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Onslaught variant of the Shade Drifter.

Shade Drifters are Necro Lieutenants that appear on multiple planets. They are ghostly in appearance and are one of the more odd-looking Darkspore in the game.


Before being mutated into Darkspore, shade drifters were parasitic monstrosities inside the depths of Nocturna. Drifters attacked foes on a thousand worlds by amplifying their natural ability to siphon life energy from nearby creatures. They puncture holes in any entity’s individual biosphere, sucking out their life-sustaining energies. These hovering obscenities drift above battlefields with apparent randomness before charging at their enemies and silencing them.
  • Spirit Drifter (Apocalypse)


Shade Drifters are some of the most dangerous enemies in Darkspore. These powerful, vampiric fiends can render Sentinels and most Ravagers not only useless, but a liability. Their Life Drain Aura will allow them to recover health simply by being near Heroes, while their Ghostly affix gives them a disgustily high Dodge Rating.

Therefore, players will want to use Tempests. Their ranged attacks are usually based on Energy damage. In particular, SRS-42 and Meditron have homing attack. Players can fire a few shots, run out of the Drifter's range and then repeat.










-Zelem's Nexus




-Zelem's Nexus


  • Shade Drifters were originally called "Spectral Drifters" in Darkspore's early development.
  • Although the lore says that Shade Drifters hail from Nocturna, they are never encountered there on any of Nocturna's levels in Onslaught Mode.
  • The Shade Drifter's charge suppresses heroes on Invasion and Apocalypse modes.
  • It's based off the Deadly Sin of Sloth. This is because it doesn't need to actually hit heroes to harm them; it has an aura that damages heroes anyway.

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