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King Knight
Stage Pridemoor Keep
Theme The Decadent Dandy
Weapon Scepter

As the embodiment of opulence, I demand tribute!

King Knight is one of eight Knights of "The Order of No Quarter" who serves the Enchantress. He is the boss of Pridemoor Keep.

Similarly to the currently playable campaign for Plague Knight and Specter Knight, King Knight will have a "playable boss campaign"[1] added in a future update.

Official BioEdit

King Knight isn’t a king, he is a king-themed knight. But that doesn’t stop him from making decrees! As the lord defender of Pridemoor Keep, he commands a formidable army of minions. Experienced with repelling invaders who dare try topple his malevolent monarchy, King Knight is a master of single combat. And because he’s dressed to the nines at almost all times, he’s always ready for a brutal coronation!
  • Pros: Commanding presence, charismatic, snappy dresser
  • Cons: Not actually a king, but he is a lord of swag

Fighting styleEdit

As one of the first members of the Order the player can face, King Knight is a fairly simple boss. He moves slowly and in a flashy prideful manner. His main method of attack is to hop around the stage before executing either a paralyzing stomp (if you are on the ground, you will be frozen for a short time) or a slashing charge which makes him quickly move in a straight line through the screen. After depleting approximately half his health, he will move into a corner and two horns will launch confetti into the air. While this is a good time to deal damage to him, the confetti will do damage as it falls to the ground.


As Shovel Knight: Edit

"King Knight: An interloper is in our midst! Begone from our throne room, knave!"
"Shovel Knight: I'm no more an intruder than you! You aren't even a real king!"
"King Knight: Oh, but you're mistaken. The Enchantress saw me for my fabulously regal self, and now all bow before me!"
"Shovel Knight: You're naught but a decadent dandy! Prepare to taste justice! Shovel justice!"
"King Knight: SILENCE!!!"

As Plague Knight: Edit

"King Knight: Plague Knight!? You double-crossing constable of crucibles!"
"Plague Knight: Hee hee hee! Having fun in your little kingdom? Oh, ha ha ha, sorry, I meant "KINGDOM!""
"King Knight: Oh, this lavish lifestyle is in my blood, peon! Bask in the glimmering grace... of a true monarch! As the embodiment of opulence, I demand tribute!"
"Plague Knight: AAAA-HA-HA! Let's have that essence. I think I'll take that nice crown, too!"

As Specter Knight: Edit

"King Knight: Oh, look, it's the loyal lapdog. Here to do your master's bidding, hmmm? Chasing your tail around the valley must be tiring. In fact, you look like death! Ha ha!"
"Specter Knight: As our leader suspected, you dawdle and play at nobility. I've been tasked with setting you back on schedule."
"King Knight: What should I do, grab a shovel and start digging? Just thinking about it makes my flawless face flush! Working is for commoners! But I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. WATCH!"




  • After the player defeats The Order of No Quarter again in the Tower of Fate and rescues them, if the player has Ornate Plate equipped, King Knight will mention how Shovel Knight has "picked up" his style if spoken to.
  • Like the other Dig the Vote winners he has a steam emoticon.
  • King Knight's crown is not made of real gold, as discovered by Plague Knight after defeating him in Plague of Shadows. This is likely a reference to the story of Archimedes, a scientist who was tasked with determining whether or not the King's crown was made entirely of gold, or if the King had been tricked. Archimedes determines at the end of the story that the crown was mostly not made from gold.
  • An old teaser of King Knight's game-play showed that some of his mobility relies on jumping on top of enemies, and bouncing across them. Yacht Club Games also stated that his movement would also involve a Propeller Rat.
  • It is implied in King Knight's dialogue in Specter of Torment that he was already serving the Enchantress before the game, but slacking off on the job. Specter Knight was sent to straighten him up in his duties, and during the ending, King Knight finally takes over Pridemoor Keep.
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
Plague of Shadows Characters
Main Characters: Plague KnightMonaBlack KnightShovel KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travelers: Shovel KnightReize SeatlanBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madame Meeber
Potionarium: MagicistHedge PupilMail MinionPercyOolong
Armor Outpost: ChesterTroupple AcolyteLeoPeacock GentDollyAirship Enthusiast
Other Characters: Troupple King
Specter of Torment Characters
Main Characters: Specter KnightShield KnightLuanReize SeatlanThe Enchantress
Order Recruits: Black KnightKing KnightPhantom StrikerPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
Guest Characters: Madame Meeber
Tower of Fate: RedMannyMissyDark AcolyteCreechLegionEdge FarmerHoraceScarletDancerGall
Other Characters: Baz


  1. ("Coming Soon" section)

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