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Shovel Knight

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Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight's artwork from Shovel Knight.
Universe 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
Gender Male
Created by Sean Velasco
Nick Wozniak
For the universe, see Shovel Knight (universe).

Shovel Knight (ショべルナイト, Shovel Knight) is the protagonist of Yacht Club Games' indie title, Shovel Knight. He is clad in a blue suit of armor and carries a big blue shovel.


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.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

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 digging on Smashville.

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.


No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
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Shovel Knight
★★★ 2 2963 8933 1037 3126 1926 5807 No Effect Shovel Knight Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ショべルナイト, Shovel Knight
UK English Shovel Knight
France French Shovel Knight
Germany German Shovel Knight
Spain Spanish Shovel Knight
Italy Italian Shovel Knight
China Chinese (Simplified) 铲子骑士 Shovel Knight
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 鏟子騎士 Shovel Knight
South Korea Korean Shovel Knight
Netherlands Dutch Shovel Knight
Russia Russian Лопатный рыцарь Shovel Knight


  • 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.

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