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Throughout the game you willl be able to unlock a lot of different content. These contents can be tracked in the Unlocks menu.

Icon Name Type Requirement Effect
Experienced.png Experienced Background Reach progression level 1. +1 Starting Level. -3 LCK
Survivor.png Survivor Background Reach progression level 2. +4 HP Bonfire Healing
Wilding.png Wildling Class Reach progression level 3. Unlocks the Wildling.
Strong.png Strong Background Reach progression level 4. +2 STR, -2 INT.
Nimble.png Nimble Background Reach progression level 5. +2 SPD.
Scarecrow.png Training Dummy Special Reach progression level 6. Adds a scarecrow to the lobby, which can be used as a training dummy. (The scarecrow does not have feelings, despite claims to the contrary. Do not empathize with the scarecrow.)
Bookworm.png Bookworm Background Reach progression level 7. -1 STR and -1 DEX but every spell you learn starts at level 2.
Illiterate.png Illiterate Background Reach progression level 8. Your character starts with 5 bombs but is unable to read any scrolls or spellbooks.
Merchant.png Merchant Background Reach progression level 9. 25% Discount at Shops. (Only affects the player using the background)
Ascetic.png Ascetic Background Reach progression level 10. Touching gold will destroy it, but your starting stats are increased. (+1 VIT, +1 INT, +1 DEX, +1 STR)
Farsighted.png Farsighted Background Reach progression level 11. Increased ranged damage, but greater chance to miss melee attacks. Also improves sight range.
Snake Eater.png Snake Eater Background Reach progression level 12. Potions of Poisons heal you (15HP), but Potions of Regeneration are less effective (15HP). Start with 1 point of poison resistance and 2 (unidentified) poison potions.
Wanted.png Wanted Background Reach progression level 13. Begin the game with a Stolen Ring (+3 LCK and Gold Collector Attribute). Shopkeepers will attack you on sight.
Potion Addict.png Potion Addict Background Reach progression level 14. Heal 3 HP when drinking any potion.
Stoic.png Stoic Background Reach progression level 15. -33% Status Effect Duration.
Boomerang wielder.png Boomerang Wielder Background Reach progression level 16 You decided to use your spare time on the journey here carving this throwing stick.
Random unlock.png Random Class Reach progression level 17 Spawn in the lobby as a skeleton. You will begin the game as a random class with a random background.
Ranger.png Hound Master Class Reach progression level 18 Unlocks the Hound Master.
Mimic Whisperer.png Mimic Whisperer Background Reach progression level 19 Every chest turns into a mimic, which become friendly and able to be picked up. You've learned the secret behind the origins of the mimics. (Beta Exclusive)
Bloody Adherent.png Bloody Adherent Background Reach progression level 20 Heal in combat when low on health. Followers of the God of Blood and War are most holy when in the thick of combat. (Beta Exclusive)
Smith Disciple.png Disciple of the Smith Background Reach progression level 21 Bonfires have a chance to grant a stacking bonus to equipped items until unequipped. The Smith looks favorably upon devotees that take care of their equipment. (Beta Exclusive)
Scholar Disciple.png Disciple of the Scholar Background Reach progression level 22 Magic scrolls and books can increase Int. Followers of the Scholar strive to comprehend the language of magic. (Beta Exclusive)
Cursed Adherent.png Cursed Adherent Background Reach progression level 23 Greatly increased chance of cursed items. Adherents to the Shackled are blessed with more opportunities to embrace cursedness. (Beta Exclusive)
Light Acolyte.png Acolyte of Light Background Reach progression level 24 Ability: Circle of Light. Acolytes of Light can heal their allies through the use of holy light. (Beta Exclusive)
Deranged Acolyte.png Acolyte of Chaos Background Reach progression level 25 +??? -??? (Effects of the Deranged will occasionally activate on you.) The Deranged finds you interesting. (Beta Exclusive)
Faithless Heathen.png Faithless Heathen Background Reach progression level 26 Gain stats from destroying shrines. -13 luck. You reject the gods and they reject you. (Beta Exclusive)
Armored.png Armored Background Complete the game as a Knight. Start with +3 defense armor, but -2 damage stat on starting sword. Knight exclusive
Crossbow wielder.png Crossbowman Background Complete the game as a Rogue. Start with a crossbow enchanted with Weightless Arrows and Arrow Trajectory instead of the short bow. Rogue exclusive
Heirloom.png Heirloom Background Complete the game as a Mage. Start with the Heirloom Ring (+3 INT, -1 VIT and -1 SPD) instead of the magic rod. Mage exclusive
Will of the elements.png Will of the Elements Background Complete the game as a Wilding. Start with the Elemental Caestus. Wilding exclusive
Flail wielder.png Flail Wielder Background Complete the game as a Houndmaster. Start with a flail instead of the wooden club. Houndmaster Exclusive
Tinkerer.png Tinkerer Background Defeat the Vine Lord. Start with a grappling hook. -1 SPD
Death's Acolyte.png Death’s Acolyte Background Clear 3 floors while wearing equipment with the "death becomes easier to encounter" effect.  Your maximum HP is locked to 1 but you deal heavily (~10x) increased damage.
Alternate theme.png Alternate Cave Theme Music Kill all Cave bosses. Alternate music theme that has a chance to replace the Cave theme on some floors.
Alternate theme.png Alternate Forest Theme Music Kill all Forest bosses. Alternate music theme that has a chance to replace the Forest theme on some floors.
Alternate theme.png Alternate Catacombs Theme Music Kill all Catacombs bosses. Alternate music theme that has a chance to replace the Catacombs theme on some floors.
Alternate theme.png Alternate Rift Theme Music Kill all Rift bosses. Alternate music theme that has a chance to replace the Rift theme on some floors.
Trophy Special Defeat The Lost Adventurer. Visual change to the lobby
Hard Mode Game Mode Beat the game on normal difficulty. Adds a lever to the lobby that allows you to enable the Hard Mode.

Progression[edit | edit source]

Most backgrounds are unlocked by reaching certain progression levels. You gain experience bases on some factors that determine how well you did in a run.

The experience calculations are as follows:

XP Score: x^1.2 * 10 =

Floor Score: x^1.5 =

Boss Score: x * 7 =

Gold Score: x / 50 =

...Total Score: