Summons a Fire Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster for 1 min that causes X Fire damage to creatures within 8 yards every 2 seconds.
Magma Totem is a core shaman ability learned at level 36. It is a fire totem that causes AoE fire damage. It is one of the Shaman's two AoE attacks, considered to be superior to [Searing Totem] because it does not generate threat.
When you cast a totem spell, you also place unempowered totems for any elements that are not currently active. These totems have 5 health and produce no other effects.
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This totem is particularly useful in PvP against stealthed rogues. Damage from a Magma Totem pulse will bring a rogue out of stealth.
Useless against high fire resistant players/mobs.
When combined with [Fire Nova] (enhancement), it is a highly effective AoE in trash fights during raids, putting the shaman on par with mages and other AoE-heavy classes.
0500Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): All totems are now considered spells, and summoning totems can be prevented by silencing effects. Searing Totem, Magma Totem, and Fire Elemental totems fall into the Fire school, while all other totems fall under the Nature school.
0400Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Magma Totem now lasts for 60 seconds, up from 21.
0300Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): The damage and scaling has been increased and no longer generates threat.
0200/0300Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): All totems are now considered on the "Physical" school, and no longer magical spells.
0200Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): The Global Cooldown of all Totems has been reduced to 1 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds.
0200Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): This totem will now correctly do damage on its 10th tick, right before despawning.
0100Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): This totem now receives increased damage from effects that increase the Shaman’s spell damage.