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Specter of Torment Release Info!!


Blight the Earth! The next adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is near! Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be releasing on all platforms this April! The specific dates vary from platform to platform, so let’s break it down:

Specter Release Forecast

  • Switch – Out Now!  
  •, Steam, Humble Store, – April 5th!  
  • Wii U, 3DS (Japan) – April 5th!  
  • Wii U, 3DS (America/Europe) – April TBD
  • PS4, Vita, PS3 (America/Europe) – April TBD
  • Xbox One – April TBD
  • Fire TV – April TBD  

We’ll be updating the post over on our website with specific dates once we know for sure.

TBD/To Be Determined platforms: we are awaiting for official word back from each platform holder to know the final release date.

Don’t forget – all existing versions of Shovel Knight, which means all backer versions, will be updated to become Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and will be receiving Specter of Torment!

What Is Specter Knight?  

Specter of Torment is the latest game in the Shovel Knight series! It’s all new! Check out this article for more.

Specter of Torment Official Soundtrack!

New adventure brings new music, including brand new tunes for your favorite stages and locales! As was the case with Shovel Knight’s original soundtrack and Plague of Shadows, the latest OST will be made available over at Jake’s Bandcamp in early April. Stay tuned — as he’ll be hosting a live listening party as well!

Coming Soon!
Coming Soon!

Need More Info?

We’ve been posting some pretty cool articles about everything that’s new in this version:  

Instruction Manual

Press Kit

Body Swap

Specter of Torment Review Round Up

New amiibo Functionality

We Hope You Enjoy Specter of Torment! It’s almost here! Prepare to pick up your scythe, and sharpen your spectral ‘edge!



Body Swap Design, Specter of Torment Out Now On Switch!


Hello everyone! Let's break into some big updates:

Specter of Torment Switch Launch!

Prepare your Scythes! The next adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is out today on Nintendo Switch! Take control of Specter Knight, servant to the Enchantress, in a quest to recruit a cadre of knights and create the Order of No Quarter. Experience perfect platforming, world-class visuals, impeccable stage design, incredible music, and even meet a friend or two in Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment!

For more, check out our update here.

As we mentioned in the previous article, Specter of Torment will release as an Update on all other platforms this April. Just like Plague of Shadows, this will be a free update to all existing and backer versions of Shovel Knight. 

Considering campaigns, modes, co-op, body swap, languages, and platforms -- SK has become rather complicated! We want to make sure every version has the the time needed in both testing and finessing. We’re filling out paperwork and bug fixing non-stop this month to get these out ASAP! We hope to have everyone slicing soon!

Designing Body Swap!


Launching alongside the Specter of Torment update is Body Swap within the original Shovel Knight! We wanted to make sure to get every detail right and share our thoughts on the entire process. We've compiled it all in this a huge, image intensive update that we're updating with more designs over time. So we're hosting the big article on our website here.

Celebration Stream

While our work has just begun on launching Specter of Torment, we’re excited to have one platform complete in the launch of the very latest update. If you are too and would like to join us, we’ll be streaming just a little Specter of Torment and more cool games that inspired it starting at 6PM PDT today! Join us on our Twitch channel then!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Launches Everywhere in April, Switch, New Mode Details!


Greetings, blue burrowers! It's a new year and we have a lot to share, so let’s dig in!

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be launching this April!

 Yay — the next expansion, Specter of Torment, is coming soon! But you might be wondering what is Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove? Before we get to that, we have more announcements to uncover!

Body Swap Mode for Shovel Knight will launch simultaneously with Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment!  

Body Swap Mode is finally done! You can individually switch the body types of any Order of No Quarter Knight, Enchantress, Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, and Black Knight. Here’s your first look at body-swapped Shovel Knight and Shield Knight!!


Shovel Knight two player co-op will be available for all consoles!!

Finally!! After many requests! Grab a friend and rejoice! Local two player co-op in Shovel Knight’s campaign is coming as a free update to all console and PC platforms (3DS/Vita not included). amiibo not required!


Sound Test Mode  

For all you music lovers, we’ve decided to add a Shovel Knight Sound Test Mode where you can listen to all the tracks from every campaign. It’ll be a free update to all versions of the game.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be released first for Nintendo Switch's launch window!

Get ready for Shovel Knight Co-op using Joy-Cons, Specter of Torment, Body Swap Mode, new challenge stages, new feats, and more on your new Nintendo Switch!! The other consoles and standalone versions will follow suit in April (dates to be confirmed once submitted and approved by platform holders).

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight Co-op at PAX South

We're back on the road again-- this time bound for San Antonio, Texas! January 27th to the 29th. This will be the first time you can experience Specter of Torment so be sure to join us and even play on the Nintendo Switch! Hope to see you there!

Introducing Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove  

Okay! Soon, the game you now know as Shovel Knight will become Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. When that happens, you’ll also have new options to purchase each campaign as separate, standalone games on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Mac/Linux, and Nintendo Switch:


Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope — Shovel of Hope is our new name for the original Shovel Knight game. But it needed a title like the others! What do you think?  

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows — Plague Knight’s Campaign emerges from the Shadows to hopefully get some recognition this time!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment — Specter of Torment is our most expansive campaign yet. We’re so excited for you to become the reaper! If you haven't yet seen the trailer we posted in the last update, well then you can watch it here.

 Why is this happening? Well, we hope providing less expensive standalone versions will provide better entry points for different types of players. Also, players can more easily grab an adventure (or Battle Mode) on another platform.

All owners of Shovel Knight on all platforms (and therefore all versions obtained by backing Shovel Knight), will automatically own Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove instead and will continue to get each of the planned free campaigns and features via updates. It will work exactly like how Shovel Knight was updated to include its first campaign addition, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Don’t worry!

In the spring, we will be raising the price of Shovel Knight. If you haven’t picked up Shovel Knight on a particular system yet and want all the content included within Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, buy it now before the price increases this Spring! Or pick a selection of the standalone versions for a cheaper price. Or continue enjoying the new content right at home on the version you have now.

Don’t forget King Knight’s very own campaign and the 4-player Battle Mode are still on the horizon for 2017. As described above, they will become available as standalone games on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Mac/Linux, and Nintendo Switch and will also be delivered as FREE updates on ALL platforms to Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Look forward to more news on these in the future!

All Your Questions!

We understand all the news might leave you a bit puzzled. If you have any questions, let us know and we’ll continue to update this page.

That’s all we’ve got for today! Whether you're trying Shovel Knight out a new system, or playing on the original platform you backed Shovel Knight for way back when, we hope you enjoy playing these new updates!

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