Similarly to King Knight's Heirlooms, they both deplete numerical values as opposed to a gauge, although Relics consume Magic rather than Vigor. The Magic Capacity can be replenished by collecting Magic Jars.
Relics can be found in each Order of No Quarter stage by finding Chester's blue chest in a stage and by buying them from him for a price. If a stage is finished without buying the Relic in it from Chester, he will sell it in the Village for a higher Price.
Shovel Knight's initial Magic Capacity can be further increased by buying Magic Drinks from the Magicist in the Village.
The Relics also make an appearance in Plague of Shadows, where Plague Knight encounters the same various items but deems them worthless, trading them to Chester for Arcana, explaining how Chester came in hand with them for Shovel Knight to buy. Until he trades them away they are kept in the Relic Heap in the Gear tab. Each Relic can be traded for the appropriate Arcana and should the Arcana be purchased without the Relic, the Relic becomes useless.
|Flare Wand||4||Pridemoor Keep||1000||2000||It's a wand that shoots fireballs! Watch your magic meter!
Conjure fiery blasts!
|Phase Locket||6||The Lich Yard||1000||2000||Escape from all harm... briefly. You can even walk on spikes!|
|Dust Knuckles||2||Lost City||3000||3500||Dash through dirt and foes alike!|
|Throwing Anchor||6||Iron Whale||3000||3500||An unstoppable arc of destruction. Crush foes above and below!|
|Alchemy Coin||8||Explodatorium||3000||3500||Toss a coin for a chance at riches. If you're lucky you can win big!|
|Mobile Gear||6||Clockwork Tower||3000||3500||Ride over hazards and reach higher places! Hop on and hold on!|
|War Horn||20||Stranded Ship||4000||5000||Clear a space around you with a powerful blow!|
|Propeller Dagger||4||Flying Machine||4000||5000||Soar through the sky blade first!|
|Fishing Rod||6||Village||N/A||1250||Cast into a pit, and wait for a bite!|
|Chaos Sphere||6||Village||N/A||2500||An orb of boundless combat potential. Give it a good throw!|
|Troupple Chalice||N/A||Village||N/A||1500||A vessel for storing mythical ichor.|
- The word "Relic" usually relates to an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical interest.