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"Shadow Paladin" (シャドウパラディン Shadō Paradin) is a clan from the United Sanctuary nation, introduced in Booster Set 4: Eclipse of Illusionary Shadows. In the lore, the leader of this clan is Blaster Dark "Diablo". This clan is one of the three armies defending the holy nation. Due to their preference of working in the shadows, without seeking glory or recognition, many do not know of this clan, and the clan's name falls in and out of obscurity from time to time. Despite being a part of the holy nation, they sometimes start conflict within the nation, and have been known to start at least two civil wars. The clan's main fighting force are the warriors in black who once helped to repel the invaders. There are also three main branches of magic, specifically "Ogreshift", "Dragshift", and black magic. This clan also contains many mobile strongholds used for various purposes such as housing studies for mages, or being used as gates and fortifications. In the events of the Cardfight!! Vanguard G series, a black dragon with a blood-red sword sought rebellion against the Grandmaster, and ultimately failed. A young yet prodigal mage travels Planet Cray in search of ancient texts dealing with dragons, while also seeking revenge against the one who killed his brother.

Background

Who are the Shadow Paladins? (Card of the Day 25th February 2015)

The holy nation United Sanctuary has overcome many tragedies and difficulties in its history. In the shade of its history, there is a knightly order which never comes to the front stage. The black knights hide in the darkness, stealth in the darkness, and persevere in performing their tasks indifferently like shadows---it is not clear if they exist nowadays. However, they were there, as the legendary shadow of the radiant light.


Shadow Paladin after Invasion Great War (Card of the Day 25th March 2015)

After defeating "Link Joker", the invaders that pose a threat to planet Cray during the "Invasion Great War", "Mordred" passed back the title of Grandmaster of Shadow Paladin to "Blaster Dark". With the faith and determination to sustain the holy nation beneath the shadow, Blaster Dark fought silently without seeking praise. His form inspires his subordinates as the mental fulcrum of Shadow Paladin.

There are, however, people who don't feel comfortable about Blaster Dark's status. As Blaster Dark uses no words but actions to display his aspirations, misunderstandings and animosities grow in Shadow Paladin from time to time. Conspirators with nefarious ambitions arise and collude, in order to overthrow Blaster Dark and become the new grandmaster. All usurpers who proceed to attack Blaster Dark are easily defeated by their target himself. Yet, the belief of martial leadership is spreading obscurely among the Shadow Paladins.

One wonders whether Charon, the advisor of Blaster Dark, notices the situation...


The Legend of Shadow Paladin (Card of the Day 30th March 2015)

"Blaster Dark", the Grandmaster of Shadow Paladin after the Invasion Great War, has companions who have fought alongside him for a long time.

There is Macha the tactician, commanding the troops at the frontier with her sword in her hand, just like Blaster Dark himself.

There is Mac Lir, the leader of the Defense Troop that shelters the soldiers on the front line.

There are Dorint and Claudas, the twin knights, who unleash their strength for the purpose of Blaster Dark.

The angel girl and high owl dance on the battlefield, and bestow power to warriors.

The black high dog gallops on the land, and charges forward with Blaster Dark.

Standing behind the warriors are Badhadh Caar the great mage, Charon the sage and Nemain the witch, protecting the rear of the knights.

The strife of these "heroes" can only be found among the legends, with no official records. Their current whereabouts are, again, hidden in the darkness and unknown to anyone.


Shadow Paladin in Modern Times (Monthly Bushiroad 2015 May Issue)

"Shadow Paladin", the knightly order of shadow, leaves no name on historical texts, but the details of their existences are recorded in the notes of the King and the memo of a famous sage. However, they have disappeared even from the back stage in modern times, to an extent that their very existence has been doubted. As a result, villains arose frequently in the United Sanctuary where the suppressing force behind the scene was lost. The disappeared knightly order of shadow, the frequent incidents---the simultaneously occurred phenomena caused the inspection team members of the capital came to a hypothesis, that Shadow Paladin was the culprit. In addition, a mysterious monstrosity known as "Black Dragon" showed up. With the interference from "Gear Chronicle", the current situation of Shadow Paladin is being made clear.


The Movement of Shadow Paladin (Monthly Bushiroad 2015 July Issue)

Now, the knightly order has been divided into two groups. Those who follow the original Grandmaster, and those who are led by the opposing "Claret Sword Dragon"---generally known as the "Divided Clique". Claret Sword Dragon has gained greater power to speak as time flows, and has persuaded those whose dissatisfaction against the style of the knightly order leaked from mouths to follow him. Gradually he assembled subordinates loyal to him. As he judged he has accumulated enough power, he proclaimed himself the Grandmaster of "Shadow Paladin", and declared rebellion openly. To claim the nation his own, he triggered the revolt sternly.


The Fusion of Forbidden Spells and the Techniques that Surpasses Time (Monthly Bushiroad 2015 July Issue)

It is impossible to analyze the details of technologies of "Gear Chronicle". However, as one briefly figure out "where to work on", "what to be done" and "what are the results", the technologies can be utilized without knowing the tricks. By combining the unknown technologies and forbidden spells with the secret sacrifice of multiple members of the knightly order, "Claret Sword Dragon" developed new forbidden spells. The dark arts, commonly known as "Forbidden Spells of Reinforcement", can respond to the negative emotions of the spellcasters and extract great power of darkness from another spacetime. Nonetheless, the power could disrupt the energy balance between spacetimes, and lead to exacerbation of Interdimensional Crosstalk.


Chaos of the Holy Nation, Trap of the Black Dragon, and... (Monthly Bushiroad 2015 September Issue)

Long time has passed since the end of the Great Wars. No grave battle has occurred, and the invasions from the neighbouring nation and the pirates are nothing more than checks and balances, as a way of expressing their own power. Not only civilians indulge in peace, but also the knights, deities and sages of the capital... United Sanctuary, the holy nation who has let down its guard, is now exposed to the threat of subversion, triggered by the declaration of war from "Claret Sword Dragon", the Grandmaster of "Shadow Paladin". To make things worse, "Fenrir", a deity of "Genesis", has committed treason with his partakers, and "Black Gravers" of "Angel Feather", led by "Gavrail", were forced to surrender as the hospital and patients were taken hostage. The nation, losing a great portion of its forces, turned to summon back the garrison troops of other cities and expedition troops, and asked for help from other friendly nations. However, it is perhaps an adverse effect brought by the long peace, that they couldn't look through the truth that all their actions had been predicted in Claret Sword Dragon's scheme. And, the Black Dragon couldn't foresee, that the mightiest warrior of "Gear Chronicle" has released its power from restraints to break this desperate situation.


Liberation War and the Knightly Order of Shadow (Card of the Day 4th February 2016)

Liberation War---that is a great war when the brave knight "Ezel"'s heroic saga was carved into the history. However, only few knows the truth of the war now.

During the great war which triggered the establishment of the kingdom's Second Regular Army "Gold Paladin", the kingdom's regular army and the knightly order of shadow joined hands to save the sealed heroes.

The regular army "Royal Paladin" fought to liberate the sealed hero of light.

And, "Shadow Paladin" fought to liberate the hero of darkness.

The two knightly orders, once had exchanged blades and fought hard to annihilate each other, carried the same aspiration and title of the golden knightly order, "Gold Paladin".

---After the war, under the command of the King of Knights of that time, "Gold Paladin" was organized into the kingdom's Second Regular Army.

However, the shadowy knights left no name on the history, and disappeared into the kingdom's darkness again.

The legend of the "Black Steed Corps", is only known by few knights.

And so is the whereabouts of the "Dragon Whelp" who leads the black knights...


The Forgotten Legend of the Black Steed Knight

There is a mysterious legend in "Shadow Paladin", none knows from when and from where it is told. That is, the "Black Steed Knight", the saviour of the shadowy knights, has been revived. When "Vortimer" just disappeared, there were many members who knew his existence and waited for his revival. However, few people know him now. By the way, the name of Vortimer can be found in a book published by a great sage of the holy knightly order. However, the book is over thousand pages, and his name only appears a few times. It is not really wrong to say none in the Regular Armies know his existence.

Playstyle

Shadow Paladin's theme is "sacrifice your allies for power". It focuses on calling rear-guards from the deck, but unlike Royal Paladin who gains power from rear-guards, Shadow Paladin retires their rear-guards for costs or effects. It uses superior calling and building hand advantage to recover from the losses of retiring many rear-guards at once. This allows the clan to have a highly aggresive game while still keeping enough resources to defend and has strong consistency via multiple Superior calls similar to Royal Paladin. As of Cardfight!! Vanguard G, Shadow Paladin now focuses on calling grade 1 cards in contrast to Royal Paladin calling grade 2 cards, and also introduces rear-guards whose effects activate when retired similar to Tachikaze, but differ in that they only activate when retired for your cost or effect. The keyword "Ritual" activates based on the number of grade 1 cards in your drop zone.

In contrast to the rest of the clan, the "black witches" focus on weakening the opponent by replacing the opponent's rear-guards with grade 0 rear-guards to mess with their attack formations and strategies and also reduce the opponent's vanguard's power based on how many grade 0 rear-guards they have.

Known/Notable Fighters

Design

Races

Name Type Description
Abyss Dragon Shared
Angel Shared
Demon Shared
Elf Shared
Ghost Shared
Giant Shared
Golem Shared
High Beast Shared
Human Shared
Sylph Shared

Themes

Name Type Description
Blasters Sub-clan
Blaster Dark Archetype
Claret Sword Dragon Archetype
Claudas Archetype
Demon World Castles Sub-clan
Diablo Archetype
Dorint Archetype
Luard Archetype
Overlords Archetype
Phantoms Archetype
Raging Archetype
Revengers Sub-clan
Witches Sub-clan

Sets containing Shadow Paladin cards

Booster Sets

Set Name No. of Cards
Booster Set 4: Eclipse of Illusionary Shadows 22
Booster Set 5: Awakening of Twin Blades 8
Booster Set 9: Clash of the Knights & Dragons 1
Booster Set 12: Binding Force of the Black Rings 15
Booster Set 15: Infinite Rebirth 16
G Booster Set 3: Sovereign Star Dragon 17
G Booster Set 4: Soul Strike Against The Supreme 10
G Booster Set 6: Transcension of Blade and Blossom 21
G Booster Set 9: Divine Dragon Caper 22
G Booster Set 10: Raging Clash of the Blade Fangs 10
G Booster Set 12: Dragon King's Awakening 17

Extra Booster Sets

Set Name No. of Cards
Extra Booster: Cavalry of Black Steel 2
Extra Booster: Requiem at Dusk 36

Decks and Starter Sets

Set Name No. of Cards
Trial Deck 10: Purgatory Revenger 17
Starter Set: Purgatory Revenger 20
G Legend Deck 1: The Dark "Ren Suzugamori" 15
G Trial Deck 10: Ritual of Dragon Sorcery 18
G Starter Set: Ritual of Dragon Sorcery 21

Extra Collections

Set Name No. of Cards
Fighters Collection 2013 3
Fighters Collection 2014 2
Fighters Collection 2015 2
Fighters Collection 2015 Winter 2
Fighters Collection 2016 2
Revival Collection Vol. 1 3
Fighters Collection 2017 3

List of Shadow Paladin cards

Grade 0

Card Name Race Type
Abyss Freezer Angel Trigger unit (Draw)
Abyss Grail Angel Trigger unit (Heal)
Abyss Healer Angel Trigger unit (Heal)
Awaking Revenger High Beast Trigger unit (Stand)
Bassinet Knight, Oscar Human
Belial Owl High Beast Trigger unit (Critical)
Black Crow Witch, Eine Elf Trigger unit (Critical)
Commanding Knight, Gnesa Human
Creeping Dark Goat High Beast
Crisis Revenger, Fritz Human
Cursed Eye Raven High Beast Trigger unit (Stand)
Darkside Trumpeter Angel Trigger unit (Stand)
Deadcrash Dragon Abyss Dragon Trigger unit (Critical)
Death Feather Eagle High Beast Trigger unit (Critical)
Difarbau High Beast
Dragprentice, Miach Elf Trigger unit (Draw)
Dragprince, Rute Elf
Dragwizard, Babd Elf Trigger unit (Draw)
Dragwizard, Llyr Elf Trigger unit (Draw)
Flatbau High Beast Trigger unit (Heal)
Fractious Knight, Aldan Human
Freezing Revenger Angel Trigger unit (Draw)
Frontline Revenger, Claudas Human
Fullbau High Beast
Fullbau Brave High Beast
Fullbau "Diablo" High Beast
Fullbau Revenger High Beast
Grave Horn Unicorn High Beast Trigger unit (Critical)
Grim Reaper Demon Trigger unit (Critical)
Grim Revenger Demon Trigger unit (Critical)
Healing Revenger Angel Trigger unit (Heal)
Howl Owl High Beast Trigger unit (Draw)
Illegal Alchemist Demon Trigger unit (Heal)
Judgebau Revenger High Beast
Knight of Craving, Brian Human Trigger unit (Stand)
Knight of Ironcluster, Craiftine Human Trigger unit (Stand)
Knight of Meditation, Mac Nessa Human
Leaping Knight, Ligan Lumna Human Trigger unit (Critical)
Lingering Night Revenger, Conrad Human
Lizard Witch, Aife Elf Trigger unit (Draw)
Mage of the Rogue Eye, Arsur Elf Trigger unit (Stand)
Pedigree Knight, Tigresse Human
Phantom Bringer Demon Demon
Promising Knight, David Human
Rabidmyu High Beast Trigger unit (Critical)
Revenger, Air Raid Dragon Abyss Dragon Trigger unit (Critical)
Revenger, Undead Angel Angel Trigger unit (Critical)
Revenger, Waking Angel Angel Trigger unit (Stand)
Spinbau Revenger High Beast
Taboo Mage, Cafar Elf Trigger unit (Critical)
Tactician of Godly-calculations, Orphe Human Trigger unit (Draw)
Wing Edge Panther High Beast
Witch of Banquets, Lir Elf
Witch of Black Cats, Milcra Elf Trigger unit (Heal)
Witch of Black Doves, Goewin Elf Trigger unit (Critical)
Witch of Goats, Medb Elf Trigger unit (Elf)
Witch of Heresy, Jeliddo Elf Trigger unit (Heal)
Zappbau High Beast


Grade 1

Card Name Race Type
Abyss Summoner Demon
Abyssal Owl High Beast
Apocalypse Bat Ghost
Arduous Battle Knight, Claudas Human
Barrier Troop Revenger, Dorint Human
Barrier Witch, Grainne Elf Sentinel (Quintet Wall)
Battle Instinct Revenger, Lifecher Human
Black Chain Spirit Dance Formation, Kahedin Human
Black Sage, Charon Giant
Black-winged Swordbreaker Angel
Blaster Dagger Human
Blaster Javelin Human
Blazebau High Beast
Blitz Knight, Bolfri Human
Blue Espada Dragon Abyss Dragon
Branbau Revenger High Beast
Cherishing Knight, Branwen Human
Dark Heart Trumpeter Angel
Darkquartz Dragon Abyss Dragon
Dark Revenger, Mac Lir Human Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Dark Shield, Mac Lir Human Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Darkside Pegasus High Beast
Decipherer of Prohibited Books Angel
Demon World Castle, Streitenturm Golem
Demon World Castle, Vorbeugen Golem
Detecting Revenger, Aife Elf
Doranbau High Beast
Dragsaver, Esras Human Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Dragwizard, Cian Elf
Dragwizard, Enid Elf
Dragwizard, Knies Elf
Dragwizard, Midir Elf
Eloquence Revenger, Glonn Giant
Evil Refuser Dragon Abyss Dragon Sentinel (Quintet Wall)
Gururubau High Beast
Haarbau Revenger High Beast
Hellrage Revenger, Quesal Elf Sentinel (Quintet Wall)
Karma Collector Demon Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Killermyu High Beast
Knight of Diligence, Mazorlf Human
Knight of Red Flash, Ferdiad Human
Knight of Sagacity, Gonvar Human
Leadbau High Beast
Leizbau High Beast
Little Skull Witch, Nemain Elf Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Malice Revenger, Dylan Elf
Night Sky Eagle High Beast
Nightmare Painter Sylph
Pitch Black Sage, Charon Giant
Puzzled Owlner, Clothru Human
Revenger, Dark Bond Trumpeter Angel
Revenger, Weitgore Dragon Abyss Dragon
Sabmyu High Beast
Sacrilege Revenger, Baal-berith Demon
Self-control Revenger, Rakia Human
Sharp Point Revenger, Shadow Lancer Human
Sonnbau High Beast
Swift Owl High Beast
Transient Revenger, Masquerade Human
Tempting Revenger, Finegas Elf
Revenger of Vigor, Maur Human
Witch of Choices, Eriu Elf
Witch of Nostrum, Arianrhod Elf
Witch of Precious Stones, Dana Elf
Witch of Ruination, Scathach Elf
Witch of Quests, Securna Elf
Witch's Familiar, Kuroma Workeroid


Grade 2

Card Name Race Type
Adroit Revenger, Teyrnon Human
Assist Owlner, Maighneis Human
Black Chain Flame Dance Formation, Hoel Human
Blade-proof Knight, Youghal Human
Blaster Axe Human
Blaster Dark Human
Blaster Dark Revenger Human
Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss" Human
Blaster Dark Spirit Human
Blaster Rapier Human
Bloodstained Battle Knight, Dorint Human
Comet Witch, Serva Elf
Cursed Lancer Human
Dark Cloak Revenger, Tartu Human
Dark Night Maiden, Macha Human
Darkness Maiden, Macha Human
Darkness Revenger, Rugos Human
Darkpride Dragon Abyss Dragon
Dark Saga Painter Sylph
Demon World Castle, DonnerSchlag Golem
Demon World Castle, Eingang Golem
Demon World Castle, VanGenbeze Golem
Demon World Castle, Fatalita Golem
Demon World Castle, Sturmangriff Golem
Demon World Castle, ZweiSpeer Golem
Direct Owlner, Debihira Human
Dragwizard, Liafail Elf
Dragwizard, Morfessa Human
Dragwizard, Naoise Elf
Dragwizard, Uscias Elf
Fair Knight, Gwawl Human
Ferocious Attack Revenger, Dylan Human
Fiercebau High Beast
Fighting Spirit Revenger, Macart Human
Gang Assault Dragon Abyss Dragon
Greymyu High Beast
Inspection Witch, Deirdre Elf
Jacbau Revenger High Beast
Knight of Brawn, Grosne Human
Knight of Darkness, Rugos Human
Knight of Fighting Spirit, Dordona Human
Knight of Nullity, Masquerade Human
Knight of Selection, Fergus Human
Knight of Solemnity, Balberith Human
Koilbau Revenger High Beast
Moonlight Witch, Vaha Elf
Morion Spear Dragon Abyss Dragon
Nullity Revenger, Masquerade Human
Overcoming Revenger, Rukea Human
Redmyu Revenger High Beast
Revenger, Bloodmaster Demon
Revenger, Darkbless Angel Angel
Revenger, Detonate Heat Dragon Abyss Dragon
Revenger Fortress, Fatalita Golem
Scornful Knight, Gyva Human
Skull Witch, Nemain Elf
Sweep Owlner, Cethlenn Human
Taboo Evil-eye, Blanc Elf
Triple Dark Armor Human
Unorthodox Shield, Mac Lir Human
Wily Revenger, Mana Elf
Witch of Attraction, Adora Elf
Witch of Godly-speed, Emel Human
Witch of Intelligence, Dehtail Elf
Witch of Reality, Femme Elf
Witch of Secret Books, Adra Elf


Grade 3

Card Name Race Type
Ambitious Spirit Revenger, Cormack Human
Blaster Dark "Diablo" Human
Blue Thorn Heavy-slash, Valdemar Demon
Crest-vicious Dragon Abyss Dragon
Cultus Witch, Rias Elf
Cursed Spear Revenger, Diarmuid Human
Deathspray Dragon Abyss Dragon
Dark Great Mage, Badhadh Caar Elf
Dark Mage, Badhabh Caar Elf
Dark Metal Dragon Abyss Dragon
Demon World Castle, Totwachter Golem
Demon World Castle, ToteZiegel Golem
Demon World Castle, ZerSchlangen Golem
Dragheart, Luard Elf
Gigantech Keeper Giant
Gigantech Shutter Giant
Gust Blaster Dragon Abyss Dragon
Halberd Revenger, Peredur Human
Illusionary Revenger, Mordred Phantom Elf
Knight of Purgatory, Skull Face Human
Knight of Scramble, Edern Human
Knight of Serial Blade, Diarmud Human
Labyrinth Revenger, Arawn Elf
Mage of Enticement, Ildona Elf
Mesmerizing Witch, Fianna Elf
Origin Mage, Ildona Elf
Overbearing Knight, Gilvaese Human
Phantom Blaster Dragon Abyss Dragon
Phantom Blaster Dragon Abyss Dragon
Phantom Blaster Overlord Abyss Dragon
Revenger, Deathmaster Dragon Abyss Dragon
Revenger, Desperate Dragon Abyss Dragon
Revenger, Dragruler Phantom Abyss Dragon
Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" Abyss Dragon
Revenger, Raging Form Dragon Abyss Dragon
Revenger, Slay Hex Dragon Abyss Dragon
Shadow Blaze Dragon Abyss Dragon
Sharp Fang Witch, Fodla Elf
Silver Spear Demon, Gusion Demon
Supremacy Dragon, Claret Sword Dragon Abyss Dragon
Supremacy Dragon, Claret Sword Dragon Revolt Abyss Dragon
The Dark Dictator Human
Venomous Breath Dragon Abyss Dragon
Whirlwind of Darkness, Vortimer "Diablo" Human
Witch of Comets, Manisa Elf
Witch of Cursed Talisman, Etain Elf


Grade 4

Card Name Race Type
Dark Dragon, Animus Pile Dragon Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Dark Dragon, Carnivore Dragon Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Dark Dragon, Phantom Blaster "Diablo" Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Dark Dragon, Plotmaker Dragon Abyss Dragon G unit (G guardian)
Dark Dragon, Spectral Blaster "Diablo" Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Dark Knight, Efnysien Demon G unit (Stride)
Dark Knight, Grim Recruiter Human G unit (Stride)
Dark Knight, Irgahn Vert Human G unit (Stride)
Dark Knight, Ludvik Demon G unit (G guardian)
Draganger, Ogma Elf G unit (Stride)
Dragdriver, Luard Elf G unit (Stride)
Dragstrider, Luard Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Dragwiser, Bronach Elf G unit (G guardian)
Supremacy Black Dragon, Aurageyser Doomed Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Supremacy Black Dragon, Aurageyser Dragon Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Supremacy True Dragon, Claret Sword Helheim Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
True Revenger, Dragruler Revenant Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
True Revenger, Raging Rapt Dragon Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Witch Queen of Iniquity, Jeliddo Elf G unit (G guardian)
Witch Queen of Transfiguration, Sinclair Elf G unit (Stride)


Trivia