The Great Humphead functions identically to Old Bitey from Spelunky HD.
Great Humphead is located at the bottom of Tide Pool's 2nd level, The Great Lake. If one wants to slay Great Humphead, it is recommended to kill any Flying Fish that might damage the player before attempting to challenge him.
Humphead will charge at the player if they get close enough, dealing two damage per hit. If he cannot reach the player, he will retreat for a moment, giving the player a window to strike him. After enough time, he will stop retreating and strike back at the player. Killing Humphead will award a Hired Hand, Camera, and a Mystery Box.
Humphead is surprisingly easy to kill even without weapons. There are multiple strategies:
- Going near the entrance of the shipwreck at the bottom right portion of the lake, and whip him/slash him with Excalibur, as he cannot not reach the player through the entrance.
- Finding a curse pot and throwing it at him, which will lower him to 1 health and leave him vulnerable to the strike of a whip.
- Throwing 4 Paste Bombs at him, or two with the Powerpack.
- Using a Shotgun.
It may be prudent to use the Clone Gun on him if the player has the power to kill four Humpheads (likely through a Shotgun) and has nothing else better to clone, as the Mystery Boxes may prove useful. Otherwise, a player may simply clone the presents he drops, in order to reduce the potential danger but still receive more rewards.
If an Altar spawns on 4-2, the player can use the Present he drops to obtain an Eggplant. Without a Hired Hand or a second player, they can't bring it to the Ice Caves (where they can deposit it on the Moai) if they also intend to bring either the Clone Gun/Excalibur with them.
- If the player decides to kill Humphead to obtain the present for a Eggplant, they should be careful not to inflict additional damage near the center portion of his body, as they may accidently break open the present with the weapon they were using, denying them the opportunity to obtain the Eggplant.