Hover Meanies are minor enemies in Shovel Knight. They blow air to push their target, which do not deal damage themselves but will often cause them to fall into spikes or pits. They appear in the Flying Machine, Tower of Fate: Entrance, Tower of Fate: Ascent and the Mysterious Area.


Hover MeanieEdit


These are probably the most common enemies on the Flying Machine altogether, and are very frustrating to deal with near cannonballs and bottomless pits. Green Hover Meanies only blow Shovel Knight to one side except for the ones found in the Mysterious Area. They have only two hit points and after Propeller Knight's defeat one can be seen (that could possibly be green) by Creech's bar.

Hover Meanie (Blue)Edit

This other type of Hover Meanie look identical, but colored blue. They do not try to kill their target but instead help them cross a pit by creating an upward draft. They are more common in Specter of Torment but only appear in the Flying Machine and one of them will appear as a wandering NPC after Propeller Knight's defeat and another one is by Creech's bar.


Blue Hover Meanie after completing the Flying Machine:

"Hover Meanie: H-have you acquired the Hover Plume Curio? It's great if you're prone to-EEH! Falling in pits! Hee hee!"


  • The base color of the Hover Meanie sprite sheet is blue, although the green variant is more prominent in the campaigns and challenges.
  • The Joustus card portrait for Hover Meanies is present in the game's files since the release of Specter of Torment.


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