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  • Reincarnation
  • Level 26 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
Class Shaman
Cooldown 30 minutes
Other information
Level learned 26

In the TCG.

Reincarnation is a level 26 shaman ability that allows them to instantly resurrect themselves upon death with 20% of maximum health and mana.


  • [Ancient Ankh Talisman] - Increases the shaman's maximum health while Reincarnation is not on cooldown. While at 100% health, Reincarnation cools down 50% faster.


Reincarnation's most common use is during combat, allowing the shaman to self-resurrect during an encounter and continue fighting. This is especially useful for raiding as Reincarnation does not count as a combat resurrection.

Reincarnation may also be used for wipe recovery: a shaman is the only class capable of restoring a group from a wipe on their own. However, Reincarnation's long cooldown and its other potential uses mean that it is often preferable to let the group run back.

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 can return to life twice during the same encounter.

Reincarnation can be used when fighting over objectives in battlegrounds. Note that Reincarnation cannot be used in arenas.

Tips and tactics

  • In raid boss encounters, properly timing a Reincarnation is of utmost importance. Reincarnation does not provide any grace period; you are immediately vulnerable to any boss damage or mechanic the second you reincarnate. Unfortunate timing can lead to immediate demise, wasting the cooldown and reducing the chances of the group's success.
  • When a wipe is inevitable, 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 any trash that has respawned). It is courteous to let your raid team know you plan on using Reincarnation for this purpose, since 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.
  • Though Reincarnation no longer has a cost (via reagent), should you die again you will end up taking durability damage twice per encounter, which can lead to excessive repair costs.


  • Reincarnate is a common Shaman spell in the Curse of Naxxramas adventure of Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "It's like birth, except you're an adult and you were just dead a second ago."
  • 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.
  • As dying will reset the shaman's 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].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now has a new, unique icon.
  • 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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