How to Earn Gold, Dust, and Cards

Last updated on Dec 20, 2017 at 21:39 by Aleco 32 comments

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

This guide covers all of the various in-game rewards players can receive for participating in Play mode, the Arena, and Tavern Brawls. If you are interested in learning about the best mays to maximize your gold income, check out our Beginner's Guide to Expanding Your Collection.

2. Earning Gold in Hearthstone

There are 4 ways to earn gold in Hearthstone:

  • completing Daily Quests;
  • completing Unique Quests;
  • winning games in Play Mode;
  • playing in the Arena.

2.1. Hearthstone Daily Quests

Players receive one new daily quest each day, which can be viewed in your Quest Log. Players can have up to three daily quests in their log at any time, and will be unable to receive any new daily quests so long as there are uncompleted quests in their Quest Log. For this reason, we recommend that players who are looking to acquire gold as quickly as possible ensure they always have at least one open slot in their Quest Log at the end of each day.

Daily quests reward between 40 and 100 gold each, and can be completed in Play Mode or in the Arena. You can not complete Daily Quests by challenging your friends or by playing against the AI.

Once per day you may replace one daily with a new random quest by pressing the small X in the upper right corner of the quest in your Quest Log. We recommend that you replace each quest which does not reward 60 or more gold, as there is there a chance it will be replaced by a new quest that does.

Here is a complete list of the Daily Quests in Hearthstone:

3 Victories! Win 3 games with any class. 40 gold
<Class #1> or <Class #2> Victory Win 2 games with <Class #1> or <Class #2>. 40 gold
<Class> Victory Win 3 games with <Class>. 50 gold
<Class #1> or <Class #2> Dominance Win 5 games with <Class #1> or <Class #2>. 60 gold
Total Dominance Win 7 games in any mode. 100 gold
Play <Class> Cards Play 30 <Class> cards. 40 gold
<Class> Mastery Play 50 <Class> cards. 60 gold
The Meek Shall Inherit Play 30 minions that cost 2 or less. 40 gold
Only the Mighty Play 20 minions that cost 5 or more. 40 gold
Overpowered Play 10 cards that cost 8 or more. 50 gold
Destroy them All Destroy 40 minions. 40 gold
Spell Master Play 40 spells. 40 gold
Beat Down Deal 100 damage to enemy heroes. 40 gold
Stable Master Play 20 Beasts. 50 gold
Beyond the Dark Portal Play 15 Demons. 50 gold
Mrgrgrglrr Play 30 Murlocs. 50 gold
Swashbuckler Play 10 Pirates. 50 gold
For Azeroth! Play 30 Battlecry minions. 50 gold
Death to the Living! Play 20 Deathrattle minions. 50 gold
Tiny Bubbles Make Me Happy Play 10 Divine Shield minions. 50 gold
Rampage Play 10 Enrage minions. 50 gold
You Shall Not Pass! Play 20 Taunt minions. 50 gold
Elemental Overload Play 15 Overload cards. 50 gold
Combo Meal Play 10 Combo cards. 50 gold
It's a Secret to Everyone Play 10 Secrets. 50 gold
Weaponmaster Play 10 Weapons. 50 gold
Inspiring Use your Hero Power 30 times. 50 gold
Elementary My Dear Play 10 Elementals. 50 gold
Everybody! Get in here! Win 5 Tavern Brawls. 60 gold
Play a Friend! Play a friend, you both earn a reward! 80 gold
Cry Havoc Play 75 Battlecry minions. 100 gold
Murlocalypse Play 75 Murlocs. 100 gold
Watch and Learn! Watch a friend win in spectator mode. Classic card pack
Spelunker Defeat 5 Dungeon Run Bosses. Classic card pack

2.2. Earning Gold in Play Mode

Winning 3 games in Play Mode awards 10 Gold, up to a maximum of 100 Gold per day. This feature is exclusive to Play Mode (both Casual and Ranked games count towards your progression), which means you will not benefit from it while playing the Arena, Practice Mode, or when challenging your friends.

2.3. Earning Prizes in the Arena

Entry into the Arena costs 150 Gold (or 1.99 USD / 1.49 GPB / 1.79 EUR). Regardless of the outcome, each Arena run is guaranteed to reward one pack of cards. Most players choose to invest all of their hard-earned Gold in the Arena instead of buying packs from the Shop. This is due to the fact that the Arena will typically reward more than 150 Gold in prizes to any player who can achieve three or more wins before they lose three games. Additionally, playing the Arena is a great way to improve your understanding of the game's strategy and mechanics. By becoming a better player in the Arena you will likely receive a greater return on your investment of Gold than if you choose to spend your Gold on packs.

Below we have listed the rewards you can expect to receive from the Arena. In addition to the listed rewards you will always receive a Card Pack, as well as a chance to receive a random card as a reward (this card could be of any rarity, and can even be golden). When we mention an amount of combined Gold and Dust, the distribution of these two resources is not fixed. For example, if we mention that you can receive 50 combined Gold and Dust, this could end up being 50 Gold, 50 Dust, or some other combination such as 20 Gold and 30 Dust. Note that each extra win upgrades the "key" used to unlock the rewards.

Wins Key Possible Rewards
0 Novice About 25-30 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
1 Apprentice About 30-50 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
2 Journeyman About 40-50 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
3 Copper About 25-30 Gold, 25 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
4 Silver About 45-60 Gold, 25 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
5 Gold About 55 gold, and about 55 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
6 Platinum About 75 gold, and about 55 combined Gold and Arcane Dust
7 Diamond About 150-180 Gold, about 25 Arcane Dust
8 Champion About 150-220 Gold, and about 25-50 Arcane Dust
9 Ruby About 150-300 Gold, and about 25-70 Arcane Dust
10 Frostborn About 150-350 Gold, and about 25-90 Arcane Dust
11 Molten About 150-485 Gold, and about 25-90 Arcane Dust
12 Lightforge About 150-525 Gold, about 25-90 Arcane Dust, as well as possibly an additional Card Pack

2.4. Tavern Brawl

Players with at least one level 20 class are able to participate in the Tavern Brawl each week, which is typically released between Monday and Wednesday. The first Tavern Brawl win each week rewards players with at least one Classic card pack. During special events and holidays, Tavern Brawls will often reward even greater prizes. Due to the substantial rewards that the Tavern Brawl offers for winning a single game, we highly recommend that players make a point of participating in every available Tavern Brawl.

2.5. End of Season Rewards

Players who participate in the ranked ladder will receive end of season rewards on the first day of each month. The end of season reward is determined by your "Treasure Chest", or the highest rank you were able to achieve at any point during the month. In addition to the rewards listed below, all players will receive a card back for reaching rank 20.

Due to the substantial increase in Dust rewarded for reaching ranks 15 and 5, many players choose to play ranked mode every month until they achieve one of these two ranks.

Rank Title Rewards Dust Value Dust Gain
Legend Sea Giant's Treasure (Legend)
  • 3 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Epic
550 25
1 Sea Giant's Treasure
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Epic
  • 25 Dust
525 5
2 Sea Giant's Treasure
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Epic
  • 20 Dust
520 5
3 Sea Giant's Treasure
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Epic
  • 15 Dust
515 5
4 Sea Giant's Treasure
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Epic
  • 10 Dust
510 5
5 Sea Giant's Treasure
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Epic
  • 5 Dust
505 280
6 Ogre Magi's Stash
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 25 Dust
225 5
7 Ogre Magi's Stash
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 20 Dust
220 5
8 Ogre Magi's Stash
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 15 Dust
215 5
9 Ogre Magi's Stash
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 10 Dust
210 5
10 Ogre Magi's Stash
  • 2 Golden Commons
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 5 Dust
205 30
11 Guardian's Chest
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 25 Dust
175 5
12 Guardian's Chest
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 20 Dust
170 5
13 Guardian's Chest
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 15 Dust
165 5
14 Guardian's Chest
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 10 Dust
160 5
15 Guardian's Chest
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 1 Golden Rare
  • 5 Dust
155 80
16 Shieldbearer's Footlocker
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 25 Dust
75 5
17 Shieldbearer's Footlocker
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 20 Dust
70 5
18 Shieldbearer's Footlocker
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 15 Dust
65 5
19 Shieldbearer's Footlocker
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 10 Dust
60 5
20 Shieldbearer's Footlocker
  • 1 Golden Common
  • 5 Dust
55 -

This table has been provided courtesy of the Hearthstone Gamepedia.

3. Changelog

  • 20 Dec. 2017: Updated to include new quests, end of season rewards, and to direct interested players to the Beginner's Guide to Expanding Your Collection.
  • 18 Nov. 2016: Added mention of the Card Pack reward from Tavern Brawl.
  • 24 Oct. 2015: Updated the page slightly to account for additions to the game.
  • 07 Apr. 2015: Removed the quest that rewarded Gelbin Mekkatorque, because it was removed when the game was released.
  • 27 Mar. 2014: Fixed the reward for Level Up (the guide previously listed it as 100 Gold, when it is in fact 1 Card Pack).
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