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Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gifts

A list of all Rank 4 Shadow Lord tribe Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Shadow Lord Gifts of all ranks, see All Shadow Lord Gifts.

Living Treasure

Rank 4 Shadow Lord (Hakken) Gift

A Hakken can convince the spirit of a treasure in his possession to relate its history and lore. An ancestor-spirit imparts this Gift.

System: The Hakken touches the object; the player rolls Manipulation + Etiquette (difficulty 7). Each success causes the spirit to reveal one fact about itself. Hakken may use this Gift on common items as well, making it a useful tool for investigations or problem solving. This Gift may only be used once per object.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift / Rank 4 Uktena Gift

The werewolf dominates a talen-bound spirit, spinning webs of metaphysical authority to forcibly lengthen its service to her. Some consider this Gift disrespectful, but the Shadow Lords find it ridiculous to discard a weapon that might serve Gaia, just for the sake of politeness. This Gift is taught by a spider-spirit.

System: Upon using a talen, the player may reflexively spend one Gnosis point to keep the spirit bound within from departing. This Gift is ineffective on talens which are destroyed as an inherent aspect of their use (such as the nightshade talen, which must be drunk to activate its powers), but preserves talens whose destruction is a metaphysical result of their use (such as moon glow and Wyrm scales).

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Assassin’s Strike

Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift

Camp: Judges of Doom

Like the Ratkin and the Nagah before them, the Judges of Doom have learned to quickly slip into and out of the Umbra so that they may surprise their prey. When using this Gift, the Judge disappears for a moment and reappears behind his victim, whereupon he may attack his victim with complete surprise. This Gift is taught by a cobra-spirit.

System: The character spends one Gnosis and one Rage, then uses the Umbra to “skip” up to 50 feet and reappear in the physical world directly behind his target. The Judge may then attack his victim at -2 difficulty (minimum 4). This attack may not be dodged unless the victim has bolstered his senses with supernatural aid.

Source: Shadow Lord Tribebook (revised)

Ubiquitous Presence

Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift

Paranoia is a wonderful weapon. It keeps enemies from resting, from thinking properly, and, done right, from ever attacking you. And if you can’t be everywhere at once, at least you can appear to be. The Shadow Lord can curse an enemy with paranoia, giving the victim an unflinching suspicion that the Garou is watching her, even when that belief would otherwise be entirely illogical. Shadow or night-spirits teach this Gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis and rolls Charisma + Intimidation, difficulty of the victim’s Intelligence x 2. Success indicates that the curse takes effect, reducing all dice pools of the victim by one for each two successes rolled. The effects last for one day and night.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)

Seeds of Doubt

Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift

Talented tricksters, Shadow Lords with this Gift may convince a listener of one false idea, no matter how absurd. The Gift only works if the lie told is not obviously harmful to the listener. It is taught by a Raven-spirit.

System: The Lord spends a point of Gnosis and makes an opposed Charisma + Subterfuge roll (difficulty 8). If the Lord succeeds, the listener will believe the lie until somehow “deprogrammed.” If he fails, however, the listener sees through the Lord’s argument and recognizes the lie for what it is. If the Lord botches, the listener goes into frenzy (unless normally incapable of such, like a human).

Source: Shadow Lords Tribebook Revised Pg.68

Strength of the Dominator

Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift

The Garou draws on a target’s anger to feed his own. A Stormcrow teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Wits + Intimidation (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). For a number of turns equal to the successes scored, the target will lose a point of Rage per turn, while the Shadow Lord gains that Rage. The character can use this Gift only once per target per scene.

Source: Core book revised.

Open Wounds

Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift

The Garou may cause the next wound he inflicts to bleed profusely, weakening the target further. A pain-sprit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis point and rolls Strength + Medicine (difficulty 7). If the Shadow Lord’s next attack does any damage, the target will bleed continuously, losing one health level per turn for a number of turns equal to the number of successes rolled. This hemorrhaging is considered lethal damage.

Source: Core book revised.

Invoke the Spirits of the Storm / Call the Storm

Rank 5 Wendigo Gift / Rank 5 Bunyip Gift / Rank 4 Shadow Lord Gift
The Shadow Lord versions is called Call the Storm

The Garou can summon nearly any weather effect she desires, be it a tornado, fog, blizzard or thunderstorms. An avatar of Wendigo teaches this Gift. An avatar of Rainbow Serpent teaches the Bunyip version.

System: The player spends one Gnosis pint and rolls Willpower (difficulty varies based on how close the desired effect is to the actual weather patterns of the area). The storm covers 10 miles per success. If the Garou summons a thunderstorm, she may spend Gnosis to call lightning down on her enemies (Dexterity + Occult to hit, 10 dice of aggravated damage).

Shadow Lord version: Only thunderstorms may be called and an avatar of Grandfather Thunder teaches this Gift.

Source: Core book revised / Shadow Lord Tribebook (revised)