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  • Reincarnation
  • Level 32 shaman ability
  • 30 min cooldown
  • Passive
  • Allows you to resurrect yourself upon death with 20% health and mana. This effect can occur only once every 30 minutes.
Usable by

30 minutes

Other information
Level learned


In the TCG.

Reincarnation is a level 32 shaman ability that allows them to instantly resurrect themselves upon death with 20% of maximum health and mana.


Reincarnation's most common use, combined with [Ancestral Vision] for Restoration, is for wipe recovery: a shaman is the only class capable of restoring a group from a wipe on their own. However, the long cooldown and the other potential use means that it is sometimes preferable to let everyone run, rather than waste a 30-min cooldown to save the group a few minutes of running.

Reincarnation cannot be used while affected by a warlock's [Soulstone]. Using Soulstone does not put Reincarnation on cooldown, however, so a shaman with a Soulstone and Reincarnation could return to life twice in the same fight.

Reincarnation can also be used during combat, allowing the shaman to continue fighting. This is particularly useful for raiding, and when fighting over objectives in battlegrounds. Note that Reincarnation cannot be used in arenas.

This spell is almost a carbon copy of the Warcraft III spell of the same name. Reincarnation was the ultimate ability for the Tauren Chieftain, which allowed him to come back to life with full health and mana at no cost.

Tips and tactics

  • When you know you are going to wipe, find a safe place to die (where you will not aggro the mobs when you resurrect), wait for mobs to reset, Reincarnate, and resurrect the other players. This avoids the wait involved with everyone having to run back (and possibly re-clear trash). Watch your cooldown, because the ability may not then be available in a boss fight where reincarnating may mean the difference between a win and a loss.
  • If you are out of mana, you can deliberately die and resurrect with 20 mana and health, and continue the fight. Obviously, this is not useful when soloing, as the mobs will immediately reset when you die.
  • If you reincarnate and die again you will take durability damage twice.
  • As dying will reset your threat, this is sometimes jokingly referred to as "the Shaman aggro dump".


Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer requires an  [Ankh].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): The cooldown on this spell has been lowered from 60 minutes down to 30 minutes.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): Should now display the cooldown timer when used.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Self-resurrection spells show their name on the button in the release spirit dialog.
    • Reincarnation will no longer be an option on death when a Soulstone effect is active on the Shaman. The Soulstone will be used as the higher priority effect.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Reincarnation no longer causes Resurrection sickness.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.1 (2004-11-17): Added.
Reincarnation is a passive ability that will give you the option of letting you resurrect yourself once every hour upon death.

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