Traps are dastardly hazards found in various areas of the game. Some of them deal instant death. Others are harmful but not always lethal. A few are annoyances which can put you at the mercy of other dangers.
Spikes[edit | edit source]
Found in the Caves, Catacombs and Factory. Touching this trap from above deals instant death to the player or creature, with some exceptions.
Simply walking through spikes causes no harm whatsoever.
Spike Protection gear will permanently destroy wooden spikes when the player would otherwise be impaled on them.
The Featherfall status effect will let you fall through spikes harmlessly unless you are pressing Down to fall faster. It can be obtained from drinking a Potion of Featherfall, wearing Featherfall gear, or holding on to a Chicken.
Some things do not offer spike protection, even though it seems like they might:
- Climbing down a ledge and into Spikes, a strategy commonly employed in Spelunky.
- The Wildling's Bear Stomp ability.
Arrow Traps[edit | edit source]
Pictured: A loaded arrow trap above, and a deactivated arrow trap below.
Found in the Caves and the Forest. When an object moves within an Arrow Trap's range (about six blocks right or left of the trap), it launches a single arrow and deactivates. The arrow is not affected by gravity, deals about 12 damage and applies significant knockback.
It is possible to trigger an arrow trap using nearly any physical entity in the game, including creatures, dropped items, boulders, projectiles, coins, props, etc. Blood, wooden splinters and other cosmetic effects do not count.
Reflects Projectiles gear can protect the player from arrow traps.
Boulder Traps[edit | edit source]
Found in the Caves and the Forest. This trap consists of a grey pressure plate on the ground and a hidden boulder on the ceiling straight above, held by green vines. Touching the pressure plate drops the boulder. A falling boulder deals instant death to any creature underneath, with some exceptions.
Boulders can be pushed off ledges to crush other creatures, or used as platforms. In some rooms, this occasionally necessary to reach a chest.
Pressure plates can be triggered by creatures, dropped items and props, but not coins or projectiles.
With good reflexes, the player can jump before being hit by the falling boulder. Instead of instant death, the boulder will deal about 33 damage and break.
Boulder Protection gear can protect the player from falling boulders, causing them to only deal 1 damage.
Light Feet gear lets the player walk across pressure plates without triggering them.
Bosses only take 20 damage from falling boulders. A golem will take about 20 damage and break the boulder.
Knife Traps[edit | edit source]
Found in Catacombs. Also known as spring-loaded spike traps, these gray knives are buried into the ground. They trigger only when a player walks on top of them, as no other creature triggers the trap. The knives surge upwards after a short delay, instantly killing any unlucky creature standing above.
Light Feet gear lets the player walk across knife traps without triggering them.
Spike Protection gear still causes knife traps to be activated. However, instead of instant death, they will only deal 5 damage.
Void[edit | edit source]
In the Rift or the Tower, falling off the level results in instant death. It is also possible to fall off the Forest Temple after phasing through the floor.
Death Protection gear will bring you back to solid ground after you have died. This is not always foolproof.
Unlimited Jumps gear will make it easy for you to jump back to safety.
Some other methods can help you climb back up, assuming you have good timing, good reflexes, and the right things equipped:
- Double Jump or Triple Jump gear
- The Dash spell, assuming you have enough uses left
- The Grappling Hook can stick to walls or ceilings. Especially useful if you've somehow managed to fall off the Tower.
- Grab Walls gear, but only in the Tower.
Featherfall will give you some extra seconds to live, granting a bigger time window for the above options. It can also give you enough time to open your inventory and grab gear you hadn't equipped. Don't be afraid to pause the game to locate the right item! This also opens other possibilities:
- If you have a Scroll of Teleport in your backpack, now is the moment to use it.
- If all else fails, remember that Wands or Scrolls of Chaos can have the same effect.
Magic Traps[edit | edit source]
Found in Ruins, magic traps emit faint blue particles when active. If a creature steps onto the trap, it triggers a random effect and deactivates.
- Teleports the creature to another location (harmless)
- Freezes the creature (harmless)
- Sets the creature on fire (dealing about 15 damage)
Props can trigger magic traps.
Light Feet gear lets the player walk across magic traps without triggering them.
Recharging Arrow Traps[edit | edit source]
Found in the Forest Temple, this variant of the Arrow Trap recharges and reactivates shortly after being triggered. It appears to have a limitless supply of arrows.
Flame Trap[edit | edit source]
Found in the Forest Temple. This trap rotates in a 360° circle, blowing fire in its current direction.
Sawblade[edit | edit source]
Found in the Forest Temple.
Poison Room[edit | edit source]
Found in the Forest Temple, this traps consists of a sprinkler visible on the ceiling of a room, and two completely hidden wooden doors. When the player enters the room, the wooden doors appear, fall from the ceiling and trap the player inside, while the sprinkler quickly floods the room with poison gas.
The doors can be destroyed with weapon attacks or other sources of damage. When a door is destroyed, the poison stops.
Phasing through the floor or doors is also a possibility.
Triggering the trap and attempting to run out of the room before the doors fall is dangerous. The doors can crush the player, dealing damage (~15), and keep him or her stuck underneath.
Unstable Platform[edit | edit source]
Found in the Tower, these wooden platforms begin to shake as soon as a player lands on them. After a second, the platform deactivates, sending any creature on it plummeting down. The platform reactivates after a short while. The platform automatically deactivates underwater.
Acid[edit | edit source]
Found in Factory. Acid deals a substantial amount of damage (~15) which is likely to stun the player, keeping them trapped in the pool and forcing them to take further damage.
The damage dealt in this way is a unique type of elemental damage. No source of acid resistance currently exists, not even from the +1 all resistances stat boost.
Volt Traps[edit | edit source]
Found in Factory. Volt Traps are harmless until a bolt of electricity (originating from a Mechanical Spider or from the Rust Fiend) comes into contact with them. In those case, they create a high, powerful and short-lasting pillar of electricity.