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Omen is a dark spirit that possessed Jago, turning him into Shadow Jago. Omen will not be featured in his own story, but Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Isgreen explains the character has absorbed enough power through Shadow Jago to break away as his own character in Season 2.

Freed from possessing Jago, the Herald of Gargos has drawn enough power through his battles as Shadow Jago to manifest physically on the mortal plane. He is corruption, fear, and rage given form. He is the right hand of his master’s will. He is the sign of the darkness to come. He is shadow energy incarnate. He is Omen!

Omen bears a heavy resemblance to Cinder from the classic Killer Instinct. His appearance is that of a human silhouette consisting of a strange shadowy fog with electricity crackling along his appendages. Adorning his head is a mask, giving him a "face" of sorts. When flying, he manifests wings similar to those of Gargos, his master. Below is a snapshot of 'Omen'.

Killer Instinct Season 2
Killer Instinct Season 2

What we know of Omen so far:

The Shadow Meter plays a large part in Omen's design. Unlike the rest of the cast, Omen has access to three bars of Shadow Meter instead of the usual two, though he gains it at the same rate as everyone else. In addition, while in Instinct Mode, Omen's attacks will lock out his opponent's Shadow Meter for five seconds--denying his foes their more reliable reversals and allowing him to continue his onslaught unpunished.

Omen appears to draw some of his moves from other characters, namely Jago, Shadow Jago, and Sabrewulf. Many of his manuals and auto-doubles appear to be unique to him, but his specials are reminiscent of other characters.

Omen, like much of the cast, is capable of using fireballs; a notable difference is in their behavior. Rather than firing in a specific pattern, Omen's Rashakuken fires in one of eleven patterns, picked at random. Omen can also defend himself with the Orda Shield, a fireball that erupts from the ground to guard him from the front. While simple at first, these attacks get much more complicated when Omen burns his Shadow Meter to empower them. This volley of projectiles is key to Omen's offense, and learning to adapt to its random nature is what separates a good Omen from a great one.

Omen's most notable move so far, however, is Demonic Despair. This uses all three bars of his Shadow Meter, but will leave his opponent with 100% potential damage. Though this move does not directly kill his opponent, a successful follow-up combo will certainly end the round.

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