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Shadows Of The Dead
Summons shadow versions of vanquished enemies to fight alongside you for a short period of time.
Strength:25% / 50% / 75% / 150% (damage bonus)
15% / 35% / 65% / 100% (shield bonus)
15% / 35% / 65% / 100% (health bonus)
Duration:6 / 5 / 4 / 3% (health decay per sec)
Misc:4 / 5 / 6 / 7 (shadow copies)
10 m (spawn radius)
> 30 m (recall range)

  • Nekros summons 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 shadow copies of his most recently slain enemies, prioritizing the strongest enemy groups among those killed to summon. The copies retain the level and stats of their original selves but will gain 25% / 50% / 75% / 150% damage, 15% / 35% / 65% / 100% shields and 15% / 35% / 65% / 100% health, with each copy losing 3% of their health per second while active. The copies spawn randomly within a 10 meter radius and will fight for Nekros until they die either to enemy fire or their own degenerating health.
    • Damage, shield and health bonus are affected by Ability Strength, while the number of active Shadows is not.
    • Shadows of the Dead's damage, shield and health bonuses are additive bonuses that are applied to a shadow copy's total damage and total health. For example, +30% Ability Strength will increase the damage and health bonuses to 1.5 × 1.3 = 195% and 1 × 1.3 = 130% respectively at max rank. A copy whose original had 200 total health and dealt 100 damage per attack will have 200 × (1 + 1.3) = 460 health when summoned and will inflict 100 × (1 + 1.95) = 295 damage per attack.
    • There is currently no way to prematurely kill shadows in order to refresh them, either the shadows or Nekros must die in order for this to happen.
    • Health drain per second is affected by Ability Duration.
    • Spawn radius is not affected by Ability Range.
    • The number of active Shadows is displayed on the ability icon.
      • Shadows of enemies that summon addittional units, like Drahk Masters, can summon Shadows of their respective minions. These can exceed the number of Shadows Nekros can normally summon, and will be reflected in the number on the ability icon. They also contribute extra damage reduction when Mod TT 20px.png Shield of Shadows is equipped.
    • Health decay of shadows can be reduced or reversed with good duration and Mod TT 20px.png Rejuvenation auras.
    • Most Warframe healing abilities will also heal Shadows, as well as SanctiMagistar.png Sancti Magistar's charge attacks.
      • This can become a problem later on when the Nekros player needs to refresh their shadows to get higher level versions, but cannot do so until they die.
  • Casting the ability again (default 4 ) while there are Shadows still active performs additional functions:
    • Fully replenishes active Shadows' shields and health on each recast. If the number of active Shadows are at maximum capacity, Nekros will perform a shortened animation.
      • Shadows are not healed before the completion of the animation; as such, if recasting at maximum Shadows, some can die before getting healed, and more will not be spawned to compensate.
    • When the number of active Shadows falls below the maximum, Nekros performs the full summoning animation to create additional Shadows up to the maximum capacity. This function can only be performed when there are slain enemies in Nekros' recently-killed list (see Summoning Priority tab below).
    • Active Shadows that are more than 30 meters away from Nekros will teleport into Nekros' spawn radius.
  • Shadow copies are selectively summoned and possess unique properties:

  • While shadow copies can be different unit types, they possess common characteristics:
    • As the shadows appear, each one inflicts a small area knockdown which can only affect each enemy once.
    • Shadow copies have raised Threat Level, causing enemies to prioritize attacking copies over players.
    • Nekros and his allies are able to walk through shadow copies without being obstructed.
    • Shadow copies will take cover and organize, while occasionally seeking out to follow the player or the host around.
    • Enemies that spawn additional enemies can add to the number of shadows.
    • Kills by a player's shadow copies grant that player 50% of the kill experience to their Warframe.
    • Shadow copies are black, and have a mist effect that is colored with Nekros' energy color. A pure black energy color will remove the mist effect and leave simply blackened forms.
    • If a shadow enters inside the sphere of a Nullifier Crewman or Corrupted Nullifier, or gets in contact with the disrupting aura of a Comba or Scrambus, the shadow will be drained of health while remaining inside the bubble or aura. If Nekros is the one making contact with one of the mentioned, his shadows will not die. (Only tested with Nullifier Crewman so far.)

  • Shadow copies are taken from the last 20 enemies killed by both Nekros and his Shadows; teammate and Companion kills do not count. Once a specific enemy has been copied it is removed from the player's "recently-killed" list. The game does not remember any kills past the 20th (e.g., if you kill 30 enemies and cast this ability four times without killing any more enemies this ability will create 7, 7, 6, and 0 copies). The game is optimized to selectively summon the strongest enemy types available in the list, see below for more information.
    • When using weapons with Syndicate mods, or weapons with built in syndicate effects, the radial blast will count as the player's kills, which will overwrite any current ones.
  • Shadows of the Dead summoning selection prioritizes the highest group of enemies first, the levels of enemies slain second, and the earliest available enemy on the recently-killed list third. The list below contains the highest to lowest priority group of enemies for each faction based on playtesting results:
  • Grineer
  • Corpus
  • Infested
  • Corrupted
  • Eximus variants for all factions can be spawned as shadows, often prioritized for spawning due to higher level difference than their normal counterparts.
    • Shadows of Eximus units possess Overguard, which isn't considered as a part of their health and will not be drained, making them far more resilient than their normal varients.
  • Despite some enemies like the Scorch being very powerful, they are not considered in the spawning hierarchy.

    • Ability Synergy: A target killed by SoulPunch130xDark.png Soul Punch summons a friendly Shadows Of The Dead Shadow copy of the enemy target. If the target survives, they become Marked for Harvest for 3 seconds, creating their Shadow copy if killed while marked.
      • If the max Shadows count is reached, all active Shadows are healed to full health instead.
      • Marked for Harvest duration is not affected by mods.
    • Does not work on Bosses, Desert Skates, Latchers, or Kuva Guardians with one exception: Zanuka can be revived as a shadow copy if Nekros is the one to kill it.
    • Has a very long cast animation, during which shadow copies usually will not attack. Nekros is not immune to knockdown and takes full damage during this time.
    • Dying or experiencing a host migration will destroy any shadows you currently had stored.
    • Battalyst and Conculyst can be summoned as shadows with (usually) the highest priority.

    Main article: Shield of Shadows

    Shield of Shadows is a Warframe Augment Mod that allows NekrosIcon272.png Nekros to transfer a percentage of damage he receives to any active ShadowsOfTheDead130xDark.png Shadows Of The Dead minions within 50 meters.

    Rank Damage transfer Cost
    0 3% 6
    1 4% 7
    2 5% 8
    3 6% 9

    Tips & Tricks
    • Shadow copies attract attention from enemies, they are effective at defending objectives or areas of a map.
    • Actively target and focus your attacks on enemies you want to clone prior to casting the ability.
    • Because you still take full damage during the long summoning animation, it might be useful to cast Terrify130xDark.png Terrify just before using this skill.
    • Roller will often roll around aimlessly and get stuck, do not use these as your shadows.
    • Shadow Shield Ospreys will shield all of your shadows and your team, granting additional 200 shield when connected (as of Update 10.3). This buff is not increased by multiple Ospreys and you must be less than 10 meters from a Shield Osprey for it to connect. They will prioritize following your shadows or enemies if not in range of shadows. They will provide shield bonuses to Defense objectives or any other allied unit, including MindControl130xDark.png Mind Controlled enemies (besides Grineer heavy units).
      • Can be used as a temporary survival measure in Survival when the oxygen runs out, as disconnecting/connecting to osprey will instantly regenerate your shield and apply the bonus. It will not stop the draining of shield but can be used as a temporary measure to stay alive, such as waiting in extraction where you are very vulnerable to attacks.
    • Shadow Toxic Ancients' will provide nearby allies with toxin resistance, Ancient Disruptors will provide magnetic resistance (and perhaps aura resistance), and both Ancient Healers and Corrupted Ancients will grant nearby allies heavy damage reduction.
    • In Void Defense it is recommended to spawn the shadows in the center zone with the cryo pods so that the AI will take cover and increase their survivability.
    • Can be used to control Rampart.
    • OberonIcon272.png Oberon's Renewal130xDark.png Renewal will heal Shadows and can override their health decay; however, as Renewal's energy drain scales with the number of affected targets, and Shadows are both numerous and constantly under healing, they can very quickly drain all of Oberon's energy. Take this into consideration when playing with an Oberon in the team.
    • TrinityIcon272.png Trinity's Blessing130xDark.png Blessing, with at least 125% Ability Strength, can fully heal Shadows and can potentially keep them alive indefinitely.
    • GarudaIcon272.png Garuda's BloodAltar130xDark.png Blood Altar will heal shadows quickly, potentially allowing unlimited survivability. This works since Blood Altar heals by percentage of missing health, leading to a fast heal for more damaged shadows. A range build will be helpful here.
    • Mod TT 20px.png Rejuvenation will replenish shadows' health, which can offset the constant health decay. This is particularly useful with Nullifier Crewman, or other enemies that can avoid directly taking damage. Some numbers for Reference:
      • Rejuvenation restores +3 hp/sec, which means at a 3% health drain you will cancel the health drain of a mob with 100 hp. 4 Rejuvenation aura's will increase your heal rate to +12 hp/sec, which would cancel the health drain of a mob with 400 hp with a 3% health drain.
      • Rejuvenation restores +3 hp/sec, which means at a 1% health drain (near max duration) you will cancel the health drain of a mob with 300 hp. 4 Rejuvenation aura's will increase your heal rate to +12 hp/sec, which would cancel the health drain of a mob with 1200 hp with a 1% health drain.
    • Some enemies (tested on Crewmans) can hack into Ambulas or Bursa, making this step trivial for the player. (further testing required)

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    • Does not properly produce shadow copies when standing on boxes or crates, as the ability will spawn shadows at your current height in the casting range. If there are no surfaces around where you are standing that are close to the height you are at, very little or no shadows will spawn, but it would use energy and waste 'souls'.
    • Rarely, a shadow or two will not die when the duration ends, and will continue to exist until they die.
    • If a Corrupted Ancient is queued for your next shadow, casting the ability on solo missions will allow you to become downed instead of dying instantly, as the game recognizes the healer is about to be spawned. You will be revived with a small portion of your health once the Ancient pulses its healing wave. This is a quirk that only occurs if a Corrupted Ancient is queued to be spawned as you use the ability and will not happen in any other case.
    • A Sapping Osprey shadow's sapping field will not have Nekros' energy colour, and the orb can be destroyed by allies. The field will not damage allies, however.
    • In solo mode, dying just as the shadows are summoned can result in the shadows not losing health over time, thus existing until they are killed by hazards or enemies. These shadows do not contribute to the "summoned shadows" counter, allowing the player to have more than the usual maximum number of shadows allowed at one time. These shadows remain in this state even when more shadows are summoned.
    • For whatever reason, shadow Nullifier Crewman of either type decay slower than other enemies, to the point where a couple [Rejuvenation] auras can easily keep them alive (with a decent positive duration) until they are killed by enemies.
    • If this ability is used to revive a Grineer Prosecutor, the Lotus will prompt you that she is detecting an enemy one. Respectively, she will pronounce that they have been killed once they decay, or the ability ends.


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