Earth Elemental Totem

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Earth Elemental Totem
Spell nature earthelemental totem
  • Earth Elemental Totem
  • 5 min cooldown
  • 28.1% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Summons an Earth Totem with X health at the feet of the caster, calling forth a Greater Earth Elemental to protect the caster and his/her allies. Lasts 1 min.
Usable by
Cooldown5 min (GCD 1 sec)
Level required58
TCG image
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Earth Elemental Totem is a core shaman ability learned at level 58. It allows the shaman to summon an earth elemental for protection.

Modified by

Inv glyph majorshaman2020
  • Glyph of Totemic Vigor
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Shaman
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Increases the health of your totems by 5% of your maximum health.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
Inv glyph minorshaman2020
  • Glyph of Totemic Encirclement
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Shaman
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    When you cast a totem spell, you also place unempowered totems for any elements that are not currently active. These totems have 5 health and produce no other effects.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver


  • Casting another Earth Totem will destroy the elemental.
  • Elementals have a fairly large aggro range and may cause problems in instances by attacking mobs that were not otherwise in combat, much like Searing Totem. The elemental is not aggro-linked to the shaman, and when it dies the mobs will reset as long as no one else is on their threat list. Elementals move surprisingly quickly, and use an AoE taunt ability frequently.
  • This is mainly a tanking minion and is not the best for damage.
  • Earth elementals have a fair amount of health, roughly as much as the shaman; as such, while they excel at handling mobs out in the world, elite monsters will kill them rapidly.
  • Earth elementals deal physical damage, but as with any earth elemental, they are immune to all Nature spells and effects.
  • In instances, the primary use for Earth Elementals is to serve as an emergency aggro magnet. Their AoE taunt will almost always gain the attention of any mob that is affected by it - while monsters focus their attacks on the elemental, they are gathered up for another player, preferably the tank, to deal with. As such, they serve as a bit of an "Oh no!" totem.
  • The Earth Elemental is a great soloing companion for harder (group) quests. Certain quests that normally require a 3 or even 4 man group can be soloed with an Earth Elemental Totem and a competent shaman. A good tactic involves constantly switching between healing the elemental, healing yourself, and dealing damage.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013) Earth Elemental Totem's summoned Greater Earth Elemental will no longer taunt off players that are in a tanking specialization.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): All totems are now considered spells, and summoning totems can be prevented by silencing effects. Searing Totem, Magma Totem, and Fire Elemental totems fall into the Fire school, while all other totems fall under the Nature school.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The cooldown for this totem has been reduced from 20 minutes to 10 minutes. Cannot be used in Arenas.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): The summoned Earth Elemental should now have significantly more health and slightly more armor. Now scales up in power based on the shaman's spell power instead of attack power.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): All totems are now considered on the "Physical" school, and no longer magical spells.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): This pet will now leash back to its totem when pulled beyond 50 yards away.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): The Global Cooldown of all Totems has been reduced to 1 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): This pet will now come into the game with full health, including that gained from a percentage of its master’s stamina.

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Patch date10 September 2013 +, 27 November 2012 +, 8 December 2009 +, 14 April 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 15 July 2008 +, 25 March 2008 + and 22 May 2007 +

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