Relic refers to a type of equipment worn in the relic equipment slot by death knights, druids, paladins and shamans. Relics were added in Patch 1.10.0. Relics usually give bonuses to a specific spell or ability. The relic slot replaced the ranged weapon for these classes. Formerly Warlocks equipped Spellstones and Firestones in the same way (though in the ranged weapon slot as they can use wands) but they were changed to temporary enchantment items in patch 3.0.2.
There were four different types of relics, each specific to a class:
- Idols used by Druids.
- Librams used by Paladins.
- Totems used by Shamans.
- Sigils used by Death knights.
In Cataclysm the relic system is simplified. Instead of four different types of relics, each one only usable by one class, all relics will be usable by any class capable of using a relic.
While the items may contain the words Idol, Libram, Totem, or Sigil in their name, they will not be sub-categorized as them.