Wizard101 Khrysalis Shadow Magic Spells Guide

Shadow Magic Banner 2 with backgroundWizard101 Khrysalis Shadow Magic Spells!

A guide to the new Shadow Magic spells available in Khrysalis!

Our thanks go to Alexander Lionheart, Duelist101 Guide-writer and the fastest wizard in the game! :)

 See the video at the bottom for Shadow Magic in action!

Are you looking for a guide to the Shadow Creature spells from Khrysalis Part 2? We have them too!

Khrysalis Shadow Spells Guide: Shadow Creatures!

Backlash

These spells are interesting because they give us incredible advantages, but they come at a cost. Anyone using a Shadow Spell will have to deal with the Backlash that it gives. This is damage which ignores your resist. It can be more or less, depending on what you do while the Shadow Magic is active! The Shadow Shrike, for instance, deals LESS backlash when you do things it “likes” such as casting blades. But if you do things that the Shrike Spell dislikes, such as healing, it increases the amount of backlash.

Backlash starts out at 30% for all Shadow Spells. This means when the spell ends, it will deal damage to you for 30% of your current health. This ignores resist and damage modifiers. Doing something your Shadow Self “likes” will remove 10% backlash. Doing something it dislikes will add 10% backlash. Doing something neutral will not add or remove any backlash. You will get a minimum of 10% Backlash no matter what you do, and a maximum of 70%. We have added specific information below the spell pictures.

Max Backlash Test

Big thanks to Katherine Light of the Mercs for awesome Backlash info! She contributed the vast majority of the Backlash info found in this guide!

Shadow Magic Basics!

  • Location: Eclipse Tower in Moon Cliffs, Khrysalis. This dungeon is a part of the main quest line, if you haven’t found it yet, you just need to quest farther.
  • Shadow Pips are a new type of Pip, and they appear next to power pips. You cannot get any Shadow Pips until you have trained a Shadow Magic Spell. Currently, even those with spells trained can only get 1 Shadow Pip at a time.
  • Shadow Spells are not Auras. You can have an Aura and a Shadow Spell on at the same time.
  • They are a little like Polymorphs in that they change the way your wizard looks while they are active. Unlike Polymorphs, however,  you keep your stats and deck (PLUS the Shadow Spell stats). You CANNOT have a Polymorph and Shadow Self at the same time. One cancels the other out.
  • While a Shadow Spell is active, you get an angry Orb over your head. This orb will let you know whether the Shadow Spell likes or dislikes the spells you are using, and how that affects the Backlash you may get.

 

Shadow Seraph

Shadow Seraph_lvl 92 spell_Khrysalis

Available for 1 Training Point from Sophia Darkside in Moon Cliffs, Khrysalis. Life and Balance get this spell for free (Thx to Paul in the comments!).

  • School: Shadow
  • Level: 92
  • Pips: 1 Shadow Pip
  • Accuracy: 100%
  • Effect: Adds +25% Incoming Damage, +25% Outgoing Heal, Absorb on Heals

Backlash Info:

  • Auras of any type are Neutral.
  • Attacking adds 10% Backlash.
  • Shielding is Neutral.
  • Healing removes 10% Backlash.
  • Spears/Blades are Neutral.
  • Cleanse Charm is Neutral.
  • Stun Block is Neutral.
  • Stuns are Neutral.
  • Prism is Neutral.
  • Disarm is Neutral.
  • Reshuffle is Neutral.
  • Minions are Neutral.
  • Sacrifice minion for health is -10 Backlash + Absorb.
  • Sacrifice minion for pips is Neutral.
  • Empower is Neutral.
  • Dispels are Neutral.
  • Brilliant/Guiding Light and Triage are Neutral.
  • Absorbs are Neutral.
  • Guidance/Precision/Lightning Strike are Neutral.
  • Attacks with a heal like Link and Life’s King Artorius remove 10 Backlash, give an Absorb, then add 10 Backlash.
  • Health Steal spells (drains) are Neutral.
  • Mana Burn is Neutral.
  • Super Nova adds 10 Backlash.
  • More as we learn more…

Duelist Note: Every time you heal as the Shadow Seraph, you grant a 100HP Absorb to your entire team!

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Shadow Shrike

Shadow Shrike_lvl 92 spell_Khrysalis

Available for 1 Training Point from Sophia Darkside in Moon Cliffs, Khrysalis. Fire, Myth, and Storm get this for free.

  • School: Shadow
  • Level: 92
  • Pips: 1 Shadow Pip
  • Accuracy: 100%
  • Effect: Adds +50% Pierce, +10% Damage, -25% Heal

Backlash Info:

  • Auras of any type are Neutral.
  • Shielding adds 10% Backlash.
  • Bubbles remove 10% Backlash.
  • Blades or Traps remove 10% Backlash.
  • Attacking removes 10% Backlash.
  • Reshuffle is Neutral.
  • Spears are Neutral.
  • Prism is Neutral.
  • Infection is Neutral.
  • Weakness is Neutral.
  • Disarm is Neutral.
  • Stuns are Neutral.
  • Smokescreen/Mantle is Neutral.
  • Dispels are Neutral.
  • Minions are Neutral.
  • Sacrifice Minion for health adds 10 Backlash.
  • Sacrifice Minion for pips is Neutral.
  • Link/Power Link adds 10 Backlash then removes 10 Backlash.
  • Health Steals (drains) are Neutral.
  • Savage Paw removes 20 backlash. 10 for the damage and 10 for the blade.
  • Mana Burn is Neutral.
  • Super Nova removes 10 Backlash.
  • Sabertooth adds 10 Backlash and removes 10 Backlash. Adds for shields, removes for damage.
  • More as we learn more…

Duelist Note: Possibly the most useful Shadow Spell of all: 50% Armor Piercing! This spell gives your entire team a Dragon Spear every time you attack.

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Shadow Sentinel

Shadow Sentinel_lvl 92 spell_Khrysalis

Available for 1 Training Point from Sophia Darkside in Moon Cliffs, Khrysalis. This spell is free for Death and Ice School wizards!

  • School: Shadow
  • Level: 92
  • Pips: 1 Shadow Pip
  • Accuracy: 100%
  • Effect: Intercept 1 Damage, adds +80 Critical Block, -10% Incoming Damage

Backlash Info:

  • Auras of any type are Neutral.
  • Buffing is neutral.
  • Healing adds 10% Backlash.
  • Intercepting an attack remove 10% Backlash.
  • Stuns are Neutral.
  • Smokescreen/Mantle is Neutral.
  • Bubbles are Neutral.
  • Traps are Neutral.
  • Pierce is Neutral.
  • Stun Block is Neutral.
  • Cleanse Charm is Neutral.
  • Prisms are Neutral.
  • Infection and Weakness are Neutral.
  • Link adds 20 Backlash – 10 for the attack, and 10 for the heal.
  • Minions are Neutral, but you can intercept attacks for them which removes 10 Backlash.
  • Health Steals (drains) are Neutral.
  • Mana Burn is Neutral.
  • Sabertooth adds 20 Backlash.
  • Super Nova adds 10 Backlash.
  • More as we learn more…

Duelist Note: Intercept happens automatically. You take 25% of the damage for an attack that happens to a friend, and they take 75% of the damage.

 

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Shadow Spells in Action!

                 

 

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  • ???

    Looks great, Can’t wait to train some of them, Still hoping for another +?? to spell sun enchantment :)

  • mmailliw

    so reading this, Shadow Seraph’s drawback is incoming damage while Shadow Shrike’s drawback is less heal efficiency. But Shadow Sentinel seems to have no drawback at all; right?

    • Garrett Justus

      it probaly has a very high backlash if you do something other than shield…it seems like it would get “angry” if you were offensive..even still the backlash could be higher even at it’s lowest than the other 2 spells…

  • Matthew Dragonblood

    Huh. Looks neat, but a bit confusing. I guess i’ll figure it out when I get there

  • http://duelist101.com/ azoresgirl

    Thanks for updating this with more information, Nick!

  • Sabrina Daisystrider

    how would i get the quest touching shadow?

    • James Rapanos

      Later in storyline

  • Garrett Justus

    wow…these seem very…interesting…i cant wait till we see all the “likes/dislikes” for each spell

  • Garrett Justus

    Okay..after watching the video, i really like this concept. if you choose to activate the spells you get ALOT stronger in the way the spell works, but if you try to abuse it and use it in a way other than the spell it’s self intends its going to hurt you, a lot. And once you do you have to commit to that specific action, and your enemy, based off your form will be able to tell what your about to do…and can counter react very easily…it might be strong for a while..and im sure some of them will get nerfed a bit in stats by the end of the test realm due to pvp potintial..but so far these are amazing. makes me wish i dint abandon my life in azteca..oh well

  • Anthony FireSword

    Shadow Shrike on a mega crit/damage/pierce wizard with infallible, vengeance or the Azteca auras… anyone else feel an era of PvP where whole teams are dead within 2-3 rounds coming? Man, it just feels like the heal boos was the WRONG ‘draw back’ for this (how does lessening you heal trouble you when you don’t even NEED to heal?!). Seems like maybe extra incoming damage (maybe 25-50% incoming and lose 30% resist) would be a much better way to balance that ability. Glass cannon storm with shadow shrike… *shudder*.

    • Garrett Justus

      yeah…heck id consider adding the incoming on top of the heal reduction…after all that seems to be a common trend with big name offensive buffs like feint and berserk.

    • http://thealmostperfectthoughts.wordpress.com/ Jeff

      That 50% pierce..HUGE..I hope that goes down a bit.

      • Hunter Fire

        You must be ice…..

        • http://thealmostperfectthoughts.wordpress.com/ Jeff

          Actually, no lol

          I’m balance. The 50% pierce would break through my spirit/elemental shield easily.

          • JacksonPirates

            Actually, I feel like these spells patch up a lot of things in PvP. Down with the turtles!

          • Tyler Moonblade

            Sir you seem to forget the fact that most schools have 45 or below resist, except for Ice of course.

            So think before you speak, because every other match you’re going to face a storm that goes through all your resist, on top of 100+ boost, 500+ critical, and blades. And it’s not just storm and fire that can use it to get through Ice’s resist.

            Do you see what I am saying?

          • JacksonPirates

            I wrote that comment before I actually realized how devastating 50% pierce is. I completely agree and think that Shrike needs to be nerfed, or else PvP will have even less skill involved.

          • Lelouche

            i dont think any of you thought about it at all.. getting a shadow pip is trouble enough but it’s the only way to pierce on a balance without getting yourself owned by supernova along with their mana burn spamming. it isn’t just about getting passed your resist we can do that with infallible and hades gear…. shields stop shrike but not all the damage that they use to so it’s stable and if you think w101 is about skill you’re confused it’s about strategy that’s why it’s turn based….

          • James Firerider

            It is actually not hard at all to get a shadow pip… I often get them on the first turn of a battle. I think that for everyone else’s sake it should be nerfed… but for fires like me and my storm kin they should keep it as is :)

          • Justin Covert

            Tyler Moonblade

            not really (but not myth and death) but jeff is right about balance (they can’t shield) doesn’t madder about resist (also star spell like: Fortify) forgot about ice absorbs (there absorb are “x” same effect of Judgement but ice 2: “X” Absorbs of them but different (ice make op absorb) balance need op judgement

            Ice Armor: Absorb 125 per pips for Self Only

            Frozen Armor: Absorb 175 Per pips

        • Tyler Moonblade

          For schools other than ice that’s basically almost all of your resist or almost all. Good luck facing storms with 100 boost while you have 0 resist along with other boosts. This isn’t just about ice you see.

    • Jason

      A pip/accuracy reduction would be more fair in my opinion, a storm could 2 hit KO with bats if the spell remains like this. It’s almost as if KI is trying to compensate for jade gear + ice wizards with a single spell.
      If i had the choice i would trash the idea of more pierce all together Aquila already evened out the resist problem.

    • iZadee

      Shadow Shrike is a bit op for Fire and Storm.. and I’m a Fire. But honestly this will be great for getting through those damned Ices with what, 70-90 resist to Fire and Storm? And people seem to really forget the draw back; backlash. I quote from Blaze Raven, “So from what I’m getting, 10 Backlash = 420 damage…”. This seriously screws someone over even if they blade and hit. What if they get hit right before a backlash? Backlash completely ignores all resist, shields, and any modifiers. It does provide an unfair offense, yes, but if you know how to take advantage of Shadow Shrike, this spell shouldn’t be TOO much of a problem.

      • masterofcatastrophe

        which is interesting because they did say they are hard to control…this makes it as if we are the wizards and trying to find way of controlling it..!

        • iZadee

          Precisely, if you do not know how to “control” the spells, you will fail.

          • Blaze MeOut

            hmmm looks I onna go to unicorn way to learn how to “control” it once I get it … and the noobs are gonna be like WAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

      • James Firerider

        I, too, am fire and shadow shrike is really, REALLY op on fire. I am not even full glass cannon but still have 75% crit chance and 65% damage and it is insane. I can completely neglect resist on some ice wizards with that and infallible and a spear if needed. Oh and the fact that it also gives you a spear after you hit? Life wand then hit with my fire blades still up… oh I shudder to see how much this nerfs ice wizards.

  • Anthony FireSword

    Ice wizard takes 4 power novas to the face in 4v4. Would this mean 4 weaknesses, or still just the 1? What about an AoE stun like Storm Lord and Frost Giant, or Choke and Blinding Light if passive spells can be ‘shielded? would the ice get stunned then use up 3 shields? And if passive spells can be ‘shielded’, what about things like dispels, infections, weaknesses, plagues and beguile? Still though, would be VERY amusing to see someone be a literal human shield in 4v4, as effective as it may be.

    • Garrett Justus

      agreed, so far these spells are great…everyone has their own niche spell, and then the classic offensive and heal centric spells that literally anyone cant rail…i just hope storm and life dont get slightly stronger copy’s of Seraph and shrike…you…like the life aura from azteca which is literally just a buffed version of mend…but i digress…

    • Caleb Ravenstaff

      Looks like we were wrong. Haha funny to look back as previous predictions and see how off we are.

  • Blaze Raven

    So from what I’m getting, 10 Blackash = 420 damage. But overall, I’m loving the look of the Shadow spells :)

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Backlash is actually a percentage of your current HP. +10 is +10%, etc.

  • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

    How many rounds to these last? And why do thaumaturges get a free one? No fair! I want one I want one!

    • Alric Rainwalker

      All schools get one unique shadow spell. its the sentinel for ice.

      • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

        Where are the other sentinels O: for storm especially!

        • Alric Rainwalker

          Don’t worry when you complete the quest you are automatically handed the shadow spell for your school. Its the other two which are available for training points. Guess duelist101 has not yet posted them up yet.

          • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

            The way we understand it is that these are the only three, and each school gets one of them for free. This seems to be what you are saying, but putting the word “Unique” in there is a bit misleading/confusing.

  • Empiso

    The second spell seems a little OP +50 piece= no resistance for storm thats a 1 shot insane bolt o.o

  • Quinn

    The backslash won’t be as much of a problem for Death, as their drain spells will compensate for the damage taken.

  • Hunter Fire

    The 50 armor piercing is reasonable do to ices ridiculous fire resist backlash is fair, all the ice wizards I face spam towers anyway so it is balanced as far as I am concerned what be your thoughts? Why would this be op in your word?

    • Empiso

      Ya but what about the other classes? This really makes pierce op to me….. No way to protect.

  • penrosecat1

    I’d love to hear when this goes live your opinions on them, and whether to train them or not. The cards sure look CREEPY, for one. Shadow Shrike is redefining overpowered O. O

    • Empiso

      Haha, thats what I thought XD

    • Hunter

      My feelings exactly. They should probably nerf it for 30% pierce. No need to make Tower Shield obsolete.
      I had a vision about 100% Pierce Tempest, it’s becoming reality, lol.

      • Luke

        Lol tc infallible brings it back to 50%

  • Alex

    I really want to see what the armor looks like, Though the spells are great. I don’t PvP though them spells seem great for people who just play the story line.

  • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

    Watch out Jadezillas and Icezillas! A decked out Hades geared diviner with a May Cast Infallible plus Shadow Shrike will equal 95% Piercing! Mwahahahaha!

    • DMT001

      But you will have to watch out foe the Ice that can get over 500 critt and also get the 50 pierce. They will have 2 times the HP of a storm and be able to Critt almost every attack against you.

    • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

      I forgot to mention the Duelist’s Tournament drops, which add some massive piercing. This gonna be interesting in the metagame :P

  • asimplewhisper

    everyone always talks about how ice has to much resist and how its not fair to fire and storm. well if you think about it, there has to be a school to counter them. and honestly, ice resist is nothing anymore. a storm or fire, in hades gear, with a infal has 46-51 pierce, depending on if its a tc one or a trained one. ice school is meant to be a counter for all the damage. if ice or jade didnt exist. storm and fire would be even more OP. there would be nothing to stand in the way. everyone would be storm or fire, just spamming low rank hits. and no im not saying this because i am ice. i have a prom death and balance. and magus life and balance. you might not think its fair that ice and jade get so much resist, but put it in reverse? you are a storm with, what is more than likely, around 105 damage with 30 pierce and close to 500 critical. so, they balance each other out. i do however think that the 50 percent pierce shadow spell is to much. everyone says, well the backlash counters it, but it doesnt. if you are a storm that uses tempest every round, like most do, than your backlash is gone by the time your “poly” is off. i do like that they are thinking outside the box, but this is just getting so ridiculous..

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Everyone else in the game is ALREADY used to having their resist pierced down to 0%. The only people who don’t have this happen is Ice vs Fire or Storm. IMO. And 50% pierce on storm is still a complete joke. So they remove a tower, awesome. Then they crit and it still does 0 against the immunity of Ice.

      It’s 1 thing to have good defense, quite another to have so much defense that you cannot be scratched.

      Maybe the Pierce is going too far, but we can thank all of the players who have been clinging to their OP resist for 3 years for that one. If the resist had been nerfed like broken things SHOULD be nerfed, they wouldn’t have to buff pierce to the moon. Point blank.

      • asimplewhisper

        i understand that, but my point is, its just to much. once you pierce a certain amount, you boost on the player. so it may help with ice, but now they are going to boost on every other school they hit

        • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

          You do not boost when you over-pierce. I WISH you boosted, that would make pierce more useful in PvE. lol

          • asimplewhisper

            you do boost, my balance does it all the time on storms in PvP. i even boost with just wand hits sometimes

          • Psylent Night

            Video, or it didn’t happen

          • asimplewhisper

            for sure :) i record pretty often. but yeah, i think its once you pierce their resist to 0 and then past -15. thats when it tends to happen for me. since my balance has 22 pierce. add on infal. and most storms dont use much resist these days, since i usually do teams. but i will make sure to record :)

          • angus light

            dude look you didnt boost the attack when you pierce through there resist completely then the damage is still gonna be great because of your damage point you could have like 60 death boost to increase damage to the opponent that was just a example

          • random

            i’ve boosted on a storm on my storm in pvp before… just let him show you proof and stop arguing lol

          • James Firerider

            No you just have universal damage that comes into account after you negate the resist from your piercing. For example if you have 50% pierce and 10% damage and they have 30% resist, you will get a 10% boost. You pierced all 30% of the resist with the over kill 50%, then boosted with your 10% damage stat.

          • asimplewhisper

            next time i do it in a match, i will screen shot it and share the photo

        • James Firerider

          Surplus pierce does not boost… it just does nothing. Don’t worry that 50% pierce unresisted will not become 50% damage but rather a wasted stat.

      • Brandon Smith

        You have a valid point, but for my grand balance with 2385 rating, I struggle to think of what I should do to counter this shadow shrike. All of the resist that makes it possible to fight people 40 levels higher than you is suddenly gone, and people can critical through conviction, all the while me now having 2295 health with a critical monster storm a my opponent, and now i dont have any resist, along with the fact that the highest block I can get is 110… It may be fair at promo vs promo, but I seriously think they should place a level difference cap so grandmasters don’t have to face this horror.

        • James Firerider

          Why are you fighting 40 levels above yours? You don’t have to deal with shadow shrike at level 50 -_-

          • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

            Because his rating is so high, typically lower levels with high ratings fight higher levels with low ratings.

      • Blaze MeOut

        This isn’t much of a reply but wizards these favor extremism on stats now it’s possible to get over a max percentage of a certain stat with spells and gear it’s not just defense pierce it’s also pips accuracy attack healing critical and hlock but extremism offers a particular weakness depending on your stats so I think this is better than boring old waterworks because this is pure unique power based on being you … Moderation in stats will be weak against this new era of PVP … Down with moderation and the defenses … It’s time for extremism to take over … With jade onis and critical strikers

  • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

    This article has been updated a few times today. Now includes more info on backlash, intercept, and what we know of the which schools get which shadow spells for free.

  • Hunter Fire

    i honestly would prefer the 50 pierce, as long as the backlash balanced it enough for pvp, otherwise i dont think the amount of pierce should change.

  • dnstrike

    still a bit confused: how do you gain a shadow pip? its not very specific.

    also having problems loading my test realm, it stops loading 24% of the way.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Once you train a shadow spell you gain the ability to get shadow pips. You have a % chance to get them, although we don’t know what % that is yet. From our testing it seems like about a 25% chance per round.

  • Paul

    Balance gets Shadow Seraph for free if you folks are still updating…

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      We are, thx. Will add that.

  • Blaze MeOut

    the strike on is very offensive … but think about the advantages of the other ones … the healing one all you need to do is spam heals … if you spam a sprite every round guess what you get an absorb every round to all your team … sounds very much advantage for jade users … the ice one adds so much block plus even more block if you critical hit it the first time its on that form … so without critical I think pierce is kewl … plus if they tower shield a lot of that pierce goes down the drain on that

  • Blaze MeOut

    infallible plus pierce sun enchants plus Aquila gear plus shadow strike muahahahahahaha one hundred and one percent pierce against ice fire immune yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! though it will take away my huge critical and attack a bit …. x.x

    • Blaze MeOut

      add that hades amulet for three pierce and that tournament athame or ring idk which one gives pierce but that would make no one resist me … maybe they can block my criticals but no resist for me hehe awesome

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  • Alric Rainwalker

    Fire also gets shadow shrike for free.

  • Blaze MeOut

    just wondering can you use a moon spell and a shadow spell at the same time?

  • Hunter Icemask

    life get seraph for free.

  • David

    Does death get one for free if so witch one?

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Everyone gets one for free, I’m just not sure which is for Death yet. Alexander used Ice, and Me/Heather went through with Fire/Myth/Balance/Life.. not sure about Death.

    • James Rapanos

      Shadow shrike Is the free one Zennmaster blue got it as death for free

  • Garrett Justus

    Honestly…i dont see any of these being OP…powerful, yes, game changing, yes. But not OP…the Shrike everyone seems to be concerned over…just has a lot of pierce…yes, that will DESTROY your resistances. but as far as i know that just means they do direct damage…which is a great edge…and yes Storm and fire will be strong because of this..but the other classes has the other forms to compensate…also when you cast these you literally know what your opponent is planning, and can react against it. If i sow someone go shriek, id bully them, force them off the offense, not allow them to blade or remove the backlash atleast not without taking damage in the process…if you force the more fragile storm and fire schools into a “heal/sheild or die” position you can bully them into backlash…id also like to know if pet heals trigger the +backlash, would be amazing if it did, as that would act as a major draw back…uncontrollable backlash building..not to mention forcing people who want to do that glass cannon type build to not carry healing pets..making them much much weaker…in the long run i find these to be very powerful and satisfyingly so…and remember you can only train, as of now, one of these aside from the one you get…so you’ll never have to deal with a school whose constantly changing form at the right moments to do the correct action…because that could get annoying…and the ones each schools get seems to fit perfectly with their skill set…Ice has long needed a tanking spell like this and im actually not going to complain about the heal on life…though if it were me id be forced to train that offensive one just for good measure…i cant wait to see how these progress in the second half of the world…

    • James Firerider

      I agree. The best counter imo to a shadow shrike is to mana burn so they can’t hit while it is up. I learned that trick from a balance boss in Khrysalis…. lol

  • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

    Description pictures have been added to Shrike and Seraph.

  • Pedro Cortez

    The Gorge

    • iZadee

      Such a beautiful picture.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      I loved the view here too. It’s what I used to make the banner for the front page. :)

    • Brittany

      Ah that’s so beautiful it’s worlds like these that excite me in wizard101

    • Adrian Lotusflame

      Tyrian Gorge is like the most beautiful part in Khrysalis

    • Luke

      Have you copyrighted it because I want to use it as my background for computer.

  • sirskulley

    i just thought since this is part one and it has shadow spells think part 2 is the light side of khrysalis and has light spell forms?

  • sirskulley

    does anyone know what shadow spell fire gets? I think its shadow strike because it seems to be a good match on fire

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Fire gets Shadow Shrike.

  • Igor Efimov

    Does anyone know if the backlash is increased/decreased 10% for EACH liked/unliked action, or does it only ever go up or down a maximum of 10% no matter how many liked/unliked actions you do?

    Also, does the backlash “see” feints and hexes placed on the recipient? Say I know my opponent’s shadow effect is about to expire and he’s about to take backlash. Can I feint him to magnify the backlash?

    Lastly, do shadow effects “see” pet actions: heals, blades, may cast blades, etc. ? Can I negate backlash entirely from a healing-liking shadow effect by having a healing-spamming pet equipped? Conversely, will I suffer if my pet blades me?

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Each action.

    • Chris Ice

      It doesn’t use feints

    • Chris Ice

      No for the pet actions.

      • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

        Yeah, pet casts are “invisible” to it.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      You can’t negate backlash entirely. You get 10% damage minimum.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      No you can’t magnify someone’s backlash. It ignores blades, traps, shields, absorbs, and resist. It damages based on a % of your current health.

      • LoganWildheart

        can it reach 100%?

        • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

          Not that I know of. It can reach 90 though.

          Shadow Sentinel does not like attacks or healing, so if you were to use that and then cast Fire’s Link spell 3 times.. it would add an additional 60%.. 90% of your current health.

  • LoganWildheart

    i passed moon cliffs and i havent been in eclipse tower, so do we go back there??

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Yes.

      • LoganWildheart

        Hey nick i dont know if u know this but if u use a shadow spell while one in use it blows up and starts the next on on max backlash

        • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

          Not Max backlash, but 40%. We think it’s probably a bug.

          • LoganWildheart

            oh k

  • adrian

    cool

  • http://thealmostperfectthoughts.wordpress.com/ Jeff

    I wonder if anyone knows this but.. how long does each shadow magic spell last? nobody seemed to have mentioned the length it lasts.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      3 rounds.

  • Blaze MeOut

    Ok you guys are just freaking out about the pierce like srsly did you see the disadvantages of it … You can’t shield or heal with it because it increases your backlash and it’s minus 25 percent on heals so it’s gonna be really hard to use in PVP

    • Empiso

      Just saying 50% pierce plus a storm with 100+ damage= Not ending well for opponents

      • Blaze MeOut

        it could also result the other way shadow pips come randomly a storm could die easily because a ice immune used a shadow pip blocking all there attacks and be even more immune … a jade could use it in team pvp as a universal tank and healer … rebirth would be stronger plus 2 absorbs to anyone …

        • Empiso

          Storms have a heal of there own, so they can spam that until they get the pips or just simply control the high tempo match until they get the shadow pip to rap the game up. And most of high lvl pvp is balance now it’s low lvl that ice rules.

      • Blaze MeOut

        honestly people who freak out about it and there ice are just lame … storm school is pretty hard to use … the people I think use storm are the most skilled wizards everywhere because they can’t have 5,000 health like ice to just slip up and win and move on … this makes the balance of pvp better … 40% of all 1v1 is ice right now compared to the other 6 schools which are about 10%

  • Blaze MeOut

    I love shadow magic concept it’s like they combined sun magic and moon magic into a solar eclipse … I have a feeling this won’t be the only new school coming into the spiral

  • penrosecat1

    Question: Would you recommend Shadow Shrike for balance? Why or why not? (If its unchanged till Live realm)

    • The Operator

      I would definitely recommend it for balance, because if you look at the description, a savage paw will take off 20 backlash, which would be extremely useful (assuming you have savage paw).

      • penrosecat1

        Yeah, I have it.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      I would recommend shrike to anyone who plans to attack and would like 50% armor piercing to help them with those attacks.

  • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

    Updated article with an Epic Heather Shadowslinger video! :)

  • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

    Ah, so every part of the spell is determinant to backlash damage. Can you put backlash at 0%?

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      No, there’s a 10% minimum.

      • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

        That’s a guarantee, but how about max backlash? In the video for Max Backlash testing it did 70%, instead of 90% which it should have escalated to after that last link. so backlash could fall from 10%-70% in tens.

        • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

          That’s pretty much how it works, yes.

  • Tyler Moonblade

    I honestly had much higher expectations of this world in terms of PvP. I want the high level meta-game to actually require some sort of strategy and have long matches to enjoy not some 5 minutes full of crits and gigs.

    I expected this world to change much, not in either a good or bad way but what they decide to make changes to will either make or break the game once and for all for allot of people.

  • asimplewhisper

    im just curious, if someone has shadow pips, are they affected by mana burn?

  • isaac ungar

    Honestly I tnink death should get seraph. Shrike would also fit better than sentinal. Think of infection and doom and gloom the whole death theme is iI can heal but you can’t and things like sacrifice and dark pact where you damage yourself or feint. Seraph fits this theme perfectly. Death should get seraph not sentinal.

  • isaac ungar

    Death should get seraph

  • someone123

    does anyone know you can’t heal if you have a shadow pip

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      shadow pip doesn’t stop you from healing. or anything at all. it’s just a pip of its own kind.

  • Mark

    I saw a shadow shrike spell in use during a pvp match and it was in the shape of a shadow wolf. It wasn’t in its original shadow person like shape but was a wolf. I thought it was neat and if any of you have any info as to why it was that would be most appreciative, thank you.

    • mark

      I just found out it happens when you are in a transformation, very cool

      • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

        Yeah.. wizards get one look and “bad guys” get another look. But when you use a transform you look like a “bad guy”, so you get that look.

  • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

    Is backlash the % of your overall health or you current health?

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      current

  • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

    Really, as far as we know, the Sentinel has only one way to remove backlash x: That stinks.

    • Blaze MeOut

      Honestly I think the defense stat for sentinel needs to go up to 20%

  • Talon Shadowwalker

    well I was wondering if they would make a new school one day. I think this is the answer to that. I wonder if there could be more variations of shadow magic in the future.

  • Brittany

    Im confused. So death no longer gets shadow strike for free? Someone help me out cause above it says that now death gets shadow sentinel for free instead of shadow strike.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      They get Sentinel for free. The person in the comments here who told us they got Shrike was wrong, and we had a friend supply proof that they get Sentinel for free. Either way, not a big deal. 1TP for Shrike and you get that just for leveling to 95.. not including the Zeke or Eloise quests.

  • Blaze MeOut

    Anybody got a feeling that shadow strike might end up like infallible in PVP especially if an ice uses it

  • Daniel

    Do pet heals trigger the shrike’s backlash and abilities?

  • allan

    how do I get here? and what level is this place?

  • WizFanaticz

    Shadow strike is insane. I’m getting hit with 3000-4000 without any blades and through a shield from storm. Of course that’s a critical but still 50% pierce is kind of overboard.

    • WizFanaticz

      I’d love to see a guide on how to counter shadow strike just like the one azoresgirl made for countering critical.

      • WizFanaticz

        whoops…..just realized it’s shrike and not strike lol

  • Distantstar9

    Since there is a shadow spell for pierce, shouldn’t there be a shadow spell for resist? Something like 20-30% for four rounds. Better this than nerfing shadow shrike.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Sentinel adds 10% resist and 80 block. It’s pretty handy.

  • Aaron S.

    i was never aware of that extra dragonblade FOR YER WHOLE TEAM??? as if that 50% pierce wasn’t enough lol

  • Steve Rock

    Didn’t find this in the comments here, but I’ve been playing around with Shadow Shrike on my death and if you use it before your kill shot you take no backlash. I was testing this on mobs in Wintertusk to watch the tower shields evaporate. Every time I used a Scarecrow to kill, I had no damage from the spell. Is it safe to say that the Backlash only happens if you use up the shadow magic spell before all the enemies are dead? Seems to be the case thus far.

    • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

      When you say you had no damage from the spell, do you mean that the scarecrow inflicted no damage upon the mobs or do you mean that the backlash didn’t hurt you? Exactly what do you mean, I don’t understand O: Possibly reword it better with a scenario :D

      • Steve Rock

        Okay, here’s the scenario: fighting ice mobs. I put up my blades as usual, for a one-shot kill. The mobs put up tower shields. Once I had enough blades to kill them, I used the Shadow Shrike spell for the armor piercing. I kill them all with the next round with the Scarecrow and then I take no damage (backlash) from the Shadow magic spell. I’m guessing this happens when you kill all the enemies and the spell has not run its course yet. I did it routinely. I found it is a great way to add some damage and get by shields from ice mobs or balance mobs.

        • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

          Yeah if the fight is over before the third round ends, you don’t get the backlash from what I’ve seen. It has to be in the first two rounds though, because on the third round you will get backlash whether you kill the enemies first or not.

        • THEDeathWizard87

          And the scarecrow doesn’t count as “damage” but as “steal” so the shadow shrike doesn’t give backlash for that.

  • alvin

    There should be one for weaknesses! Like every time you cast one its minus 10 backlash and it adds plus 30 to the minus and every enemy you attack gets a minus 50 weakness on it. It likes attacks and weaknesses But dislikes healing and shielding. Death would get this instead of the sentinel.

    • Forevercheese

      Yes I like the idea. My death level 95 has got the shadow spell for death and I would like to have this instead. Maybe like a 40 weakness on hit though.

  • alvin

    Here is a idea. You people think that shadow shrike is to good? carry around some bad juju! It gets around there helpfulness to them and leaves them weak and open for hits!

  • oj

    new world rocks

  • angus light

    the gorge

  • angus light

    for shadow seraph so one hundred health point absorb means that it absorbs health or some thing i dont get it

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      It’s like Spirit Armor, but only 100HP, and everyone on your team gets one every time you heal with Seraph active.

      • angus light

        i think i have a clever idea coming on

  • angus light

    big me lol

  • angus light

    ok when i read about shadow strike i almost pee in my pants. the first thing i thought about was strom. i mean i imagined i’m at the arena not being able to defend my self lol i shield then storm hiw with low rank spell that takes a chunk of my health or critical wild bolt lol wow i have decent block 211 but i’m worried about storm and the other schools like fire i need a plan and fast

  • Leo

    If you shield on sentinel it does -10 backlash also! :)

  • riley

    i bet that part to will have more shadow magic cause the badge says initiate shadowmancer so more spells can’t wait!

    • http://duelist101.com/ azoresgirl

      That;s a good point, I hadn’t thought of that!

  • Luke

    Jade Empire is so going to get toppled sometime soon.

    • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

      Already has been ;)

  • Luke

    About sentinel, if there is a team with two deaths and someone using shadow sentinel, they can get the person down to ten backlash the first turn lol.

  • Luke

    How do you even get to 70% Backlash in 3 turns?

    • http://Duelist101.com/ Shadowblade

      Well on Sentinel, link/power link will ad 20% backlash to your original/default 30%. 10% for the attack and 10% for the heal. In 2 rounds, you can get it to 70% backlash and you can’t get any higher.

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      Talent!

      • Luke

        Thanks Nick, Lol.

  • Andrew Deathblood

    Wow, that was great. I’m not that high of a level yet but, hey, I get it now!

  • riley

    sentinels back lash can kill just go shadow and if use link then next round refresh sentinel then just do 2 link and refresh and by then the backlash orb is huge and has shadow lines around it and when it goes off it does one hundred percent

  • Michael Wright

    I don’t like Shadow Shrike. It takes all there resist(except jade and ice). Storm gets +100% boost, 450 crit, and very strong spells. Now opponent’s no longer have resistance.

  • zabbymaru

    Great guide :) really needed this lol. work in progess as a lvl 77 balance going strong.

  • James Earthwalker

    I THINK Life is getting ripped off in terms of Shadow Spells. The only way to reduce Backlash for BOTH spells that we get is by healing… that’s IT!! Whereas, with spells like Shrike, you can reduce Backlash by blading, casting bubbles, traps, AND attacking! It’ sa bit unfair to me that there are 4 ways to reduce backlash on Shrike, and only ONE way to reduce backlash on Seraph AND Shepherd… seriously, does KI think all Life does is sit around and heal?! Geez!

    • James Firerider

      I don’t know… I usually see life setting up GA and a ton of guiding lights (which I believe should reduce the backlash ;) ) and then once the opponent hits they just heal it off and then attack once in a while. Stall life is more op that stall ice in my experience, especially with the overpowerdness of GA. But I agree that if you do anything but heal your backlash is going to get the better of you. Maybe get sentinel so you can shield to reduce it?

  • Scot HexEyes

    The mutated phoenix(thunderbird) count as 2 likes for shrike 1 for the attack and 1 for the 3 traps

    • http://duelist101.com/ azoresgirl

      thanks!

  • Luis Allan

    Does mana burn take your shadow pip too? Coz I was just questing and the balance guy did mana burn and I couldn’t use shrike no more :/

    • http://www.duelist101.com/ Nick

      What we’ve found is that if you’re going second and get burned on the same round you use the burned pips, this happens.

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT_g30td06UzFMxmv5Yq8pQ Atlanian | Aaron Pants

    This is really helpful!

  • Zachary Fire

    Also, I found out, if any you didn’t know, the Shift Greenoak and Paladin spells remove 20% Backlash -10% for the attack and -10% for the blade/trap.