- "The single most destructive and wretched creatures in the history of the world, and you've given them an early parole."
- ― an Information Gargoyle after Sir Dan released the Shadow Demons.
Shadow Demons were dark, evil creatures summoned into the mortal world from another dimension.[1.1] They were servants of Zarok, their summoner, until they were locked away in a tomb in 1286.
A hundred years later, they were inadvertently released from their imprisonment by Sir Daniel Fortesque, only to be defeated by him shortly after. Five hundred years after that, in 1886, they resurfaced, attracted by a great evil gathering within a Cathedral in London.
Summoning and imprisonment
Near the end of the 13th century, Zarok summoned the Shadow Demons to help him build his castle and invade the land of Gallowmere.[1.2] After their master's defeat at the Battle of Gallowmere in 1286, the demons were imprisoned inside a tomb in the Enchanted Earth by a great hero[2.1] whose identity remains unknown. The Shadow Artefact, a mystical key to the tomb, eventually found its way into the Town Mayor’s possession. He kept it locked inside a safe in his house in Gallows Town.
Release from the tomb
In 1386, a hundred years from the demons' imprisonment, Zarok sent a deployment of his Boiler Guards to raid Gallows Town in search of the Shadow Artefact. However, Sir Daniel Fortesque managed to find the artefact first. Later on, in the Enchanted Earth, Sir Dan used the Shadow Artefact to open the entrance to the tomb and was forced to release the Shadow Demons in order to make progress on his journey to defeat Zarok. Once freed, the demons made their way to the ruins of Peregrin Castle.
The Autumn of Death
In 1886, during the events that came to be known as the Autumn of Death, winged Shadow Demons began gathering around a Cathedral in London, where they disguised themselves as gargoyles perched on its spires.
Shadow Demons are hunched, pitch-black creatures with horns, glowing yellow eyes, and a single large claw on each hand.
This variant is a quadruped. They dash towards Dan and violently attack him with their claws. In the 2019 remake, they can randomly teleport to avoid Dan's attacks.
Another variant that has bat-like wings and is thus capable of flying. They can spit fireballs at close range.
Weapon damage data
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Behind the scenes
MediEvil (1998 original)
In early pre-release versions of the game, there was an additional variant of the winged Shadow Demons that had a single horn on its forehead.