The bonus of the Shadow mage gives them the Order magic spell Blur.
The Shadow mage is most likely to learn Order magic and Death magic and fairly likely to learn the Life magic and Chaos magic skills. Shadow mages can not learn Nobility or Nature magic when leveling up unless some basic training in those skills is already known.
Order magic and Death magic are valuable skills, but the bonus isn't very impressive, giving a first-level spell that can be cast for two mana, if it is needed. The 50% protection from ranged attacks is nice, however, as is the round saved in combat.
|Heroes of Might and Magic IV classes|
|Standard hero classes||Knight - Death Knight - Lord - Thief - Archer - Barbarian - Priest - Necromancer - Mage - Sorcerer - Druid|
|Advanced classes||Archmage - Assassin - Bard - Battle mage - Beast lord - Beastmaster - Cardinal - Crusader - Dark Lord - Dark Priest - Demonologist - Enchanter - Field marshal - Fire diviner - Fireguard - General - Guildmaster - Heretic - Illusionist - Lich - Lord commander - Monk - Ninja - Paladin - Prophet - Pyromancer - Ranger - Reaver - Seer - Shadow mage - Summoner - Warden - Warlock - Warlord - Witch king - Wizard - Wizard King|