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  • Hex
  • Level 42 shaman ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • 1.7 sec cast
  • Transforms the enemy into a frog for 1 min. While hexed, the victim is incapacitated, and cannot attack or cast spells. Damage will cancel the effect. Limit 1. Only works on Humanoids and Beasts.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown 30 seconds
Other information
Level learned 42
Improvements [Voodoo Mastery]
Related debuff
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  • Curse
  • Hex
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 1 minute

Hex is a level 42 Shaman crowd control spell that transforms the target into a frog, preventing it from doing anything other than moving.

A hex wears off over time or when the caster has been slain.[1]


Hex spell list

A variety of alternate forms are available through various means.

Spell Effect Source
Spell shaman hex.png  Hex Frog Learned at level 42
Ability hunter pet raptor.png  Hex: Compy Compy  [Tome of Hex: Compy] sold by Flamesmith Lanying and Elementalist Sharvak
Ability hunter pet spider.png  Hex: Spider Spider  [Tome of Hex: Spider] drops from Vicious Manafangs and Nal'tira
Inv pet cockroach.png  Hex: Cockroach Cockroach  [Tome of Hex: Cockroach] sold by Cravitz Lorent
Ability mount fossilizedraptor.png  Hex: Skeletal Hatchling Skeletal raptor  [Tome of Hex: Skeletal Hatchling] drops from Rezan
Ability creature amber 02.png  Hex: Living Honey Living honey  [Tome of Hex: Living Honey] drops from Honey Smasher
Alliance Inv wickerbeastpet.png  Hex: Wicker Mongrel Wicker construct Tome of Hex: Wicker Mongrel sold by Quartermaster Alcorn
Horde Inv zandalaribabyraptorred.png  Hex: Zandalari Tendonripper Armored raptor Tome of Hex: Zandalari Tendonripper sold by Natal'hakata

Unique to NPCs:

Unavailable but found in game files:

Spell Effect Item
Inv pet pythonblack.png  Hex: Snake Snake Tome of Hex: Snake


Hex is a Curse. This means that only druids and shamans can remove it.

Hex is considered a polymorph effect, but unlike the spell [Polymorph] it is not guaranteed to break on damage. This means 'Hexed' mobs can usually afford to take an accidental hit or stay crowd controlled during area of effect spells. Hexed players can often take a fair amount of damage without breaking the effect, making the spell in some ways more useful than other similar effects. Also, Hexed targets do not have the greatly increased health regeneration granted to Polymorphed targets.

As a Polymorph effect, Hex can be shapeshifted out of by Druids.

While Hexed targets are unable to take any actions (aside from shapeshifting and the use of counters and trinkets) they remain in control of their character, and are able to move at normal movement speed in the direction of their choice.

Hex lasts for up to 1 minute when cast upon mobs. When cast upon players, the spell has an 8 second duration, and is subject to Diminishing returns.

Hex is one of the two new abilities given to shamans in Wrath of the Lich King, 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].



Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Mana cost removed. Cooldown reduced from 45 seconds to 30 seconds.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Cast time increased to 1.7 seconds.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-10-09): Corrected an issue that allowed Warriors to cast Storm Bolt while under the effects of a Hex.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): The frog model used has been updated to the new model. (Source)
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Increased duration from 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-04-30): Mana Burn now causes Fear, Hex and Psychic Scream to break early when used.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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