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Dwelling is the first area in Spelunky 2, accessible via the main doorway in the Camp.


Dwelling consists of 4 levels, ending with a choice of proceeding to either Jungle or Volcana. Its tight corridors and many enemies quickly and indiscriminately dispatch of careless delvers, regardless of skill level.

  • 1-1 never contains any special landmarks, such as such as Shops, Kali Altars, or Idol traps.
    • Secret entrances to backlayers will still spawn in 1-1, although will never contain a shop from Tun or a Caveman Shopkeeper.
    • The only notable features that 1-1 is guaranteed to contain is a Curse Pot and a Pet.
  • 1-2 and 1-3 interchangeably have either the room containing the Locked Chest and the Gold Key, or Yang's pen and two guaranteed Cave Turkeys somewhere in the level.
  • 1-4 contains both an arena containing Quillback and the entrance to the Ghist Shopkeeper's shop hidden deep under the arena. At the bottom of the level are two exits; the left exit will transport the Spelunker to Jungle, while the right exit leads to Volcana.

Much like Tide Pool, the Dwelling has a special marking on the wall beside most hidden backlayer entrances, being a set of three hand prints (Dwelling Secret Engraving S2.png). This can be used to easily locate hidden backlayers.

Only two unique Level Feelings can occur in Dwelling, being "dark" and "echo" levels, and only on either 1-2 or 1-3.

Journal Entries


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Horned Lizard Link S2.png
Cave Mole Link S2.png
Quillback Link S2.png


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Dwelling - Dwelling music

Flaming arrow - Dwelling Dark Level music


  • In a Developer AMA, Spelunky's creator Derek Yu reaffirmed that he had absolutely no regrets on adding both Cave Moles and Horned Lizards to the same stage.[1]

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.

1.25.0 (W64)

  • Made some slight changes to room layouts in dwelling
  • Slightly tweaked quillback's level layout! (Specifically, certain push blocks that had a chance of spawning were moved by request of the Spelunky speedrunning community.)

Other games

Appearances in other Spelunky games:

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