Spelunky: How to Unlock Every Secret Character

Spelunky is full of bizarre secrets, and while we can’t guide you directly thanks to the game‘s randomly generated levels, we do have a few tips to finding all the secret characters. Each character is found in a hidden coffin you’ll need to open, but how you open these coffins, and where you’ll find them — that’s the tricky part. Some are randomly generated, others will always appear in a hidden level. We’ll help you find those hidden levels and uncover the secret characters inside with a few tips, and a few videos. Goodluck!

For more tips on surviving Spelunky, take a trip to our Spelunky walkthrough where we’ll list our recommended strategies for survival. For more unlockable content like this, dive down to the Spelunky cheats page.

Unlock Every Character


  • One of each character appears on each Stage (Mines, Jungle, Ice Caves, Temple) hidden randomly inside a coffin.
  • These characters seem to appear randomly, and in no particular order. Just keep checking the coffins!

  • This jungle-man is unlocked after completing the game for your first time.

  • How to Find the Haunted Castle [Video]
    • Find this spooky man in the Haunted Castle secret level.
    • To find the Haunted Castle, you’ll need to go to the Jungle. Randomly, you can find a tombstone, below the tombstone you can find a skull with a crown.
    • Use a bomb to blow up the skull to reveal the entrance to the Haunted Castle.
    • To find this character, you’ll need to locate his coffin inside the secret level. Try to bomb your way through to find the coffin, or you’ll have to do battle with a deadly Black Knight to reach his coffin.


    • Another secret character unlocked in the Worm Innards secret level.
    • To get inside the giant worm, you’ll need to attach a Damsel to one of the sticky worm tongues inside the Jungle or Ice Cave. The Damsel does not need to be alive when you attach them.
    • If you attach it correctly, wait a few seconds and the screen will rumble. Finally, a giant worm will eat everything in the entire screen — taking you into the secret Worm level.
    • The Meat-Boy is usually at the bottom of the worm.


    • The last character must be rescured from the secret Hell level. Getting to Hell won’t be easy. First, you’ll need to reach the City of Gold.
    • Inside the City of Gold, find the Necronomicon and defeat the boss. Afterwards, you’ll need to find the door to Hell — located above the final boss’ lake of lava.

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    1 Comment on Spelunky: How to Unlock Every Secret Character


    On July 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    This website basically copies the article, only barely paraphrasing.