- "A darkness-based weapon. A boomerang with homing capabilities."
- ―In-game text, Mega Man X8
Shadow Runner (シャドウランナー Shadou Rannā) is a Special Weapon in Mega Man X8 obtained by X and Alia after defeating Dark Mantis. When equipped, X/Alia shoots a shadowy boomerang that leaves a dark blue trail that hunts down and spirals around enemies. If there are no enemies present, the weapon merely spirals around the character and returns inside the player character's body in a puff of black smoke, at which point X has his weapon energy restored. When charged, X shoots out five black boomerangs at once. However, in their charged state, the Shadow Runners cannot restore X's weapon energy.
For his version of the attack, Dark Mantis shoots a black line towards X's position. The line then curves back to Dark Mantis' location if it misses.
Counterparts to this Weapon
|Cutter/Blade Special Weapons|
|Mega Man series||Rolling Cutter (1) • Metal Blade (2) • Quick Boomerang (2) • Shadow Blade (3) • Ring Boomerang (4) • Gyro Attack (5) • Silver Tomahawk (6) • Slash Claw (7) • Flame Sword (8) • Triple Blade (10) • Wheel Cutter (10) • Screw Crusher (III) • Tengu Blade (M&B) • Shark Boomerang (3DOS) • Blade Launcher (3DOS)|
|Mega Man X series||Boomerang Cutter (X) • Sonic Slicer (X2) • Spin Wheel (X2) • Spinning Blade (X3) • Twin Slasher (X4) • Crescent Shot (X5) • Magma Blade (X6) • Wind Cutter (X7) • Shadow Runner (X8) • Ray Claw (Xtreme 2)|
|Mega Man series||Magnet Missile (3) • Dive Missile (4) • Beat (5) • Homing Sniper (8) • Hornet Chaser (9) • Spark Chaser (V) • Forte Vulcan (R&F)|
|Mega Man X series||Homing Torpedo (X) • Parasitic Bomb (X3) • Sniper Missile (X7) • Wind Cutter (X7)• Shadow Runner (X8) • Thunder Dancer (X8) • Bomb Bee (Xtreme 2)|