We've got a brand new event in Hearthstone's Mercenaries game mode and it's here only for a limited-time! This time, we'll venture into many dangerous Bounty zones with the aid of N'Zoth, (in)famous Old God that already made its appearance in Hearthstone in Whispers of the Old Gods with N'Zoth, the Corruptor.

Our journey won't be in search of just fame and success, but you'll be able to complete a set of 10 event Tasks, which will reward you coins for N'Zoth and many other goodies.

Here are all the tasks that are available during the N'Zoth Mercenaries event. Click any of the links below to visit our guide for the task.

  1. Raiding the Shore
    • Requirement: Complete Corrupted Murlocs Bounty with at least 1 Murloc in Darkshore.
    • Reward: 50 N'Zoth Coins, 25 Murky Coins.
  2. Ice Sculpting
    • Requirement: Complete Icehowl Bounty without any Blocks of Ice on the board in Winterspring.
    • Reward: N'Zoth Mercenary.
  3. One with the Void
    • Requirement: Complete Mi'da Bounty without using any Holy abilities in Onyxia's Lair.
    • Reward: 50 N'Zoth coins, 25 Nefarian Coins.
  4. Bunker Crashers
    • Requirement: Complete Galvangar Bounty using 6 of Human, Dwarf and Elf characters in Alterac Valley.
    • Reward: 50 N'Zoth coins, 25 Balinda Stonehearth Coins.
  5. Murlocs in the Valley
    • Requirement: Complete Heroic Rotimer Bounty with at least 2 Murlocs in Alterac Valley.
    • Reward: 50 N'Zoth coins, 25 Murky coins, 25 random coins.
  6. Bones and Golems
    • Requirement: Complete Heroic Dragonbone Golem fight triggering at least 10 Deathrattles in Onyxia's Lair.
    • Reward: 60 N'Zoth coins, 50 Nefarian coins, 25 random coins.
  7. Damage Supreme
    • Requirement: Deal 100 damage with N'zoth's Corrupted Viscera in a single battle.
    • Reward: N'Zoth Golden Portrait
  8. Emperor Dethroned
    • Requirement: Complete Emperor Thaurissan Bounty without setting off powdered kegs.
    • Reward: 75 N'Zoth coins, 50 Balinda Stonehearth coins.
  9. Murlocs on Ice
    • Requirement: Complete Heroic Popsicooler Bounty with at least 3 Murlocs in Alterac Valley.
    • Reward: 75 N'Zoth coins, 50 Murky coins, 50 random coins.
  10. Visions of Conquest
    • Requirement: Land a killing blow with N'zoth's Spawn of N'zoth against Gigafin or Gigafin's Maw in Corrupted Murlocs Bounty in Darkshore.
    • Reward: Diamond N'Zoth portrait.

As you can see, these tasks are quite the mixed bag: while some are fairly simple to complete, others require more than a bit of thinking (and luck: that one's always welcome) and planning ahead.

Moreover, certain tasks clearly state that you need Comps consisting of Mercenaries belonging to specific races in order for your progresses to count: while the Leeroy Jenkins event was about Orcs, Humans and Dragons, this time you'll need the help of Humans, Dwarves, Elves, and... Murlocs!

Not all challenges might be as difficult as they seem at a glance: there are usually tips and tricks to be found to make everyone's lives easier. In this series of guides we'll take a look at how to complete each event Task, so that you'll be able to get your hands on all the rewards available. As of now, we'll focus our attention on the current task.

In case you missed them, if you click the banner below you'll have access to each of our task guides for this event.


How to Complete the "Murlocs on Ice" Task from the N'Zoth Event

  • Requirement: Complete Heroic Popsicooler Bounty with at least 3 Murlocs in Alterac Valley.
  • Rewards: 75 N'Zoth coins, 50 Murky coins, 50 random coins.
  • Difficulty: 5/5

Scaring you away is definitely against our personal interests, but Murlocs on Ice is by far the most difficult task of the entire N'Zoth event, and for multiple reasons:

  • You're forced to work with a team consisting of basically 3 Mercenaries.
  • Winterspring is a very difficult zone.
  • The Popsicooler Heroic Bounty is among the hardest in the entire game mode.

It's the first time we've given a difficulty of 5/5 to an event task, but we think that Murlocs on Ice totally deserves it.

Now that we vented a bit, let us explain what the Popsicooler bounty is all about and how we can complete it.

The final fight will have you matched against 4 units, each of which will provide a good amount of headaches. From left to right we have:

As you can see, lots of stats to take down, but that's not all: the enemy units have strong movesets, which also synergize really well.

Sugar Elemental is the "AoE" unit: it will deal damage to multiple targets: the power of the moves you see below will be amplified by Confection Cyclone's Ice Floes 5. Strong, but not unbeatable, and definitely not our top priority.

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Sugar Elemental's moveset.

Popsi is the actual final boss: not only it boasts 310 starting Health, but things are going to become worse and worse with each turn. In fact, Popsi will always start the fight by casting I Scream, a speed 4 ability that will grant it up to an additional 175 Health. Yes, speed 4; yes, it grants new Health (not a healing effect); yes, it will happen multiple times throughout the fight. On the following turn, Popsi will cast You Scream, a speed 5 ability which will deal damage based on Treat Trolley's remaining Health.

Moreover, We All Scream represents a really dangerous AoE ability, which not only will cripple your side of the board, but will also give Treat Trolley a bunch of additional Health.

Reading this, you may think that taking down Treat Trolley as soon as the fight starts might be a good strategy, right? Wrong: if you do that, Popsi will cast Dairy Consequence each turn, and you will lose.

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Popsicooler's moveset.

Next up, Confection Cyclone. As we said, this is the Spell Damage booster unit: your initial goal is killing it as soon as possible.

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Confection Cyclone's moveset.

Finally, we have the Trolley. Since killing it right off the bat is a very bad idea (Popsi will spam Dairy Consequence), we'll have to live with it for most of the fight. Here are some notable aspects of this unit:

  • It will swap sides at the end of each turn - you can make it lose Health by ramming it into an enemy unit.
  • +5 Fire Weakness - not a game changer, but we'll take it.
  • Converts Frost damage into Health - obnoxious because of We All Scream and Popsi's overall synergies.

Stupid cart.

If you're still reading, congratulations: you're truly a brave player. We think the most efficient approach to this final fight is what follows:

  • On turn 1, focus your damage on Treat Trolley without killing it.
    • The lower the Health you'll leave it at, the less powerful I Scream and You Scream will be, at least for some time.
  • When Treat Trolley is on your side of the board, consider ramming it into the highest Attack enemy, just to keep Trolley's Health total in check.
  • From turn 2, focus all your damage output on Confection Cyclone.
    • You don't want your enemies' already strong abilities to become even stronger with Ice Floes 5's Frost Spell Damage bonus.
    • Moreover, the more Frost damage Treat Trolley receives, the more Health it will gain and the more Popsi will be dangerous.
  • If you managed to get this far, finish off Sugar Elemental and Popsi while keeping Treat Trolley's Health low.
  • You may want to start with Sugar Elemental and leave Popsi for last, but this depends on how you're positioned once you get there.

Out of Cards Recommendation - Fire Comp

We'll make it simple for you: we tried multiple strategies in order to complete Murlocs on Ice, but only one worked out - the Fire Comp. You need consistent damage output and AoE abilities, which Ragnaros & Co. are particularly proficient at, making your life as easy as possible.

Here's a quick clip showing you how it's done. The fight is not going to be easy, but Fire synergy makes it doable by a fair margin.


Other Resources

Our clever community members set up a forum thread to share your Mercenaries progression journey, and we have added a #mercenaries channel on our Discord server if you want to talk with others in real-time. If you need an assist, you can also respond to this guide and we'll do our best to help you out; the comments are also a great way to share your own comps that you've used to complete the task above.

Good luck taking on any of these Bounties for those sweet sweet coins or just for the sake of satisfying completion!