Shovel Knight (universe)

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Shovel Knight (universe)
Developer(s) Yacht Club Games
Publisher(s) Yacht Club Games (NA/EU), Nintendo (JP)
Designer(s) Sean Velasco
Genre(s) Action, platform
Console of origin PC, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
First installment Shovel Knight (2014)
Latest installment Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (2017)
Article on Wikipedia Shovel Knight (universe)

The Shovel Knight universe (ショべルナイト, Shovel Knight) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of characters, stages, and properties that hail from the indie game created by Yacht Club Games. Serving as an homage to classic NES platformers, it stars the titular Shovel Knight in his adventures to the Tower of Fate to save Shield Knight from a cursed amulet, and defeat the Order of No Quarter in the process. The game has expanded to include other playable characters, and even has its own amiibo collection of the four different playable characters.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Shovel Knight universe made its debut in Ultimate, being represented by an Assist Trophy and some spirits.

Assist Trophy[edit]

  • Shovel Knight: Shovel Knight, the star of the game, appears as an Assist Trophy. He uses his shovel to dig the ground, sometimes pulling up items, and also hops around the stage on his shovel.


The following characters from the series are spirits.

Name Type Class Ability
Shovel Knight Primary
Shield Knight Support Advanced Weapon Resist ↑
Plague Knight Support Novice Fire & Explosion Attack ↑
King Knight Primary
Novice Weight ↑
Specter Knight Primary


  • Shovel Knight is the second indie franchise to be represented in Smash, following BIT.TRIP.
  • Shovel Knight is the second third-party universe to have an Assist Trophy but not a playable character, the first being Bomberman.
  • Link's down aerial attack, the downward thrust from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, serves as the inspiration for Shovel Knight's Shovel Drop attack, which they both use in Smash.

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