Often, the best offense is a good defense, and Shield Knight knows it. Wielding a pair of Asymmetrical Shields, she deflects both melee and projectile attacks easily before getting into range and crushing her foes! For years, Shield Knight and Shovel Knight were inseparable partners in adventuring; with their expert use of unconventional weapons, they worked as one. Now, Shield Knight’s fate is unknown, but Shovel Knight’s goal is clear: he must journey to find Shield Knight, his lost beloved.
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In Specter of Torment, Shield Knight is fought as a boss in a flashback of the Tower of Fate. Once Donovan and Luan have made it to the top, where the magical amulet was located, Shield Knight appeared on the scene, warning the two that the amulet has dangerous powers beyond their control, and telling the two to flee while she was there to destroy the amulet. However, Donovan insisted on taking the amulet, believing Shield Knight simply wanted to take the amulet for herself, while Luan stayed back, believing what Shield Knight said to be true. This results in Shield Knight attacking, attempting to use force to get the two to flee.
In battle, Shield Knight will run back and forth across the arena, using her large shield to block any frontal attacks as she rushes forward. She's capable of throwing her shield, which will return back to her shortly after it's thrown, but it leaves her wide open while the shield is away from her. Also, Shield Knight will perform a shield bash which she charges forward shield first, and if she rams into either of the walls, it will cause a row of blocks from the ceiling to fall, possibly dealing damage if Donovan fails to avoid it. Eventually, as her health reaches a low point, Shield Knight will also throw her smaller shield, which will bounce around the arena in a random pattern.
"Shield Knight:It's over, Shovel Knight. This place is falling apart. We have to get out of here!"
"Shovel Knight:Let's go! I know a route that-" (Shovel Knight gets blasted by a stream of energy from the dying Remnant of Fate's mouth. As Shield Knight jumps up and blocks the energy stream, Black Knight arrives.)
"Black Knight:Shield Knight!"
"Shield Knight:Black Knight, thank goodness you're here! Shovel Knight is wounded, take him and get outside!"
"Black Knight:NO!! I can't leave you behind! How will you escape?"
"Shield Knight:This magic is too strong! I... can't... hold out... much longer..."
"Black Knight:RUN! You can't deflect it, it will tear you apart!"
"Shield Knight:I'm... so happy... I got to see you both... one last time..."
"Black Knight:SHIELD KNIGHT!!!"
"Shield Knight:GO! TAKE SHOVEL KNIGHT! SAVE HIM! PROMISE ME YOU'LL SAVE HIM!"