Shovel Knight
Stage Explodatorium (Plague of Shadows)
Theme Battling the Burrower
Weapon Shovel Blade

I will NEVER give up on you. I will follow you to the end of the world.

Shovel Knight is the main and titular character of Shovel of Hope. Usually clad in light blue armor, he is a chivalrous knight trying to stop the Enchantress from taking over the Valley and find his beloved Shield Knight, lost to the Tower of Fate.

Official BiographyEdit

A practitioner of the ancient code of Shovelry, Shovel Knight can do almost anything with his signature weapon: the Shovel Blade. His ingenuity and quick thinking have won him many battles, even though his stature is small! Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight lives by the creed of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!
  • Pros: Kind Hearted, Clever, Master of the Shovel Blade
  • Cons: Bound by the Code of Shovelry

Personality and TraitsEdit

Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight aids people he meets along his journey, such as the Bard and the King of Pridemoor Keep. He constantly dreams of Shield Knight, fighting away imaginary enemies while attempting to catch her.

He solves many physically and mentally challenging puzzles throughout the lairs of The Order of No Quarter, proving his great intelligence and strength. Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly! 


Shovel Knight uses his Shovel Blade and the Relics he finds to aid him in his quest. Although once out of commission for quite a while, he still retains great skill with his shovel. Shovel Knight can easily attack, bounce on enemies and obstacles, uncover treasure, break blocks, open chests, find secret rooms, and reflect projectiles just with a sweep of his trusty shovel. He can point it towards the ground and plunge while midair to bounce on obstacles, a skill necessary for a majority of the game's puzzles. If he swings his shovel while he plunges, the attack will stop. This ability is called the Shovel Drop.

Shovel Knight can receive various Relics if he has enough treasure to pay Chester for them. Each relic is particularly useful for the level in which it was found, and often the boss of that level as well.

Shovel Knight either doesn't need to breathe or can hold his breath for an absurdly long time, demonstrated primarily in the Iron Whale level. This could, however, simply be a throwback to retro characters who often didn't have to breathe when in water.

Plague of ShadowsEdit

In Plague of Shadows, Shovel Knight can be seen running around in the background occasionally; he appears in the Village and the Armor Outpost, although he cannot be interacted with. He is also fought wherever Plague Knight would be fought typically. In the credits, he is shown to have joined the Wandering Travelers.

As a bossEdit

Plague Knight encounters Shovel Knight as the boss of the Explodatorium and during the Battle Royale. In addition to his Shovel Blade to attack and reflect projectiles, Shovel Knight uses the Flare Wand, Phase Locket, Throwing Anchor, War Horn and the Chaos Sphere. When he has lost approximately six health, he uses an Ichor of Renewal to heal himself. After he does this, he becomes far more proactive with reflecting Plague Knight's bombs. When fought long enough, he runs out of magic and will stop using relics altogether.

Stage Introduction SplashesEdit

  • Strike the Earth
  • Justice In Spades
  • Get Digging
  • Ready
  • Sharpen thy Shovel
  • Let's Get Shoveling
  • It's Shoveling Time
  • For Shovelry
  • Dig In

Cameos and Playable AppearancesEdit

Main article: Appearances in Other Media


  • When fought as a boss in the Explodatorium, Shovel Knight will have access to the War Horn, which he shouldn't have been able to obtain yet.
  • In the Battle Royale on Plague of Shadows, he will always be the last knight to fight.
  • Shovel Knight also appeared in an episode of the ScrewAttack webseries DEATH BATTLE!, where he lost to Ducktales's Scrooge McDuck.
  • Shovel Knight's blue hue may be a reference to the NES' color palette. The NES' colors had more variations of blue than anything else. This is the reason a lot of NES characters are blue (i.e. Mega Man).
  • Ironically, Shovel Knight is never seen in Specter of Torment. This may be because it is a prequel, when Shield Knight was lost to the Tower of Fate, and Shovel Knight was still in solitude.
    • However, there is a slight nod to him when a Wizzem in the Tower of Fate says "Even the most legendary or stalwart knights could never stand a chance!" and stalwart is highlighted in Shovel Knight's blue, and legendary in Shield Knight's red.


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

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