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Shovel Knight
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 Knight. Usually clad in light blue armor, he is a chivalrous knight trying to stop the Enchantress and find his lost love Shield Knight.

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 Shadows Edit

In the Plague of Shadows campaign Shovel Knight can be seen running around in the background occasionally. He can be seen in the Village and the Armor Outpost. 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 boss Edit

In the Plague of Shadows DLC, Plague Knight encounters Shovel Knight as the boss of the Explodatorium, and as part of 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.


Click here to see Shovel Knight's appearances in other media.

Trivia Edit

  • 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 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: KratosBattletoadsMadam 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: Reize SeatlanBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madam Meeber
Potionarium: MagicistHedge PupilMail MinionPercyOolong
Armor Outpost: ChesterTroupple AcolyteLeoPeacock GentDollyAirship Enthusiast
Other Characters: Troupple King

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