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Shovel Knight

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There are 85 Shovel Knight achievements (45 without DLC) worth 10,330 (2,000)

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Shovel Economy in Shovel Knight

Shovel Economy22 (10)

Finish a level and swing the Shovel Blade fewer than 20 times.

  • Unlocked by 2,415 tracked gamers (21% - TA Ratio = 2.19) 11,637  

Achievement Guide for Shovel Economy

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Achievement won on 29 Apr 15
TA Score for this game: 1,405
Posted on 29 April 15 at 13:38, Edited on 30 April 15 at 14:20
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Not as difficult as it sounds and can earned pretty easily (I earned on a second run through of Level 1 after only just playing the game for the first time.

Here's how I did it for Level 1:

-Use the jump and down move mostly to dig or attack. For those of you new to the game you really just jump and then hit the down button. I only learned this after experimenting a bit and didn't notice it in the controls section. This move doesn't count as swinging the shovel blade.

-For the giant sleeping dragons, just try to keep bouncing on their heads and there shouldn't be any hassle. EDIT: As mentioned by SedateRial, you can skip the dragons by bouncing off and over them. Either method is fine, depending on your health situation may decide whether or not you want to kill/skip.

-You will need to use the shovel a couple of times to proceed past dirt/sand, but it won't come close to the 20 uses that you're limited to. EDIT: As mentioned by New Paralyzer, you can work past the dirt using the Knuckles and not shovel the dirt. Not necessary or mandatory as you will have enough shovel uses, but this can save more blade attacks.

-Be ok with taking some damage as each dragon will give you a health restoration item and there is a health restoration item hidden right before the boss fight. Each of these items is about 1/3 through the level.

-You can die. I died once and still received the achievement after the level. I did use less than 20 for the entirety of the level with continues so don't think that death resets the count.

-For the boss, just focus on bouncing off the boss. Although some of his other attacks present opportunities for attacking, I focused on never using it to keep my count as low as possible.

-As an estimate, I was around 10 or 12 shovel swings for the level so there was plenty of leeway to earn this achievement on the level.
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