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For the much larger threat seen after too much time is spent in levels, see Ghost (2). For the Ghist Shopkeepers in Dwelling and Eggplant World, visit their page.

Ghists are small, rotund, harmless apparitions in Spelunky 2.


Ghists visible under the effects of curse in a "The Dead are Restless!" level in Temple of Anubis.

A hidden backlayer containing the haunted corpse of a Caveman.

Ghist are normally invisible entities, visible only if a Spelunker is cursed.

Ghists can be found bound to a gravestone in a level with a "The Dead are Restless!" level feeling, the corpse of a recently deceased Hired Hand, or a haunted Caveman corpse found in hidden backlayers. A dead caveman with a Ghist is guaranteed to spawn within the wooden structure at the bottom of 4-2 of Tide Pool.

They are passive mobs that float around their origin point, even following it if they are bound to a corpse and it is moved. The standard variety of Ghists do not attack or even interact with other entities under any circumstances.

Ghists may be killed if the player flashes them with a Camera or destroys the corpse they are bound to, and will drop a few coins. This can be done even if the player is not cursed and cannot see the Ghists.


  • If the player wishes to obtain the Ghist journal entry without being cursed, using the camera that always drops from defeating Great Humphead can be taken to the wooden structure at the bottom of 4-2 of Tide Pool that can then be used to kill the Ghist that is guaranteed to spawn there, unlocking the Journal entry.
Spelunky 2 Bestiary
Dwelling SnakeSpiderBatCavemanSkeletonHorned LizardCave MoleQuillback
Jungle MantrapTiki ManWitch DoctorMosquitoMonkeyHang SpiderGiant Spider
Volcana MagmarRobotFire BugImpLavamanderVampireVlad
Olmec's Lair Olmec
Tide Pool JiangshiJiangshi AssassinFlying FishOctopyHermit CrabPangxieGreat Humphead
Abzu Kingu
Temple of Anubis CrocmanCobraMummySorceressCat MummyNecromancerAnubis
Duat AmmitApepAnubis IIOsiris
Ice Caves UFOAlienYetiYeti KingYeti QueenLahamuProto Shopkeeper
Neo Babylon OlmiteLamassu
Tiamat's Throne Tiamat
Sunken City TadpoleFrogFire FrogGoliath FrogGrubGiant Fly
Eggplant World Eggplant MinisterEggplup
Hundun's Hideaway Hundun
Cosmic Ocean Celestial Jelly
Miscallaneous ScorpionBeeQueen BeeScarabGolden MonkeyLeprechaunPetsGhistGhost
Mounts Cave TurkeyRock DogAxolotlQilinMech Rider
No Journal Entry Critters