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Read this Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (RotN) guide on the best Shards to use and acquire in the game, including stats, benefits, special effects & where to find them.

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Shards Selected Based on Utility & Versatility

Shards Selected Based on Utility & Versatility

We selected these shards based on how useful these shards are, and overall versatility whether early game and late game. These are considered must have shards,

Story Locked Shards Are Not Included

Shards you acquire from progressing the story such as Dimension Shift are not included in this list due to its limited availability.

Best Conjure Shards

Welcoming Party

Welcoming Party
Obtained From Poltergeist
Effect Summons Poltergeist to create a protection barrier

Summons paintings to surround you, dealing damage to anything hit by them. This great for late game at higher rank, as it allows you to summon even more paintings.

8-Bit Flame

8-Bit Flame
Obtained From Eight Bit Overlord
Effect Produce a pillar of 8-bit flame

Summons the Eight Bit Overlord to cast pillars of 8 bit flames, which greatly damage foes. With higher ranks, the more flame pillars it produces.

Best Manipulative Shards


Obtained From Harrier
Effect Move more quickly

This greatly speeds up your movement speed for just a little bit of mana. This makes traversing the map so much quicker. This is obtained by defeating the Harrier shinobi at Oriental Sorcery Lab.


Obtained From Orlok Dracule
Effect Project a field that stops time

Freezes time, allowing you to do practically anything you want while enemies are frozen in time. However, this is one of the hardest shards to obtain since it requires defeating Orlok Dracule.

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Best Directional Shards

Heretical Grinder

Heretical Grinder
Obtained From Blood Grinder Knight
Effect Extend a shaft of rotating blades in the designated direction

A great early game directional shard. This allows you to summon a spinning sword that deals continuous damage, which you can spin around.

Chaser Arrow

Chaser Arrow
Obtained From Leraje
Effect Shoot a homing arrow in the designated direction

A shard that allows you to shoot homing arrows. At higher ranks, the more projectiles you can shoot out. This is great for clearing multiple mobs at once.

Best Passive Shards


Obtained From Ocypete
Effect Increases weapon attack speed

Increases your attack speed, greatly increases your DPS. This is great if you love using heavy weapons with high damage. At higher ranks, this also increases your weapon damage!

Money Is Power

Money Is Power
Obtained From Mimic
Effect Increases your stats proportionate to your health

With more money, comes more power! This boosts your stats the more have money you have. At higher ranks, this also allows you to sell items at higher prices. Plus, it's easy to farm gold mid to late game.

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Best Familiar Shards

Silver Knight

Silver Knight
Obtained From Found in the game world
Effect Summon forth the Silver Knight to help you

A very versatile familiar, the Silver Knight protects you from attacks and projectiles which is useful for defending against end game bosses. At higher ranks, the Silver Knight summons light projectiles from below.


Obtained From Carabosse
Effect Summon forth Carabosse to help you

A good early game familiar, the Carabosse helps you find hidden walls that can reward you with various items.

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Anonymous 3

Void Ray >>> Everything listed here

Anonymous 2

No void ray?

I8UrCake 1

Amongst the directional shards, Directional Shield should be up there. It absolutely destroys most enemy attacks and be summoned quickly and put away quickly to save mana and doesn't cause any delay when using it so you can quickly attack and shield.

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