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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 crash the game (or freeze the game for mobile ports). 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.

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, a sprite referred to in the files as "Dark 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. It is unconfirmed whether this is Shadow Freddy or not.

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 rather than purple.


  • 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.
  • In the third game, 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.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

Standard Animatronics
Originals: Bonnie (ClassicWithered)Chica (ClassicWithered)El ChipFoxy (ClassicWithered)Freddy Fazbear (ClassicWithered)Happy FrogMr. HippoNedd BearOrville ElephantPigpatch
Toys: Balloon BoyJJMangleToy BonnieToy ChicaToy FreddyThe Puppet
Funtimes: BalloraBidybabBonnetBaby (CircusScrap)Funtime ChicaFuntime Freddy / Bon-BonFuntime FoxyLolbitMinireena
Rockstars: LeftyRockstar BonnieRockstar ChicaRockstar FoxyRockstar Freddy
Springlock Hybrids: FredbearSpring Bonnie
Endoskeletons: EnnardMolten FreddyYenndoOther Endoskeletons
Others: William Afton (SpringtrapScraptrap)
Noncanon: Dee DeeElectrobab
Supernatural Animatronics
Phantoms: Phantom BBPhantom ChicaPhantom FoxyPhantom FreddyPhantom ManglePhantom Puppet
Nightmares: NightmareNightmare Balloon BoyNightmare BonnieNightmare ChicaNightmare FoxyNightmare FredbearNightmare FreddyNightmarionnePlushtrap
Shadows: Shadow BonnieShadow Freddy
Others: Golden FreddyGlitchtrap
Noncanon: Jack-O-BonnieJack-O-ChicaNightmare Mangle
About Pages
Animatronics (Minor Animatronics)Springlock Suits
Security Guards
Fritz SmithJeremy FitzgeraldMichael AftonMike SchmidtSecurity Guard (FNaF3)
Cassette ManPhone DudePhone GuyTape Girl
Other People
Child Protagonist(s) (FNaF4)William AftonTechnicians
AI Voices
Female Computer VoiceHandUnitTutorial Unit
HelpyEgg BabyTrash and the GangCandy CadetSecurity PuppetPlushBaby
Noncanon: Old Man Consequences

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