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Certain regions of Dominaria are inhabited by Frozen Shades, which are often enslaved by powerful sorcerers. Some were used as protectors of Caliphear the Nightmare’s lands in the Great Salt Marshes of Western Golthonor. These Shades were defeated by goblins and Shanodin Dryads after the swamps became barren due to the wizard Coldraith’s magic. Another Frozen Shade was summoned by Aldon using the Dark Amulet, along with a vampire and bog wraith. The shade needed to feed on flesh or would dissipate so joined with Dreygar in convincing Aldon to attack Dreygar's Castle. When Dreygar was killed, the bog wraith remained as an advisor to Aldon.
Dread shades, known as remnants, served Belzenlok's Cabal. They could change their sizes; not only were they capable of becoming extremely large, but they were also able to shrink down small enough to crawl inside a corpse and animate it. They were gray figures, naked to the waist, their bodies like a muscular, desiccated corpse. Their chests have been ripped open collar to their waists, revealing an empty cavity that glows with spectral light below a pointed face with a wide fanged jaw.
Some Condemners of the Legion of Dusk are Shade-Binders. They capture and magically bind Shades using blessed braziers that exude inky black smoke. These Revenants are used to guard ships and are sometimes bound in weapons.
- Cinder Shade has red in its casting cost and is the only multicolored shade.
- Shade of Trokair from Planar Chaos is the only white Shade and has the white mana version of this ability.
- Chilling Shade uses snow mana rather than mana. Gateway Shade allows usage of gates rather than only black mana.
- Ihsan's Shade, Skyclave Shade, and Author of Shadows are the only shades without a pumping ability. Oddly, two of them were designed long after shades had cemented their mechanical identity.
- Shade's Breath is an instant that turns creatures into Shades.
- Shade's Form is an enchantment that gives creatures Shade-abilities. The art shows a person in the process of changing into a shade.
- Mark Rosewater (July 07, 2017). "May I please get some trivia on my favorite creature type, Shade". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Martha Wells (March 22, 2018). "Return to Dominaria: Episode 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Flash Fiction: Conqueror’s Galleon / Conqueror’s Foothold
- Magic Arcana (April 16, 2002). "Sketches: Shade's Form". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.