Shovel Knight has appeared in several other games and media as a testament to his popularity. So far only Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, Black Knight, Plague Knight, Specter Knight, King Knight, Tinker Knight, Chester and The Enchantress are the ones from the Shovel Knight universe to have appeared in other works.

It should be noted that Reize, Baz, Kratos and the Battletoads are all characters who originate from outside of Shovel Knight and are thus cameos in Shovel Knight.

Playable appearancesEdit


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Shovel Knight in Runbow

Shovel Knight makes a playable appearance in the game Runbow. He is unlocked by performing a butt pound ten times. His method of being unlocked is likely a reference to the Shovel Drop being an attack that hits enemies from above. Alternatively it could be a reference to Shovel Knight's Butt Mode.

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Shovel Knight & Brick M. Stonewood in Starr Mazer

Starr MazerEdit

On February 10, 2015 Imagos Softworks announced that Shovel Knight would be a playable crossover character in their upcoming game Starr Mazer.

Cook, Serve, Delicious: Battle KitchenEdit

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Shovel Knight, among other indie characters, appears as a playable character in the game Cook, Serve, Delicious: Battle Kitchen.

Road RedemptionEdit

Shovel Knight is now one of the selectable characters in Road Redemption.

Move or Die Edit

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Promotional image for Shovel Knight's Move or Die character

Shovel Knight appears as a playable character in the four player multiplayer steam early access party game.

Dino-Run DX Edit

Shovel Knight appears as a Dinosaur in this Indie runner game.

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Shovel Knight as he appears in Dino-Run


Ghost PoliceEdit


On July 9, 2016, Steven McCarthy announced that Shovel Knight would be appearing in his indie game, Ghost Police. Shovel Knight will be an NPC/boss in the main story, but will also be playable in his own separate campaign that features a completely different gameplay style. Steven mentioned that he would be working with Yacht Club Games to keep the gameplay "faithful and fresh at the same time" and noted that those who have played the Bangai-O series would note the similar gameplay style, albeit with some differences in execution.

Indivisible Edit


Shovel Knight has been announced to join the cast of the RPG game Indivisible as a guest character.

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Blaster Master ZeroEdit

Shovel Knight, along with Shantae from the Shantae series, appears as a playable character in Blaster Master Zero.[1]

Runner 3 Edit


Shovel Knight in Runner 3.

Shovel Knight is a playable character in the game Runner 3.

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Shovel Knight in Indie Pogo

Indie Pogo Edit

Shovel Knight makes an appearance as a playable character in the platform fighter Indie Pogo.

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Blade Strangers - Shovel Knight Trailer

Blade Strangers Edit

Shovel Knight is a playable character in the fighting game Blade Strangers.

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge Edit

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Shovel knight (4th on the bottom row) with the other secret guest characters

Shovel Knight is a secret character in Mutant Mudds Super Challenge.

Rivals of Aether Edit

Shovel Knight is a playable character in the platform fighter Rivals of Aether. Shield Knight also appears as his parry. Furthermore, Shovel Knight can summon Chester with his taunt, which allows him to purchase different relics and modify his moveset.

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Rivals of Aether - Shovel Knight Character Reveal

Puzzle Depot Edit

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Tinker Knight will be a playable character in the upcoming puzzle game Puzzle Depot.

C-Wars Edit

Shovel Knight is a playable character in the game C-Wars.
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Creepy CastleEdit

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Plague Knight and Shovel Knight with Monsoon, one of the characters from Creepy Castle

Shovel Knight and Plague Knight, as well as other indie characters, makes an appearance in the game Creepy Castle. Sadly, Shovel Knight is not a playable character. Plague Knight however, is playable.

ASDAD: All-Stars Dungeons and Diamonds

Shovel Knight on the character select screen

Shovel Knight on the character select screen

Shovel Knight makes a playable appearance in the multi-player party game ASDAD: All-Stars Dungeons and Diamonds.


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Official artwork of the group of knights

Shovel Knight, Black knight, Plague Knight, Specter Knight, King Knight, and The Enchantress appear as epic crossover skins in the weapon based platform fighter Brawlhalla.

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Official artwork of The Enchantress

Riverbond Edit

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Shovel knight appears as a crossover skin in the "shoot and slash" dungeon crawler Riverbond.

Guest and Cameo appearancesEdit

Bloodstained: Ritual of the NightEdit

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Shovel Armor in Bloodstained.

Concept art of a more realistically proportioned Shovel Knight was drawn up by one of the character designers working on the indie title Bloodstained, called Shovel Armor. The artist in question, Yuji Natsume, claims to be a fan of the character, and that it is simply fan art.

However on June 11, 2015, it was confirmed that Shovel Armor will be appearing in Bloodstained, where he is an enemy who drops an armor set that allows you to play as Shovel Armor.

The Reward: Tales of Alethrion Edit

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Shovel Knight, (or a person in Shovel Knight's signature Stalwart armor) has a brief cameo appearance in Sun Creature Studio's animated series Tales of Alethrion (in the episode First Hero, around 10:55 mark), likely due to the mutual support between Yacht Club Games and Sun Creature Studios in their respective Kickstarter projects.

Crypt of the NecroDancerEdit

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The Pawnbroker, one of the shopkeepers in Crypt of the Necrodancer, has items from various indie games among his wares, including Shovel Knight's Stalwart helmet.

Pixel Noir Edit

Shovel Knight has been announced to appear in Pixel Noir in some fashion.

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Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Edit

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Shovel Knight's Gunvolt 2 Cameo Teaser!

Shovel Knight appears in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 as a secret boss character. He can be fought by scanning the Shovel Knight amiibo into the game.

Yooka-Laylee Edit


Shovel Knight makes a cameo in Yooka-Laylee as an NPC.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edit

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Shovel Knight appears as an assist trophy in the latest installment of the Super Smash Bros series. Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, Plague Knight, King Knight, and Specter Knight all appear as spirits in the new Spirits mode.

Aegis Defenders Edit

Shovel Knight appears as an NPC in Aegis Defenders.


Fight Knight Edit

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Shovel Knight's signature Stalwart Plate appears in Fight Knight.

Enter the Gungeon Edit

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The Knight's Gun entry in the Ammonomicon

The Knight's Gun from the bullet hell dungeon crawler Enter the Gungeon is a reference to the Shovel Blade. It also has a synergy with the Shield of the Maiden called "Shield Night", referencing Shield Knight. Furthermore, its description also references Yacht Club Games, referring to them as "a traveling race of sentient yachts".

  • Coincidentally, the synergy works like another gun, the Betrayer's Shield, which has a similar color scheme to Shield Knight.

SteamWorld Heist Edit

Shovel Knight's helmet appears in a pile of junk in the cutscene "The Monstrous Monarch".

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Shovel Knight's helmet (Bottom left)

Other Edit

Just Shapes & Beats Edit

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A screenshot of the boss

The musical bullet-hell Just Shapes & Beats received an update titled Just Shovels & Knights which added new levels (including a boss level) using remixes of some of the music tracks in the Shovel Knight soundtrack. The tracks included in the update are Strike the Earth!, Flowers of Antimony, In the Halls of the Usurper and La Danse Macabre.

Katana ZERO Edit

While no characters or items from Shovel Knight appear in Katana ZERO proper, some arcade cabinets in the background during the Chinatown mission bear the name "Shovel Knight."

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Rivals of Aether Edit

As part of the Definitive Edition, Pridemoor Keep is an unlockable stage skin for Shovel Knight.


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