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Shade Elementals are minions of Umbra in Kingdom Rush: Frontiers.

Overview

Natives of the plane of shadows, the shade elementals embody darkness and death...

Shade Elementals are summoned by Umbra in packs of six and are used by Umbra to reduce your lives since Umbra itself does not move towards the exits. At first, due to their lack of HP, Shade Elementals are relatively easy to beat, but after Umbra reforms for a few times and destroys several of your towers, it summons an increasingly large number of these enemies, quickly turn them from weak cannon fodder to a deadly threat. In addition, the Shade Elementals' very poor bounty (5) also makes it difficult, though not impossible, to rebuild towers destroyed by Umbra.

Strategy

Do not be fooled by their appearance, these beings deal abnormally high damage, enough to wreck Footmen and Knights alike, so your best bet to hold them back is using Assassins to dodge the deadly blows. Knights Templar work nearly as well, but cannot kill as effective and thus risk being overrun by many Shade Elementals. Skeletons, being numerous, can stop Shade Elementals for a while, but since the Necromancer cannot raise skeletons from these enemies, his skeleton reserve will inevitably run out. Keep spamming Reinforcements, since they cannot do much against Umbra, they should be used to their fullest extent to slow down its minions.

AOE/multi-target attacks are almost vital to defeating Shade Elementals; Pestilence is a good choice, so is Rain of Fire, Critical Mass and Barrage, and potentially Unstable Disease if Bonehart is available. Purchase these earlier in the stage, you would not want them to eat into your gold reserve for rebuilding towers.

You should also take a look at how to defeat Umbra, if you haven't already.

Appearances

Kingdom Rush - Enemies
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Grassland
GoblinOrcShamanOgreGargoyleShadow ArcherDark KnightWulfWorgGolem HeadGoblin ZapperOrc ChampionWorg RiderForest TrollHobgoblin Chief
Forest
BanditBrigandMarauderGiant SpiderSpider MatriarchSpider HatchlingRaiderPillager
Mountains
TrollTroll ChampionTroll ChieftainYetiRocket RiderDark SlayerSon of SarelgazTroll PathfinderTroll Breaker
Wastes
Demon SpawnDemon LordDemon HoundDemon ImpSkeletonSkeleton KnightNecromancerMagma ElementalHuskNoxious CreeperMutated HatchlingTainted TreantSwamp ThingRotshroom
Haunted Wastes
ZombieGiant RatWereratFallen KnightSpectral KnightAbominationWerewolfLycanBlack HagSheep
Hell
Demon LegionFlareonGulaemonCerberus
Bosses
The JuggernautJ.T.Vez'nanSarelgazGul'ThakGreenmuckThe KingpinUlguk-HaiMolochMyconidLord Blackburn
Kingdom Rush: Frontiers - Enemies
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Desert
Desert ThugDune RaiderDesert ArcherSand HoundWar HoundImmortalFallenExecutionerGiant ScorpionGiant WaspGiant Wasp QueenDune TerrorSand WraithLesser EfreetiAnoobis
Jungle
Jungle SpiderJungle MatriarchSpiderlingSavage WarriorSavage HunterWitch DoctorEarth ShamanSpirit ShamanBlood TricksterSavage ZombieSavage BruteGorillonPoukai RiderPoukaiParasyteReaperMandrilosReaper Lord
Underground
Saurian RazorwingSaurian QuetzalSaurian BroodguardSaurian MyrmidonSaurian BlazefangSaurian NightscaleSaurian DarterSaurian BruteSaurian SavantShade ElementalShred of DarknessSaurian Deathcoil
Beach
GunboatGreenfinRedspineBlacksurgeDeviltideBluegaleBloodshell
Haunted Wastes
ZombieGhoulBatWerewolfAbominationLycanGhostPhantom WarriorJack'O LanternVampiresa
Bosses
NazeruQuinconUmbraLeviathanVasileXyzzy
Kingdom Rush: Origins - Enemies
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Woodland
Gnoll ReaverGnoll BurnerGnoll GnawerHyenaPerythonGnoll BlighterEttinTwilight HarasserGnoll CatapultGnoll WarleaderTwilight BruteBlood GnollBlood OgreOgre Magi
Enchanted Forest
Sword SpiderSatyr CutthroatSatyr HopliteWebspitter SpiderGloomyTwilight ScourgerBandersnatchRedcapTwilight AvengerBoomshroomMunchshroomFungus BreederZealotBunnyBlood ServantScreecher BatMounted Avenger
First City
RazorboarTwilight EvokerTwilight GolemCloud StalkerSpiderbroodTwilight HereticSon of MactansArachnomancerDrider
Dwarf Caves
ShadowspawnDevourerDark SpitterShadow Champion
Bosses
Hi-Hi EnhaMaliciaSpider GoddessBram the BeheaderBaj'Nimen the HatefulGodieth