How to Use a Totem of Undying in Minecraft

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How to Use a Totem of Undying in Minecraft

Minecraft has many things to discover in the world that is filled with mysteries and undiscovered locations. In this article we take a look at the Totem of Undying in Minecraft which is a very rare and unique item.The totem of undying is a rare item that saves the holder from death once – similar to auto revive. Although it sounds too good to be true, this powerful item can definitely become a game-changer for the player, especially when fighting boss monsters such as the wither and the ender dragon. The big catch is – you can only acquire this item from one specific hostile mob in the overworld: an evoker. As much as it is useful to the player, you can only use this item once. This means that upon death, the totem of undying will take effect thus reviving you but will get destroyed in the process.

The Totem of Undying in Minecraft is an uncommon loot item that can save the player one time upon death. Players will instantly regenerate health upon taking fatal damage and not die.

Players cannot craft or obtain the Totem of Undying through normal means. They are only obtained from a certain mob loot. These mobs are called Evokers, and they are only found in Woodland Mansions or during Raids in Villages. These are the magical units of Pillagers and always drop one totem of undying when killed by the player.

Required Materials

  • 1 Totem of Undying

Steps to Put on Totem of Undying

  • Open your Inventory

First, you need to open your inventory to where the totem of undying is located. Depending on each Minecraft version, opening the inventory will have different controls in-game (refer to which Minecraft version below).

  1. Java/Education/Windows 10 Edition: Press the E key to open the player inventory.
  2. For Pocket Edition (PE): Tap on the button with 3 dots to open your inventory and then tap on the button with the picture of an iron chestplate.
  3. Nintendo Switch/Wii: Press the X button to open the player inventory.   
  4. PS3/PS4: Press the ▲ triangle button to open the player inventory.
  5. Xbox 360/Xbox One: Press the Y button to open the player inventory. 
  6. Pocket Edition: Tap the button with 3 dots to open the player inventory.
  • Place the Totem of Undying in Other Hand

Once you open the inventory, you will see different slots for armor, weapon, items, and crafting. There is another slot that has a shape similar to a shield on it. Drag and drop the totem of undying to this slot to equip it in your off-hand. This means that instead of equipping a shield, you will hold the totem of undying on your other hand allowing it to trigger automatically in case of death.

You may also place it on your main hand by placing it in one of your 9 main slots in the inventory and selecting the inventory slot number. Remember that the totem of undying will only work if you are holding the item in your main hand upon death. If it is in your inventory but not equipped in any hand, the totem of undying will not trigger.When you exit your inventory, you will see your character holding the Totem of Undying. This will signal that the totem is ready to use. 

  • How the Totem of Undying Works

So when you are in combat and you receive a fatal blow, the effects of the totem will trigger and you’ll hear a loud thundering sound along with the totem appearing in front of you.

Upon activation, it will immediately restore 1 health point and you’ll be given a few buffs including Fire Resistance, Absorption II, and Regeneration II. Absorption II gives you 4 temporary yellow hearts thereby absorbing any damage taken for the next 5 seconds while Regeneration II allows you to regenerate health at a rapid pace for the next 40 seconds.

The moment you use the Totem of Undying, the item will break and it will disappear from your inventory for good – so use the totem wisely!


Defeating an Evoker is a big deal.If you slay these mobs, you will gain a single-use emergency save that will protect your inventory from permanent loss. This can be especially useful if you usually find yourself dying to lava.So now that you know this, why don’t you use this to enhance your performance and fire up your game. All The best.

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