Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon is a rogue-lite puzzle game, blending action mechanics with tile-matching puzzle elements to create something completely new. The Adventure mode is the main focus, where you unlock various characters and make your way through the story. But even once you reach the end, it’s clear there is still more story to tell. Here’s how to get the “true” ending in Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon.
Once you’ve made it through the 10 stages and defeated Puzzle Knight, you’ve finished the game. Kind of. You’ll see credits, but the game telegraphs pretty openly that someone has been pulling Puzzle Knight’s strings, and he’s just as trapped in the Pocket Dungeon as any of you. To progress further, you need to pull off an array of difficult feats, and it all starts with four special shrines.
Chances are you came across at least one of the shrines on your standard runs through the game. In many stages, a black vortex appears, and entering it will take you to either a bonus area or a shrine. The Shrinemaster, a giant skeletal figure, guards each shrine and demands special criteria to enter and claim the key fragment inside. To unlock the true ending, you need to gather all four key fragments in a single run.