Phantom Striker
Mister bolt
Theme Fighting With All of Our Might
Second Theme The Apparition (Specter of Torment)
Weapon Fleuret

Power. Honor. The traits of a respectable warrior.

Phantom Striker is one of many warriors in the world of Shovel Knight. He is also one of the Wandering Travelers. His character was created by Steven Ness as a Director for a Day.[1]

Personality and TraitsEdit

A lone warrior, Phantom Striker appears to those that he deems worthy of challenging him. Light on his feet and wielding a fencing foil, this enigmatic fighter also controls the power of lightning! Always in search of an honorable battle, Phantom Striker may reward those who fare well against his cyclonic charge.

Dialogue Edit

As Shovel Knight:Edit

"Shovel Knight: What magic is this?"
"Phantom Striker: Power. Honor. The traits of a respectable warrior."
"Shovel Knight: Sir, I don’t believe we’ve met."
"Phantom Striker: We meet today, on the field of battle. We have both defeated many knights, and traveled far. Today we fight."
"Shovel Knight: Stand aside! You and I have no reason to battle."
"Phantom Striker: Conflict is a reason unto itself, brave knight. Today, you will be tested. Are you ready? "

If Shovel Knight's health is above half:Edit

"Phantom Striker: Your skills are as vast as I thought! I shall follow your journey from the shadows. Farewell, Shovel Knight!"

If Shovel Knight's health had reached below half or has used Ichor of Renewal:Edit

"Phantom Striker: Ha! I’ve been bested… but barely. You still need training to overcome what lies ahead. Farewell, Shovel Knight!"

As Plague Knight:Edit

"Phantom Striker: Ah. The alchemist. Tales of your exploits have reached far and wide."
"Plague Knight: Heh, hahaha, uh…really? And who are you?"
"Phantom Striker: An… interested party. I seek only to find the bravest fighters, and test them."
"Plague Knight: What, by rubbing your shoes in the carpet and poking them? I’ve got places to be, haha! Zap!"
"Phantom Striker: Then prove your worth!"

If Plague Knight's health is above half:Edit

"Phantom Striker: I misjudged your ability. Your skill in dodging so many of my attacks is uncanny! You are surely capable of carrying out your quest! Take this reward, and farewell!"

If Plague Knight's health had reached below half in battle:Edit

"Phantom Striker: Ah… you see… book knowledge will never replace swordsmanship. Despite your sizeable arsenal, I was still able to land many strikes. But one should never underestimate even the lowliest enemy. I shall leave you with that thought!"

If Plague Knight drank tonics:Edit

"Phantom Striker: And your reliance on tonics has no place in a proper duel!"

After Phantom Striker leaves:Edit

"Plague Knight: (Hahaha, I wonder if people can tell when I roll my eyes under this mask…)"

As Specter Knight:Edit

"Specter Knight: A surprise attack...? Hardly befitting the honorable warrior I had hoped to meet."
"Phantom Striker: Ah, the wraith yet speaks of honor, having surrendered his serve as an errand boy."
"Specter Knight: Hss..I merely invite you to continue your trials, at the behest of The Enchantress. Her power is unmatched!"
"Phantom Striker: And she expects this empty, broken husk to intimidate me? Your power is untrue, but mine comes from within. Let me demonstrate!"

After defeating Phantom Striker:Edit

"Phantom Striker: *pant* You may match me in battle, but you and your cohorts are unfit to rule this land. Your days are numbered, wretch; I will roam free and see your kind vanquished to the last."


  • Depending on how well the player battled him, Phantom Striker will have different dialogue at the end of the battle and reward Shovel Knight or Plague Knight differently: If their health goes below half of its amount or if they heal, Phantom Striker will leave behind ten gems with a value of one piece of gold each. But if they defeat him without losing half of their health or healing, Phantom Striker will leave a reward of ten gems each with a value of 200 pieces of gold for a total of 2000 gold.
  • Phantom Striker, Propeller Knight and Mr. Hat are the only main characters in Shovel Knight to use a sword as a weapon.
    • As such, Propeller Knight and Phantom Striker's swords are both of French origin with Phantom Striker's being a fleuret and Propeller Knight's being a rapier.
  • Phantom Striker's dialogue ends with praise even if Plague Knight uses the Leech Liquid.
  • He is the boss of the Lich Yard in Specter of Torment and was potentially a candidate for the Order of No Quarter, but he denied the offer.
  • The developers designed a Body Swap version for Phantom Striker, although only the main cast of Shovel of Hope had one added to the campaign.



  1. Update: Almost there! and Director for a Day reveals! on the Kickstarter pages of Shovel Knight
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

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