As the embodiment of opulence, I demand tribute!
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 10th of 2019, King Knight has a "playable boss campaign"[1] added in King of Cards.

Official BioEdit

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 VoteEdit


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!

Original Play Style IdeasEdit

  • 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.



Mother! Did you see me do it? I trounced them! Aren't you
proud of me?
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 lost at the end of King of Cards in exchange of the Pridemoor Keep's throne.

King PridemoorEdit

I'm King Knight! After I've won the Joustus Crown, you'll be visiting
castle instead.
When King Pridemoor first reached King Knight, he was very welcoming and nice to him. When King Knight discovered his mother was in love with him, his attitude towards Pridemoor quickly changed to hate.

Specter KnightEdit

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


Boss BattleEdit

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.

In Specter of TormentEdit

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.

As a playable characterEdit

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.


Shovel of HopeEdit

Before his boss 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:

Plague of ShadowsEdit

Before his boss 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!

Specter of TormentEdit

Before his boss 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 of Fate's banquet:

"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!

King of CardsEdit

At the Homestead:

My little prince! Do you return to save the day with the ingredients a requested?
"King Knight:
I am no prince, I am a king! And mother, kings have
who do their bidding for them!
"Mom: Oh, my precious love. Those are rats, not subjects..."
"King Knight: My rats are loyal to the last. They're my starter subjects! Part of my grand plan! I must acquire a Joustus deck and be declared King of Cards!
"Mom: Well.. You can't rule on an empty stomach. Please, my valiant knight, eat!"

Stage Introduction SplashesEdit

  • 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


  • 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.
  • Like the other Dig the Vote winners he has a Steam emoticon.
  • 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 Body Swap Mode, if King Knight's gender is changed to female, his name will be change to "Queen Knight". If changed to gender neutral, his name will change to "Monarch Knight".


See: King Knight/Gallery

References Edit

  1. ("Coming Soon" section)
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 Travellers: 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 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
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 Minion
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 GentLeoDollyMaidenToaderFishermanKnightsFarrelsHedge FarmerHedge Pupil
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 Travellers: Phantom StrikerBazPlague Knight (Percy) • Treasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
House of Joustus: RookieHoop KidPlaying KidGoaticianJuice MaidCroakerRuffianBlack KnightKnightsGathererGrizzled Seers
Cavern of Joustus: VisitorArmorerShovel SmithMole MinionBlorb/BlazorbToaderMona
Crag of Joustus: Old LadyLeoCogslotterHover MeanieCroakerToaderSpinwulvesYopplerOolongPlague Minion
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 AlchemeistersWhippiclesesPeacock GentTicketerCultured FellowsPatronsMagicistShovel Knight
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