Specters, also called Shibito (屍人, lit. "corpse people"), are corpses reanimated by supernatural forces (e.g. magic or sacred jewel shards). Specters have cold, undead bodies and, to those with strong senses, the distinctive scent of death on them.
Spectres can be created a number of ways, though most notably through the use of magic. As a result, various types of spectres exist.
- Urasue: She was a yōkai sorceress who would raise the dead by creating clay-soldiers, with human bones baked into the aforementioned clay. Typically, these specters have bodies molded from the earth and bones found at their grave site. These bodies must be sustained by the human souls of the dead if they are to remain reanimated. Due to being made of "clay," these types of specters do not normally bleed when injured and can broken like objects made of clay.
- Shikon no Tama: The Sacred Jewel could revive and sustain the life of those who have died. Such individuals are apparently unique in that they are raised from the dead with their own original bodies rather than having imitation bodies. The Shichinintai and Kohaku are such examples of those revived by the Sacred Jewel.
- Sō'unga: This sentient demonic force could bring the corpses of the dead or the recently deceased back to life, and take control of them. Sō'unga namely did so with the Samurai Takemaru, reanimating his remains and offering him power. These aforementioned mindless corpses were filled with deadly, liquefied miasma which, when at Sō’unga's full power, enabled said specters to restore themselves from most kinds of damage.