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, and The Enchantress are the ones from the Shovel Knight universe to have appeared in other works.
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.
On February 10, 2015 Imagos Softworks announced that Shovel Knight would be a playable crossover character in their upcoming game Starr Mazer.
Shovel Knight appears as a playable character in the four player multiplayer steam early access party game.
Shovel Knight appears as a Dinosaur in this Indie runner game.
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.
Shovel Knight has been announced to join the cast of the RPG game Indivisible as a guest character.
Shovel Knight is a playable character in the game Runner 3.
Shovel Knight makes an appearance as a playable character in the platform fighter Indie Pogo.
Shovel Knight is a playable character in the fighting game Blade Strangers.
Shovel Knight is a secret character in Mutant Mudds Super Challenge.
Shovel Knight is a playable character in the platform fighter Rivals of Aether. Shield Knight also appears as his parry.
Tinker Knight will be a playable character in the upcoming puzzle game Puzzle Depot.
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.
Shovel knight appears as a crossover skin in the "shoot and slash" dungeon crawler Riverbond.
Guest and Cameo appearancesEdit
However on June 11, 2015, it was confirmed that Shovel Armor will be appearing in Bloodstained. What his role in the game will be is currently unknown.
Shovel Knight has been announced to appear in Pixel Noir in some fashion.
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.
Shovel Knight makes a cameo in Yooka-Laylee as an NPC.
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.
Shovel Knight appears as an NPC in Aegis Defenders.
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.
In Nintendo's Japanese Exclusive 'Indie World', it was revealed that Just Shapes & Beats would be receiving an update called 'Just Shovels & Knights' which adds some levels and a boss that uses the soundtrack from Shovel Knight. The songs known are the themes for King Knight and Plague Knight, both are themed after each other.
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."