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Follow me.
Shadow Freddy, during the end-of-night minigames, Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Shadow Freddy is a mysterious shadow variant of Freddy Fazbear that appears in the Five Nights at Freddy's series.

Physical Appearance

Shadow Freddy has exactly the same appearance as Golden Freddy's "withered" appearance, albeit being recolored dark purple. He, like other withered animatronics, is in disrepair. He entirely lacks a left ear and has many tears over his body. Unlike Golden Freddy, he has large glowing bright eyes. Furthermore, his teeth are glowing white. In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Shadow Freddy lacks the glowing white effects for the eyes and teeth, and covered with green levels that appears to be lighting from the Office itself. Upon closer inspection, he also appears to have a wire coming out of his left eye socket.


Five Nights at Freddy's 2

A shadow version of Freddy occasionally appears in the Parts/Service Room
The Freddy Files, page 43,

Shadow Freddy doesn't move or even jumpscares the player, instead he (very rarely) appears in Parts/Service after every other animatronic (including Withered Foxy) has moved, sitting in the location where Withered Bonnie normally sits. If observed for too long, he will forcibly either crash the game in the original PC port, freeze the game for mobile ports, or take the player back to the menu on consoles. His behavior is very similar to Golden Freddy, except that he doesn't jumpscare or attack.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Crumpled Freddy suit sometimes appears in the corner of the office.
The Freddy Files, page 79,

Shadow Freddy makes another minor appearance in Five Nights at Freddy's 3. In this game, he appears in the Office very rarely, and all end-of-night minigames (except after beating Night 5).

Rarely, the player may see Shadow Freddy slumped in the left-most end of the Office. This Freddy assumes the same position that Golden Freddy does in the previous games. However unlike from the second game, he doesn't cause the game to crash. This is also true for the mobile version. He also does not attack or jumpscare the player. In each end-of-night minigames (except after completing Night 5), once leaving the first screen, going into almost any other screen will trigger Shadow Freddy to appear with the text "follow me." Shadow Freddy will then lead the player to rooms from the right area until going into the room which turns out to be the Safe Room. However, upon attempting to move into that room, the player's sprite will push backward and the message "ERR" will appear in the lower left of the screen. On each four ends-of-night mini games while moving back down, William Afton will suddenly run after the animatronic, dismantling it and leaving the dismantled body on the floor.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Rather than appearing as himself, Shadow Freddy was majorly replaced with his nightmarish counterpart, Nightmare.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

Shadow Freddy makes a brief appearance in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, only in the beginning minigame.

In the beginning minigame, Shadow Freddy first appears in the fourth level and begins duplicating, causing the game to glitch, until a wall of sprites block the child off completely. As soon it happens, the entire minigame cuts to black, later revealing Scrap Baby's salvage scene.

Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted

However, Shadow Freddy does not directly make an appearance in the virtual-reality game. Freddy in his blacklight reskin for his Parts and Service level heavily bears a resemblance to Shadow Freddy's second game appearance; although his overall color is completely black instead of purple.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator



  • A folder in the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 game files suggests that Nightmare may, in fact, be Shadow Freddy. However, Nightmare is pitch-black in color rather than deep purple.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

  • Shadow Freddy was absent in the original mobile port but added in the remastered edition.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

  • There was some confusion over Shadow Freddy's identity due to the green lighting in the office, leading some to speculate he was Golden Freddy, however, a game folder in the game files disprove that.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

  • Shadow Freddy's sprite from the starting minigame is referred to in the MFA files as "Dark Freddy".

Core Series Characters
Standard Animatronics
Bonnie (ClassicWithered)Chica (ClassicWithered)Foxy (ClassicWithered)Freddy Fazbear (ClassicWithered)
Mediocre Melodies
Happy FrogMr. HippoNedd BearOrville ElephantPigpatch
Balloon BoyDee DeeJJMangleToy BonnieToy ChicaToy FreddyThe Puppet
BalloraBidybabBonnetBaby (CircusScrap)ElectrobabFuntime ChicaFuntime Freddy / Bon-BonFuntime FoxyLolbitMinireena
LeftyRockstar BonnieRockstar ChicaRockstar FoxyRockstar Freddy
Glamrock ChicaGlamrock FreddyMontgomery GatorRoxanne Wolf
Springlock Hybrids
FredbearSpring Bonnie
Endo-01Endo-02EnnardMolten FreddyYenndo
El ChipMusic Man
Supernatural Animatronics
Phantom BBPhantom ChicaPhantom FoxyPhantom FreddyPhantom ManglePhantom Puppet
NightmareNightmare Balloon BoyNightmare BonnieNightmare ChicaNightmare FoxyNightmare FredbearNightmare FreddyNightmare MangleNightmarionnePlushtrap
DreadbearGrim FoxyJack-O-BonnieJack-O-Chica
Arcade AnimatronicsBlacklight AnimatronicsGolden FreddyWilliam Afton (SpringtrapScraptrap)
AnimatronicsMinor AnimatronicsScrapped AnimatronicsAnimatronic Delivery Catalog
Security Guards
Fritz SmithJeremy FitzgeraldMichael AftonMike SchmidtSecurity Guard (FNaF3)
Audio Recorders
Cassette ManPhone DudePhone GuyTape Girl
Other People
Child Protagonist(s) (FNaF4)William AftonTechniciansReluctant Follower
AI Voices
Female Computer VoiceHandUnitTutorial Unit
Candy CadetEgg BabySecurity Puppet
GlitchtrapHelpyOld Man ConsequencesPlushBabyTrash and the Gang

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