Fear Ward

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Fear Ward
Spell holy excorcism
  • Fear Ward
  • 30 yd  range
  • 3 min cooldown
  • 3% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Wards the friendly target against Fear. The next Fear effect used against the target will fail, using up the ward. Lasts 3 min.
Usable by
Cooldown3 min
Other information
Related buff
Spell holy excorcism
  • Magic
  • Fear Ward
  • Warded against Fear.
  • Duration: 3 minutes
Fear stands no match against the strength of courage.

Fear Ward is a spell available to all priests at level 20. This spell renders the target immune to one fear effect. The buff lasts 3 minutes, has a 3 minute cooldown to recast, and is considered a magic effect. The buff is consumed even if the character is already immune to fear (i.e. warrior using Berserker Rage or Death Wish).

It costs 3% base mana to cast and is attainable at level 20.


  • This buff can be dispelled by priests, shamans, hunters and warlocks with felhunters. It can be stolen by a mage using Spellsteal.
  • Due to the fact it is instant cast, the priest can learn to time it against an enemy fear to lessen the chance that it is dispelled. The warlock's Fear has cast time, and the priest's Psychic Scream has a radius of only 8 yards.
  • This spell had traditionally caused contention between the Alliance and Horde communities due to the fact that it was not available to Horde.

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-23): "Fear Ward will now properly be consumed whether a player is sitting or standing. [1]"
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Fear Ward is now usable while in Shadowform.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Fear Ward is now available to all priests at level 20. Duration reduced to 3 minutes, cooldown increased to 3 minutes. (Old - only draenei and dwarves, duration of 10 minutes, cooldown of 30 seconds)


  1. ^ Blizz Bornakk 2009-04-17. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved on 2009-05-25.

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Patch date25 March 2008 + and 13 November 2007 +

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