Hoppicles are minor enemies that run back and forth. Shovel Knight cannot penetrate their massive shields from the front and must attack them from behind. They are also vulnerable to lava, but sometimes jump over it completely. They are found in the Lost City and the Stranded Ship. Notably Hoppicles have a different color pallette depending on where they appear but there are no other differences between them.
In Specter of Torment, some of the Hoppicles in the Lost City carry Birders on leashes. The Hoppicles will stand still as the Birder rotates around them. If the Birder is defeated, its Hoppicles handler will equip a shield and begin their usual running pattern.