Achievement Guide & Road Map
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Welcome to Spelunky, a 2D platforming game with randomly generated levels and achievements that require tons of skill and patience. Be warned, you will die hundreds of times while attempting to get every achievement. It is extremely difficult, but it is also one of the most addictive Xbox Live Arcade games on the market.
Many of the achievements will require full playthroughs of the game and you will most likely want to attempt them on individual playthroughs, resulting in much more than the minimum of 2, so these achievements are technically missable. Getting all of the achievements in just 2 playthroughs would require an extreme amount of skill and is almost impossible. It's in your best interest to follow the rest of the roadmap and be patient when it comes to Spelunky's achievements. It is possible to get everything in less than a few hours, but it will reasonably take you 50 to 100 hours, possibly more.
Step I: Unlock All Shortcuts & Practice
It is recommended that you unlock the shortcuts to each level and practise them extensively before attempting a full playthrough. To unlock the shortcut for to the Jungle, see Mines Shafted; for the shortcut to the Ice Caves, see Jungle Jammed; and for the shortcut to the Temple, see Ice Creamed. Once you unlock the shortcuts, you can access them by heading to the room on your left in the starting area of the game. If you begin in a level by using a shortcut and die you will start at the beginning of that level. You can also unlock the achievements for reaching each level and completing the game by using shortcuts.
As soon as you unlock the Jungle shortcut, you should start from the Jungle and attempt to clear it until you unlock the Ice Caves shortcut. Now work at that until you unlock the Temple shortcut and play until you complete the game from there. After completing the game once you can decide if you want to start attempting full playthroughs, or if you want more practice.
By the end of this step you should have at least:
Step II: Complete the Full Game Multiple Times
When you've practised enough to fully understand each level, what items you'll want in them, how to kill the enemies and avoid the traps, you can begin the full playthrough phase. There are quite a few ways you need to complete the game or things you need to do within playthroughs and you can complete them in any order you want, but I recommend this order:
Step III: Rescue Remaining Characters & Mop Up
By this point you can consider yourself a master of this game and a pretty fine gamer at that. It takes some serious skill to get where you've gotten, so let me help you finish up Spelunky. This is what you will probably have left at this point, but if there's still something you don't have, go back and get it first:
Check out this thread for locations of the remaining characters and work your way to finishing that off. See this thread for a list of all the journal entries and tips on where to find them and complete them. Now if you haven't died 1,000 times by the time you've gotten here, bravo. It's likely you will already have this achievement, but if you don't, start up an adventure and get dying.
Spelunky is quite a hard game, but after lots of practise it should get easier for you. Follow the guide for tips on the more challenging parts of levels and you shouldn't have too many problems. If you're still missing an achievement see a video guide to understand exactly how to do something. Good luck!
Game Completion Achievements
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/-iCzjQ==.jpg So It Begins - 30 :gsicon:
Beat the Tutorial.
When you start your adventure for the first time, you will immediately begin the tutorial. Finishing the tutorial is required to continue with the game. Follow the directions to learn the basics of Spelunky's gameplay. Unlike the rest of the game, if you die on one of the tutorial stages you will respawn at the beginning of that stage. Once you have completed the 3 tutorial stages and watched the wall with the lock break apart to reveal a path, the achievement will unlock.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+owObQ==.jpg Mines Shafted - 20 :gsicon:
Reached the Jungle.
This achievement will unlock once you have completed the 4 stages of the 'Mines' level.
If you are having trouble clearing the Mines, read these tips:
To unlock the shortcut to the Jungle, you will have to complete the Mines level 3 times, each time bringing something new to the end. The first time you get there you will have to donate 1 bomb. When you get there a second time you will have to donate 1 rope. Finally, on your third arrival you will have to donate $10,000. Make sure you have what is required in your inventory upon each arrival if you want quick access to the Jungle.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+asaYw==.jpg Jungle Jammed - 20 :gsicon:
Reached the Ice Caves.
This achievement will unlock once you have completed the 4 stages of the 'Jungle' level. You can use the shortcut to start at the Jungle and the achievement will still unlock.
If you are having trouble clearing the Jungle, read these tips:
To unlock the shortcut to the Ice Caves you will have to complete the Jungle level 3 times. You can use the Jungle shortcut to make this easier on you. See Mines Shafted for information on the Jungle shortcut. The first time you get there you will have to donate 2 bombs. When you get there a second time you will have to donate 2 ropes. Finally, on your third arrival you will have to donate a shotgun, which sometimes won't even be available in your randomly generated Jungle. You can find shotguns in weapon shops, the black market, or if you spawn in a stage where the dead have arisen one can be found if you destroy a grave marked 'Ash'. Make sure you have these in your inventory upon your arrivals if you want quick access to the Ice Caves.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+mrrRQ==.jpg Ice Creamed - 20 :gsicon:
Reached the Temple.
This achievement will unlock once you have completed the 4 stages of the 'Ice Caves' level. You can use the shortcut to start at the Ice Caves and this achievement will still unlock.
If you are having trouble clearing the Ice Caves, read these tips:
To unlock the shortcut to the Temple you will have to complete the Ice Caves level 3 times. See Jungle Jammed for information on the Ice Caves shortcut. The first time you get there you will have to donate 3 bombs. When you get there a second time you will have to donate 3 ropes. Finally, on your third arrival you will have to donate a gold key, which can only be found in the Mines. You'll have to start the game from the mines, pick up the gold key and without using it or dropping it, make it to the end of the Ice Caves. Make sure you're holding the key when you exit each stage.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+Evi8A==.jpg Made It - 40 :gsicon:
Completed the game.
This achievement will unlock once you have completed the 3 stages of the 'Temples' level and defeated the boss Olmec. You can use the shortcut to start at the Temples and this achievement will still unlock.
If you are having trouble clearing the Temple, read these tips:
See Ice Creamed for information on the Temple shortcut.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+4oT1g==.jpg Ironman - 30 :gsicon:
Completed the game without using shortcuts.
For this achievement you need to start the game from the Mines and defeat Olmec at the end of the Temples. If you play in co-op you can still unlock the achievement and if only one of you dies, you will come back in the next stage if the living player can make it to the coffin on that stage and open it. For tips on how to complete each of the 4 levels, see the Mines Shafted, Jungle Jammed, Ice Creamed, and Made It guides.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+4JYdA==.jpg Speedlunky - 10 :gsicon:
Completed the game in under 8 minutes. No shortcuts.
To complete the game in under 8 minutes starting from the Mines, you will need to learn a balance between rushing and patience. You'll have to be smart about this speed run, making sure not to go out of your way for treasure, a damsel, or certain items. If you can manage to get a jetpack, cape, or compass, you will have a much easier time going for this. If you don't get a compass you might want to just start over.
You should be able to clear the mines fairly quickly. You'll want to have less than 2 minutes used up by the end of the Mines. The Jungle will most likely take you the longest time. Your limit for the end of the Jungle should be 4. The Ice Caves should take the least time if you have a cape or jetpack. Try to finish the Ice Caves with only 5 minutes used up. The Temples can take a while as they are possibly the most difficult stages. Reaching Olmec with 7 minutes is a good goal to give you enough time to defeat Olmec. See the video guide for my details.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-7r5BE=.jpg Low Scorer - 10 :gsicon:
Completed the game without collecting any treasure. No shortcuts.
You'll need to start at the Mines and make it through the entire game without picking up a single piece of treasure. Your score must not go above 0. You can accidentally pick up treasure on so many occasions. Avoid blowing up terrain as much as possible, and when you do make sure you stay away from the area because gold or gems within the terrain can fly at you. You'll have to check the ground constantly to make sure you aren't accidentally stepping over any, especially on the Jungle level. See the following video guide for more tips.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-zK7aQ=.jpg Good Teamwork - 10 :gsicon:
Completed the game with at least two players alive. No shortcuts.
This can be achieved solo with 2 controllers and is actually not as hard as it sounds. Know that you can pick up your teammate, and you can do this while they are holding something else. So if you are playing alone you can easily save damsels and pick up items. You can sacrifice your teammate to gain lots of favour from Kali as well. Use the same tips for each individual level and just keep in mind you have to constantly be carrying somone.
If one of you dies, you can use the other player to bring the other back to life via a coffin on the next stage. This can actually be used as an advantage over playing the game solo, making the co-op run fairly easy. See the video guide for more tips.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-iI-s4=.jpg To Hell and Back - 50 :gsicon:
Completed the game the hard way.
To reach hell you must first reach the City of Gold. Follow the guide to reach it. When you're there, look for a book known as the Necronomicon. Pick that up and proceed to the fight against Olmec. One you get here find the door under the terrain and choose that as the location to kill Olmec. Have him drop over it and use his head before he dies to enter the door. There are a lot of new enemies and traps in Hell, plus a whole new boss. It is a very difficult level to get through and will require some knowledge that I'd rather not try to sum up in words. Watch the video for help.
Collection Based Achievements
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/+2z2-g==.jpg Big Money - 20 :gsicon:
Obtained 500000 gold.
For this achievement you are not required to obtain the 500,000 gold in a full playthrough, but it is nearly impossible to collect that much without entering the City of Gold , which a start from the beginning is required to access (see City of Gold for info on how to access). There are multiple ways to approach this achievement, so I will explain the two best methods.
A ghost will appear if you wait for 2 minutes in a level. It is an immortal enemy who passes through terrain and can kill you instantaneously with one touch. You want a ghost to spawn, because it has a unique ability where when passing over gems, it turns them into valuable diamonds. Ghost running is very dangerous, but can result in a lot of money earned. A ghost will not spawn if you posses the Hedjet, so if you plan on doing ghost runs, do them before you pick it up in the Black Market.
Having the Udjat Eye or Spectacles can show you where gems are inside the terrain so you can bomb them out. You'll want lots of ropes and bombs to manoeuvre around the ghost. One way to turn lots of gems into diamonds is to find one of those areas with chests and a shopkeeper running back and forth and work your way in there, killing the shopkeeper. The chests will drops lots of gems. Make sure to have an easy escape from the area.
Follow the steps to the City of Gold, along the way make sure you collect as many bombs as you can. If you earn 32 favor with Kali, you will receive 99 bombs, which is useful for the City of Gold. Paste for sticky bombs will also make getting money from the City of Gold easier. You can rob shops and the black market if you're up to it, but it is dangerous. In the City of Gold, find large bits of terrain and blow them up. Gold chunks will fly out and give you lots of money. Beware, a ghost can spawn in here.
Play through from the Mines to reach the City of Gold. Collect as much treasure as you can along the way, but don't bother wasting bombs on collecting gems. You'll want paste and ideally a jetpack before moving on to the City. A good goal to have is 100k by the time you reach the city. Now destroy as many large bits of terrain as you can to get gold, but be quick because a ghost will spawn after 2 and a half minutes, also keep 10 bombs for later. Collect the Book of the Dead so you can access Hell and make sure you kill the Anubis II that spawns.
Now you'll have to defeat Olmec. But first, use a rope or tool to reach the top of Olmec's stage where you will find a bunch of gold to help. You'll want about 250k by the time you enter Hell. Find the door below the terrain in Olmec's Lair and make sure you have Olmec die over it so you can enter.
Be extremely careful in Hell, move slowly, and choose your paths wisely. Collect gold and gems as you can, but don't risk putting yourself in danger for it. You'll want close to 300k when you reach Yama's Throne, which is the boss stage of Hell. See To Hell and Back for tips on this level. Once Yama is dead, carefully use your bombs to destroy his throne to collect the many gems inside of it. Place bombs in the centre and make your way down to through the top. Be careful because there can be traps around it. If you blow up one of the tiki traps, the rest will collapse.
After you have collected all these gems, you definitely need at least 400k. Exit through the door at the top of the room where you will receive a reward putting you over 500,000 gold and unlocking the achievement. Watch the video for more help.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-8LHII=.jpg Public Enemy - 10 :gsicon:
Killed 12 or more shopkeepers in one game.
To find enough shopkeepers, you will want to start from the Mines. The shopkeepers are in shops that randomly spawn and will only be in some stages. They can also be found in rooms within the terrain that contain chests. If something else kills them it will count towards the achievement. You will want to grab the Udjat Eye from the locked chest in the Mines to make finding the Black Market in the Jungle easy for you. You want to do this because in the Black Market you can find 8 shopkeepers.
Shopkeepers are very dangerous as they all carry shotguns and can get angry easily. If you steal something from a shop, drop a bomb in a shop, blow up terrain close to the shop, attack a shopkeeper, or even if something else injures one, they will come after you. You have to be quick and you'll want more than just your whip and bombs. If you're lucky, the first shop you come across will have a weapon you can steal and quickly kill the shopkeeper with. Once a shopkeeper is dead, you will probably want his shotgun and all the loot you can get from his shop.
After you've killed your first shopkeeper, the exits of each stage will be guarded by a shopkeeper and every shopkeeper will instantly become an enemy. Carry on until you reach a stage in the Jungle where you can access the Black Market. Here you can let a lot of the shopkeepers kill each other or die from traps, but remember there are 8 of these guys jumping around. You can use a rope and climb to the top of it to an area where they can't reach you to give them time to kill each other. When you think there are only a few left, carefully take them out with any weapons you have or can find here. Continue through the stages if you still need the achievement, killing them as you go. See below for a video guide.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-qp93s=.jpg Casanova - 10 :gsicon:
Rescued 10 or more damsels in one game.
To rescue 10 damsel in one game you will want to begin in the Mines as the later levels make it harder to rescure them. You can only rescue 1 damsel per stage, so the soonest you will be able to obtain this is at stage 3-2 in the Ice Caves level. Sometimes damsels will spawn in ridiculous places, buried in the terrain or up high where they seem almost unreachable. Make sure you have bombs and ropes; paste for sticky bombs is always useful. The achievement will unlock when the 10th damsel walks through the exit.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-4NATk=.jpg The Entire Gang - 10 :gsicon:
Rescued all 8 hidden characters.
For this achievement you will need to rescue all of the 8 hidden characters in the game, which can be found in coffins in various locations. This achievement will require multiple playthroughs of stages to find certain coffins because they are randomly generated and sometimes will not appear. You will also have to complete the difficult task of reaching Hell to find one of the characters.
For a guide on character locations, click here.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-loBl0=.jpg Seen a Lot - 10 :gsicon:
Completed 50% of the journal.
This achievement will unlock once you have found 62 of the 124 journal entries in the game. For a guide on journal entries, click here.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-tJD+g=.jpg Seen It All - 20 :gsicon:
Completed 100% of the journal.
This achievement will unlock once you have found all 124 of the journal entries in the game. For a guide on journal entries, click here.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5-0qFTc=.jpg Her Favorite - 10 :gsicon:
Won the kapala from Kali.
For this achievement, you will need to earn 16 favor from Kali to receive the Kapala. To earn favor, you need to sacrifice stunned or dead bodies by placing them on Kali's altar, which has the possibility to be generated on any level. The altar is found at the bottom of the statues of Kali, which are the 8-armed women. Favor carries over to each stage, but if you anger Kali by destroying her altar, you will be unable to earn any more favor and you will have to start a new game.
For a chart with favor values, click here.
Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to obtain this, is to start a co-op game. You can sacrifice the second player to earn favor and then one damsel will be enough to receive the Kapala. You could also sacrifice the second player, then kill yourself and have your dead body land on the altar.
Once you have earned 16 favor and the Kapala has appeared on the altar, the achievement will unlock.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/5--t+ao=.jpg Eternal Life - 20 :gsicon:
Obtained the Ankh.
To obtain the Ankh, you will first need to get the Udjat Eye which is located in a chest in the Mines. It is possible to do this without the Udjat Eye, but you'll have lots of trouble without it. Sometimes you won't get a stage with a gold key and chest, so you'll have to start from the beginning of the Mines again. If a stage spawns a chest, there will definitely be a gold key to open it. When you find the key, pick it up and carry it to the chest. The chest will give you the Udjat Eye.
Now you need to clear the Mines level. When you arrive in the Jungle, you'll need to find the Black Market. The Udjat Eye will blink blue and make a beeping noise when you are near the Black Market. Search every area of the Jungle stages until it starts beeping. You'll know you're getting closer to the Black Market when the Udjat Eye begins blinking and beeping faster. When it starts going very fast, place bombs around the terrain to reveal the door to the Black market. Sometimes you will have to dig deep into the ground, and sometimes it will be above you, so if you can, bring paste with you to the Jungle.
Once inside the Black Market, you will see many shops with most of the items in the game available to purchase. Be careful in here, because there are still traps and enemies. Look around until you find a shop dedicated to an object that looks like the one in the achievement tile. The Ankh costs $50,000, but you can just steal it and get the achievement even though the shopkeepers will kill you immediately. To reach the City of Gold you will need the Ankh, so if you're attempting to get there during this playthrough, you will most likely want to purchase it.
The Ankh will revive you upon death, but it will break and not be usable for the rest of that playthrough. You will need it for City of Gold. Once you pick up the Ankh, the achievement will unlock.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/-8gAvA==.jpg City of Gold - 40 :gsicon:
Reached the City of Gold.
(Thanks to DROGTURIST for this solution)
For this achievement you will have to access the secret area in the Temples by doing some tasks in each level of the game. This means you'll have to start in the Mines and make your way to just about the end of the game.
Mines (Udjat Eye)
Here you need to collect the Udjat Eye, which is located in the locked chest on one of the stages. Find the gold key and carry it to the chest to receive the Udjat Eye. If you find a chest, or you find a gold key, its counterpart will always be on that stage.
Here you need to collect the Ankh, which is located in the Black Market. To find the Black Market, follow the rapid blinking of the eye on your HUD and beeping noise coming from it. When the beeping and blinking has become very rapid, you'll be close. Sometimes the Black Market spawns deep in the terrain, and sometimes even in hard to reach areas above you. Bring lots of bombs, and if possible, paste for sticky bombs.
Once inside the Black Market, find the shop on the right side of the stage dedicated to the strange gold object. You will need to either purchase the Ankh for $50,000 or steal it. Stealing it will cause the shopkeepers to go insane, and you will have a hard time staying alive. Your best option is to purchase it. The Ankh gives you the ability to be resurrected upon death, but you cannot die until the next step!
Ice Caves (Hedjet Helmet)
Here you need to collect the Hedjet Helmet, so while you're in the Ice Caves, look for the giant statue of a face with an Ankh engraved on its forehead. Once you have found it, die anywhere on that stage and you will resurrected near the head and teleported inside it. You will receive the Hedjet Helmet immediately and you can exit to the next level from there.
Here you need to collect the Sceptre, which is the final piece to unlocking the City of Gold. To get this, you have to kill an Anubis, which is the Egyptian looking enemy shooting purple orbs at you. It can be very difficult, so use a weapon like a shotgun, freeze ray, plasma cannon, or sticky bombs. He'll take three hits from each. One you pick up his Sceptre, look around the Temple for a golden door. It will open if you have all the required items and the achievement will unlock.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/i...5/-ij4Lw==.jpg Addicted - 10 :gsicon:
Played Adventure Mode 1000 times.
It is quite possible for this achievement to come naturally while attempting to get all of Spelunky's achievements. Don't think you're a bad player if you get this without trying because a lot of people will. To speed up the process, if you lose a heart within the first couple seconds of starting a new adventure, or you're finding yourself in a tough situation in the first couple stages, just press :start:, go to End Adventure, then try again. Otherwise, enjoy pressing :start:, ending your adventure, and restarting over and over until you reach 1,000 deaths. You could also just kill yourself in various ways.
Stoked to see the guide written. Been waiting on this game for what feels like too long. Seems like the full 400g is going to be out of reach for most gamers.
Unlockable Characters ***SPOILERS!***:
Yellow miner girl, Purple pirate girl, Green mariachi man, Blue bear suit guy:
Unlocked by finding and destroying coffins in the single player adventure mode. The order they unlock in is random, but you will find one in the mines, one in the jungle, one in the ice caves, and one in the temple. Once you have unlocked one of the characters in an area, coffins will stop spawning there (except in multiplayer, but that's irrelevant).
Black vampire hunter(?)/amish guy(?)/whatever:
In the Jungle area, wait for an event floor with the text "The dead are restless!". Find a tombstone with a crown on it. A skeleton should be visible just underneath the tombstone wearing a crown. Place a bomb directly on top of the skeleton and you'll blow open a door to a secret castle area. Once you're there, work your way carefully to the bottom of the area and enter the castle. Instead of leaving, head upward into the castle tower itself. Watch out for the black knight up there, he's no pushover. (side note: if you manage to kill him, he drops his shield which is a very handy thing to take with you) At the very top you'll find a coffin, smack it open with your whip to unlock this character.
The coolest cameo ever! Meat Boy is also unlocked in a secret area in the Jungle. This time, look for one of the sticky red blobs on the walls and toss a damsel onto one to stick her to it. Hop onto it yourself and wait a minute. A giant tunneling worm will come to eat her, and take you with it. You'll get a pass for the level and spawn inside the worm's stomach. Play very carefully here, as the bacteria enemies, which behave like the suns in Super Mario 3, are going to ruin your day if you don't have some kind of weapon with you (your whip only stuns them!). Carefully work your way downward until you find a large tub of stomach acid. At the bottom will be your prize: a crysknife that replaces your whip and does massive damage. I don't know for sure if the acid hurts you, but the bubbles that fly off of it certainly do, and it looks none to friendly, so to be safe, drop a bomb into it to drain the pit first. Once you have the knife, keep heading downward. You'll start to see bright green blisters on the walls. Look at each one carefully, you'll eventually come to one that is much more round in shape, a much darker green, and has a distinct man-shaped outline behind it. Cut it open with the crysknife to unlock the character. You may be able to bomb it open, or cut it with a machete or something, but your whip won't do the trick and the crysknife does. You'll kill meat boy in the process, so he won't follow you around like other unlockable characters.
???? final unlock:
I don't know who he is, but he's probably the tutorial guy, Chang. To unlock him, you'll need to go to hell. Easier said than done, though. First, you'll need to get to the city of gold. I'll spare the details of that. Once there, look for a pedestal with a book on it. This is the necronomicon. You'll need to pick it up. Beware, as this will spawn a very dangerous souped-up version of the anubis monster. Kill it if you can, as it's going to keep following you, even between levels. Now, necronomicon in hand, reach and defeat Olmec, the final boss. At around the center of the stage, at the very bottom, just above the lava, is a door with an angry face on it. You need the book to open it. Beyond is Hell. The final character unlock is almost certainly there, but the rest of the process is a mystery to me as I haven't managed to get in there yet. I'd imagine he's in a coffin, but as the meat boy unlock was a bit more complicated, this may well be too.
Anyone have opinions on difficulty rating / time to 400G?
Awesome unlockable guide! I have most of them but how the hell did anyone figure out how to find Meat Boy? :eek:
Who's done the speedrun and where did you see it? :eek:
Oh, the leaderboards probably? Damn having to work so I can't check for myself!
Do you mind that I'm using info from your solutions on TA? I'm giving you credit for it. Is that OK?
Anyone else have the game freeze at the loading screen every single time they load it up for the first time? I'm sick of restarting my Xbox so often.
Just an update regarding unlocking Meat Boy:
You can reach the worm from the ice caves as well as the jungle. It's actually easier to get to from there, because the red blobs stick out against the background, and the way the ice cave levels are generated makes it simple to get the damsel to the blob with a handful of ropes or a jetpack.
That said, the enemies inside the worm are based on where you got there from, and while the jungle is generally more deadly than the ice caves, the enemies from the caves are much more dangerous, especially in the much tighter quarters of the worm versus the open areas found in the caves.
In short, it's harder to get into the worm from the jungle, but the resulting level will be easier. It's easier to get into the worm from the ice caves, but the resulting level will be harder.
Thanks for the info about the door at the bottom of Olmec's room. I beat him with the Book of the Dead but couldn't figure out what to do... I finally gave up and went through the exit, hoping it would do something special. Wish I'd seen your post earlier!
Word of warning: I beat Olmec a second time with the Book of the Dead, then tried going through the door. I had a jetpack, but I was expecting the door to have a floor (like every other door in the game), so I dropped down into it. Bad move ... I fell right through (briefly seeing "push RB"), and into the lava. D'oh!
I actually wonder if you can even go through the door without a floor, or if you need to make sure Olmec sinks into the lava there so you can stand on him...
Royal jelly gives you four hearts, not two.
If you die whilst on it (or if you die and your body lands on it), you disappear in smoke an a Kapala appears. The death text says "I have offered myself to the Black Goddess". The achievement will pop after it.
Well just to confirm, I unlocked it 1 or 2 days before that post was made, and you CAN sacrifice yourself to make the Kapala appear, as long as there's enough points earned from the sacrifice (just have to calculate the points before you sacrifice yourself) and the achievement does unlock that way too.
I should really start putting stuff into the guide, but I'm just too addicted to the game :p
how exactly do you go about getting a guide stickied when it is only like 5% completed and has no real useful content? haha
Oh and by the way, the stomach acid does hurt you but you have a few seconds before it does. You have time to jump down, get the crysknife and drop a quick bomb.
Took three tries, but I managed to finish Hell! I can confirm that you unlock Yang, the tutorial guy, when you beat Lord Yama, the "true" final boss. Since it's impossible to practice Hell and it takes a while to get there even if you're good, I'll give some painfully-learned tips:
- You need Olmec to fall into the lava right where the hidden door is in order to get in, since it has no floor. You stand on him and enter the door while he's dying. The door's in a random location (always just above the lava), so you might have to get him to dig down a bit before you can look for it. (Or dig down yourself with bombs, if you have a lot...) EDIT: Oh, hm, BanditBanks said the Book of the Dead blinks faster when you're over the door. I guess that makes sense! :)
- Hell isn't THAT bad, not really any harder than Temple. Especially if you have a Jetpack, which you really should.
- The first level has a tower to one side with an uber-vampire called Vlad at the top. Beware.
- Blue demons can't be stomped without hurting yourself.
- There are Succubi that look like Damsels until you get close, when they launch themselves at you. I almost died the first time this happened!
- The final boss starts with two mini-bosses to either side of you. I just blasted away with the shotgun and they died without much trouble, dropping 12-bomb boxes.
- Don't climb to the top of the boss's lair; he likes to shake the room and rain projectiles down on you if you do this. That's what killed me the first time.
- I'm not EXACTLY sure what Yama's attacks are since I was a wuss and stayed to one side shooting with the shotgun. I think you have to destroy his hands. Then his head detaches and starts moving back and forth, and you have to destroy it. I basically just kept shooting with the shotgun and won. :)
- Yama's throne consists of something like 10x4 layers of rubies! I imagine that'll help if you're going for $500,000 (considering you already had to come through the City of Gold...)
An easier way to get the damsel in the meat wad thingy is to jump into it while you're holding onto her, then while you're stuck in the wad press x to throw her. She won't go flying that way but will be stuck and then the worm will take you.
It seems the worm really only wants the damsel. I was in the wad with her and an enemy knocked me out of it and the worm still came and took her. No damsel and no worm level on that run, was funny...and annoying.
Great tips on the hidden characters though. I managed to get the guy from the castle but the worm level has been tough and I haven't gotten Meatboy yet.
final character has been confirmed as the tutorial guy.
i'm hopefully writing up the guide for this on TA, i'd love to collaborate with you! you've got my permission to use anything i've put up on TrueAchievements here. (I'm Stiqe there)
(I posted a handful of helpful info for getting the co-op achievement as a guide, there)
So, on to the information!
Tip on getting to worm level: i've never failed getting there once I discovered the optimal method of damsel-baiting. simply grab your dame/dude/dog, jump into the blob yourself, and press :xbut: to drop her/him/it! DO make sure you're near the top of the blob and mostly in the center.
DAMSELS DO NOT HAVE TO BE ALIVE TO TEMPT THE WORM.
It's also worth noting that the worm area is populated by enemies from whichever zone you left to get there. so if you enter from the ice caves you'll find UFOs and yetis, but if you go in through the jungle you'll find frogs, bats, and mantraps in addition to regular worm baddies.
Some general info on Ice Caves:
ENEMIES here primarily consist of Yetis, UFOs, Mammoths.
UFOs can be whipped or bounced on to knock the alien out of the ship, the ship itself will then fall and explode on impact. VERY dangerous! Both the UFO and the alien itself count as seperate journal entries.
Yetis are immune to your whip, but can be knocked out with a good jump on the head. when making contact with the player they'll chuck you pretty far, 9 times out of 10 you'll probably fall to your death if this occurs.
Mammoths are generally on their own little platforms, though I've seen them spawn on shrines even, before. They simply walk back and forth, are immune to headbounces without spiked boots but can be damaged by the whip, and occasionally will emit a projectile identical to that of the freeze ray's. upon death they'll usually drop a sapphire, size varies. rarely, they'll drop a freeze ray when killed.
TRAPS/DANGERS - You'll want to be wary of thin ice, spring-pads on the floor that'll send you flying, yetis which cannot be whipped and will throw the player very far, and UFOs above you which will shoot down a green blast which stuns the player and destroys any blocks it may hit.
STAY AWAY FROM ROCKS ON SPRING PADS. they will hurt you as if thrown. (hold jump to get a boost on pads, also!)
Also note that on occasion, when ice is broken it may contain a caveman.
idol traps consist of an idol placed in the middle of two blocks of thin ice, suspended above a layer of spikes a bit below. if you're skilled you can easily grab the idol, and simply grab the ledge of the spiked platform to avoid death.
EVENTS in this area include 'it smells like wet fur in here', 'i sense a strong psychic presence here!' and 'it feels like the fourth of july in here' (last one always occurs on 3-4). It's also possible to get to the worm and alien mothership areas from this level.
wet fur = yeti king has spawned and the level becomes a lot less perilous, as far as accidentally falling into infinity. A whole bunch more floor is spawned but a lot of it will be thin ice, generally just over some spikes or water. The yeti king himself will be on a long platform with a bunch of smaller yeti's, and he is capable of a roar attack that can stun the player occasionally (not sure when this occurs, saw my friend get killed this way however) and can spawn/knock down icicles on the player.
psychic presence = there's an alien structure on the map, generally spanning the length of the map. There will be an Alien Lord at one end, usually the left. he is guarded by forcefields which will reflect bullets and stop most projectiles, and fires psychic projectiles at you identical to the ones produced by the Sceptre. definitely watch out for turrets while inside the ship, they'll lock on to you and fire without warning after a small interval.
fourth of july = alien mothership is available for access. this will be on the top of the map, either to the far left or far right, and is only accessible by climbing up a long vertical shaft from underneath it. it's possible to bomb your way inside, naturally, but your best bet is to bring loads of rope or a jetpack. the door at the top of this alien structure-shaft-thing leads to the alien mothership level.
general info on the temple area
TRAPS consist of lava lakes (and by extension magma men), crushers, arrow traps, and tikis.
crushers will move towards the player in a straight line upon 'seeing' the player. they'll proceed to move, QUICKLY, until they hit a wall. there's a brief cooldown then before the block will move again.
lava lakes are pretty straightforward, though here's a few tips to avoid death through one.
- do NOT attempt a running jump if there's a skull on the other side, odds are that little bastard will be a skeleton and knock you RIGHT back into the lake.
- watch out for magma men when attempting to jump over lava or even just when in the vicinity.
- bombs that touch lava explode, to drain a lava lake bomb out the sides.
- rope that touches lava will burn, if you plan to drop a rope to avoid a pit below you that you cant safely fall towards and avoid, just note your rope will start burning from the bottom up once it touches lava. you just have to be quick.
idol traps WILL kill you without bombs, so far they're the safest / only method i've found of dealing with that trap. when grabbing the idol, the entrance to the room is sealed off on either end and the ceiling grows spikes and begins to rapidly descend. upon grabbing the idol you have JUST enough time to bomb out the floor and make your escape, or you can just bomb it up beforehand.
when encountering the 'you hear prayers to kali' event, there's an alternate idol trap that consists of the idol next to a maiden in a pit 3 blocks deep. grabbing the idol will remove the floor, dropping everything into the lava beneath. grabbing the damsel does NOT set off this trap.
ENEMIES consist of Tomb Lords, Cavemen, Croc and Hawk Men, Scorpion-Flies, Magma Men, and Anubis.
+Tomb Lords are the big mummy looking bastards, who upon 'seeing' you will stop, open their mouths, and spew a spray of scarabs at you. it's basically like a slow moving, more widespread shotgun blast. these do 2 damage each and stun, so getting caught in the blast is a death sentence. the projectiles CAN be reflected with the whip in an emergency, however. Drops two rubies on death.
+Croc-men are easy to spot and upon 'seeing' the player will start acting like an enraged shopkeep, as far as movement pattern. upon taking damage, these enemies simply teleport away. this can often result in hilarious telefrag deaths, but usually just means that you're going to want to AVOID croc-men.
+Hawk Men are just as easy to spot, and also flip out upon seeing you. their movement pattern is more similar to a faster caveman with occasional jumps, and upon contact with the player will throw them. (throwing your co-op partner at one of these will result in your co-op partner getting intercepted and re-thrown.)
+Anubis is a pain, plain and simple. Wielding the sceptre, he's constantly launching psychic bubbles at you that will absolutely kill you on contact and can pass through blocks. He flies around, does not set off traps, and is immune to lava. he CAN be damaged by most traps, however. the easiest way to take him out failing a shotgun and a jetpack is a sticky bomb and a couple of hits with a thrown object afterwards, or your whip if you can get in a hit safely. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HEADBOUNCE. Drops his sceptre upon death, a pre-requisite for visiting the city of gold.
On my last trip to Hell I was able to goof off a bit more since I wasn't worried about winning. I'll describe King Yama's attacks a bit:
- His two lieutenants throw bombs at you before you kill them. This is bad because it breaks the floor, and there's lava below. They die quickly to the shotgun, though.
- Vampires randomly swoop down at you, but they're not too bad.
- Important: when you fly or climb up to the level of his head, he hits the ceiling and three skulls rain down, centered on your location. If you move quickly left or right this will miss you. Getting hit is pretty deadly since you fall all the way back down, possibly into spikes or lava.
- After you blow up or shoot his hands, his head detaches and starts flying left and right, shooting fireballs that become Magma Men when they land. Again, you need to blow up or shoot his head, though it's trickier because of the aforementioned move. But the shotgun can hit his head from a little below, because of its spread. It's a relatively safe way to kill him.
Here's a link to a blurry image from Hell and my stats. :)
Thanks a lot for your help guys, and holy crap Snap, you're good at spelunking.
I promise I'll start working hard on the guide tomorrow (today, it's 4am, so whenever I wake up). Just finished up a unit in this online English course, so I have some time now.
I was accepted to write the guide on TA, as well, so I'll probably be focusing on that site a little bit more until it's finished.
Would be super neat if I had your permission to link to your journal guide!
and/or you could get on the 'team' for the TA guide and paste it in yrself, it's been made pretty clear they try to avoid external links whenever possible, but eh.
Either way, thanks for yr hard work and etc, best of luck with all that silly 'real life' bullshit! (x
Take whatever you need, and I'll be thankful to use anything you've given. It's a win/win for anyone looking for help with the game.
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