enemies that fly straight across the screen and drop explosive vials on Shovel Knight. The speed and height at which they fly make them difficult to attack. They only have one hitpoint. When defeated, they drop no treasure, only jars. They only appear in the Explodatorium. These potions that they drop often kill other enemies. In Specter of Torment, the potions the Macawbes drop can create fire if they make contact with water. After flying off the screen, Macawbes will respawn on the other side of the screen.
- Macawbes are a clever play-on-words with the exotic bird, "macaw" and the term "macabre", which is a quality of something grim or ghastly.