Shadows are always slightly visible (like normal ghosts when they are moving) by default. As they start moving however, they will reach specific stages that will affect their current visibility status; as shown on their gauge:
- Stage 1: Partial invisibility; default (stationary).
- Stage 2: Invisibility; with a trail following them.
- Stage 3: Total invisibility, detectable by sounds.
As they can be totally invisible, their breath and footsteps are loud and clear in order to balance gameplay. Security devices (sensors, sprinklers, etc) in exclusive maps will also help soldiers detect them. Finally, all actions other than running will affect their status by decreasing their gauge bar either slightly or significantly.
Depending on the gender of the character that the player is using will affect the appearance of their Shadow character. The female ghost has a more visible skin with orange coloration, she has belts and knives around the waist and hips. The male ghost is completely covered unlike the female ghosts, wears a belt around the waist and his knives are strapped to his back.
- The knives that appear on the shadows are not usable and serve no purpose so far apart from being cosmetic. Shadows will only use the melee weapons in the player's bags.
- Although their knives weren't available to use initially; they were later released as a standalone melee weapons available to obtain in some versions: Shadow Knives.
- A glitch will show the Shadow's model to always run with one arm behind them, which might lead to amusing visual glitch in third person with some melee weapon (i.e Aluminum Bat).
- As stated above, because of the way a Shadow would holds its melee; it could be possible that the shadows might have different hit boxes than normal. 
In CF Vietnam, Shadow Warriors are available as normal charaters with superior skills: 100% Flash Immunity, 50% Smoke Reduction and Footstep Sound, making them the best characters, even better than characters available in AI Ticket System (SBS, RedPower, Ranger, Devil Hunter Merc.) or Ngọc Trinh (in the Item Shop). This character has been added to the system for as long as the Shadow Mode was released but due to coding error, using it will result in players turning into Hero characters and caused disconnection. It's only been fixed very recently.
Because of the OPed nature of Shadow Warriors, there are only two existed for specialized VTC accounts, that will become a gift for a charity auction during CF Vietnam's 9th Anniversary Party in Hanoi and HCM City. All of the profits earned are donated to Tran Duc Doanh, a long time CF player who lost one of his legs but continued to show passionate to this game.
Since Shadow Warriors are not designed to be a normal character, there are a few quirks among them - the only two available are male and female form (based on their owner's genders), and they must wear the Double Dagger Tattoo in order to be used (Two specialized VTC accounts come equipped with this item to make sure FuryGhostM / W is functional). Unlike Nemesis that used to have the ability to change gloves skin based on equipped weapons, FuryGhostM / W is capable of changing weapon skin color herself.