After all this research, I could sure use some fresh air.

The Hedge Pupil is a minor character in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and an acolyte to Plague Knight. He has been tasked with guarding the secret entrance to the Potionarium hidden in his childhood house, in the Village's outskirts. He is brothers with the Hedge Farmer, 'Edge Farmer,[1] and Ledge Farmer.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Hedge Pupil appears as a humanoid hedgehog wearing glasses and a tainted lab coat.

Story[edit | edit source]

Plague of Shadows[edit | edit source]

In Plague of Shadows, Hedge Pupil can be found by his house at the Village's entrance. He is waiting for a locksmith to arrive, which is scheduled for two weeks. Instead of waiting, Plague Knight opts to blow his house up, much to Hedge Pupil's distress.

He is seen again after the fall of the Tower of Fate as one of the people left in charge of the Explodatorium by Plague Knight, along with Percy and the Magicist.

Specter of Torment[edit | edit source]

During the ending of Specter of TormentSpecter Knight carries an unconscious Reize and deposits him at the doorstep of the hedgehog brothers' house. The door opens as Specter Knight leaves, with two silhouettes matching Hedge Farmer and Pupil appearing behind.

King of Cards[edit | edit source]

In King of Cards, Hedge Pupil asks King Knight by the Plains to help him test the Rat Bombardier Heirloom. He sells it to him for 2 Merit Medals. During the ending, he is seen burning all the Joustus cards, along with Plague Knight and Mona.

Joustus Deck[edit | edit source]

RedCardHedgePupil.png RedCardPropellerRat.png RedCardPropellerRat.png RedCardBlitzsteed.png
Hedge Pupil Propeller Rat Propeller Rat Blitzsteed
RedCardBlitzsteed.png RedCardBlorb.png RedCardBlorb.png RedCardDozedrake.png
Blitzsteed Blorb Blorb Dozedrake
RedCardInvisishade.png RedCardZamby.png RedCardFleeto.png RedCardDivedrake.png
Invisishade Zamby Fleeto Divedrake
RedCardDivedrake.png RedCardBoneclang.png RedCardBoneclang.png RedCardSuperSkeleton.png
Divedrake Boneclang Boneclang Super Skeleton

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Plague of Shadows[edit | edit source]

Before destroying the house:

"Hedge Pupil: Psst... Hey, Plague Knight. I'm still guarding your
secret entrance
, but I lost the key. The locksmith should be here in a week or two. Maybe you could wait until then?

After destroying the house:

"Hedge Pupil: Well, I guess I'm cancelling the locksmith appointment.
...This was the house I grew up in...

When returning to the village:

"Hedge Pupil: So many memories... Maybe one day I'll restore my childhood home. "

King of Cards[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of the Rat Bombardier Course:

"Hedge Pupil: Psst... Over here. Sire! It's me! Thanks for dropping by for the test. I finished up our...
secret device.
But the materials aren't free, remember. I need Merit Medals to pay our suppliers.


"Hedge Pupil: King Knight, we have to pay our delivery bill. I already did all the design work, so you need to contribute!"

After buying the Heirloom:

"Hedge Pupil: The design of my safety bomb shields the rats from damage! Can you reach the far end of the course? And by the way... Don't Shoulder Bash in this cave. ...There are still a few kinks in the motion sensors. Could end badly."

At the end of the stage:

"Hedge Pupil: The Rat Bombardier worked! Thanks to your field tests, King Knight, we'll be ready for production in no time!"
"King Knight: Yes, splendid! Why not come aboard my royal airship, then, and enjoy a well-deserved glimpse of my domain?"
"Hedge Pupil: After all this research, I could sure use some fresh air. Lead the way, sire!"

When first spoken to at the Glidewing:

"Hedge Pupil: Look who was up here! My brother! We're reunited! And what a lovely ride, sire. Oh, and it looks like my Joustus cards will come in handy!"

When spoken after that:

"Hedge Pupil: Fancy a quick round of Joustus, sire?"


"Hedge Pupil: Hey! Don't forget, I devised the Rat Bombardier! I possess a keen tactical mind. Really, I do!"

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is a picture inside the ruins of his house depicting both the Hedge Pupil and his brother the Hedge Farmer.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Twitter post by developer Sean Velasco
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
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Glidewing: DoeCooperBardCardiaGouacheHengineerLedge FarmerVicar of VigorGrandma Swamp
Glidewing Recruits: Hedge PupilDuelist DiTraitorusSkipBartonTroupple AcolytesTMK-500Mr. Hat
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Crag of Joustus: Old LadyLeoCogslotterHover MeanieCroakerToaderSpinwulvesYopplerOolongPlague Minion
Tower of Joustus: MissyLiquid SamuraiWizzemRedHorace
Joustus houses/Glidewing: Chester
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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
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