This article is about the shifter spectre ability; for the shadow ability, see Shadow attack.
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Innate level: none
Range: touch
Save: fortitude negates
Spell resistance: no
Area of effect: single
Duration: permanent

Description: If the caster succeeds with a melee touch attack and the target fails a fortitude save (DC 12 + shifter level/2) the target is drained 1d2 levels. This damage is multiplied by two on a touch attack critical hit.


  • Shifters are the intended recipient of this ability; they gain it in the spectre form of undead shape.
  • When the level drain would kill the target, this ability will sometimes (but rarely, due to a scripting limitation) instead attempt to kill the target with instant death that goes through death immunity.
  • This ability also has listings as Shifter_Spectre_Attack.
  • As with a spell, the use of this ability is susceptible to an attack of opportunity. However the casting time is instantaneous and thus it cannot be interrupted.
  • This ability cannot be used while silenced.
  • This ability corresponds to the first listing of "shadow attack" in the creature properties' special abilities tab in the Toolset.
  • The script notes imply that this ability was originally intended to be a weaker form of shadow attack.

Custom content notesEdit

  • script: X2_S2_gwdrain.nss

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