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Dead Cells presents a variety of NPCs, some of which have an active role in the player's progression through the game, while others are just characters the player encounters on his path.

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Tutorial Knight Guides the player throughout the start of the game, while also giving the player some cryptic advice before sending them on their way. She dies early in the game and her corpse can be looted to unlock the Broadsword Icon.png Broadsword. Her corpse can then be found next to the entrance of the Promenade of the Condemned.

Afterwards she can be found in the Training Room to guide the player.

After player beats the fourth boss for the first time, she re-appears as a glitched figure at the start of the game, until the true ending is achieved.

At the starting area of the Prisoners' Quarters; after her death, at the entrance hall of the Training Room.
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The Collector Blueprints that you have collected are given to the Collector and are then unlocked by bringing cells to him. He is the main way of progressing throughout the game. In the Passages located between each two biomes.
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Guillain Lets the player choose a mutation to acquire after every completed biome, with a max amount of 3 at the same time. Those can be restarted and reselected by a price which increases with each use. In the Passages located between each two biomes.
The Blacksmith The only access the player has to the Legendary Forge, where they can permanently upgrade the quality of the gear found throughout the game. In the Passages after each boss biome (after the Black Bridge, Insufferable Crypt or the Nest, and after the Clock Room, Guardian's Haven, or the Mausoleum).
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The Blacksmith's Apprentice Upgrades and rerolls the affixes of your gear at the Minor Forge. Located in all Passages after reaching a passage containing the Legendary Forge for the first time.
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The Tailor Lets the player change the Beheaded's outfit, choosing between those they have unlocked. In a large room entered at the starting area of the Prisoners' Quarters.
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The Scribe Keeps track of player's game stats and achievements. At the starting area of the Prisoners' Quarters, next to the entrance to the Daily Run.
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The Spider Explains the Darkness mechanic at the entrance of the Forgotten Sepulcher. At the entrance of the Forgotten Sepulcher.
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The Ghost Explains how challenge rifts work, the first time one is entered. At the entrance of the first Challenge Rift the player enters; once the Training Room is unlocked, at the entrance of the Combat Room.
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The King The King of the island. Sitting in the throne of the Throne Room.
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Gollum Found in a cell, in the Toxic Sewers. Asks the player to find the Teleportation Rune Icon.png Teleportation Rune and take it back to him, so that he can escape. Near the starting area of the Toxic Sewers; in subsequent encounters, midway through the biome.
Swamp PriestTBS A miscreant priest appears in the Morass of the Banished, nagging you to offer a sacrifice (Mushroom Boi! Icon.png Mushroom Boi!) onto the altar. In the altar found before the exit of the Morass of the Banished.
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The Collector's InternRotG Replaces the Collector in Passages when 5 Boss Stem Cells are active, but is functionally identical for purchasing upgrades. In the Passages located between each two biomes.
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The Doctor Provides the player with Aspects In the starting area of the Prisoners' Quarters, left of the Tailor.
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Unused NPCs[]

Name Info Location Image
The Fisherman NPC that was found in the Pier and, when spoken to, would kill the player to let them start a new run. At the dock of the Pier.
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Navigation wiki

Rusty Sword Icon.png GearForgotten Map Icon.png Biomes (Map) • Dark Tracker.png EnemiesThe Concierge.png BossesYgdar Orus Li Ox Mutation Icon.png MutationsTeleportation Rune Icon.png RunesStun Effect.gif MechanicsControlsCustom Mode Icon.png Custom ModeToxin Lover Aspect Icon.png Aspects
Tutorial Knight.png NPCsRuby Icon.png PickupsEmergency Door Icon.png ObjectsClassic Outfit Icon.png OutfitsBoss Stem Cell Icon.png Boss Stem CellsMalaise Icon.png MalaiseCursed Effect.png CurseMerchandise Categories Icon.png ShopsRhythm n' Bouzouki Icon.png SoundtracksAdvanced Forge Icon.png Upgrades
Challenge RiftsChallenger Rune Icon.png Daily ChallengeTemporal Distortion Icon.png LoreEpicPower.png StatsAffixesIce Effect.png Status EffectsHazardsYOLOWinAch.png AchievementsVersion history