You might not be able to think of two games that are more different than Shovel Knight and God of War, but apparently in Cory Barlog’s personal canon the Kratos Shovel Knight cameo is actually canon, taking place in the gap between God of War 3 and the 2018 version of the game.
The fact that Kratos was even in Shovel Knight came as a surprise to many when the game was announced to be coming to the Playstation 4. Considering the campy and lighthearted humor of Shovel Knight, many would think that something as edgy and violent as God of War wouldn’t be included in it, even if Kratos is part of a flagship series for the Playstation consoles.
But apparently Cory Barlog believes that Kratos traveling through various lands to get to Scandinavia might even take him through the Shovel Knight universe. And Kratos wouldn’t even be the weirdest of the various different cameos in the Shovel Knight world. Players who bought the Xbox version of the game, for instance, could run into the Battletoads, going through a number of different levels with them.
After the Kratos Shovel Knight cameo is finished and you’ve defeated the Ghost of Sparta in a duel, you’ll get a good number of rewards for it. This includes 2000 gold and the Grave Digger’s Shovel, which you can turn into the armor merchant in return for the Chaos Armor. That armor allows you to fight with Kratos’s style, and will also alter your armor.
God of War’s first series ended in 2010 with God of War 3, though God of War Ascension was released in 2013 as a prologue to the first game. With the Kratos Shovel Knight cameo having Kratos say that his fate lies elsewhere, who knows what other lands he might have visited between God of War 3 and Shovel Knight.
Shovel Knight is available on a wide variety of consoles, such as the Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch, but you’d only be able to find Kratos in the Playstation 4 game.