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Demon Face

The Black Market is an area in the Gungeon, the entrance to which may rarely generate on any floor except the Resourceful Rat's Lair, the R&G Dept, and Bullet Hell. It is an area hidden off of the main map containing multiple merchants and one of Winchester's shooting ranges, all operating with significant discounts.

The entrance to the Black Market takes the form of a large green 'Demon Face' in the wall of a room. If the player has at least 1 Curse or 100 Money, or has had 100 Money before spending below 100 in the same chamber, they may access the Black Market by walking into the mouth of the Demon Face. If the player does not have the required money or curse, entering the Demon Face will deal one damage to them and spit them back out.

Once the Market has been visited, the Demon Face will disappear. The player may still access the Black Market however via a teleporter on the map. This access will not be revoked even if the player's curse drops below 1 or their Money count drops below 100.

Free Item[ | ]

If the player shoots liquid into the mouth of the Demon Face with any one of the following, Mega Douser, Siren, Barrel, Glacier, Bubble Blaster, Bubble Lead, Starpew or Tear Jerker, the Demon Face will spit out a random A Quality Item or 1S Quality Item quality gun or item.

  • The Demon Face can still be entered after doing this, but you cannot get the item after going through the Demon Face as it disappears after accessing the Black Market.
  • You can get the item regardless of if you have the prerequisite 100Money or 1Curse Icon required to access the black market itself.
    • Other sources of liquid, such as interactable barrels, will not trigger this effect nor will the Compressed Air Tank, this despite it shooting out water when fired.

Merchants[ | ]


The Black Market contains Old Red, Cursula, Professor Goopton, and Flynt inside of its main room. They will each have three items for sale from their regular pools (except for during a Rainbow Run, where their wares will be empty).

All of these merchants will sell their wares at half price, except for Flynt whose key based prices do not change.

A corridor at the eastern end of the Black Market leads to a bonus Winchester game, where the entry fee also has a 50% discount.

Notes[ | ]

  • If the Lord of the Jammed is allowed to enter the Black Market, all Merchants will immediately stop selling their wares.
  • Merchants can appear in the Black Market even if they have already appeared on the main floor, creating a duplicate.
  • If the player is asked to map out a floor containing a Black Market by the Lost Adventurer, the map will not be considered complete until the market is explored.
  • The layout of the Market never changes.
  • Rarely upon entering a Demon Face, its eyes may open wide and stare down at the player with a surprised expression.
  • Even during a Rainbow Run, the Demon Face can still generate an A or S Item.

Trivia[ | ]

  • Demon Faces are a reference to Demon's Mouth from the classic Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Module Tomb of Horrors.
  • The spraying of water into the demon's mouth can be a reference to either the saying "People in hell want ice water" or to the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man in the Gospel of Luke (which may or may not be connected). It could also be a reference to the classic carnival game where you shoot water into a porcelain clown's mouth to make a balloon pop and get a prize. It also may be a reference to the boss Zehnoa from Trials of Mana, an infamously strong boss where the key to beating it is extinguishing its flames in its mouth.
  • Stealing from the Black Market's Merchants will stop you from buying from the same merchant at the Black Market, BUT it will not stop you from buying from that same Merchant if you encounter them later in the Run.
  • You can Guaranteed steal 1 Item per Merchant.