Greetings shovel enthusiasts!
WHOA! It has been a whopping 7 YEARS since the initial release of Shovel of Hope! This year, to commemorate the Blue Burrower’s anniversary, we created an official cameo roundup of our favorite knight that digs. If you couldn’t tell, we really love to see Shovel Knight in other games and media – and boy, our stalwart hero has certainly popped up in tons of unexpected places! We hope you have fun scrolling through memory lane! Oh, and don’t forget to comment on your favorite cameo appearances!
P.S. – Cancelled or unreleased games won’t be found in this list- this is for appearances you can play today! We’ll be updating the list as new cameos appear!
by GUTS Department
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is a playable hero! Players can unlock him in the game’s Horde Mode!
by Giant Enemy Labs
What is he doing there? He is a playable character in the arcade-style multi-player party game! He is joined by 2 other cameo guests from other indie titles!
What is he doing there? Arby’s brought the meats and we brought the feats! Our Shovel Knight x Arby collaboration was announced on March 1st, 2021! Arby’s Kids Meals contained launcher toys accompanied by cheat codes! It was the tastiest crossover in Shovel Knight history.
by Fuzzy Wuzzy Games
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight hops down in the ‘retro’ level to help egg on the rolly-polly protagonist of Armillo.
by Inti Creates
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight will spawn if you use a Shovel Knight amiibo in-game (in either Copen or Gunvolt). We hope you have a fun, action-packed fight!
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is available as a playable fighter! The valiant blue burrower swings his iconic shovel for everlasting peace!
by The Game Kitchen
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight’s portrait displayed in a hidden room along with other painting cameos by his friends from Rime, Crossing Souls, Severed, Unepic, and Maldita Castilla!
by Inti Creates
What is he doing there? In the version 1.03 update, Shovel Knight was announced as a playable DLC character to venture into the mutant-filled subterranean depths with!
by ArtPlay & 505 Games
What is he doing there? He is an enemy and an armor set for Miriam! You can unlock the armor set by heading over to the Forbidden Underground Waterway and defeating a Shovel Armor enemy. It has a 3% chance to drop it! Good luck!
by Blue Mammoth Games
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight, Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight were added as skins in Brawlhalla’s 3.30 patch update! Each Shovel Knight series skin included signature FX Swaps, Custom Lock-in Animations, Legend Name Swaps, Icon Swaps, and two new Weapon Skins! They also added a Shovel Knight themed map!
by Vertigo Gaming
What is he doing there? You can cook-battle as the blue burrower himself! He is a part of their 52-character roster!
What is he doing there? Hee hee hee! Everyone’s favorite alchemist, Plague Knight, is a playable character!
by Mechanical Head Games
What is he doing there? Using your Shovel Knight series Amiibo allows you to call upon a familiar fairy friend to assist you on your Ninja Adventure. Shovel Knight, Plague Knight, King Knight, and Specter Knight utilize their iconic moves and a special color palette changing ability to help Shadow pulverize the evil Dr. Progen and his mechanical monstrosities!
by Fake Dice
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight appears as a playable hero in this digital tabletop board game!
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight’s helmet is a customizable hat option in-game. It was added in Dino Run’s Indie Collection.
by Mana Void Entertainment
What is he doing there? He is a class in-game! It becomes available for an adventure when both Spellsword and Witchdoctor are learned!
by Level 99 Games
What is he doing there? A tale of shovels and strategy! We teamed up with Level 99 Games to bring Shovel Knight to Exceed, the head-to-head tabletop fighting game!
What is he doing there? He’s available as a cool bean costume!
What is he doing there? A set of Shovel Knight-themed gear can be equipped! Complete with shimmering blue shovel.
What is he doing there? He had his very own cross-over event! Players could purchase Shovel Knight themed armor and weapons during the event.
by Cyber Rhino Studios
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight makes a background cameo, chillin’ out on an island in the sun.
by Gears for Breakfast
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight’s helmet and shovel make an appearance via a developer made mod! The mod adds a new Ice Hat and Weapon for Hat Kid.
by Lowes Bros
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is one of the 7 characters that are playable from the start of the game. He uses his Shovel Drop move as an alternative to the game’s Pogo Attack!
by Bezerk Studio
What is he doing there? On November 25th, 2019, Bezerk Studio announced that they were bringing a bountiful array of Shovel Knight series goodness to their game! This included remixed versions of Strike the Earth!, Flowers of Antimony, In the Halls of the Usurper, and La Danse Macabre. They also added Shovel Knight series amiibo support that unlocked each character’s respective track!
by Askiisoft & Devolver Digital
What is he doing there? You can spot Shovel Knight (and some other great titles) featured on an arcade cabinet in the background!
by Ubisoft Montreal
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight made his way to Mighty Quest’s Opulencia for a special cross-over event! Players could grab their very own Shovel Justice Set during the in-game event.
by Those Awesome Guys
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight was added as a playable character (alongside Rick & Morty!) in this multiplayer frenzy.
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is available as a playable character in the collection!
by We Do Stuff
What is he doing there? We teamed up with Pop Middle Ages’ Kickstarter campaign that featured a series of print illustrations crossing pop culture references with a Middle Age-inspired look.
by Laughing Manatee Games, LLC
What is he doing there? Tinker Knight makes an appearance as a playable character! Who better to put their wits to the test against the Depot’s devious puzzles and deadly contraptions than the devious engineer?
What is he doing there? In this stealth action game, Shovel Knight appears as a background poster and in-game collectible. Peep that floppy!
by Sun Creatures Studio
What is he doing there? In this animated short, Shovel Knight appears and speaks briefly with the heroes.
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight appears as a playable character skin.
by Dan Fornace
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight became available as a playable DLC character on September 14th, 2018. His Elemental Powers are Treasure Hunter, Relics & Armor, and the iconic Shovel Drop!
by DarkSeas Games
What is he doing there? He is a playable character! Shovel Knight rides a sick motorcycle and races on the open road!
by 13AM Games
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is a part of the Indie Guest Roster! He is a playable character!
by Choice Provisions, Inc.
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is a playable character in this game’s large lineup of cameos! Hey, is that Charles Martinet (the voice of Mario) next to him? Mama mia!
by Chrisophe Galati
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight’s helmet appears as an in-game Easter Egg! Using this item will add a Shovel Drop attack!
by Neon Deity Games/Choice Provisions
What is he doing there? This side-scrolling shooter has the Shovel Blade as a weapon: it Creates a shield of fish!
by Cantric Games
What is he doing there? In this physcial card game, Shovel Knight is available as a playable character card!
by Turbo Studios Inc.
What is he doing there? In 2018, Shovel Knight was added as an Easter Egg in the Meowdieval Mayhem Map!
What is he doing there? He is an assist trophy! Shovel Knight uses his trusty shovel to dig up items and fling dirt at opponents. He also uses his iconic Shovel Drop move to take down enemies! We were stoked to discover him in our Super Smash stream on Twitch- what an incredible honor!
by Stephen Orlando
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight is referenced when the main character learns to perform a Shovel Drop!
by Acck Studio
What is he doing there? Shovel Knight makes an appearance as a NPC, helping Roy and Bivare on their quest!
by Playtonic Games
What is he doing there? He provides a side quest in the game. This side quest requires the player to retrieve 4 keys! Bonus Fun Fact: Our very own Sean Velasco, voiced him!
Bonus Round: Shovel Knight Tributes
Some games referenced Shovel Knight as a surprise tribute. Here’s a list of the unofficial adds.
by Brace Yourself Games
What is he doing there? If you look carefully, you can spot Shovel Knight’s helmet in a pile of weapons and armor!
By Dodge Roll
What is he doing there? In-game you can wield Shovel Knight’s trusty shovel….and use it as a gun?
By IO Interactive A/S
What is he doing there? Hitman 2’s Isle of Sgail mission contains a “Spade Knight” challenge. Look familiar!?
by Image & Form Games
What is he doing there? You can spot Shovel Knight’s helmet in a pile of junk! Remember to wash that helmet before wearing it!
That’s all of the Shovel Knight Cameos…for NOW!
These past 7 years have certainly been a game-spanning adventure! We are incredibly thankful for all the amazing devs and friends we’ve made along the way. Its been a blast so far and we hope you look forward to seeing where the blue burrower turns up next! Cheers!