Debuffs are a unique gameplay element introduced in Spelunky 2. They can dramatically change gameplay for the player depending on when/where they get one.

Enemies are also able to receive debuffs and will assume the same effects. This can make killing high HP bosses like Quillback or Anubis easier if you throw a Curse Pot at them, for example, but this of course comes with the cost of having to deal with The Ghost.

There are two types of debuffs:

Curse is arguably the most detrimental effect that can be inflicted on a Spelunker, as it can be obtained through a simple mistake that can end a run quickly.

Functionality

How to Obtain

Curse is obtained through four known means:

  1. Making contact with the floating skull which surrounds a Witch Doctor.
  2. Being hit by a cursed gale from a Cat Mummy.
  3. Destroying a Kali Altar three times.
  4. Being hit by a thrown/falling Curse Pot, or being launched into one.

Curse can be applied to non player entities through either methods 2 or 4.

Effects

Although Curse is generally considered a massive debuff, it still has its uses.

Negative Effects

  1. Leaves an entity with 1 HP
  2. Disables ALL healing, even from Royal Jelly, Pets, Cooked Turkeys, and Eggplant Flesh.

Positive Effects

  1. Allows a player to enter the Ghist Shopkeeper's shop.
  2. Lets spelunkers see Ghists.
  3. Will make Beg give a player the True Crown upon their second encounter.

How to Cure

There are multiple ways for a Spelunker to cure curse in Spelunky 2. Below is a list of the ONLY ways to cure oneself of curse:

  • Drinking an Elixir gained from the Stars Challenge in Temple of Anubis (Doing the Stars Challenge in Tide Pool will reward you with the Clone Gun instead).
  • Standing over a Kali Altar while giving her enough points for her to produce a reward.
    • This can only be done after the initial reward for 8 favor points.
    • Doing this will replace the reward Kali would normally give you (eg; after reaching 16 favor, Kali will uncurse you instead of awarding the Kapala.).
      • If the Kapala is replaced in order to uncurse the player, it will be given to the player as the next reward.
  • Dying with the Ankh and reviving. This will remove any status effects and set you at 4 HP.
  • Dying in Co-op and having a fellow player revive you by breaking open a Coffin.

Poison is one of two debuffs in Spelunky 2, with the other one being Curse. If the player is at low HP or cannot find a way to cure themselves, Poison is likely to end their run.

Properties

Upon obtaining, Poison will deal 1 HP to a Spelunker every 30 seconds.

Obtaining

Poison can be obtained through various means.

How to Cure

Poison is rather simple to cure, compared to the other debuff, Curse.

  • Being kissed by a Pet at the end of a level. The Pet will inherit the poison for you, and will not heal you.
  • Drinking an Elixir gained from the Stars Challenge in Temple of Anubis (Doing the Stars Challenge in Tide Pool will reward you with the Clone Gun instead).
  • Standing over a Kali Altar while giving her enough points for her to produce a reward.
    • This can only be done after the first initial reward at 8 favor.
    • Unlike Curse, being cured of Poison by Kali will not replace the reward that would normally be given.
  • Dying with the Ankh and reviving. This will remove any status effects and set you at 4 HP.
  • Dying in Co-op and having a fellow player revive you by breaking open a Coffin.
It is a common misconception that Royal Jelly or Eggplant Flesh may cure poison. However, that is not the case, and the only consumable that will heal the player of poison is the Elixir. This myth was likely formed after players received both a poison cure and a Royal Jelly from an Altar, leading some to believe that the Royal Jelly cured them of the poison.








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