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Challenge Mode is a feature added to Shovel Knight with the Plague of Shadows expansion. 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 consoles and are unlocked by scanning the Shovel Knight amiibo.

List of ChallengesEdit

Shovel KnightEdit

Anchors Aweigh Edit

Survive an endless onslaught of Propeller Rats!

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

Bounce off those Dirt Clods to Victory!

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

Prevail on a crazy elevator Ride without swinging the shovel!

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

Stay atop the rising tide of bubbles!

You start with 10HP and nothing else.

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

Master the Propeller Dagger to reach the goal!

You start with 4HP, 80 Magic, and the Propeller Dagger.

You have to dash through fire 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

Cleverly use the Phase Locket to help your timing!

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

Bounce on your Icedrakes pals to reach the goal!

You start with 10HP and nothing else.

Your goal is to reach the end of the challenge by riding Divedrakes in the Stranded Ship.

Birder Herder Edit

Collect the gold while avoiding those unpredictable Birders

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

Shovel your way though the gear onslaught!

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

Climb to the top without swinging the Shovel!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 2HP.

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

Rematch Specter Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP.

Defeat Treasure Knight in under 35 seconds with only your shovel.

Rematch Mole Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!
Upgrade: Charge Handle

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!
Upgrade: Charge Handle

You start with 10HP, 50 Magic, the Throwing Anchor, and the Charge Handle.

Defeat Propeller Knight in under 35 seconds.

Rematch Polar Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP, 30 Magic, and the Flare Wand.

Defeat Polar Knight in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Black Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 8HP, 60 Magic, and the Chaos Sphere.

Defeat Reize Seatlan in under 45 seconds.

Rematch The Baz Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 10HP, 70 Magic, and the Flare Wand.

Defeat the Baz in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Mr. Hat Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!
Upgrade: Ground Spark

You start with 8HP and the Drop Spark upgrade.

Defeat Phantom Striker in under 35 seconds.

Rematch The Big Creep Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 8HP and nothing else.

Defeat the Big Creep in under 60 seconds (or 55 seconds)

Rematch Enchantress Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 4HP, 50 Magic, and the Throwing Anchor.

Defeat the Enchantress in under 60 seconds.

Rematch Remnant of Fate Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP, 50 Magic, and the Propeller Dagger.

Defeat the Remnant of Fate in under 50 seconds.

Plague KnightEdit

Ladder Leaper Edit

Quickly Bomb Burst from ladder to ladder!

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 Burst. Beware of fire pots. The challenge is set in Pridemoor Keep. Complete it in under 30 seconds.

Gear Grinder Edit

Collect all the treasure before the clock counts down!

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

Collect all the treasure, but don't stop!

You start with 10HP and the Fleet Flask Arcana.

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

Brave battles, rain, and darkness!

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

Defeat all the enemies while hopping form missile to missile!

You start with 6HP, Lob Casing, Cluster Powder, and Quick Fuse.

Your goal is to defeat all enemies while riding missiles in the Clock Tower. Beware of spikes and walls where the missiles will explode.

Pitch'em and Switch'em Edit

Use the float casing to hit switches and reach the goal!

You start with 4HP, Float Casing, Black Powder, and Long Fuse.

Your goal is to make it to the end while hitting various switches in the Flying Machine to open the path.

Grave Robber Edit

Grab all of the gems using only your Spin Jump Burst!

You start with 6HP and cannot throw bombs.

Your goal is to collect all the treasure in this Lich Yard level without throwing a bomb and using only the Spin Jump Bomb Burst.

Cluster Bomb Clamber Edit

Defeat all the enemies before the time runs out!

You start with 6HP, Bounce Casing, Cluster Powder, and Short Fuse.

Your goal is to make it destroy all the enemies in 1 minute 50 seconds. This challenge takes place in Stranded Ship.

Peacetime Climb Edit

Weave between gears and gizmos until you reach the top!

You start with 1HP(Any damage is fatal), and cannot throw bombs or use your Jump Burst.

Your goal is to make it to the top of the Clockwork Tower without getting hit and without be able to throw bombs or use your Jump Burst. Takes place in

Vat's all Folks! Edit

Low magic, Vat Arcana only, and no stopping! Can you reach the goal?

You start with 4HP, Orbit Casing, Black Powder, and Short Fuse and the Vat Arcana.

Your goal is to make it to the end of an auto scrolling level, with little magic and using Vats frequently to pick up more magic pots. Takes place in the Lost City.

Rematch King Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 4HP, Lob Casing, Cascade Powder, and Quick Fuse.

Defeat King Knight in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Specter Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP and the Vat Arcana.

Defeat Shovel Knight in under 65 seconds.

Rematch Treasure Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP, Orbit Casing, Black Powder, and Long Fuse.

Defeat Treasure Knight in under 30 seconds.

Rematch Mole Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP, Bounce Casing, Cluster Powder, Impact Fuse, and Spin Burst.

Defeat Mole Knight in under 30 seconds.

Rematch Tinker Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 1HP (any damage is fatal), Float Casing, Black Powder, Long Fuse, and Leech Liquid Arcana.

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 10HP and the Fleet Flask.

Defeat Reize Seatlan in under 50 seconds.

Rematch The Baz Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 8HP, Float Casing, Black Powder, Sentry Fuse, and Spin Burst.

Defeat the Baz in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Mr. Hat Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 8HP, Bounce Casing, Cascade Powder, Impact Fuse, and Float Burst.

Defeat Phantom Striker in under 35 seconds.

Rematch Enchantress Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

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

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6HP and the Big Boom Arcana.

Defeat the Plague of Shadows in under 50 seconds.

Note: You cannot defeat this Plague of Shadows by standing still.

Rematch Corrupted Essence Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 10HP, Drop Casing, Cluster Powder, Standard Fuse, and Bullet Burst.

Defeat the Corrupted Essence in under 55 seconds.

Specter KnightEdit

Streamlined Grind Edit

Grind to the goal without attacking. Swinging your scythe would only slow you down!

You start with 1WP and nothing else.

Your goal is to reach the end of The Lich Yard by grinding on rails in under 30 seconds.

Dirt Clod Dash Edit

Wall jump to realse the dirt clod, then dash slash to victory!

You start with 10WP and nothing else.

Your goal is to make it to the end goal by breaking Dirt Clumps off wall and dashing through them and tentacles. The challenge is set in the Iron Whale.

Spider Scythe Sniper Edit

Precisely defeat all enemies with the Spider Scythe!

You start with 10WP and the un-upgraded Spider Scythe.

Your goal is to defeat all enemies in under 1 minute 20 seconds with only the Spider Scythe. The stage is set in Pridemoor Keep

The Floor is Lava Edit

Master the Judgement Rush to avoid the lava and reach the goal!

You start with 1WP, and the upgraded Judgement Rush.

Your goal is to reach the end of the level using only the Judgement Rush, and not touching any of the lava in this Lost City level.

Beeto's Big Break Edit

Juggle the beetle enemy with repeated attacks to reach the goal!

You start with 10WP and nothing else.

Your goal is to take one Beeto, and use your scythe to juggle it all the way to the end goal in the Plains of Passage so you can Dashl Slash up to it, while avoiding enemies, obstacles and platforming challenges. The Beeto does re-spawn if you get far enough way, but so do the obstacles.

Rematch King Knight Edit

Defeat the boss!

You start with 4WP, 100 Darkness, and an un-upgraded Will Skull.

Your goal is to defeat King Knight.

Rematch Phantom Striker Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!
Cloak: Striker's Shawl

You start with 10WP and the Striker's Shawl.

Defeat Phantom Striker in under 50 seconds.

Rematch Plague Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6WP, 100 Darkness and the un-upgraded Shadow Mirror.

Defeat Plague Knight in under 45 seconds.

Rematch Treasure Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6WP, 60 Darkness and the upgraded Bounding Soul.

Defeat Treasure Knight in under 35 seconds.

Rematch Mole Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6WP, 80 Darkness, and the upgraded Spider Scythe.

Defeat Mole Knight in under 60 seconds.

Rematch Tinker Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 10WP, 80 Darkness, and the upgraded Hover Plume.

Defeat Tinker Knight and his Tinker Tank in under 1 Minute 30 seconds.

Rematch Propeller Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 8WP, 100 Darkness, and the un-upgraded Chronos Coin.

Defeat Propeller Knight in under 30 seconds.

Rematch Polar Knight Edit

Defeat the boss without using your scythe.
Cloak: Raiment of Risk

You start with 8WP, 100 Darkness, the upgraded Throwing Sickle, and an active Raiment of Risk cloak.

Defeat Polar Knight.

Rematch Reize Edit

Defeat the boss!

You start with 8WP, 100 Darkness and the upgraded Skeletal Sentry.

Defeat Dark Reize Seatlan.

Rematch Shield Knight Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 12HP, 100 Magic, and the fully upgraded Dread Talon.

Defeat Shield Knight in the past as Donovan in under 40 seconds.

Rematch Black Knight Edit

Defeat the boss!

You start with 10WP, 100 Darkness and the upgraded Barrier Lantern.

Defeat Black Knight and Terrorpin.

Rematch Enchantress Edit

Defeat the boss!

You start with 12WP, 100 Darkness, and the upgraded Bounding Soul.

Defeat the Enchantress.

Rematch Nightmare Reize Edit

Defeat the boss within the time limit!!

You start with 6WP and the Ghostly Garb cloak.

Defeat Nightmare Reize in under 1 minute 20 seconds.

Co-op ModeEdit

These challenges were previously only available on the Wii U to owners of the Shovel Knight amiibo, but have since been launched to every platform except the 3DS and PS Vita.

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!

amiiboEdit

These challenges requires the player to have a Shovel Knight amiibo to activate. These challenges deal with some of the exclusive Relics and abilities of the Custom Knight.

Log TogglerEdit

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

You start with 6HP, 100 Magic, and the Flare Wand.

Your goal is to make it to the end in a part of the Stranded Ship, using your Flare Wand and a limited amount of magic to make it to the end.

Diving DashEdit

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

You start with 4HP, and the Blink Dash Special ability.

Your goal is to make it to the end in a part of the Iron Whale, with no weapons in 45 seconds.

Shadow BoxingEdit

Defeat all enemies with the help of the Shadow Knight!

You start with 2HP, 100 Magic, and the Shadow Knight Relic.

Your goal is to make it to the end of a part of the Tower of Fate, while using the Relic to reach enemies you could not normally reach.

Bomb Burst BounceEdit

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

You start with 2HP, and the Bomb Burst ability.

Your goal is to make it to the end of some part of the Explodatorium using only the Bomb Burst.

Anchor ManagementEdit

Collect gold by mastering the Tow Anchor!

You start with 8HP, 100 Magic, and the Tow Anchor.

Your goal is to collect 2000 gold in the Lost City, using the Tow Anchor to reach otherwise inaccessible platforms.

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