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Shadow (KHII)


Shadow KHX

Type Pureblood Heartless Heartless Emblem
Kana/Kanji シャドウ
Romaji Shadou
French Ombre
German Schattenlurch
Italian Shadow
Games Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts coded
Kingdom Hearts Union χ
Shadow's Gallery
Gigas Shadow
Candy Apple
Flower Rider
Gift Shadow
Lion Dancer
Poison Apple
Rodeo Rider
Shadow Witch

Kingdom Hearts

Heartless that emerge from various places. They sneak up to their enemies and strike them with sharp claws. They are extremely tenacious, often chasing their prey to the end.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories - Sora's Story

A Heartless that pops up in all kinds of places.
The Shadow ambles around and attacks without warning. It is completely untouchable while hiding within the darkness.

Kingdom Hearts II

It sinks into the ground while moving, so timing is the key to defeating it.
The moment it surfaces, attack away!

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

A Pureblood Heartless that flows across the ground as a shadow, completely immune to attack.
Watch for the moment it emerges, then strike!

Kingdom Hearts coded

Heartless which lurk here, there, and everywhere. They hide themselves beneath their own shadows as they draw close to their prey, then lash out with sharpened claws. Don't want to get caught shadowboxing? Then wait till they surface to strike.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

One of the many forms the heart takes after being swallowed by darkness. A being that appears along with the darkness, it searches for hearts in order to attack them.
Before Rescue After
HP 10-54 60
Attack 2-31 35-40
Defense 2-24 27-30
MP Recovery 0-40 45-53
EXP 1-16 30
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr.
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Gravity Stop KO Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
(1) HP Ball x 1
(1) Munny x 2
Potion (1%), Lucid Shard (6%)
Awakening, Destiny Islands, Traverse Town, Wonderland, Deep Jungle, Agrabah, Monstro, Halloween Town, Neverland, Hollow Bastion, End of the World
Before Rescue After
HP 10-54 60
Attack 2-31 35-40
Defense 2-24 27-30
MP Recovery 0-40 45-53
EXP 1-16 30
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr.
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Gravity Stop KO Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Phil Cup

Seed 4 (Hard Hitters): 4x Shadow

Pegasus Cup

Seed 8 (Marauders): 8x Shadow

Hercules Cup

Seed 9 (Dusk Vanguard): 9x Shadow

Hades Cup

Seed 49 (Shadow Brothers): 49x Shadow
Seed 47 (Terrible Feet): 47x Shadow
Seed 32 (Shadow Summoners): 32x Shadow
Seed 26 (Shadow Storm): 26x Shadow
Seed 9 (Night Rave): 9x Shadow
Seed 5 (Black Storm): 5x Shadow

Floor Basement HP AP EXP
1 12 33 3 3
2 11 36 3 7
3 10 39 4 12
4 9 42 5 16
5 8 45 5 21
6 7 49 6 25
7 6 52 7 30
8 5 55 8 32
9 4 58 9 36
10 3 62 10 41
11 2 98 9 75
12 1 105 10 80
13 111 11 91
Physical Fire Bliz. Thndr. Neutral
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Status Effects Grav. Stun Stop Warp
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Bind Conf. Terr. Mgnt. Frze.
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Shadow (card)
Increase the value of all cards by 1.
Duration Cost Values Duel Time
2 reloads 25 CP 1 3 cards 4 s
Traverse Town, Wonderland, Olympus Coliseum, Agrabah, Halloween Town, Monstro, Neverland, Hollow Bastion, Twilight Town, Destiny Islands, Castle Oblivion, Bottomless Darkness
Location Lvl HP EXP Str Def
Twilight Town 7 15 2 10 5
Hollow Bastion 8 16 3 11 5
The Land of Dragons 10 17 4 12 6
Beast's Castle 13 20 5 15 8
Hollow Bastion 15 22 6 17 9
Olympus Coliseum 16 22 7 17 9
Disney Castle 18 24 9 19 10
Timeless River 19 25 9 20 11
Port Royal 20 26 10 21 11
Agrabah 22 27 13 22 12
Halloween Town 24 29 15 24 13
Pride Land 26 31 18 26 14
Hollow Bastion 28 32 21 27 15
Space Paranoids 28 32 21 27 15
Hollow Bastion 30 34 24 29 16
Space Paranoids 34 38 32 32 18
The World That Never Was 50 50 80 45 26
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr. Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
(1) HP Ball x 1
(1) Munny x 1
Dark Shard (4%)
Location Lvl HP EXP Str Def

Pain and Panic Cup

Match 1: 5x Shadow
Match 4: 4x Shadow

20 26 21 11
Pain and Panic Paradox Cup

Match 1: 5x Shadow
Match 4: 4x Shadow

60 59 54 31
Hades Paradox Cup

Match 1: 3x Shadow
Match 7: 4x Shadow

99 91 87 51
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr. Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Hearts Lvl
HP EXP Def Stun
x0.32 x1.00 x1.02 O
Mission Lvl Rewards
00 1 Potion (10%)
02 1 Potion (10%)
05 1 Potion (10%)
07 1 Potion (10%)
08 1 Potion (10%)
09 1 Potion (10%)
14 6
20 8 Potion (10%)
21 8 Potion (10%)
22 8 Potion (10%)
23 8 Potion (10%)
26 8 Potion (10%)
27 8 Potion (10%)
28 8 Potion (10%)
29 8 Potion (10%)
35 12 Potion (10%)
42 12 Ether (25%)
43 12 Ether (25%)
59 25 Moonstone (15%)
61 25
74 30 Blazing Gem (7%)
77 30 Blazing Gem (7%)
83 30 Blazing Gem (7%)
89 30 Blazing Gem (7%)
Fire Bliz. Thndr. Aero
x2.20 x1.60 x0.60 x1.70
Ignt. Frze. Jolt Toss
x1.00 x1.60 x1.00 x1.00
Twilight Town, Agrabah, Beast's Castle, Halloween Town, Olympus Coliseum, Neverland



The Shadow is a Pureblood Heartless that is found throughout the Kingdom Hearts series. Although some Heartless (such as the Creepworm) are weaker than the Shadow, it is the most basic type, and is still a threat to those without the Keyblade.

It is found in each world in every game, excluding Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, and The World That Never Was in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. Meanwhile, in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, this Heartless appeared only in the Realm of Darkness during the Secret Episode of the game.

Certain Heartless, such as the Darkside, the Dark Follower, or Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, can also summon Shadows, and the Shadows spawned by the Dark Follower are in fact violet, rather than the traditional black.


A normal Shadow has a vaguely humanoid body structure. It has a round, spherical head with circular, glowing yellow eyes. It also has two long, twisted antennae sprouting out of the top of its head. Each of its hands has three clawed fingers, and its feet are large and lack any discernible digits. With the exception of its eyes, this Heartless's body is completely black (with the exception of the Shadows summoned by the Dark Follower, which are dark purple).

The Shadow's name is a reference to a shadow, highlighting its status as the most basic type of Heartless. The name could also be a reference to the Shadow's ability to flatten itself into a silhouette on the ground, and become a literal shadow.


Kingdom Hearts

The Shadows first appear within Sora's Awakening, but are summarily destroyed by Sora, along with the Darkside, and he awakes from his dream. However, when Riku opens the door to Destiny Islands's heart, the Shadows reappear to devour the children's island. Sora notices the storm caused by their arrival and races to the island, but although he attacks them with his Wooden Sword, he is unable to damage the monsters until he discovers the Keyblade. Although he is now equipped to fight back the horde, his friends have already fallen into the darkness, and the island's heart has been devoured.

Shadows continue to appear as minor Heartless throughout the worlds, but do not reappear in force until Sora completes the Door to Darkness at Hollow Bastion by releasing Kairi's heart from his body. Not only does this change him into a Shadow, but the triumphant Ansem summons a swarm of Shadows to chase Kairi, Donald Duck, and Goofy from the castle. However, at the Entrance Hall, Kairi notices the Shadow that is Sora and embraces him, giving him back his human form.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Shadows appear in the Mission Mode tutorial when the player learns about collecting Mission Points. They also appear when Roxas trains with Marluxia; Marluxia then proceeding to tell Roxas why the Organization ignored Pureblood Heartless, using the Shadow as an example. Much later in the storyline when Roxas went to Halloween Town on a mission in which he was to meet up with Xigbar, he was surrounded by Shadows before being rescued by the latter.

Still later on, Roxas fought a more powerful version of the Darkside, the Dark Follower. The Dark Follower had the ability to summon purple-colored Shadows. The only difference between these and ordinary Shadows are that purple Shadows drop two Mission Points, while the ordinary Shadows release only one.

Shadows appear in nearly every mission, especially in missions with Shadow Globs.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Several Shadows spawn when Sora and company attempt to leave the card world of Monstro, when Jack Skellington mentions a "problem" in Halloween Town, and when Sora arrives in Agrabah to find Aladdin under attack by Heartless. They also appear as the most common type of heartless in most of the Worlds.

Kingdom Hearts II

When Sora, Donald, and Goofy, as well as Kairi and Riku separately enter the Hall of Empty Melodies, a swarm of Shadows appears and attacks them, although those assaulting the former were also accompanied by Armored Knights. Riku lends Kairi a Keyblade, and they each fight back the swarm. However, it is Xigbar who finishes the Heartless off, before he challenges Sora to battle.

After Ansem fires the Kingdom Hearts Encoder at Xemnas's artificial Kingdom Hearts, the shower of hearts that results attracts a gigantic swarm of Shadows, who attack the castle. Maleficent and Pete offer to hold off the Shadows so that Sora and his friends can defeat Xemnas, in exchange for the castle itself. When the castle is destroyed in Xemnas's final assault, it is assumed that the Shadows are as well.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix

While Aqua is traversing the Realm of Darkness, she encounters the Shadow among a few other Pureblood Heartless.


  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Pounce Claw
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • Claw Attack
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
    • Claw Attack
    • Slide Kick
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
    • Claw Attack
    • Pounce Claw
  • Kingdom Hearts II
    • Left Claw
    • Right Claw
    • Pounce Claw

Shadows live up to their name, emerging from the ground to attack with a simple but fierce claw strike. Although the Shadow is relatively easy to defeat when alone, its habit of attacking in swarms can make it too much to handle. If it is too much, it is a good idea to use Thunder (only in Kingdom Hearts) because it has a wide range. If it is alone, just whack it with the Keyblade.

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