"I am the Destructor. I am the Architect. I will pave over your fields to start anew. I will fill your seas with concrete and stone. I will pierce your world with girders of steel and panes of glass. I will crush your world under the weight of my cities. I will smother your creation under my own!"

- Ivo Shandor; Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Ivo Shandor is the leader of the Cult of Gozer and the primary antagonist of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. He was, according to Ghostbusters, the designer of 55 Central Park West, using unusual materials such as cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium, magnesium-tungsten alloys, and gold plated bolts. Shandor designed the building in a fashion exactly like the telemetry trackers NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space. After his death he became a traveling ghostly being that, after the failure of his god's attempt to take over the material realm, he decides to take action himself. He takes possession of Mayor Jock Mulligan in a plot to become a god himself. The Ghostbusters end up in a great battle with him of which he then was defeated, and forced back into his realm.


Primary CanonEdit


Ivo Shandor was an architect and doctor by trade. [1] Shandor's public architectural style ranged from Federal to Art Deco but his personal tastes leaned toward the Gozerian. [2] Since the late 1800s, Shandor's architecture firm was involved in the renovation of existing buildings and construction of new structures. These public works projects sparked controversy and a lot of people thought the work was unnecessary. These projects ended in the early 1900s. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] Shandor was also the subject of additional controversy because he was said to have performed a lot of "unnecessary surgery" during his time as a medical doctor. In 1919, he resuscitated the Dark Church of Gozer. In an attempt to increase its popular appeal, he tried to update the ancient Sumerian droning rituals in the Church of Gozer Songbook to modern-day worship songs. The practice of singing in the Dark Church was soon abandoned. [8] After World War I ended, Shandor came to the conclusion that society was too sick to survive. On June 6, 1920, he founded a secret society dedicated to the ancient Sumerian god Gozer. Shandor's Cult of Gozer amassed nearly 1,000 purported followers. [9] [10] These worshipers were drawn from around the world. Shandor carefully chose his minions from the world's most affluent quarters and from the halls of intelligentsia. He promised them stations of power and glory in the new post-Gozer millennia, while secretly binding them to his own service both in life and the afterlife. [11] Shandor used his family castle on Shandor Island as a refuge, lab, and temple for the Cult. [12] [13] Shandor even consecrated the island to Gozer. [14] Shandor and his followers researched heavily into the paranormal, especially in the fields of pre-Apocalyptism and ectoplasmic hybridology. He also made serious connections within the Gozerian pantheon. [15] He also engineered an Orrery Chamber in his castle designed to align multiple dimensions. Despite being limited by the technology of his era, Shandor was ahead of his time and made sophisticated inventions. [16] Shandor was contracted as the architect for an apartment building at 55 Central Park West. He secretly designed the building to act as an antenna for pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. [17] Under his auspices, unconventional materials were incorporated. The roof was fabricated with a magnesium-tungsten alloy and the building itself had cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium. [18] [19] [20] After the building's completion, the Cult performed rituals on the roof of 55 Central Park West, intended to bring about the end of the world.

In addition to 55 Central Park West, Shandor and the Cult chose four specific locations. They each housed a Mandala: a kind of magic that was supposed to focus spirit energy and empower Gozer, when he will entered our world. Shandor was aided by power brokers and captains of industry, he aided at some stage of their careers, who were trustees of the Natural History Museum. They used their influence to help Shandor implement his Mandala system and other dubious activities. [21] Three locations chose for the Mandala nodes were the New York City Public Library, the Natural History Museum, and the Sedgewick Hotel. [22] [23] Shandor assigned his three most loyal followers, Azetlor the Collector, The Chairman, and the Spider Witch, to guard the Mandalas upon passing away. The fourth Mandala was on Shandor Island, a place where he and his cult conducted many paranormal experiments, including the capture of a Sloar and the creation of Psychomagnotheric Slime. Shandor used Black Slime he extracted from the Sloar in order to boost the power of himself, as well as his minions, making the cult's existence possible even after their deaths. Before his death, Shandor set several mechanisms in place, including the Mandala and antenna atop 55 Central Park West. [24] After Shandor's death, he was interred in dramatic fashion. After hours of Gozerian rituals, his body was carefully placed in a dramatic, if unnerving mausoleum. [25] [26] Shortly after the death of the last Shandor, there was a huge tidal surge and the Hudson River swallowed Shandor Island, reclaimed by the Ghostworld. [27] The Shandor Foundation took control of his remaining estate and holdings upon Shandor's death. [28] [29] Shandor and the Cult were documented in "Tobin's Spirit Guide".

Being A GhostEdit

Ivo Shandor became a powerful being after his death and was able to travel to other dimensions. Hidden deep in the Central Park, the secret cult cemetery became a new home to him and his minions. There Ivo Shandor awaited the coming of Gozer. In 1984, Gozer's time had finally come, and the god attempted to pass through the 55 Central Park West to our world. While Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore drove to a case, Stantz examined the Shandor building's blueprints and described the roof as having been "fabricated with a magnesium-tungsten alloy." Stantz went on to note that the building had "cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium". While the Ghostbusters were in jail for environmental violations related to their business, Egon Spengler further described the building's "roof cap" as "exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space." [30] When Peter Venkman remarked "they don't build 'em like they used to," Stantz retorted "the architect was either a certified genius or an aesthetic wacko." [31] Stantz described the skyscraper as an antenna for "pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence." Ray noted the building's architect was an "I. Shandor," as he looked over the blueprints. Immediately, Spengler recognized the name as one he had seen in "Tobin's Spirit Guide." Spengler went on to explain Shandor's background. Shandor, described as an architect and doctor by trade, decided that after World War I society was too sick to survive. He and his nearly 1,000 purported followers composing the Cult of Gozer worshiped the ancient Sumerian god and performed rituals on the roof of 55 Central Park West, intended to bring about the end of the world. Egon also noted Shandor was said to have performed a lot of "unnecessary surgery" during his time as a medical doctor. However, Gozer's efforts were ultimately stopped by the Ghostbusters, who destroyed the portal and banished him back. Ivo Shandor and the cult had no choice but to find new means to bring forth Gozer.

In 1991, Shandor possessed Mayor Jock Mulligan for a few months and got him re-elected. [32] [33] Shandor's last living descendant, Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn was at the museum overseeing the "World of Gozer" exhibit when her presence there triggered the Mandala, unleashing a Psi Energy Pulse, a powerful psychokinetic wave, that unleashed hundreds of new ghosts around the city and allowed Gozer to return in his destructor form (Stay Puft Marshmallow Man). However, while it was completely manifested in our realm, it was much weaker than before, as it still required more power to achieve its full potential. Gozer attempted to kidnap Ilyssa as a sacrifice to himself, but the Sumerian god was defeated again, this time being destroyed by the Rookie. Frustrated by Gozer's failure at the hands of the Ghostbusters twice, Shandor decided to become a god himself. While in possession of Mayor Jock Mulligan, Shandor assigned the Ghostbusters to work with Walter Peck to both keep them from figuring out his plan. [34] Peck was also used as a scapegoat while he used the Mandala to increase his power while merging the real world and the spirit world. However, the Ghostbusters discovered the correlation between the sites of the major manifestations and the symbol they found, realizing they were nodes of the Mandala. One by one, Shandor's most loyal followers who served as the node guardians: Azetlor, The Chairman, and the Spider Witch, were defeated and three of the four nodes were deactivated, leaving only the node on his island hidden in the river. Realizing that there was a chance they could find and defeat the Sloar on the island (and even if they didn't neutralize the node, it wouldn't be enough to give him the power he needed), Shandor resorted to one last measure. While the Ghostbusters went to shut the final node down, he attacked the Firehouse, rendered Janine Melnitz unconscious and kidnapped Ilyssa while also releasing the spirits from the Containment Unit. He also captured Peck and took them both back to his mausoleum lair to complete the ritual using the energy collected by the Mandala and the freed spirits and Ilyssa's blood, needing a sacrifice of his own blood to become a god himself. Before he could sacrifice her however, the Ghostbusters arrived, and upon figuring out the truth, exorcised him from the mayor's body with positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime and attempted to banish him back to the spirit world. During the fight with him, they ended up getting pulled into Shandor's Gozerian realm.

Being A DeityEdit

An angry Shandor confronted the Ghostbusters at a massive temple in the spirit world, and transformed himself into a towering demonic deity in order to fulfill his sinister plans to reshape the world, matching his vision of perfection. With the energy originally intended to power up Gozer, he became a god himself, and chose a destructor form to match his ambitions. Unfortunately for him, the Ghostbusters crossed the streams with their Proton Packs, destroying Shandor once and for all.


Realistic version:

After being ejected from Mayor Mulligan's body, Shandor surrounds himself with a green, protective shield. While the Ghostbusters can disperse the shield, Shandor simply recharges it with energy four large glowing beams. The Rookie should circle the room and use the Shock Blast to take out Flying Skulls. As soon as Shandor pauses to recharge his shield, shoot Boson Darts between the flaps on the beams directly into the glowing green center. If the beams aren't exposed enough, then use the Slime Tether first to pull apart the protective shields around the crystals and destroy them one by one. Wrangle Shandor through the opening in the floor until the cut scene engages.

The second part of the battle takes place in the nether-realm atop a floating platform. As Shandor approaches, use the Meson Collider [35] then run around and hit him with the Overload Pulse. Keep attacking Shandor with the Pulse and stop only to destroy boulders he hurls at the team. Continue switching between the Collider and Pulse. Eventually, Shandor will emerge in the center of the platform and summon four pedestals to recharge his P.K.E. with. Destroy them as soon as possible. Shandor will continue to attack. Geysers of hellfire will appear beneath your feet, but look for a glow and sidestep. Watch out for Flying Skulls, and Shandor's Gargoyles as well. Keep up the assaults until the cut scene starts.

Secondary CanonEdit

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Stylized VersionsEdit

Stylized version:

Ivo Shandor splits into four beings. Wait for the four projections to reform and then use the Stasis Stream to immobilize Shandor then use Boson Darts to damage him. Once his health is down, Shandor can't generate his shield. Switch to the Capture Stream and slam him into the portal in the middle of the floor.

While in his Ascendant form, Shandor surrounds himself with a giant stone mask covered in Black Slime. Watch out for lasers and use the Capture Stream or Boson Darts to remove pieces of the mask and weaken it. Then use the Proton Stream and Boson Darts to damage the mask's PK energy. Once Shandor is exposed, hit him with Boson Darts. When the mask reforms, Shandor also generates floating hands. Ignore them, and continue attacking the mask until you can damage Shandor again.

When the mask returns again, it will be covered in Black Slime; use the Slime Mine to remove it and wrangle the mask again. Stop only to neutralize any Black Slime. When the mask appears for the third time, it will have shield-generating crystals on either side. Use the Stasis Stream to freeze them and the Shock Blast to destroy them. Then continue to weaken the mask and blast Shandor until the team crosses the streams.

IDW ComicsEdit

Around 1938 or so, Ivo Shandor was allegedly present during a cult gathering at the Sedgewick Hotel to summon a hungry spirit but Slimer was conjured instead.

A couple of weeks into the Tiamat incident, the latent spirit of Gozer made mental contact with Ray Stantz. One of the forms Gozer assumed was that of a young Ivo Shandor.

Ghostbusters: The Board GameEdit

Ghost Card InformationEdit

Side AEdit

  • To Hit: 4 or higher, add a Stream
  • To Trap: 4 Streams (from 4 Ghostbusters)
  • When Hit: A Ghost from the Spirit World emerges from Ivo Shandor's space.
  • When Trapped: Place it on your Character Card.
  • When Missed: Roll the Movement Die, then lose that much XP.
  • Special:
    • Ivo Shandor is unaffected by Combat until the Gates are Closed.
    • At the end of each round, the highest-Class Ghost from the Spirit World emerges from Ivo Shandor's space.

Side BEdit

As a human, Ivo Shandor was the leader of the Cult of Gozer and the architect who designed the building at 55 Central Park West as a giant altar to the Sumerian God of Destruction.

Upon dying, Ivo Shandor became a powerful supernatural being and went into hiding lording over minions. He is committed to finding means to bring forth the coming of Gozer.


Primary CanonEdit

Ivo Shandor is a Class 7 Transformed Mortal Remnant.

Secondary CanonEdit

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized)Edit

In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized), Shandor is a Class 7 Liche in his Gozerian Sorcerer Form and a Class 7 Demigod in his Ascendant Form.

Ghostbusters: The Board GameEdit

In Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Shandor is a Class 6.


  • Ivo Shandor's name can be found in Tobin's Spirit Guide.
  • In the film he is said to have designed the high rise apartment building at 55 Central Park West as a giant altar to the Sumerian god Gozer.
    • The entire premise is fictional, in reality the building at this address was designed by architects Schwartz & Gross for contractor Edgar Levy.
  • Slimer's entry into the world of the living is said in the roleplaying game to be a side effect of Ivo's rooftop rituals.
  • In the Tobin's Spirit Guide roleplaying game, Shandor (alternatively spelled as Chandor) [36] was revealed as an Albanian medical student, research assistant, and last disciple of Dr. Michael Zhorchev, a Serbian surgeon from Zagreb. Shandor fled eastern Europe to America to evade persecution for questionable surgeries.
  • In Dan Aykroyd's original January 20, 1983 script for the first movie, Shandor was the name of the Ghostbusters' interdimensional employer. [37]
  • In the original premise for the Ghostbusters movie, Gozer was originally conceived as taking the form of Ivo Shandor. Ivo was to be played by Paul Reubens and described as being a kindly looking man in a nondescript suit and tie. This may have influenced the stylized version of the game, where Shandor appears similar to what Reubens might look like in his 70s. The concept was also briefly considered for the design of Idulnas in the Ghostbusters IDW Ongoing Series.
  • According to the August 5, 1983 draft of the first film's script, 55 Central Park West was the only building he built in New York City. It was finished in 1923 and Shandor lived in the penthouse. [38] [39]
  • According to the August 5, 1983 draft of the first film's script, in the prison cell scene, Egon Spengler recounts how Ivo Shandor was a deranged surgeon, architect, and Gozer worshiper, executed by electrocution at Sing Sing on October 28, 1929 after being arrested in May 1928 after his attempted abduction of a teenage girl led police to his penthouse apartment, furnished impeccably -if not tastefully- with stacks of human bones. [40] [41]
  • In the Realistic version of the game, Ivo Shandor appears to be a thin, elderly man in a suit with balding, gray curly hair and having a dark gray long mustache and pointy goatee (in the painting of Shandor found at the museum by Venkman it appears to be white).
  • There is an article on Ivo Shandor in the issue of Citystal Magazine Janine reads in the Realistic version of the game.
  • If you look closely at the painting of Ivo Shandor (below in the image gallery) in the Natural History Museum, you can see on his left hand he is wearing a wedding band, implying he had a wife.
  • The Hohman's Black Low-Rise revealed an American occultist named John George Hohman commissioned a scale model for a domestic center of evil, "Black Low-Rise of Tri" from the Shandor architectural firm in 1926. The model was completed but Hohman never returned to claim it, or pay for it.
  • A Shandor devotee named Vikram Veedam painted "Fox Hunt on Tiamat Island" in 1910 after attending a prestigious foxhunt on Tiamat Island.
  • The Skull of Ivo Shandor overflows with P.K.E. and occasionally lapses into ranting fits and odd soliloquies on disappointment and faded glory.
  • On page 23 of Ghostbusters Issue #4, Shandor is referenced by his alias "The Architect." The PCOC file on Shandor is File #1103.
  • On page 1 of Ghostbusters Issue #5, one of the stands is named "Shandor Soda Shoppe"
  • On page 23 of Ghostbusters Issue #5, the Sam Hain PCOC file mentions Shandor.
  • On page 22 of Ghostbusters Issue #6, the Rachel Unglighter PCOC datasheet mentions Shandor.
  • On page 6 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #8, the award ceremony is named after Ivo Shandor.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #12, Ilyssa Selwyn mentions Ivo Shandor. [42]
  • On March 3, 2015, the 17th stretch goal of Ghostbusters: The Board Game, $910,000, was also introduced: Ivo Shandor. [43]
  • On Shandor's character card in Ghostbusters: The Board Game
    • The caption in the photograph mentions Ray's "Spook Central" nickname for the Shandor Building in the first movie
    • Shandor's appearance is a combination of several designs from different media.
      • The robe is from Shandor's second form in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)
      • Shandor's form was first used by Dan Schoening in IDW's ongoing series Volume Two #17 as based on initial descriptions of Gozer taking on Shandor's look in drafts and storyboards of the first movie.


The architect's name was Ivo Shandor. I found it in Tobin's Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor. Performed a lot of unnecessary surgery. And then in 1920 he started a secret society.- Egon Spengler
Let me guess. Gozer Worshipers.- Peter Venkman

Right. After the First World War, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive And he wasn't alone. he had close to a thousand followers when he died. They conducted rituals up on the roof, bizarre rituals intended to bring about the end of the world, and now it looks like it may actually happen! - Egon Spengler


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Secondary CanonEdit

IDW Comics

Cryptozoic Entertainment

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