Fire Nova Totem

Fire Nova Totem
  • Fire Nova Totem
  • Shaman ability
  • 33% of base mana
  • 15 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Tools: [Fire Totem]
  • Summons a Fire Nova Totem that has 5 health and lasts 5 sec. Unless it is destroyed within 4 sec., the totem inflicts X fire damage to enemies within 10 yd.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Fire
Cooldown 15 seconds
Radius 10 yd
Improvements See below
Fire Nova Totem TCG.jpg
In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

Fire Nova Totem was a shaman offensive totem for the sole purpose to give out damage to the caster's enemies (mobs and players alike). With patch 3.3.0 it was replaced by the Shaman spell Spell shaman firenova.png [Fire Nova].

Rank table

Rank Damage Level Cost
1 48 - 56 12 8 Silver.png
2 102 - 116 22 30 Silver.png
3 184 - 208 32 80 Silver.png
4 281 - 217 42 1 Gold.png 60 Silver.png
5 396 - 442 52 2 Gold.png 70 Silver.png
6 518 - 578 61 3 Gold.png 40 Silver.png
7 654 - 730 70 8 Gold.png 80 Silver.png
8 755 - 843 75 18 Gold.png
9 893 - 997 80 18 Gold.png


Talents that could improve the totem:

Type Description Talent
Spell nature moonglow.png 5 Restoration Spell nature moonglow.png [Totemic Focus] 5
Spell fire immolation.png 5 Elemental Spell fire immolation.png [Call of Flame] 5
Spell fire sealoffire.png 15 Elemental Improved Fire Nova Totem 2


  • The totem immediately drew aggro from mobs once it is put on the ground, causing them to attack and destroy often before it does any damage. Patch 3.0.8 removed this threat generation.
  • In addition to increased damage, the Improved Fire Nova Totem talent would give it a 50 or 100% chance to stun mobs damaged by its blast for 2 seconds.
  • Useless against high Fire resistant players/mobs.
  • Second longest cooldown for a totem (if we exclude the Spell frost summonwaterelemental.png [Mana Tide Totem] talent spell).


This totem could be situationally useful in PvP. It could even be used in 1v1 PvP as a way to burst DPS.

There was however a strategy you could follow without said talent against crowds of low (or not so low) level mobs, dropping a Spell nature stoneclawtotem.png [Stoneclaw Totem] and drawing aggro from you/your mates it was possible to release a Fire Nova Totem without it claiming the attention, you could even use a Spell fire selfdestruct.png [Magma Totem] thereafter in order to finish off remaining mobs.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This totem has been replaced with a new spell, Spell shaman firenova.png [Fire Nova], which is available at the same ranks as the old Fire Nova Totem. Existing characters will automatically learn this new spell in place of the totem. With a Fire Totem active, shamans will be able to use Fire Nova (fire magic) to emit the same area-of-effect damage as the old Fire Nova Totem from the active Fire Totem, not consuming the totem in the process. Fire Nova will activate a 1.5-second global cooldown when used and has a 10-second spell cooldown. The caster must be within 30 yards of the totem to use this ability, but does not need to be within line of sight of the totem.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Now no longer generates threat.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Will no longer sometimes detonate without doing any damage.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): The tooltip for Fire Nova Totem now correctly reflects the damage the totems deal.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Fixed a bug where Fire Nova Totems had incorrect level caps when cast by higher level shaman. All totems should now be summoned at the level of the caster.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now generates less threat.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Added.

See also

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