Fear is a disable that forces units to either flee towards their fountain or from the source of the fear. When done to neutral creeps, they will flee towards their neutral camp location. Affected units cannot be controlled.
Fear cancels all of a unit's current orders, such as attack commands or channeling, and prevents any new orders being given or queued up. Units are instead silenced and forced to flee from the source of the fear debuff, or towards their fountain (neutral creeps retreat towards their camps instead), depending on the individual spell being used. Units flee at their regular movement speed, and will not cast abilities to flee faster. Once the fear expires the unit is ordered to stop, so that they either stand still until given a new command, or auto-attack if enemies are nearby, depending on the player's settings.
Units affected by fear remain subject to every other disable, including movement impairing effects. Movement speed increasing effects or hastes are not ignored either. However, commands forced by spells, like the stop command of after its fade time, are completely ignored and do not interrupt the fleeing.
If multiple instances of fear, or hypnosis and fear, all instances try to apply their effect on the target equally. The unit tries to move in multiple directions at the same time. This can either result in the unit stuttering back and forth and effectively moving towards a middle ground between the multiple, or moving towards one of the sources. The outcome is random and cannot be predetermined. Regardless of the outcome, the unit moves at the speed determined by the hypnosis. If multiple sources of hypnosis are applied, the unit moves at the slowest source.
Taunts always take priority over Fear. When affected by both disables, units do not flee but instead try to attack the taunt source. Fear, however, disables their attacks, so they merely follow the taunt source. If a unit is still affected by fear after the taunt expires, they start fleeing. If a unit is still affected by taunt after the fear expired, they start attacking.
Like stuns, fears are strong disables. They can be used to initiate, stop an enemy, protect allies, or interrupt channeling spells. Their advantage over stuns is that they can also be used to displace enemies, forcing them out of position.
By forcing units to move, fear breaks sources of invisibility which require the user to stay still like and . It also works very well with other movement-related abilities like , and .
Sources of fear
- Duration: 1.2/1.6/2/2.4
Forces enemies to flee towards their fountain. Only affects player-controlled units.
- Duration Per Line: 0.8
Max Duration: 2.4
Line Travel Distance: 1000
Line Starting Width: 125
Line End Width: 350
Forces enemies to run away from Shadow Fiend. Passive cast on death does not apply Fear.
- Duration: 10
With Scepter upgrade. Does not affect Spell Immune units. Forces enemies to run away from Terrorblade.
- (with ) no longer applies fear on cast. Aghanim's Scepter now grants a standalone ability, , available only during Metamorphosis.
- and (with ) now apply fear.
- (with ) now applies fear.
- Fear is added to the game with .
- Fixed fear not reliably forcing non-hero units to flee towards their fountain.
- Fixed fear make units stand still if its last command is stop/halt.