Shield of Shadows is a Warframe Augment Mod that allows Nekros to transfer a percentage of damage he receives to any active Shadows of the Dead minions within 50 meters. Link range affected by Ability Range.

Stats Edit

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


  • Can be acquired by attaining the rank of Partner under The Perrin Sequence, or the rank of Exalted under the Red Veil, and spending ReputationBlackx6425,000 to purchase.


  • Each Shadow linked to Nekros will take a percentage of damage in his stead. Total damage reduction is determined by the number of Shadows linked to Nekros.
    • Damage transfer percentage is linearly affected by Ability Strength up to a cap of 90% damage reduction. This is obtainable by increasing Ability Strength to 214%, assuming all 7 Shadows are active and linked to Nekros.
    • By cloning summoning units such as Drahk Masters or Corpus Techs and having those summon their respective minions, it is possible to have more than 7 Shadows. These minions behave like normal Shadows and the ability icon will show the increased number of shadows. They will be linked to Nekros, suffer from health decay and contribute to the damage reduction, which is, however, still capped at 90%.
    • Self-inflicted damage and friendly fire is not transferred to linked Shadows.
    • Link range is affected by Ability Range.
  • While Shadows of the Dead is active, Nekros is linked to all his shadows within range via energy threads of the chosen energy color.
  • While linked, Nekros will gain knockdown immunity.
  • Damage mitigation only begins at the end of Shadows of the Dead casting animation, when all shadows have spawned and Nekros is visually linked to them.


  • While the damage reduction from the augment is capped at 90%, one can potentially push this further by including Despoil and Health Conversion in the build. This would give Nekros a rather consistent 1415 armour equating to about 82.51% damage reduction. When taking both reductions into account, this brings Nekros to a total of about 98.25% damage reduction.
  • Likewise, using Shield of Shadows with Adaptation can gradually bring the damage reduction to 99% to different damage types.


Maximization is a form of specialization: mods may be blended to result in values that vary between the top-end limits listed here. Click any maximized link in the collapsible menu to learn how to build it.

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  • Maximized Ability Duration reduces health drain to 0.98% per second.
    • Reduces link range to 17 meters.
  • Maximized Ability Efficiency reduces cost to 25 energy.
    • Increases health drain to 7.5% per second.
  • Maximized Ability Range increases link range to 140 meters.
    • Reduces damage bonus to 60%, health bonus to 40%, shield bonus to 40% and total damage transfer to 2.4%.
  • Maximized Ability Strength increases damage bonus to 618%, health bonus to 412%, shield bonus to 412% and total damage transfer to 90%.
    • Without Energy Conversion and Growing Power, increases damage bonus to 505.5%, health bonus to 337%, shield bonus to 337% and total damage transfer to 90%.
    • Increases cost to 155 energy.
    • Increases health drain to 4.14% per second.

NOTE: Italic refers to the base ability of this augment


  • A link or two may persist well beyond the range limits of your current build, e.g. you being linked to a shadow 100+ meters away even with a reduced range build. This will cease once the shadow you are connected to dies however.


Patch HistoryEdit

Update 16.4
  • Introduced.
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