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|Shovel Knight: King of Cards|
|Developer(s)||Yacht Club Games|
|Publisher(s)||Yacht Club Games|
|Platform(s)||Windows 10, Mac, Linux/Steam OS, Wii U, 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV|
|Release date(s)||December 10, 2019|
|“||Match brains and brawns in this regal prequel!||”|
Shovel Knight: King of Cards is the fourth campaign of Shovel Knight, featuring King Knight. Like the other campaigns, it is available for free to owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. It is a prequel that tells the tale of how King Knight ascended to the throne and joined The Order of No Quarter. It was released alongside Shovel Knight Showdown on the 10th of December 2019.
|“|| Long ago, the lands were untamed, and roamed by legendary adventurers! By all appearances, peace has flourished, and carefree new pastimes have taken hold.
A card game called Joustus has swept the land, and with it, word of a grand tournament. Presiding over the contest are three Joustus Judges. These wise kings have been chosen to spread joy and unity.
This contest is of great interest to King Knight. For though some call him a fool who merely plays at king, even fools know this: whoever defeats all three Joustus Judges will win an incredible treasure, and be crowned King of Cards!
Competing for the Joustus Crown is no simple matter, but King Knight schemes, undeterred, toward a kingdom of his own.
Major Differences from Shovel of HopeEdit
- King Knight can attack by dashing toward enemies with a move called the Shoulder Bash; he can dash in the air as well. Hitting an enemy, a rough wall, or any object this way will send him into a twirl.
- Shoulder Bashing twice will cancel the bash into a roll.
- Many more Characters have a dialogue portrait.
- An optional card battle mini-game named Joustus, featuring 135 cards of characters and enemies, can be played.
- New areas known as Houses of Joustus can be accessed - each world contains one House of Joustus.
- King Knight can buy Royal Decrees, single-use items that help King Knight get through a level in various ways.
- King Knight loses one full heart per hit as opposed to Shovel Knight, Plague Knight, and Specter Knight only losing half a heart per hit (unless playing in New Game+).
- However, enemies when damaged sometimes drop heart-shaped collectibles which recover one heart when King Knight collects them, making it easier to regain health.
- King Knight's health meter consists of heart-shaped icons instead of bubbles.
- King Knight uses his own form of Relics, this time called Heirlooms. Like Shovel Knight and Donovan, King Knight's magic (called Vigor) is numerical as opposed to a meter.
- Most Heirlooms are acquired in Heirloom courses found all over the world map.
- Like Specter of Torment and Plague of Shadows, this one features a unique kind of currency called Merit Medals (formerly Crown Coins).
- Like Specter of Torment, this campaign features new stages - over 30 in this case, divided between 4 worlds - as well as new enemies and new bosses.
- Some stages contain secret exits that, when used, open up new routes and unlock access to new levels.
- King Knight's base of operations is the Glidewing, which can be accessed anytime on the world map.
- Unlike previous campaigns, most main stages don't end with a boss.
- Instead of focusing on defeating eight main bosses like the other three campaigns, this campaign is structured around progressing through four different worlds to get to the main boss of each world.
- The other seven Order of No Quarter knights are encountered as Wandering Travelers.
- Specter Knight also serves as the boss of one of the game's first stages.
Plot of King of CardsEdit
"Long ago, the lands were untamed, and roamed by legendary adventurers! By all appearances, peace has flourished, and carefree new pastimes have taken hold. A card game called Joustus has swept the land, and with it, word of a grand tournament. Presiding over the contest are three Joustus Judges. These wise kings have been chosen to spread joy and unity. This contest is of great interest to King Knight. For though some call him a fool who merely plays at king, even fools know this: whoever defeats all three Joustus Judges will win an incredible treasure, and be crowned King of Cards! Competing for the Joustus Crown is no simple matter, but King Knight schemes, undeterred, toward a kingdom of his own."
The Homestead Edit
While stumbling through the plains King Knight stumbles upon his Mom's house. While his mother is expecting a ingredients for a meal, King Knight doesn't care and tells her his plan of being King of Cards. His Mom offers Hearty meat pies that can increase King Knight Health. Then the knight goes off to the Spectral Ravine.
Plains: Spectral Ravine Edit
As King Knight quest for the Joustus Crown continues he meets someone named Specter Knight. The phantom thinks that King Knight is not up to challenge of competing in the King of Cards Tournament, so he battles King Knight. After King Knight wins, Specter Knight impressed gives a King Knight a Joustus starter deck to and tells him to go to he House of Joustus to start his Joustus Quest.
Once at the House of Joustus King Knight either after beating Black Knight in Joustus or going back on the rat rope King Knight will be confronted by two people, Cooper and the Bard. These two friends think King Knight can win the Joustus Crown for them, so they invite him on their their airship the "Glidewing". Once on the Glidewing Cooper and Bard tell King Knight the first of three kings that need to be defeated is King Pridemoor and that their nearing his domain Pridemoor Keep.
Mom Joins Glidewing Edit
Once completed Enchanted Conclave of Pridemoor Keep, King Knight's Mom comes aboard the Glidewing. Although King Knight is not supportive of her staying. Cooper and Bard see it as an advantage as she knows much about King Pridemoor.
King Pridemoor Edit
Once King Knight goes to the Grand Hall of Pridemoor Keep he meets King Pridemoor. King Pridemoor expecting King Knight to play Joustus (as he is a Joustus judge) instead wants to beat him in battle. King Pridemoor realizes this is eligible as the rules only say "Defeat the Joustus Judges", so the two battle. King Knight wins, King Pridemoor impressed by King Knights skills gives him a ride to the Glidewing on his Griffoths, Plume and Beaky. On the ride King Pridemoor gives King Knight knowledge about the next Joustus judge, King Knight nodded along vacantly. Once at the Glidewing, The crew praises King Knight for defeating King Pridemoor. After this exchange King Knight suggest to send off King Pridemoor. But Cooper and Bard object to this due to his high status, So King Pridemoor stays on the Glidewing. Cooper says the next Joustus Judge is the Troupple King residing in the Troupple Pond.
Approaching Troupple Pond Edit
Once halfway through the Troupple Kingdom. On the Glidewing King Pridemoor can be seen showing King Knight's mom how to do a coronation, with King Knight's mom being very impressed. Then, King Knight comes on the rat rope and Cooper informs everyone that there approaching the Troupple Pond King Pridemoor gives out information about the pond and the Troupple King. King Knight's Mom encourages her son to listen to King Pridemoor, to do his knowledge about the Troupple Pond. King Pridemoor adds on to King Knight's mom, by saying him and her are "together as one". King Knight surprised with his moms current relationship with King Pridemoor, encourages to say from away from him.
Troupple King Edit
Once King Knight goes through the Royal pond of the Troupple Pond King Knight wonders where the Troupple King is. Eventually, the Troupple King appears and King Knight thinks he is not the second Joustus Judge he's looking for. The Troupple King angered about this starts the battle between them. King Knight then wins, but the Troupple King does not accept defeat until, a Troupple Acolyte reminds the king on his participation in being one of the Joustus Judges. The Trouuple King then gives King Knight a ride back to the Glidewing, with the Troupple Acolyte along. On the way the Troupple King gave King Knight kingly wisdom, King Knight pretended to listen. Once in the Glidewing, The Troupple Acolyte explains that he represents the Troupple King to the crew. Then once again King Knight is praised and the acolyte stays. Cooper says that the final Joustus Judge is King Birder residing in the Birder Bluffs, who is apparently new.
Approaching Birder Bluffs Edit
Once halfway through the Birder Kingdom, When King Knight goes to the Glidewing Cooper, Bard, King Pridemoor, King Knight's Mom and the Troupple Acolyte can be seen watching a flock of birders flying, from the window. With King Pridemoor then frighted of the birders jumping to King Knight's Mom arms. Cooper then reminds King Knight that there approaching the Final Joustus Judge, with Bard encouraging King Knight.
Specter Knight Second Encounter. Edit
Specter Knight from earlier is talking to a cloaked figure and a cloaked Birder. The cloaked figure ask Specter Knight if her plan is coming to place. Specter Knight replies by saying someone (King Knight) has defeated two Joustus Judges and is about to get the final one. The cloaked birder is excited of the progression of the plan but the cloaked figure feels that Specter Knight is uncomfortable with the cloaked Birder and leaves the reaper back on his "task" and the two figures disappear. King Knight comes and Specter Knight warns about their leader (cloaked figure) power and suggest him to show more reverence. King Knight denies this suggestion and say he kneels for no one. Specter Knight angered by King Knights denial starts a battle with both of them. After King Knight beats Specter Knight, Specter Knight suggest that King Knight choose allies wisely and keeping going on the path of defeating the final Joustus Judge and he can get what he wants.
King Birder Edit
Once King Knight gets through the King's roost, He finds the cloaked Birder from earlier with also King Pridemoor and the Troupple Acolyte alongside the knight. The birder reveals he is King Birder and a fight begins with King Pridemoor and the Troupple Acolyte watching on the sidelines. After King Knight defeats King Birder its revealed that King Birder is just a normal Birder. Then the Cloaked figure appears revealing that she's the Enchantress. She explains the the Joustus crown was just a ploy for people to go after the judges. Her plan was to get all kings together, (as they are all here at the moment right now) and use magic on them. But she says the King of Cards conspiracy has done enough as people are distracted by Joustus and then she can make a grand army of evil knights, the Enchantress then disappears. After the Enchantress dis-spears , King Knight, King Pridemoor and the Troupple Acolyte find out the Birder can talk as becoming king birder he was also given a voice. Being King Birder , the Birder heard the Enchantress's plans and offers to help King Knight. The Birder then gives King Knight a ride to the Glidewing, on the way the Birder told King Knight about the Enchantress's plans, King Knight failed to grasp the gravity of the situation. Once back at the Glidewing, everyone is panicking. But Cooper says that even though the Enchantress tricked them, she still brought them all together and suggest to defeat the Enchantress, with of course the help of King Knight. So The Glidewing flies to the Tower of Fate.
Tower of Fate: ???? Edit
King Knight, accompanied by the Glidewing crew and the Three Kings (minus the Troupple King, who had sent the Troupple Acolyte in his stead), breached the Enchantress's chamber to stop her plan to take over the Valley. Impressed by his power, the Enchantress attempted to persuade King Knight to abandon his friends. However, King Knight's allies encouraged him to fight the Enchantress, so they battled. Afterwards, the Enchantress was left reeling and King Knight's friends implored him to finish the job, but the Enchantress recovered and tried once more to get King Knight to join her cause, calling him a true king. She then mocked the Three Kings for hiding behind their champion like cowards, and decided to use her magic to turn them into something "more useful" by fusing their bodies and essences together. The result was the creation of the grand triumvirate, a giant made of gold that had all the powers of the Three Kings combined. King Knight was able to destroy the titanic tyrant and rescue the Three Kings, but the resulting explosion left all of King Knight's allies hanging on the wall of the tower.
With the entire crew hanging for dear life, King Pridemoor asked King Knight for help, but the Enchantress once again tried her hand at turning King Knight to her side, this time offering to let him be king of Pridemoor if he joined the Order of No Quarter. King Pridemoor begged King Knight to turn down the Enchantress and help his friends, but instead King Knight Shoulder Bashed the wall to send all his allies falling off the tower. The Enchantress, delighted with King Knight's decision, welcomed him into the Order of No Quarter and asked him what his first proclamation would be. King Knight told the Enchantress that he wanted Joustus to end so he could be a king forever, so she had her minions go out and destroy all evidence of Joustus as they moved out to conquer the Valley.
- The introduction text can be found in the files of version 3.0 and onward of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove:
- "Long ago, the lands were untamed, and roamed by legendary adventurers! While heroes seek their fortunes, villains lurk, plotting in the shadows. But none of that matters to King Knight, the most dapper dandy in the land! At heart, he is a monarch, but he is a king without a kingdom! This has to change! He’s ready for a quest! For recognition, for riches.. to conquer all! How will he attain glory? With brains? Brawn? Brilliant plotting? Not even King Knight knows! Nonetheless, full of determination, he sets out, ready take what is rightfully his… everything!"
- This text was changed in a new intro in the King of Cards release.
|Shovel Knight series|
|Video Games:||Treasure Trove (Shovel of Hope • Plague of Shadows • Specter of Torment • King of Cards • Showdown ) • Dig|
|Board Games:||Dungeon Duels|
|Features:||Co-op Mode • Custom Knight • Body Swap Mode • Sound Test • Feats • Challenge Mode • New Game Plus • "Butt Mode" • Cheat Codes • Joustus|
|Soundtracks:||Shovel Knight Original Soundtrack • Plague of Shadows Original Soundtrack • Specter of Torment Original Soundtrack • King of Cards Original Soundtrack|
|Miscellaneous:||amiibo • Official Design Works|