Skylords Reborn

Shadow Insect is a Tier 3 (Tokenslot Orb Neutral.pngTokenslot Orb Neutral.pngTokenslot Orb Shadow.png) Icon Unit.pngUnit of the Shadow faction. This common card was released with the Twilight Edition and has no affinity variants, nor a promo version.
In Skylords Reborn this card is available to all players as a starter card.

This card has been changed already, compared to its original appearance in BattleForge.

A powerful, versatile raiding creature that can swiftly dispatch foes with large bursts of damage.


This card has no associated lore.

Card Info

Soul Shock
Power Cost: 0 Energy
Shadow Insect Soul Shock Ability Icon.png
Card Icon Active.png Active: Activate to release a shot of destructive energy that deals 370 / 370 / 460 / 500 damage to enemies in a 5m radius around its target, up to 500 / 500 / 620 / 685 in total. Needs to have gathered 900 life points from corpse first. Knocks back small units. Reusable every 3 seconds.
Corpse Gathering
Card Icon Passive.png Passive: Harvests energy from nearby corpses equal to their former maximum life points to enable Soul Shock. A maximum of 1800 / 2700 / 2700 / 2700 life points can be stored at once.
Card Icon Passive.png Passive: Moves at high speed.
Card Icon Passive.png Passive: Cannot be knocked back.

Notes & Strategies

Shadow Insects are very easy to spam, and with their Soul Shock skill can quickly put out a great deal of damage. However, they struggle in a direct fight thanks to a low health count.

Shadow Insects should be protected by tanks that can absorb damage for them while they tear enemy ranks up from a distance with a Soul Shock barrage. Alternatively, running these bugs as a rapid-moving raid squadron can be a capable tactic since their attack strength is still considerable.

Soul Shock is the only way for them to deal with airborne threats, so try to leave some gathered soul energy if you have airborne forces en-route.

Campaign PvE

Shadow Insects are a solid and versatile addition to any PvE deck. While they lack the uniquity of their peers, they can be readily spammed and are capable of carrying a player through T3 in standard difficulty.

On higher difficulties, it would be wise to invest in more specialized cards for your map.

Random PvE

Shadow Insects do not see much application into rPvE, as T3 tends to have a limited selection of cards run by the players.


Shadow Insect, while lacking the specialist applications of many other cards remains a versatile option in Player vs Player.


  • Costs only 100 Power.

Shadow Insect is rather cheap for a T3 creature, and can be spammed with relative impunity.

  • Soul Shock offers easily-obtained ranged firepower, and airborne counter.

Shadow Insect normally has no ability to deal with flyers, something that Soul Shock counteracts. Furthermore, it is rather easy to cast thanks to the high hitpoints of many T3 creatures which can be gathered.


  • Shadow Insects are fragile for a T3 unit

Because the Shadow Insect has low hitpoints compared to other T3 units, it can be rapidly killed by most opponents in direct combat.

  • Shadow Insect tends to deal less damage than other creatures of its tier

Shadow Insects don't put out the same amount of damage as more dedicated cards for PvP, but is counterbalanced by its cost being cheap.

Card Upgrades & Drop Locations

Displayed below are the card's upgrades and where to obtain them.

Shadow Insect Card Icon.png Shadow Insect Upgrade I Upgrade II Upgrade III
Upgrade Card
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Drop Location Nightmare Shard Minimap.jpg Nightmare Shard Nightmare Shard Minimap.jpg Nightmare Shard Nightmare Shard Minimap.jpg Nightmare Shard
Scenario Difficulty Standard Advanced Expert


Patch History

Patch #400031
  • Active ability Shadow Insect Soul Shock Ability Icon.png Soul Shock:
    • Added a preview of the ability radius that is displayed on hover over the ability activation button.
Pre-Release Patch #400002
  • Fixed formatting error on card's tooltip.

See also

Number of Orbs