Shadow wraith

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shadow wraith WShadow wraith.png
HP 36-74
HD 10
XP 773
Speed 10
AC 7
EV 7
Will 100
Attack1 27 (hit: drain speed)

Resistances rPois+++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type wraith, shadow wraith
Flags Evil
See invisible
A mist-wreathed skeletal shadow, hanging in mid-air. It drains away the life force of living beings.

“Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...”
-Hughes Mearns ,_Antigonish_, 1-4. 1899.

Useful Info

Shadow wraiths are incorporeal undead foes which inflict the slow status effect with their melee attacks, much like wraiths. Unlike wraiths, however, they are innately invisible and deal more damage with their attacks. Even so, they are only moderately dangerous on their own, only posing a real threat when they slow you while facing more substantial enemies or suddenly block your passage. They can be found in the lower portions of the Dungeon, the Crypt, and the Hells.

Tips & Tricks

Shadow wraiths are a very good reason to have see invisible active while exploring areas they generate in. Wasting turns in combat with an invisible foe when you intended to run away from something else can be extremely hazardous.


  • Prior to 0.16, one rank of negative energy resistance was enough to protect you from their slowing effect.
  • Prior to 0.13, shadow wraiths would drain your experience with their melee attacks. This change accompanied the 0.13 overhaul to draining effects.