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Cause fear was a cleric prayer[2] or a necromancy[3] or abjuration[9][10][14] spell used by both divine and arcane spellcasters. It could cause a creature to flee in panic from the caster.[2][3][9][10][14] Older versions of this spell were reversible, known as remove fear, and bolstered the morale and courage of the recipients.[9][10][14]


This spell/prayer has evolved over time: the prayer version could be used against a single creature within 50 feet (15 meters),[2] whereas the pre-Spellplague spell could effect more than one creature in a 30‑foot (9.1‑meter) area if the caster had sufficient experience.[3][9][10] The oldest version of cause fear required the caster to successfully touch a single target.[14] All versions filled the victims with dread and compelled them to flee the caster if they could not muster the will to resist.[2][3][9][10][14] The victim could avoid obstacles and hazards but it was more vulnerable to enemy assault.[2]


Only verbal and somatic components were required to cast this spell.[3][9][10][14] After the Second Sundering, only verbal components were required.[1]


See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Robert J. Schwalb, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, Matt Sernett (November 2017). Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 148–149, 151. ISBN 978-0-7869-6612-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Rob Heinsoo, Andy Collins, James Wyatt (June 2008). Player's Handbook 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 0-7869-4867-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 208. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 108. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  5. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 182. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 89, 181. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  8. Monte Cook (October 2002). Book of Vile Darkness. Edited by David Noonan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-3136-1.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 202. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), p. 256. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  11. Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.
  12. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  13. Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 24, 44. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 44. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.