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Hearthstone

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For the digital card game, see Hearthstone (game).

  • Hearthstone
  • Binds when picked up
  • Unique
  • Use: Returns you to <home location>. Speak to an Innkeeper in a different place to change your home location.
A hearthstone in the TCG.

A hearthstone is an enchanted stone that can teleport the wielder to the location it is bound to, such as an inn. All characters receive a Hearthstone upon creation that returns them to their starting area. Asking an innkeeper to "make this inn your home" will set that as your new home location. Should the player destroy their hearthstone, they can recreate one by simply speaking to an innkeeper.

Background

Hearthstones are very rare objects. King Varian believed them to be only a legend, calling them "things heard only in stories concerning magi... or elves." A hearthstone owned by the night elf ambassador to Stormwind was coveted by Tyrande Whisperwind, Broll Bearmantle, and Thura. They intended to use it to return to Darnassus when Stormwind was attacked by the Emerald Nightmare. In the end, the group was ambushed and only Broll made it back.[1]

Jaina Proudmoore gave Anduin Wrynn a hearthstone she had arranged to be created for him, bound to Jaina's tower in Theramore so that he could get away whenever his father was in one of his "Lo'Gosh moods". Jaina stated that such an object was rather rare. She explained that it would bring Anduin straight to her hearth, and that the rune on the stone means "home". They also have runes that refer to the location they are set to - in this case, Jaina's name. Anduin assumed that it was purely magical, which Jaina confirmed. As it was apparently bound to her, she instructed him to hold it tightly in his hand and focus, to "take the stone into himself" and make it his. As she placed her hand over his, a faint blue light lined both their hands. Anduin concentrated, and Jaina could feel the binding of the stone shift from her to him.[2] The prince later used the hearthstone to escape Ironforge when it fell under the control of the Dark Iron clan.[3] Years later, Anduin attuned the stone to Stormwind instead. At one point after the Argus Campaign, he used it to quietly return to Stormwind after a visit to Darnassus.[4] During the War of the Thorns, he gave the hearthstone to Tyrande Whisperwind, allowing her to save her husband Malfurion from Darkshore and transport him to Stormwind.[5][6]

Both the Alliance and Horde have lent hearthstones to adventurers to allow speedy relocation to areas in need of help.[7][8] One such adventurer found in Tanaan Jungle wrote in his journal about how he planned to kill ravagers and stockpile their hides before hearthing back to Ashran.[9]

The paladin Gidwin Goldbraids lended an adventurer [his hearthstone] so that they could return to Light's Hope Chapel.[10]  [Vol'jin's Hearthstone] was bound to The Den in Durotar. After barely surviving Garrosh Hellscream's assassination attempt, Vol'jin gave the hearthstone to an adventurer so that they could go seek Thrall for help.

According to legend, Bryher Stonekeeper ran a prosperous tavern near Loch Modan. His daughter, Keelin, traveled far from home, eventually developing the kind of reputation that embarrassed her father. Bryher made a deal with a gnome warlock to keep his daughter close to home. The warlock turned Keelin into a hearthstone, so that she would always return to the inn. The small stone found through archeology resembled a hearthstone. It was warm to the touch and made very faint giggling noises at inopportune moments, which may confirm the story.[11]

The  [Hearthsteed], a mount rumored to be chiseled from the same rare mineral as hearthstone themselves, bears a striking resemblance to every adventurer's most useful item. A construct of exquisite craftsmanship awash in a mystical blue glow, its rocky exterior just barely manages to contain the power that lurks within.[12]

In World of Warcraft

Recommended home locations

Casting Hearthstone

For ease of travel throughout the world, it is recommended to set your hearthstone to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms shrines, as it contains portals to the Shattrath City, Northrend Dalaran, and the main racial city Orgrimmar / Stormwind City. Having the  [Dalaran Hearthstone] can provide access to the portals found in the Broken Isles version of Dalaran such as all the racial portals, Wyrmrest Temple, Caverns of Time, Karazhan, and the Dalaran Crater.

Otherwise, the home is usually set to a convenient location, dependent on where the player will be questing and the instances they might be going to. They may look like the following:

For the Alliance

For the Horde

In other Blizzard games

The digital card game Hearthstone is named after the famous stone. The game itself takes place in an inn and is narrated by the innkeeper who welcomes back returning players upon logging in. The trademark Hearthstone swirl also serves as the game's logo.

Hearthstones can also be found in the team brawler Heroes of the Storm, where it serves a similar purpose to that in World of Warcraft, to teleport the player back to the Hall of Storms.

Notes and trivia

Hearthstone plushie
  • During the World of Warcraft alpha, their functionally was made available by a spell called "Word of Recall".[13]
  • A Hearthstone plushie was available at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.[14]
  • The release of Hearthstone has seen the creation of an extensive range of both official and third-party merchandise featuring Hearthstones or the Hearthstone design, including plushies, t-shirts, mugs and phone cases.

Ghetto hearthing

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 3.1.0.

Ghetto hearthing was a way of teleporting to your hearthstone point while your hearthstone was on cooldown. This trick involved creating a group for an easily accessible instance (such as the Stockade), zoning in, then passing the group lead to the other person and leaving the group, thus forcing the system to teleport you to your hearthstone point.

As of patch 3.1.0, ghetto hearthing has been removed from the game. Instead of returning to the home location, the character will be transported to the nearest graveyard. The cooldown of a hearthstone was also lowered to 30 minutes.[15]

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): The cooldown will be reduced to 30 minutes. 'Ghetto hearthing' will bring you to the nearest graveyard, instead of your home location.[15]
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): The mouse pointer changes when hovering it over an innkeeper NPC that can bind:
Pointer hearth on 32x32.png interact with innkeeper Pointer hearth off 32x32.png innkeeper out of range

See also

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