The Shadow is the sixth character class in Path of Exile. A flicker of movement, a knife from the dark. By the time you've seen him, it's already too late. The Shadow kills silently, without hesitation, without mercy. He is versed in many weapons, but prefers ambush and subterfuge. Hundreds have met their deaths shrieking in his traps. The Shadow has come from the Guild of the Night in Oriath for one purpose: to inflict pain and suffering on anyone who's wronged him. Exile is merely an inconvenience.
The Shadow is Path of Exile's Dexterity/Intelligence class. He prefers to use fast-hitting weapons such as daggers or claws to dart in and out of battle, while laying Traps or Remote Mines and controlling the flow of combat. He makes surgical use of offensive spells while dodging attacks, always outmaneuvering his opponents.
The Shadow is one of the more difficult classes to play due to his fragility, but he more than makes up for it if handled with skill. His hit-and-run style of combat makes the most of his natural Evasion and Energy Shield, and rewards strategic coordination of attacks, spells, and Traps. The Shadow's starting stats are 14 STR, 22 DEX and 22 INT.
|Damage per second||3.7|
|Chance to hit||88%|
|Attacks per second*||1.2|
|Main hand total combined damage||2-5|
|Main hand physical damage||2-5|
|Main hand accuracy rating||44|
|Main hand critical strike damage multiplier*||150%|
|Physical damage reduction per endurance charge*||5%|
|Additional elemental reduction per endurance charge*||5%|
|Attack speed increase per frenzy charge*||5%|
|Cast speed increase per frenzy charge*||5%|
|Critical strike chance increase per power charge*||50%|
|Chance to evade*||31%|
|Mana regen per second||0.9|
* Same for all classes Updated to beta 0.10.0g
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Text and Speech
The Shadow is voiced by New Zealand actor, Elliot Yule.
"A Simple job, I was told. Silence a big mouth. Get a big payout. And no one was going to be the wiser. Tidy. Except for one loose end. Me.
I would have kept my mouth shut. Professional integrity, it's called. Unfortunately not something my employers believed in.
They raised a toast to a job well done. I drank and next thing I know I'm on this stinking crate bound for exile. It's not a complete loss, I suppose. The way I hear it, there'll be plenty of work for a man of my talents in Wraeclast."
Washing up on the Twilight Strand: "Nothing like a brisk dip to start the day, now where on God's earth am I?"
Achieving Level 2: “It’s nice not being dead yet!”
Achieving Level 3: “I’m impressed by how much this place wants me dead.”
Achieving Level 5: “With every death I live a little bit more.”
Achieving Level 10: “I’m so good at this, I scare myself”
Having killed Brutus: "Big? Just means more places to stick a blade."
Having killed Fairgraves: "I almost feel sorry for you Fairgraves. Dying twice...can't be fun."
Having killed Merveil: My first dance with a lady of quality. Pity she let herself go like that.
Having killed Alira: "Did the earth move for you baby? Probably, you hit the ground quite hard."
Having killed Vaal Oversoul: "I like darkness as much as the next assassin, but that was over doing it."
Having killed Piety: "You think yourself a horror? I'll show you true horror."
On the Lower Prison: "Theopolis' prison is a child's playhouse compared to this. They sure don't make them like they used to."
On the Ship Graveyard: "I'm usually the one making the ghosts. Someone's been busy."
On the Chamber of Sins: "I've seen some dark places in my line of work, but this is something else."
On releasing the Darkness: "This Shadow is starting to feel a little inadequate."