smokebomb in the lower left branch, shift in the lower right branch, synchronized strike creates 2 by default and can be spec’d into more, shadow cascade has a chance to create shadows on kill in the bottom middle node
i think you could potentially reach shadow nodes within one skill by level 14 but i don’t know. most of them require several points investment to reach.
Some skills can create shadows, some skills can interact with them.
There is a node for Cinder Strike for example (Umbral Conflagration) where all your shadows start throwing burning daggers.
The easiest way to test it without spending any points into skills is casting synchronized strike and then attack with one of the skills Zage mentioned, that you can see in the Bladedancer description aswell.
One of the most common rotations for shadows is to use the Shift skill to create shadows, when you specialize in lasting presence, followed by using shadow cascade use shadows for extra damage. This can get very complicated and @boardman21 is probably the best one to ask for more help.
There’s a long list of things that can make them anywhere from shifting to dancing, letting smoke bomb make 1 per seconds or in my favorite way using synchronized strike to get 4 of them.
Once you have made shadows they will copy the next attack you do that is on there “allowed to use” list
Off the top i think its 4 or 5 skills, i dont know which ones precisely but the most popular is Shadow cascade and having them either use it as a melee attack or throwing daggers and proc’n shadow daggers.
You can get alot of secondary and … um… Thirdinary? procs out of its interactions Such as
Shift (with shadow and cascade node taken) → Creates Shadow → Shadow uses shadow cascade → shadow cascade throws daggers → daggers apply shadow daggers → 4 shadow daggers do a CRIT plunge (affected by effect)
^^ all of that can be done just by shifting around.
So now I am in to bladedancer. I just don’t think shadows at this level are very good. I don’t have access to all the traits(Idk what to call them, the skill trees that level up abilities)
I don’t have synchronized strikes yet. Blade dancer is meh atm–and the shadows that do it rarely hit anything as the npcs are on me and shadows are all over the place. I can stay alive, kill loads of mobs, I am just not terribly impressed with blade dancer (w/e that skill is called, I am not in game and my memory is meh)
Is there a way I can show you my build that I am currently using?
I am not even really sure what to grab for stats. +damage, crit, dodge, and Im not even prioritizing resists atm.