For lore, see spiritwalker.
Spirit Walker
Race Tauren
Faction Orcish Horde
Hit points 500
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 0.25 HP/sec.
Mana 300 (Initial 100)
Mana Regeneration rate 1 Mana/sec.
Level 3
Gold 195 Gold
Lumber 35 Lumber
Food 3 Food
Produced at Tauren Totem
Build time 38 sec.
Attacking priority 7
Hotkey W
Weapon(s) Magic Lantern
Normal attack 17-22 (19.5 avg)
Range 40
Attack type Magic
Cooldown 1.75 sec.
Weapon type Missile
Armor Type Unarmored
Armor 0
Day Sight 140
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed Average (270)
Sound Set SpiritWalker
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Mystical Tauren caster with Ethereal Form, which allows him to avoid physical damage. Believed to be the ill omen of a coming age, white Tauren are held in near reverence by their people, often becoming reclusive priests who wander the land in search of kindred spirits. Attacks land and air units.


The Spirit Walker is a powerful Orcish support unit. They initially come with Spirit Link, which allows the affected units to share the incoming damage between them. While it means these units will take damage together, it allows units to hold longer against attacks that would be normally fatal to them and greatly diminishes enemy focus fire, making key targets like the Blademaster and other spellcasters harder to pick off. This ability has very good synergy with the Shadow Hunter's Healing Wave and the Witch Doctor's Healing Ward, which are great at healing multiple units but are lackluster at healing single targets. A strategy some players use is to bring Peons along with their army for the sole purpose of soaking up Spirit Link damage and increasing the army's staying power.

They are also capable of area-wide dispelling once they have Adept training, allowing them to quickly dispel buffs/debuffs and enemy summoned units whereas Shamans can only Purge one unit at a time.

Once Master training is unlocked, the Spirit Walker can revive fallen Tauren with all of their health using Ancestral Spirit. Any Orc player running Tauren should run several Spirit Walkers. Spirit Walkers can also revive each other, although freshly-revived Spirit Walkers will not have enough mana to cast Ancestral Spirit.

In addition to these spells, Spirit Walkers can change to and from their corporeal and ethereal forms. In their corporeal form, they can attack enemy units but can be physically harmed. In their ethereal forms, the Spirit Walker cannot be physically damaged, and thus can only be damaged via magic damage and spells, though as a result of this, they take more damage from such sources. Since many players tend to use aerial units, it's recommended to keep the walkers in ethereal form to prevent them from being quickly targeted and killed. Spirit Walkers always arrive in ethereal form. However, the Spirit Walker has high damage and health for a spellcaster, making them serviceable ranged attackers in corporeal form. While Wind Riders and Berserkers make better dedicated ranged units, Spirit Walkers offer role compression by combining utility and damage output. They are also the Orcs' only real source of Magic attacks as Shamans and Witch Doctors are comparatively weak in combat.


Using magic units like Gryphon Riders, Chimaeras and Frost Wyrms can easily dispose of the Spirit Walkers in their ethereal form. Spells may also be used but those are more effective against enemy Heroes.

Spells and abilities

Spirit Link

Links 4 units together in a chain. All units with Spirit Link on them will live longer, by distributing 50% of the damage they take across other Spirit Linked units.
Duration Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
75 sec. 75 75 50 Air, Ground, Friend, Self, Organic 50% of damage distributed

Use this to even out the damage among troops.

Damage sustained over Spirit link is never fatal. Fatal damage sustained via Spirit Link reduces a unit to 1 hit point, and dispels Spirit Link.

Spirit Link Counters

Kill the Spirit Walkers.

Use dispel spells.


Removes all buffs from units in a target area. Deals 250 damage to hostile summoned units.
Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect Requirements
100 65 25 Air, Ground, Ward 250 damage to Summoned Units Spirit Walker Adept Training

This ability removes both positive and negative buffs from units.

Ancestral Spirit

Raises a fallen non-Hero Tauren from the dead. The Tauren is revived with 100% of its hit points restored.
Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets Effect Requirements
30 sec. 250 35 Ground, Player Units, Dead, Tauren Revives Dead Tauren Spirit Walker Master Training

Notes: Tauren-caster, like a Spirit Walker, is revived with additional 25% of its mana restored.

This is an incredibly powerful ability which allows you to return dead Tauren to life! If you use Tauren, this is a must have ability.

Ancestral Spirit Counters

Kill the Spirit Walker or remove their mana.

Remove the corpses using a corpse destroying ability.

Ethereal Form

Turns the Spirit Walker ethereal, making him immune to physical damage, but unable to attack. Ethereal units can only be harmed by Magic attacks and spells.
Duration Cooldown Effect
0.70 sec. 30 sec. Turn Ethereal

Use this ability if you want to make it more difficult for the enemy to kill the Spirit Walker. The enemy can't hurt them unless they have units with magic attacks or with magic spells. Sometimes the enemy doesn't have these types of attacks so your Spirit Walkers will be invincible. The Spirit Walker can't attack while in this form.

Spirit Walkers start in Ethereal form. When Spirit Walkers leave Ethereal Mode, they cannot become Ethereal again for 30 seconds.

Spirit Walkers in Ethereal Form take 66% bonus damage from magic and spell damage.

Ethereal Form Counters

Use units with magic attacks or use a spell to kill the Spirit Walker.

Resistant Skin (Passive)

Reduces the duration of negative spells and renders the unit immune to certain spells.


Spirit Walker Adept Training
Increases Spirit Walker's mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Disenchant.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time Effect
100 Gold 50 Lumber Tauren Totem 60 sec. Hit Points: 560
Mana: 450 (Initial 150)
Mana Regen Rate: 1.42 Mana/sec.
Spell Learned: Disenchant
Spirit Walker Master Training
Further increases Spirit Walker's mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Ancestral Spirit.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time Effect
100 Gold 150 Lumber Tauren Totem Spirit Walker Adept Training, Fortress 75 sec. Hit Points: 620
Mana: 600 (Initial 200)
Mana Regen Rate: 1.84 Mana/sec.
Spell Learned: Ancestral Spirit
Gives the ability to carry up to two items. Items carried by the unit will be dropped upon death.
Units can not use or gain benefits of items that they carry.
Research Cost Researched At Requires Upgrade Time
50 Gold 25 Lumber Townhall-type Structure Player-built Shop 20 sec.


Patch changes

  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.30.0 (2018-08-08):
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.19 (2005-09-19): Now has the passive Resistant Skin ability.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.17 (2004-09-20):
    • Now appears before Raiders and Kodo Beasts in the group selection.
    • Spirit Link can now be used to affect illusions.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.15 (2004-05-10):
    • Build time reduced to 38 from 42.
    • Disenchant range increased to 650 from 500, and mana cost reduced to 100 from 125.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.14 (2004-01-07): Fixed an issue with Spirit Link in which, if one of the linked units was a Troll Berserker with the Berserk ability active, all units linked with that Troll would take the increased damage penalty associated with the Berserk ability.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.13 (2003-12-16): Damage sustained over Spirit Link is now never fatal. Fatal damage sustained via Spirit Link instead reduces a unit to 1 hit point, and dispels Spirit Link.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.10 (2003-07-03):
    • The Frozen Throne
      • Spirit Link mana cost reduced to 75 from 100.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.07 (2003-07-01): Added.

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