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What Is Fear?[]

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. --Frank Herbert

Or, in terms of CoX game mechanics, Fear is a Status Effect, like disorient, or knockback. A mob or player under the affects of a Fear power will cower in terror for the duration of the power. NPC enemies sometimes run a short distance, but mostly stand still and cower. Fear, in some cases, also causes an accuracy debuff. Most importantly, while Fear is in effect, the target cannot attack unless it is attacked first. Then the target can either perform one counter-attack, or run away for 10 seconds, after which it will go back to cowering until the Fear effect wears off. Note that, unlike a hold, Fear does not detoggle its target.

Magnitude, Resistance, Protection[]

All status effects work the same way. The target has both Resistance and Protection. In order for the attack to take effect, it must have a Magnitude greater than (not equal to) the Protection. Attacks can stack in order to overcome a target's Protection. The duration of the effect depends on the target's Resistance.

PVE: Minions have a Protection of 1. Lts are 2. Bosses are 3. Elite Bosses are 6. The Purple Triangles of Doom on an Archvillain or Hero add 50 while they are up. Some specific enemies are resistant to fear.

PVP: Players have a Protection of 1. Dark Armor and Ninjitsu status protection adds an additional 10. Certain ally-only buffs can add as much as an additional 13.

What Powers Cause Fear?[]

Anyone can obtain a fear inflicting power through the power pools, but there are also a few fear inducing powers scattered among the primaries and secondaries for Scrappers, Brutes, Stalkers, Defenders, Controllers, Dominators, and Blasters.

The third and fourth powers of the presence pool are fear powers. Like with any Power Pool, players must take either the first or second power in the pool in order to have access to the third power, and must take two of the first three powers before taking the fourth.

Manipulation Intimidate.png Intimidate Ranged single target. Mag 2-3.
The third power in the Presence power pool. Causes 8 seconds of mag 2 fear, plus a 30% chance of mag 3 (additional mag does not proc on players). Recharge time is 30 seconds.
Manipulation InvokePanic.png Invoke Panic PBAoE. Mag 2.
The fourth power in the Presence power pool. Causes 8 seconds of mag 2 fear. Recharge time is 60 seconds.
ShadowFighting TouchOfFear.png Touch of Fear Mag 3. Melee, single target.
Scrappers, Brutes, and Stalkers have access to this power from the Dark Melee attack powerset.
DarkArmor FearfulAura.png Cloak of Fear Mag 2 for Stalkers and Scrappers, Mag 3 for Brutes. PBAoE Toggle power
Scrappers, Brutes, and Stalkers have access to the Dark Armor defensive powerset.
MentalControl Terrify.png Terrify Mag 3. Ranged cone.
Controllers and Dominators have access to the Terrify power through the Mind Control powerset. It inflicts minor damage as well as causing fear.
DarkMiasma FearsomeAura.png Fearsome Stare Mag 2. Ranged cone.
This power is available to Defenders, Corruptors, and Masterminds through the Dark Miasma set, but not Controllers. Note that the Dark Servant pet in Dark Miasma can not cast Fearsome Stare. Also note that Petrifying Glare in the same powerset is not a fear power; it is a hold.
Illusions spectralTerror.png Spectral Terror Mag 3
Controllers, but not Dominators, have access to the Illusion powerset, which includes Spectral Terror. This power creates a ghastly apparition which projects Fear in a cone. The apparition does not move.
StormSummoning Tornado.png Tornado Mag 1?
Storm Defenders can cast Tornado. One of the minor side-effects of this power is that it sometimes causes fear.
MentalControl Scare.png Scare Mag ?
This power is available to Blasters with the Mental Manipulation secondary power set.

What Powers Protect Against Fear?[]

ThermalRadiation Thaw.png Thaw Ranged Resistance+Free, Ally
Part of the Thermal Radiation powerset available to Corruptors. Frees an ally from and provides Protection against Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Confusion, and Fear. Also increases resistance to Cold damage and Slow.
Poison Antidote.png Antidote Ranged Resistance+Free, Ally
Part of the Poison powerset available to Masterminds. Frees an ally from and provides Protection against Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Fear and Confusion. Also provides resistance to Toxic and Cold damage, as well as a large amount of resistance to Sleep effects.
SonicDebuff Dispel.png Clarity Ranged Resistance+Free, Ally
Part of the Sonic Resonance powerset available to Controllers, Corruptors, and Defenders. Frees an ally from and provides Protection against Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Fear, Confusion, and Immobilize. Also increases Perception.
Empathy MindWall.png Clear Mind Ranged Resistance+Free, Ally
Part of the Empathy powerset available to Controllers and Defenders. Frees an ally from and provides Protection against Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Fear, Confusion, and Immobilize. Also increases Perception.
PsionicMastery IndomitableWill.png Indomitable Will Resistance, Self
Part of the Psionic Mastery Ancillary pool available to Controllers. Provides defense to Psionic damage and Protection against Sleep, Fear, Hold, and Disorient.
Ninjitsu KujInRin.png Kuji-In Rin Toggle Resistance, Self
Part of the Ninjitsu powerset available to Stalkers. Provides Protection against Sleep, Fear, Hold, Immobilize, Confuse, and Disorient.
DarkArmor ObsidianShield.png Obsidian Shield Toggle Resistance, Self
Part of the Dark Armor powerset available to Brutes, Scrappers, and Stalkers. Provides Protection against Sleep, Fear, Hold, and Disorient. Also provides resistance to Psionic damage.
DarkMiasma ShadowFall.png Shadow Fall Toggle PBAoE Resistance, Self+Ally
Part of the Dark Miasma powerset available to Corruptors, Defenders, and Masterminds. Provides Stealth, minor Defense to all damage types, and Resistance to Psionic damage, Negative damage, and Energy damage. Also provides protection against Fear.
Medicine Stimulant.png Stimulant Ranged Resistance+Free, Ally
Second power in the Medicine pool. Frees an ally from and provides protection against Immobilize, Sleep, Disorient, Hold, Fear, and Confuse.
Leadership Tactics.png Tactics Toggle PBAoE Resistance, Self+Ally
Third power in the Leadership pool. Provides a bonus to ToHit, increases Perception, and provides resistance to Fear.


Inspiration resist sleep hold Lvl 1.png Break Free Resistance+Free, Self
This inspiration frees from and provides protection against sleep, hold, immobilization, disorient, fear, confuse, knockback, repel, taunt, and placate.
Inspiration resist sleep hold Lvl 2.png Emerge Resistance+Free, Self
This inspiration frees from and provides Protection against sleep, hold, immobilization, disorient, fear, confuse, knockback, repel, taunt, and placate.
Inspiration resist sleep hold Lvl 3.png Escape Resistance+Free, Self
This inspiration frees from and provides protection against sleep, hold, immobilization, disorient, fear, confuse, knockback, repel, taunt, and placate.


Temporary CryoniteArmor.png Fear Resistance (Empowerment) Resistance, Self
This Empowerment Buff provides resistance to Fear for an hour.


  • Resistance and Protection aren't the same thing. The former cuts duration of mez effects, and the latter increases your magnitude of protection, though the in-game descriptions treat both as the same thing.
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