|Hearthstone Battlegrounds Buddies are Back|
Hearthstone is bringing back the Buddies mechanic to its popular Battlegrounds game mode. Every Battlegrounds Hero will be getting their trusty sidekicks back as a part of its final major mid-season update before the next Hearthstone expansion drops.
Battlegrounds is a popular Hearthstone game mode that has players draft teams of minions to defeat seven other players in an auto-battle mini-game. Buddies are special minions unique to each Hero, each with abilities that synergize with their Hero Power. Buddies were originally introduced in January 2022, but were removed four months later due to balance issues.
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However, it seems Hearthstone is bringing Buddies back to Battlegrounds in its next patch. Though Battlegrounds Buddies were previously earned for free by filling a gauge during battles, these special minions now have a gold cost associated with them based on the Tier of each individual Buddy. This cost is reduced by three after a victory, or two after a defeat. After buying a Buddy once, the cost resets, allowing players to purchase two more copies at a slight cost increase to make it Golden. New Battlegrounds Heroes who don’t have Buddies yet will receive one in the new patch.