Dead Cells: How to access the new Bad Seed DLC

Motion Twin just released The Bad Seed, the new DLC for indie hit Dead Cells. Here’s how to access the new content!

First, you’re going to need the Vine and Teleport runes. If you’re brand new to Dead Cells, check out the wiki to see where you can pick these up. Without these runes, the places you need to go will be inaccessible.

Once you’ve got those runes, start a new run. In The Prison (the first level), run around til you find a vine. It looks like a green gooey lump. Activate the vine and climb it to enter the next area.

Before the Bad Seed DLC, this area only led to the Toxic Sewers. However, with Bad Seed installed, you’ll find a teleportation sarcophagus in this area as well as a passage to the Toxic Sewers.

Use that sarcophagus to teleport to the next area. The first time you go to that area, you’ll find a gardener, murdered and mutilated. Search his body and he’ll drop a key to the Dilapidated Arboretum, the first level of Bad Seed. Unlock the next door and head on through!

Now you have to contend with the carnivorous plants. They’re basically deadly trampolines. Stand in the mouth until you see it start to quiver, then jump straight up. Jump only once! Do not double jump! Then let yourself fall on the plump closed mouth of the plant and you’ll fly upwards onto the platforms above. Keep doing this until you reach the passage way to the Dilapidated Arboretum. If you jump too late, the plant will bite you and you’ll take damage.

In subsequent playthroughs, you won’t have to search the gardener - just take the vine, use the teleportation sarcophagus, and head to the new level.

The Dilapidated Arboretum is a cool level that is broken up into two sides. One side has a passage way to older levels that are part of the core game, while the other side has the passageway to the Morass of the Banished, another new DLC level. Which side is which is randomized - keep exploring until you find the right passageway. There are no more tricks to reach new content, just good old fashioned exploration and perseverance.

The Morass of the Banished is similar in that there are passageways to previous levels as well as a passageway to fight Mother Tick, the freaky new boss of Bad Seed. Keep exploring until you find it.

Once you see this altar room, you’re going the right way. Get ready for a cool new battle with a cool new boss!