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For his future wife/the person who builds the Shortcuts in Spelunky 2, see Terra Tunnel.

Manfred Tunnel, AKA The Tunnel Man is a friendly NPC who digs Shortcuts through the caves in exchange for items.

These shortcuts give you the option to bypass previous areas during future playthroughs, skipping straight to the later levels.

After the first shortcut has been dug, he can be found sitting in the shortcut house between games.

There are 3 different shortcuts that can be built: A tunnel leading to the Jungle, one leading to the Ice Caves and another to the Temple.

Digging Shortcuts

In order to dig each shortcut, the Tunnel Man will require various equipment and items. He must be reached three times and will request a different item each time before the shortcut is completed. When he asks for multiple items, they must be donated all at once, rather than in increments.

Note: the Tunnel Man will not appear during a Daily Challenge or Co-op. However during Co-op players will still be able to use shortcuts if they have already been built.

To The Jungle

  1. One bomb
  2. One rope
  3. $10,000

To The Ice Caves

  1. Two bombs
  2. Two ropes
  3. A shotgun

To The Temple

  1. Three bombs
  2. Three ropes
  3. The Key from the Mine

If you have been to the Mothership from the Ice Caves, you will realise that the tunnel man appears here, but note that he does not create a shortcut here. Instead, it acts in the same way as the Temple shortcut, where the Tunnel Man will ask for; three bombs, then three ropes, and finally the Key from the Mine. Donating to him here will essentially do the same thing as donating after 3-4.


  • If the player opens and closes the journal when going through the exit in any tutorial level, they will warp to the equivalent next level in the Mines, if this is done then the Tunnel Man will skip the first item and one rope will be the first thing asked.

Appearance in Spelunky 2

In Spelunky 2, the Tunnel Man is revealed to have started a family with Terra Tunnel. Together, they had a daughter named Margaret Tunnel.

The Tunnel Man does not reappear in Spelunky 2 to build shortcuts for the player, as Terra Tunnel takes that role instead. Instead, he is now a playable character, finally deciding to try his hand at spelunking for the first time.

People Entry 10: He's decided to finally try his hand at spelunking after many years of building shortcuts.

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