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Biomes Map

Biomes are the different areas within Dead Cells which players must progress through.[1] The base game currently has 15 main biomes and 4 boss biomes while the DLCs add another 7 main biomes and 6 boss biomes.[2] The order in which biomes are encountered, and the general location of their links, are predetermined but they are divided into levels and only one biome of each level can be accessed in a run which gives players a lot of flexibility and change each run.

Within each run, biomes are procedurally generated within the confines of that biome's set parameters. This puts the focus of gameplay on a combination of on the moment adaptation and memorization, with each biome having a distinct feel.[3]

Each biome also has a set of enemies that the player will encounter, some of them are unique to a specific biome. Higher difficulties change the enemy distribution up.

Scaling and difficulty

Each tier and biome has their own scaling of enemy and trap stats with tiers which operate somewhat differently compared to scaling of player damage and health with Stats. The exact formula used for scaling is not known at the moment but the tiers used for these are, meaning we can determine which biomes are easier and which are harder.

Shops and treasures

Excluding boss biomes, each biome always contains combinations of shops and treasures. The majority of these are predetermined but their type might be random, shops might be either be a weapons or skills shop and treasure rooms could contain treasure chests, linked altars or very rarely an additional cursed chest. Their locations are always random except for the fact they will always have the same access requirements.

Playing on higher difficulty using collected Boss Stem Cells grants access to boss cell doors which can contain more shops, treasure rooms, or even new exits.

Access and exits

Each biome has exits leading to the biomes of the next level. Some of these can be accessed without any requirement but most are blocked off by rune requirement, which need to be found and unlocked first. The locations of exits in a biome is mostly random, with some exceptions, but are always at the end of hallways or level chunks. They are also seperated, meaning that if there are multiple exits a biome splits up creating different paths depending on the biome.

Additional higher difficulties also unlock new exits allowing new paths.

After exiting each biome, the player will enter a Passage. Here, a player can turn in blueprints, spend cells, enter Timed and Perfect Doors if the requirements are met, re-roll and upgrade gear, choose and change mutations and replenish their health and health potions. Passages are different depending on which biome is exited and entered, with some of them having secrets.

After exiting a boss biome, the player will enter a special passage which also holds the Blacksmith and a perfect kill door.

Map

The player can open a biome map that will show everything the player has explored in the biome. Shown on the map are activated teleporters, shops and treasure rooms. The position of the player is marked with a flaming head, but this is not shown when inside a passage.

The player can also switch to a world map view, where discovered biomes are shown in color with their names, and undiscovered biomes are shown in gray without their name. A biome counts as discovered when it has been visited once, while an undiscovered biome is shown the moment a biome that can exit into that biome is entered.

Highlighting a discovered biome will show previously travelled paths between it and biomes of the previous and next tier, while the path used in the current run is indicated by a gray line. Furthermore, the world map will also show the next biome that has the incentivized biome bonus.

First stage

Prisoners' Quarters

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Second stages

Promenade of the Condemned

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Toxic Sewers

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Dilapidated Arboretum

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Optional stages

Prison Depths

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Can only be accessed via the Promenade of the Condemned and Dilapidated Arboretum.TBS This biome acts as an optional stage between the second and third stages.

Corrupted Prison

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Can only be accessed via the Toxic Sewers. This biome acts as an optional stage between the second and third stages.

Third stages

Ramparts

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Ancient Sewers

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Ossuary

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Morass of the Banished

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First bosses

Black Bridge

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Insufferable Crypt

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Nest

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Fourth stages

Stilt Village

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Slumbering Sanctuary

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Graveyard

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Fractured Shrines

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Fifth stages

Clock Tower

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Forgotten Sepulcher

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Cavern

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Undying Shores

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Second bosses

Clock Room

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Guardian's Haven

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Mausoleum

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Sixth stages

High Peak Castle

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Derelict Distillery

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Infested Shipwreck

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Third bosses

Throne Room

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Lighthouse

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Seventh stage

Fourth bosses

The Crown

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Special stages

The Bank

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  • Entrances: Any transition that does not lead to a boss.
  • Enemies: Agitated Pickpockets, Gold Gorgers, Golden Kamikazes, Mimics
    • Enemies that spawn in this biome depends on what biomes it replaces.
  • Enemy Tier:
  • Gear Level:
  • Scrolls: The Bank will contain one less scroll than the "best" biome that's being replaced, i.e. the one with the most scrolls. The lost scroll is replaced by a cursed chest.
  • Exit:
  • Hazards: Spikes, spiked flails
  • Doors:
    • Bank floors: There three floors in the bank that are blocked by locked doors. Each needs a pass of mathcing color to unlock.
  • Keys:


Unused stages

Repository of the Architects

Technically inaccessible stage, entrance was behind the door that required 5 boss cells to open in the Graveyard. If accessed via modifying the boss cell counter with third-party tools, it could be seen that it had the same 'darkness' mechanic as the Forgotten Sepulcher. Only enemies present in the stage appeared to be Cannibals. The enemy tier appears to be absurdly high. The majority of the stage was locked behind a door that required a key (simply named "Key") to open, which can't be spawned even by third party modifiers

This stage is irrelevant to the Architect's Key.png Architect's Key.

Pier

An old ending point of a run that persisted until the 1.0 update came around. It would be accessed after defeating the final boss of the game, which at first was Conjunctivius, then the Time Keeper, and finally, the Hand of the King. It used to have the Fisherman NPC right next to a boat, who would impale the Beheaded with a tentacle to let the player start a new run. Later on, that was changed to a "Work in Progress" sign and a tube, through which the Beheaded would crawl to go back to the Prisoners' Quarters. Its assets have now been repurposed for the area leading to the Infested Shipwreck.TQatS

References

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