Stages are the platforming sections of Shovel Knight accessed from the map screen (Shovel of Hope, Plague of Shadows and King of Cards) or the Magic Mirror (Specter of Torment).

Main StagesEdit

Shovel of Hope, Plague of Shadows, and Specter of Torment Edit

Main stages are mandatory to complete any campaign. They can be further subdivided into three categories; the intro stage, Order of No Quarter Stages and Tower of Fate Stages. Each has at least one boss battle at the end of them.

Intro Stage Edit

The intro stage introduces each campaign's gameplay mechanics. This level has to be completed before any of the protagonist can access the map or select any of the other stages.

Order of No Quarter Stages Edit

Eight themed levels scattered across the Valley, with one of the Order of No Quarter as the boss. Beating these removes a corresponding Locked Gate. For Shovel Knight and Plague Knight, the Order of No Quarter Stages are split into three groups where each group must be completed to access the next group, while Specter Knight can tackle each stage in whichever order he pleases.

Tower of Fate Stages Edit

The endgame stages that must be beaten in the given order.

King of Cards Edit

Main stages are divided in two or three shorter stages each (aside from the Tower of Fate, which is divided into four), but only the Plains, the Joustus Judge stages (Pridemoor Keep, Troupple Pond, and Birder Bluffs), and Tower of Fate have a boss battle at the end of their last stage.


Lich Yard

Pridemoor Keep


Iron Whale

Lost City

Troupple Pond

Stranded Ship

Clockwork Tower

Flying Machine

Birder Bluffs

Tower of Fate


Hubs are safe areas where Shovel Knight, Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight can buy upgrades.

Item StagesEdit

Item Stages are special stages intended to be completed with use of a specific items. Shovel Knight and Plague Knight have entirely different Item Stages. They are marked with a gem icon which turns into an empty chest icon when completed. Specter Knight has more, shorter item-related stages within the Tower of Fate. King Knight has similiar stages like Shovel and Plague Knights, but his stages are marked with the icon of a vigor jar which turns into a bronze head of King knight when completed.

Relic StagesEdit

Relic stages are intended to be beaten with a particular relic as the name implies. Once cleared they cannot be replayed.

Arcana StagesEdit

Arcana stages replace the relic courses in Plague of Shadows. Like Relic Courses they are intended to be beaten with a particular Arcana. Unlike Relic Courses they can be replayed when completed.

Curio StagesEdit

Curio stages can only be played after paying Red with Red Skulls in order to obtain a new Curio. Each stage limits Specter Knight to the use of the newly acquired Curio, which can be kept after finishing the stage.

Heirloom Stages Edit

Like the Relic and Arcana stages, these stages are intended to be beaten with a specific Heirloom. King Knight is restricted from using his Shoulder Bash in these stages, restricting him to the use of the Heirloom obtained in each of these stages, much like in the Curio Stages.

Memory StagesEdit

Memory stages are Specter Knight's reminiscence of his past with Luan. Unlike other stages, they limit his items to the Caltrops and are in Sepia colors.

Joustus Stages Edit

Joustus stages are areas where King Knight can battle other Joustus players, with a champion at the end of each one.

Chest Stages Edit

Exclusive to King of Cards, Chest stages are similar to loot stages in the way that there are no enemies and lots of goodies (treasure, decrees, Joustus cards or even a boss triggering item), with the exception of the first gold chest, which serves as a tutorial area for rolling and features some Beetos as enemies. In the most of them, there is at least one NPC with the info about the area. Like the loot stages, after being completed, they disappear and are unable to be replayed. There are two types that King Knight can visit:

Gold Chests Edit

Card Chests Edit


Encounters are special events that appear on the map and disappear when cleared. With the exception of the loot bonus stages they roam around the map freely.

Roaming BossEdit

A simple Boss fight. Each one has a unique map icon based on the boss in question, with the exception of Percy in King of Cards, since Percy is fought together with Plague Knight, so only PK's icon is seen.

Shovel of Hope/Plague of Shadows Edit

King of Cards Edit

Bonus StagesEdit

A short section of level with plenty of treasure and enemies. The two encounter stages are marked by a Goldarmor Icon that moves on the map whilst the loot stages are marked by a gem that remains on the appropriate stage. When the bonus stages are completed they disappear from the map. In King of Cards, loot stages are still marked by a gem but they do not remain on the appropriate stage. Also for the first time, one loot stage contains a boss fight, in this case with Treasure Knight.

Shovel of Hope/Plague of Shadows Edit

King of Cards Edit

  • Plains Loot
  • Treasure Knight's Loot (if King Knight dies during the boss battle with Treasure Knight, this loot stage becomes an encounter boss, and King Knight will spawn right at the boss battle instead of having to replay the whole stage again)
  • Birder Bluffs Loot


Areas that don't fit into any other categories.

Shovel of Hope/Plague of Shadows Edit

King of Cards Edit

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