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Resource mechanics (also called "resource systems") are the different types of pools which player characters, NPCs, and vehicles use to power their abilities. Several classes have unique or multiple resources, depending on the lore surrounding the class, what role it performs in combat, and even what talent build it uses.

Resource mechanics are integrated with the game's UI and are typically displayed in the form of bars or icons that accompany the character's health bar in their character portrait.

Types of primary resources Edit

  • Mana - The primary resource mechanic for shamans, druids, mages, priests, paladins, and warlocks. The standard and most straight-forward resource, mana is consumed to cast spells and regenerates slowly over time.
  • Energy - The primary resource mechanic used by rogues and druids in Cat Form. Energy regenerates quickly and has a maximum value of 100 which can be increased through talents or equipment.
  • Focus - 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small The resource mechanic used by hunters and hunter pets. Focus is similar to Energy, but regenerates more slowly.
  • Rage - The primary resource mechanic for warriors and druids in Bear and Dire Bear Form. Rage begins at 0 and increases upon dealing or receiving damage, reaching a maximum value of 100.
  • Runes - 0300Wrath-Logo-Small The primary resource mechanic for death knights. The Death Knight has six runes of three different types which are used in various combinations to power abilities. Runes enter brief cooldown periods upon being used and refresh quickly.

Types of secondary resources Edit

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  • Arcane Charges - 0700Legion-Logo-Small Secondary resource mechanics used by Arcane mages.
  • Lunar and Solar Energy - 0700Legion-Logo-Small Secondary resource mechanics used by Balance druids. Certain abilities generate either Lunar or Solar Energy, which can be used to affect a variety of other abilities.
  • Combo Points - A secondary resource mechanic used by rogues and druids in Cat Form. Combo points are generated using certain abilities and consumed to use finishing moves.
  • Fury - 0700Legion-Logo-Small A secondary resource mechanic used by Havoc demon hunters.
  • Holy Power - 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small A secondary resource mechanic used by paladins. Holy Power is generated by certain abilities and is consumed to augment or power others.
  • Insanity - 0700Legion-Logo-Small A secondary resource mechanic used by Shadow priests.
  • Maelstrom - 0700Legion-Logo-Small Secondary resource mechanics used by Elemental shamans.
  • Pain - 0700Legion-Logo-Small A secondary resource mechanic used by Vengeance demon hunters.
  • Runic Power - 0300Wrath-Logo-Small A secondary resource mechanic for death knights. Runic Power is generated by abilities that use Runes, and is consumed to augment or power others.

Changed/removed resources Edit

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  • Chakra - In 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Ctaclysm. this was a secondary resource mechanic used by priests in their Holy spec. By healing with a specific heal three times, priests empower that spell and can change roles accordingly in groups.
  • Lunar and Solar Energy - 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Secondary resource mechanics used by druids in Moonkin Form. Certain abilities generate either Lunar or Solar Energy, which can be used to trigger an Eclipse.
  • Totems - Removed as a type of resource in 0700Legion-Logo-Small Legion, they were a secondary resource mechanic used by shamans. Totems power up spells and melee attacks that shamans use in order to empower their damage output or healing. Allthough totems need mana in order to work, you can regain that mana and even receive mana exceeding the ammount spent on the totem, by speccing and using certain abilities and totems.

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Resources by class and spec Edit

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  • 0300Icon Wrath 30x18 Death Knight - Runes (and Runic Power) in all three specs.
  • 0700Icon Legion 18x18 Demon Hunter - Fury for Havoc and Pain for Vengeance.
  • Druid - Mana for Balance and Restoration, Energy for Feral Combat, and Rage for Guardian (Lunar and Solar Energy for Balance and Combo Points for Feral Combat (Cat)).
  • Hunter - Focus in all three specs.
  • Mage - Mana in all three specs.
  • 0500Icon Mists 34x18 Monk - Chi in all three specs. Mana for Mistweaver
  • Paladin - Mana (and Holy Power) in all three specs.
  • Priest - Mana in all three specs.
  • Rogue - Energy (and Combo Points) in all three specs.
  • Shaman - Mana in all three specs. Maelstrom for Elemental.
  • Warlock - Mana (and Soul Shards) in all three specs.
  • Warrior - Rage in all three specs.

Class specific skills Edit

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There are also several spells/mechanics, which appear in a bar down by the action bars on the default UI. These abilities empower you too and might be considered resource mechanics.

  • Warrior - Stances
  • Hunter - Aspects was removed as separate UI in 0700Legion-Logo-Small Legion
  • Paladin - Auras was removed in 0700Legion-Logo-Small Legion
  • Death Knight - Presences
  • Shaman - Totems was removed as separate UI in 0700Legion-Logo-Small Legion
  • Druid - Forms

This gives us the possibility of classes which have both secondary resources and class specific skills, thus having more spellbars on their UIs then other classes have. These classes are often called "hybrids":

  • Paladins with Mana, Holy Power and had Auras.
  • Shamans with Mana and had Totem timers and Totems.
    • If they spec Elemental, Shamans get a Maelstrom resource bar with Mana.
    • If they spec Enhancement, Shamans also need to control a pet bar with their Feral Spirits.
  • Death Knights with Runes, Runic Power and Precenses. (If they spec Unholy, Death Knights also need to control a pet bar with their Undead minion)
  • Druids with Mana, Energy, Astral Power or Combo Points, Rage, and Forms.


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