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Goldarmors are the toughest minions in Shovel Knight, possessing a rare five hit points, as well as a defense against the Shovel Drop and other direct attacks, thanks to their shields. They come in several varieties and are encountered in most stages.
When fighting Shovel Knight, they hold their shield in front of them protecting them from slashes. If Shovel Knight jumps above them, they move their shield above them to defend against the shovel drop. Their main attack is to thrust their sword forward, though this leaves them open just before they attack. Owing to this there are two main ways to dispatch them with the shovel blade; either wait for them to prepare the thrust and strike at the opening or jump in front of them and when they move their shield above them strike them when you land.
In Plague of Shadows against Plague Knight, they can also hold their shield in a fashion of 45 degrees upwards, in order to defend against bombs. Additionally, hitting Goldarmors three times in quick succession with Plague Knight's Bombs will cause Goldarmors to stagger and leave them open to attack for a short time.
In Specter of Torment, some Goldarmors wield a flail instead of a sword and shield. While this makes them less resistant to attack, it can be harder to approach. The flail orbits around the Goldarmor either clockwise or counter-clockwise, but if Specter Knight strikes the flail's ball with his scythe, it will reverse direction. However, they are killed in one hit by using the Dread Talon, making them rather easy to dispatch.
In King of Cards, a sumo variant appears and fights by pushing their opponents away.
A golden armored knight sporting red decorations first encountered in Pridemoor Keep, being the most basic form of the enemy. He has no abilities outside of the standard Goldarmor attacks and shield defense. On the map screen Goldarmor are used to mark roaming encounter stages.
Purple Goldarmor Edit
Green Goldarmor Edit
The Green Goldarmor possesses a 'sword drop' similar to Shovel Knight's own Shovel Drop making them a more versatile foe.
Red Goldarmor Edit
When thrusting, Red Goldarmors follow up with an immediate second thrust. Their attack is also faster than that of the other varieties.
Silver Goldarmor Edit
The Silver Goldarmor are the last variety of Goldarmors encountered and act as a combination between Green and Red Goldarmors, possessing both the sword drop and the double thrust. They are the toughest variety to fight.
Sumo Goldarmor Edit
The Sumo Goldarmor is a new type of Goldarnor debuting in King of Cards. Unlike other Goldarmors, the Sumo Goldarmors lack weapons and instead attack with their bodies. They'll try to attack the player by body slamming or jumping on them. Sumo Goldarmors are completely immune to attacks from the front and behind and can only be damaged by jumping on them.