This article is about the tower in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance. For the enemy in Kingdom Rush, see Shadow Archer.

TwrIcon SArcher "An arrow to your knee!"

The Shadow Archer is the basic Ranged Tower in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance. Introduced at the very start of the game, it shoots arrows that deal physical damage at a relatively fast rate, like basic archers in the previous games.


Rigorously trained to be the deadliest of marksmen, these archers will easily take care of enemies before they get noticed. Some say that they are able to hit their enemies blindfolded.


Level Damage
(With Upgrades)
Fire Rate Range Build
SArcher I 1 3-4
0.7s Average
SArcher II 2 7-11
0.7s Average
SArcher III 3 14-21
0.7s Long
SArcher IV 4 23-34*
0.7s Great

* Shadow Archers IV's basic attacks incorrectly deal True Damage.


Shadow Mark

TwrSkill SA 1 "Your fate is sealed." Kr4 dark army tower archer mark

Shoots an arrow that marks a target, making it suffer extra damage from all sources for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)

The arrow itself doesn't deal any damage.

Level Cost Extra Damage
1 120 (102) +30%
2 120 (102) +60%
3 120 (102) +100%

Blade of Demise

TwrSkill SA 2 "Even your shadow can betray you." Kr4 dark army tower archer instakill

Stabs an enemy† in the back and kills it instantly.

†: Excludes War Wagon.

Level Cost Cooldown
1 300 (255) 40 seconds
2 100 (85) 30 seconds
3 100 (85) 24 seconds

Crow's Nest

TwrSkill SA 3 "Vicious and highly intelligent birds" Kr4 dark army tower archer crow

Summons a crow to attack nearby enemies. The crow locks on to an enemy, dealing True Damage.

Level Cost Damage (0.5s)
1 200 (170) 1
2 200 (170) 2


  • The shadow archer specializes in taking out the bigger and stronger enemies in the game which appear in later waves, making it usable throughout the entire game. 
  • This tower is best compared to the Bone Flingers and the Goblirangs, having a higher DPS and significantly longer range. Furthermore, the damage is enough to make low levels of armor have little reduction on the damage.  
  • Blade of Demise is likely the most important ability of the Shadow Archer - a reliable insta-kill with a decent cooldown. Using the tower at a choke point with a barracks allows Blade of Demise to be triggered more often. 
  • Alternatively, Shadow Mark allows the Archer to multiply damage against giant enemies, allowing other towers to also deal more damage against them, in an effect somewhat related to the Abrasive Heat of the Melting Furnace. The Melting Furnace could also buff this tower, allowing it to deal more damage. 
  • The only downfall to this tower is the Crow's Nest, which costs too much and deals too little damage to be viable. Avoid this upgrade at all costs. 


Related Upgrades

  • KRVUp GXR1 GXR-1 TARGETING SYSTEM (2 souls): Improved with Goblin technology, Archery towers gain extra range. (5% additional range)
  • KRVUp Guild GUILD OF MERCHANTS (2 souls): Costs of towers' special skills is now reduced. (15% cost reduction)
  • KRVUp Master MASTER ARCHITECTS (2 souls):All towers gain extra bonus damage. (10% additional basic attack damage)

Related Achievements

VAch Crow THEY'RE COMING! (30 gems) Make your crows deal 30,000 total damage.


  • "My aim is flawless."
  • "The night is dark."
  • "Aim high, aim true."

Tier 4:

  • "An arrow to your knee!" (When built)
  • "The arrow finds its mark." (Shadow Mark)
  • "Never trust your shadow." (Blade of Demise)
  • *Kaw!* (Crow's Nest)


  • The Shadow Archer is based on the Shadow Archer enemy from the first Kingdom Rush.
  • "The night is dark."
    • A line said by the character Melisandre, in the TV series Game of Thrones, based on the series of books A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. The full line is "The night is dark and full of terrors."
  • "An arrow to your knee!"
    • Based on a line from the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.". The phrase has been parodied many times and is more commonly seen in meme format.
  • "The arrow finds its mark."
    • A line spoken by the character Hanzo in the video game Overwatch. He normally says My arrow finds it mark.