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For the Spelunkers and NPCs in Spelunky 2, see Spelunky 2 Characters.

There are 20 different playable Spelunkers available in Spelunky HD that can be used in all single player and multiplayer game modes.

Each of the Spelunkers have identical abilities; the differences between them are purely cosmetic and do not affect gameplay.

Four are available from the beginning, but the remaining sixteen must be unlocked by fulfilling certain requirements. A padlock in the character selection menu tells the player how many Spelunkers remains to be unlocked.

Unlocking all 16 secret characters earns the Achievement 'The Entire Gang'.

On the Xbox 360 version of Spelunky HD, The Inuk, The Round Girl, The Round Boy, The Ninja, The Cyclops, The Viking, The Robot, And The Golden Monk are all unlocked from purchasing the Explorers DLC, valued at $1.99.

In the Playstation 3 port of Spelunky HD, the aforementioned spelunkers all come free with purchase of the game. The player does not have to purchase The Cyclops from the Black Market for $10,000 or search for all other playable Spelunkers in the areas they would have normally been found in.

List of Spelunkers

Almost all the Spelunkers will be found inside Coffins; most are tied to a specific Level Feeling while some simply need to be found inside the main four areas.

Spelunky Guy
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Color: Orange
Appearance: A character based on the Indiana Jones archetype of the 'Adventurer Archaeologist', with a very prominent red nose.
Unlock: Available from the beginning.
Colin Northward
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Color: Blue
Appearance: A man dressed as an early 20th century Safari hunter, with a pith helmet and hulihee beard.He is a cameo of Colin Northway.
Unlock: Available from the beginning.
"Red"
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Color: Red
Appearance: A mustachioed man wearing a Turban.
Unlock: Available from the beginning.
"Green"
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Color: Green
Appearance: A woman with a green bow in her curled hair.
Unlock: Available from the beginning.
"Yellow"
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Color: Yellow
Appearance: A woman wearing a miner's helmet.
Unlock:Found inside a random Coffin in one of the four areas, only one character can be found per area. Break it open and this character may be found trapped inside, which you will unlock once she is released.
"Lime"
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Color: Lime
Appearance: A man dressed in Mariachi clothing.
Unlock: Found inside a random Coffin in one of the four areas, only one character can be found per area. Break it open and this character may be found trapped inside, which you will unlock once he is released.
"Purple"
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Color: Purple
Appearance: A woman dressed as a pirate with an eyepatch, bandanna and gold earrings.
Unlock: Found inside a random Coffin in one of the four areas, only one character can be found per area. Break it open and this character may be found trapped inside, which you will unlock once she is released.
"Cyan"
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Color: Cyan
Appearance: A man wearing a furry cyan animal hood, a purple jacket and green pants.
Unlock: Found inside a random Coffin in one of the four areas, only one character can be found per area. Break it open and this character may be found trapped inside, which you will unlock once he is released.
Van Horsing
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Color: Black
Appearance: Strikingly similar to Van Helsing, the Vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin at the top of the Haunted Castle level.
Jungle Warrior
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Color: Brown
Appearance: A tribal warrior, wearing a loincloth and a jaguar headdress.
Unlock: Defeat Olmec and get to the exit.
Meat Boy
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Color: Pink
Appearance: A representation of Meat boy, drawn in Spelunky's graphical style. He is a cameo character from Super Meat Boy.
Unlock: Found inside a dark green pod near the end of the Worm.
Yang
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Color: White
Appearance: A man dressed in traditional Chinese clothing.
Unlock: Defeat King Yama and get to the exit.
The Inuk
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Color: Magenta
Appearance: An Inuk wearing a parka.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin in a Yeti Kingdom level.
The Round Girl
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Color: Violet
Appearance: A 'round' girl, wearing glasses and a hairband.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin in a Spider's Lair level.
Ninja
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Color: Dark Green
Appearance: A ninja wearing a Yin-Yang bandanna.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin in Olmec's Chamber.
The Round Boy
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Color: Mint Green
Appearance: A 'round' boy wearing a cap.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin in a Tiki Village in the Jungle.
Cyclops
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Color: Dark Orange
Appearance: A goofy cyclops. He is a cameo character from another work by lead programmer Andy Hull.
Unlock: Can be bought from the Black Market for $10,000, or simply 'kidnapped'. May also be found in a coffin after seeing him in the Black Market.
Viking
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Color: Pale Grey
Appearance: An archetypical Nordic Viking.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin in a Flooded Cavern or "The Dead Are Restless" level.
Robot
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Color: Dark Grey
Appearance: A blocky cartoon robot with treads.
Unlock: Found inside a capsule in the Mothership.
Golden Monk
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Color: Gold
Appearance: A golden Buddhist Monk that sparkles like treasure.
Unlock: Found inside a coffin in the City of Gold.

Notes

All Spelunky 2 adaptations of characters from Spelunky HD.

  • Colin Northward, Alto Singh, Liz Mutton, Tina Flan, Margaret Tunnel, and Van Horsing were given their names in Spelunky 2 as returning Spelunkers. Prior to the sequel, they were simply named after their respective color.
    • The Jungle Warrior, Round Boy, Round Girl, Ninja, Robot, and Golden Monk all received new interpretations for Spelunky 2, in the form of Nekka the Eagle, Little Jay, Valerie Crump, Dirk Yamaoka, LISE Project, and Au respectively.
      • Robots in Volcana also bear a resemblance to the robot from Spelunky HD.
    • Van Horsing and the youngest son of Yang both later became NPCs in Spelunky 2.
    • "Cyan" was later referenced in the credits for Spelunky 2, with the cartoon portrait for Spelunky 2 programmer and designer emeritus Andrew Hull featuring him wearing the same outfit as "Cyan".
  • The Blue safari character is based on Colin Northway, a friend of Spelunky's developer Derek Yu.
  • Meat Boy makes an appearance in Spelunky HD as homage to Edmund McMillen's Super Meat Boy games. Spelunky Guy also features as an unlockable character in Super Meat Boy for XBLA, known simply as "Spelunky".
  • The Cyclops is based on the titular character of What is bothering Carl? an interactive storybook created by Spelunky's lead programmer Andy Hull. This is referenced in the pop-up prompt to purchase the character when he appears in the Black Market, which reads 'Bother Carl'.

Achievements

"The Entire Gang" - Rescue all hidden characters. (Guide)

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