Shovel Knight [WiiU]
Shovel Knight's best attack is his shovel drop, in which he jumps on an enemy's head. This often results in multiple hits and also acts as a defensive maneuver, so use it often.
Shovel Knight's trusty spade allows him to deflect projectiles, so consider hitting things back at the enemy instead of dodging.
This may sound obvious, but utilize relics in the game. The shovel packs quite a punch, but magic is a formidable weapon in Shovel Knight and can be especially helpful in boss fights.
If you can't find a particular relic, you can still buy it from Chester in the village after completing the level. He does inflate prices though.
Lost your money in a bottomless pit and can't recover it? Use the fishing rod to retrieve money bags without falling down.
Once you purchase two Troupple Chalices you can have Troupple King fill them with ichor, such as health/magic restoration or brief invulnerability. They make boss fights much easier, though it may feel like a cheap method to some players.
Shovel Knight's NES roots go beyond visuals and music. The game also includes a ton of cheat codes. Here are some of the best ones. To activate cheats, create a new profile and enter the following codes in the name category.
Cheat Code Effect
X&BUTT Butt Mode: Various words are replaced with "butt."
IM&SGC14 Iron Man Mode
J&2JMP! Super Jump Mode
J&!JSMP Moon Jump Mode
GGWBUCFV Unlock everything (excludes music sheets)
UDBPKFFX Enemies do no damage
YGVYUWSW Giant Mode: size doubled
OXLKJCGV Walk on spikes
SWJSROSY No encounters on the world map
First Purchase Buy your first item.
Only You Use caution and common sense around campfires.
Troupple Acolyte Discover the secrets of the Troupple King.
Hey Big Spender Spend a combined 25,000 gold at the shop.
Halfway Defeat four of the Order of No Quarter.
Nice Hat... Help out all the moochers in the fancy shop.
Well Met Defeat all the wandering travelers.
Master Shoveler Purchase all available shovel blade upgrades.
Master Angler Successfully fish five sparkling fishing spots.
Hall Champion Solve the woes of the Hall of Champions.
Juggler Impress Mona with your skills.
Victory! Finish the game.
I'm Alive! Finish any stage without dying.
I Scream for Ichor Sample each of the Troupple King's ichors.
Another Dimension Collect 2,000 worth of gold lying on spikes, while using the phase locket.
Hooper Bounce on the hoop kid's hoop for five seconds.
Boom! Defeat five foes at once using the booming horn.
Knuckle Down Hang in the air for more than four seconds using the dust knuckles.
Pungent Listen to all of Croaker's puns.
Decked Out Purchase or unlock all relics, equipment, and upgrades.
Arc of Iron Defeat three enemies with one throwing anchor.
You're Fired Finish off the Black Knight with a reflected shot.
On a Diet Finish a level without eating any food.
Get the Point Destroy all checkpoints in a single stage.
Sparker Finish off any boss using the ground spark technique.
Reflect Lord Hit enemies with a reflected projectile 30 times.
Relic Roundtable Defeat an enemy by using each relic.
Super Sphere Destroy five enemies within five seconds using the chaos spheres.
Flying Feat Defeat three enemies using the propeller dagger without touching the ground.
Untouched Emerge unscathed from a battle with any knight of the Order of No Quarter.
No Damage! Finish any stage without taking damage.
Shovel Economy Finish a level and swing the shovel blade fewer than 20 times.
Order of Hoarders Have 50,000 gold on hand.
Flare Wander Defeat an enemy with the flare wand from more than 25 blocks away.
Reflected Riches Bounce the same alchemical coin five times in a row.
Music Lover Obtain all song scrolls.
Again! Finish New Game Plus.
Clearing a Path Run over five enemies using the same mobile gear.
Dirt Poor Don't collect any gold for an entire Order of No Quarter stage.
True Shovelry Beat the game without collecting any relics.
Penny Pincher Finish the game without spending any money.
Checkpointless Destroy every possible checkpoint in the game.
HurryUp! Beat the game within 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Perfect Platformer Finish the game without falling into a bottomless pit.
Impossible! Finish the game without dying.