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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
Specter of Torment
Developer(s) Yacht Club Games
Publisher(s) Yacht Club Games
Platform(s) Windows, Mac, Linux/Steam OS, Wii U, 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release date(s) March 3rd, 2017[1] Nintendo Switch
April 5th, 2017[2] PC, Steam, JP Wii U, JP 3DS
Genre(s) Platform
Slash and dash through the tragic prequel!
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment[3] is a stand alone campaign or a free expansion for Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. It features Specter Knight's campaign, which is set as a prequel to Shovel of Hope and Plague of Shadows. The expansion also includes challenges for Specter Knight, Body Swap Mode and the Co-op Mode (meaning players no longer require an amiibo in order to play).

Notably, unlike Plague Knight in Plague of Shadows, Specter Knight's play style is very different from his boss fight. The levels are also heavily altered from the Main Story Line, Shovel of Hope.

Major Differences from Shovel of Hope Edit

  • Specter Knight has a different set of abilities in contrast to Shovel Knight and Plague Knight:
    • The health bar is green and is labeled "Will". This is a reference to Specter Knight being an undead.
      • To cope this, the healing items have been changed to turkey bones, rotten apples and carrots. However he can still heal with blue fish.
    • Similarly to Plague Knight's Power bar, Specter Knight has his own special bar, called Darkness. This resource is refilled by collecting Darkness Jars, which drop from opponents (upon death or when hitting them) and after destroying some objects.
      • Darkness is used for his Curios, which play a similar role to Shovel Knight's Relics and Plague Knight's Arcana.
    • Will or Darkness can be increased permanently by opening Wisp Chests hidden in each stage. If he fails to open chests, he can buy them instead.
    • Much like Plague Knight, Specter Knight has a very short jump.
      • He will break blocks when jumping off them, in any form.
    • Specter Knight can perform an attack called Dash Slash against enemies and certain objects while airborne; a gash will appear on the target, and if the attack button is pressed, Specter Knight will fly through the target with a scythe attack.
      • Specter Knight will Dash Slash downward/upwards if he is above/below his target, respectively.
      • He can also perform Chain Dash Slashes by hitting opponents/objects multiple times.
    • Specter Knight can climb up walls and also perform wall-jumps.
      • If Specter Knight gets to the top of a wall, he will automatically flip up to the adjacent surface.
      • The distance of wall climbing is limited and he will drop down upon reaching the limit.
      • Specter Knight can not climb certain surfaces. The surfaces he cannot climb all share a distinct texture that varies depending on what stage you're in. Usually, the walls he can climb have "flat" textures while the walls he cannot are covered with something (i.e. in the Plains walls that cannot be climbed are covered in grass).
  • Similarly to Cipher Coins in Plague of Shadows, Specter Knight can buy more Curios by collecting Red Skulls.
    • Curios are unlocked to buy as the player progresses through the game.
  • Specter Knight's base of operations is the Tower of Fate. There, levels are selected at a Dark Portal as opposed to a World Map. All 9 major stages are accessible from the beginning, and can be completed in any order. Their difficulty is implied by the amount of gold gained from each one (varying from 1000, 2000 and 3000).
  • There are new enemies, mini-bosses and Bosses. Some optional Bosses were removed and the existing Bosses also have different attacks or variations from before.
  • Core stages are heavily altered to accommodate Specter Knight's Abilities. Some of the levels (mostly optional) were removed but there are new set of levels exclusive to his campaign. The most notable removal is that there is no variation of the Battle Royale in his campaign, nor he can access the Hall of Champions.
  • Specter of Torment has extra stages in the form of a flashback story after, which happen upon completing a set number of levels.
  • Some Boss encounters happens inside the Tower of Fate (i.e. Reize), replacing the optional World Map Bosses.
  • The Phantom Striker is encountered as the Lich Yard's Boss.
  • There is a new Tower Climbing mini game replacing Mona's Potion mini game.

Plot of Specter of Torment Edit

Introduction:

"Long Ago, The Lands were untamed, and roamed by legendary Adventurers! But although the land is peaceful... For some, freedom is a far gone memory. Specter Knight, servant to The Enchantress, has been given a harrowing task. He must recruit a group of Knights and form an invincible order! With each member gathered, a treasured keepsake grows in power... an artifact that can restore his humanity, but only when his task is complete. Now, he leaves the confines of the Tower of Fate. It's time for the reaper to pursue his quarry..."

Spoiler warning!
This article contains plot details about an event that occurs later in the game.

The Plains - Black Knight Edit

Specter Knight begins his quest during the twilight to search for the first Knight. He finds Black Knight and tries to convince him to join The Order of No Quarter. Black Knight refuses and instead summons Terrorpin, his shelled rhinoceros, and battles Specter Knight. After Specter Knight wins, Black Knight recognizes Specter Knight's fighting style and realizes that Specter Knight is actually a knight named Donovan. However, he still refuses to join The Order and Specter Knight returns to the tower empty handed.

Tower of Fate Edit

As Specter Knight sits on a lonely parapet reminiscing, The Enchantress appears before him. She asks if Black Knight joined their ranks. Specter Knight replies that neither words nor force were able to persuade him and that Black Knight persists on his own quest. The Enchantress scolds him for his failure and commands that Specter Knight recruit the other Knights immediately before vanishing. Specter Knight is greeted by the Dark Acolyte who operates the Magic Mirror which can open a Dark Portal that can instantly take him to the locations of the other potential Order recruits. The locations and knights are:

First Donovan Memory Edit

After recruiting two knights, Specter Knight reminisces about his past. In this memory Specter Knight's former self, Donovan, and his companion Luan, have a short dialogue concerning the tower and the treasure it holds. The two adventurers scale the base of the tower, battling enemies along the way, before finally stopping to rest near a lonely parapet. Luan expresses his concern for his son, stating that he's worried his reckless nature will get him into trouble. Donovan replies that the amulet that the two seek will protect Luan's son.

GalleryEdit

Videos Edit

Shovel Knight- Specter of Torment Trailer!02:06

Shovel Knight- Specter of Torment Trailer!

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Specter of Torment Switch Launch!! on yachtclubgames.com
  2. Specter of Torment Release Info!! on yachtclubgames.com
  3. http://yachtclubgames.com/2016/09/specter-of-torment/

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