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Fear Ward
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  • Fear Ward
  • 30 yd  range
  • 3 min cooldown
  • 0.9% 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
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown3 min (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required54
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Fear Ward
  • Warded against Fear.
  • Duration: 3 minutes

Fear Ward is a priest ability learned at level 54. 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.

Modified by



  • 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 reduce the chance 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

  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-23): "Fear Ward will now properly be consumed whether a player is sitting or standing. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Fear Ward will no longer be consumed while under the effects of cyclone.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Fear Ward is now usable while in Shadowform.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 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. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 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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