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For her husband, or shortcuts in Spelunky HD/Spelunky Classic, see The Tunnel Man (HD) or The Tunnel Man (Classic).

Terra "Mama" Tunnel is an NPC in Spelunky 2.

She builds shortcuts throughout the caves that are accessible through the Camp in lieu of her husband Manfred Tunnel, who is now a playable Spelunker.

After the first shortcut has been dug, she can be found standing in the Tunnel Family residence in the camp between runs.

Shortcuts

Mama Tunnel can build up to three different shortcuts:

  • The first shortcut leads to directly below Quillback's arena in Dwelling 1-4, allowing easy access to either Jungle or Volcana.
  • The second shortcut leads to the second floor of Olmec's Lair, which also contains the door to Tide Pool.
    • Olmec can be summoned from the first floor by tossing a rope up to the center of the room and climbing up it, triggering him.
    • The entrance to Temple of Anubis can be accessed by using all four bombs given at the start of the game or with Olmec to break through to the third floor.
  • The third and final shortcut leads directly into the Ice Caves.

Shortcuts can be helpful for learning how to survive in certain areas or for completing certain objectives, although entering through a Shortcut means missing helpful supplies and/or quest items (such as the Udjat Eye) in previous worlds.

Using a shortcut also voids the Iron Man, Speedlunky, and Low Scorer Feats, as all disallow shortcuts.

Digging Shortcuts

In order to dig each shortcut, Mama Tunnel requires various equipment and items to complete them. She can be found in the level transition sequence after completing Dwelling, Olmec's Lair, or just before entering the Ice Caves for each respective shortcut.

Mama Tunnel cannot be helped during a Daily Challenge, in Online Multiplayer, or for the third shortcut if the player reached Ice Caves through Duat.

To end of Dwelling 1-4

  1. $2,000
  2. A Bomb
  3. $10,000

To Olmec's Lair (Second Floor)

  1. A Rope
  2. Any weapon except a Camera (eg; Boomerang, Shotgun)
  3. A Mount (2) (i.e. Cave Turkey, Rock Dog, Axolotl)

To the Ice Caves

  1. $50,000
  2. A Hired Hand (Spelunkers with Hired Hand AI freed from coffins are also acceptable)
  3. The Gold Key from Dwelling

Dialogue

Basic Dialogue

  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Hey there! I'm Mama Tunnel. You can also call me Terra.
    - Meeting Terra Tunnel for the first time.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Hey, sweetheart! Hope your adventure is going great!
    - Meeting Terra Tunnel for the first time, if playing as her daughter Margaret Tunnel.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Hi, handsome! Find anything good?
    - Meeting Terra Tunnel for the first time, if playing as her husband Manfred Tunnel.
  • Terra Dialogue 2 S2.png
    Thanks! I can't wait to finish this shortcut.
    - Giving Terra what she requested.
  • Terra Dialogue 3 S2.png
    Sigh... alright. I could probably use a break, anyway.
    - Not having/not giving Terra what she requested.
  • Terra Dialogue 3 S2.png
    Aw, it doesn't look like you've got enough!
    - Trying to give Terra the requested amount of money while not having enough.

First Shortcut

  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    I'm working on a new shortcut, but I ran out of supplies.
    Mind donating $2,000 so that I can restock?

    - Terra asking for money.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    This shortcut's looking good, but I ran into a room full of traps.
    It'd probably be best if I just blew it up. Do you have a bomb?

    - Terra asking for a bomb.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    I was so close to finishing the shortcut, and then my mattock broke!
    Can you spare $10,000? I'll need a high-quality replacement.

    - Terra asking for money to buy a mattock with.

Second Shortcut

  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    I started a new shortcut, but there's a giant slab of rock in the way.
    I'll need a rope to climb over it.

    - Terra asking for a rope.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    You wouldn't believe how many monsters I'm running into.
    Can you bring me a weapon next time you're here?

    - Terra asking for a weapon.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Oh, you have a (boomerang/bow/crossbow/machete/gun)! May I have it?
    - Terra seeing the spelunker with a weapon.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Second shortcut almost finished! But walking back and forth is getting tiring.
    If I had something to ride this would go much faster.

    - Terra asking for a Mount.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Oh, what a cute turkey/rock dog/axolotl! Can I please have her?
    - Terra seeing the spelunker with a Mount.

Third Shortcut

  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    I started the third shortcut! This is going to be a long one.
    I know it's a lot, but I'll need $50,000 to get this done.

    - Terra asking for a sizeable sum of money.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Whew, I could use some help with this last shortcut.
    If I had a Hired Hand it would go a lot faster...

    - Terra asking for a Hired Hand.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Hey, your friend looks pretty strong! Can they help me out?
    - Terra seeing a Hired Hand following the spelunker.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    Almost there! The only thing in the way is a large door with a lock shaped like a scarab.
    I heard there's a gold key somewhere near the entrance. Maybe that will fit?

    - Terra suggesting that the Gold Key from Dwelling might help her.
  • Terra Dialogue 1 S2.png
    That key you're holding looks like it will fit perfectly!
    - Terra seeing the Spelunker with the Gold Key.

Camp Dialogue

  • Construction Sign S2.png"Shortcut Station: Coming Soon! -Mama Tunnel - If no shortcuts are complete, a sign appears.
  • Construction Sign S2.png"New shortcut coming soon! -Mama Tunnel - The same sign, if at least one shortcut is complete.
  • Terra Tunnel Link S2.png"Manny, you look like you wish you had a shovel in your hand haha! - Speaking to the player, if they are playing as her husband Manfred Tunnel.
  • Terra Tunnel Link S2.png"If you need help, just let Mama know, okay?!" - Speaking to the player, if they are playing as her daughter Margaret Tunnel.
  • Terra Tunnel Link S2.png"I hope the shortcuts are useful, [Name of spelunker]!" - Chosen randomly, if the player is any other spelunker.
  • Terra Tunnel Link S2.png"Shoot, I think my shovel's edges are starting to get dull..." - Chosen randomly, if the player is any other spelunker.
  • Terra Tunnel Link S2.png"Keep an eye on Margaret for me, won't you?" - Chosen randomly, if the player is any other spelunker.
Spelunky 2 People
Playable Characters See Spelunkers (2) for all playable characters.
Follower Characters Hired HandEggplant Child
People Terra "Mama" TunnelShopkeeperTunYangMadame TuskTusk's BodyguardWaddlerCaveman ShopkeeperGhist ShopkeeperVan HorsingThe Three Sisters (Parsley, Parsnip, Parmesan)SparrowBegEggplant King
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