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For the Legion item type, see Artifact Relic.

Relic referred to a type of equipment worn in the relic equipment slot by death knights, druids, paladins and shamans. Relics were added in Patch 1.10.0. Relics usually gave bonuses to a specific spell or ability. The relic slot replaced the ranged weapon for these classes. Formerly Warlocks equipped Spellstones and Firestones in the same way (though in the ranged weapon slot as they can use wands) but they were changed to temporary enchantment items in patch 3.0.2.

There were originally four different types of relics, each specific to a class:


Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

In Cataclysm the relic system was simplified. Instead of four different types of relics, each one only usable by one class, all relics became usable by any class capable of using a relic. The available relics are largely differentiated by primary stat and role. While the items may still contain the words Idol, Libram, Totem, or Sigil in their names, they will not be sub-categorized or restricted by those names.

Mists of Pandaria

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

The idea of relics were scrapped in patch 5.0.4. The equippable items were turned into grey items and can be sold to vendors for gold.

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Relics are no longer restricted by class, and can be equipped by all characters capable of using relics.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Added.