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The Black Market
The Black Market
"You may be able to purchase some one-of-a-kind items in this hidden place..."
Accessible: Levels 2-1, 2-2 or 2-3
Main Dangers: Tiki Men, Frogs, Mantraps, Piranhas, Tiki Traps, Spikes and Monkeys.

The Black Market is a secret level accessible from The Jungle which contains seven shops. It is the only place to obtain the Ankh, a powerful item which must be obtained to reach The City of Gold and eventually Hell.

Finding the Black MarketEdit

The entrance to the Black Market is always found on one of levels 2-1, 2-2 or 2-3. It is always hidden behind a ground tile, so you will need bombs or a Mattock to reveal it.

If you have the Udjat Eye from The Mines, it will start to blink when you are near the entrance; it blinks faster as you get closer.

Even without the Udjat Eye, you can sometimes see the leaves surrounding the entrance sticking out from behind a wall. You can also find the entrance by chance upon destroying ground tiles, but this is unlikely.

Inside the Black MarketEdit

Inside the Black Market are seven shops, one of which is always a "Spin the Wheel" shop and another of which sells only the Ankh. The rest of the shops are generated randomly and can contain any type of items.

It's possible that the shopkeepers will go aggressive even when the Spelunker has no interaction with them, Orange Frogs, Snails and flying corpses can make the Shopkeepers upset and potentially end

Black Market Level

A full black market level

StrategyEdit

  • You must visit the Black Market if you want to go to Hell, because the Ankh lets you get the Hedjet (which, along with the Sceptre, are required to gain access to the City of Gold).
  • You may kill and rob the shopkeepers, allowing you to get many items. If you have a shotgun, start killing shopkeepers at the top of the level. If not, start at a shop that contains one.
  • You may also explode the tiles in front of the first shop to make the shopkeepers go to the bottom layers, leaving the top layer safe, this can be really useful if the Spelunker has no weapons or the shopkeepers were aggressive upon entering the market.

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