Shortcut? is a safe area in the third quarter of the Valley. The area features only a catapult that will launch the player to the Village. It exists to let Shovel Knight get to the Village from the later quarters of the map faster.
In the Plague of Shadows campaign, the catapult at Shortcut? allows Plague Knight to re-enter the area behind the houses in the Armor Outpost.
- Shortcut? can be seen from the second quarter of the Valley but can only be accessed once the third quarter is unlocked.
- In the Sony, Xbox One and PC Versions of Shovel Knight, an Adventurer NPC will be present offering a hint about the whereabouts of the Curious Map.