Shades are creatures in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that are summoned in groups of 2–3 by wispmothers. They are extremely weak and usually dissipate in a single hit. They are mainly used as distractions by wispmothers, as they are identical to them, making it difficult to tell the difference. When killed, the Shade disappears and an animation occurs, similar to that of a pacify spell. They are summoned when the Wispmother is attacked.
They are exact replicas of wispmothers, but they cast frostbite during combat, as opposed to the wisp mothers, who cast Ice spike.
Normally, the wispmother will attack the being that destroys its summoned shades.