For shadow monsters that appear based on player's sanity, see Shadow Creature.

The Shadow Pieces are Shadow Creatures exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign. They are based on the Clockwork Knight, Clockwork Bishop, and Clockwork Rook. With exception of the Shadow Knight, they have attack patterns completely different from the Mobs they are based on.

They will spawn after a Chess Piece corresponding to each creature is hammered down during a New Moon, or when a corresponding Marble Sculpture is mined during a New Moon.

When any of the shaking Chess Pieces is hammered, all other nearby Chess Pieces will instantly break and spawn their Shadow Pieces.

The character will notice the shaking of the sculpture if it's examined.

They have the unique ability to level up when a different Piece of the same level as them is killed nearby. For example: If a level 1 Shadow Rook is killed, all the level 1 Knights and Bishops in the proximity will become level 2, and the same with killing a remaining level 2 for the last to become level 3.

Brain Behavior Edit

The Shadow Rook will not destroy structures. Additionally, it will, instead of charging at the player, teleport right behind them and attempt a melee attack.

Instead of a ranged bolt, The Shadow Bishop will turn into a swarm of shadow bats that will damage the player that stays within their range, much like the Sporecloud from Toadstool.

The Shadow Knight will still attempt to do a melee attack, although its attack period is massively longer. One will need much less effort to kite these.

Gears Mechanics Edit

If a Shadow Piece is killed, any Shadow Pieces that are not the same type in vicinity of it will level up. Much like how the Dragonfly becomes enraged, leveled up Pieces will deal higher damage, have more health and become bigger and much more menacing. In order to make a Shadow Piece reach level 3, one must have all 3 types of Pieces present. First, players must take down only one of them. Once the first Piece is defeated, the remaining ones will level up. After the remaining Pieces level up, one of the last remaining level 2 Pieces must be killed so the others will level up to 3.

Level 2 Shadow Pieces will not level up if the next killed level 2 Piece is the same type as the one used to level them up originally. For example, if one kills a level 1 Rook to upgrade a level 2 Knight, killing a level 2 Rook will not level the Knight up to 3. In order to make this Knight level 3, one needs to kill the only other type, a Level 2 Bishop. Killing every kind of Piece but the one that is desired to level up will usually end with the desired piece becoming level 3.

Refer to the Leveling Chart below for clarification on how to get a level 3 Piece of a desired type.

Shadow Piece Leveling Chart Edit




Piece killed

to reach

Level 2

Piece killed

to reach

Level 3




Shadow Knight


Shadow Bishop +Level 2 Shadow Rook = Level 3 Shadow Knight
Shadow Rook + Level 2 Shadow Bishop =

Shadow Bishop


Shadow Rook +Level 2 Shadow Knight = Level 3 Shadow Bishop
Shadow Knight + Level 2 Shadow Rook =

Shadow Rook


Shadow Knight +Level 2 Shadow Bishop = Level 3 Shadow Rook
Shadow Bishop + Level 2 Shadow Knight =

Placeholder Trivia Edit

  • Pigs can become scared of the Shadow Pieces (similar to how they act during dusk), seemingly when the shadow pieces are about to attack. The same effect happens to Bunnymen and Spiders.
  • None of the Pieces can be dodged in their third phase, unless the player has speed boosts or uses a Lazy Explorer.

Mosquito Bugs Edit

  • The Shadow Knight can become stuck/frozen if attacked by multiple enemies at once in the third phase, and will not come unstuck, leaving it an easy kill.

Placeholder Gallery Edit

Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged Bishop) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged Rook) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged Knight) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(BirchnutterPoison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (Clay HoundClay VargEwecusGem DeerGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don't Starve Together icon) (Crocodog (Blue CrocodogYellow Crocodog) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Bee QueenKlausReanimated SkeletonToadstool Don't Starve Together icon) (Palm TreeguardQuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildboreShipwrecked icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchNo-Eyed DeerWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon) (CormorantCrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King
(AntlionBernie Don't Starve Together icon) (Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorMagma GolemPit PigScorpeonSnortoise
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon BillyMumsyOld BeefaloPebble CrabPigeonPiptonSalmonSammySwamp PigSwamp Pig Elder