Shovel Knight's artwork from Shovel Knight.
|Debut||Shovel Knight (2014)|
|Smash Bros. appearances||Ultimate|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||Shovel Knight Dig (2022)|
|Console/platform of origin||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U|
|Created by||Sean Velasco|
In the intro to Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope, Shovel Knight is introduced as an adventurer who worked well with his partner, Shield Knight. On one of the pairs' adventures, they ventured into the Tower of Fate, where a cursed amulet unleashed an evil power, causing Shovel Knight to get knocked out. When he awoke, the tower was sealed, and Shield Knight was nowhere to be seen. This caused Shovel Knight to lose his spirit of adventure, and enter a life of solitude. During this time, the Enchantress rose to power, and had a legion of enemies referred to as the Order of No Quarter under her command. The tower became unsealed, and Shovel Knight left his life of solitude to return peace to the world.
As an Assist Trophy
|“||Blue armor, horns, and a shovel...that's right, it's Shovel Knight! With his trusty Shovel Blade, he can bury an opponent in the ground or throw rocks as he digs. He may even dig up some food.||”|
|—Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site|
Shovel Knight appears as an Assist Trophy. He digs the ground using his shovel, sometimes pulling up items, and can also dig opponents or fling dirt at them. He also uses his Shovel Drop ability to hop on opponents. He can also be KO'd to earn a point.
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Names in other languages
- Shovel Knight is the first Assist Trophy to come from an indie developer.
- Shovel Knight is the second character to appear in Smash that originates from an indie developer, the first being CommanderVideo.
- In the Nintendo Direct that revealed Shovel Knight, he digs up a chicken. This is a reference to his own game, in which he can dig up dirt piles to sometimes find gems and food, which restores Shovel Knight's health.
- Ultimate is Shovel Knight's 5th appearance in 3D, after his cameo in fellow indie titles Road Redemption, Yooka-Laylee, Runner3, and Blade Strangers.
- In addition to his appearance in Smash, Shovel Knight appears as a playable character in other platform fighting games: Rivals of Aether and Brawlhalla as a guest character, and one of the many indie characters in Indie Pogo.
- While not actually in the game, Shovel Knight is referenced in Yooka-Laylee's trailer in Brawlout, another platform fighter.
- Though not a platform fighting game, Shovel Knight was a playable fighter in another crossover fighting game, Blade Strangers, also released for the Nintendo Switch in the same year as Ultimate.
- Shovel Knight's Shovel Drop attack was inspired by Link's downward thrust from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link; both characters use these attacks in Smash.
- Article on the Shovel Knight Wiki