My dear, perish the thought. My nobility can be a curse; while I'm a king, I desire most... to be a man.

King Pridemoor (commonly referred to as simply Pridemoor), known as Deposed King in Shovel Of Hope, is a recurring character in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. He is the rightful ruler of Pridemoor Keep, but was deposed by King Knight.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

In his normal appearance, the Deposed King has a Tudor-era beard and hairstyle. He wears gold colored clothes and a red and white monarch cape. He looks pitiful without his throne but joyful once regained. He also wears a large golden mechanical suit when battling in King of Cards.

Personality[edit | edit source]

As the first Joustus Judge, King Pridemoor is a shining example of Kingliness. A disciplined leader, strategist, and combatant, he’s also a formidable blacksmith.[1] He is also both an undefeated Joustus player and an expert in single combat. Yet, the king lost all composure after his defeat at the hands of King Knight.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

King Knight[edit | edit source]

King Knight sits on Pridemoor's throne? That
glided goon
, he'll get his soon!

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. After King Knight's betrayal at the end of the King of Cards campaign, Pridemoor now exhibits hate towards him.

Mom[edit | edit source]

What a splendid day! Fresh air, pleasant company... and passing time with my lovely friend.

Before King Knight even started his quest to become King of Cards, his mother was already an avid fan of King Pridemoor. After entering the Glidewing, they both quickly developed a love interest for each other and constantly exchanged flirting, what disgusted King Knight.

Story[edit | edit source]

In Shovel of Hope, the Deposed King can be found at the Juice Bar in the Village without his crown, crying over the loss of his kingdom to King Knight. When King Knight is defeated, he rejoices and is impatient to reunite with his two Griffoths. He is also quite amused by the Mobile Gear if Shovel Knight uses it in front of him. At the conclusion of the story, the Deposed King is back on the throne of Pridemoor Keep, wearing a crown and forcing King Knight to clean the throne room as punishment.

In Plague of Shadows, the Deposed King only appears at the end of the story, back on his throne with King Knight cleaning the floor. In this story however, the Deposed King jumps down his throne and honors Plague Knight for the defeat of the Enchantress, with Mona observing the ceremony. Plague Knight knocks over his crown by jumping up and down, but the king doesn't mind and keep on applauding him.

In the ending of Specter of Torment, King Knight is still sitting on the throne of Pridemoor while gold Wizzem turn the castle's walls into gold. The Deposed King is scrubbing the floors of the throne room with a broom, similar to the punishment he will inflict upon King Knight after the defeat of the Enchantress.

In King of Cards, King Pridemoor rules over Pridemoor Keep and presides over the Joustus tournament taking place all over the Valley. When King Knight barges into his throne room with the intent of physically beating rather than playing cards, King Pridemoor gladly approves. He then dons a large mechanical suit for the fight. After his defeat, King Pridemoor joins the Glidewing for the rest of King Knight's quest in winning the Joustus Crown.

Joustus Deck[edit | edit source]

Note: This is King Pridemoor's deck from Challenge Mode. He can't be challenged in the normal campaign.

RedCardPropellerRat.png RedCardPropellerRat.png RedCardBlitzsteed.png RedCardBlitzsteed.png
Propeller Rat Propeller Rat Blitzsteed Blitzsteed
RedCardBlorb.png RedCardBlorb.png RedCardBeeto.png RedCardBeeto.png
Blorb Blorb Beeto Beeto
RedCardDozedrake.png RedCardInvisishade.png RedCardZamby.png RedCardFleeto.png
Dozedrake Invisishade Zamby Fleeto
RedCardWizzem.png RedCardSuperSkeleton.png RedCardGriffoth.png RedCardGoldarmor.png
Wizzem Super Skeleton Griffoth Goldarmor

Dialogue[edit | edit source]


Before King Knight's defeat :"Deposed King: O,
woe is me
, the king of nothing! Naught to me but my lone barstool... King Knight sits on Pridemoor's throne? That
glided goon
, he'll get his soon!
After King Knight's defeat :"Deposed King: King Knight reigns no more?
Now I can rule Pridemoor!
I can't wait to greet ol' Plume and Beaky! They probably can't wait to see me!
Whenever using the Mobile Gear in the Juice Bar :"Deposed King:
Oh, ho ho!
What a delightful little moving stool that is! Wherever did you find it?

Before his battle :"King Pridemoor: Ah, a visitor. Wonderful! I trust you know me as King Pridemoor, and now I'm a Joustus Judge as well!"
"King Knight: I'm King Knight! After I've won the Joustus Crown, you'll be visiting
castle instead.
"King Pridemoor: It's good to see passion these days! But ruling requires patience, wisdom, and strategy, just like Joustus."
"King Knight:
That sounds plodding, boring and feeble. Forget cards! I need only to defeat you– So ready yourself.
"King Pridemoor: But..
I see! The rules only say "Defeat the Joustus Judges". Not actually having to play cards...
The letter of the law, if not the spirit. Well, then. I'll have you know, I was quite the warrior in my youth! If you're such a king, King Knight, then let's see your tactics!
Ready yourself, boy!
After defeating the Blubber Meanies in the Glidewing :"King Pridemoor: Oh no! An attack! This noble journey has reached its end!"
"Mom: Stay by my side, milord. We'll see our way out of this together."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While his original sprite model is simply named "King", his single color palette is titled "King Pridemoor".
  • His dialogue with King Knight in the first demo of King of Cards was changed. The previous version was:
"King Pridemoor: Oh, I wasn't expecting a visitor! Welcome... to Pridemoor Keep! What brings you here?"
"King Knight: I wish to rule a castle as grand as this one someday... Well, actually much grander than this!"
"King Pridemoor: You have much to learn before you can become a king! Let's test your tactics!"

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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
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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