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Shovel Knight digs In!
Universe Shovel Knight
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances Newcomer
Availability Hidden
Final Smash Order of No Quarter

Shovel Knight (シャベルナイト, Shovel Knight) appears as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. V. He is a hidden character in the game.

“Shovel Knight is the main and titular character of Shovel Knight. Usually clad in light blue armor, he is a chivalrous knight trying to stop the Enchantress and find his lost love Shield Knight.

Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight aids people he meets along his journey, such as the Bard and the King of Pridemoor Keep. He constantly dreams of Shield Knight, fighting away imaginary enemies while attempting to catch her. He solves many physically and mentally challenging puzzles throughout the lairs of the Order of No Quarter, proving his great intelligence and strength. Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly! <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;"> Shovel Knight uses his Shovel Blade and the Relics he finds to aid him in his quest. Although once out of commission for quite a while, he still retains great skill with his shovel. Shovel Knight can easily attack, bounce on enemies and obstacles, uncover treasure, break blocks, open chests, find secret rooms, and reflect projectiles just with a sweep of his trusty shovel. He can point it towards the ground and plunge while midair to bounce on obstacles, a skill necessary for a majority of the game's puzzles. If he swings his shovel while he plunges, the attack will stop. This ability is called the Shovel Drop. <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:11pt;margin-bottom:11pt;"> Shovel Knight can receive various Relics if he has enough treasure to pay Chester for them. Each relic is particularly useful for the level in which it was found, and often the boss of that level as well. Shovel Knight either doesn't need to breathe or can hold his breath for an absurdly long time, demonstrated primarily in the Iron Whale level.”

Shovel Knight is confirmed to have no alternate costume.

How to Unlock

  • Play 100 VS matches. (Both Online and Offline counted)

  • Complete 5 Smash World Stories.



  • Many shield breaking options

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Floaty

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Fast walk speed

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Good KO power

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Very strong

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Shovel is separate hitbox

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Strong throws


  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Poor air mobility

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Floaty

  • Susceptible to juggles due to poor landing options and bad air mobilty.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Shovel Knight pretty much plays like how he does in his games. He’s quite strong, floaty, and has quite a fast walk speed. His KO power is off the charts as he has a lot of options to KO. Not only that, but he has quite a bunch of shield breaking options as well so you should be careful shielding against Shovel Knight. His air mobility is quite poor so his landing is very predictable and he’s susceptible to juggles. That coupled with being fairly floaty might not be the best thing but Shovel Knight is a character that relies on strong hard hits and he can be played both aggressively and defensively.


Ground Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Attack 4% Shovel Knight pokes his shovel forward. Pretty quick.
Neutral Combo
Dash Attack 10% Pushes forward with the head of his shovel.
Forward Tilt 8%, 11% (held) Pushes shovel forward. If held, the shovel is pushed a little bit more heavily (but can be punished easier) and can potentially break shields.
Up Tilt 9% Shovel Knight pushes his Shovel up in the air in a taunting manner.
Down Tilt 4% Pokes shovel downwards. Can trip opponents.
Forward Smash Charge Handle 16% Shovel Knight’s shovel glows light blue as he swings it heavily forward.
Up Smash 16% (clean), 12% 9(late) Shovel Knight faces the camera and rams his horns upwards in an arc.
Down Smash 5%, 9% (hit) Digs both sides burying the foe. If the foe is hit at the tip of the shovel, they are launched.

Aerial Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Aerial 5% (both hits) Swings shovel forward twice quickly.
Forward Aerial 12% Pushes Shovel forward.
Back Aerial 12%, 15% (sweetspot) Performs a backflip slamming his shovel down initiating a meteor smash if sweetspotted.
Up Aerial 8% Kicks up forward with one foot.
Down Aerial Shovel Drop 15%, 13% (early) Shovel Knight pushes his shovel downwards. Work’s much like Link’s down aerial with less knockback but more stun and damage. He also never drops down immediately instead sort of “floating” in the air.

Grabs and Throws

Name Damage Description
Pummel 2.4% *Grabs with Fishing Rod, medium-long range, tether, air damage: 2%* Slams opponent with shovel head.
Forward Throw 10% Slams opponent forward by hitting them with shovel.
Back Throw 3% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Kicks opponent behind him.
Up Throw 8% Scoops opponent upward with shovel.
Down Throw 9% Whacks opponent down with shovel as they bounce off.


Name Damage Description
Floor Attack (front) 7% Swings shovel around.
Floor Attack (back) 7% Swings shovel around.
Floor Attack (trip) 5% Swings shovel around.
Edge Attack 7% Attacks with shovel.

Special Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special War Horn 18% Must be charged before being able to use but the charge isn’t too long. Shovel Knight blows the War Horn which does high damage and knockback and breaks shields immediately on contact to those in it’s radius.
Alternate 1 Flare Wand 11% Uses relic Flare Wand to fire a red aura orb that does damage and has good hitstun. The speed and distance it travels is dependent on how long the button is held.
Alternate 2 Chaos Sphere 7% Works somewhat like Luigi’s Fireball but the spheres go quite a long distance before disappearing and they can go through enemies. Because of this, they have no knockback whatsoever. Can be fired quite fast as well.
Side Special Propeller Dagger 13% (clean), 10%-7% (late) Shovel Knight uses the Propeller Dagger to fly horizontally. A good recovery move but Shovel Knight is still open to down and up aerials and attacks from behind. The dagger breaks shields and does high damage if hit immediately but loses damage and shield break capabilities the longer it’s out.
Alternate 1 Throwing Anchor 16% (clean), 13%-10% (late) Shovel Knight throws the Throwing Anchor up in an arc that does high damage and knockback. However it loses damage the longer it’s out and disappears after contact with anything (excluding soft platforms).
Alternate 2 Shovel Shwing 12%, 1.2x (reflected projectiles) Shovel Knight swings his shovel which does good damage and hitstun while turning enemies around. It also reflects projectiles.
Up Special Mobile Gear 3% A Mobile Gear appears under Shovel Knight’s feet and he jumps off it. If the input is held on the ground, Shovel Knight moves forward using a Mobile Gear that rolls forward as he’s on it. He can attack while on it and hops off once it reaches a ledge or with a press of the special button. He can also be attacked out of it!
Alternate 1 Ichor of Renewal Shovel Knight drinks the Ichor of Renewal which allows him to float anywhere freely without being hit for a short period of time. He cannot use any attack during the Ichor’s effects.
Alternate 2 Shovel Force 17% Shovel Knight slams his shovel down in midair in which the force is enough to push him upwards. The shovel does alot of damage and can initiate a meteor smash.
Down Special Dig 10% (hit) Shovel Knight digs a hole which can trap those that step over it. If used against an opponent on the ledge a meteor smash is initiated similarly to Luigi’s down taunt.
Alternate 1 Ichor of Boldness Shovel Knight drinks the Ichor of Boldness which gives him more resistance to knockback and allows him to take less damage for a short period of time. After being used it can’t be used for a short period of time.
Alternate 2 Treasure Dig 2% Shovel begins to dig the ground as various gems and pearls pop out of the ground flying in all directions. The gems damage opponents.
Final Smash Order of No Quarter 60% (total) Shovel Knight grabs the opponent initiating an animation which involves all 8 knights from the Order of No Quarter appearing to unleash attacks on the grabbed opponent. When complete, Shovel Knight and The Black Knight appear to deliver a synchronized powered up Charge Handle to the opponent sending them flying.

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Animation and Misc.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">About the same size as Luigi.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:11pt;margin-bottom:11pt;">SIDE -  Swings his shovel forward twice.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">UP - Dances around.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">DOWN - A log appears behind Shovel Knight as he rests on it sleeping.

Character Selection Screen Animation

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Folds his arms.

On Screen Appearance

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Shovel Knight jumps onto the screen and holds his shovel up in the air.

Victory Animations

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:0;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Digs up many gems and jewels then places his shovel head first on the ground while looking forward.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:0;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Shovel Knight drops from above using his down aerial then continuously pumps his shovel in the air.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:0;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Shovel Knight twirls his shovel then points it forward with his back towards the screen as he’s looking forward.

Losing Animation

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Shovel Knight is seen clapping.

Crowd Cheer

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">“Shovel Knight!”

Victory Theme

A flourished remix of the "For Shoverly! " victory theme.

Fighting Stance

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Stands holding shovel sideways.

Idle Poses

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Places shovel head on ground.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Pats shovel twice.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Simply walks forward holding shovel with one hand


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Runs holding shovel with both hands.


<p style="line-height:23.3333339691162px;">To be added.

Palette Swaps and Alternate Costume w/Palette Swap


Color Origin/Description
Default Blue Shovel Knight’s regular appearance.
Second Red Based off Mole Knight’s coloration.
Third Purple Based off The Enchantress’s coloration.
Fourth Gray-Green Based off Polar Knight’s coloration.
Fifth Green Could be based off the Propeller Knight’s coloration.
Sixth Yellow Based off the King Knight’s coloration.
Locked First Black Based off the Black Knight’s coloration.
Locked Second White Could be based off Kratos.


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