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As the embodiment of opulence, I demand tribute!

King Knight, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

King Knight is one of eight Knights of the Order of No Quarter who serves The Enchantress. He rules over Pridemoor Keep. Similarly to the other playable campaigns for Plague Knight and Specter Knight, as of December 10, 2019, King Knight has a "playable boss campaign"[1] added in King of Cards.

Official Bio[]

King Knight isn’t a king, he is a king-themed knight. But that doesn’t stop him from making decrees! As the lord defender of Pridemoor Keep, he commands a formidable army of minions. Experienced with repelling invaders who dare try topple his malevolent monarchy, King Knight is a master of single combat. And because he’s dressed to the nines at almost all times, he’s always ready for a brutal coronation!
  • Pros: Commanding presence, charismatic, snappy dresser
  • Cons: Not actually a king

Dig the Vote[]


King Knight is an overconfident coward that relies on trickery and minions to do his dirty work. As such, his campaign will be full of self aggrandizing and humor!

Play Style Ideas[]

  • Build meter with a Kingly Strut, and spend meter for special moves
  • Cutting dash attack can propel King Knight across large gaps.
  • Cape Flip Reflect – Projectiles are not a problem!
  • Royal Decree – Spend money to issue royal decrees and cheat on the level.

Poll Results[]

King Knight became one of the winners of the Dig the Vote selection, taking 3rd place with an average score of 6.02 (compared to Plague Knight's 6.49 score, who took 2nd place, and Specter Knight's 6.51 score, which earned him 1st place).[2] The proposed story tone was preserved when it came time to develop his campaign, while on the gameplay side, most of the proposed ideas were actually implemented in some form, after being reworked and rebalanced, with the Kingly Strut being replaced by the Shoulder Bash.



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King Knight embodies numerous negative attributes, including, but not limited to, selfishness, greed, narcissism, dishonesty, arrogance, and rudeness. He typically speaks his mind bluntly and directly. Reflecting his impatience and brashness, he charges through various situations with the brute force of his iconic Shoulder Bash. Other than his mom, he views all others as lowly in comparison to himself, often belittling them.

Despite his unfavorable qualities, others gather around him during King of Cards due his charismatic nature and strong capabilities as contender for the Joustus Crown. He values opulence and is obsessed with maintaining kinglihood, giving little to no regard to those he uses as tools to achieve his desires.



Mother! Did you see me do it? I trounced them! Aren't you
proud of me?

King Knight, Shovel Knight Showdown

King Knight's mom is very caring and spoiling to King Knight. She constantly treats her son like a child, calling him her "pumpkin-pauldron prince" and so on. Although he acts like he dislikes the attention, deep down he seeks her approval, which he loses at the end of King of Cards in exchange of the Pridemoor Keep's throne.

King Pridemoor[]

I'm King Knight! After I've won the Joustus Crown, you'll be visiting
castle instead.

King Knight, Shovel Knight: King of Cards

When King Knight first meets the 1st Joustus Judge, King Pridemoor, the latter is cordial and welcoming to his less regal companion, sharing his royal wisdom and his knowledge on the second, as well as offering armor on the Glidewing. However, when King Knight discovers his mother is in love with Pridemoor, his attitude towards him quickly changes to a hatred rivaling his desire for the Joustus Crown.

Specter Knight[]

Ah, it's that deathly-pale card courier from the Plains. Fetch me a drink, or clear my path!

King Knight, Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Specter Knight has a hatred towards King Knight due to him being a "fool" and "a child, in the guise of a monarch". Every dialogue exchange between them has King Knight taunting on Specter Knight, calling him names such as "loyal lapdog" or "mangy beggar", showing their rivalry and antipathy for each other.


King of the Cards[]

King of Cards#Plot

Specter of Torment[]

Specter Knight comes looking for King Knight, who is already part of the Order of No Quarter, to get him back on schedule. King Knight declares he is not a fan of work, but that doesn't mean he is afraid to get his hands dirty, before battling Specter Knight. After the monarch's defeat at the hands of Specter Knight, he gathers together with the newly-recruited members of the Order of No Quarter to bow before The Enchantress. He uses some of The Enchantress's forces to make improvements to the castle.



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Shovel of Hope[]

Shovel Knight comes into King Knight's throne room and defeats him in combat. King Knight is defeated a second time at the Tower of Fate's banquet, along with the other knights of the Order. With the defeat of The Enchantress, King Pridemoor returns to reside on the throne while King Knight is forced to clean the floors.

Plague of Shadows[]


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Pocket Dungeon[]

At some point during the events of Shovel of Hope and Plague of Shadows, King Knight ended up, alongside his fellow Order of No Quarter members and many others, being trapped inside the Pocket Dungeon, a legendary magical puzzle box which nobody had ever solved before. His presence inside the puzzle box shaped its landscapes, adding a carbon copy of Pridemoor Keep to the dungeon.

Eventually, King Knight meets the other prisoners, and after a brief fight, joins them in their united efforts to escape the trap box. They eventually succeed in doing so after visiting all four of the Shrines and defeating the true mastermind behind the whole kidnapping scheme, which turns out to be The Enchantress herself, up to another of her plans for total domination of the Valley.

Upon escaping, a brief truce is established between all prisoners, and the group celebrates their freedom, with King Knight being seen ending up penniless due to Glitzem. He later enjoys a drink with Propeller Knight.


Shovel of Hope and Plague of Shadows[]

As one of the first members of The Order the player can face, King Knight is a fairly simple boss. He moves slowly and in a flashy prideful manner befitting of his personality. His main method of attack is to hop around the stage before executing a paralyzing stomp (if the player is on the ground, they will be stunned for a short time). Should the player fall prey to his attack, King Knight will slowly walk over to them and then strike with his scepter.

King Knight also uses a slashing charge which makes him quickly move in a straight line through the screen. After depleting approximately half his health, he will move into a corner and two horns will launch confetti into the air. While this is a good time to deal damage to him, the confetti will inflict damage to the player as it falls slowly to the ground.

Specter of Torment[]

King Knight's stomp will change the floor levels so that the ground is no longer flat with some of the flooring being replaced with pits. He may also move in the air with help of Propeller Rats, leaving him briefly vulnerable, but also moving away from Specter Knight's reach.

His confetti is replaced with playing cards that can be Dash Slashed, each moving in a direction indicated by a corresponding arrow beside each card. He usually uses the Propeller Rats when the player knocks him into a pit he created, but he will also drop cards below him at both sides while hanging onto the rats.


King of Cards[]

Similarly to Plague Knight in Plague of Shadows and Specter Knight in Specter of Torment, King Knight receives a new sprite set in King of Cards that makes him slightly smaller (almost the same size of Shovel Knight) and with unique animations for walking, jumping, climbing, among others.

King Knight can attack by dashing toward enemies with a move called the Shoulder Bash, which he can execute also while airborne. Hitting an enemy, a rough wall, or any object this way will send him into a twirl in which he can bounce off enemies and destroy Dirt Blocks like the Shovel Drop. Should he bounce off enemies or other objects, he can use his Shoulder Bash again, allowing the player to infinitely keep King Knight airborne as long he can continuing to bounce off obstacles; most of King of Cards platform sections revolve around this mechanic.

His life meter is in the form of red hearts. He can also pick up hearts when damaging enemies, which recover health. He uses his own form of Relics, called Heirlooms. King Knight's magic, called Vigor, is numerical as opposed to a meter. He can also find and later buy special items called Decrees, which temporarily summons special minions to aid King Knight.

Much like the other playable characters, King Knight can also buy different armors that improves his abilities, as well purchase upgrades for his Shoulder Bash.

Pocket Dungeon[]

King Knight's main ability is once again his Shoulder Bash, which he can use to deal extra damage, with extra recoil damage for himself, or as a makeshift dash. His Refract Ability, Joustus Judge allows him to instead collect Joustus cards from defeated chains, major enemies, and bosses. When used, these cards deal damage or have other effects, depending on what they depict.


Treasure Trove[]

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Before his fight "King Knight: An interloper is in our midst! Begone from our throne room, knave!"
"Shovel Knight: I'm no more an intruder than you! You aren't even a real king"
"King Knight: Oh, but you're mistaken. The Enchantress saw me for my fabulously regal self, and now all bow before me!"
"Shovel Knight: You're naught but a decadent dandy!
Prepare to taste justice!
Shovel justice!
"King Knight:

Before his fight "King Knight: Plague Knight!? You double-crossing constable of crucibles!"
"Plague Knight: Hee hee hee! Having fun in your little kingdom? Oh, ha ha ha, sorry, I meant
"King Knight: Oh, this lavish lifestyle is in my blood, peon! Bask in the glimmering grace... of a true monarch! As the embodiment of opulence, I demand tribute!"
"Plague Knight:
, let's have that essence. I think I'll take that nice crown, too!

Before his fight "King Knight: Oh, look, it's the loyal lapdog. Here to do your master's bidding,
? Chasing your tail around the valley must be tiring. In fact, you look like death!
Ha ha!
"Specter Knight: As our leader suspected, you dawdle and play at nobility. I've been tasked with setting you back on schedule."
"King Knight: What should I do, grab a shovel and start digging? Just thinking about it makes my flawless face flush! Working is for commoners! But I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.
At the Tower's dining hall "King Knight: Ah, look, the sniveling servant, here to wait on me. Hey, you! Servant! Yes, you! More chickens at once!
Ha ha ha! Glamourous!

Entering the the Big Creep's room in the Eerie Manor "King Knight: Is this... Pridemoor Keep? If so, it's even more shamefully squalid than I'd imagined!"
Post-credits scene "King Knight: Finally, after
all my trials,
everything is as it ought to be. No fish, chickens, or musicians to bother me!
My boots are clean of troupple spit, and I've rid my kingdom of every blasted Joustus card!
Best of all, my castle is a gleaming shrine of golden opulence. A worthy monument to my grandeur!
At long last, I can settle into my throne, and bask in my own perfection.
Now I'll be King...

Third fight in Goldarmor's story mode "Goldarmor: King Knight? Your majesty!"
"King Knight: Oh, it's just another Goldarmor! Make yourself useful and find us a way out of here, eh?"
"Goldarmor: B-But, I was... going to ask you if you knew a way out! Perhaps we can work together?"
"King Knight: Work? Me? ... With you? Oh, that wouldn't do at all. Can't be fraternizing with the help, now.
But you
toil in my service, and get us out of here, like a good minion.
"Goldarmor: ...
...Yes, sir!
Ninth fight in Goldarmor's story mode "King Knight: Curses! The infernal mirror lies just round the corner, and we still haven't cracked its secret!
You there, Goldarmor! Yes you, you duck-faced dunce! Get over here and do something useful for a change!
"Goldarmor: ......
For once, I'm going to stand up to you! Your tyrannical reign has come to an end!
"King Knight:
Oh! Don't tear my cape! Leave me be!
"Goldarmor: I am Goldarmor, and as of this day, I am lord of my own domain!"
Victory speeches "King Knight: Hear ye, hear ye!
is coming through! Scurry away now, or be trodden underfoot!
"King Knight: Long live
None shall ever usurp the throne of King Knight!
"King Knight:
Commoners have soiled my cape! Servants, launder this at once!
"King Knight: Mother! Did you see me do it? I trounced them! Aren't you
proud of me?


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Random lines before his fight "King Knight: A-ha! I knew I recognized the
sound of a commoner’s walk. Bow before your king!
"King Knight: You're
subject, so that means you owe me tribute. How about I take it out of your hide?
"King Knight: Mother warned me about strangers. But she didn't warn them about
First time talked to at the camp "King Knight: Pocket Dungeon Master? I like the sound of that, I'll add it to my
list of titles.
Talked to again at the camp "King Knight: So many subjects, and a new kingdom to rule! My golden reign begins!"

Talked to at Castle Quandary "King Knight: I'm on top of the world! How fitting that a monarch like myself should have a castle in the clouds!"
After his statue is achieved "King Knight: Have you seen
statue? It's a true masterpiece, just like gazing in the mirror!

Stage Introduction Splashes[]

  • Ready?
  • Let's Get Royal
  • A Battle Royale
  • Reign of Decadence
  • Gold and Glory
  • For Royalty
  • Make Way
  • Shine Your Crown
  • Do Your Best
  • Hear Ye, Hear Ye


  • Like the other Dig the Vote winners, he has a Steam emoticon.
  • In Shovel of Hope, after the player defeats The Order of No Quarter again in the Tower of Fate and rescues them, if the player has Ornate Plate equipped, King Knight will mention how Shovel Knight has "picked up" his style if spoken to.
  • In Body Swap Mode, if King Knight's gender is changed to female, their name will be change to "Queen Knight". If changed to gender neutral, their name will change to "Monarch Knight".
  • King Knight's crown is not made of real gold, as discovered by Plague Knight after defeating him in Plague of Shadows. This is likely a reference to the story of Archimedes, a scientist who was tasked with determining whether or not the King's crown was made entirely of gold, or if the King had been tricked. Archimedes determines at the end of the story that the crown was mostly not made from gold.
  • King Knight's punishment after the defeat of The Enchantress in the first two campaigns is a reference to the ending cutscene of the infamous CD-i game Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. In that game, felon Duke Onkled betrayed his cousin, King Harkinian, for power and is forced to "scrub all the floors in Hyrule" as punishment.
  • In King of Cards, it is implied that he likes dogs during the chat he has with Polar Knight before his boss fight and when beating the Spinwulves in Joustus.
  • King Knight is the only playable character without a secret Armor or costume obtainable normally in-game. However, on a New Game Plus file, if King Knight collects the maximum amount of Gold (99,999), his equipped armor visually changes to a brightened, shiny gold skin while still maintaining the equipped armor's abilities. Losing any gold will take this effect away.


Language Name Meaning
English King Knight -
French King Knight -
Italian King Knight -
German King Knight -
Spanish King Knight -
Japanese キングナイト
kingu naito
King Knight
Russian Король-рыцарь
King knight
Brazilian-Portuguese King Knight -
Korean 제왕 기사
jewang gisa
King Knight
Simplified Chinese 国王骑士
guówáng qíshì
King Knight
Traditional Chinese 國王騎士
guówáng qíshì
King Knight


See: King Knight/Gallery


Shovel of Hope Characters
Main Characters: Shovel KnightShield KnightBlack KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travelers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: KratosBattletoadsMadam MeeberPassmaster
Village: FarrelsBardMollyGoaticianGoatarmorerGastronomerMagicistJuice MaidDancerDeposed KingGrandma SwampMonaCroakerChesterTroupple AcolyteHoop KidPlaying KidHedge FarmerWater CarrierGrizzled Seer
Armor Outpost: WallaceToaderFishermanMary SweetsLeoPeacock GentDollyArmorerShovel SmithYopplerAirship EnthusiastScholarFish Head
Wandering NPCs: KnightsLady KnightsAdventurersFishermenBag FellowsMaidensDeer LadiesGatherersVillagers
Relic Stages NPCs: VillagerAdventurerGrizzled Seer
Hall of Champions: TicketerCultured FellowPatronThe Big Creep
Troupple Pond and sparkling pits: Troupple KingTroupples
Mini-Bosses: TeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe Alchemeister
Final Boss: Remnant of Fate
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 Travelers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madam Meeber
Village: Farrels
Team Plague: MagicistHedge PupilMail Minion (Grandma Swamp) • OolongPlague 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
Specter of Torment Characters
Main Characters: Specter KnightShield KnightLuanReizeDark ReizeBlack Knight (Terrorpin) • The Enchantress
Order Recruits: King KnightPhantom StrikerPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
Guest Characters: Madam Meeber
Tower of Fate: RedMannyMissyDark AcolyteCreechLegionScrying GlassMemmecDragon Goldarmor'Edge FarmerHoraceScarletDancerGallBazBoneclangGoldarmorBirderRail RiderPlague MinionSpecter Knight impersonator
Wandering Minions: WizzemsBoneclangsGoldarmorsLiquid SamuraisHoppiclesesPlague MinionsHover MeanieHoverhaftGhostTundreadRail RiderGulper MageCogslotter
The Lich Yard: Super Skeleton
Mini-Bosses: TeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe AlchemeisterHurlsvelgr
Final Boss: Nightmare Reize
Ending Only NPCs: Deposed KingTroupple KingVillagerGrizzled SeerPatronLady KnightAirship EnthusiastMonaMr. HatPeacock GentLeoDollyMaidenToaderFishermanWallaceKnightsFarrelsHedge FarmerHedge Pupil
Beeto's Big Break: Adventurer
King of Cards Characters
Main Characters: King KnightMomKing PridemoorTroupple KingKing BirderSpecter KnightThe Enchantress
Glidewing: DoeCooperBardCardiaGouacheHengineerLedge FarmerVicar of VigorGrandma Swamp
Glidewing Recruits: Hedge PupilDuelist DiTraitorusSkipBartonTroupple AcolytesTMK-500Mr. Hat
The Wandering Travelers: Phantom StrikerBazPlague Knight (Percy) • Treasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
House of Joustus: RookieHoop KidPlaying KidGoaticianJuice MaidCroakerRuffianBlack Knight (Terrorpin) • KnightsGathererGrizzled Seers
Cavern of Joustus: VisitorCloaked Figure (Wandering) • ArmorerShovel SmithMole MinionBlorb/BlazorbToaderMona
Crag of Joustus: Old LadyLeoCogslotterHover MeanieCroakerToaderSpinwulvesYopplerOolongPlague MinionCloaked Figure (Wandering)
Tower of Joustus: MissyLiquid SamuraiWizzemRedHorace
Joustus houses/Glidewing: Chester
Wandering NPCs: Old LadiesCard PlayersBag FellowsVisitorsRookiesAdventurersGamblersLady KnightsPlague MinionsLunksWizzemsHoppiclesesCogslottersHover MeaniesTundreadsHoverhaftsRail RidersGhostsGoldarmorsGulper MagesBoneclangsLiquid Samurais
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
Background/Ending Only NPCs: The AlchemeisterWhippiclesesPeacock GentTicketerCultured FellowsPatronsMagicistShovel Knight
Showdown Characters
Playable Characters: Shovel Knight (Fish Head) • Shield KnightBlack KnightThe EnchantressPlague KnightSpecter Knight (Donovan) • King KnightTinker KnightMole KnightTreasure KnightPolar KnightPropeller KnightReizeBazPhantom StrikerMr. HatMonaDark ReizeLiquid SamuraiGoldarmor (Dragon Goldarmor) • Random Knight
Chester's Choice: Chester
Glidewing Crew: CooperBardDoeHengineerVicar of VigorMomKing PridemoorTroupple AcolyteHedge PupilDuelist DiTraitorusBartonSkipTroupple MissionaryTMK-500
Village - Town Center: Water CarrierFarrelsYoppler
Village - House of Joustus: Lady KnightsLunksOld LadiesAdventurersGamblersCard PlayersRookiesVisitors
Troupple Grotto - Royal Pond: Troupple KingTroupples
Troupple Grotto - Axolongl Cave: Axolongls
Tower of Fate - Mirror Chamber: Dark AcolyteMissyRedMannyHorace
Colosseum - Percy's Targets: PercyBeetos
Final Boss: Mirror of Fate
Pocket Dungeon Characters
Main Characters: Shovel KnightPuzzle KnightChesterPrism KnightCloaked Figure (The Enchantress)
Playable Characters: Shovel KnightKing KnightSpecter KnightPlague KnightMole KnightTreasure KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller KnightScrap KnightPrism KnightPuzzle KnightBlack Knight (Terrorpin) • Shield KnightMonaRandom KnightShuffle KnightQuandary SageSpinwulfChesterThe EnchantressSchmutz
Bosses: King KnightSpecter KnightPlague KnightTreasure KnightTinker KnightMole KnightPropeller KnightPolar KnightPrism KnightScrap KnightPuzzle KnightThe EnchantressBlack KnightShovel KnightMr. HatShrinemaster
Camp: MyriadTippKeeBohto WagonPlague MinionTiefPercyHedge FarmerFleetoBricks
Castle Quandary: Adult BeanMyriadMr. HatBeeftoQuandary SageSledge FarmerTipp
Side-rooms NPCs: Troupple KingGlitzemShrinemasterHedge Farmer (one-time only) • Beefto
Final Boss: The Master Mind