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In the social hierarchy of the island, there are the dogs, the rats, and just below them, the prisoners.
The lucky prisoners had a window in their cells... They ended up choking on the ashes from the Ossuary.
The prison is directly connected to the outer yard. The prisoners can choose between the rats and the crows.

The Prisoners' Quarters is the first level biome in the game. It is the starting point of every run. A run-down stone dungeon with mossy bricks and prison cells visible in the background — most with broken bars. Torches line the walls. Decay is a reality for this prison, as any authority has long met their doom or fled. Some cells still house what prisoners were (un)lucky enough to have survived this long.

General information[]

Starting area[]

A glass chute drips water and muck from the ceiling. Beheaded prisoners are found underneath, either dropped from the chute or executed on the nearby chopping block. The Giant's skeleton rests in the back.

In the next room over, large glass flasks for unlocked items hang from chains. The Scribe is nearby, sitting near the door to the Daily Challenge game mode. Below the bottles is a large glass tube for adjusting the difficulty with Boss Stem Cells. Below the tube is a small room with the doors to the Tailor's room and the Training Room, as well as a tunnel one can roll through to meet The Doctor. The door to the right leads to the starting weapons area.

Once one enters the door to the starting weapons area, the current amount of active Boss Stem Cells can’t be changed and Aspects can no longer be selected from The Doctor.

Access and exit[]

The Prisoner's Quarters is the starting area of the run. After a completed or failed run the player will start back here. The entrance to the Daily Run is also located here. It's possible to exit the Daily Run back into the Prisoners' Quarters.

There are three exits, the Promenade of the Condemned, the Toxic Sewers which requires the Vine Rune IconVine Rune and the Dilapidated Arboretum (from The Bad Seed DLC) which requires the Teleportation Rune IconTeleportation Rune.

Specialist's Showroom[]

Specialist Showroom

The Specialist's Showroom is a special shop that always appears in the Prisoners' Quarters once unlocked from the Collector for 150 cells. Access is locked by a button in front of the door, and a teleporter is always found at its end.

The Specialist's Showroom holds items locked behind golden doors, which must be opened either by paying Gold or breaking them, suffering 50 curses.

  • The Hunter's Grenade IconHunter's Grenade, which can be thrown to transform an enemy into an Elite and extract its blueprints.
  • The Forgotten Map IconForgotten Map, which can be used once to reveal the layout of a biome.
  • The blueprint for the Golden Outfit IconGolden Outfit (if not yet turned in to the Collector).

Level characteristics[]


The Prisoners' Quarters contain 2 Scrolls of Power, neither of which can spawn in the route behind the vine leading to the Toxic Sewers.

Enemy tier and gear level scaling[]

Difficulty Normal Hard Very Hard Expert Nightmare/Hell
Gear level I I I II IV
Enemy lvl tier 1 - 3 2 - 5 2 - 5 3 - 7 4 - 8
Enemy Health tier Base 2 - 4 4 - 7 5 - 9 6 - 12

Loot and shops[]

Main level[]

  • 1 weapon or skill shop that is not behind a rune path
  • 1 guaranteed treasure chest
  • 1 item behind a Teleportation Rune IconTeleportation Rune
  • 1 item behind a Vine Rune IconVine Rune
  • There is a 1% chance that a cursed chest will spawn in the stage. This is the lowest cursed chest spawn rate in the game.
  • Chance for item to spawn behind a golden door

Exclusive blueprints[]

Secret areas[]

  • The blueprint for the Quick Bow IconQuick Bow can be found up on the ledges behind the giant skeleton. This secret does not generate on the first two runs of a save file, and it is only accessible through rolling.
  • The blueprint for the Disengagement Mutation IconDisengagement mutation can be found above the hanging bottles. It can be obtained after killing the Hand of the King for the first time, as it requires the Homunculus Rune IconHomunculus Rune, but having the Spider Rune IconSpider Rune is also recommended.
  • The blueprint for The Royal Gardener's Outfit IconThe Royal Gardener's OutfitTBS can be obtained from the Royal Gardener's corpse

Specialist's Showroom[]

The blueprint for the Golden Outfit IconGolden Outfit can be found in the Specialist's Showroom. The player must either pay 10,000 gold for it, or break the door and receive a 50-kill curse.

Special lore[]

  • Starting with the third run, the Broadsword IconBroadsword blueprint can be looted from the Tutorial Knight's corpse, by the exit to the Promenade of the Condemned.
  • The blueprints for the Crowbar IconCrowbar and the HEV Outfit IconHEV Outfit can be found behind a special lore room of a scientist with a Headcrab.
  • Special lore rooms containing references to other games can be found, containing an object that drops a piece of gear when interacted with. These items are unlocked as soon as you pick them up; no blueprints are required. Only one of these rooms can spawn in each run.
  • A special room containing a Jerkshroom and a Yeeter drops a Panchaku IconPanchaku when defeated. It is automatically unlocked without needing a blueprint.
  • Another special lore room containing a glitchy bug in a jar drops the Magic Bow IconMagic Bow and the Knight's Outfit IconKnight's Outfit blueprints when interacted with, both from Soul Knight


The Prisoners' Quarters has no unique enemies; all of them can be found in other biomes.

In the table below, you will find which enemies are present in the Prisoners' Quarters depending on difficulty level. For each enemy, any common, uncommon, rare or legendary blueprints they carry are indicated. When applicable, the minimum difficulty level for blueprint acquisition is specified in brackets.

Enemy Normal Hard Very Hard Expert Nightmare/Hell
Zombie Blood Sword, Double Crossb-o-matic, Bobby Outfit (1+ BSC)
Shieldbearer Rampart, Bloodthirsty Shield, Ice Shield
Grenadier Fire Grenade, Magnetic Grenade
Undead Archer Bow and Endless Quiver, Infantry Bow, Ice Bow, Skeleton Outfit
Knife Thrower Great Owl of War
Rancid Rat Porcupack
Oven Knight Kill Rhythm, Oven Axe
Inquisitor Lightning Bolt, Vampirism, Mage Outfit
Demolisher Acrobatipack, Arbalester's Outfit
Rampager Adrenaline
Failed Experiment Berserker


Flooded cell[]

PQ Loreroom Floodedcell

A cell door can be found with water halfway up the room.

  • "Hey, you there! There's water running through my cell!

The Beheaded gives a thumbs up.

  • "Errrr... I think something in the water touched my leg."

Then, a loud noise and bang come from the cell door.

  • "HELP!!"

After the prisoner's cry for help, multiple bangs come from the cell door.

Suffering prisoner[]

PQ Loreroom Groaner
  • "Someone's groaning on the other side"

After inspecting the cell door, the Beheaded knocks on the door.

  • "No answer."

The Beheaded then begins to kick the door.

  • "Get out of here , you freak!"

Despite the prisoner's complaining, the Beheaded kicks the door again.

  • "Leave me alone!"

Finally, a large food item comes out of the door.

Rude prisoner[]

PQ Loreroom Rudedude

A cell door can be found with a prisoner still inside and untouched meal tray outside.

  • "Hey, you there!"
  • "Oh. It's... "you"."
  • "Looks like I'm on the right side of the door for once!"
  • "HA HA HA!"
  • "Damn, they didn't mess around..."

After this interaction, the Beheaded knocks on the door again, but the prisoner no longer responds.

  • "No answer."

Meal tray[]

Right next to the cell door, there is a meal tray that drops a large food when examined.

  • "Been abandoned here for some time."

Escaped prisoner[]

PQ Loreroom counting
PQ Loreroom countingsecret

A cell with a broken door can be found, inside there is a bed and the wall has scratches counting something and some writing. There is a secret room with a bag inside.

Forced door[]

  • "Hmm, looks like the prisoner managed to get out of prison early.


  • "It sure is convenient finding all these messages on the walls!"
  • "Lore on a shoestring..."
  • "The writing is barely legible:"
  • "Don't want... contaminated... out of here... see you again. I hope..."
  • "The "Malaise"..."
  • "...not infected..."
  • "won't die."


Inspecting the bag will drop a gem worth 100 gold.

  • "... Left his bag behind him... must have been in quite a panic."

Castaing's office[]

PQ Loreroom Castaignoffice

A room can be found with a desk, an order note on the wall and some books. Using the bookshelf, a secret room can be accessed.


  • "An order stamped with the king's seal."
  • "Castaing, this is a direct order that must remain between you and me..."
  • "Stop checking the prison entrances until further notice."


  • "All these papers are signed by Castaing."
  • "A high-ranking prison officer, no doubt about it."

Upon checking the desk, gold drops onto the ground.

  • "Did he set aside a few pennies for a rainy day?"


  • "Some books on a shelf."
  • "Prison managment for dummies."
  • "Bridge building from antiquity to the present day."
  • "Managing soldiers: How to earn their respect without using torture."
  • "Managing prison entrances in 10 easy lessons (lesson 8 will shock you!)"

Secret room[]

PQ Loreroom Castaigncrate

In the secret room there is a crate. Upon inspecting it, the Beheaded comments the following:

  • "In any case, the warden was prepared for combat."

After his inspection, a random piece of gear is dropped.

Hole room[]

PQ Loreroom Twoholesonefood

A secret room can be found with two holes in the wall and a canvas bag.


  • "This tunnel was cleared out very roughly."
  • "Doesn't look too solid."

Canvas bag[]

  • "A dusty old bag that someone left here a long time ago."

After inspecting the bag, a large food item drops.

Tight passage[]

  • "The hole in this wall is extremely small."
  • "Except maybe for a child."

Tom, Doctor of Mushroomology[]

A room with a sign at the entrance can be found. It contains a bed and a small hole in the wall.


Reading the sign reveals the following:

  • "Tom's Place"
  • "Prisoner and Doctor of Mushroomology"


Upon examining the bed, the Beheaded comments the following:

  • "Abandoned ages ago."
  • "Oh."
  • "Actually, a family of rats seems to call the place home these days."

Small hole[]

Upon inspecting the small whole before entering it, the Beheaded comments the following:

  • "The devious little fellow made a passage for himself through the wall..."

In the secret room there are various mushrooms planted in the ground. Jars with ground-up mushrooms can be found along with a cash register. Inspecting the cash register will drop some gold, and the Beheaded will say the following about it:

  • "Seems to be where the Mushroomologist stashed the profits from his little business."

Upon inspecting the jars, the Beheaded says the following:

  • "A variety of differently shaped mushrooms are proliferating in these jars."
  • "By the looks of them, they should have some interesting psychotropic properties."
  • "Good ol' Doctor Tom here must have been supplying the whole prison."

Furthermore, the mushrooms can also be inspected.

  • "All kinds of mushrooms have been carefully ground down into fine multicolored powders."
  • "Pretty sure they weren't using these to flavor the soup."

Dark Souls room[]

PQ Loreroom GitGud

On rare occasions, a door can be found leading to a room with a corpse and a bonfire from the game dark souls.

Writing on the wall[]

  • "Words written on the wall:"
  • "GIT GUD."
  • "Must be some sort of incantation."


Searching the body will drops some gold and a random gear item. The Beheaded will also comment the following about it:

  • "A guy in armor, been dead for a while."


  • "This campfire was abandoned by an earlier visitor..."
  • "I'm sure it couldn't hurt to take a little rest."

Immediately afterwards, everything will begin to shake.

  • "Hmm. Something's changed."

Most of the time this lore room appears, a Zombie or an Undead Archer will spawn at the entrance of the room. When killed, it always drops 50 cells.

Royal Gardener[]

Dead Gardener

A lore room requiring the Teleportation Rune IconTeleportation Rune to access contains numerous wall spikes and the Royal Gardener's corpse alongside a letter from Castaing to him. The Dilapidated Arboretum KeyDilapidated Arboretum KeyTBS and The Royal Gardener's Outfit IconThe Royal Gardener's OutfitTBS blueprint are found on the body of the Gardener.

  • "Oh ho! A new arrival..."
  • "And the rats haven't even got to him yet."
  • "...I bet there's still some good stuff to scavenge!"
  • "Meh, just some rusty old key..."
  • "And a torn up letter."
  • "Royal Gardener, with all the due respect that I owe you... OBEY YOUR ORDERS or you will find yourself in the stomach of one of the ticks!"
  • "For all our sakes, this is your last warning."
  • "Signed: Commander Castaing."
  • "Ergh, Nothing of interest at all..."
  • "Except for this jacket!"

Half-life room[]

Head crab
Half life bp

A scientist with a Headcrab on his head can be found as a Half-Life reference. Behind it is a secret room with the Blueprint of the HEV Outfit IconHEV Outfit and the Crowbar IconCrowbar. After these two are turned in to the Collector, this lore room stops spawning.

  • "What is this strange creature stuck to his face?"
  • "He still spasms a bit, as if he was half alive..."
  • "Better not linger."
  • "Staying too long could have unforeseen consequences!"




Information about the lore room were the "trowable objects" can be find, is missing here!!!