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Theme The Wookie Hole; To the Turbo Tunnel; Battle the Battletoads
Weapon Fists

How about we give you some training, Battletoads style?

The Battletoads are a group comprised of Rash, Zitz and Pimple, they were originally exclusive to the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, but were later added to the Windows 10 version and will reach other computer versions in October 2017.[1] They can be found in the Mysterious Area. There the player can have a "sparring match" with each one of the Toads emulating the gameplay of the original Battletoads game. The Battletoads are only available in Shovel Knight's campaign.

For more information on the Battletoads, check out the Battletoads Wiki.


Before the fightEdit

"Rash: Hey, Pimple, I thought we were just goin' out for a burger and flies! Where'd that crazy space warp take us?"
"Zitz: Whoa, Rash, get a load of that shovel dude!"
"Shovel Knight: ... er... Greetings, amphibians! I'm Shovel Knight, on my quest to defeat the Enchantress!"
"Zitz: Well, that's a neat story! Anyway, we're the Battletoads!"
"Pimple: Wait a minute, Zitz, is this guy talkin' about the Dark Queen, bros?! Lemme at her!!"
"Shovel Knight: Hm, I suppose one might think of her as a Dark Queen of sorts..."
"Rash: Well, lemme tell ya, we know a thing or two about fighting Dark Queens... And no offense, tadpole, but you look like you could use some help! How about we give you some training, Battletoads style?"

If selected Toadally!

"Zitz: Dija hear that, Toads!? He said yes!!"
"Rash: Righteous! Okay then, let's hop to it!!!"

After the fightEdit

"Rash: Wow, Shovel Knight! You've got some crazy moves!"
"Shovel Knight: Er, I... thank you, kind sirs!"
"Pimple: Well, all this tubo training was draining. We oughta bug out and find some grub! Care to join us, shovel guy?"
"Shovel Knight: I... I'll pass, thank you!"
"Zitz: Your loss! Oh hey, meet us back at camp, though. We wanna give you a little token of Toad gratitude!"

Back at the campEdit

"Zitz: Most righteous shovel bro, we hereby name you an honorary Toad! To aid you in your battle against your own Dark Queen... We bestow you this most excellent Toad Gear! Now you'll have cool moves just like us!"

If equipped the Toad Gear:

"Zitz: Nice, you'll look styllish! I'm green with envy! Have fun with those smash hits!"

Strategy Edit



  • Rare, the original developers of Battletoads, provided input on the work of Yacht Club Games for these guest bosses.[2]
  • The music which plays in this stage is taken directly from the corresponding stage from the NES version of Battletoads, except for the Rash fight which is a remix of the title theme. In addition, pausing in this stage will replace the music with said game's pause theme.
  • Although not physically seen, the Battletoads' mentor Professor T. Bird can be heard having a conversation with a Rooster Gent. Notably, he is the only character with a custom portrait who is not seen physically by Shovel Knight.
  • The Battletoads are one of 4 boss fights that doesn't take place in Plague of Shadows. The other ones are The Big Creep, Remnant of Fate and Kratos.
  • After their match the Battletoads will propose to Shovel Knight to strike a cool pose together with them. Multiple of these poses exist, some featuring Baz as a guest.



  1. Shovel Knight on Windows Store! Battletoads Encounter Coming to PC! on
  2. How Shovel Knight’s developer revived the bane of GameStop clerks everywhere: Battletoads on VentureBeat.
Shovel of Hope Characters
Main Characters: Shovel KnightShield KnightBlack KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travelers: Reize SeatlanBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: KratosBattletoadsMadame Meeber
Village: BardGoaticianGastronomerMagicistDancerDeposed KingGrandma SwampMonaCroakerChesterTroupple AcolyteHoop KidHedge FarmerWater CarrierGrizzled Seer
Armor Outpost: WallaceFishermanToaderMary SweetsLeoPeacock GentDollyArmorerShovel SmithYopplerAirship Enthusiast
Other Characters: Troupple King

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