Using Shadow AbilityShadow ability cannot be blocked, but may be dodged. It also can stop the Legion's "temporary uninterruption" interval. Shadow ability cannot deal Head Hits or Critical hits (with some exceptions). In order to use a Shadow ability, a piece of gear that carries the ability must be equipped. However, this only applies to the player and most enemies, while a number of enemies are excepted. Some enemies can still use an ability despite not equipping the required gear.
Shadow abilities can only be used while in Shadow form; the character can enter Shadow form when the Shadow energy bar is fully charged. The bar is located under the health bar, and both the player and the opponents start a fight with the bar filled halfway through, unless enforced by a fight rule or modified with perk. The bar is recharged by dealing or taking damage. Taking damage recharges the shadow bar faster than dealing damage. This applies to both the player and opponent.
Once the bar is fully charged, the character can use an ability to enter Shadow form or simply press the Shadow Ability button to enter it. To use an ability, players must press the Shadow button along with a directional button. A Shadow ability has a cooldown time. Therefore, characters cannot spam Shadow abilities as much as they want. Shadow form lasts for 10 seconds. There are circumstances where the Shadow bar is missing, therefore preventing the use of Shadow form, or the enemy is in unlimited Shadow form.
Shadow Alteration Perks
- Main article: Perk (SF3)
Below are the list of perks that are related to shadow energy. They can either alter the shadow bar or give additional advantages by entering shadow form or using shadow abilities.
- Recollection - Gain more shadow energy after receiving a Head hit.
- Shadow Burn - Reduce the opponent's shadow energy and health. Can be triggered with weapon shadow abilities.
- Shadow Leech - Absorb the opponent's shadow energy. Can be triggered with weapon shadow abilities.
- Spurt - Gain shadow energy by moving around. Can be used to extend shadow form duration.
- Rising Tide - Gain more shadow energy by dealing 3 (or more) hits combo. Can be used to extend shadow form duration.
- Accumulation - Gain more shadow energy by dealing Critical hits. Can be used to extend shadow form duration.
- Aphotic Barrier - Increase defense after exiting shadow form.
- Shadow Charge - Gain more shadow energy by receiving a hit.
- Amplification - First shadow energy used after entering shadow form deals more damage.
- Deterrence - Reduce the opponent's shadow energy by using shadow abilities.
- Discharge - Reduce the opponent's shadow energy by attacking. Can be triggered with weapon shadow abilities.
- Recharge - Gain more shadow energy by attacking. Can be used to extent shadow form duration. Can be triggered with weapon shadow abilities.
- Shadow Affinity - Gain additional shadow energy at the start of a round.
- Shadow Remedy - Recover health upon entering shadow form. Work only once per round.
- Transfusion - Recover health when using shadow abilities.
- Vaporization - Increases damage the more shadow energy the opponent has.
Shadow Alteration Set Bonuses
- Main article: Equipment Sets (SF3)
There are some set bonuses that alter the way the user gain shadow energy or reduce their opponent's shadow energy.
- Scourge Liquidator - Burns the opponent's shadow energy with each successful swords or arbalest hit.
- Guardian Dragon - Gains 7.5% shadow energy with each successful guandao hit.
- Divine Judge - Instantly fills shadow bar by delivering 3 unblocked strikes. It vanishes after 3 seconds, receiving attack from the opponent or one shadow ability usage.
- Star Chaser - Becomes invincible for 10 seconds and enters shadow form after losing all health.
- Condensing Eraser - Adds 20% to Shadow Energy on every successful block. It recharges by attacking the opponent.
- Void Warden - Contaminates opponent's Shadow Energy on each successful hit. Fully contaminated energy deals damage and disappears.
- Spring Champion - Gradually regenerates shadow energy, the regeneration rate increases the closer the user is to the opponent. It vanishes after one shadow ability usage.
List of Weapon Shadow Abilities
To use a weapon's Shadow ability, press the Shadow + Forward/Backward directional button (the direction in which the character is facing the opponent). The cooldown time for Weapon Shadow abilities is 5 seconds. Weapon Shadow Abilities can trigger the effects of some weapon perks.
List of Armor Shadow Abilities
Press the Shadow + Down directional button to use armor's Shadow ability. The cooldown time for armor Shadow abilities is 7 seconds.
List of Helm Shadow Abilities
Press the Shadow + Up directional button to use helm's Shadow ability. The cooldown time for helm Shadow abilities is 7 seconds.
List of Ranged Shadow Abilities
To use ranged weapon's Shadow ability, press the Shadow + Forward/Backward directional button (opposite to the direction the character is facing the opponent). The cooldown time for Ranged Weapon Shadow abilities is 7 seconds.
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|Collapse||Epic and Legendary Naginata, before Chapter IV update.||Telekinetically stabs two Naginatas up from the ground, one in front and one behind the opponent, then slams them both down on the opponent in the middle, smashing back into the ground.|
- Aside from allowing the character to use Shadow abilities, being in Shadow form also increases the damage of other attacks.
- Two-handed Swords are the only weapon that feature a different shadow ability on their Epic and Legendary (and Unique) version.
- Naginata are the only weapons that have their Epic and Legendary versions share the same shadow ability as their Rare counterpart.
- Harpoons and Blasters are the only ranged weapons that have their Epic and Legendary versions share the same shadow ability as their Rare counterpart.
- Mash, Skeet, Meteorite, Circulator, Displacement, Ripper, Peg-Top, Removal, Trail, and Bolt are the only shadow abilities that are capable of dealing Head hits.
- Ranged weapon shadow abilities can make Critical hits.
- Some of the shadow abilities function similar to certain moves from Shadow Fight 2. Examples are the Choke ability which is similar to the Mind Throw Magic, and the Tumble ability which functions in a similar manner to the Desolator Super Slash move.
- Both moves are the unique attacks used by Titan.