Power. Honor. The traits of a respectable warrior.

Phantom Striker is one of many warriors in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. He is also one of the Wandering Travellers. His character was created by Steven Ness as a Director for a Day.[1]

Official BioEdit

A lone warrior, Phantom Striker appears to those that he deems worthy of challenging him. Light on his feet and wielding a fencing foil, this enigmatic fighter also controls the power of lightning! Always in search of an honorable battle, Phantom Striker may reward those who fare well against his cyclonic charge.


Shovel of Hope and Plague of ShadowsEdit

In both Shovel of Hope and Plague of Shadows, Phantom Striker follows the progression of Shovel Knight and Plague Knight, but only appear on the map after clearing one of the main stages in the third quadrant. When encountered, the day sky turns to night and he appears in a lightning burst. He then challenges Shovel Knight and Plague Knight to a battle, once defeated, judges and rewards the knights' performance. He then leaves as he came, but says that he will continuing observing their journeys.

He reappears in both endings with the rest of the Wandering Travellers, facing Liquid Samurais in yet another battle.

Specter of TormentEdit

In Specter of Torment, Phantom Striker keeps the dead from rising out of their tombs in the Lich Yard. Specter Knight seeks him out as a recruit for the Order of No Quarter. Phantom Striker does not recognize the knight's worth and challenges to a battle. Once defeated, he prefers to flee than to kneel to the Enchantress, judging her unfit to rule the Valley. He leaves, promising that he will see to the Order's defeat.

Phantom Striker reappears in the ending, trying to stop the horde of the dead from attacking the village by the Lich Yard. After this, Specter Knight takes his position as guardian of the graveyard.

Dialogue Edit

Shovel of HopeEdit

Before his fight:

"Shovel Knight: What magic is this?"
"Phantom Striker: Power. Honor. The traits of a respectable warrior."
"Shovel Knight: Sir, I don’t believe we’ve met..."
"Phantom Striker: We meet today, on the field of battle. We have both defeated many knights, and traveled far. Today we fight."
"Shovel Knight: Stand aside! You and I have no reason to battle."
"Phantom Striker: Conflict is a reason unto itself, brave knight. Today, you will be tested. Are you ready? "

After the fight, if Shovel Knight's health is above half:

"Phantom Striker: Your skills are as vast as I thought! I shall follow your journey from the shadows. Farewell, Shovel Knight!"

After the fight, if Shovel Knight's health reached below half or he has used an Ichor of Renewal:

"Phantom Striker: Ha! I’ve been bested… but barely. You still need training to overcome what lies ahead. Farewell, Shovel Knight!"

Plague of ShadowsEdit

Before his fight:

"Phantom Striker: Ah. The alchemist. Tales of your exploits have reached far and wide."
"Plague Knight: Heh, hahaha, uh... really? And who are you?"
"Phantom Striker: An ... interested party. I seek only to find the bravest fighters, and test them."
"Plague Knight: What, by rubbing your shoes in the carpet and poking them? I’ve got places to be, haha! Zap!"
"Phantom Striker: Then prove your worth!"

After the fight, if Plague Knight's health is above half:

"Phantom Striker: I misjudged your ability. Your skill in dodging so many of my attacks is uncanny! You are surely capable of carrying out your quest! Take this reward, and farewell!"

After the fight, if Plague Knight's health reached below half:

"Phantom Striker: Ah... you see... book knowledge will never replace swordsmanship. Despite your sizable arsenal, I was still able to land many strikes. But one should never underestimate even the lowliest enemy. I shall leave you with that thought!"

And if Plague Knight drank any Health Tonic during the fight

"Phantom Striker: And your reliance on tonics has no place in a proper duel!"

After Phantom Striker leaves:

"Plague Knight: (Hahaha, I wonder if people can tell when I roll my eyes under this mask...)"

Specter of TormentEdit

Before his fight:

"Specter Knight: A surprise attack...? Hardly befitting the honorable warrior I had hoped to meet."
"Phantom Striker: Ah, the wraith yet speaks of honor, having surrendered his serve as an errand boy."
"Specter Knight: Hss..I merely invite you to continue your trials, at the behest of The Enchantress. Her power is unmatched!"
"Phantom Striker: And she expects this empty, broken husk to intimidate me? Your power is untrue, but mine comes from within. Let me demonstrate!"

After the fight:

"Phantom Striker: *pant* You may match me in battle, but you and your cohorts are unfit to rule this land. Your days are numbered, wretch; I will roam free and see your kind vanquished to the last."


  • His sprite model is named "Bolt".
  • Depending on how well the player battled him, Phantom Striker will have different dialogue at the end of the battle and reward Shovel Knight or Plague Knight differently: If their health goes below half of its amount or if they heal, Phantom Striker will leave behind ten gems with a value of one piece of gold each. But if they defeat him without losing half of their health or healing, Phantom Striker will leave a reward of ten gems each with a value of 200 pieces of gold for a total of 2000 gold.
  • Phantom Striker, Propeller Knight and Mr. Hat are the only main characters in Shovel Knight to use a sword as a weapon.
    • As such, Propeller Knight and Phantom Striker's swords are both of French origin with Phantom Striker's being a fleuret and Propeller Knight's being a rapier.
  • Phantom Striker's dialogue ends with praise even if Plague Knight uses the Leech Liquid.
  • He is the boss of the Lich Yard in Specter of Torment and was potentially a candidate for the Order of No Quarter, but he denied the offer.
  • The developers designed a Body Swap version for Phantom Striker, although only the main cast of Shovel of Hope had one added to the campaign.



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Shovel of Hope Characters
Main Characters: Shovel KnightShield KnightBlack KnightEnchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travellers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: KratosBattletoadsMadame Meeber
Village: FarrelsBardMollyGoaticianGoatarmorerGastronomerMagicistJuice MaidDancerDeposed KingGrandma SwampMonaCroakerChesterTroupple AcolyteHoop KidPlaying KidHedge FarmerWater CarrierGrizzled SeerKnightsLady KnightsAdventurersFishermenBag FellowsMaidensDeer LadiesGatherersVillagers
Armor Outpost: WallaceToaderMary SweetsLeoPeacock GentDollyArmorerShovel SmithYopplerAirship EnthusiastScholar????
Hall of Champions: TicketerCultured FellowPatron
Streetpass Arena: Passmaster
Other Characters: Troupple KingTroupplesRooster GentTeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe AlchemeisterThe Big CreepRemnant of Fate
Plague of Shadows Characters
Main Characters: Plague KnightMonaBlack KnightShovel KnightEnchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travellers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madame Meeber
Team Plague: MagicistHedge PupilMail MinionPercyOolongPlague Minions
Armor Outpost: ChesterTroupple AcolyteAirship Enthusiast
Hall of Champions: Head GuardCultured FellowPatron
Other Characters: Troupple KingTroupplesTeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe AlchemeisterPlague of ShadowsCorrupted Essence
Specter of Torment Characters
Main Characters: Specter KnightShield KnightLuanReizeDark ReizeBlack KnightEnchantress
Order Recruits: King KnightPhantom StrikerPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
Guest Characters: Madame Meeber
Tower of Fate: RedMannyMissyDark AcolyteCreechLegionScrying GlassMemmecDragonarmorEdge FarmerHoraceScarletDancerGallWizzemsBoneclangsGoldarmorsLiquid SamuraiHover MeanieHoverhaftHoppiclesBirderSuper SkeletonGhostTundreadRail RaidersPlague MinionsGulper MageCogslotter
Other Characters: BazTerrorpinTeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe AlchemeisterHurlsvelgrNightmare Reize
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