Ornate Shadow Key

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Ornate Shadow Key
  • Ornate Shadow Key item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipSummons a pet shadow mimic
RarityRarity level: 3
Sell2 GC
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffShadow MimicShadow Mimic
Buff tooltipA shadow mimic is following you
Summons Pet
  • Shadow Mimic
    Shadow Mimic
  • Internal Item ID: 4737 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 268 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Projectile ID: 860
Shadow Mimic (flying).gif
The Shadow Mimic propelling itself with a trail of purple flames.
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Hellstone Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Hellstone CrateHellstone Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)11/20 (5%)
Obsidian Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Obsidian CrateObsidian Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)11/20 (5%)
Shadow ChestShadow ChestShadow Chest110*1/10 (10%)
Not to be confused with Shadow Key.

The Ornate Shadow Key is a pet-summoning item that spawns a pet Shadow Mimic to follow the player around. When the player is far enough away or in midair, the Shadow Mimic propels itself by spinning towards them while emitting a trail of purple flames. It will also occasionally spit out non-collectible cosmetic coins. The Ornate Shadow Key has a 1/10 (10%) chance of being obtained from Shadow Chests and a 1/20 (5%) chance of being obtained from Obsidian Crates and Hellstone Crates.

Pet Shadow Mimic spitting non-collectible coins.


  • The Shadow Mimic pet is slightly smaller than Shadow Chests and real Shadow Mimics.
  • Despite appearing to be a Shadow Key, it cannot open Shadow Chests. It is simply an item designed after it.
  • While flying, the pet Shadow Mimic will emit a soft, purple light. This can be useful for players without a light pet.

See also