The Vital Vitriol is a music from the Shovel Knight soundtrack. This is the battle theme of Plague Knight and the Plague of Shadows, and an faster arrangement of Flowers of Antimony. It is Music Sheet #30 in Shovel of Hope, and #11 in Plague of Shadows. It can also be listened to in Sound Test after completing any campaign once.

Music SheetEdit

In Shovel of Hope, Music Sheet #30 can be found in Explodatorium, in a room hidden by breakable floors. The entrance is in the upper right corner of the room with the first checkpoint, and can only be opened by a Ratsploder blast.

In Plague of Shadows, Music Sheet #11 can be obtained after bringing Percy 32 Scrap Sheets.


Shovel of HopeEdit

"An explosive encounter with an ether-addled alchemical adversary."

Plague of ShadowsEdit

"This song explode with excitement!"


"Bard: Let's see here... Oh, you found "The Vital Vitriol"! I was feeling uninspired until Plague Knight threw some kind of potion in my face. When I woke up, the song was somehow finished."


  • The title can be interpreted as "the necessary evil", which references Plague Knight's lack of morality when practicing his alchemy.