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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Trailer!


Hey, shadowy scythe spinners! Today, we summon the very first in-depth look at the prequel to Shovel Knight... Specter of Torment! Take a look:

Whoah! Did you get everything!? You’ll not only play through Specter Knight’s own story, but also see new areas, new music, new enemies, new objects, new boss fights, new weapons, new armors, and way, way more than ever before. Even the villainous boss knights have prepared new tricks and tactics!

Does that sound like a new game?! Well, that’s because we’re building Specter of Torment from the ground up so that it can be a completely unique standalone experience.

While Plague of Shadows followed an alternate parallel campaign, Specter Knight travels a new path in this amazing prequel. It’s your mission as Specter Knight to recruit the Order of No Quarter for The Enchantress! Specter Knight’s campaign truly is his own adventure, and we can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it this Spring.

For a better breakdown of how Specter Knight controls, check out this piece.

Stay tuned as we conjure up even more amazing Shovel Knight experiences in 2017! It’s going to be a fun year!

The Return of Specter Knight And A reVITAlizing Announcement!

Welcome back, Shovel Team! Did you miss us? We missed you! We’ve remained hidden away, hard at work on new Stretch Goal Updates and more but figured this would be a great time to check in on where we’re at! Lot’s of animated images ahead!

 A Spectral Campaign Arises!

Set aside your shovel and put those potions away — a new campaign is on the way! Starring no other than the shadowy Specter Knight!

 Look at him go! You might remember him as a hovering apparitional adversary, but he now runs and jumps with the best of them. With his signature scythe in tow, he’s one of the larger playable characters too! Let’s take a look at some of his moves!


Press Attack to unleash a frightfully fast slash! Great for getting a hit in or striking an enemy before they can strike you!

Dash Slash!

 The Dash Slash is one of Specter Knight’s most important skills for both combat and mobility! Jump into the air, line up your strike, and press Attack to make a diving slash toward the enemy!

 Facing a tough foe? Line up repeated strikes and cut them down to size!

 The Dash Slash can dive downwards or rise upwards! Initiate the attack while above an enemy to slash downwards, or start the attack from below to cut upwards! Master this technique to reach new heights!

Wall Climb!

Specter Knight makes up for his low jump height with peerless climbing abilities! If there’s a wall– there’s a way!

Move into almost any wall or ledge and Specter Knight will begin climbing. Once he reaches the top he’ll leap up to the higher ground. Specter Knight can only climb a set distance before falling or jumping away though so be sure to plan your path accordingly!

 Combine Climb and well-timed Dash Slashes to traverse the terrain with ease!

I’m Ready! When Can I Slice It Up?

That’s a good question! When Shovel Knight originally kicked off we focused entirely on making the original Shovel Knight campaign the absolute best! It’s the game we originally pitched and knew we wanted to spend all of our efforts and energy polishing the core campaign. After release, we gathered everyone’s impressions before cracking open the game once more to brew up Plague of Shadows! Plague Knight was a chance to build upon and deliver all new story, characters, and playstyle. We made many iterations (threw out a lot of ideas), and learned some great lessons on how best to extend and change up the existing Shovel Knight game world.

With that experience fresh in our minds, the team here is now working on all remaining campaigns and updates at once! That means Specter Knight, King Knight, Body Swap, and Battle Mode (for PC and consoles). That’s a lot more game — and it should arrive sooner than the wait between Shovel Knight and Plague Knight. Creating these updates simultaneously will allow us to plan more cohesively. How levels change between the two characters, how much time is needed for new mechanics/systems, stories interweaving, and so on. Once we’re nearing completion on one set of updates, we’ll be switching our focus to a single campaign to make sure it’s polished for release. Then we’ll be doing the same by switching to the next campaign! Here are some answers to the most frequent questions:

  • We’re working on two new campaigns: Specter Knight and King Knight.
  • Campaigns will not be releasing at the same time. Specter Knight will be released first!
  • No estimated release date for any Update quite yet.
  • Similar to our last update, we’ll probably go overboard too. Hey! Maybe that’s why we’re called Yacht Club Games!
  • New campaigns will come with new Feats and Challenges for the new campaign character!
  • We’re also working on two new modes: Body Swap and Battle Mode!
  • Just like Plague of Shadows releasing with Challenge Mode, we’re planning to release one of these new modes alongside each campaign.
  • Battle Mode is being designed as a single screen, multiple controller, multiplayer mode and is currently not planned to arrive on handheld versions of the game. We’ll be sure to announce if there are any changes on that front.
  • Of course, much like Plague of Shadows, all of the upcoming Shovel Knight stretch goal content will be free updates on all platforms!

Physical Vita Version With Fangamer!

Months in the making! You asked for it! You waited patiently for it! Now it can be yours! We’re happy to announce a limited print of Shovel Knight on Vita! Display it proudly on your shelf or take this convenient cart with you and enjoy shovelry on the go! We want to make sure there’s enough in this run for all who are interested — so it’s important to pre-order on Fangamer if you want to secure a copy! Some finer details:

Shovel Knight

Platform: PlayStation®Vita  

Price: $24.99

Ship Date: Early October

Pre-order on FanGamer!

  • Includes a lovingly crafted, full color, 42 page instruction manual!
  • Game version 2.0 just like the original 2015 retail release. Complete with the Plague of Shadows campaign, Challenge Mode, and a very special guest: Kratos from God of War!
  • This version will receive free upcoming updates just like the digital PS Vita version. Including Specter Knight’s campaign, King Knight’s campaign, and Body Swap Mode.
  • Shares the same trophy/game data as the digital PS Vita release.
  • Transfer your save file from other Sony platforms using the in-game Cross-Save menu!
  • Region-free so you can enjoy Shovel Knight no matter where you are!

A big thank you to Vita and Shovel Knight fans everywhere for letting us know this is something you wanted to see happen! And, of course, for sticking with us while we figured out how to make it happen!


That’s just a little bit of what we’ve been up to over here! Make sure to keep checking back on, Twitter, and Facebook if you’re interested in even more info! Until then, here’s a roundup of some cool articles you might have missed:

King Knight Mobility Preview gif!  

Feat Unlocked: One Million Copies Sold! (and the much more concise infographic)

3DS, Vita and PS4 themes released!  

Shovel Knight releases in Japan on June 30th! (Check out and @YachtClubJP for more!)  

Plague of Shadows: Crafting Perfect Mechanics

Plague of Shadows Now Available!


Hooray! Today we complete two more stretch goals! World class platforming, music, storytelling, and art all return in Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, available now to all owners of Shovel Knight! Pick up the FREE DLC on your platform of choice – Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, PS4, PS Vita, PS3, Windows/Mac/Linux (Steam, GOG, Humble)! Extract the potion’s key ingredients from Plague Knight’s former allies… the villainous knights of the Order of No Quarter! Take on the explosive quest with a new play style, new story, new bosses, and more!

Wait…how do you download a free update! If you’re lost, check this page out to find your way!

What’s new!

Okay…really though…what is Plague of Shadows? Let’s break down all the content:

A new adventure starring Plague Knight!

  • See your favorite game from a new point of view.
  • Play through Shovel Knight’s quest, but as the explosive trickster Plague Knight with new gameplay and story.
  • Explode onto the scene as Plague Knight!
  • Use explosives, bomb jumps, and alchemy to blast your way through the game in a whole new way!
  • Combine casing, fuses, powders to create your favorite bomb. Customize your jump and arcana and discover all 9,720 attack combinations!
  •  Find new armors, secrets, collectibles, easter eggs, and more!
  • Master Plague Knight’s mobility to defeat new bosses!
  •  Discover brand new areas and new paths through the classic levels! Use your arcana in challenging new side areas!
  • Learn more of the background story behind the beloved characters in the village and the villainous Order of No Quarter.
  • Is your science up to snuff? Take on Plague Knight specific challenges with new Feats!

Prove your mettle in Challenge mode

  • 10 Shovel Knight Courses: timed challenges, puzzles, enemy survival, and intense platforming!
  • 5 Plague Knight Challenges: Prove you’re the master of Plague Knight’s new bag of tricks!
  • 32 Boss Challenges: Revisit the boss fights as Plague Knight and Shovel Knight under new conditions – low health, limited weapons, time limits, and higher stakes!

Brushing up on your alchemy!

If you’re still confused, get out your beakers and Bunsen burners, and get to work studying the science behind Plague Knight:

Plague of Shadows Instruction Manual

Plague of Shadows Mobility Design

Plague of Shadows Mobility Tips and Tricks

Plague of Shadows Press Kit

We poured our hearts and souls into Plague Knight, and we hope everyone truly enjoys the new update! Please let us know what you think!

Don’t forget, you’ll need to clear the game as Shovel Knight to take on Plague Knight’s new adventure and Challenge Mode! There might be another way to unlock Plague Knight too …

Celebration Stream!

We’re super excited about the launch of the game, so we want you to join us instead of playing, ha! For those of you who can pull yourselves away from the new update or multi-task, we’ll be playing lots of games and talking about the development at 8PM PDT Today (9/17). Join us on our twitch channel then!

As always, thank you for all your support. Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows wouldn't have existed without your help!

Plague of Shadows Trailer! Big week!


Plague of Shadows Is Almost Here! Trailer Time!

Greetings Shovelers and Soon-To-Be Alchemists! This next week is sure to be an exciting one, including the MEGATON reveal we promised… so let’s jump right in! First, watch this trailer and weep.

 As always, click here if you want to see the trailer in its full 60FPS majesty.

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Release Imminent!

We’re happy to share that, as of August 5th, Plague of Shadows has completed development! Now the game is in the “submission phase” where we coordinate with everyone to make sure it arrives on your system without a hitch. This can be a mystifying step, since we need to coordinate with a lot of teams beyond just our own. Once we hear word back, we’ll be able to share a true final release date. But expect it very, very soon! In the meantime, get ready for updates in the near future detailing the new campaign! If you want to learn more about Plague of Shadows right now then visit our Plague Knight press-kit

Nintendo’s “Nindies@Night”!

Nintendo is throwing a big pre-PAX show! And guess who will be there!? ( hint: it’s us )

Join us live on stream! Or if you’ll be in Seattle, come in person!

Thursday, August 27th at 8PM! Food, drinks, and video games await! Be the first to compete for glory in Shovel Knight’s Challenge Mode against other party-goers! For more information, check out Nintendo’s site right here.

If Seattle is outside your reach, then tune in online! We’ll be there to talk about what’s next for Shovel Knight, from Plague of Shadows to beyond! It’ll be an event you don’t want to miss!

Physical Version Coming to a Store Near You!


It’s been a year since Shovel Knight dug into the hearts of people everywhere. Can you believe it? With more than 700,000 copies sold and over 100 awards including many Game of the Year accolades, Shovel Knight’s phenomenal success is something we never dreamed possible. We couldn't have done any of this without your incredible support! And now, we’re ready to take the next step: into the REAL WORLD!!

That’s right! We’ve heard the demand, and now we have our biggest megaton announcement yet!!

Shovel Knight is coming to retail.

The Details

North America: October 13, 2015

Europe: October 16th, 2015

$19.99 MSRP

Available on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, (PC – Europe only)

Pre-Orders should be live at your favorite retailer: Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Gamestop, Amazon…you name it! To make as big of a splash as possible, and to let retailers know that they need to stock up, you should definitely pre-order now!! We’d consider it a huge personal favor; thanks in advance!

What's in the Box

The physical version of Shovel Knight contains everything we’ve released so far. First, there is the original Shovel Knight campaign with all the content you know and love! Also included is Shovel Knight’s first content update: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Finally, there’s a full-featured Challenge mode with more than 50 crazy challenge levels to explore!

Of course, like the digital version, every boxed version will also receive FREE future updates as they become available:

  • Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
  • King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
  • Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
  • Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!

Oh, and one more thing: every boxed copy of Shovel Knight will include a lavish instruction booklet similar to the Kickstarter reward. No 2-page inserts here! You deserve a full manual, to hold in your hot little shaking hands and pore over as you wait to get home!

Yacht Club Games – Now a Publisher!!

Wait, but who is publishing the game?! We are! Yes, us! That’s right! The Yacht Club Games crew has joined the world of physical publishing. But we’re getting a big helping hand from our distributor U&I Entertainment, who will be shipping the game out to stores for us. They have done an amazing job with Telltale’s games like The Walking Dead, as well as Divinity: Original Sin, so we know they are up to the task! Fun Fact: they even shipped the original PlayStation back in 1995!

This is a whole new frontier for us, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have the amazing team at U&I at our backs to help us bring Shovel Knight to store shelves! This is just the beginning!

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows – Coming Very Soon!

The wait for Plague of Shadows is almost over! This free update will definitely hit digital platforms BEFORE the boxed version. We’re in the home stretch and are polishing every detail, pixel, and potion right now. Here's a fun GIF to check out before the final version is released!

Remember that tough bookroom in Pridemoor? Look at a skilled Plague Knight just breeze on by it!

Battle Mode

Even in the chaos of all this new stuff, we are still plugging away on new features. New single player adventures are always fun, but it will soon be time to shake it up in Battle Mode! Lots of playable characters, stages, battle types, options, and more are coming! Here’s a taste:

 We hope everyone is looking forward to the wild battles!

That’s all for now!!

Wow…was that too much information? Stay tuned this coming month because we have even more crazy cool news to reveal. For instance, a final Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows release date and trailer! Also… we’ve heard the cries of bringing more exclusive content to Nintendo platforms. It might not be quite what you expect… but keep an eye out for another MEGATON announcement soon!

Will Shovel Knight take over the world? What will the new content be like? What is happening with the Nintendo versions? So many questions! Please let us know what you think of everything in the comments! As always, thank you so much backers for your continued support!