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A blood elf priestess resurrecting a orc warrior in The Burning Crusade cinematic.

To resurrect is to bring a dead character back to life.

Any player may resurrect themselves by running back to their corpse as a ghost from a graveyard. Spirit Healers, who are always available at a graveyard, can resurrect a player with a penalty of increased durability loss and resurrection sickness.


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Terenas Menethil II resurrecting the fallen champions against the Lich King.

Through different sources of magic, it is possible for magic users to bring back someone from death to life with a spell of resurrection. Unlike necromancy, those who are resurrected do not come back as undead but as living beings, however, resurrection seems to require certain conditions, notably that the death must be recent, that the body is still whole, and that the soul of the deceased is still present in the Veil.[1]

Non-combat resurrection abilities[]

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Resurrection in the Trading Card Game.

Classes with healer specializations also have spells that can resurrect allied players. Note that you do not need to have be specialized as a healer to use your resurrection abilities (i.e. Protection and retribution paladins can cast Redemption, etc.) These abilities can be used to save players a run back into an instance as well as used for wipe recovery (especially if coupled with a combat-dropping ability such as Ability ambush [Shadowmeld]).

All of these abilities resurrect the target with 35% health and mana, and cannot be used during combat. They also all have a base cast time of 10 seconds (modified by haste), and have no cooldown.


Following resurrection, the character will usually require healing, to eat and/or to drink. Healing is often provided by the resurrecting player or a healer. Resurrected players will have lost all previous buffs, and so may also need to be rebuffed.

When a target is resurrected, it is restored to the location of the resurrecting player when the resurrection spell was cast - not where the player's corpse is, nor where the resurrecting player is when the resurrected player accepts the resurrection.

Resurrection abilities cannot be used while in combat, and if the casting player enters combat during the spell's casting time, the spell will be cancelled. However, it is possible to temporarily leave ongoing combat by removing oneself from the battle, in order to resurrect fallen allies. In PvP, it can be useful to retreat behind a pillar or other obstruction, in order to hide and avoid ranged attacks until the resurrection can be completed.

Like all spells, these abilities are affected by haste. Players can use haste boosts from sources such as trinkets and racials in order to drastically reduce the cast time of a resurrection ability.

There are some common misconceptions involving resurrection and releasing. Players can be resurrected whether or not they release. If the dead player has not released, the resurrecting player can select the body and cast the spell. If they have released and the body is out of range, the resurrector must click the spell and mouse over the corpse since the corpse is not selectable. There are reasons not to release however. If a player releases, they will not see loot on mobs killed while the player is dead. Players who release do not receive credit if a required quest event happens while the player is dead. Players that have released do not receive achievement credit for bosses killed while they are dead. Players dead while a kill is made receive reputation but not experience (if eligible for experience).

Casting a resurrection spell on a character who is flagged for PvP (impossible to determine visually) will cause the resurrecting player to also become flagged.

Note that there is no way to tell whether or not a corpse belongs to the player's faction except by inspecting it visually. If the corpse does belong to the player's faction, it is possible to tell whether the player is still online or not by typing "/who playername." A response of "0 players found" indicates that the player has logged off (or is of the wrong faction). A response giving the target's race, level, and class indicates that the player is still online and can be successfully resurrected. Note that landing a resurrection on an offline or cross-faction player's corpses is indistinguishable from landing one on an online player's corpse who simply declines the resurrection. In both cases, the mana is wasted, and resurrection will not take place.


Engineers can use tools to attempt to "defibrillate" dead allies. These tools are not always successful, but when used on a resurrecting-capable class can save a party from a long run back.

All engineering abilities are on a shared 30 minute cooldown, have a 4 second cast time, and resurrect the target with 15% health and mana.

Combat resurrection[]

Also called battle resurrection or battle res. Four classes have abilities that can be used to resurrect fallen allies during combat. All combat resurrections provide 60% health and 20% mana when resurrecting, but druids and warlocks can glyph their resurrections to provide 100% health instead.

Class Ability Cast Time Cost
Druid Spell nature reincarnation [Rebirth] 2 seconds None
Death Knight Spell shadow deadofnight [Raise Ally] Instant 30 Runic Power
Hunter Spell nature reincarnation [Eternal Guardian] (quilen pet) Instant None
Spell nature reincarnation [Gift of Chi-Ji] (crane pet) Instant None
Spell nature reincarnation [Dust of Life] (moth pet) Instant None
Paladin Ability paladin intercession [Intercession] 2 seconds 3 Holy Power
Warlock Spell shadow soulgem [Soulstone] 3 seconds 5% of Base Mana

Spell shadow soulgem [Soulstone] can also be used preemptively, allowing players a self-resurrect for 15 minutes. While the quilen hunter pet is exclusive to the Beast Mastery spec, cranes and moths can be used by all hunter specs to provide a combat res.

Combat Resurrections | 2014-10-13 00:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Rygarius

Combat resurrections are an extremely powerful tool that players have while in combat. Naturally, we apply some limitations. In Mists of Pandaria, that limit was 1 resurrection during a given raid boss encounter for 10-player modes and 3 for 25-player modes. With Flexible difficulty introduced in Patch 5.4, we erred on the forgiving side, and gave Flexible Raids 3 resurrections regardless of raid size.

In Warlords of Draenor, the Flex tech has expanded to more difficulty levels, and we needed a new system to handle combat resurrections more fairly. We knew that continuing with a constant 3 would encourage using the smallest possible raid sizes, while scaling with hard breakpoints would discourage specific group sizes just under those points. Additionally, the limit is not shown anywhere in-game, so it can be easy to lose track of how many resurrections the raid has available (or even know that the limit exists).

So we’ve built a new system to be more transparent, and improve usability.

  • During a boss encounter, all combat resurrection spells now share a single raid-wide pool of charges that’s visible on the action bar button.
  • Upon engaging a boss, all combat resurrection spells will have their cooldowns reset and begin with 1 charge. Charges will accumulate at a rate of 1 per (90/RaidSize) minutes.
    • Example 1: A 10-player raid will accumulate 1 charge every 9 minutes (90/10 = 9).
    • Example 2: A 20-player raid will accumulate 1 charge every 4.5 minutes (90/20 = 4.5).
  • A charge will only be deducted when a combat resurrection is successful (when the target accepts the resurrection).
  • Raid frames now show a debuff indicating that a dead player has a pending combat resurrection available.
  • Outside of raid boss encounters, combat resurrection spells retain their normal cooldown behavior.

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After the cap is reached, attempting to use one of the three abilities will result in an error message, reading "You can no longer resurrect during combat."

Note that there are no limits to combat resurrections during trash or 5-man boss encounters. It is unknown whether this limit still applies to Vanilla and TBC raids. Also, self-resurrections such as Spell shaman improvedreincarnation [Reincarnation] and Inv misc ticket tarot twistingnether 01 [Darkmoon Card: Twisting Nether] are not counted in this limit.


Shaman are able to self-resurrect on a 30 minute cooldown with their Spell shaman improvedreincarnation [Reincarnation] ability, instantly resurrecting with 20% health and mana. Notably, this ability does not count toward the combat resurrection limit during a boss fight.

All classes may also equip a Inv misc ticket tarot twistingnether 01 [Darkmoon Card: Twisting Nether] which provides a 10% chance on death to gain a reincarnation ability, also returning 20% health and mana.

Mass resurrection[]

Formerly, players in guilds could use Achievement guildperk massresurrection [Mass Resurrection], a spell that resurrected all fallen allies within 100 yards for 35% health and mana. Mass Resurrection was a 10 second cast and while it had no direct cooldown, players that were resurrected this way received a debuff called "Recently Mass Resurrected" for 10 minutes. The debuff persisted through death and did not allow future mass resurrections via the guild perk.

In patch 7.0.3, Mass Resurrection was removed as a guild perk and all healing specs were given a baseline mass resurrection ability. Priests retained the original Mass Resurrection spell in both healing specs.

Class Spec Ability
Druid Restoration Ability druid empoweredtouch [Revitalize]
Evoker Preservation Ability evoker return2 [Mass Return]
Monk Mistweaver Ability monk chiswirl [Reawaken]
Paladin Holy Ability paladin savedbythelight [Absolution]
Priest Holy, Discipline Achievement guildperk massresurrection [Mass Resurrection]
Shaman Restoration Spell shaman elementaloath [Ancestral Vision]

Resurrection timer[]

After dying there is a time in which you can not return to your body or accept the resurrection cast by another player. This is known as the "Resurrection Cooldown" (not to be confused with the cooldowns on engineering, combat, and mass resurrection abilities). This timer increases with each death to a maximum of 2 minutes. This timer does not affect resurrection at a Spirit Healer or instance portal.


  1. ^ B Priest [1-10] Resurrecting the Recruits
  2. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, Human Hero Units, Paladin
  3. ^ A IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Paladin [12] The Tome of Divinity
  4. ^ N [25-30G5] Deathblow to the Legion
  5. ^ H IconSmall BloodElf MaleIconSmall BloodElf Female Paladin [12] Redeeming the Dead
  6. ^ N Paladin [45] Fate's Blessing
  7. ^ "Priests healed, but their patients were flesh. They mended wounds, cured illnesses and curses, and sometimes, if the Light willed, brought the dead back to life." Before the Storm
  8. ^ B Priest [1-10] A Priest's End
  9. ^ Seeds of Faith
  10. ^ N [35D] To Wyrmrest!
  11. ^ H [15-30] Return of the High Chief
  12. ^ N [10-30D] Blades of the Anointed
  13. ^ Lich King (tactics)#Terenas Menethil 2