Charge (ability)

Charge is an ability that lets a minion attack immediately after it has been summoned. Normally a minion can only attack on the next turn after it has been summoned.

Some minions innately have the Charge ability and for other minions it can be given by certain spells and effects of other minions.

Advantages and Disadvantages[edit]


  • Minions with Charge have usually at least one guaranteed attack.
  • Minions with Charge can be kept in hand for longer as they effect the board instantly when they are played.
  • Classes that are low on direct damage spells such as Warrior or Priest can use Charge minions to cover the lack of instant damage.
  • Charge allows cards such as Wolfrider to be treated as removal tools when needed.
  • Silence is very weak against minions with Charge because they have already had a chance to benefit from the ability before they can be silenced.


  • Cards with innate Charge are often lower on Attack and HP than other cards with same mana-cost.[1]
  • Minions with Charge are effected by Taunt unlike damage spells such as Fireball.


Name Rarity Class Type Subtype Effect
Al'Akir the Windlord Legendary Shaman Minion Elemental 8 3 5 Windfury, Charge, Divine Shield, Taunt
Arcane Golem Rare Neutral Minion General 3 4 2 Charge. Battlecry: Give your opponent a Mana Crystal.
Argent Commander Rare Neutral Minion General 6 4 2 Charge, Divine Shield
Argent Horserider Common Neutral Minion 3 2 1 Charge
Divine Shield
Bluegill Warrior Free Neutral Minion Murloc 2 2 1 Charge
Charge Free Warrior Spell General 3 Give a friendly minion +2 Attack and Charge.
Deathcharger Common Neutral Minion 1 2 3 Charge. Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to your hero.
Doomguard Rare Warlock Minion 5 5 7 Charge. Battlecry: Discard two random cards.
Druid of the Claw Common Druid Minion 5 4 4 Choose One - Charge; or +2 Health and Taunt.
Gnomeregan Infantry Common Neutral Minion General 3 1 4 Charge, Taunt
Grommash Hellscream Legendary Warrior Minion General 8 4 9 Charge. Enrage: +6 attack
Icehowl Legendary Neutral Minion 9 10 10 Charge
Can't attack heroes.
King Krush Legendary Hunter Minion Beast 9 8 8 Charge
Kor'kron Elite Free Warrior Minion General 4 4 3 Charge
Leeroy Jenkins Legendary Neutral Minion General 5 6 2 Charge. Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Whelps for your opponent.
Old Murk-Eye Legendary Neutral Minion Murloc 4 2 4 Charge. Has +1 attack for each other Murloc on the battlefield.
Reckless Rocketeer Free Neutral Minion General 6 5 2 Charge
Southsea Deckhand Common Neutral Minion Pirate 1 2 1 Has Charge while you have a weapon equipped.
Stonetusk Boar Free Neutral Minion Beast 1 1 1 Charge
Stormwind Knight Common Neutral Minion General 4 2 5 Charge
Tundra Rhino Common Hunter Minion Beast 5 2 5 Your other beasts have Charge.
Unleash the Hounds Common Hunter Spell General 3 For each enemy minion, summon a 1/1 Hound with Charge.
V-07-TR-0N Legendary Neutral Minion Mech 8 4 8 Charge, Mega- Windfury (Can attack four times a turn.)
Warsong Commander Free Warrior Minion General 3 2 3 Your Charge minions have +1 Attack.
Wolfrider Free Neutral Minion General 3 3 1 Charge


  1. Creature Valuation: How Blizzard Assigns Costs to Cards