Knight's Code, first vow: Always help a person in need!

Reize is one of the Wandering Travellers encountered throughout Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Reize was designed by Danny D. Henderson, aka Seizui, as a Director for a Day.[1]

Official Bio[edit | edit source]

A group of evil knights is terrorizing the countryside? Reize Seatlan is on the scene! This plucky young adventurer travels the land, helping people in need and following his own invented Knight’s Vows. But which of these knights are good, and which ones are bad? Reize is a bit naive but always well-intentioned. How will his twin crystal boomerangs fare against a Shovel Blade?

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Hedge Farmer[edit | edit source]

Uncle told me to be humble in victory, but it
sure is hard
after beating you up so badly!

Reize's "uncle", the Hedge Farmer, seemingly raised him teaching various lessons, like "being humble in victory" (as evidenced by a victory quote in Shovel Knight Showdown) and tricks (Like Reize's "Hedgespin" also in Showdown), and Reize seems to remember and follow all of it.

The Baz[edit | edit source]

Are you for real, mister? Those spikes, the cool armor... Wow, is that a whip!? And you even got a belt with your name on it?! The Baz... I knew it! You must be a noble warrior!

Reize first meets Baz during Shovel Knight Showdown, where he is Baz's student for training and learning battle techniques. At the end, Baz says that they need to fight each other to be able to escape and that he already taught him everything. After that, they meet again in Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope at the Mysterious Area, where Reize once again asks to be his student. During the ending of said game, they are also together alongside other Wandering Travellers fighting Liquid Samurai.

Story[edit | edit source]

Shovel of Hope[edit | edit source]

Reize appears an optional encounter in which he mistakes Shovel Knight for an enemy and fights him. When defeated he refuses to give in to fear and demands Shovel Knight strike him down. When Shovel Knight explains he is not a villainous knight, Reize is somewhat embarrassed and leaves Shovel Knight with some gold and a music sheet.

In the Xbox One and PC versions he can be found in the Mysterious Area in which he expresses an admiration of Baz and asks to be his student.

During the credits, Reize is seen working together with the other Wandering Travellers to fight some Liquid Samurais.

Plague of Shadows[edit | edit source]

In the expansion, Plague Knight can encounter Reize as an optional Boss, much like with Shovel Knight. Reize will then ask Plague Knight to help him with his Alchemy in order to make his crush fall in love with him via a love potion.

Specter of Torment[edit | edit source]

Specter Knight encounters Reize after visiting three recruits for the Order of No Quarter. Reize invades the Tower of Fate when the players go to the Magic Mirror room. The Enchantress appears and then shoots magic at him, corrupting him into Dark Reize, who then fights Specter Knight to test his newfound powers. After the fight, Reize becomes the guard of the Magic Mirror.

After recruiting all of the knights and fighting Black Knight once again, Specter Knight fights The Enchantress. After defeating her, The Enchantress summons Dark Reize, transforming him into his "true form" as the final boss of the campaign. Specter Knight fights and manages to defeat him, but when The Enchantress attempts to take control of Reize once more in order to have him be the final member of the Order of No Quarter, Specter Knight prevents her from doing so, using his Keepsake Locket to turn Reize back to normal but relinquishing his own freedom in the process. He then carries Reize to safety to the house of Hedge Farmer and Hedge Pupil in the Village.[2] In the final flashback, it is revealed that Reize is the son of Specter Knight's former partner Luan.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Shovel of Hope[edit | edit source]

Before his fight:

"Reize: North from Pridemoor, west at the fork... Oh bother, I must have passed it already..."
"Shovel Knight: Well met, traveler!"
can help me! I think I got lost, I was trying to-- Waaaaait a second! You're the knight with a shovel!
"Shovel Knight: Indeed, I am th--"
"Reize: The knight with a shovel who has been...
Menacing the village!
"Shovel Knight: I... I assure you, I have done no such--"
"Reize: You gonna use that shovel to
bury innocent people
? Your reign of terror ends here!

After the fight:

"Reize: Do your worst, villain, strike me down!"
"Shovel Knight: I'm no villain! We're fighting a common enemy!"
"Reize: We... we are? Wh-why didn't you say so? Wow, I feel like a fool now."
"Shovel Knight: Think nothing of it, friend. Knights are strongest when they work together!"
"Reize: Yeah! Knight's Code, first vow: Always help a person in need! Knock 'em down, Shovel Knight!"

At the Mysterious Area:

"Reize: I already think you're the greatest, Baz! Will you be my teacher?"

Plague of Shadows[edit | edit source]

Before his fight:

"Plague Knight: ..."
I thought I heard someone. Hey, you! With the bird mask! I know
about you... You're a legendary alchemist! I'm a hero too, I'll have you know. A hero in training, of course!
"Plague Knight: ..."
"Reize: You look like someone I can trust, so I'll let you in on a huge secret: I have a crush on a girl!"
"Plague Knight: ..."
"Reize: You know how to brew love potions, right? How about this! If I can beat you in a friendly sparring match...."
"Plague Knight: I don't have time to play around with you, kid!"
"Reize: Oh come on, ya big
stick in the mud!
If you win, I'll... tell you my funniest joke!

After the fight:

"Reize: Well, you beat me fair and square! Guess I'm gonna have to woo my beloved the
way! Ah, win some, lose some. Well, whatever... it's
tellin' a joke time!
How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? ... Ten tickles!
"Plague Knight: Ten... Ten tickles......
Ten tickles!
Oh, how devious! Hee hee!
"Reize: Yeah!!!!! It's a Reize original. Just remember - knight's code, fifty-fifth vow: mirth makes worth!"

Specter of Torment[edit | edit source]

After completing four stages:

"Reize: Stop right there! Reize is here to save the day!"
"Specter Knight: ........ Reize?"
"Reize: The one and only! Uncle said there's evil stuff going on in here. And when evil's afoot, Reize is on the rise!"
"Specter Knight: Childish...You don't belong in this place... Run along, before you get hurt!"
"The Enchantress: Who dares to intrude on my tower?"
"Reize: Hey lady! My name's Reize. Are you up here to help me beat these guys up?"
"The Enchantress: Oh..
Ho ho ho ho
. Looking for an apprentice of your own, Specter Knight?
"Specter Knight: He's nobody! Just a naive kid. Let him be... I'll escort him out myself."
"The Enchantress: A
, you say? Well that just won't do. Let's make something of him, shall we?
"Reize: What? What are you doing to me?! The darkness...
It hurts
!! Stop!
"Reize: So.. potent... Ha ha ha!! Now
is the kind of feeling I could get used to! Put 'em up, skinny. Why don't we take my new powers for a spin?

After Specter Knight relinquishes his humanity:

"The Enchantress:
Reize has played his part well. With the power of the locket squandered on this whelp, your life is forfeit...
Now, you belong to me!
"The Enchantress: Henceforth and forever you will serve me in the Lich Yard! A fitting post, don't you think?
Ha ha ha!
"Specter Knight: ..."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It's pronounced "Reez". Rhymes with "cheese".
  • Reize appeared in other works since Sezui created him in 2001.
    • He first appeared in another indie title called Valdis Story.
    • He made a cameo in the comic Hero Party.[3]
    • He makes a cameo in Indivisible, where he asks the party if they have seen Shovel Knight anywhere.
    • He also makes a cameo in another indie game titled CrossCode.[4]
  • His integration to the narrative of Specter of Torment is however entirely Yacht Club Games' work.[5]
  • Reize's last name "Seatlan" was only mentioned when his character was first introduced to Shovel Knight on the game's Kickstarter.
  • Reize seemingly has poor judgement or bad luck with information; he mistakes Shovel Knight for a villain and, contrarily, Plague Knight for a hero. This causes him some trouble in Specter of Torment, when he breaks into the Tower of Fate and mistakes the Enchantress for an ally when she appears, getting corrupted against his will as a result.
  • Reize has an altered portrait for the Japanese version of the game.
  • The developers designed a Body Swap version for Reize, although only the main cast of Shovel of Hope had one added to the campaign.
  • When Reize first meets Shovel Knight, he mentions hearing of a villainous 'knight with a shovel'. It's possible that he mistook Shovel Knight for Black Knight, who is very similar, but less lawful. He also may have mistaken him Polar Knight, one of the knights of the Order of No Quarter who also wields a shovel.
  • Reize is the only Wandering Traveller who is not physically present in all of the campaigns. Specifically, he is absent in King of Cards, with his only appearance being a Joustus card.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Update: Almost there! and Director for a Day reveals! on the Kickstarter pages of Shovel Knight
  2. AMA Reddit post
  3. Hero Party Comic on Kickstarter
  4. Twitter post of the developer adding Reize's portrait and sprites.
  5. Twitter post by Reize Seatlan's creator, Sezui
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
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