What can the humble Bard do for you today?

The Bard, or the Card Bard in the King of Cards demo, is a recurring character in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, usually found in the Village.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Bard wears an orange overshirt with lace in the front and a brown cape in the back. His hat is a lighter orange with brown stitches on the rim, and holds yellow feathers. His sleeves are the same color yellow. He wears brownish leggings with a pointed toe, which is a traditional bard or jester trait. He plays a lute.

For some odd reason, the Bard wears a knight helmet.

Story[edit | edit source]

Shovel of Hope[edit | edit source]

In Shovel of Hope, the Bard can be found playing a lute near the Village's fountain. He sets Shovel Knight on a quest to recover his lost 46 Music Sheets, spread around the Valley. He rewards Shovel Knight 500 gold for each Music Sheet recovered. He also gladly details who requested each musical score and how he ended up creating them. Shovel Knight is then able to listen to the song whenever wanted.

He reappears in the ending with the rest of the Village, witnessing the fall of the Tower of Fate.

Plague of Shadows[edit | edit source]

The Bard can be found at his usual spot in the Village in Plague of Shadows. Plague Knight cannot talk to him since he is barred from entry.

He is seen again in the ending, rejoicing with the rest of the Village at the destruction of the Tower of Fate.

King of Cards[edit | edit source]

In King of Cards, the Bard can be first met alongside Cooper in the House of Joustus. He can then be found on the Glidewing, where he awards King Knight with 900 gold and a song for every 10 Merit Medals. King Knight will be rewarded without having to give his Merit Medals to the Bard.

During the ending, it is revealed that the Bard lost his Music Sheets by dropping them during the Glidewing's destruction. Later, he is seen running after a Music Sheet outside the Homestead.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Shovel of Hope[edit | edit source]

When first talked to:

"Bard: Hail, traveler! I am but a simple bard, but I have a big problem... I've lost all my Music Sheets! My entire repertoire lays scattered across the land! If you ever find a Music Sheet, return it to me, and I shall reward you... handsomely!"

When bringing a single Sheet:

You have a Music Sheet! Please accept 500 gold as a reward!

When bringing two Sheets or more:

You have [x] Music Sheets! Magnificient! Take 500 gold for each!

When giving the Bard a Music Sheet:

"Bard: Wonderful! Let's see here... Oh, you found "[x]""
"Bard: Now that I have this Music Sheet, I can perform it for you any time!! Just ask!"

When talked to:

"Bard: Hail, Shovel Knight! Hero of music! What can the humble Bard do for you today?"

Choosing to play a song:

"Bard: Splendid! What would you like to hear?"

When giving him the last Music Sheet:

You've recovered every single opus in my oeuvre! A chromed-out curator! A heroic historian! You may have saved the village, but your real contribution... is to the fine arts!

Speaking to him for the first time after beating either the Battletoads or Kratos:

"Bard: Hey Shovel Knight! I just received a book of mysterious songs from a faraway brand! I mean, land! Anyway, I've added them to the song list! So..."

King of Cards[edit | edit source]

When first talked to:

"Bard: King Knight! You dazzle me with your gleam. A moment, if I may?"
"King Knight: Why, I do feel rather
today! What troubles you, Bard?
"Bard: Merit Medals. You see, I've realized that those brave enough to find them have... most interesting tales to tell. Most interesting indeed. Perhaps I could take a peek at your majestic collection, to inspire a melody?"

When enough Merit Medals are collected

"Bard: [x] Merit Medals! You're quickly becoming a bard in your own right. It's not much, but I've saved [x] gold to mark the occasion. Would you accept it?"


"Bard: I've another form of patronage, sire. Please, allow me to regale you with a verse you've inspired! Ahem.."

When 10 Merit Medals are collected:

"Bard: As he trod through the grass, o'er the hills of the plains, the king's cleanest trousers grew soiled with stains. Aboard from his castle, aloft in the sky... He traded his kingdom from a flagon of lye."

When more Merit Medals are needed

"Bard: King Knight! Ahoy! Avast! Bonjour! Any new Merit Medals? Looks like [x] total medals. Each one a song, a poem, a dream. Before you know it, you'll have [x]. Marvelous!"

When Propeller Knight's fleet attack the Glidewing:

We're under attack!
This is serious!
I know our foe all too well. The ship's on lockdown until we're rid of the enemy! Take out the intruders! I'll try to steer us out of this mess!

After defeating the Hoverhafts:

It's curtains for me!!
I should have stayed home playing the same boring songs.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Bard represents the game's compositor, Jake Kaufman, as he wrote most of the music of the game and also helped with the story and dialogues. The developers let him write all of the Bard's lines and music descriptions so the Bard could take on his personality.[1] Some of those descriptions are direct reference to the development of the game's music.
    • On the track In the Halls of the Usurper, he states that the piece "kickstarted" his career as it was his first performed lair theme and the first playable level. This is also a direct reference to how Shovel Knight was funded: by a Kickstarter campaign. This track was also in the first preview level.
    • When commenting on Flowers of Antimony and A Thousand Leagues Below, the Bard states that these tracks are actually composed by another female bard from a faraway land, a clear reference to Manami Matsumae, the composer of these tracks also known for her work on the Mega Man series.
  • Even though he isn't a knight, his sprite is named "Bard Knight" in the game's files. His model uses a lot of frames for his animations (more than 15 each), which gives him fluid movements unlike most other NPCs.
  • In Plague of Shadows, if Plague Knight travels underground after collecting Scrap Sheets in a stage other than the Plains, the Bard will still jump in joy as he does when Shovel Knight brings him Music Sheets.
  • The developers designed a Body Swap version of the Bard, although only the main cast of Shovel of Hope had one added to the campaign.
  • Though not canon, in the unfinished Super Beard Bros playthrough of Plague of Shadows, Jake Kaufman said he liked to call the Bard "Virttholomew". This is a reference to the name he used as an OC remixer, Virt.
  • In the King of Cards demo, the Bard could be met in the Card Shack. He accepted to help King Knight through the Joustus competition, since his own songs had grown stale and he wished to move on. He then called himself the "Card Bard" and followed King Knight in his quest to be "King of Cards". He had the following dialogue:

When first talked to:

"King Knight: King.... of Cards!? Mr. Bard! I must become the King of Cards!! This hunk of iron says you can help me!"
"Bard: Maybe I can! See I'm a simple bard, but I must move on as my songs have grown stale. Call me ... The Card Bard!"
"Card Bard: The Card Board behind me shows the local card competitors. Defeat them and you'll soon be king! Would you like to see the Card Board?"

On Molly:

"Card Bard: Matron Molly, quite nearby! My goodness, she is affectionate!"

On Leo:

"Card Bard: He's one of the fanciest players I've seen!"

On the Card Shack's unknown third competitor:

"Card Bard: Defeat the other Card Board competitors to find this hungry fella!"

After beating both Molly and Leo:

"Card Bard: Wow, you beat all the challengers! No"

On the Goatician:

"Card Bard: Goatician? I've heard he's quite the player. Careful though! He's prone to eating players' cards."

After defeating the Goatician:

"Goatician: Oh no! You bleat me! Maybe you are the true King of Cards..."
"King Knight: Of course I am! I'm the best! Come, Card Bard, let's shuffle out!"
"Card Bard: Away we go!"

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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 Travellers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: KratosBattletoadsMadam MeeberPassmaster
Village: FarrelsBardMollyGoaticianGoatarmorerGastronomerMagicistJuice MaidDancerDeposed KingGrandma SwampMonaCroakerChesterTroupple AcolyteHoop KidPlaying KidHedge FarmerWater CarrierGrizzled Seer
Armor Outpost: WallaceToaderFishermanMary SweetsLeoPeacock GentDollyArmorerShovel SmithYopplerAirship EnthusiastScholarFish Head
Wandering NPCs: KnightsLady KnightsAdventurersFishermenBag FellowsMaidensDeer LadiesGatherersVillagers
Relic Stages NPCs: VillagerAdventurerGrizzled Seer
Hall of Champions: TicketerCultured FellowPatronThe Big Creep
Troupple Pond and sparkling pits: Troupple KingTroupples
Mini-Bosses: TeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe Alchemeister
Final Boss: Remnant of Fate
Plague of Shadows Characters
Main Characters: Plague KnightMonaPercyBlack KnightShovel KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travellers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madam Meeber
Village: Farrels
Team Plague: MagicistHedge PupilMail MinionOolongPlague Minions
Armor Outpost: ChesterTroupple AcolyteAirship Enthusiast
Hall of Champions: Head GuardCultured FellowPatron
Troupple Pond: Troupple KingTroupples
Mini-Bosses: TeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe Alchemeister
Final Bosses: Plague of ShadowsCorrupted Essence
Cameo/Ending Only NPCs: BardMollyDollyLeoPeacock GentMary SweetsToaderFishermanWallaceYopplerGrizzled SeerWater CarrierHedge FarmerGastronomerCroakerDeposed KingTroupple AcolyteDeer LadiesLady KnightsBag FellowsFishermenGatherersVillagersKnightsMaidensAdventurers
King of Cards Characters
Main Characters: King KnightMomKing PridemoorTroupple KingKing BirderSpecter KnightThe Enchantress
Glidewing: DoeCooperBardCardiaGouacheHengineerLedge FarmerVicar of VigorGrandma Swamp
Glidewing Recruits: Hedge PupilDuelist DiTraitorusSkipBartonTroupple AcolytesTMK-500Mr. Hat
The Wandering Travellers: Phantom StrikerBazPlague Knight (Percy) • Treasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
House of Joustus: RookieHoop KidPlaying KidGoaticianJuice MaidCroakerRuffianBlack KnightKnightsGathererGrizzled Seers
Cavern of Joustus: VisitorArmorerShovel SmithMole MinionBlorb/BlazorbToaderMona
Crag of Joustus: Old LadyLeoCogslotterHover MeanieCroakerToaderSpinwulvesYopplerOolongPlague Minion
Tower of Joustus: MissyLiquid SamuraiWizzemRedHorace
Joustus houses/Glidewing: Chester
Wandering NPCs: Old LadiesCard PlayersBag FellowsVisitorsRookiesAdventurersGamblersLady KnightsPlague MinionsLunksWizzemsHoppiclesesCogslottersHover MeaniesTundreadsHoverhaftsRail RidersGhostsGoldarmorsGulper MagesBoneclangsLiquid Samurais
Chest Stage NPCs: Hedge FarmerFarrelsGrizzled SeerGastronomerSnow MaidenBag Fellow
Eerie Manor: The Big Creep
Void Crater: DollyHorzio
Fairy Glade: Madam Meeber
Mini-Bosses: Mole MinionTeethalon
Final Boss: The Grand Triumvirate
Background/Ending Only NPCs: The AlchemeistersWhippiclesesPeacock GentTicketerCultured FellowsPatronsMagicistShovel Knight
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