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The Black Market is a secret area found in Spelunky 2's Jungle.

The Black Market serves as the alternative to Vlad's Castle, a secret area in Volcana containing the Crown.


The appearance of the backlayer door leading into the Black Market.

The Black Market is found in the backlayer of 2-2, 2-3, or 2-4 of Jungle, accessed via a hidden doorway found behind a solid tile. If the Spelunker has the Udjat Eye, it will begin audibly "blinking" when they get within 10 tiles of the entrance. Akin to a "Warmer/Colder" game, the Eye will blink faster the closer the Spelunker is to the entrance.

  • In rare cases, the entrance may spawn directly under a Kali Altar. Although Kali Altars typically break if any of the two tiles under them are destroyed, the entrance prevents the altar tile above it from being destroyed after being revealed. So long as the Spelunker does not destroy the other tile holding up the Kali Altar, they can enter safely without destroying the altar.
  • In even rarer scenarios, the entrance may spawn close enough to a Vault to where using an explosive to reveal the entrance will destroy a Vault tile in the backlayer, instantly angering Shopkeepers. This highly irregular situation can only be avoided by using a Mattock to enter or by finding another way into the Black Market (i.e. Teleportation)

It is also possible to find the Black Market's entrance without the help of the Udjat Eye, as there are numerous details and level generation quirks that help allude to its location, such as the Moon Challenge never spawning on the same level as it.

For more info, see Guides:Skips#Udjat Eye Skip


The very top of the Black Market has a Four-leaf Clover, as well as a small brick structure on either the left or right side with a Coffin unlocking Nekka the Eagle when opened for the first time.

The main portion of the Black Market features a grid of the same six shops, all manned by Shopkeepers:

  • General Store
  • Clothing Shop
  • Specialty Shop
  • Weapon Shop
  • Pet Shop always containing three Rope Piles and a Pet
  • Hired Hand Shop

The seventh and final shop found in the top right, selling the Hedjet, a valuable quest item, for the price of $40,000.

All wares are sold for their base price without adding a level inflation coefficient, making them as cheap as they would be in 1-2. For example, a Jetpack would be sold for $20,000, rather than $28,000-$32,000. The 10% "Big Spender" discount attained from buying out a Shop in a previous level applies to all shops in the Black Market, although the discount cannot be earned from buying out shops in the Black Market itself.

If the Spelunker did not kill or anger Yang, he can be found on the second floor above the Hedjet Shop. If approached, he will say "I'm just doing a little shopping!"

The exit to the Black Market can be found in either the bottom left or right corner of the area. This doorway leads back out to the frontlayer, with a short segment of the Jungle leading towards a secondary exit door that leads to the next level.


Version History

Disclaimer: All content from Version 1.25 and onwards are currently unavailable on PS4.
In Europe, Africa, Middle East & Oceania, all content after Version 1.20.4d are also unavailable on PS4. This is due to multiple reasons, although content will be available in the future.

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Spelunky 2 Places
Area 1 Dwelling
Area 2 A Jungle (Black Market)
Area 2 B Volcana (Vlad's Castle)
Area 3 Olmec's Lair
Area 4 A Tide PoolAbzu
Area 4 B Temple of AnubisThe City of GoldDuat
Area 5 Ice Caves
Area 6 Neo BabylonTiamat's Throne
Area 7 Sunken CityEggplant WorldHundun's Hideaway
Area 8 Cosmic Ocean
Miscellaneous Camp
See also Level Feelings