Not to be confused with [Quake].
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  • Earthquake
  • Level 52 Elemental shaman ability
  • 35 yd range
  • 50 Maelstrom
  • Instant
  • Causes the earth within 8 yards of the target location to tremble and break, dealing (300% of spell power) Physical damage over 6 sec and sometimes knocking down enemies.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 52
Related debuffs
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  • Earthquake
  • Suffering Physical damage every 1 sec with a chance to be knocked down.

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  • Earthquake
  • Stunned.
  • Duration: 1 second

Earthquake is a level 52 Elemental shaman ability.


  • Earthquake is the primary AoE ability for elemental specced shaman. The knockdown is useful for trash fights in instances, and if enemy players can be made to stand in the effect, it can be useful in PvP as well.
  • Earthquake's knockdown effect has a duration of 1 second, and is not affected by diminishing returns. It can only affect each target once per cast.
  • The spell first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as the ultimate hero spell of orcish Far Seers.


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Earthquake damage increased by 30%, and no longer gains additional ticks with Haste.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Duration is now 6 seconds (was 10 seconds) and damage per tick is now 50% (was 30%).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Earthquake Totem has been renamed to Earthquake and no longer summons a totem.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed to Earthquake Totem.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-11-19): Earthquake can now only Stun a target once per cast.
This hotfix is assumed to refer to Earthquake's knockdown effect, since it does not stun targets.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-11-03): Earthquake's knock down effect is no longer affected by diminishing returns, but the knock down effect now only has a duration of 1.5 seconds.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-30): Visuals are no longer visible for friendly players.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-16): Resolved an issue where the first Earthquake would stop dealing damage when a second Earthquake was triggered by Echo of the Elements.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.3 (2014-10-28): Now costs 50% less mana.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Damage has been increased by 33%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Damage has been increased by roughly 75%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): No longer a channeled spell. It now has a 2-second cast time, lasts for 10 seconds, and has a 10-second cooldown. Its damage has been reduced by 40% from its channeled version.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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