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Rating: 7.4 Good
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 4-8 players
Playing time: 45 minutes

Created by: Yasutaka Ikeda, Naoki Fukuda, Gunter Grossholz, Gou Ikeda, Hiroyuki Imahori, Michaela Kienle, Kei Kurosaki, Hitoshi Nishio, Hisashi Sawada, Yuxi Wan, Yosuke Yamaguchi

Published by: Game Republic, Inc., Giochi Uniti, Kaissa Chess & Games

Alternate Names: Cacciatori della notte, Creature della Notte, Jäger der Nacht, Lovci Noci, Οι κυνηγοί της νύχτας


Shadow Hunters is a survival board game set in a devil-filled forest in which three groups of characters-the Shadows, creatures of the night; the Hunters, humans who try to destroy supernatural creatures; and the Neutrals, civilians caught in the middle of this ancient battle-struggle against each other to survive.

You belong to one of these groups and must conceal your identity from others since you don't know whom you can trust-at least not initially. Over time, though, someone might decipher who you are through your actions or through Hermit cards, or you might even reveal yourself to use your special ability.

The key to victory is to identify your allies and enemies early because once your identity is revealed, your enemies will attack with impunity using their special abilities like Demolish, Teleport, and Suck Blood or their equipment cards such as the Rusty Broad Ax or Fortune Brooch.

This ancient battle comes to a head and only one group will stand victorious-or a civilian, in the right circumstances, might claim victory.

The 2011 edition of Shadow Hunters from Z-Man Games includes the Shadow Hunters Expansion Kit, a set of ten new characters previously sold separately.

Retail Price:$32
Shadow Hunters Expansion Kit
As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Nominee 2010
Japan Boardgame Prize Best Japanese Game Nominee 2006

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"Shadow Hunters" is a survival board game where three groups of characters, "Shadow", "Hunter" and "Neutral" (civilians) struggle against each other to survive.

The "Shadow" group are the dwellers in the demon world and the "Hunter" group's goal is to destroy all the "Shadow" group members.

Civilians are innocent people who happen to be in the middle of the battle. Each player assumes one character from one of these groups, but the other players will not know your identity.

You must determine who is your ally and defeat your enemies! …

Each character possesses a Special Ability.

Each player can only use his/her character's Special Ability in return for revealing his/her character's identity (by turning the Character Card face up). (Exceptions: "Daniel" and "Unknown"). You may reveal your identity at anytime during the game even during another player's turn.

Following are the descriptions of each character's special ability:

Allie - (mother's Love)

You can fully heal your damage once during the game.

Bob - (robbery)

  • 4-6 players: If you inflict 2 or more damage to a character, you may take an Equipment card of your choice from that character instead of giving them damage. …

All the cards in this set are printed with a star at the lower right portion.

When you play "Shadow Hunters" using these additional cards, you need to use the following procedures printed below. Then read the "Game setup" section.

  • Replace character cards

    There are several ways to replace character cards. Please discuss among participating players and decide your favorite way.

  • Play only with these additional characters.

    Only the characters included in this set are used. All the basic character cards will be replaced with these additional character cards. …

Q1 : I've obtained several Equipment Cards. Can their effects be combined?

A1 : Yes they can. Let's say you have "Cursed Sword Masamune", "Butcher Knife", "Chainsaw", "Handgun" and "Machine Gun".

First you must attack another player due to the effect of "Cursed Sword Masamune". In addition, due to the effect of "Handgun" and "Machine Gun", all the players in all the ranges except your range will be attacked.

Further, due to the effect of "Cursed Sword Masamune", "Butcher Knife" and "Chainsaw", the dam- age amount you give would be: the number rolled on a 4-sided die +1 (Butcher Knife) + 1 (Chainsaw). …

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