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This article is about the human racial ability. For the quest, see A IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female [50-70] Will to Survive. For the removed warrior artifact trait, see Spell holy ashestoashes [Will to Survive].
Will to Survive
Spell shadow charm
  • Will to Survive
  • Human racial
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Removes all stun effects.
Class All
Race Human
School Physical
Cooldown 3 minutes

Will to Survive is an instant cast Human racial ability. It removes all active stun effects.

Notes and trivia[]

  • Some NPC stun effects cannot be removed by Will to Survive. These irremovable stun effects are mostly cast by raid bosses.
  • This ability was mentioned in the April Fools' Day patch 6.1.4 Evil Patch Notes: "Every Man for Himself has been redesigned. It now grants Humans a third trinket slot."


Added in patch 3.0.2, Every Man for Himself was designed to take the place as the only active-use racial for Humans (as Perception was redesigned into a passive racial). Its original effect allowed the player to remove all movement imparing effects and all effects that cause a loss of control - an effect identical to PvP insignia trinkets. The racial had a 2 minute cooldown and shared this cooldown with similar effects (notably the insignia trinkets). In PvP combat, this allowed Human players to forego the insignia, often seen as mandatory for PvP, and instead replace it with a stronger trinket. After much controversy, a brief attempt to balance the racial was made at the start of the Cataclysm expansion by increasing the cooldown to 3 minutes. This change was reverted soon after, with a statement from Ghostcrawler saying they believed they had overnerfed the racial. [1]

Patch 7.0.3 reworked Every Man for Himself by changing it to only remove stun effects, rather than all crowd control effects, and made the effect from insignia trinkets a baseline ability to all classes, available for use in PvP combat.

Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Renamed from Every Man for Himself. Tooltip reduced.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Cooldown increased to 3 minutes, up from 2. Shared cooldown increased to 90 seconds, up from 30.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-25): Every Man for Himself can no longer be activated during crowd control effects it is not able to break.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Redesigned.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): New visual effect added.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Cooldown reverted to 2 minutes.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Cooldown increased to 3 minutes, up from 2.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Disconnecting while rooted will no longer sometimes trigger this ability.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.


  1. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Ghostcrawler 2010-12-28. Upcoming Class Changes. Retrieved on 2019-03-10.

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