Miriam absorbing a Shard.

A crystallized form of demon power.
It cannot be handled by an ordinary human being.
~ In-game description

Shards are a gameplay mechanic in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. They are demon powers that have been crystallized. They cannot be handled by an ordinary person.


Shards are demon powers that have been crystallized. While they normally cannot be handled by a common person, special individuals such as Miriam can absorb and utilize them in order to use special abilities corresponding to the shard's source by impaling the shards into their bodies. These special abilities range from "active" abilities such as shooting fireballs, "passive" abilities such as double jumping, to "reactive" abilities such as summoning guardian familiars.

Types of Shards

There are six types of shards Miriam can absorb in the game. Each group of shards contained in a particular type share similar characteristics between them, such as the way they are activated and/or perform, although they may vary in other areas such as element type, the stats they raise, or the abilities they yield, among others.