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This page is about the monster. For the card, see Shadow card

shadow WShadow.png
HP 15-32
HD 6
XP 217
Speed 10
AC 7
EV 10
Will 40
Attack1 14 (hit: shadow stab)

Resistances rC+++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Small
Type wraith, shadow
Flags Evil
See invisible
A wisp of unliving shadow, slipping in and out of the darkness of the dungeon. It moves swiftly and silently from one pool of shade to another, striking unerringly from the blind spots of those who cannot see it.

“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long”
-T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men”. 1925.

Useful Info

Shadows are undead creatures capable of becoming briefly invisible and increasing their movement speed. If they attack while invisible, they automatically hit you with a stabbing attack that deals 250% normal damage. They can be found in the middle floors of the Dungeon, as well as the Swamp, the Crypt and the Hells (particularly Tartarus). They also show up as the result of some death curses.


Spell set I
Slot1 Invisibility Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Shadows can deal extreme amounts of damage, considering how early in the game you encounter them. If you see one approaching, pop on a ring of see invisible immediately if you have one available. If not, hitting the thing with Corona will prevent it from going invisible. If no source of negating their invisibility is available, hit them hard and fast while you can still see them.
    • Two notables method for negating invisibility that do not work are Sticky Flame (shadows are insubstantial) and fighting in shallow water (they levitate).


Before 0.19, there was an item called the lantern of shadows that could, among other things, summon shadows.

Prior to 0.13, shadows were unable to go invisible, and damaged your strength when they attacked.