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Challenge Mode is a feature added in Shovel Knight with Plague of Shadows. It is a set of challenges with a specific goal and given player setup.

The challenge of a specific character is unlocked by completing his campaign first. Amiibo challenges are exclusive to the Nintendo Amiibo and are unlocked by scanning it.

List of ChallengesEdit

Shovel KnightEdit

Anchors Aweigh Edit

You start with 2HP, 30 Magic, and the Throwing Anchor.
Your goal is to survive for 50 seconds in a lone room of the Flying Machine. Propeller Rats will spawn endlessly from two sides. There are Rollers and Conveyor belts in the room, and two Magic Pots can be found on far sides.

Dirt Clod Dive Edit

You start with 10HP and nothing else.
Your goal is to use your Shovel Drop and bounce on dirt clods in the Iron Whale to reach the end.

Tick Tock Tower Edit

You start with 6HP and nothing else. You cannot swing your shovel, but you can shovel drop.
You have to survive through several screens in a death scroll upwards the Explodatorium. Beware of spikes and Wizzems.

Double Bubble Edit

You start with 10HP.
You have to get up to the top by riding sets of three bubbles and placed enemies in the Plains of Passage. Beware of the constantly forming bottomless pits.

Dagger Dash Edit

You start with 4HP, 80 Magic, and the Propeller Dagger.
You have to dash through murder pots in the Tower of Fate:Entrance. Spellbooks have to be activated in order to block some of the deadly lava that fall from the pots.

Extendo Retracto Edit

You start with 10HP, 50 Magic, and the Phase Locket.
You have to halt your fall with the Phase Locket at well-timed opportunities in order to be able to stand on the retracting platforms in the Clockwork Tower.

Dragon Chase Race Edit

You start with 10HP.
Your goal is to reach the end of the challenge by riding Icedrakes in the Stranded Ship.

Birder Herder Edit

You start with 2HP and nothing else.
Your goal is to collect all gold from all sides in under 60 seconds while avoiding Birders. It is set in the Lost City.

Cog Bounce Chaos Edit

You start with 10HP and nothing else.
Your goal is to move through an auto-scrolling area by utilizing the rolling gears in Clockwork Tower. Beware of Sine Daggers.

Unarmed Ascent Edit

You start with 1HP (any damage is fatal) and nothing else. You cannot attack or shovel drop.
Your goal is to move through 3 screens of obstacles in Pridemoor Keep.

Rematch King Knight Edit

You start with 2HP.
You have to defeat King Knight in under 30 seconds with only your shovel.

Rematch Specter Knight Edit

You start with 6HP, 70 Magic, and the Propeller Dagger.
Defeat Specter Knight in under 70 seconds (or 65 seconds since the player can only start moving when Specter Knight begins moving) with the Propeller Dagger.

Rematch Plague Knight Edit

You start with 6HP, 80 Magic, and the Phase Locket.
Defeat Plague Knight in under 65 seconds with the Phase Locket.

Rematch Treasure Knight Edit

You start with 6HP.
Defeat Treasure Knight in under 35 seconds with only your shovel.

Rematch Mole Knight Edit

You start with 4HP, the Dynamo Mail, and the Charge Handle.
Defeat Mole Knight in under 30 seconds with only your upgrades.

Rematch Tinker Knight Edit

You start with 8HP, 90 Magic, and the Alchemy Coin.
Defeat Tinker Knight and his Tinker Tank in under 80 seconds.

Rematch Propeller Knight Edit

You start with 10HP, 50 Magic, the Throwing Anchor, and the Charge Handle.
Defeat Propeller Knight in under 35 seconds.

Rematch Polar Knight Edit

You start with 6HP, 30 Magic, and the Flare Wand.
Defeat Polar Knight in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Black Knight Edit

You start with 10HP, 80 Magic, and the Throwing Anchor.
Defeat Black Knight in the Tower of Fate: Entrance in under 50 seconds.

Rematch Reize Edit

You start with 8HP, 60 Magic, and the Chaos Sphere.
Defeat Reize Seatlan in under 45 seconds.

Rematch The Baz Edit

You start with 10HP, 70 Magic, and the Flare Wand.
Defeat the Baz in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Mr. Hat Edit

You start with 6HP and nothing else.
Defeat Mr. Hat in under 40 seconds (or 35 seconds since the player can only move after 5 seconds).

Rematch Phantom Striker Edit

You start with 8HP and the Ground Spark upgrade.
Defeat Phantom Striker in under 35 seconds.

Rematch The Big Creep Edit

You start with 8HP and nothing else.
Defeat the Big Creep in under 60 seconds (or 55 seconds)

Rematch Enchantress Edit

You start with 4HP, 50 Magic, and the Throwing Anchor.
Defeat the Enchatress in under 60 seconds.

Rematch Remnant of Fate Edit

You start with 6HP, 50 Magic, and the Propeller Dagger.
Defeat the Remnant of Fate in under 50 seconds.

Plague KnightEdit

Ladder Leaper Edit

You start with 6HP and nothing else.
Your goal is to reach the end of the level by leaping to ladders with your basic bomb jump. Beware of lava pots. The challenge is set in Pridemoor Keep. Complete it in under 30 seconds.

Gear Grinder Edit

You start with 6HP and nothing else.
Your goal is to collect all the gold that appear from six platforms from both sides while avoiding falling gears. The level is set in the Flying Machine. Complete it in under 52 seconds.

Fleet Flight Edit

You start with 10HP and the Fleet Flask.
Your goal is to collect all 3000 gold in under 33 seconds with the Fleet Flask in one run. The stage is set in the Plains of Passage.

Scrollin' in the Rain Edit

You start with 8HP, Bounce Casing, Sparkler Powder, Sentry Fuse, and Spin Burst.
Your goal is to reach the end of a pitch black level in the Tower of Fate: Entrance as the screen scrolls to the right. Beware of Liquid Samurai, Thunder Wizzems, and Purplarmors.

Missile Ride Mayhem Edit

You start with 6HP, Lob Casing, Cluster Powder, and Quick Fuse.
Your goal is to defeat all enemies while riding missiles. Beware of spikes and walls where the missiles will explode.

Rematch King Knight Edit

You start with 4HP, Lob Casing, Cascade Powder, and Quick Fuse.
Defeat King Knight in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Specter Knight Edit

You start with 8 HP, Float Casing, Sparkler Powder, Long Fuse, and Bullet Burst,
Defeat Specter Knight in under 45 seconds (or 40 seconds).

Rematch Shovel Knight Edit

You start with 6HP and the Vat Arcana.
Defeat Shovel Knight in under 65 seconds.

Rematch Treasure Knight Edit

You start with 6HP, Orbit Casing, Black Powder, and Long Fuse.
Defeat Treasure Knight in under 30 seconds.

Rematch Mole Knight Edit

You start with 6HP, Bounce Casing, Cluster Powder, Impact Fuse, and Spin Burst.
Defeat Mole Knight in under 30 seconds.

Rematch Tinker Knight Edit

You start with 1HP (any damage is fatal), Float Casing, Black Powder, Long Fuse, and Leech Liquid.
Defeat Tinker Knight and his Tinker Tank in under 70 seconds. You can max your health to 6HP with the Leech Liquid.

Rematch Propeller Knight Edit

You start with 12HP, Whirl Casing, Sparkler Powder, Quick Fuse, and the Staff of Striking Arcana.
Defeat Propeller Knight in under 50 seconds.

Rematch Polar Knight Edit

You start with 4HP, Drop Casing, Cluster Powder, Standard Fuse, Float Burst, and the Smoke Bomb Arcana.
Defeat Polar Knight in under 35 seconds.

Rematch Black Knight Edit

You start with 10HP, Lob Casing, Component Powder, Standard Fuse, and Bullet Burst.
Defeat Black Knight in the Tower of Fate: Entrance in under 50 seconds.

Rematch Reize Edit

You start with 10HP and the Fleet Flask.
Defeat Reize Seatlan in under 50 seconds.

Rematch The Baz Edit

You start with 8HP, Float Casing, Black Powder, Sentry Fuse, and Spin Burst.
Defeat the Baz in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Mr. Hat Edit

You start with 8HP, Bounce Casing, Tracer Powder, Impact Fuse, and Frost Burst.
Defeat Mr. Hat in under 45 seconds (or 40 seconds).

Rematch Phantom Striker Edit

You start with 8HP, Bounce Casing, Cascade Powder, Impact Fuse, and Float Burst.
Defeat Phantom Striker in under 35 seconds.

Rematch Enchantress Edit

You start with 8HP, Float Casing, Component Powder, Sentry Fuse, and the Bait Bomb Arcana.
Defeat the Enchantress in under 60 seconds.

Rematch Plague of Shadows Edit

You start with 6HP and the Big Boom.
Defeat the Plague of Shadows in under 50 seconds.

Rematch Corrupted Essence Edit

You start with 10HP, Drop Casing, Cluster Powder, Standard Fuse, and Bullet Burst.
Defeat the Corrupted Essence in under 55 seconds.

AmiiboEdit

The first half requires one player only with some of the exclusive Relics and abilities of the Custom Knight. The second half are Co-op Mode challenges.

Log TogglerEdit

Use your Flare Wand and Shovel Blade to switch things up!

Diving DashEdit

Blink Dash through the Iron Whale quickly without swinging the Shovel Blade!

Shadow BoxingEdit

Defeat all enemies with the help of the Shadow Knight!

Bomb Burst BounceEdit

Bomb Burst over the gaps and Shovel Drop to the goal!

Anchor ManagementEdit

Collect gold by mastering the Tow Anchor!

Tandem Travels (Co-op)Edit

Stick together and move quickly to survive!

Dead Weight (Co-op)Edit

Throw your weight around and rise to the occasion!

Alternating Arsenal (Co-op)Edit

Use the Propeller Dagger and Dust Knuckles in tandem!

Switch Hitters (Co-op)Edit

Stand on switches to open up new paths for your partner!

Delving Duo (Co-op)Edit

Work together to navigate a dangerous dirt maze!

Notes Edit

  • You cannot defeat the Plague of Shadows in Challenge Mode by standing still.
  • Plague Knight can defeat Propeller Knight in 10 seconds, despite the time limit of 50 seconds.

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