Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – How to unlock all characters (without cheat codes)

This guide will help you how to unlock all characters (without cheat codes) in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (new version).

How to unlock all characters

Every character in Showdown can be unlocked through Story Mode, but I’ve seen a few posts asking ‘how to unlock X’, so, here’s an explanation. Unlockable characters are spoiler-tagged.

Only Plague Knight, Specter Knight, Shield Knight, Propeller Knight, Baz, and characters unlocked sequentially from them unlock other characters from Story Mode.

Plague Knight’s unlock chain:

  • Mona is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Plague Knight.
  • Liquid Samurai is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Mona.

Specter Knight’s unlock chain:

  • Phantom Striker is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Specter Knight.
  • Dark Reize is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Phantom Striker
  • Resize is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Dark Reize.

Shield Knight’s unlock (just one, no chain):

  • The Enchantress is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Shield Knight.

Propeller Knight’s unlock chain:

  • Tinker Knight is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Propeller Knight.
  • Mole Knight is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Tinker Knight.
  • Treasure Knight is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Mole Knight.

Baz’s unlock chain. Baz is unlocked by clearing Story Mode as any character without using continues.

  • Mr. Hat is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Baz.
  • Goldarmor is unlocked by clearing Story Mode with Mr. Hat.

In addition to characters, there are costume swaps for (edit: at least) two characters. These change the character’s name and sprite entirely, and both appear as ???? (????) in the Feats until unlocked. They are distinct from palette sets, which just change the color of the sprite – there are unlockable palette sets for costume swaps as well, which unlock automatically if you have both the palette set and costume swap for that character.

  • Donovan for Specter Knight. This requires that you reminisce (hold the up direction on the keyboard/joystick) for 10 seconds continuously on the Tower of Fate: Spires. To do this, you have to unlock Tower of Fate: Spires, which requires you to complete Story Mode as Reize. Resize is the final character in Specter Knight’s unlock chain.
  • Dragonarmor for Goldarmor. This is far simpler and just requires you to complete Story Mode as Goldarmor.

by r/shovelknight


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