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Submission #6101: keylie's Linux Shovel Knight "Plague of Shadows" in 35:23.97

Console: Linux
Game name: Shovel Knight
Game version: any
ROM filename: ShovelKnight_3.3.tar.gz
Branch: Plague of Shadows
Emulator: libTAS v1.3.1
Movie length: 35:23.97
FrameCount: 127438
Re-record count: 26652
Author's real name: Clément Gallet
Author's nickname: keylie
Submitter: keylie
Submitted at: 2018-09-16 21:56:40
Text last edited at: 2018-10-08 18:05:02
Text last edited by: fsvgm777
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Status: published
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Version info:

libTAS version: 1.3.1

Annotation info:

Shovel Knight v3.3 DRM-free version (taken from Humble Store), 64-bit binary. Steam version is not supported by libTAS v1.3.1, sorry. The game ships with all needed libraries

Tested on Debian 10 (Buster) 64-bit and libTAS v1.3.1. Game executable is "/path/to/game/64/ShovelKnight" You must open "File > Executable Options..." and set "Library path" to directory "/path/to/game/64/lib"

The game can be launched natively first to set video resolution for encoding purpose. It does not affect sync.

Commentaries are also provided as a srt subtitle file inside the movie archive (rename with tar.gz extension and decompress it to access this file)

Author's comments and explanations:
Shovel Knight is a 2D platform game with retro style released in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially features Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with other playable characters.

(Link to video)

The above video contains commentaries as subtitles.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: libTAS v1.3.1
  • Syncs on Ubuntu 18.04 amd64 with Linux kernel 4.13.0-36-generic
  • Finish the game with Plague Knight campaign
  • Aims for fastest real time
  • Take damage to save time
  • Genre: Platform


Transition burst

When entering the boss screen, we loose control of the character. However, we can still act during the first frame of the screen. Bursting during this first frame allows us to get closer to the boss during the cutscene. On some bosses, this trick is not possible, but it is still possible to burst at the last frame of the previous screen for a similar effect.


There are several cancels and resets among Plague's list of movements:

  • Normally, Plague can throw 3 bombs then there's a cooldown until he can throw a bomb again. The double jump resets the cooldown, so he can throw 6 bombs rapidly
  • The Burst can be canceled by an item
  • The end of the Staff item animation can be canceled by a double jump

Other comments

Huge thanks to the Shovel Knight discord community for their feedback, advices and enthusiasm!

Suggested screenshot: 75983

feos: Judging...

feos: Nothing but joy. Everything from #6100: keylie's Linux Shovel Knight "Shovel of Hope" in 39:37.68 applies here too. This is an extra mode available from the start in this game version, so all is fine. Accepting to Moons.

fsvgm777: Processing.

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