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The Shovel Claws[1][2] (シャベル クラウ Shaberu Kurau?) are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are a Level Up Item for Knuckles the Echidna.


The Shovel Claws are a pair of hooked metal plates with spiked claws that can be attached over the tops of Knuckles' gloves. They are specifically made to enhance Knuckles' digging abilities, allowing him to use Dig. Rouge the Bat's equivalent are Pick Nails.


Sonic Adventure

Knuckles obtaining the Shovel Claw, from Sonic Adventure.

Knuckles can dig up buried items with these attached to his gloves.

— United States instruction booklet, Sonic Adventure[1]

In Sonic Adventure and its enhanced port, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the Shovel Claw[1] Level Up Item is located in Mystic Ruins. They are found in a small cave behind Tails' workshop, inside one of the smaller cavers with a Kiki Badnik, close to the Mine Cart that takes players to the Mystic Ruins Garden. After getting trapped inside the room with the Shovel Claws by a cage door activated by a Kiki, Knuckles has to use the Shovel Claws to find a hidden Monkey Detonation Switch to break free. It is a later requirement to find the Master Emerald shards in certain levels.

Sonic Adventure 2

Enables Knuckles to dig into the grounds and walls.

— United States instruction booklet, Sonic Adventure 2[2]

In Sonic Adventure 2 and its enhanced port, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Knuckles finds the Shovel Claws[2] Level Up Item in Pumpkin Hill on a platform just in front of the starting point of the level. They are the only mandatory Level Up Item for Knuckles in this stage, as at least one of the Emerald Shards in the level will be hidden underground.

In other media


Sonic X

Main article: Shovel Claw (Sonic X)

The Shovel Claws, from "The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk".

In the Sonic X anime series, the Shovel Claws originate from Knuckles the Echidna's home world. After somehow ending up on Earth, they were found by Hawk, who later returned them to Knuckles. Knuckles would afterwards used them on a few occasions, mainly for burrowing and combat.


  • The Shovel Claw is the only Level Up Item to appear in every game in which the character who uses it gets Level Up Items.







  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic Adventure 2 (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 19.

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