We've got a brand new event in Hearthstone's Mercenaries game mode and it's here only for a limited-time! This time, we'll venture into many dangerous Bounty zones with the aid of Y'Shaarj, the strongest Old God (as well as the first to die in World of Warcraft), which already made its appearance in Hearthstone in Whispers of the Old Gods with Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound.

Our journey won't be in search of just fame and success, but you'll be able to complete a set of 10 event Tasks, which will reward you coins for Y'shaarj and many other goodies.

Here are all the tasks that are available during the Y'Shaarj Mercenaries event. Click any of the links below to visit our guide for the task.

  1. Mountain Hikers
    • Requirement: Complete Baron Geddon Bounty with at least 2 Pirates in Blackrock Mountain.
    • Reward: 50 Y'Shaarj coins, 25 Patches the Pirate coins.
  2. Sustained No More
    • Requirement: Land a killing blow on Azshara, Tidemistress and Loyal Myrmidon in one turn in Queen Azshara Bounty.
    • Reward: Y'Shaarj Mercenary.
  3. Beach Day
    • Requirement: Complete Acolyte of N'zoth Bounty with 6 Humans in Darkshore.
    • Reward: 50 Y'Shaarj coins, 25 Reno Jackson coins.
  4. Fight Fire with Fire
    • Requirement: Complete N'zoth Bounty with N'Zoth in the party.
    • Reward: 75 Y'Shaarj coins, 50 N'Zoth coins.
  5. No Shivers
  6. Root of the Problem
    • Requirement: Complete Ursula Windfury Bounty without Ursula attacking once in Winterspring.
    • Reward: 50 Y'Shaarj coins, 50 random coins, 25 Reno Jackson coins.
  7. Rage Unfound
  8. You're a Kid Now
    • Requirement: Complete Heroic N'Zoth Bounty with all your Mercs alive in Sunken City.
    • Reward: 100 Y'Shaarj coins.
  9. Tag Team
    • Requirement: Complete Heroic Taran Zhu Bounty with at least 5 Pirates in Darkshore.
    • Reward: 75 Y'Shaarj coins, 50 Captain Hooktusk coins.
  10. Visions of Conquest

As you can see, these tasks are quite the mixed bag: while some are fairly simple to complete, others require more than a bit of thinking (and luck: that one's always welcome) and planning ahead.

Moreover, certain tasks clearly state that you need Comps consisting of Mercenaries belonging to specific races in order for your progresses to count: while the N'Zoth event was about Humans, Dwarves, Elves, and Murlocs, this time you'll need the help of Humans and Pirates!

Not all challenges might be as difficult as they seem at a glance: there are usually tips and tricks to be found to make everyone's lives easier. In this series of guides we'll take a look at how to complete each event Task, so that you'll be able to get your hands on all the rewards available. As of now, we'll focus our attention on the current task.

In case you missed them, if you click the banner below you'll have access to each of our task guides for this event.

How to Complete the "Fight Fire with Fire" Task from the Y'Shaarj Event

  • Requirement: Complete N'zoth Bounty with N'Zoth in the party.
  • Game Mode: Normal
  • Rewards: 75 Y'Shaarj coins, 50 N'Zoth coins.
  • Difficulty: 1/5

Let us rephrase the Fight Fire with Fire task's requirement for you: "Complete the N'Zoth Bounty. Also, N'Zoth has to be chilling on your bench." Moreover, we're talking about a Normal bounty, so yeah: this is going to be a piece of cake.

N'Zoth will appear on the board together with Psychus: these two units have specific interactions that will take place throughout the entire fight, but we'll get to them in a moment. First, aura effects and abilities.

N'Zoth is quite the unit: this character will be Immune to any form of damage as long as Psychus is on the board, meaning that you'll have to take down the latter in order to get to the former. But this is not all: even if you manage to kill Psychus, N'Zoth can always bring it back with Psychic Shell.

If this is not enough, you'll be pleased to know that N'Zoth has an aura that lets it summon two 15/15 Spawns with Rush at the start of each turn, which can be followed by either Mindgrasp, Mass Hysteria {0} or the aforementioned Psychic Shell - truly a powerful (but very slow) Old God!

Mass Hysteria {0} Card Image Mindgrasp Card Image Psychic Shell Card Image

N'Zoth's moveset.

Psychus, on the other hand, is rather easy to deal with: although it grants Immunity to N'Zoth, it has a Deathrattle that inflicts 50 damage to the Old God. We usually killed it in a turn, so Defile 3 is the only ability we were able to witness.

Defile 3 Card Image

Psychus' (partial?) moveset.

In order to complete this bounty, you'll need at least one good Caster to deal with Psychus as soon a possible, so that you'll be able to focus on N'Zoth. Moreover, the Spawns are Immune while attacking, so a 15 damage AoE will be incredibly useful.

Suggested Comps

Here are a few Mercenaries parties you can use to complete the "Fight Fire with Fire" task. You'll be able to choose between many comps, suggested by different content creators, as well as mentions of budget alternatives for our readers that don't have many Legendary Mercs in their collection.

Out of Cards Recommendation - Fire Comp

Fight Fire with Fire? Yes, literally. The Fire comp is acknowledged for being the best when it comes to PvE grind, and we decided to put it to yet another test.

To prove this comp of being fit for this task, we actually recorded a video showing you that you can pull this off with ease.

Here are a few tips for those unfamiliar with this strategy.

  • Both the climbing and the final fight trio is Balinda Stonehearth-Baron Geddon-Ragnaros.
    • In the video I abused the Caster buffs, so during the final fight I decided to swap Rag for Chi-Ji, but the final result stayed the same.
  • Spam Fire abilities with all three Mercenaries, incinerating most opponents in the first turn of the match.
  • Chi-Ji (another Fire-heavy Merc) acts as 4th man in the rare cases you want to swap out one of the three main characters, but it never happened to us until the very end (and for the aforementioned reason).
  • Cookie, the Cook made the cut because of the additional Health buff granted by [Hearthstone Card (Appetizers 4) Not Found].
  • N'Zoth never left the bench and no Mercenary died throughout any stage of the bounty.

Out of Cards Budget Recommendation - Nature Comp

"Are you beating N'Zoth all by yourself? No I am with the Nature Bros!" (semiquote)

To prove this comp of being fit for this task, we actually recorded a video showing you that you can pull this off with ease. As you'll see, we got rid of N'Zoth in two turns and closed the deal in three - it may be budget, but the Nature comp slaps hard.

  • Climb and final fight trio is Cookie, the Cook/Lady Anacondra-Guff Runetotem-Bru'kan.
    • Anacondra is better against Casters or when there are many Fighters, as they'll tend to target Cookie.
  • Get as many Nature Spell Damage buffs as possible, as they'll power up your entire comp.
  • No matter what it takes: you always need to activate Guff's Living Brambles 1's Nature Combo - it's just that good.
  • Yu'lon is a Rare Protector with some Nature synergy: that's why it's in the team. Also, we needed a 6th Merc and we didn't know what to include.
  • Just like for the Fire comp, N'Zoth is not necessary to your gameplan.

Other Resources

Our clever community members set up a forum thread to share your Mercenaries progression journey, and we have added an #mercenaries channel on our Discord server if you want to talk with others in real-time. If you need an assist, you can also respond to this guide and we'll do our best to help you out; the comments are also a great way to share your own comps that you've used to complete the task above.

Good luck taking on any of these Bounties for those sweet sweet coins or just for the sake of satisfying completion!