Fear Ward
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  • Fear Ward
  • Level 54 priest ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 0.9% of base mana
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • 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
Class Priest
School Holy
Cooldown 3 minutes
Other information
Level learned 54
Improvements  [Glyph of Fear Ward]
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Fear Ward
  • Warded against Fear.
  • Duration: 3 minutes

Fear Ward is a priest spell. Using it grants the target a buff that renders them 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 by any fear effect, even if the character is already immune to fear, such as a warrior using [Berserker Rage].


  • Glyph of Fear Ward
  • Major Glyph
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Reduces the cooldown of Fear Ward by 60 sec.
  • Classes: Priest
  • Requires Level 25
  • Sell Price: 1s


  • With a matching 3-minute cooldown and duration, it is only possible to ward a single target at any time.
  •  [Glyph of Fear Ward] reduces both the cooldown and duration of Fear Ward to 2 minutes. This increases the spell's availability by 50%, but also requires it to be recast more often.
  • This buff can be dispelled by priests, shamans, hunters and warlocks with felhunters. It can be stolen by a mage using [Spellsteal].
  • This spell traditionally caused contention between the Alliance and Horde communities as it was not available to Horde players until patch 2.3.


  • 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.
  • Fear Ward is often best cast 1–2 minutes before beginning combat, reducing the time until it is available again.
  • The best target for Fear Ward varies depending on many factors. When expecting AoE fear effects, it can be useful to ward a player capable of dispelling fear effects on others. For example, if used on a priest, should the entire party be feared, the priest can use [Mass Dispel] to remove the fear effects from the others. In PvP, warding a healer can help break opposing players' crowd control efforts.
  • Although belonging to the Holy school, Fear Ward is in the Discipline tree, making it possible to cast it in [Shadowform]. Shadow priests can therefore contribute some utility to their party by using Fear Ward on cooldown, either on themselves or a teammate.
  • When dispelling is not a danger, priests should generally keep Fear Ward active on a target at all times. Since its cooldown matches its duration, it is better to cast it ahead of time than wait until it is needed.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-04-23): Fear Ward will now properly be consumed whether a player is sitting or standing.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Will no longer be consumed while under the effects of [Cyclone].
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Fear Ward is now usable while in [Shadowform].
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Fear Ward is now available to all priests at level 20. Duration reduced to 3 minutes, cooldown increased to 3 minutes. (Previously only available to draenei and dwarves, with a duration of 10 minutes and a cooldown of 30 seconds)
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Added.

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