Originally a secret boss of the Arcade Mode and a Jago skin for everyone who purchased a Day One Xbox Live 12-month membership, Shadow Jago was released as a playable character on December 4, 2015. Shadow Jago received his own unique moveset thanks to Killer Instinct Community Fund, which gathered money for the competitive tournament scene for two weeks, and when the goal of $100,000 had been reached, Shadow Jago was finally set for the full-scale release.
Jago is the main protagonist of Killer Instinct (2013). A warrior-monk, while trying to resolve his inner conflict, embraced the Tiger Spirit. However, it was corrupted by the evil of Gargos and transformed a noble warrior into the Shadow Jago - a dark reflection of the hero, with the only purpose of defeating his opponents so their energy would be fed to Gargos, bringing him closer to this plane of reality as well as the destruction of mankind.
Shadow Jago is almost identical to Jago. However, his skin is pale blue, with attack effects colored purple, black and blue instead of the original orange, yellow, and white. His voice also became much darker and sinister, sounding more like growling than normal words.
Shadow Jago differs from normal Jago in many ways. He’s more mobile with a faster walk speed and dashes, teleport, which grants him invisibility and can pass through opponents, and an air dive kick. His zoning is also a bit stronger with fast horizontal projectiles both from the ground and the air. Shadow Jago can also perform a “surge” version of his special moves, which basically makes one of his default specials slightly more powerful.
However, Shadow Jago really struggles without a meter and all of his default special moves are unsafe on block. He’s an all-in character because he has to use the whole meter to cash out significant damage, which may leave him without defense options in case of a mistake.