If the player is holding a totem of undying in their off-hand or main-hand slot and receives otherwise fatal damage, the totem saves the player from death. The totem of undying must be in the player's hand (main hand or offhand) for it to work—it does not work if it is in the hotbar, unless selected. Any mob that can hold a totem of undying (in a hand or in the mouth) can use it while holding it. The totem can be used only once; it disappears after use. It does not save the player from death caused by void damage or the
When activated, the totem of undying restores 1, removes all existing status effects, then grants 40[BE only] or 45[JE only] seconds of Regeneration II, 40 seconds of Fire Resistance I and 5 seconds of Absorption II. An animation shows the totem of undying appearing to hover in front of the player's screen, similar to the animation seen when a player receives the Bad Omen or Hero of the Village effect[BE only] or encounters an elder guardian. When killed by an Instant Damage tipped arrow, the arrow's instant damage takes effect after the totem has been activated.
The totem of undying also works in hardcore mode, as well as hardcore multiplayer.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Name||Resource location||Form||Translation key|
|Totem of Undying||Item|
|Name||Resource location||Alias ID (BE)||Numeric ID||Form||Translation key|
|Totem of Undying||Item|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS4)|
|Cheating Death||Use the Totem of Undying to cheat death||Have the Totem of Undying in your hand when you die.||30G||Silver|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Resource location|
|Postmortal||Use a Totem of Undying to cheat death||Monster Hunter||Activate a totem of undying by taking fatal damage.|
|1.11||16w39a||Added totem of undying.|
|1.11.1||16w50a||The ID name has now been changed from |
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 449.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of the totem of undying has now been changed.|
|18w47a||The totem of undying is now renewable as evokers now spawn in raids.|
|1.16.2||20w28a||The totem of undying now gives the Fire Resistance II status effect for 40 seconds.|
|20w29a||The level of Fire Resistance given by the totem of undying is now reduced from II to I.|
|1.1.0||alpha 188.8.131.52||Added totem of undying.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||The texture of the totem of undying has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 220.127.116.11||The totem of undying is now renewable as evokers now spawn in raids.|
|1.16.100||beta 18.104.22.168||The level of Fire Resistance given by the totem of undying is now reduced from II to I.|
|beta 22.214.171.124||The ID of totems of undying has been changed from |
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU54||CU44||1.52||Patch 24||1.0.4||Added totem of undying.|
|TU56||CU48||1.55||Patch 26||1.0.6||The totem of undying now applies Fire Resistance II when used.|
|1.90||The texture of the totem of undying has now been changed.|
|1.91||The totem of undying is now renewable as evokers now spawn in raids.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|1.9.19||Added totem of undying.|
- If a mob holds a totem of undying, the mob also resurrects upon death and the sound effect plays. However, the animation does not appear.
- In the New Nintendo 3DS Edition, the totem of undying can be put in any hotbar slot to activate it, due to the lack of an off-hand slot in that version.
Screenshot of the totem of undying being used mid-animation after a drowned deals otherwise fatal damage to the player.