Intimidating Shout
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  • Intimidating Shout
  • 8 yd  range
  • 1.5 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Causes the targeted enemy to cower in fear, and up to 5 additional enemies within 8 yards to flee. Targets are disoriented for 8 sec.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown1.5 min (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required52
Related debuff
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  • Intimidating Shout
  • Disoriented.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
Related debuff
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  • Intimidating Shout
  • Cowering in fear.
  • Duration: 8 seconds

Intimidating Shout is a core warrior ability learned at level 52. This shout is a Fear AoE special which lasts 8 seconds. It causes the target to become incapacitated for 8 seconds (any damage will break it). At the same time, it causes 5 other enemies within 10 yards to run away randomly; this fear is not as easy to break as the primary target's.

Modified by


  • This ability is possibly one of the most dangerous things a warrior can do in a dungeon, as more often than not feared enemies will end up aggroing new enemies.
  • While soloing, it can be useful to escape if things are going badly. Using this in combination with a [Piercing Howl] (Fury specialization) can buy the warrior enough of a head start to run clear of the fight; this is best done in outdoor environment. In enclosed spaces, such as mines, caves, or dungeons, it usually causes more trouble than it saves.
  • Intimidating Shout can be used on a single target to stun it for 8 seconds. Any damage will break the stun, so use Intimidating Shout (preferably while backing out of melee range), target yourself, and bandage. You can use about 80% of a bandage this way.
  • In PvP combat, this ability really shines. Used in combination with [Charge], a single warrior can totally disrupt an enemy front line, allowing supporting ranged and pet classes to take advantage of the ensuing chaos.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): The cooldown of Intimidating Shout has increased to 90 seconds, up from 60 seconds.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Cooldown reduced from 3 to 2 minutes.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.10.0 (28-Mar-2006): The cowering in fear effect will no longer be applied when the target resists this shout. In addition, this shout will now affect a maximum of 5 targets.

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