This article has insufficient information. Feel free to assist the
Shovel Knight Wiki by expanding it!

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
Genre(s) Platform
Match brains and brawns in this regal prequel!

Shovel Knight: King of Cards is the upcoming fourth campaign of Shovel Knight, featuring King Knight. Like the other campaigns, it will be 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 will release alongside Shovel Knight Showdown on the 10th 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 Hope

King Knight can attack by dashing toward enemies with a move called the Shoulder Bash. He can dash in the air, too; it seems that hitting an enemy, a rough wall, or any object this way will send him into a twirl in which he can bounce off enemies like Shovel Knight, however, this action seems to be manually controlled. In "Dig the Vote", it was said he could reflect projectiles with a flip of his cape.

One of the ideas presented in "Dig the Vote" was that he would have a "Kingly Strut" meter that he can spend for special moves. Another feature mentioned in "Dig the Vote" is Royal Decrees: King Knight can spend gold to issue them and "cheat" on a level.

His life meter is in the shape of red hearts. He can also pick up heart-shaped collectibles when damaging enemies, which recover health. He uses another 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. Like the previous two campaigns, this one features another unique kind of currency called Merit Medals(formerly Crown Coins).

Like Specter of Torment, this campaign will feature new stages, in this case, over 30, divided between 4 worlds, new enemies and new bosses. It will also include a card battle mini-game named Joustus. Unlike previous campaigns, some main stages don't end with a boss.


  • 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.


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.