a shadowed man  

a shadowed man

Uploaded August 10th, 2020 by iZealot

The shadowmen come in the classes of Warrior, Monk, Cleric and Necromancer. The Necromancers tend to look like books, while the Priests have the appearance of Snow cones. The Warriors tend to show their weapons, while the monks are invisible (save for their name).

Shadowmen hang out at fixed locations, usually in groups from four to seven. They do not have a huge aggro raduis, but are social so Harmony can be very handy in fighting them.

Shadowmen move very very quickly. If you're trying to run from them, you will need a highlevel bard with a magical drum to be able to escape them, they can outrun all forms of SOW.

Shadowmen drop numerous items for numerous quests. So many items are dropped that it can be a maddening experience trying to get the one you need. It has been theorized that the shadowmen in different zones are more likely to drop the various items.

Most of the items they drop are "no rent" meaning they will dissapear if you log out.

In Innothule Swamp:

  • This mob spawns at -420, 325.

Categories: EverQuest | Templatized
This page last modified 2021-06-06 14:47:12.

Minimum Level: 24
Maximum Level: 26
Expansion: Original
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# Nov 16 2015 at 2:50 PM Rating: Excellent
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Shadowed Men -3
Temple of Sol Ro 1
Maclan Dayspring
Ranger Bertoxxulous Server
# Nov 17 2015 at 8:09 AM Rating: Excellent
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maclan101 wrote:
Shadowed Men -3
Temple of Sol Ro 1

Updated, thanks.
A Shadowed Man
# Mar 16 2011 at 7:10 AM Rating: Good
4,580 posts
Playing on Time-locked Progression, decided to pass some time at a camp I could easily abandon: the shadowed man altar in Lower Faydwer. At level 30 (2% in when I started) most of them /conned db to me. To break the spawn for single pulls I necro mezzed one and dropped the other.

Note that the "icecream cones" heal themselves. My strategy was to overdot and burn them down. With slow regen on TLP server, I was almost never back to full mana before respawns. Even snared, shadowed men run fast. Coin drops varied from small coins to 3ish plat.

Aggroing them on the altar with pet caused my pet to path odd once they chased me (aggro kiting... sort of... they catch up).

I am inclined to believe that the loot tables of the different classes of shadowed men vary slightly. For example, most of my no-loot kills were the necro (floating book) shadowed men. Here's my kill log (light blue kills noted)

All weapons listed were the shadowed no-rent versions. Items listed in the order they appeared in loot window going left-right, top-bottom. Notice how many kills would have been "no loot" without the newer rune and hide world drops added in:

1. -long sword
2. -battle axe
3. -scimitar
4. -long sword, essence of shadow
5. -scimitar, spear, essence of shadow
6. -2-handed sword, shadowed essence
7. LB -no loot
8. -halberd
9. LB -no loot
10. -halberd, exquisite gold embossed rune
11. LB -no loot
12. -glowing gloves
13. -spear, mace, essence of shadow, shadowed essence
14. -essence of shadow
15. -exquisite platinum embossed rune
16. -no loot
17. -scimtar, spear
18. LB -shadowed essence
19. -exquisite platinum silvered rune, raw supple hide
20. LB -scimitar, battle axe
21. LB -long sword, battle axe
22. long sword, morning star, shining stone
23. -LB -halberd, eye of shadow, essence of shadow
24. LB -shadowed essence, raw fine hide
25. -essence of shadow, shadowed essence
26. -2 handed sword, exquisite platinum silvered rune
27. LB -long sword, battle axe, platinum silvered rune, hand of shadow
28. -no loot
29. LB -no loot
30. -no loot
31. LB -scimitar, battle axe
32. -complex velium embossed rune, shadowed essence
33. -long sword, morningstar, platinum silvered rune
34. -spear, morningstar
35. LB -scythe
36. -raw supple hide
37. -2 handed hammer, essence of shadow, shadowed essence
38. -Shadowed essence, raw supple hide
39. LB -exquisite platinum silvered rune
40. LB -spear, morningstar, shadowed essence
41. LB -longsword x2
42. LB -2-handed sword
43. LB -long sword, spear, shadowed essence
44. -scimitar, long sword, essence of shadow
45. -shadowed scythe
46. -battle axe x2, exquisite gold embossed rune
47. -no loot
48. LB -rapier, morningstar, shadowed essence
49. -long sword, spear, essence of shadow
50. -shadowed essence
51. LB -rapier, mace ...Ding 31...
52. LB -long sword x2, shadowed essence
53. LB -spear, morningstar
54. -spear, long sword
55. LB -no loot
56. -2 handed sword
57. LB -scythe
58. -spear, mace

re: shadowed book

I am unconvinced the rumoured "charm the necro shadowed man and hand him shadowed weapons to get him to drop a shadowed book" trick works. In 58 kills I saw nearly every quest item drop. I didn't note mob type for each kill, but the necros seemed less than 1/4 of the spawns, if the book is a rare drop off a less-common type of shadowed man...

Summarizing all the previous posts here is something Pentapod posted a few years ago:

"Note that you need a magic weapon and shield to hit/bash these guys.


Shadowed men are found in the following locations:

Innothuule Swamp
The shadowed men used to hang around a large statue of a hand in the swamp, however it appears that the invasion of the frogloks have driven them out of the zone, and they are no longer found here.

group of 4-6 on top of plateau to west of Nek zone, around a pillar. Not a recommended location. The shadowed men in Lavastorm are very dangerous until you have high magic resistance, because the necromancer types will Fear you straight into some nice warm lava. Not recommended until you're finding you do not get Feared in the other locations.

Nektulos Forest
my personal favorite particularly if you are lower rank. Normally four here (in two matched pairs that can be pulled apart). From Neriak, head south across the bridge, then take the first path right. When path ends, keep going straight, shadow men are in the valley with the pillar. In the Nektulos area there's a useful apparent pathing problem due to the valley. If you enter the valley and cast Fear on one of a pair of the shadowed men, one will be Feared out of the valley and the other will come to you. The pathing problem means that the fellow who was scared out of the valley is about 90% likely not to find his way back in again. Kill off his friend in peace and quiet, and then either sit and heal - in which case he'll eventually return to his spawn point after about 5 minutes - or you can find him by going north towards the river, once you are out of the valley he will be able to 'see' you again.

South Karanas
towards the south end of the west wall, a group of six normally, difficult to pull apart until they're light blue. Also difficult to find, no obvious landmarks nearby. Usually two types (e.g. 2 clerics, 4 warriors). Some claim the drop rate of essences here is higher than in other places. I had a very good night here one time, but the other times I didn't notice anything different, so hard to say if it's true.

West Commonlands
one of the larger camps - normally 6, in 2 groups. At the far southwest corner of zone.

Lesser Faydark
There are shadowed men south and west from the Steamfont entrance, standing on a big stone monument thing. Take care in this zone, as there's a rather high chance of getting stomped by Equestrielle (and the pained unicorn, if you are evil). I have heard that some of these shadowed men drop items for quests that shadowed men in other zones do not have.

Kithicor Forest
I have never hunted here, so I don't have any personal experience of the shadowed men in this zone. However EQAtlas has this to say: "The shadowed men have recently taken up appearing in this zone with frightening frequency. Their stepped up presence has turned a previously relatively safe zone into a much more dangerous one, as they often can't be seen until close, form into cohesive and deadly groups, and are extremely powerful. Keep your eyes peeled for this new group of inhabitants." Given the other dangers of Kithicor Forest, I would suspect this is not a recommended place to hunt shadowed men.

(There's also one renegade named shadowed man named Ssynthi in Mistmoore, who is for quests and does not drop normal shadowed men things.)


Items they drop:

Essence of shadows. Looks like an onyx, and stacks. Seems very random how often they drop - I've seen 3 in a row drop sometimes, then again there have been times I fought for 4 hours and got only one. If you're getting more than one per ten shadowed men, be happy.

The totally invisible warriors drop the shadowed scythe sometimes. This is needed for the necromancer Harvester quest. Run up to the Temple of Solusek Ro in Lavastorm; go to the main library and downstairs there is an Erudian called Vurgo. Give the scythe to him and you get a note. Give the note to your favorite necromancer for the Harvester quest. The scythe is no rent, but the note is not.

The duel wielding warriors sometimes hold a shadowed rapier. This is required for the j'boots quest. You can see by looking at the warrior whether he holds a rapier.

Shadowed ball (for Tishan's Kilt quest) and Shadowed Book (for Necromancer Words of Darkness quest) and various other items.

Most of the other items they drop are for quests - like the patch of shadow for the wizard acumen mask quest - but all the shadowed items are no rent and cannot be sold. Some items cast necromancer spells if you right-click on them (1 charge) - deadeye, grim aura, shadowstep, for example.

The shadowed weapons are pretty useless (with the exception of the above). They are heavy, no rent and do not sell. However, they are magic weapons, and can be used by a pet. A magic weapon is required to hit the shadowed men, so these are great for your pet."
Book trick
# Nov 06 2010 at 9:24 PM Rating: Decent
Just charmed one with a book in hand gave him two of his dead buddies weapons, killed and there it was shadowed book. So the charm/equip two of his buddies weapons works.

Edit-Spent hour and half going from zone to zone and everytime they had a book in hand go to loot and no book, saw someone mention weapon trick and it worked. Why am i bothering with a low end book? placeable =p almost got every book/scroll in game that can be placed.

Edited, Nov 6th 2010 11:28pm by zxlockeed
# Feb 05 2007 at 4:21 AM Rating: Decent
23 posts
also drop

Words of the Sentinent (Beza)
Words of Mistbreath
Glowing Gloves
# Jan 24 2007 at 11:40 AM Rating: Decent
The glowing gloves have dropped twice in ten minutes for me in Lesser Faydark at the camp. Was working faction for Temple of Sol ro
# Jun 22 2006 at 12:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Not ALL shadowed men have books, ones by the temple shrine thing have 2 weapons. Where i found them there were 4 of them, and they droped temp. and lore items mainly
Mayong Server:

70 Cleric


85 Beastlord
# May 28 2005 at 1:38 AM Rating: Decent
They're still in inny swamp. I _just_ freaking saw them. For real.
# Apr 16 2005 at 9:30 PM Rating: Decent
they also spawn in inny samp
Drops in West Commonlands...
# Nov 23 2004 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
61 posts
I wish to confirm drops for all the lvl 24 spell research pages and runes, along with the Pearl Shard, Jade Shard and Ice of Velious for mage research!
However, this has just been tried, as of yet, in West Commonlands, takes a while to get a specific drop though, set aside a few hours and you may just be lucky

Edited, Tue Nov 23 13:09:53 2004
# Aug 22 2004 at 12:42 PM Rating: Decent
110 posts
They also drop Ice of Velious as well.
How Social?
# Jan 21 2004 at 2:40 AM Rating: Decent
I am a level 41 Magican. Thinking about doing JBoot quest. I've never fought Shadowed Men. Without Harmony or such, if I, at level 41, just Nuke one, will they all come a runnin?

Felgarath Myrddin, Magican of the 41st order.
Q? about vulnerability
# Jan 01 2004 at 6:07 AM Rating: Decent
i've been playing for a few months but have not posted here because of nothing new to add.

here is what i have to add: i was just in South karana with my 31 druid, i saw some shadowedmen up on track, i get there, harmony the suckers and start to pull one at a time and use my nifty vs summoned on them ... it didn't work. on 3 seperate mobs it gave me the error in my spell window that this only works on summoned creatures ... so i had to do the old fashioned way of root rott.
they must have changed it in one of the patches.
jan 1st 4:45am cst.
More loot info
# Dec 11 2003 at 6:41 PM Rating: Decent
110 posts
Today, while trying to get a SR for the J-Boots, I dropped one shadowed man that gave me a "Shadowed Two Handed Hammer". Stats are: delay 51, dmg 13, dmg bonus 14, class warrior race none.

It is also no-drop, no-rent. I didn't see any info on the page about what it might be used for so I posted it to do my good deed for the day.
Mask of Shadow
# Nov 26 2003 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
Have had several drops of an item called Mask of Shadow.

Magic Item Lore Item No Rent
Expendable charges: 1
Effect: shadow step
Wt 0.2 Size Small

Shadow Step: Causes you to momentarily step into the realm of shadow, reentering reality a short distance away.
Beta Neutral
# Nov 01 2003 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
Earlier today, I was killing these in Lavastorm Mountains to get a shadowed rapier for my enchanter's JBoots and noticed that the necromancer ones give negative Beta Neutral hits-- which I am now max kos to because of this. Just a warning to anyone else who kills these, avoid the necros! (they usually apear as a floating book, sometimes w/ a skeleton pet)
RE: Beta Neutral
# Nov 05 2003 at 12:06 AM Rating: Decent
Confirming.... some of these (dont recall which ones) give NEGATIVE Beta Neutral faction hits... WTF?!?
# Aug 04 2003 at 2:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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There is a camp of Shadowed Men in Southern Karana. They will be directly in front of you if you stand at neg 4388, pos 2897.....
A Vial of Shadow
# Jul 11 2003 at 3:19 AM Rating: Decent
Anyone know what use a Vial of Shadow is?
RE: A Vial of Shadow
# Jul 16 2003 at 12:33 AM Rating: Decent
25 posts
An identify on one of these gave me "Shadow of the fourth deathspeaker". Don't know what that's supposed to mean though.
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