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Shadow Ability is a gameplay feature in Shadow Fight 3. It is a special ability which can be used while in Shadow Form. Each ability gives different effect to either the player or enemy, like causing a shockwave by stomping the ground, creating a burst of explosion, dashing in very high speed, and many more. Shadow Abilities are contained in equipment, so wearing that equipment allows the player to use the corresponding Shadow Ability in fights. Each piece of equipment of rarity higher than Common has its own Shadow Ability. The damage dealt by Shadow Ability is determined by Helms.

Using Shadow Ability

Characters using various Shadow Abilities.

Shadow 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 Perks. The bar is recharged by dealing or taking damage. Taking damage recharges the Shadow Energy 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 a Shadow Ability as much as they want. Shadow Form lasts for 10 seconds. There are circumstances where the Shadow Energy bar is missing, therefore preventing the use of Shadow Form, or enemy's Shadow Energy bar is always full, therefore the enemy is in unlimited Shadow Form.

Shadow Alteration Perks

Below is the list of perks that are related to Shadow Energy. They can either alter the Shadow Energy 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.
  • Shadow Kick - Gain more Shadow Energy when kicking. 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 Ability 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 extend 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 when entering Shadow Form. Work only once per round.
  • Transfusion - Recover health when using Shadow Abilities.
  • Vaporization - Increases damage depending on Shadow Energy amount the opponent has.

Shadow Alteration Set Bonuses

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.
  • Warmonger - Receives additional shadow energy for every hit received during unbreakable state.
  • Condensing Eraser - Adds 20% to Shadow Energy on every successful block. Recharge the ability by attacking the opponent.
  • Guardian Dragon - Gains 7.5% Shadow Energy with each successful guandao hit.
  • Arrow - Gain Shadow Energy bonus for steps, rolls, jumps and swaps.
  • Star Chaser - Becomes invincible for 10 seconds and enters Shadow Form after losing all health.
  • Divine Judge - Instantly fills Shadow Energy bar by delivering 3 unblocked strikes. It vanishes after 3 seconds, receiving attack from the opponent or one Shadow Ability usage.
  • Void Warden - Contaminates opponent's Shadow Energy on each successful hit. Fully contaminated energy deals damage and disappears.
  • Festival King - Drinking from a flask can give you a chance to restore some Shadow Energy.
  • Spring Champion - Gradually regenerates Shadow Energy, the closer the user is to the opponent, the more regeneration rate increases. It vanishes after one Shadow Ability usage.

List of Weapon's Shadow Abilities

To use a weapon's Shadow Ability, press the Shadow button + Forward directional button (the direction in which the character is facing the opponent). The cooldown time for weapon's Shadow Abilities is 5 seconds. The weapon's Shadow Abilities can trigger the effects of some weapon perks.

Icon Name Available on Ability Overview

Legion


Note: Hack, Tumble, and Meteorite can come with the Unbreakable State, which means the user don't recoil if they receive attacks, and the ability is not stopped.
SHADOW STRONG WEAPON.png Crush

All Rare weapons

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SHADOW TWOHANDED SWORD SLASH.png Rift

Epic Two-handed Sword

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SHADOW AXES THROW.png Hack

Epic and Legendary Axes

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SHADOW HAMMERS THROW.png Mash

Epic and Legendary Hammers

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SHADOW SWORD LONELY SPINNING SLASH.png Lunge

Legendary and Unique One-handed Swords

ShadowLunge.gif
SHADOW DUAL SWORDS SLASH.png Pierce

Epic and Legendary Swords

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SHADOW AXES 2.png Skeet

Legendary and Unique Maces

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SHADOW GIANT SWORD SLASH 1.png Tumble All Giant Swords
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SHADOW TWOHANDED HAMMER SLASH.png Anvil Epic and Legendary Two-handed Hammers
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SHADOW TWOHANDED SWORD THROW.png Vane Legendary and Unique Two-handed Swords
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SHADOW SPEAR SLASH.png Pricker Epic and Legendary Spears
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SHADOW SHIELD KNOBSTICK SLASH 1.png Meteorite Epic and Legendary Flails & Shields
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SHADOW BIG KNIFE SLASH 1.png Butterfly Legendary and Unique Knives

Dynasty


Note: The Shadow Abilities of Dynasty weapons can activate the Triple-Attack Aura, which means the users can increase the damage of their Shadow Abilities.
SHADOW AGILE WEAPON TORNADO.png Tornado

All Rare Weapons

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SHADOW STAFF SPINNING SLASH.png Thresh Epic, Legendary and Unique Staffs
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SHADOW GUANDAO SPINNING SLASH 1.png Twirl

Legendary and Unique Guandaos

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SHADOW SABERS BLINK.png Turmoil

Epic and Unique Sabers

ShadowTurmoil.gif
SHADOW CHAIN KNIFE SLASH 1.png Torrent

Epic and Legendary Chain Knives

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SHADOW NUNCHAKU SPINNING SLASH.png Flail

Epic and Legendary Nunchaku

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SHADOW SHUANGOU SLASH 2.png Slide Epic and Legendary Shuang Gou
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SHADOW DEERHORN SLASH.png Twist Epic and Legendary Deer Horns
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SHADOW DADAO SLASH.png Loop Epic and Legendary Dadaos
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SHADOW GLAIVE KNIVES SLASH.png Circulator Epic and Legendary Composite Glaives
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SHADOW TRIPLE STAFF SLASH.png Whirlwind Epic, Legendary and Unique Sanjieguns
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SHADOW DUAL SABERS.png Acrobat Legendary Sabers
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Heralds

Note: The Shadow Abilities of Heralds weapons can come with the Critical Charge, which means the users can use Shadow Abilities to attack the oppenant with critical hit.
Shadow dash.png Dash

All Naginata and Rare Weapons

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SHADOW SAI SLASH 1.png Prod Epic and Legendary Sais
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SHADOW GLAIVE SLASH 1.png Harpoon Epic, Legendary and Unique Glaives
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SHADOW KATANA SCABBARD SLASH 1.png Windmill Epic and Legendary Iaido Katanas
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SHADOW CLAWS SLASH 1.png Pounce Epic and Legendary Claws
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SHADOW KATANA SLASH 1.png Displacement Epic and Legendary Katanas
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SHADOW KUSARIGAMA SLASH.png Trip Legendary and Unique Kusarigamas
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SHADOW DUAL KAMA SLASH.png Ripper Epic and Legendary Kamas
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SHADOW WHIP KATAR SLASH 1.png Asphyxia Epic and Legendary Whip Katars
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SHADOW NINJATO SLASH 1.png Hyperdash Epic, Legendary and Unique Ninjatos
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List of Armor Shadow Abilities

Press the Shadow button + Down directional button to use armor's Shadow Ability. The cooldown time for armor Shadow Abilities is 7 seconds.

Icon Name Available on Ability Overview

Legion


Note: Ram can proc any weapon perks.
SHADOW STRONG ARMOR.png Ram

All Rare Armors

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SHADOW CARAPACE.png Spikes

Epic Armors and Warlord's Plates (Legendary Armor)

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SHADOW THUD.png Thud

Legendary armors, Unique Armors

Swamper’s Camouflage and Stigmata (Epic Armors)

ShadowThud.gif

Dynasty

Note: Peg-Top can prompt the Triple-Attack Aura.
SHADOW AGILE ARMOR.png Shift

All Rare Armors

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SHADOW AGILE ARMOR 2.png Peg-Top

All Epic, Legendary and Unique Armors

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Heralds

SHADOW BLINK.png Blink

All Rare Armors

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Shadow precise armor explosion.png Blast All Epic, Legendary and Unique Armors
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SHADOW PRECISE ARMOR SLASH.png Stroke Savannah (Legendary Armor)
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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.

Icon Name Available on Ability Overview

Legion

SHADOW MIND THROW.png Choke All Rare Helms
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SHADOW UPPERCUT.png Uppercut All Epic, All Legendary Helms from Chapter I, Fiery North (Legendary Helm)
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SHADOW STRONG HELMET.png Pivot All Legendary Helms from Chapter IV - VII

All Unique Helms

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Dynasty

SHADOW AGILE HELMET.png Whirl All Rare Helms
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SHADOW MINE.png Burst All Epic, Legendary and Unique Helms
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Heralds

SHADOW PUSH.png Repel All Rare Helms
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SHADOW PRECISE HELMET.png Eruption All Epic, Legendary and Unique Helms
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List of Ranged Weapon 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.

Icon Name Available on Abillity Overview

Legion

SHADOW RANGED STRONG EXPLOSION.png Concussion All Rare Ranged Weapons
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SHADOW RANGED STRONG KNIFE.png Bonds Epic and Legendary Throwing Knives
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SHADOW RANGED STRONG ARBALEST.png Ballistae Epic, Legendary and Unique Arbalests
ShadowBallistae.gif
SHADOW RANGED STRONG AXE.png Tide Epic, Legendary and Unique Throwing Axes
ShadowTide.gif
SHADOW RANGED STRONG PILUM.png Collector Epic and Legendary Pilums
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SHADOW RANGED STRONG PISTOL.png Removal Epic and Legendary Pistols and Bullet Guns
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SHADOW RANGED STRONG TRAP.png Clutch Epic and Legendary Traps
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Dynasty

SHADOW RANGED AGILE CLOUD.png Cloud All Rare Ranged Weapons and Monkey King Flask (Unique Flask)
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SHADOW RANGED AGILE KNIFE.png Ricochet Epic and Legendary Throwing Daggers
ShadowRicochet.gif
SHADOW RANGED AGILE BOOMERANG.png Cage Epic and Legendary Boomerangs
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SHADOW RANGED AGILE CHAKRAM.png Roll Epic and Legendary Chakrams
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SHADOW RANGED AGILE BOMB.png Trail Epic, Legendary and Unique Fire Orbs,

Snowballs (Unique Ranged Weapon)

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SHADOW RANGED AGILE BOW.png Hailstorm Epic, Legendary and Unique Bow
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SHADOW RANGED AGILE SPIKE.png Stalagmites Epic and Legendary Spikes
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Heralds

SHADOW RANGED PRECISE LIGHTNING.png Bolt All Harpoons, Blasters and Rare Ranged Weapons
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SHADOW RANGED PRECISE KUNAI.png Leap Epic and Legendary Kunais
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SHADOW RANGED PRECISE SHURIKEN.png Flow Epic and Legendary Shurikens
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SHADOW RANGED PRECISE NEEDLE.png Porcupine Epic and Legendary Needles
ShadowPorcupine.gif
SHADOW RANGED PRECISE FOLDING BLADE.png Grinder Epic, Legendary and Unique Folding Blades
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SHADOW RANGED PRECISE ELECTROMINE.png Deactivation Epic and Legendary Electromines
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Unavailable Shadow Abilities

Icon Name Available on Ability Overview
SHADOW NAGINATA SLASH 1.png 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.

Trivia

Desolator Super Slash from Shadow Fight 2.

Mind Throw from Shadow Fight 2.

  • Aside from allowing the character to use Shadow Abilities, being in Shadow Form also increases the damage of other attacks.
  • Two-handed Swords and Sabers 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, Whirlwind, Circulator, Displacement, Trip, Ripper, Peg-Top, Removal, Trail, and Bolt are the only Shadow Abilities that are capable of dealing Head Hits.
  • Ranged weapon Shadow Abilities can deal Critical Hits, one way to activate this is to hold the punch button while the Shadow Ability is being executed. The Critical Hits can be guaranteed if the Critical Charge is active.
    • However, there are only a few Shadow Abilities are capable of doing this, provided that their execution time is long enough for the player to hold the punch button.
    • On some rare occasions, Helm and Armor Shadow Abilities can also deal critical damage.
  • 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 of them are the unique attacks used by Titan.
  • Divine Judge's and Spring Champion's Shadow Abilities aren't affected by cooldown time. Therefore, users can still use Shadow Ability while their cooling time are not yet over.
  • Unlike other Rare equipments, Rare Traps, Rare Spikes, Rare Electromines doesn't have any Shadow Ability.
  • The Ram Shadow Ability also gives an unbreakable interval, except this one works against absolutely everything (Even Shadow Abilities, but citation is needed for Boss Abilities), and is the only non weapon based Shadow Ability that gives an unbreakable interval.
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