Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Mobile Instruction Manual

Welcome to the Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Mobile Instruction Manual! Here, you will find the basic information for how to play Pocket Dungeon on your mobile device.

Welcome to the Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Mobile Instruction Manual! Here, you will find the basic information for how to play Pocket Dungeon on your mobile device. If you want to read more about the game, check out our game page HERE. If you are playing on the console or PC version of the game, check out this manual instead!


Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a completely unique, action-packed puzzle adventure mashup like none other! If you want to read about a different game or feature, go to the main Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove manuals page.

Before you begin...

The mobile version of Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon requires a Netflix subscription. You can access the game through the mobile app on your mobile device.

Note: The game will become available on June 6th at 11am PT! So, if you stumble upon this article before hand, you'll have to wait!

Now that the game is downloaded, let’s delve into specifics on how to play!


You can play most of the game in either landscape or portrait mode - and you can change this at any point during gameplay! However, VS mode only supports landscape orientation at this time. 


Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is compatible with touch/gesture controls, on-screen d-pad controls, and is also compatible with most mainstream controllers via Bluetooth. If you’re already familiar with the console version of the game, you can carry your gamepad-controller experience to the mobile game if you prefer the classic controls.

For non-gamepad gameplay, you’ll be prompted with a choice at the start of a new game, and be asked to confirm if your preference between touchscreen or virtual d-pad controls.


Swipe Only: 

Slide your finger in the direction you want to move: Up / Down / Left / Right


Use the on-screen d-pad to navigate. You can also choose between two virtual d-pad locations and its opacity. 

Swipe Fatigue? No problem!

You can enable additional options like SWIPE REPEAT or TAP REPEAT to reduce repetitive swiping by simply holding the screen, swipe, or gamepad button to allow for continuous directional movement.

Swipe Repeat: 

As long as your finger is in motion in a single direction, your player will continue to move in the same direction with your finger.

Tap Repeat:

Pressing and holding a directional gamepad button or virtual d-pad button will maintain your direction until you release. 


Using Player-Activated Items

With gesture / d-pad controls, simply tap the item to display the directional arrows, then swipe in the direction you want the item effect to activate. 

Using Player Abilities

To activate a player ability, simply tap on the player-ability icon and choose a direction to activate your skill.


Note: The console, PC, and Mobile gameplay functions the same.

Warning: The Instruction Manual contains gameplay, item, and relic spoilers!


Time works differently in the Pocket Dungeon! It rushes forward whenever you move, and passes by slowly if you stand still. Enemies & objects will drop at this rate too. Remember, don't rush - take time to plan your next step, but be quick & divisive!


In Pocket Dungeon, you battle enemies by bumping into them. Each attack trades damage so, keep an eye on your health. Make sure to frequently grab potions so you stay in tip top shape!


Chaining allows you to attack multiple matching monsters at once! You can chain together adjacent foes, blocks, & even potions! Some knights, like Shovel Knight, get bonuses for attacking chains!

Taking Damage:
Though damage in Pocket Dungeon is unavoidable, you can predict it! Do you see the bubbles below Shovel Knight & Beeto? They indicate HP & damage. They'll flash to show how much damage you'll inflict! The panel on the right displays the Beeto's HP & attack!

Notice that fatal blows do not cause Shovel Knight damage. Use that to your advantage!

Recovering health:

Low on health? Pick up a potion to refill your health! Potions are essential for your survival- you’ll get 2 HP back with every potion, giving you more opportunities to take the offensive!

When the game ends depends on which stock option you choose.

Stock Mode:

Single Stock Mode’s gameplay is similar to a roguelite! when you fall in battle or your board fills up, your adventure is over and you’ll return to camp.

Infinite Stock Mode’s gameplay is similar to a puzzle game! When you fall in battle, you’ll respawn! When the board fills up, your adventure is over and you return to camp. Now, the only way to lose is if the board fills up.

Tip: This setting (and others) can be changed any time in the Adventure Game Options!


Each dungeon is full of items and mysteries to uncover. Here’s a small sampling of what to expect:

Chests & Keys:

The Pocket Dungeon is full of chests and keys. Chests always have something good inside. Make sure to grab those keys and unlock any chests you find. Their contents might be just what you need to wipe the board clean!


The Pocket Dungeon has an arsenal of powerful items to aid you in your quest! Certain items administer their abilities automatically. For example, the Ice Axe will freeze foes as you shovel slash through them. Others, like the Chronos Coin, are executed when you activate it! Items have limited durability, so make the most of them.


Relics give you powerful passive abilities while on a run in Pocket Dungeon. To grab a relic during your run, you'll have to find Chester’s shop mid level and spend some hard earned gems. Make sure you save all you can to afford them- grabbing the right relics to suit your playstyle and needs is key to survival.


After enough enemies are defeated, a door will appear leading you out of the stage. Simply unlock it, and step through. If the Door has a skull on it, be prepared to take down a boss!


Stay on the lookout for mismatching blocks. Breaking them will reveal a hidden portal. These portals can transport you to a variety of places. Where they take you is random... so best of luck!


The campsite is your home base while trapped in the Pocket Dungeon. There's plenty to do in between runs- change costumes with Myriad, get advice from Tipp, visit with your companions, and more. There are a ton of fun secrets to unearth so check out every nook and cranny before heading out!

Playable Characters:

In Pocket Dungeon, you'll encounter foes both familiar and new - like the delightfully dandy King Knight! Defeating him will recruit him to the campsite! Switch to play as him by bumping into him twice. Each character has a special ability for you to master!

While everyone is forced to fight for their life in the Pocket Dungeon, at the camp foes become friends.


Though you lose your progress when you fall in battle, any gem you collect will be brought with you back to camp.


Chester brought his famous Bohto wagon and has set up shop in the campsite. Any relics you purchase from him here will be made discoverable throughout your adventure. Do stop by and make a purchase when you’ve got the cash!


Everyone’s favorite equine physicist, Percy, has landed a sweet job as the Shortcut Practice Cannon Operator in the Pocket Dungeon.

500 gems for a "smooth" flight! What a deal! It's also a great way to practice before a run, or if you’re frustrated from losing progress. Skipping ahead will save you time but might leave you short on equipment & secrets.


The Guidebook keeps track of all monsters, knights, relics, and items that you've encountered in the Pocket Dungeon. You can access it in the pause menu!


Info Panel:

See the panel containing your portrait on the left? It keeps track of everything: your attack power, health, death count, items, relics, gems & more! It should give you full context of your character's current items and abilities - keep an eye on it!


Did you know that all Pocket Dungeon levels have a mini-map on the top of the screen? Each defeated foe will bring you one step closer to the dungeon's exit. Items crucial to your journey will drop in chests along the way, so use the mini-map to your advantage and escape unscathed!

Gem Meter:

The Gem Meter at the bottom of the screen amplifies your gems attained from each encounter in Pocket Dungeon! Quickly knockout chains to fill up your meter! A bigger meter rewards more Gems!


Adventure Mode:

Delve into the Pocket Dungeon’s single player mode! You’ll take down ferocious foes, battle bosses, unearth relics and treasure, unlock hidden secrets, and recruit playable versions of your favorite characters from the Shovel Knight universe.

VS Mode:

Go head-to-head with your Player 2 or a CPU in VS Mode! Take control of any of the unlocked characters & delve into a match. Like in Adventure mode, the game will end when the board fills up or when you run out of stock!

In VS Mode, the Pocket Dungeon will collapse if it fills up! Chains send garbage blocks over to your opponent! So, try to make as many chains as possible to bury the competition! To defend yourself, quickly chain while blocks are incoming to prevent receiving garbage. Bury the competition!

Daily Challenge Mode:

Everyday you will get one chance to test your Pocket Dungeon skills on a randomized level. Compete with players around the world for the daily top score. You can check the top scores by selecting Leaderboard on the title screen. The Leaderboard will reset daily, so every day is a new opportunity to conquer it! Beware- all content is unlocked in Daily if you don’t want to spoil anything, head out to adventure first.



In the Adventure section of the options, you can customize how you play your puzzle action-adventure! Here, you’ll be able to switch between Single Stock and Infinite Stock mode, turn off bosses, randomize levels, make foes more difficult, turn off items & relics, and more! Some options will disable feats. You can switch back to the original settings by selecting “Set Defaults”!


In the “Game” section, you can switch rumble, feat pop-ups, and damage numbers on or off! You can also set a pause on lost focus and toggle a timer for speedrunning!

Video & Audio Settings:

Use these sections to set your preferred screen size, volume, and more! You can reset your preferences by selecting “Set Defaults” in either section!

Play Tutorial:
Need a Pocket Dungeon refresher? Select “Play Tutorial” in the Options menu to go over the basics with your pal, Puzzle Knight!

How to Save:

Your progress will save automatically throughout your adventure! If you quit mid-run, you’ll lose any progress achieved from that run!


  • Start with Infinite Stock

    When playing Adventure and learning the ins and outs of the game, most players have an easier time with Infinite stock mode. Try Single stock mode for the full Roguelite experience.

  • Level Clear!

    Taking out all of the foes & blocks in a stage will give you “level clear” and award a gem bonus! You can also clear side rooms.

  • Stay above the fray!

    It can be hard to keep your cool when enemies surround you. If you can stay above them, you have more control to move freely about the dungeon.

  • Relish Your Relics!

    Chester shows up in every stage after Plains...don’t miss one of his shops. Every relic you buy causes the prices to pick what works best for you.

  • Consider Chains

    Chains are key in Pocket Dungeon, but Shovel Knight can't move enemies into groups! Sometimes, it's best to focus on a loner block, potion, or monster, to ensure others fall and form a chain in their place.

  • Increase your Speed

    Take time to plan your next step, but be quick & decisive! Once you’re comfortable, moving fast keeps your gem meter closer to max!

  • Talk to your pals

    If you are having trouble, talk to Tipp, Puzzle Knight, and Kee...they have lots of advice! There’s a lot to learn, so expect it to take some time to master the intricacies of every stage.

  • Play it Your Way

    Don’t be afraid to mess around with the options- that’s what they are there for! Randomizing the levels can really change the feel of the game. Changing the Stock option can have a big impact on whether the difficulty feels right for you!

  • Let Growth Gems Grow

    The longer you wait for a Growth Gem to grow, the more valuable the gem payout becomes! You'll know its at its max value when it reaches its pink crystal form. It pays to be patient!