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  • Resurrection
  • 30 yd range
  • N/A cooldown
  • 60% of base mana
  • 10 sec cast
  • Brings a dead player back to life with X health and Y mana. Cannot be cast when in combat.
Usable by
Mental Strength
Inner Focus
Other information
May your second chance end better than your first.[1]

Resurrection is the resurrection spell of the priest class.

Rank table

Rank Level Health Mana Cost
1 10 70 135 3s
2 26 160 300 40s
3 42 300 520 2g 20s
4 58 500 750 5g 30s
5 68 1100 1150 9g 90s


Brings a dead allied player back to life. This spell cannot be cast while the priest is flagged as being in combat.

The priest (or another healer) will probably have to heal and buff the target once they revive.

The target will be revived to where the priest is when spell is cast, not where their corpse is, nor where the priest is when the player accepts.

Other classes have similar spells but usually with slightly different requirements and effects:

Tips and tactics

Note that there is no way to know if a corpse belongs to the priest's faction or not except by inspecting it visually. If the corpse does belong to the priest'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. Note that if the dead character is flagged for PvP (also impossible to determine visually), then the priest will also become flagged.

There are some common misconceptions involving Resurrection and releasing. Players can be resurrected whether or not they release. If the player has not released, the priest resurrecting can select the body and cast the spell. If they have released, the priest 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 being resurrected will come back at the feet of the priest (or paladin with Redemption) performing the resurrection not at the site of the corpse. Players dead while a kill is made receive reputation but *not* experience (if eligible for experience).

Patch changes

  • Patch 1.6.0 (patch date:2005-07-12): Resurrection spells should now check range properly when used on targets that have released their spirit.