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Spell shadow possession
  • Fear
  • 30 yd  range
  • 4.0% of base mana
  • 1.7 sec cast
  • Strikes fear in the enemy, causing it to flee for up to 20 sec.

    Fear Restrictions
    Damage caused may cancel fear. Limit 1 target.
Usable by
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required14
Related debuff
Spell shadow possession
  • Fear
  • Feared.
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It fled without a word... unless "AAAAAGH!" counts as a word. [1]
The screams of dread that escape your mouth are intoxicating. — Victor Baltus (TCG)

Fear is a core warlock ability learned at level 14. Fear causes a single enemy to flee in fear, effectively disabling it temporarily. This can be a powerful, though dangerous, tool that is integral to warlock crowd control.

Fear has a damage limit. If the damage limit is reached, the Fear spell will break, regardless of the length of the spell. As of Cataclysm Glyph of Fear makes your Fear cause the target to tremble in place instead of fleeing in fear, but now causes Fear to have a 5 sec cooldown.

Due to the diminishing returns rule, repeated castings of Fear increase the victim's ability to resist it for players, but not for mobs. A mob can be repeatedly feared indefinitely.

Modified by

Spell shadow possession
  • Glyph of Fear
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Warlock
  • Requires level 25
  • "Your Fear causes the target to tremble in place instead of fleeing in fear."

Patch changes


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  • 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Fear now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-30): "Mana Burn now causes Fear, Hex and Psychic Scream to break early when used."
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): The damage threshold to break early has been significantly reduced.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Pets no longer break off attacks when their target is affected by Warlock Fear.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Will now cause creatures to flee immediately, even if they are already moving.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Mana cost changed to a percentage of base, which results in an increase in cost.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Players now have an increasing chance to break free of the effect, such that it is unlikely the effect will last more than 15 seconds.


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Patch date8 February 2011 +, 14 April 2009 +, 10 October 2005 +, 13 September 2005 +, 7 March 2005 + and 18 December 2004 +

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