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"Enter the Gungeon" Curse Guide

"Enter the Gungeon" is a huge favorite of Eric's and he loves to write about the game. He wants to share advice and strategy with others.

Curse in Enter the Gungeon

Understanding how curse works is vital to getting better at Enter the Gungeon. Having some curse may be good, but having too much is always bad.


What is Curse in Enter the Gungeon?

Curse is an invisible stat that the game tracks for your character each run.

You gain and lose curse by doing certain actions while playing the game. You start to notice these effects when you have more curse.

What Gives Curse in Enter the Gungeon?

Certain Guns Give Curse

The Gungeon rejects things that are not completely projectile-based. It is somewhat complicated.

A banana or a camera does not give curse because they look like guns.

But the Fightsabre an actual gun gives curse because you can swing it to deflect bullets. Weapons that are sword-shaped tend to give curse.

Some Items Give Curse

Some passive items like cursed bullets give you curse. Certain active items also give curse. For example, the knife shield gives curse.

Buying Things from Cursula Gives Curse

Buying items from Cursula always give curse. She is an NPC that sells you things after you find and free her.

Cursed Pots

Standing near a cursed pot for so long gives curse. You can shoot them to stop this from happening.


If you interact with a mirror you will get curse from either opening the chest you see or shooting the mirror.

Stealing Items

If you manage to steal an item from a shop your curse will go up.

How Does Curse Affect You in Enter the Gungeon?

You may be now wondering what curse does? Curse has many effects.

  • Chests are mimics more often.
  • Enemies drop more money and fewer items when clearing rooms.
  • Jammed enemies and bosses start to appear.
  • You get a higher chance of finding ammo after clearing rooms.
  • You get fewer rewards for clearing rooms.

There Are Some Positive Changes from Having Curse

I Think Curse Is Helpful

Having more curse is a good thing. I rather get more currency and ammo than whatever you get from clearing rooms. I find having ammo for a certain gun I like is more useful.

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Mimics Are a Way to Get Items Without Keys

At first, Mimics are very annoying. But once you understand that mimics are a way to get free chest items without keys they become a good thing.

Cursed Bullets Is Amazing!

Cursed Bullets is one of the best items in the game! With Cursed Bullets, you gain 10% damage for every point of curse you gain.

Ideally, you would get to eight or nine points of curse and stop there for the biggest damage gains.

You can not gain damage over a 100% bonus with ten curse.

You do not want to have ten points of curse. Trust me. I will explain this in a bit.

A mimic in "Enter the Gungeon".

A mimic in "Enter the Gungeon".

Dealing with Jammed Enemies

Jammed Enemies Have Better Stats

Jammed enemies have more health, move and shoot faster, and now always deal one heart of damage. The extra health is the most annoying part.

Fighting Jammed Enemies Is Hard

I try to target jammed enemies last if possible. I have found clearing out the other enemies, and then focusing on the jammed enemies is what works best.

About Jammed Bosses

Jammed bosses inflict double damage and have more health. This forces you to be even more careful in boss fights to avoid taking damage.

A jammed Bullet Kin.

A jammed Bullet Kin.

A jammed boss fight.

A jammed boss fight.

The Lord of the Jammed

Avoid Getting to Ten Curse

Never have more than nine curse! If you have ten curse, the Lord of the Jammed appears.

Why the Lord of the Jammed Is Annoying

You can't kill The Lord of the Jammed, and it chases you endlessly no matter what you are doing.

You need to be fast to avoid getting shot by its constant attacks.

You can't warp to avoid it. It will try to kill you when talking to NPCs and interacting with things.

It will be there attacking you after winning a boss fight and will try to kill you before you leave the floor.

The Store Closes

The shopkeeper shuts down the store when he sees the Lord of the Jammed. You can no longer purchase any items.

Unless you buy something very fast when the Lord of the Jammed is not there.

How to Deal with the Lord of the Jammed

Keep on Dodging the Attacks

If you are unfortunate to have over ten curse the only thing to do is keep dodging.

You can walk through the Lord of the Jammed without taking damage, and this helps a little.

I would recommend trying to get to the next floor as fast as you can.

If you manage to lower your curse back to nine, the Lord of the Jammed will be gone on the next floor.

Keep Track of Your Curse

The only way to avoid the Lord of the Jammed showing up is to keep track of your curse. But since the game doesn't show you this anywhere you have to keep track curse of yourself.

As a rule of thumb, most things give one or two curse.

To be sure if an item gives curse I would check the Gamepedia wiki and read more there.

Cleanse Shrines

What Are Cleanse Shrines?

Cleanse shrines help remove curse. It costs currency to remove your curse. What it says about you is also tells you how much curse you have.

Cleanse Shrines Will Not Make the Lord of the Jammed Go Away

If you already have ten curse, it won’t do anything for you. You cannot use the shrine to make the Lord of the Jammed go away.

But you can use the shrine to keep your curse lower, to begin with.

My Strategy to Using Curse to My Advantage

Having Some Curse Is a Good Thing

My strategy with curse is to get about five or six. Then I start to be careful about getting more.

I usually buy some things from Cursula. Her store has useful items for cheap.

I feel like I can deal with the extra jammed enemies and occasional jammed boss.

You Can Avoid Having Curse If You Want

I think curse is helpful. But you can avoid curse altogether if you want.

Avoid picking up anything that gives it. Avoid doing any action that gives it. You will have a much safer game.

The Hero Shrine

What Is the Hero Shrine?

Do you want to start with a lot curse and likely summon the Lord of the Jammed?

Once you kill a character's past, interact with the Hero Shrine. The Hero Shrine is in the room you fall in when you start runs. Using the shrine will make your curse nine.

The Hero Shrine Makes the Game Very Hard!

The game will be very hard if you use the Hero Shrine. If you get one point of curse, the Lord of the Jammed shows up.

There will be many jammed enemies, and most bosses will be jammed as well.

The Hero Shrine.

The Hero Shrine.

The Hero Shrine text.

The Hero Shrine text.

Questions & Answers

Question: How long does Curse last in Enter the Gungeon?

Answer: Curse only lasts for the current run, and it will reset the next run. You can not see your current number of the curse though, and you will have to try to mentally keep track. There is one shrine that will help you get an idea of how much curse you currently have if you find it.

© 2017 Eric Farmer

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