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Added in Afterbirth †

Shade is an unlockable passive item added in Afterbirth †.


  • Grants a shadow familiar that follows Isaac's movements on a 1-second delay and deals 2 contact damage per tick or 30 damage per second to enemies.
  • Shade is absorbed by Isaac after dealing 600 damage.
    • The familiar disappears and turns into friendly dark Chargers, similar to those spawned by My Shadow My Shadow.
    • Isaac will now do equal contact damage at the same rate as the Shade used to.
      • BFFS! BFFS! will continue to work on Isaac even after absorption, doubling damage dealt.
      • Isaac's contact damage increases when absorbing multiple Shade familiars.


  • If other familiars that move with a similar pattern such as Multidimensional Baby Multidimensional Baby have been collected before the Shade, it will follow them instead with further delay.
  • If Isaac gains a method of flight, Shade will gain wings.
  • Cannot be removed with Sacrificial Altar Sacrificial Altar

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  • Obsessed Fan Obsessed Fan behaves similarly to Shade before the disappearance, but with a longer delay on following Isaac's movements.
  • If playing as Dark Judas Dark Judas or Tainted Judas Tainted Judas, the shade familiar will have red eyes instead of white ones.
  • Shade's pickup quote may be a reference to the horror film "It Follows".


PC Added in Repentance Hard mode only 39J6 30LZ (Curse Room adjacent to spawn)