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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.
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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.
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This topic is for the purpose of discussing #6101: keylie's Linux Shovel Knight "Plague of Shadows" in 35:23.97
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Out of the three Shovel Knight TASes you've submitted today, this one is my favorite. The movement is so fast and the explosion boosting is really cool to see in a game like this. I'm not going to comment on all three of the TASes because I have the same opinion for all three: absolutely a yes vote. For this TAS in particular, I'd really like to see it in stars because I think it deserves it.
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This movie has been published. The posts before this message apply to the submission, and posts after this message apply to the published movie. ---- [3802] Linux Shovel Knight "Plague of Shadows" by keylie in 35:23.97