Tauren totems are both a weapon and a building used by the tauren.
WeaponEditThis section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.
When roused, tauren are fierce fighters and use their mighty totems to smash their enemies into the dust of the plains.
"Tauren" units use totems as weapons in battle.This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG, and thus unlikely to be canon.
If this massive weapon looks like it’s an intricately carved tree trunk, that’s because it is. The tauren prefer to spend their time decorating and meditating on their totems, but they are also perfectly willing to hit foes over the head with them. Said foes quickly learn the error of disturbing a meditating tauren.This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
BuildingEditThis section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.
The proud, noble tauren, having allied with the orcish horde, reside here and hone their abilities through contact with their spirit totems. This structure allows the mighty tauren to make use of the Pulverize ability, a technique that damages enemy forces and adds a unique tool to the tauren's already wide-ranging arsenal.This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
In World of Warcraft, tauren totems are often found in tauren lands, but they are not generally used as a structure with a use, just as decorations. The flight path in Thunder Bluff is inside a giant totem.