Battlegrounds is bringing back Battlegrounds Buddies for the mid-season update in Patch 25.6! Buddies are those friends, sidekicks, or pets that are specific to each Battlegrounds Hero and designed to synergize with their style of play. Buddies are earned throughout the match and can give you a big boost when you need it most! Now that Buddies are back, we’re building on that friendship with a few updates.
Buddies are back for every Hero that had a Battleground Buddy before, but Battlegrounds has grown since Buddies were last here, so there are plenty of opportunities to make a new best friend! Heroes who don’t already have a Buddy will be getting their Buddy in Patch 25.6, like Murloc Holmes’ iconic new Buddy, Watfin!
A New Way to Make Friends!
The Buddy Meter will be going away and there will be a “Buddy Button” in its place that you can press to get your Buddy immediately. The initial cost to get your Buddy will be based on your Buddy’s Tavern Tier. Buddies are having their Tavern Tiers reworked, so now there can be Buddies of Tavern Tiers 1-6. The cost to buy a Tavern Tier 1 Buddy will start at 11 Gold and the cost to buy a Tavern Tier 6 Buddy will start at 21. The cost will then reduce by (3) for each won or tied combat, or reduce by (2) for each lost combat.
Like with the previous Buddy Meter, the Buddy Button can be activated up to twice per game. The first time you press the Button, you’ll get one copy of your Buddy and the second time you press the Button you’ll get two copies. The cost to press the Button resets and is slightly increased after you press it the first time. That lets you plan ahead and choose when is the right time and value for your Buddy (or Buddies) to join your warband!
Bud Wait, There’s More!
Follow the official Hearthstone social media accounts to meet some new Buddies today! Then, stay tuned for the 25.6 Patch Notes next week with more information about all the new Battlegrounds updates coming in this patch, as well as news about Hearthstone’s next expansion!