The Rival is a music from the Shovel Knight soundtrack. This is the battle theme of the Black Knight when fighting him in the Plains, and a faster arrangement of Strike the Earth!. It is Music Sheet #21 in Shovel of Hope. It can also be listened to in Sound Test after completing either campaign once.

Music SheetEdit

Music Sheet #21 and can be found in a room hidden by a breakable wall in the Plains. The wall can be found in the room above the second checkpoint.


"An unexpected encounter in the Plains of Passage."


"Bard: Let's see here... Oh, you found "The Rival"! Black Knight has fine musical taste. Should've studied composition! But, then I suppose I'd be the one with the rival..."


  • The title references Black Knight's perceived disposition towards Shovel Knight at the beginning of Shovel of Hope.
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