The Dark Gauge[1] is a game mechanic that appears in Shadow the Hedgehog. It is an energy gauge used for the Dark Shadow state.


The Dark Gauge is a gray-framed gauge that appears in the upper left corner on the HUD. Inside it is a red energy bar and on the right end is a hook.


Shadow the Hedgehog Empty Dark Gauges.png

In gameplay, the Dark Gauge is filled by committing dark deeds.[1] These include:

Once the Dark Gauge is filled, the player transforms into Dark Shadow, which grants infinite ammo for weapons, invulnerability and usage of the Chaos Blast. However, the Dark Gauge will steadily decrease while Dark Shadow is active and using Chaos Blast takes large chunks off it. Once the Dark Gauge runs out Shadow reverts back to normal.

Due to the nature of certain missions of some stages, destroying Eggman's factions will occasionally provide energy for the Dark Gauge.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube) United States instruction booklet, p. 18.

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