Battlegrounds Season 4 is coming soon, with Patch 26.2. Starting on May 9, Buddies are taking a break and E.T.C.’s World Tour is coming to Battlegrounds, with a new hero and a stadium full of new minions!
New Hero – Rockmaster Voone
Voone is the frontliner to the show, and he’s ready to rock! Every third turn, his passive Hero Power gives you a plain copy of the left-most card in your hand. Time the beat to get your best card in perfect harmony!
New Upbeat Minions
Voone’s not the only upbeat artist hitting the stage. “Upbeat” minions are minions that have special effects that trigger every few turns that they’re in play. The longer you have them in play, the more times their effects trigger. These minions really put the “band” in your “warband”!
Keyword Updates – Poisonous, Venomous, and Windfury
We’re updating some keywords in Battlegrounds Season 4. Poisonous is being removed from Bob’s Tavern to be replaced with a new Battlegrounds keyword: Venomous! During each round of combat, the first minion that is damaged by a Venomous minion is instantly destroyed. You can think of Venomous like Poisonous, but it only triggers once (like Reborn and Divine Shield). We’re excited to see how this swap from Poisonous to Venomous will change up the Tavern.
Additionally, we’re removing Mega-Windfury from Battlegrounds. From now on, when a Windfury minion is tripled, it will still have normal Windfury. Windfury was the only Keyword that resulted in a “double-buff" when the minion is tripled, so we think taking that interaction out will make the game more consistent and open up space for us to explore in the future.
Massive Minion Type Remix
In Season 4, we’re remixing and revamping our entire Battlegrounds minion pool. 59 minions are being removed from the minion pool! In their place, we’re introducing 58 new minions and bringing back 3 returning minions! We’re also updating several of the minions that are sticking around. You can see what all the minion types will be up to, below.
Beasts are switching up their pack with new ways to summon Beasts in combat and give combat buffs, plus, Azeroth’s best wrapper alive.
Murlocs are seeing a few shifting tides. They are subbing out Poisonous for the new Venomous keyword, and are getting some new handbuff synergies—allowing them to swarm their enemies from even beyond the board.
Dragons are back with lots of new instruments, emphasizing Battlecries and in-combat buffs.
Elementals are rocking, frosting, and gusting onto the scene with lots more ways to buff your shop, buff your warband, and promote lots of buying and selling elementals.
Naga are deep in the blues, and drowning in even more spell and Spellcraft synergies than before.
The shambling Undead are back with a few more options, keeping with the themes of minions dying and being summoned in combat.
Pirates have a new crew that’s even more obsessed with getting and spending Gold than ever before.
Demons have even more ways to reward you with power, if you’re willing to pay the price.
Quilboar are picking up even more Blood Gems and Blood Gem synergies than before.
Mechs are more Magnetic than ever before, with extra bonuses that stack up as you play. Magnets, they’re so metal.
And this crew has everything you need to harmonize with your chosen minion types and make your warband really sing.
Battlegrounds Track Refresh
On May 9, Battlegrounds Season 3 will end and Season 4 will begin. At that point, players will switch over and begin earning rewards on the new Season 4 Battlegrounds Track. Any rewards that were already earned from the Season 3 Battlegrounds Track, but not yet claimed, will be automatically claimed on your behalf.
The Season 4 Battlegrounds Track includes rocking new E.T.C.-themed and musical cosmetics. Pick up the Season Pass to instantly get +2 Hero options at the start of each game. Then, unlock all stages of the new E.T.C.’s World Tour Legendary Strike as you progress along the Track, earn up to 15 additional Hero Skins throughout the Season, and more!
|Level||XP to level||Cumulative XP||Free Reward||With Season Pass|
|1||0||0||2 Hero Slots|
|2||20||20||E.T.C.'S Main Stage (Rare Board)|
|3||20||40||Applauding E.T.C (Rare Emote)|
|4||20||60||World Tour (Rare Strike)|
|5||30||90||Punk-Pop Vol'jin (Rare Hero Skin)|
|6||30||120||Happy Blingtron (Rare Emote)|
|7||30||150||Tavernwave Tavish (Rare Hero Skin)|
|8||30||180||Mister Mukla (Legendary Hero Skin)|
|9||40||220||Merch Manager Silas (Rare Hero Skin)|
|10||40||260||Kragg Love (Rare Emote)|
|11||40||300||Mixmaster N'zoth (Epic Hero Skin)|
|12||50||350||E.T.C., King of Rock (Legendary Hero Skin)|
|13||50||400||Vanndar Stormpipes (Rare Hero Skin)|
|14||50||450||MC Scabbs, No (Rare Emote)|
|15||50||500||Doom Symphony (Rare Strike)|
|16||60||560||Glitch_CoilST0RM.ini // Glitchvibe Ini (Rare Hero Skin)|
|17||60||620||Whistling Mukla (Rare Emote)|
|18||60||680||The Pyramp 3000 // Pyramplifier (Epic Hero Skin)|
|19||60||740||Radnar Horns (Rare Emote)|
|20||60||800||Paparazzo Gro'kan (Rare Bartender)|
|21||60||860||Enhance-o-musician (Rare Hero Skin)|
|22||60||920||DJ Manastorm (Rare Emote)|
|23||60||980||Country Kragg (Epic Hero Skin)|
|24||60||1040||World Tour (Epic Strike)|
|25||60||1100||Sad Rocker Rokara (Rare Emote)|
|26||60||1160||Entrancing Ysera (Rare Hero Skin)|
|27||60||1220||Nevermind, A.F.Kay (Rare Emote)|
|28||60||1280||Sire Melodious (Legendary Hero Skin)|
|29||60||1340||Bru'kan, Rock God (Epic Hero Skin)|
|30||60||1400||Entrancing Ysera (Rare Emote)|
|31||60||1460||Doom Symphony (Epic Strike)|
|32||60||1520||Showstopper Alexstrasza (Rare Hero Skin)|
|33||60||1580||One-Vashj Band (Epic Hero Skin)|
|34||60||1640||One Vashj Band (Rare Emote)|
|35||60||1700||MC Scabbs (Rare Hero Skin)|
|36||60||1760||Study Kay (Legendary Hero Skin)|
|37||60||1820||MC Scabbs, Yes (Rare Emote)|
|38||60||1880||Rocker Rokara (Rare Hero Skin)|
|39||60||1940||DJ Manastorm (Legendary Hero Skin)|
|40||60||2000||World Tour (Legendary Strike)|
Tour Dates to Watch Out For
With so many changes coming to Battlegrounds, we’re rolling out our minions in phases instead of all at once. We’ll start with an initial batch of six minion types, and then add the rest of the minion types over the next couple weeks. This will give you a chance to learn the minions type adjustments without being overwhelmed, and it’ll spread the fun! We also have a special preview event and some upcoming Dev Talks to chat about the changes as they come out. Here’s the lineup:
- May 3: Dev Talk 1
- May 4: Playtest Preview Event
- May 8: 26.2 Patch Notes
- May 9: Dev Talk 2; Patch 26.2 goes live with minion phase one (Beasts, Murlocs, Dragons, Elementals, Naga, and Undead)
- May 11: Dev Talk 3; Pirates are added to the minion pool
- May 15: Dev Talk 4; Demons are added to the minion pool
- May 22: Dev Talk 5; Quilboar and Mechs are added to the minion pool
We hope to see you at the shows!
Battlegrounds Preview Event
On May 4 and May 5, players from around the world will be participating in preview stream events, playing with the new Battlegrounds Season 4 content. The players will be playing with just the six minion types (Undead, Beasts, Murlocs, Dragons, Elementals, and Naga) that will be available when Patch 26.2 goes live. Participating players will be streaming to their own channels and will have Season Pass giveaways for their viewers, so make sure you check it out! The participating players are:
NA Group (May 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (PT))
LATAM Group (May 4, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (PT))
EMEA Group (May 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (PT))
APAC Group (May 5, 3 a.m. - 6 a.m. (PT) / 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. (KST))
Battlegrounds Twitch Drops
Celebrate the new Battlegrounds Season with special Battlegrounds Twitch drops! From May 9 at 10 a.m. PT to May 16 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can watch any Hearthstone Twitch stream for 1 hour to earn the Brann Bronzegill Battlegrounds Hero Skin! Make sure you link your Twitch and Battle.net accounts so that your viewing time counts towards drops.
The Brann Bronzegill Hero Skin may become available for purchase in the in-game shop in a later patch.