A totem is the primary tool used by shaman as an instrument of war. Characterized by their immobility and area of effect, totems embody shaman's mastery over the elements. Some totems possess destructive power while others aid and assist allies. Shamanistic cultures outside those of the Horde and draenei also possess the ability use totems in battle.

  • Shaman can use multiple totems of each element at any one time: Earth (Nature-based spells), Fire (Fire-based spells), Water (Water/Frost-based spells) and Air (Nature-based spells).
  • Totems may be placed at any location within range via a targeting reticule.
  • A totem's effect is only active within a certain radius of the totem (making it a hybrid version of Point Blank Area of Effect and Ground Targeted Area of Effect).
  • Totems can be planted underwater, and appears floating at the summoned location.
  • Totems are immune to AoEs and DoTs, and must be specifically attacked to be destroyed.
  • The health of a totem is a percentage of the shaman's own health.
  • Totems only trigger a 1 second GCD as opposed to the regular 1.5 second GCD. Totems are also considered Physical spell school so they can be dropped even when silenced.

In Legion

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Prior to Legion, shaman could only cast one of each type of elemental totem at a time. Totems also were relegated to dropping at the feet of the caster and had a fixed, very low, health pool.

In Wrath of the Lich King

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Some of the totems went from party-only buffs to raid buffs.[1]


Tauren totems, used by all Horde before patch 3.3

As of patch 3.3 each of the horde races have unique totem artwork. [2]

Air Totems

Allows totems to enhance certain defensive/offensive aspects. Available to all shaman with some exception.

Earth Totems

These focus on enhancing defense/offense, and slowing taunting enemies. With the exception of the Earthen Shield Totem, available to all shaman.

Fire Totems

This is primarily used to deal damage.

Water Totems

These are used for restoration-type effects. Available to Restoration shaman only.



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