Birders are minor enemies in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. They are one of the toughest enemies boasting an impressive four hitpoints, aside from the ones in the Speeder Bike section of the Mysterious Area which only have one hitpoint. When defeated, Birders will drop a green gem. On contact with a Birder, the player will lose half a health bubble. Birders appear as flashing blue bird heads that float around the level diagonally (except for the ones in the Mysterious Area, which move back and forth at varying speeds instead). They bounce off of floors, walls, and ceilings, and cannot attack outside of simply colliding with the player. They are found in the Lost City, the Birder Herder challenge, the Mysterious Area, and the Forest of Phasing.

In King of Cards, it's revealed that the Birders actually have a ruler, King Birder, as well as their own living space, a mountainous region known as the Birder Bluffs.

Birders are also seen being handled by a Hoppicles variety known as a Birder Herder. Defeating the Herder first will release the Birder from its leash, who will then follow its usual moving pattern.

Red BirderEdit


In the Shovel Knight Challenge "Birder Herder", three Red Birders are present. They are identical to the standard blue Birders but are indestructible.

Ambirder Edit

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Specter of Torment introduces a variety of the Birders that are stuck in a Slime Block, known as Ambirders. The only difference between Ambirders and normal Birders is that Ambirders must be freed from their Slime Block in order to start moving, after which they behave exactly like a normal Birder.

Rainbow Birder Edit

During his battle in King of Cards, King Birder can sometimes summon Rainbow Birders to aid him. They behave exactly the same as a regular blue Birder but only have one hit point.


Like most enemies, Birders are instantly destroyed by the War Horn or the Dread Talon, which may be worth their high magic/darkness cost, particularly since they often appear in groups. Without using relics, the best way to defeat them is to Shovel Drop/Dash Slash them; when they are hit they stay in place briefly and with good timing and aim it's possible to freeze them in place for the entire four hits. Plague Knight can do the same with repeated use of his Staff of Striking.



  • Curiously, Birders have a steam emoticon, making them the only enemy and only non-character to have one.
  • They make an appearance in the portion of the Battletoads boss fight where they will actually move back and forth on the road and can be hard to avoid, as they fly at various speeds.
  • The Joustus card portrait for Birders has been present in the game's files since the release of Specter of Torment.


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