Hearthstone Mercenaries is an upcoming game mode that focuses on elements from Roguelike and Tactical RPGs. Here is everything we know about the mode so far.

  • Hearthstone Mercenaries releases during Phase 1 of the Year of the Gryphon.
  • You will not use your collection for this mode, just like Hearthstone Battlegrounds.
  • According to Ben Lee, it is Hearthstone's take on Slay the Spire.
  • There is no deckbuilding in Hearthstone Mercenaries.
  • Progression is permanent.

Due to the in-dev nature of Mercenaries, the information here is subject to change!

What Are Mercenaries?

Mercenaries are the lifeblood of the mode. You will assemble your chosen characters into a three-person squad to progress through levels.

  • Each mercenary has access to different abilities, giving you a wide range of strategies to try.
  • Mercenaries have levels.
    • When you level a mercenary they get stronger and will obtain new abilities.
    • Your abilities can also earn experience to level up.
    • The maximum level of each mercenary is at least 30.
  • Your mercenaries can equip gear that they find in runs. This gear makes them stronger and you may want to find certain pieces of each merc.
  • You find more mercenaries by playing the game.

The Mercenaries Map

  • Each run gives you a randomly generated map.
  • You will find different types of events and branching paths as you go through the map.
  • Fights, Elite Encounters, and Non-Combat Events are all possible.
  • If you fail to complete a level, you can try again.
  • At the end of the map, you'll fight a boss.

Here is an example map in Mercenaries as seen from BlizzConline.

PVP in Mercenaries

Although Hearthstone Mercenaries is largely a PVE game mode, there are also PVP aspects. You can fight other players in strategic combat with your squad.

  • You and your opponent will both queue up moves at the same time; You won't know what they're going to do! 

No details other details on PVP are available yet.

Who Are Hearthstone's Mercenaries?

We don't have a full list of them yet, but there will be "around 40" mercenaries to collect. Here's who is on the list so far!

  • Tirion Fordring
  • Sylvanas Windrunner
  • Ragnaros the Firelord
  • Gruul
  • Valeera Sanguinar

Although not confirmed yet, these characters were present on the key art.

  • Illidan Stormrage
  • Rexxar
  • Eudora

Who Are the Mercenaries Bosses?

We don't have an exhaustive list yet, but these characters have been confirmed as bosses.

  • King Krush
  • King Mukla
  • Jaina Proudmoore
  • The Lich King

Hearthstone Mercenaries Key Art