I recently started playing Hearthstone.

Today I tried the first Boss in Naxxramas and got really smashed.

What do I need before even trying to beat the bosses?

3 Answers 3


Once you have unlocked and leveled up all the heroes to 10, you will have all the basic cards at that point.

Its possible to beat all the bosses (non heroic though) using only basic cards and some luck with the draw.

  • the good old RNG :)
    – Gigala
    Aug 5, 2014 at 12:37
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    but leveling all heros to 10 only grants me cards for the hero itself. why is it not sufficient when i have 1 hero at level 10? Aug 5, 2014 at 12:47
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    @PhilippSander Some of the bosses are much harder with certain heroes. It is not necessary to have all heroes available, but beating each boss with a single hero would be a harder challenge--though no where near an impossible challenge, just harder.
    – ken.ganong
    Aug 5, 2014 at 13:55
  • @philipsander ken.ganong is exactly right. Though I think a minimum of mage and warlock fully unlocked will let you do the first wing pretty easily
    – l I
    Aug 5, 2014 at 15:38
  • did it with a level 6 hunter with zoo deck Aug 7, 2014 at 8:30

I used this deck to defeat the first 6 normal mode bosses. This deck won against each boss on the first or second attempt (many times in close contests).


Arcane Missiles
Ice Lance x2
Elven Archer x2
Mana Wyrm
Frostbolt x2
Amani Berserker
Kolbold Geomancer x2
Millhouse Manastorm  (Legendary)
Arcane Intellect x2
Frost Nova x2
Mirror Entity
Cone of Cold x2
Water Elemental x2
Azure Drake x2  (rare)
Stampeding Kodo  (rare)
Frost Elemental x2
Reckless Rocketeer
Ravenholdt Assassin  (rare)

There are four rares and one legendary. Millhouse is just for fun and a Raptor will do in his place. The Ravenholdt could be an ogre or golem. Replacement for the Kodo is unclear, but you're looking for a nice two for one card. Replacement for Azure Drake could be Gnomish Explorer.

To answer your question: if you've opened enough packs to have a few rare cards, I'd say you are well prepared for Naxx normal mode.

Update: I've gotten through Patchwerk with this deck so far. Some fights are very difficult with it and a matter of playing until the right cards come up.

  • Zoo also seems to work pretty well (at least on the first quarter). Decklist: hearthhead.com/deck=26977/zoo. No legendaries required! Aug 4, 2014 at 18:23
  • Zoo is very popular. However, I am unable to confirm whether it will clear Naxx bosses as I lack the Doomguards and Flame Imps (despite free-to-playing since before launch).
    – Amy B
    Aug 4, 2014 at 20:49
  • Might be a bit rough without those, unfortunately :/ I got lucky and had 2 Doomgaurds after my first 15 packs or so. On a side note, they may be worth crafting if you like warlock and have some dust, they'll probably improve your winrate with zoo significantly. Aug 4, 2014 at 20:53
  • @AmyB I did the first wing without using doomguards but I do have flame imps
    – l I
    Aug 5, 2014 at 15:39
  • @AmyB Zoo works well in the first wing (haven't played the second one yet). Aug 6, 2014 at 8:52

I've found priest and ice mage to be good in most of the normal-mode boss fights. Once you beat Maexxna and get the Nerubian Egg, a buff pally decks is also strong. Some things to keep in mind that are different from matches vs other people:

1) Most of the bosses have an initial board state advantage. You will probably need a lower mana curve than normal to neutralize this threat quickly.

2) Make sure to include 2* Acidic Swamp Ooze against bosses with strong weapons.

3) Some of the bosses have weaknesses that you can use to your advantage. For example: Ex - Maexxna

Maexxna will ALWAYS start off the turn by using its hero power, even if it is a strategically bad move. You can take advantage of this by adding a lot of low-cost Battlecry minions to your deck.

Ex - Loatheb:

Include low-cost Charge minions in your deck, and cast them before killing Spores. Now you have Charge minions with 10+ attack.

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