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Shadowshackle is a dark based skill available in Dragon's Dogma.


"An advanced form of Shadowpin that calls forth a larger, longer-lasting sigil that traps enemies within its confines."

An advanced version of Shadowpin. In Dark Arisen, can become Shadowsnare with the relevant Magick Archer's Ring or Band equipped.

Notes, Usage, Tactics[]

Skill Duration Radius
Shadowpin 20s ~1m
Shadowshackle 30s ~2m
Shadowsnare 40s ~3m

Only two sigils can be active at a time. Creating a third causes the first to dissapate.

  • Adept's Hat and head gear with the bonus enhancement "Extends duration of equipped skills." increases the duration of the sigil by 5 seconds.


Shadowshackle can trap multiple small enemies at once, and some larger ones including Gorechimeras.

  • "Shackling" is indicated by a 'clink' sound.
  • Ineffective against Dragons, Prisoner Gorecyclops, Gorecyclops, Garm, and Leapworms.
  • Aerial foes are never trapped by the sigil, even if they swoop across it. Once grounded they can be held by the magic.
  • Some larger foes may be slower as if torpored whilst they are within the sigil, though the effect does not persist outside its area of effect.
  • Character level of magick power does not seem to be a factor in the success of the spell. A species either is or is not susceptible to trapping, mostly based on size.


  • This skill is a very effective crowd control. Use it in a bottleneck such as a cavern passage or corridor to pin large groups of enemies down.
  • Useful against Wolves (including Hellhounds) who are very agile and harder to hit with melee attacks - it will prevent them from harassing and interrupting spellcasters.
  • Effective when used in combination with other attacks, such as the explosion of Explosive Bolt.


  • Does no damage.
  • Unlike physical dagger skills, Shadowshackle will not inflict debilitations with Rusted, Golden or Aneled daggers.
  • Ps3 x256px (Glitch) In certain areas such as Duskmoon Tower (first level), this skill may show unusual artifacts such as a bright white ring around it.

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