For a full official list of every cheat code that was intended to exist by Yacht Club Games, please refer to the Cheat Database.
There are currently over 321 or so cheat codes available in Shovel Knight, with some exclusive to specific campaigns. Cheats are activated when choosing the correct phrase as the name of a profile. This will also allow a second naming for the profile after the code is entered.
Once activated, a cheat code will remain active permanently, but only for the one profile. It is indicated by a teal pumpkin that appears in the lower left corner of the character's profile icon. Only one code can be activated per file and doing so will prevent it from earning feats for that file, similarly to starting Co-op Mode in Shovel of Hope, prior to version 4.0. The only way to remove the Cheat Code from a file is to delete the file itself. The following is an expansive list of cheat codes and their effects such as unique armor colors, slippery and bouncy surfaces, money in bubbles.
- 1 General Cheat Codes
- 1.1 Butt Mode
- 1.2 Invincibility and all that Jazz
- 1.3 Japanese Codes
- 1.4 Alternate Soundtrack
- 1.5 Demo Menu
- 1.6 "Iron Man" Challenge
- 1.7 Roulette Mode
- 1.8 Jar Jar Binks Mode
- 1.9 All Items
- 1.10 Full Clear
- 1.11 Palette Cheats
- 1.12 Screen Distortion
- 1.13 Super Jump Cheats
- 1.14 No World Map Enemies Cheat
- 1.15 All Relics From Chester Cheat
- 1.16 Unique Troupple King Song
- 1.17 Big Knight Cheats
- 1.18 Extremely Cool Cheats
- 1.19 Moving Fast Cheats
- 1.20 Increased Difficulty Cheats
- 1.21 Special Item Cheats
- 1.22 Normal Starting Relic Cheats
- 2 Plague of Shadows Cheats
- 3 Specter of Torment Cheats
- 4 King of Cards Cheats
- 5 Arby's "DLC" Cheats
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
General Cheat Codes
Enter code X&BUTT or WSWWAEAW to replace instances of words such as "knight" or "shovel" with the word "butt."
Invincibility and all that Jazz
Enter code SK&ULT! or STQQTXVX for invincibility and super speed, on top of every relic unlocked and infinite Mana. This works in every game.
Enter code KUWA-GATA to enable the graphical changes found in the JP version of Shovel Knight with a few extras.
Enter code IKA-TAKO and in Japanese only, it would be like the above Butt Mode, but ‘Butt’ would be replaced by ‘Tako’ (squid). Any other languages would use Butt Mode instead.
Enter code X&BRDSW and wherever possible, the stage music originating from Shovel of Hope will be swapped with its Specter of Torment version, and vice versa. This cheat does not disable feats.
Enter code D&DEMO and it will take you to a secret demo menu where you can play E3-esque demos of each campaign in the following settings “Default (All Campaigns in Treasure Trove)” “Shovel of Hope” “Co-op” “Plague of Shadows” “Specter of Torment” “King of Cards” “House of Joustus” and “Showdown.” You can use the Subweapon Quick Select buttons to change language, and the subweapon attack button to set the game time limit to 8 minutes or unlimited. Once you select a demo, you can go back to the menu by holding the Left Subweapon Quick Select Button and the Inventory Button on the title screen, however, there is no way to exit the demo menu itself without restarting the game. In each campaign demo, you can only play one of the first couple of levels, but once you clear a level, or, for the Joustus House’s case, beat Black Knight, the demo ends and the “Thank You for Playing“ screen appears. If the timer is set to unlimited, then the player can “Engrave Thy Name” and be shown on a demo ranking board for the stage that will be reset once you reset the game, however, this doesn’t apply to House of Joustus or Showdown. Also, the pause screens are now just a single text string with the word “PAUSE.” Pressing the inventory button on that screen will take the player back to the title screen. In the Showdown, you cannot change the battle settings and only real players can play, but for some strange reason, on the Wii U, you cannot go back to the demo menu, no matter if you’re using the correct button combination or not. If the campaign selected before typing in the cheat code is Shovel of Hope, then any Body Swap changes will not take effect.
"Iron Man" Challenge
Enter code IM&SGC14 to enable a custom challenge, used in the SGC 2014 event (held by ScrewAttack).
Enabling this cheat will create a special file of Shovel Knight, which has all relics, 6 Health, 60 Magic, Dynamo Mail, and Trench Blade. Then, you will always start at the first checkpoint of Lost City (said checkpoint becomes unbreakable), and are required to complete this level in 3 minutes. Notice that all random factors do not work (i.e. digging a specific pile always yields same outcome, and fishing will not take extra time). At the end of challenge, whether you beat Mole Knight or not, the total gold collected will be shown as the result.
Using knights other than Shovel Knight for this cheat may cause unintended/buggy behavior.
Enter code CC&SPIN to be given a different armor and relic each time you start a level, removing any other relics you may have.
Jar Jar Binks Mode
Enter code PL&JRJR to replace instances of the word "me" with "meesa," and "you" with "yoosa."
Enter code X&MXKNI to start the game with every item in the campaign. Level collectibles such as music sheets remain uncollected.
Enter code CC&ALLG or BJLHZXED to start in a cleared file with every item, starts you on the world map with every level cleared (skipping the first level and intro), and you can begin New Game Plus right away.
These codes grant a custom color palette to the player, and remains the same even when wearing different armors. The exact palette for a given code is different in each campaign, and this cheat does not disable feats. Of note for the last cheat is that any glow effect on the characters (invincibility, charging etc.) will keep the pallette of the previous armor and only change it when you stop glowing.
|A&JMPBO||Palette changes every time you jump.|
Enter code X&MSYE to heavily distort stage tile and background sprites, causing them to constantly animate in a wave motion.
Super Jump Cheats
|J&2JMP!||Jump twice as high|
|J&!JSMP||Jump three times as high|
|XRTKESBB||Bounce twice as high after a Shovel Drop|
|XPRAFCFK||Bounce three times as high after a Shovel Drop|
No World Map Enemies Cheat
Enter code SWJSROSY to remove any enemies on the map screen.
All Relics From Chester Cheat
Unique Troupple King Song
Enter code TR&FDNC to start with Plains and Village beaten, one Troupple Chalice, and the music played when the Troupple King dances is an entirely new track.
Big Knight Cheats
Enter code YGVYUWSW or TRGSVPPW to make Shovel Knight 2 or 4 times bigger, respectively. Entering GEQGAROE will also make Shovel Knight 4 times larger, while also increasing his speed and jump height.
Extremely Cool Cheats
- Enter code STQQTXVX or SK&ULT! to make Shovel Knight invincible (even from pits, but not from wall crushing), gives you all relics with infinite ammo and rapid fire, fast speed, increased jump, and a permanent Treasure Ichor. Enter code TVSVUEIO or CR&RZY! to get this plus increased size, change colors every time you jump, the ability to pogo bounce off plain ground (Only in Shovel of Hope & King of Cards), 10,000 gold, a different wall climb in Specter of Torment, and have every stage up to the Tower of Fate cleared.
Note that this cheat has been known to cause your game to soft freeze (any animations will still play) when Mona gives you a health upgrade after completing Pridemoor Keep (Plague of Shadows).
Moving Fast Cheats
|RYAQGVIE||2x speed on ladders|
|JARXHTMF||3x speed on ladders|
|PGPHIJJH||2x attack speed|
|QHGOILFF||3x attack speed|
|M&DASH||Double tap a direction to run|
Increased Difficulty Cheats
These codes are recommended for those who want an extra challenge.
|NVVYSZFD||Increases Chester's prices|
|FBRVCJUV||Lose all your gold upon death|
|ALTFMMOW||Makes you invisible|
|XJRZZWAK||Causes you to die on one hit and removes checkpoints|
|REYTRJNG||Chester is no longer in the village, but can still be found in stages.|
|JRJEYIBG||All enemies do 4x damage. All relics are lost on death|
|L&ERSS||All enemies are 4x bigger, with the exception of the final bosses.|
Special Item Cheats
(Editor's note: These codes do work on other campaigns, but some of these code do nothing on others.)
|SJPACXWH||Flare Wand||Fleet Flask|
|SXXKGZWE||Alchemy Coin||Big Boom|
|NXTXIZMV||Propeller Dagger||Staff of Striking|
|FHOYIZYI||Chaos Sphere||Berserker's Brew|
|JBSZELSC||Dust Knuckles||Staff of Surging|
|SBYHIZRA||Fishing Rod||Bait Bomb|
Normal Starting Relic Cheats
|NILTKPBA||Flare Wand and Phase Locket|
|BJDNKUIQ||Flare Wand, Phase Locket, and Dust Knuckles|
|SJHNLAID||Throwing Anchor, Flare Wand, Phase Locket, and Dust Knuckles|
|YJYFLBYZ||Alchemy Coin, Throwing Anchor, Flare Wand, Phase Locket, and Dust Knuckles|
|ZMDMMXOO||Mobile Gear, Alchemy Coin, Throwing Anchor, Flare Wand, Phase Locket, and Dust Knuckles|
|SLFVNLJB||War Horn, Mobile Gear, Alchemy Coin, Throwing Anchor, Flare Wand, Phase Locket, and Dust Knuckles|
|FVDNOSYB||Propeller Dagger, War Horn, Mobile Gear, Alchemy Coin, Throwing Anchor, Flare Wand, Phase Locket, and Dust Knuckles|
|JLPWUFJT||Propeller Dagger, but the file won't say it's unlocked|
|HSDGYZMT||Dust Knuckles, but the file won't say it's unlocked|
Plague of Shadows Cheats
|PL&DNCE||Plague Knight will dance whenever stopped.|
|PL&BIGT||Gives Plague Knight giant bombs.|
|PLC&BTS||Gives Plague Knight a super explosive jump.|
|PL&CIPH||Gives Plague Knight the Pandemonium Cloak.|
|PL&FIZZL||Removes ability to throw bombs.|
|PL&CHRG||Bomb Burst charges instantly.|
|PL&NOCT||Changes Plague Knight's walking animation and adds a blue trail.|
|PLC&CART||Changes Plague Knight's walking animation and adds a blue trail, along with a Staff of Striking with no Power cost (Alucard Mode)|
Note that other cheats that work in Shovel of Hope also work in Plague of Shadows.
Specter of Torment Cheats
|NO&SEPIA||Sepia-tinted scenes are normal color|
|SP&JOHNY||Play as Donovan even in other armor|
|S&CBHR||Stick and slowly slide down walls.|
|C&MVRKHNT||Stick and slowly slide down walls with a blue palette (Mega Man Mode)|
|S&GUST||Permanent Raiment of Risk effects (normal attacks shoot fireballs, Darkness regenerates on its own)|
|PR&RONE||Infinite Super Skeleton Summons|
|PR&RTWO||Infinite Super Caltrops|
|G&RAIL||Start with Rail Mail. Increased rail speeds; can rail without pressing down.|
|F&RAIL||Increases speed on rails|
|A&RAIL||Can rail without pressing down using Rail Mail.|
Note that other cheats that work in Shovel of Hope also work in Specter of Torment
King of Cards Cheats
|K&CARDS||Start with all cards.|
|K&TORNA||Start with Gyro Boots with unlimited spin time.|
|K&REVROLL||Hold down and tap attack to charge up, then release to preform a powerful roll.|
|K&SHCRM||Hold down and tap attack to charge up, then release to preform a powerful roll, with a blue palette (Sonic Mode)|
|K&SHGAA||Hold down and tap attack to charge up, then release to preform a powerful roll, with a yellow palette (Tails Mode)|
|K&SHTFTA||Hold down and tap attack to charge up, then release to preform a powerful roll, with a red palette (Knuckles Mode)|
|K&DMASK||Transforms King Knight's head into a strange static sprite and changes his character portrait, resembling The Grand Triumvirate.|
Note that other cheats that work in Shovel of Hope also work in King of Cards
Arby's "DLC" Cheats
|A&RBYEN||Burger Beetos and soda Propeller rats.|
|A&RBYSK||"Shovel" and "Knight" replaced with "Meat" in text, along with several other small dialogue changes.|
|A&RBSHK||Shield Knight is replaced with a falling burger in dreams.|
|A&RBPLK||Arby's themed food taunts.|
|A&RBSPK||Arby's themed refill items.|
|A&RBYKK||Arby's hat for King Knight. (King Of Cards only)|
|A&RBYS||All effects simultaneously.|
Note: These cheats only work on the Steam, Humble Bundle, GOG.com, and Nintendo Switch versions.
- The pumpkin symbol used to indicate the use of a cheat code is a reference of the saying "Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater", which is based on the English nursery rhyme "Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater".
- Plague Knight's special walking animation was an early idea for his animation when wearing the Dandy Duds. The walking animation is also similar to Alucard's from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
- Jar Jar Binks mode is a nod to the Star Wars character, Jar Jar Binks.
- The cheat code KUWA-GATA is a pun on kuwagata(クワガタ), which means stag beetle in Japanese.
- The cheatcodes "C&MVRKHNT" and "S&CBHR" are both references to the Mega Man X, Zero, and ZX series, giving Specter Knight a very similar wall jump to the series.
- Their names are also references, C&MVRKHNT being a reference to the term Maverick Hunter from Mega Man X, and S&CBHR being a reference to the Mega Man ZX song, Cannon Ball - Hard Revenge.
- As of Version 4.00, any cheat code that does not directly alter the gameplay allows the earning of Feats.
|Shovel Knight series|
|Video Games:||Treasure Trove (Shovel of Hope • Plague of Shadows • Specter of Torment • King of Cards • Showdown ) • Dig • Pocket Dungeon|
|Board Games:||Dungeon Duels|
|Soundtracks:||Shovel Knight Original Soundtrack • Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged • Plague of Shadows Original Soundtrack • Specter of Torment Original Soundtrack • King of Cards Original Soundtrack|
|Miscellaneous:||amiibo • Official Design Works|
|Treasure Trove Features:||Co-op Mode • Custom Knight • Body Swap Mode • Sound Test • Feats • Challenge Mode • New Game Plus • "Butt Mode" • Cheat Codes • Joustus|