Shadows Patch Notes and Megathread

Shadows Patch Notes

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Flair New Champion: Vatu, The Shadow

Flair Flank
Health: 1900

Name Skill Type Description Cooldown
Kunai Direct Damage Launch 3 Kunai in an arc from your hands every 0.9s, dealing 300 damage per kunai. Has a max Ammo count of 5 and is fully effective up to 75 units.
Shadow Bombs Blast Damage Throw out 3 explosive projectiles that stick to their target and explode after 0.3s. Each explosive deals 10 damage on hit and an additional 200 damage in a radius of 10 units on explosion. Has a range of 150 units before auto-exploding in the air.
Ambush Movement Teleport next to your target, dealing 200 damage. This ability can be re-fired a second time within 4s on a different target. Damage hits in a 20-unit radius and is fully effective up to 10 units. Teleport has a range of 85 units.
Dash Movement Quickly dash 40 units in the direction you are moving, reducing the damage you take by 60% during the dash. Has 3 charges.
Nightfall Activate to start charging up. Reactivate to dash forward extremely quickly through enemies, dealing 800 damage and stunning enemies hit for 1.25s. Distance increases with charge duration. You are immune to Crowd Control while charging. Minimum charge is 0.5s, maximum charge is 2s, and will automatically fire after 3s. Cannot be canceled.


Name Ability Description Cooldown
Omnipresence Ambush Your Ambush gains an additional charge and can now be used on allies.
Unerring Shadow Bombs Increase the explosion radius of Shadow Bombs by 5 units and they now home to enemies.
Enveloping Shadows Weapon Reduce the Cooldown of your basic abilities by 15% after hitting an enemy with at least one Kunai. This can activate only once per throw.
Assassin’s Tools Shadow Bombs Reduce the damage you take by {6/6}% for 2s after activating Shadow Bombs.
Outnumbered Shadow Bombs Generate {1/1} Ammo after hitting at least one enemy with Shadow Bombs.
Shadow’s Gaze Shadow Bombs Heal for {40/40} for after activating Shadow Bombs.
Shattered Worlds Shadow Bombs Reduce the Cooldown of Shadow Bombs by {8/8} after earning a Killing Blow or Elimination.
Gathering Shadow Ambush Reduce the damage you take by {5/5}% for 2s after Ambush ends. This applies to each Ambush in the chain.
Infiltration Ambush Heal for {70/70} after activating Ambush. This applies to each Ambush in the chain.
Retribution Ambush Increase the Radius and Effective Radius of the damage from Ambush by {15/15}%.
Shadow’s Perch Ambush Increase the range of Ambush by {10/10}%.
Contemplation Dash Heal for {100/-7.5} every 0.5s for {0.5/0.5}s after activating Dash. This effect stacks.
Deadly Dash Dash Generate 7% Ultimate charge after activating Dash once every {60/-8}s.
Extraction Dash Increase your Movement Speed by {5/5}% for 2s after Dash ends.
Nightwatcher Dash Reduce the Cooldown of Dash by {0.5/0.5}s after hitting at least one enemy with Shadow Bombs.
Final Sight Weapon / Armor Reset the Cooldown of Ambush after falling to or below {10/10}% Health.
Memento Vivere Weapon / Armor Increase your maximum Health by {40/40}.
Shadow Garrote Weapon / Armor Generate {5/5}% Ultimate charge after hitting an enemy with your Ultimate.
Tranquility Weapon / Armor Increase your base jump height by {30/30}%.


Flair Vatu

  • Duty (LIMITED)
    • Unlocked through Season Pass 2021
    • This skin will become unobtainable after Season Pass 2021 has finished.
  • Sorrow
    • Available for 200 Crystals or 60,000 Gold
  • Golden
    • Obtained by Reaching Mastery level 50 with Vatu.


MVP Poses

Beach Bash Event Pass

Hit the waves with our latest Event Pass – Beach Bash! Instantly unlock Shore Patrol Octavia for purchasing, and unlock 24 levels of rewards as you play and complete Trials of the Realm.

Players can also purchase a Buy All option to get all content in the Beach Bass Event Pass instantly!

Instant Unlocks (Exclusive to Event Pass Purchasers)

Level 12

Level 18

Level 24

Static Sprays

3D Sprays


MVP Poses


Death Card

Trials of the Realm

New Trials and rewards await you with the release of the Shadows patch! Complete these challenges each week to unlock a variety of cosmetics, currency, and XP rewards.

Trials Schedule

  • Temple Isles – Unlocks May 26th
  • Eastern Reaches – Unlocks June 2nd
  • Trade Row – Unlocks June 9th
  • Abyss – Unlocks June 16th
  • Crosswind Hold – Unlocks June 23rd
  • Warder’s Watch – Unlocks June 30th
  • Aico Tundra – Unlocks July 17th
  • Lunar Coast – Unlocks July 24th


  • 300 Crystals
  • 120,000 Gold
  • 6x Event Pass Levels
  • Event Pass Team Boosters
  • Skin Boosters


MVP Poses

Announcer Packs


Static Sprays

3D Sprays

Jaguar Falls – Visual Update

The underlying design and architecture are basically the same as the original but the materials, rocks and vegetation are much improved. We’ve added metallic gold through the map to add a feeling of opulence and ancient wealth. We’ve also added a new Jaguar statue to the map at the head of the waterfall along the back wall of the map. It’s large, imposing and should serve as a landmark from quite a distance. All the water and waterfalls in the map have also been updated to use the textures and material treatments used for water in Bazaar and beyond. This includes an updated waterfall material created for this map by our VFX lead. As for lighting, we’ve tried to make the tree canopy atop the buildings much denser, which has resulted in deeper shadows throughout Jaguar Falls, giving the map a more tropical, jungle-like feel. Torchlights and dappled sunlight have been added or enhanced to keep the level readable for gameplay while retaining the moody atmosphere. We hope you enjoy this updated take on one of our classic maps!

Limited Time Modes

Play Paladins in new and exciting ways with a variety of Limited Time Modes (LTMs)! The Shadows patch will feature 8 unique modes that rotate throughout the patch cycle. Each week there will be two limited time modes available, one on Tuesday & Wednesday, and another on Saturday & Sunday. Here’s a quick preview on what to expect:

Hide & Seek

  • Who shot first? Everyone plays this Team Deathmatch as Strix with unlimited Stealth charge, increased damage & movement speed, and reduced cooldown.


  • Try and stay grounded as Ash or Bomb King on Throne. Normal abilities and inhands deal reduced damage, but cooldowns are reduced and knockbacks have 50% increased effectiveness.

This is the first in a multi-step plan over the next year for players to engage with Paladins in new ways. For now, we’ve created resources that allow us to continue creating unique LTMs for our players without a large amount of developer overhead, and in the future we will be exploring the following:

  • Continued development of LTM resources (expect more than these initial 8!).
  • Updating our Custom Game modes and exposing some of these features to players. We want to create a toolbox so you all can create your own custom games with friends, blending custom game modifiers and in-house rules.
  • Larger investment LTMs that significantly change how you engage with Paladins (i.e. Dragon’s Call).
  • Investigating old game modes such as Dragon’s Call and Payload as LTMs.

Developer Commentary: I would like to set some clear expectations with you all – we cannot promise a return of these modes at this time, there are only plans to investigate the work required to bring them back. We are aware that many players have fond memories of Payload, but it only accounted for a small percentage of matches when it was removed years ago. We want to make sure we are spending our resources on the best things for Paladins as a whole, so If an excessive amount of work is required, we may choose to focus those resources on other items in this list.


Flair Tiberius

  • Lifeguard
    • Available from the Summer Fun chest

Flair Inara

Wings of Liberty Mount

  • Available from the Cookout chest

Flair Ying

  • Golden
    • Available from Level 50 Mastery

Flair Talus

  • Golden
    • Available from Level 50 Mastery


Summer Fun – NEW

  • Price: 400 Crystals
  • Release Date June 9
  • Contents:
    • Lifeguard Tiberius
    • Shore Patrol Lian
    • Shore Patrol Fernando
    • Mermaid Ying
    • Sun Kissed Cassie
    • Longboard Lex
    • Buck Wild
    • Cottontail Seris

Lost Treasures – New

  • Price: 400 Crystals
  • Release Date: June 23
  • Contents:
    • Crypt Guardian Raum
    • Emerald Bandit Maeve
    • Sphinx Soldier Tiberius
    • Soul Briar Grover
    • Gunslinger Tyra
    • Bounty Hunter Lex

Cookout – NEW

  • Price: 400 Crystals
  • Release Date: May 26
  • Contents:
    • Lady Liberty Inara
    • Wings of Liberty Mount
    • Merican Mustang
    • Ameri-Khan
    • Freegle Drogoz

Ranked Updates

We are pushing back the next Ranked Split to the following patch. This will be a large mid-season balance update that will see Talent reworks, ability & card balance, and Item Store changes.

Matchmaking Updates (AOC)

  • Normal Wait 240s ➡️ 480s
    • This is the time the matchmaker takes to try and find an ideal match for players. It looks for players of similar ranks, and tries to find a balanced match between player MMRs.
  • Overtime: 90s ➡️ 300s
    • After the normal wait time, the matchmaker extends its boundaries to allow players of a wider skill gap into a match. This helps ensure players at multiple standard deviations away from the top of the bell curve can still get matches depending on their server and time of day.

We believe these updates to Ranked queue times should reduce the number of unbalanced matches players run into, especially at higher ranks. On average, all players will be in the ranked queue for longer periods of time, with higher ranks likely seeing the largest increase.

Ranked Map Rotation (AOC)

We are making some updates to the Ranked map rotation. Previously, we had 10 Active maps in rotation with 4 reserved maps. Moving forward, there will be 12 Active Maps in rotation with 2 reserved.

Active Maps

  • Splitstone Quarry
  • Stone Keep
  • Jaguar Falls
  • Warder’s Gate
  • Frozen Guard
  • Ascension Peak
  • Timber Mill
  • Serpent Beach
  • +Brightmarsh
  • +Bazaar
  • +Fish Market
  • +Shattered Desert

Reserved Maps

  • -Ice Mines
  • -Frog Isle


Flair Androxus

  • Quick Draw (AOC)
    • Increase your maximum Ammo by {1|1}.
    • NEW: Hitting a player with Revolver Heals you for {scale=15|15}.

Flair Furia

  • Exterminate
    • Reduced additional Damage 100% ➡️ 75%

Flair Grohk

  • Healing Totem
    • Cooldowns now occur simultaneously

Developer Note: Previously, Grohk could use both charges of Healing Totem one right after the other, but only one charge’s Cooldown would be ticking down at a time, with the second Cooldown waiting to start until the first finishes. Now, each charge of Healing Totem will start its Cooldown immediately on use, rather than waiting for the previous one to finish.


  • 0:00 – Grohk uses a Healing Totem charge
  • 0:02 – Grohk uses a second Healing Totem charge
  • 0:10 – Grohk Gets his first Healing Totem charge back
  • 0:20 – Grohk Gets his second Healing Totem charge back


  • 0:00 – Grohk uses a Healing Totem charge
  • 0:02 – Grohk uses a second Healing Totem charge
  • 0:10 – Grohk gets his first Healing Totem charge back
  • 0:12 – Grohk gets his second Healing Totem charge back

Flair Grover

  • Whirlwind
    • Activating Whirlwind will now expend 20% ultimate charge instantly, and then drain the remaining over its duration. Players will retain any remaining ultimate charge if they die, or cancel the ability before it finishes.
    • 100% Ultimate charge is still required for activation.
  • Deep Roots (AOC)
    • Reduced maximum bounces 5 ➡️ 3

Flair Kinessa

  • True Grit (AOC)
    • Hitting an enemy with a fully-charged Sniper Mode shot Heals you for {100|100} ➡️ {50|50}.

Flair Lex

  • The Hunted (AOC)
    • You gain {10|10}% ➡️ {5|5}% Lifesteal against your Retribution target.

Flair Octavia

  • Designated Sights
    • Reduced Damage 500 ➡️ 425
    • Reduced bullet spread and recoil
    • Reduced damage falloff at extended ranges
  • Hipfire
    • Increased Damage 200 ➡️ 250
    • Increased Accuracy 89%➡️ 94%
    • Increased damage falloff

Flair Tiberius

  • Heavy Blade (AOC)
    • Reduced Slow 50% ➡️ 30%
    • Reduced Slow duration 3s ➡️ 2s

Flair Zhin

  • Guillotine
    • Reduced Damage 25% ➡️ 20%
    • Removed Ultimate charge rate increase.

Bug Fixes

Flair General

  • Updated the Shooting Range Champion selection screen to allow for all 49 Champions to be selectable in the Shooting Range.
  • Fixed an issue where players could not load into the Match Lobby when queuing for the Test Maps in the Custom screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the Countdown time for region unlocks on the Trials screen did not display properly on Consoles.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting the Event Pass Level reward in Trials linked to the incorrect page with bad UI.

Flair Grohk

  • Fixed an issue where Shock Pulse would bounce to other enemies off of an Ethereal target.

Flair Grover

  • Fixed an issue where Crippling Throw with the Deep Roots talent would bounce to other enemies off of an Ethereal target.

Flair Imani

  • Fixed an issue where Imani dying while her Ultimate was active displayed bad information in the Kill Feed.
  • Fixed an issue where Frost Bolts with the Splitting Ice talent would bounce to another enemy off of an Ethereal target.

Flair Lex

  • Fixed an issue where Lex could not reroll a target he killed in a 1v1 game properly after they respawned.
  • Fixed an issue where The Law would not hit enemies in front of Lex if he was slightly obscured by cover.

Flair Moji

  • Fixed an issue where the Greater Good card would not activate on use of her Familiar Spit when the enemy had the maximum number of Magic Marks if it killed the enemy.

Flair Octavia

  • Fixed an issue where the reticle in all Marksman Rifle scopes was not completely centered on screen when using Designated Sights.
  • Fixed an issue where the Golden Marksman Rifle would not play Golden VFX when Octavia killed an enemy with that weapon equipped.
  • Fixed a typo in the Air Supremacy card text.

Flair Yagorath

  • Fixed an issue where Khan throwing an Overpowered enemy at a Planted Form Yagorath would incorrectly knock back Yagorath.
  • Fixed an issue where Cooldown Reduction would not reduce the cooldown of Trail of Acid.
  • Fixed an issue where Corvus and Talus could teleport out of Devour with their respective teleporting abilities in certain circumstances.

Public Test Server

Information on how to access the Public Test Server can be found here.


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