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The Mines is the first area of the caves in Spelunky, and is accessed from the main gateway in the lobby.
Upon entering the door in the Entrance Cave for the first time after choosing a Spelunker, the carving on the wall above awakens and a message is displayed: "The walls are shifting..." as the level is newly generated.

Geography

The Mines normally consists of narrow passageways through rocky terrain. Gold and jewels will be found in the walls if the walls are destroyed, with either bombs or a mattock. The Mines contain many ladders and man-made structures with treasure chests inside. There are some pushable blocks and many spider webs.

A full level of the mines

Dangers

All Monsters and Traps (besides The Ghost) that can be harmful/hostile in The Mines.

Bat

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Notes:

  • The Shopkeeper will attack you if you hurt him or try to steal something from him.
  • You can avoid getting hit by Monsters that come out of Monster Pots by throwing Pots away from you instead of attacking them with the Whip or other melee weapons.

Special Features

Kali Altars

Altars appear on certain levels of every area. You can sacrifice dead or knocked out creatures by dropping them onto the Altar. Depending on your sacrifice, she will gift you or not with items. If you destroy the Altar, she will be displeased with you and spawn a group of spiders on you, even if the destruction was by another creature.

Big Chest & Key / Udjat Eye

On 1-2, 1-3 or 1-4 there will be a Big Chest somewhere on the level. It can only be opened with a key, which will always be somewhere on the same level you find the chest. Every Big Chest contains an Udjat Eye. Its only use in the mines is to reveal hidden treasure similar to the Spectacles. It does however help you to find the Black Market entrance in the coming stages of The Jungle and is one of the late game items necessary to enter the City of Gold. Note that the Big Chest and key will never spawn in a dark level.

Level Feelings

"My skin is crawling!"

Many more spiders and four Giant Spiders will appear in a level than regular, and there will be tons more spider webs. No pots will spawn.

"I can't see a thing!"

The level will be engulfed in darkness with only a few light sources scattered throughout the mine, including scarabs and torches. Only one dark level can spawn per area.

"I hear snakes, I hate snakes!"

There will be a large snake pit generated in the level with no exit other than to the entrance, the pit will be entirely full of snakes and treasure. A mattock can be found under the rubies at the bottom of the pit. A single bomb explosion at the very bottom will uncover it.

Trivia

  • The quote "I hear snakes, I hate snakes!" is a reference to a quote in Indiana Jones.

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 The Mines is the first area of the caves in Spelunky, and is accessed from the main gateway in the lobby.
Upon entering the Start door for the first time, the Spelunker will enter the tutorial area and after successfully completing this level will enter a newly generated mines level.

Geography

The Mines normally consists of narrow passageways through rocky terrain. Treasure  will be found in the walls if the walls are destroyed, with either bombs or a mattock. The Mines contain many ladders and man-made structures with treasure chests inside. There are some pushable blocks and many spider webs.

Dangers

All Monsters and Traps (besides The Ghost) that can be harmful/hostile in The Mines.

Bat

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Web

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Notes:

  • The Shopkeeper will attack you if you hurt him or try to steal something from him.
  • You can avoid getting hit by Monsters that come out of Monster Pots by attacking them with the Whip or other melee weapons instead of throwing Pots away from you.

Special Features

Kali Altars

Altars  appear on certain levels of every area. You can sacrifice dead or knocked out creatures by dropping them onto the Altar. Depending on your sacrifice, she may or may not give you a gift, which consist of random items, the Kapala, and lives. If you destroy the Altar, she will be displeased with you and spawn a group of spiders on you, even if the destruction was by another creature. If you destroy two, she will attach a heavy ball on a chain to you, and three or more will make the entire level dark and the ghost will appear immediately.

Golden Idols

Golden Idol may appear randomly on any of the levels in the game, except for the last. Trying to pick up the idol will cause the boulder trap to trigger, which can easily be avoided by climbing a pre-placed rope or by jumping to two or more squares above the place where the idol was.

Level Feelings

"I can't see a thing!"

The level will be engulfed in darkness with only a few light sources scattered throughout the mine, including scarab and torches. You will be give a box of flares containing three individual flares .

"I hear snakes, I hate snakes!"

There will be a large snake pit generated in the level, and the pit will be full of snakes and treasure. You should bring rope before hopping in. Sometimes a damsel may generate in one of the cubbyholes lining the pit.

Trivia

  • The quote "I hear snakes, I hate snakes!" is a reference to a quote in Indiana Jones.

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