For the main campaign and game, see Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope.
Shovel Knight
Developer(s) Yacht Club Games
Publisher(s) Yacht Club Games
Platform(s) PC, Linux, Mac, Steam, Wii U, 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10
Release date(s) June 26, 2014

March 2017 (Switch)

April 25th, 2017 (PS4,Vita,PS3 for America)

August 24th, 2017 (Windows 10)

Genre(s) Platform

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the complete edition of Shovel Knight, an 8-bit style platform game developed by independent studio Yacht Club Games. The game was first released in Q2 2014 for Windows and Nintendo 3DS platforms, and in the following three years on Mac, Linux, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, and lastly Nintendo Switch. Shovel Knight is being directed by former WayForward Technologies member Sean Velasco, and includes music composed by Jake "Virt" Kaufman and Manami Matsumae.

The Treasure Trove edition, released in March 2017 on Nintendo Switch and April for all other platforms, contains the original game and all other campaigns funded through Kickstarter investments. All campaigns will eventually be made available as stand-alone games in the coming months.


Long ago, the lands were untamed, and roamed by legendary adventurers! But villainy ran rampant, and in time, even the most stalwart heroes fell. In the absence of champions, the Enchantress and her Order of No Quarter swept into power.

Shovel Knight features four campaigns, each with its own playable character, story, gameplay and altered stages:

Official Description Edit

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action adventure game series with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic! Become Shovel Knight, wielder of the Shovel Blade, as he runs, jumps, and battles in a quest for his lost beloved. Take down the nefarious knights of the Order of No Quarter and their menacing leader, The Enchantress. But that’s not everything! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove also features three additional campaigns that are games all unto themselves! Take control of Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight on adventures of their own! Together, they form a grand and sweeping saga! With a fully cooperative campaign, a full-featured challenge mode, a 4 player battle mode, and body swap mode, you’ll be digging for a long time. With Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you get it all. Uphold the virtues of Shovelry, earn relics and riches, and discover the true meaning of shovel justice!



Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scrolling platform game. The game features 8-bit graphics designed to resemble classic games. While the color scheme closely mimics the Nintendo Entertainment System's original color palette, the game features modern graphical techniques, such as parallax scrolling.[1][2] Each character uses a single primary weapon and various secondary ones requiring resources (respectively Relics, Arcana and Curios). In addition, they each have their own mobility designs, which vary greatly from one character to another.

In the original campaign, Shovel of Hope, the player controls the eponymous Shovel Knight who wields a sharpened shovel to attack enemies, destroy barriers, and dig up treasures. Shovel Knight can use his weapon in mid-air to perform a down thrust that can be used to bounce off of obstacles or the heads of enemies, while dealing damage. His Relics require Magic which can be regenerated with jars, limited in quantity in each stages.

Plague Knight's gameplay in Plague of Shadows relies more on planning and variety, while also taking a fresh approach on the game's stages. He uses bombs as his primary weapons, and their effect can be customized to take advantage of each situation. He also uses Bomb Burst and double jump to soar through levels at the cost of a more hazardous mobility. His Arcana consume Power which regenerates quickly over time but can also take longer to do so if used too repeatedly.

Specter Knight's gameplay in Specter of Torment has a more dynamic approach on stages. He uses a scythe which offers a longer range of attack, and can use it to dash through enemies and reach higher grounds. His mobility is close to parkour, giving him the ability to run shortly up walls and jump from one to another. His Curios are regenerated with Darkness, which can be easily recovered from slashing enemies.


For the differences between game platforms, see Version Differences.
Versions Windows Mac Linux Nintendo Switch Wii U Nintendo 3DS PS3 PS4 PS Vita Xbox One Amazon Fire TV
Digital Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Physical Europe No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No

In Spring with the release of the second boss campaign and the arrival of the Nintendo Switch version, the original Shovel Knight edition of the game was renamed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Each campaign will then be purchasable individually along with the newly named version.

Japanese ReleaseEdit

Releasing the game in Japan was originally one of the game's proposed Kickstarter goals. Yacht Club Games partnered with Japanese localizer 8-4 to work on a quality translation of the game to Japanese. In addition, Yacht Club Games applied various cosmetic visual and audio changes for the Japanese version as a tribute to localization of classic Famicom titles.[3] The game's Japanese title is ショベルナイト (pronounced "Shoberunaito").

Yacht Club Games initially assigned Nintendo as their Japanese publisher. Nintendo published the game for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on June 30, 2016. Nintendo also released a physical retail copy for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Shovel Knight amiibo. The amiibo was both bundled with the game, and sold seperately.

Yacht Club Games has since officially registered their company in Japan, allowing them to self-publish the game without Nintendo. Yacht Club Games then released Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for the Nintendo Switch on May 30, 2017, and for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on July 27, 2017.

See Yacht Club Games Japan's official website here for more information.
Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s official page for Shovel Knight on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Recurring CharactersEdit

Main CharactersEdit

The Order of No QuarterEdit

The Wandering TravelersEdit

Planned ContentEdit

Further additional content are planned for release in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove in accordance to the game's Kickstarter's stretch goals. The next and final content to be added are King of Cards and Showdown, featuring all main characters and knights of the Order as fully playable fighters.

Videos Edit

Shovel Knight- Treasure Trove Trailer

Shovel Knight- Treasure Trove Trailer

Gallery Edit


  1. Breaking the NES for Shovel Knight on
  2. The original NES color palette.
  3. Japan Localization
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