King Yama returns from Spelunky HD in Spelunky 2 as a hidden NPC, found only in the depths of the mystical Eggplant World. He now goes by the name of the Eggplant King after his transformation. He retains his colossal size, and unlike his original appearance, isn't a threat at all.


King Yama appears much less fierce than he did in Spelunky HD. He has been turned into an Eggplant creature after Tina Flan successfully threw an Eggplant at him in the original game. His once intimidating fists have shriveled up and become harmless. According to the journal entry of the Eggplant Minister, he hasn't given a single order to his followers since he was defeated.


When meeting King Yama at the Eggplant World, he will tell the player, "Every king or queen will someday lose their crown..." He only has 1 HP and is vulnerable to every form of attack. Attacking Yama's face will cause him to say "Eat your vegetables!" before he explodes into 10 pieces of Eggplant Flesh and leaves his Eggplant Crown and skull behind.

If the player is Tina Flan, the Spelunker who originally transformed King Yama into the Eggplant King back in Spelunky HD, killing him will instead cause him to say "Ah, you came to finish the job!"

Other Appearances

Yama also makes some brief cameos in Volcana and Deathmatch. Magma pots held by imps contain the former King's face on them, and his face can also be found alongside his former guardians Horse Head and Ox Face in the deathmatch screen between matches.


King Yama is the final boss of Spelunky, appearing in his lair on the last level of Hell, level 5-4.


Yama is a gigantic figure - by far the largest enemy seen in the game. A fierce and brutal leader of hell, his massive fists are something to be feared. He is not only extremely powerful, but is also accompanied by a horde of lesser enemies as well as his two henchmen - Horse Head and Ox Face.


King Yama's appearance atop his bloodied throne in Hell.

Yama's face is the primary target to attack, and after a certain amount of damage he will enter phase 2, where his face will detach from his skull and start flying around the top of the arena.

Phase 1

King Yama attacks when the Spelunker gets near by smashing his fists upon his throne, causing three skulls to fall from the ceiling directly above the Spelunker, or dealing 2 damage if he or the fists themselves hit them.

Yama will also spit Imps out of his mouth and try to use his fists in a punching attack if the Spelunker gets close enough to his head or chest area (such as by climbing onto his shoulders). He may also open his fists, spawning Magma Men that will jump out.

Phase 2

After taking enough damage or having both his fists destroyed, his face will detach from his skull and begin floating around the arena, engulfed in flame, crashing upwards into ceiling to prompt skulls to fall, and spitting fireballs that turn into Magma Men downwards.

If the player moves within two tiles of his head, he will bounce upwards before moving back down to his original position.

Defeating Yama

When King Yama is defeated, the final exit door in the game will open. Once entered, the player will view the end cutscene, where they meet Yang in the flesh and escape with him and the Golden Trophy. Yang will be unlocked, and the player will also receive an extra 100,000 gold to add to their total score in their run from securing the Golden Trophy.

Additionally, with enough bombs the player can destroy the bricks of King Yama's Throne which contain a ruby in every block. The 44 rubies that can be mined from the throne are worth a sum of $140,800.

Strategies and Notes

  • Yama can be easily attacked using ranged weapons or Sticky Bombs.
  • If flashed by the Camera during his first phase, he will immediately skip to the next one. Doing this again on his second phase will only momentarily stun him.
  • King Yama can be defeated in a single hit by telefragging his head, freezing his head and hitting him in his 1st phase or letting his head fall into the ground and get crushed in his 2nd phase.
  • If the Spelunker brings the Eggplant to him and throws it at his head, King Yama will turn into an Eggplant Monster that will be completly immovable and constantly sweat. This will also set Yama's health to 2 points. As the Eggplant throw deals 1 damage, this effectively makes him have only a single point of health.
    • Though this strategy makes King Yama much easier to defeat, the challenge of bringing an Eggplant to him does not make it a very viable one.
    • Due to a quirk in the programming where thrown Eggplants set his health to 2 points, it is impossible to kill Yama by throwing Eggplants at him, as they will constantly reset his health back to 2.
  • King Yama's hands and face are physics items, and may be picked up.
    • Yama will die instantly if his picked up head is thrown inside lava.
      • King Yama's face won't move during the first phase, but will still be able to spit Imps if he started before the face was picked up by the Spelunker.
    • A held hand of Yama will try to go back to its original position by slowly floating back, as long as Yama is still alive.
      • The hands will keep their smashing animation once started, and will "hit" while being carried by the Spelunker, only dealing damage once the hand is thrown by the Spelunker. If
        • If the hand is left in Spikes after the smashing animation, the hands will be "killed" by the Spikes, but will still deal damage to the Spelunker
  • Yama's face won't be able to take damage from thrown items nor crushed if it's placed under the height of his hands, although sticky bombs will still stick to him and the explosions will still deal damage, this also applies to the whip, but the Spelunker won't be able to deal damage with thrown items nor use the Shield to crush his face.
    • Because of this property of the head, an Eggplant used on Yama's face after placed under the height of his hands will set his health to 2 as per usual, but the Eggplant will continue flying and won't deal the point of damage, leaving Yama with 2 points of health, requiring two hits to be killed. This is important to keep in mind if the player wishes to kill King Yama with a Snowball or some other item.


  • King Yama is based on Yama of Buddhism and Hindu mythology, similar to Kali.
  • King Yama's hands and face can be picked up because the game still considers them as "monsters".

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