Arcana are items for Plague Knight to use in Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows.

They function similarly to Shovel Knight's Relics, although they consume power rather than magic. With the exception of the Bait Bomb, Arcana can be bought from Chester in each Order of No Quarter stage or traded for the Relic found in the same stage. They can also be bought or traded with their corresponding Relic with Chester in the Armor Outpost after finishing their corresponding stage.

Each use of Arcana costs some Power meter, which unlike magic, it replenishes over time. The color of Power meter indicates the following situations:

  • Green: the selected Arcana can be used safely.
  • Orange: the next use of the selected Arcana will cause a blow out.
  • Red: Plague Knight's power is blown out, Arcana won't be usable until it is fully restored.

Plague Knight's power capacity can be increased by the Magicist at the Potionarium.

The cost only applies if you do not have relic to trade.

Name Power Stage Cost
Bait Bomb 1 The Potionarium 1200
Big Boom 1 Pridemoor Keep 2500
Leech Liquid 3 The Lich Yard 2500
Smoke Bomb 3 Lost City 6800
Vat 2.4 Iron Whale 6800
Staff of Surging 1 Explodatorium 6800
Fleet Flask 1 Clockwork Tower 6800
Berserker's Brew 2 Stranded Ship 9000
Staff of Striking 0.4 Flying Machine 9000

Trivia Edit

  • The word "Arcana" comes from the Latin words "arcanus" (“hidden, secret”), from arcere (“to withhold”), and from arca (“a chest”). It refers to objects and/or spells of mysticism, occultism and esotericism origins.
    • It may also refer to the attainment of insight in ultimate or hidden truths, and to human transformation supported by various practices and experiences.
      • This, in turn, relates directly to Plague Knight's alchemy (which comes from the Arabic words for "Art of Transformation").
        • In Dungeons & Dragons, Arcane Magic is somewhat related to the concept of "transformation" that is the base of alchemy, typically in the form of spells devoted to manipulating energy, converting one substance to another, or calling on the services of other creatures. Examples of these are Abjuration, Alteration, Transmutation and Necromancy.

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