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  • Hex
  • 30 yd  range
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • 3.5% of base mana
  • 1.7 sec cast
  • Transforms the enemy into a frog. While hexed, the target is incapacitated and cannot attack or cast spells. Damage caused may interrupt the effect. Lasts 1 min. Only one target can be hexed at a time. Only works on Humanoids and Beasts.
Usable by
Casting time1.7 sec cast
Cooldown45 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required75
Related debuff
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  • Curse
  • Hex
  • Cannot attack or cast spells.
  • Duration: 1 minute
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Hex is a core shaman ability learned at level 75. It is a crowd control spell that transforms the target into a frog, preventing them from doing anything other than moving.

Modified by

Elemental Elemental abilities
Restoration (Shaman) Restoration abilities


Hex is one of the two new abilities given to shamans in the second expansion, and was one of the abilities of the Shadow Hunter in Warcraft III. As this is the same hero unit that originally had Chain Heal and an equivalent of Searing Totem, Hex has been one of the most suggested shaman abilities since release, along with Feral Spirit and Bloodlust.

The spell is a curse, so only druids, mages, and shamans can remove it. It is considered a polymorph effect, and as such can be shapeshifted out of by druids. Unlike the spell Polymorph, however, it is not guaranteed to break instantly on damage. This means a 'hexed' mob can usually afford to take an accidental hit or stay crowd controlled during area of effect spells. Also, hexed mobs do not have a greatly increased health regeneration like Polymorphed targets do.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Hex no longer causes creatures to attack players when it is cast. The creature will not attack the player when the crowd control wears off, and nearby creatures will not become hostile to the player either. However, if a visible player gets too close to the target creature, the creature will remember and attack the player when the crowd control effect wears off. The intent is to make it easier for dungeon groups to manage crowd control assignments and pulling packs of hostile NPCs.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Hex now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): The hunter ability Deterrence can no longer be used while Hexed.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Players are no longer able to use Battlemaster trinkets while under the effects of this spell.
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-30): "Mana Burn now causes Fear, Hex and Psychic Scream to break early when used. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): The damage threshold for Hex to break early has been significantly reduced.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Added as a new ability for Wrath of the Lich King.


  1. ^ Blizz.gif Bornakk 2009-04-17. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-30.

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