How-to Beat Captain Shivers Boss Guide – Tracker’s Monster Hunt Nemesis!

Captain Shivers is one of the final bosses you will potentially face on the way to completing your Monster Hunt run! Our guide details all of the information you will need to know to defeat this boss!

Captain Shivers Basic Information

  • Starting Health: 75
  • Hero Power: Draw a weapon from your deck – 0 Mana (Passive – Autocast)
  • Starts with an equipped Kingsbane

Captain Shivers’ Deck – Notable Cards

Update: One of the easier ways to defeat Captain Shivers is if he plays Fel Reaver allowing you to potentially burn Kingsbane making it much easier for you to defeat Captain Shivers! If you want to try this method, try to get yourself a bunch of the 0-cost 1-damage spells from your hero power so you can play a bunch of cards guaranteeing that you mill the card.

How-to Defeat Captain Shivers

This is a really tricky boss, as it plays similarly to Kingsbane Rogue from the Kobolds and Catacombs meta, with the added benefit of a guaranteed draw of Kingsbane at the start of the turn. This makes any rushing-the-face strategy really difficult, since the Captain can buff his weapon pretty quickly and gain a huge amount of HP back each turn, though Leeching Poison. Therefore, you should try and play the value game and seek to pressure the Captain with multiple big threats, while also keeping an eye on your life total. The Captain seems to lack any significant card draw, so if you manage to clear his minions until turn 6/7, you will have to deal with his buffed up Kingsbane, which would be an 8/4 at that point, on average. As for removal, the Captain’s deck contains a couple of Doomerangs for single-target removal (which heals him if he has cast Leeching Poison prior to that) and Blade Flurry for AoE. Do not overcommit on the board too much and make sure to use your hero power to either double-down on good spells you have already used, or make use of good spells that the Captain did.

There are a couple of treasures that are recommended for this boss fight, but one is obviously a must-get: Potion of Vitality. This passive will double your starting health pool, allowing you to start the fight with 90 HP (instead of the baseline 45), which gives you a lot of breathing room to withstand the pressure that the Captain can dish out through his minions and his massive weapon. If you can take that passive a second time, it stacks, raising your starting HP for this fight to 180 and making this fight a stroll through the park! Regardless, you should always keep an eye on your health pool and make sure you are pressuring the boss enough without overcommiting, since you do not have any significant defensive options baseline and will be on the clock after a certain point in the game.

As for your win condition, it is recommended that you select the treasure Scepter of Summoning and draft quite a lot of big minions, so you can start playing them early on.  Getting a high number of good Jade cards seems to continue to be good here, especially when coupled with either Captured Flag (your minions have +1/+1) or Battle Totem (your Battlecries trigger twice). Aya Blackpaw is especially potent, as she can help you snowball the ball pretty fast and start hitting the Captain for 20+ damage each turn. Of course, Jades are not necessary to win this, as you want quantity over quality, so don’t be afraid to draft beefy minions, even if they are not flashy, provided you have selected the Scepter of Summoning of course.

Your hero power is quite powerful in a value war, as it lets you discover 3 class spells that have been used in this game; and yes, that includes spells cast by the opponent! This mean’s that you can double-down on powerful removals or value generators. Discovering Jade Shuriken can be pretty powerful if you have drafted a Jade-focused deck or you can try and get the Captain’s weapon buffs and cast them on a Spectral Cutlass to heal yourself for a couple of turns.

One downside of Tracker is that class does not seem to have any healing available (the options during the draft are a combination of Hunter and Rogue cards), so your defensive options will be limited to a small number of taunt minions and any defensive spell you can get your hands on through your hero power, which let’s you discover any class spell that has been played during the game; and yes, that includes spells cast by the opponent! You can also get defensive options off of cards like Blink Fox. One great card that can help you stay alive is the Monster Hunt-unique card Cartographer, which you can select as a treasure during your run. It lets you discover 3 unique treasures, with some great defensive option, such as Nalaa, the Redeemer, Hallowed Water and Old Militia Horn among others.

If you survive the early game and manage to keep your hero relatively safe, you should be able to close out the game with your big minions, after you exhaust the Captain’s limited removal options. But above all, have fun! Now go hunt some Monsters!

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  1. Edward
    July 31, 2018 at 7:00 am

    He played Fel Reaver on turn 5 when I battled him, and I used it to mill his ENTIRE deck using upgraded hero power (costs 1, usable twice) and using shadowstep to remove / resummon minions. Ahhh the satisfaction!

  2. Horatio
    July 12, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I got super lucky and managed to beat shivers on my first attempt. He played trade prince Gallywix and I managed to accidentally fill his hand with small spells. Without even meaning to, I made him burn his kingsbane, and it was pretty easy to take him out after that

  3. Devinat1
    June 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    130 matches later, I have finally defeated the captain. He’s a very annoying boss since it is nearly impossible to win after turn 5 unless you have very good board presence (i.e. jade golems). The way I won was by getting all the weapon-related cards such as kingsbane equipped along with lifesteal and many deadly poison’s and other’s allowing me to continually regenerate health. Whenever one of my weapons broke, I just equipped another weapon then used my hero power with cult of the wolf guaranteeing me more attack points. Tess’s wind-fury weapon was really useful in repeatedly getting health back. With potion of vitality included as well, it was basically impossible to lose unless the captain played a lot of early board presence. I think this is a easier way to win than with the jade golems since they take a lot of time to buff and before you get aya blackpaw on turn 6 you are most likely dead.

  4. LordCrow
    May 20, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Try to get eviscerate. I had one in my deck and spammed my hero power to get a ton. I utilized gallywix to get a bunch of coins, milled his deck with fel reaver, and used hunter of old to get a bunch of spell power. Just try to nuke his face I guess.

  5. OrionAres
    May 12, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Managed to take him down quite easily by using cult of the wolf to play dart trap and misdirection almost every turn. (his hero power activates every turn, so dart trap damages every turn) Added a spectral cutlass with stolen buffs to that and my unbreakable lifesteal weapon was bigger than his xD

  6. Ridanculous
    May 10, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I’ve had trouble even getting to the boss in previous runs, but managed to beat him first go.

    My basic strategy was Tools of the Trade – Windfury weapon, then used his own Leeching Poison and Deadly Poison via double hero power (Cult of the Wolf). What’s better than a big lifesteal infinite weapon? A big lifesteal infinite weapon that hits twice per turn.

    • Devinat1
      June 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Yup exactly what I did. This is an almost guaranteed way to beat him if you draw tools early. I picked a lot of other weapons as well which increased the odds of winning even more.

  7. soul
    May 6, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Had trouble with him the first 3 times, the fourth time was relatively easy. He played Fel Reaver on Turn 5, and I was able to mill 24 cards from his deck with 4x Counterfeit Coin and 4x Pickpocket. He still got me down to 2 since I wasn’t able to draw removal, but I managed to clutch it out.

  8. Mikek12003
    May 1, 2018 at 5:53 am

    easy win at 1st try, he played early gallywix and cho, kept those 2 in field, filled his hands with gally-coins, used hero power to get leeching posion each time i had the chance which i used with tools of the trade for that extra healing, luckily he wont go face too much if u have minions on field so it went pretty good.

  9. Acracial
    April 29, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Got luck on my second round against him, was building an arsenal deck and got Blingtron. Gave him Bladed Gauntlet and he doesnt attack anymore. Unless you give him armor, his weapon will always have 0 attack and he wont attack. Even if he had Kings Bane, he wont replace it. The rest of the game was easy onwards

  10. Masterjuan23
    April 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Beat him like 5 mins ago with rocks, i dont know if i was lucky but he sumoned Lorewalker Cho on his first turn so i started accumulating rocks in my hand (I had Cult of the Wolf) and he seems to attack every turn with kingsbane, so by his turn 3, he had kingsbane in his deck, at that point ( my turn 4) i used as many rocks as possible and another 2 cheap spells, so he had to mill it by his own hero power, after that it was pretty easy

    • Luca
      May 1, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much man, I read this comment like 30 seconds before he summoned lorewalker and I hadn’t thought about milling his kingbane, probably won me the game.

  11. Helioshadow
    April 28, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Beat him with Secret package, without even needing to mill Kingsbane. Just kept outpacing him, eventually chugging out upgraded Spellstones with my Hero Power (yes, the UPGRADED Spellstone x3), and he couldn’t really clear. Funnily enough, he ended the game with 1-attack and lifesteal on the weapon lol

  12. Zachary
    April 27, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    I just beat him through milling kingsbane, seems to be a very viable strategy if he plays a fel reaver.

    • Raven76
      April 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

      same. he played 2 of them, and I literally milled his entire deck

    • Devinat1
      June 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      He never played fel reaver the game I won but this is probably a good way if you accumulate many rocks and are able to get lucky with the kingsbane mill.

  13. Amlck
    April 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I finished it yesterday without burning his cards.
    Just pick kingsbane,some weapon buffs,and the double health potion
    Since he has an limited amount of buffs,you can kill him eventually with hero power-knife oil
    Remember to put lifesteal on your kingsbane,and use doomerang when it’s durability is low.Good luck!

  14. Bol
    April 27, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I know it’s silly and unusual, but I beat him on the first encounter in the following way: he played Fel Reaver with the weapon in his deck, I milled it. The end.

  15. Govid
    April 27, 2018 at 6:23 am

    I beat him on my first try super super easily with jades. Recasting jade shuriken with the hero power and playing Ayas.

  16. JoyDivision
    April 27, 2018 at 4:46 am

    It’s the same as with every adventure in hardcore (or whatever it was called) mode and the dungeon run – extremely lazy programming that boils down games to pure luck.

    Tried it with Tess 5 times, easy runs every time ’til facing him; all games against him where like ‘T1 4 power minion, T2 Sharptinker’s Oil T3 – T5 weapon buff minions GG’.

    Didn’t see a single Reaver. And even then – what he did against me every game was attacking for the 3rd time and getting back Kingsbane / re-equiping during his turn. So … Reaver-ing him would’ve done nothing.

    Not very motivating when you recognize at the start of a game that you’ve just wasted half an hour of your time.

    • JoyDivision
      April 27, 2018 at 8:34 am

      And on the 6th run, it was quadruple my life and as Govid said, all of a sudden it was a piece of cake.

      Nonetheless not what I call fun.

  17. Cridn
    April 27, 2018 at 4:40 am

    i had 6 runs before i finally meet the final boss, and he played 3 fellreavers so won itin first try.
    Thx for guide it helped

  18. CephaSapper
    April 27, 2018 at 12:35 am

    I left his Fel Reaver on the board, and played as many cheap minions/spells from both my Hero Power and Deck. Ended up burning Kingsbane, and he hit fatigue by turn 7/8.

    • Zocho
      April 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

      I think I got lucky. Beat him first try. Shivers put out double reavers – burned his deck along with Kingsbane and gg. Had double First Aid passive only.

  19. BenRoller
    April 27, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I tried three times with more traditional methods, but I finally succeeded by recycling tons of hunter secrets with the Cult of the Wolf upgraded hero power. He couldn’t get much traction against me, and repeatedly scavenging his Doomerang to throw my Exorciser was very helpful.

  20. Tao
    April 26, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    OK, so my first game was with the tracker and this is how it played out and it was SUPER FUN!

    I had the treasure of the reduced hero power cost. Also, I got the treasure that lets me equip 1/3 tracker weapons.

    So, basically, I just equipped the one with windfury and kept hero powering into deadly poison (+2 attack on weapon) and lifesteal. I would get a 10/8 lifesteal windfury weapon and I could easily clear his board with my weapon and my minions. He also summons a fel reaver so after a few turns, I was able to mill his entire deck, including the kingsbane. This was ridiculously fun haha. It felt like such a delightfully well made deck just specifically to counter this tough boss. I can’t imagine fighting him with a normal deck.

  21. Earthrouge
    April 26, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I was at my first run of the monster hunt, got him as the final boss. I was completely getting destroyed, he got me to 12 health or so and I had an empty board with no way of winning. He played the fel reavers and I used jade shuriken, first card he burnt: Kingsbane. The battle gets extremely easy when he doesn’t have kingsbane.

  22. Azazel
    April 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Won when he played two Fel Reavers XD Just kept burning his cards including Kingsbane

    • JimmyRaynor - Author
      April 26, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Well, that’s another way to do it! 😀 Gj!

    • Zocho
      April 27, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Same. SO satisfying lol

    • Erick
      July 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm