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Grounding Totem
Spell nature groundingtotem
  • Grounding Totem
  • 25 sec cooldown
  • 5.9% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Summons an Air Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster that will redirect one harmful spell cast on a nearby party member to itself, destroying the totem. Will not redirect area of effect spells. Lasts 15 sec.
Usable by
Cooldown25 sec (GCD 1 sec)
Level required38
TCG image
The elements will ensure our safe passage.
- Zorjin TCG

Grounding Totem is a core shaman ability learned at level 38. It applies a buff to all party members within range every 10 seconds which effectively makes them immune to the next spell cast on them, except AoE spells. The spell will affect the totem instead, destroying it.

Modified by

Inv glyph majorshaman2020
  • Glyph of Grounding Totem
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Shaman
  • Requires level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Instead of absorbing a spell, your Grounding Totem reflects the next harmful spell back at its caster, but the cooldown of your Grounding Totem is increased by 20 sec.
  • Sell Price: 1Silver
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


  • The totem is useful for shutting down mages in PVP. Simply [Wind Shear] to break their first cast, drop the Grounding Totem to absorb their second cast, and Wind Shear should be ready again by the time the mage can cast again.
  • It is also useful to place a Grounding Totem when healing as it can redirect spells that interrupt you.
  • Noteworthy when trying to escape a class that has spell-based snares, such as a mage's Frostbolt.
  • It is rare for a totem to absorb more than one direct damage spell. This can happen if the two spells finish casting before the totem is hit by the initial spell. Spells with a travel time do not damage the target until the projectile hits; the totem will redirect any of these types of spells until it takes damage and summarily is destroyed.
  • Grounding totems do not tend to work against boss abilities that mind control players. However, they do work against monster-initiated mind controls. The same is true for fear effects. Direct damage effects and curses are generally groundable, even if from a boss.

Patch changes

  • 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.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Grounding Totem cooldown has been increased to 25 seconds, up from 15.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Grounding Totem will now properly protect against the Death Grip spell.
  • 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 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): The Global Cooldown of all Totems has been reduced to 1 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This totem is now destroyed upon redirecting any spell to itself.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): This totem will no longer reflect the Mage talent Combustion back onto the Mage.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Fixed graphical anomalies when using channeled abilities in a group with a grounding totem.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Fixed a bug that allowed some area of effect spells to be "grounded" and/or destroy the totem.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Should no longer redirect area effect spells or be destroyed by area effects spells.

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Patch date27 November 2012 +, 26 April 2011 +, 22 September 2009 +, 14 October 2008 +, 25 March 2008 +, 13 November 2007 +, 20 June 2006 +, 12 July 2005 +, 7 June 2005 + and 5 May 2005 +

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