Shades was an illusion spell that created semi-real duplicates of lesser conjuration spells.[2]


The spell drew energy from the Plane of Shadow in order to create a semi-real duplicate of any conjuration spell of lesser power from the subschools of summoning or creation.[2]

If the victim recognized the illusion, the shadow energy was a lot less effective than the duplicated spell. It was always less effective on objects, as objects were incapable of belief in the first place.[2]

Shades was considered a more powerful version of the spells shadow conjuration and greater shadow conjuration, being capable of creating stronger illusions than both.[2]


Shades used verbal and somatic components only.[2]


The spell was created by Netherese arcanist Shadow in −597 DR[8] and was originally called Shadow's shades.[1]

Notable UsersEdit

The spell was under common usage among the assassins of the Jaezred Chaulssin by the 14th century DR.[9]


See AlsoEdit


  1. The original 3rd edition Player's Handbook lists shades as a 6th level spell for sorcerers and wizards. This article adheres to the more recent 3.5 edition.


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