There are currently over 321 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. The following is an expansive list of cheat codes and their effects such as unique armor colors, slippery and bouncy surfaces, money in bubbles. A complete list can be found on IGN's website.

General Cheat CodesEdit

Butt ModeEdit

Butt cheat
To activate, enter X&BUTT or WSWWAEAW. this cheat replaces words such as "knight" or "shovel" with butt. Full Article:

Japanese Localization GraphicsEdit

This code enables the graphical changes found in the JP version of Shovel Knight. The code is KUWA-GATA.

"Iron Man" ChallengeEdit

This code was used in SGC 2014 event (held by ScrewAttack). The code is IM&SGC14.

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.

Note that if you make a file but choose the player as Plague Knight, the gameplay will glitch.

Ready for New Game PlusEdit

The code is BJLHZXED. This code will give you a cleared file with every item, and you can start New Game Plus right away.

In early versions, a save file with this code would lose the pumpkin icon after clearing Plains in NG+, thus able to complete the feat Hurry Up! with a NG+ file. This trick no longer works.

Super Jump CheatsEdit

Code Effect
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 CheatEdit

To activate, enter SWJSROSY. This removes any enemies on the map screen.

All Relics From Chester CheatEdit

To activate, enter WOLPSNLK. All relics will be available for purchase from Chester from the first time you arrive at the Village.

Big Knight CheatsEdit

Big cheat
To activate, enter YGVYUWSW or TRGSVPPW, which makes 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 CheatsEdit

To activate, enter STQQTXVX . This makes Shovel Knight invincible (even from pits, but not from wall pressing), gives you all relics with infinite ammo and rapid fire, fast speed, increased jump, and a permanent Treasure Ichor. Enter TVSVUEIO to get this plus increased size, change colors every time you jump, the ability to pogo bounce off plain ground, 10,000 gold, and have every stage up to the Tower of Fate cleared (recommended for those who find the game extremely frustrating). 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.

Moving Fast CheatsEdit

Code Effect
PIJMFJUG 2x speed
CRGYGUKP 3x speed
RYAQGVIE 2x speed on ladders
JARXHTMF 3x speed on ladders
PGPHIJJH 2x attack speed
QHGOILFF 3x attack speed

Increased Difficulty CheatsEdit

These codes are recommended for those who find the game easy and/or want bragging rights.

Code Effect
NVVYSZFD Increases Chester's prices
FBRVCJUV Lose all your gold upon death
ALTFMMOW Makes Shovel Knight invisible
XJRZZWAK Causes you to die on one hit and removes checkpoints
UCDIQWMQ Removes Gastronomer
KASKQYYQ Removes Magicist
REYTRJNG Chester is no longer in the village, but can still be found in stages.
JRJEYIBG All enemies do 4x damage.

Special Relic CheatsEdit

These cheats allow you to start the game with a relic that doesn't cost magic to activate

Code Relic
JBSZELSC Phase Locket
SXXKGZWE Alchemy Coin
NRDUIWCW Mobile Gear
NXTXIZMV Propeller Dagger
SBYHIZRA Throwing Anchor
FHOYIZYI Chaos Sphere
JBSZELSC Dust Knuckles
SBYHIZRA Fishing Rod

Normal Starting Relic CheatsEdit

Code Relic(s)
MWRFJPYZ Throwing Anchor
GRESJWXN Alchemy Coin
BINOKOAF Chaos Sphere
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 ShadowsEdit

Code Effect
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.
PLC&CART Changes Plague Knight's walking animation and adds a blue trail, along with a Staff of Striking with no Power cost.

Note that other cheats that work in Shovel of Hope work with Plague of Shadows.

Specter of Torment CheatsEdit

Code Effect
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, Will 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.
A&GLUSP Specter Knight is transparent.

Note that other cheats that work in Shovel of Hope work with Specter of Torment


  • 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.[1] The walking animation is also similar to Alucard's from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • 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.


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