of the Gryphon!