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Shouldn't you be on your way?

Tutorial Knight is an NPC in Dead Cells. She is the Beheaded's first encounter at the start of the game, and gives him cryptic advice before sending him on his way.[1] She ends up being impaled by a long sword and her corpse can be found as soon as the player starts their 4th attempted run or a run after the player has completed a run. This allows the Beheaded to loot the Broadsword IconBroadsword blueprint and the key to her Training Room off her corpse near the entrance to the Promenade of the Condemned. Later on, she is resurrected as a skeleton and appears in the Training Room, with a giant sword impaled across her ribcage, though her corpse strangely still remains by the level exit.

Tutorial Knight is one of the few beings on the Island who doesn’t see the Beheaded as a foe or client. It is currently unclear what her motivations are for helping him, if she has any at all.


First encounter[]

  • "Aren't you the headless fellow that's been getting around?"

The Beheaded gives her a thumbs up.

  • "..."
  • "What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?"
  • "Ah yes, that's right... No tongue."
  • "Anyway, it must be strange to be back from the dead..."

The Beheaded shrugs.

  • "I mean, surely you must have noticed?"

Knight looks behind her for a moment.

  • "You can no longer die."
  • "I don't really understand it."
  • "But you're not the first to find yourself in this situation, if that's what you want to know..."

The Beheaded looks around, gesturing questioningly at his surroundings.

When talking to her again she simply urges you to move on.

  • "Shouldn't you be on your way?"

Second encounter[]

  • "Back already?"
  • "Seems like you've been having a rough time of it..."

The Beheaded denies it, waving his pointing hand is a sassy manner.

  • "Have you noticed how things seem to change each time you pass through?"

The Beheaded looks around him and shrugs.

  • "One could get to thinking that the island is alive."
  • "It's quite ridiculous, wouldn't you say?"

When talking to her again she simply urges you to move on.

  • "Shouldn't you be on your way?"

Third encounter[]

  • "Odd kind of place though, no matter how you look at it."
  • "I imagine this will be a sight to behold when you and the Collector have lit all the flasks up."

The Beheaded gives her a thumbs up.

  • "You're working on it, aren't you?"
  • "Obviously you're chipping away at it."
  • "Like all the others..."

The Beheaded gestures confused.

When talking to her again she simply urges you to move on.

  • "Shouldn't you be on your way?"

Fourth encounter[]

From the fourth run onward the Tutorial Knight is no longer at the start of the Prisoners' Quarters.

When you find your way to the entrance to the Promenade of the Condemned, you come across her corpse.

You can examine the body.

  • "She's DEAD."

The Beheaded looks the other way.

  • "And it's recent..."

The Beheaded looks backs and gestures dismissively. He kicks the body and a gem and blueprint for the Broadsword drops from the body.

  • "Oh... Look what I've found!"

Further examination only prompts the Beheaded to say:

  • "She's dead."

Runs made after Tutorial Knight's death will have her corpse age, and the Beheaded will now say one of two phrases:

  • "Been dead for a while."
  • "She's dead. "

Training Room[]

When the player first enters the Training Room:

  • "Oh hi there. I'm not dead anymore!"
  • "Welcome to my very own training room!"
  • "Just pick your gear, choose your mutations and go kill some enemies!"
  • "Behind the first door, you can fight any enemy you have already encountered."
  • "There are also big doors at the back of the room, but I don't know where they lead..."

When you talk to her again she repeats the explanation:

  • "In case you forgot how my training room works..."

When the player approaches her as they enter the training room on subsequent visits, she will say one of three random lines:

  • "Hello again!"
  • "It's great to see you invested in your training!"
  • "No pain, no gain!"

When the player first enters one of the boss rooms:

  • "So this is where these doors lead! Neat!"
  • "I guess it works just like the other rooms, so go ahead and train all you want."
  • "Are you still eager to practice? You're in the right place!"
  • "It's all about training here... Kill or die trying!"
  • "And maybe try again."

The last 3 lines are repeated when trying to to talk to her again in any boss room.

Upon entering boss rooms any subsequent times beyond the first, she will say one of three random lines:

  • "And once again, don’t fear death."
  • "Once more unto the breach I see?"
  • "Good training!"


Not much is known about the Tutorial Knight. Her portrait can be seen at High Peak Castle, suggesting she is related to the King, or was a knight for the King.

It would also seem she knows the Collector, as evidenced by her dialogue.


  • Tutorial Knight was developed and drawn by Motion Twin artist Gwen.
  • Tutorial Knight carries a Broadsword IconBroadsword on her back and holds a Beginner's Bow IconBeginner's Bow in her hand.
  • Tutorial Knight was a male during the game's early access.




  1. Once the Training Room is unlocked, the Tutorial Knight's corpse disappears and she is relocated to the Training Room within Prisoners' Quarters.