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Spell shaman hex
  • Hex
  • Row 5 shaman talent
  • 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 may cancel the effect. Limit 1. Only works on Humanoids and Beasts.
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown 30 seconds
Talent required Spell beastmaster wolf [Ancestral Wolf Affinity] or Spell nature brilliance [Static Charge]/Inv mace 2h draenorcrafted d 01 b alliance [Guardian's Cudgel] or Spell nature purge [Purge]/Spell shaman focusedstrikes [Greater Purge]
Improvements Inv frog2 teal [Enfeeblement], Ability shawaterelemental swirl [Inundate], Spell shaman hex [Voodoo Mastery]
Related debuff
Spell shaman hex
  • Curse
  • Hex
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 1 minute

Hex is a shaman crowd control class talent 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 Hex Frog Base spell
Ability hunter pet raptor Hex: Compy Compy Inv offhand hyjal d 01 [Tome of Hex: Compy] sold by Flamesmith Lanying and Elementalist Sharvak
Ability hunter pet spider Hex: Spider Spider Inv offhand hyjal d 01 [Tome of Hex: Spider] drops from Vicious Manafangs and Nal'tira
Inv pet cockroach Hex: Cockroach Cockroach Inv offhand hyjal d 01 [Tome of Hex: Cockroach] sold by Cravitz Lorent
Ability mount fossilizedraptor Hex: Skeletal Hatchling Skeletal raptor Inv offhand 1h draenorcrafted d 02a [Tome of Hex: Skeletal Hatchling] drops from Rezan
Ability creature amber 02 Hex: Living Honey Living honey Inv offhand 1h draenorcrafted d 02a [Tome of Hex: Living Honey] drops from Honey Smasher
Alliance Inv wickerbeastpet Hex: Wicker Mongrel Wicker construct Inv offhand 1h draenorcrafted d 02a [Tome of Hex: Wicker Mongrel] sold by Quartermaster Alcorn
Horde Inv zandalaribabyraptorred Hex: Zandalari Tendonripper Armored raptor Inv offhand 1h draenorcrafted d 02a [Tome of Hex: Zandalari Tendonripper] sold by Natal'hakata

Unique to NPCs:

Unavailable but found in game files:

Spell Effect Item
Inv pet pythonblack Hex: Snake Snake Inv offhand hyjal d 01 [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 Spell nature polymorph [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 Spell nature healingwavegreater [Chain Heal] and an equivalent of Spell fire searingtotem [Searing Totem], Hex has been one of the most suggested shaman abilities since release, along with Spell shaman feralspirit [Feral Spirit] and Spell nature bloodlust [Bloodlust].



Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.0 (2023-05-02): Duration decreased to 6 seconds in PvP combat (was 8 seconds).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 5 class talent (was a level 41 ability). Rank 2 removed.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2021-07-19): Fixed an issue where Inv misc rune 01 [Hearthstone] and several PvP talents were usable while under the effects of Hex.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2021-07-14): The Archaeology 5 0 manaclesofrebellion [Unchained Gladiator's Shackles of Malediction] trinket effect can no longer be used while Hexed.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2021-03-15): Fixed an issue where several abilities were usable while Hexed.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5 (2021-03-09): Now interrupts players that are channeling to capture a PvP objective if the player is susceptible to Hex.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Rank 2 added at level 56: The cooldown of Hex is reduced by 10 seconds.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 41 (was 42).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-22): Ability paladin divinesteed [Divine Steed] can no longer be used while Hexed.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Mana cost removed. Cooldown reduced from 45 seconds to 30 seconds. Now learned at level 42 (was 75).
  • 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)
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-12-11): Several abilities that should break on damage will now correctly have a chance to break when damage is absorbed, including Hex.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-12-10): Fixed an issue that allowed several spells and abilities to continue to be available while Hexed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-19): Spell paladin lightshammer [Light's Hammer] can no longer be used while Hexed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-08): Spell paladin executionsentence [Execution Sentence] can no longer be cast while Hexed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now learned at level 75 (was 80).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Many crowd control abilities no longer cause creatures to attack players when they are 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. This includes Hex.
  • 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-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): The hunter ability Ability whirlwind [Deterrence] can no longer be used while Hexed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Players are no longer able to use Battlemaster trinkets while under the effects of this spell.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Hotfix (2009-04-30): Spell shadow manaburn [Mana Burn] now causes Hex to break early when used.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): The damage threshold for Hex to break early has been significantly reduced.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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