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Nuclear Throne takes you through a series of areas.

The way you progress through the areas is linear, you start in a normal world which is three levels long, at the last level the area boss will spawn.

Difficulty is the number of portals you entered, it determines the amount of enemies spawning in the area and what kind of weapon you get in that area. Entering a Crown Vault or the Sewers Secret Area also counts as entering a portal and increases the difficulty by one, so you get better weapons faster but there are more enemies.

Progression Areas Edit

Area Description
Desert2

The Desert

  • Covers levels 1-1, 1-2 and 1-3.
  • First area of the game.
  • Open areas.
  • Home to alot of bandits.
  • Last level introduces big bandit.
Sewers

The Sewers

  • Covers level 2-1.
  • Transition level.
  • Small corridors.
  • Low visibility.
  • Home to alot of rats.
Scrap

The Scrapyard

  • Covers levels 3-1, 3-2 and 3-3.
  • Small areas with corridors between.
  • You can find alot of cars here.
  • Usually full of fire traps.
  • Home to alot of ravens.
  • The last level is home to Big Dog.
Cave

The Crystal Caves

  • Covers levels 4-1.
  • Low visibility.
  • Transition level.
  • Sticky webs on the ground.
Frozen city3

The Frozen City

  • Covers levels 5-1, 5-2 and 5-3.
  • Long, narrow pathways.
  • Slippery ice on the ground.
  • Houses alot of cars.
  • 5-3 is home to lil Hunter.
Lab

The Labs

  • Covers level 6-1.
  • Low visibility.
  • Transition level.
  • Home to alot of freaks.
Volkano

The Volcano

  • Covers levels 7-1 and 7-2.
  • Lava that hurts the player under destroyed walls.
  • Has alot of fire traps and cars.
  • Narrow hallways and rooms, full of enemies.
  • Blue fire introduced here.
  • 7-2 is home to the Purple Dragon.
Wonderland

The Wonderland

  • Covers levels 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3.
  • Big rooms, with fair amounts of enemies.
  • Direct reference to alice in wonderland.
  • 8-3 is home to the Chesire Cat.


Secret areasEdit

Area Description
C W

The Crown Vault

  • Entered by charging the proto statue and destroying it.
  • Has a crown.
  • On the secod visit and after, has a choice of a weapon modifier.
  • Increases difficulty by one uponn entering.
Inverted F S

Inverted Frozen City

  • Entered by a portal randomly appearing in the Frozen City, or after finishing the second Oasis level.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger variants of Frozen City enemies.
Inverted D S

Inverted Desert

  • Entered by a portal randomly appearing in the Desert.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger variants of the Desert enemies.
  • Transports to the Scrapyard upon completing.
Oasis

The Oasis

  • Entered by collecting a weapon chest, an ammo chest and a rad can on a desert level without reaching the 2% enemies killed mark and killing the big bandit that spawns in under 10 seconds.
  • Has two levels and a boss (Big Fish) on the second one.
  • Transports to the Inverted Frozen City after completing.
Venus

Y.V's Mansion

  • Entered by using a golden car after hitting it with a screwdriver.
  • Always has a golden weapon.
Turtles Lair

The Pizza Sewers

  • Entered by blowing up a round manhole cover.
  • Always has four turtles and a rat.
  • Reference to TMNT.
Inv Scrap
Inverted Scrapyard
  • Entered by a portal that appears randomly in the Scrapyard.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger variants of the Scrapyard enemies.
Crib
Y.V.'s Crib
  • Has no enemies.
  • Has two Huge Golden Chests which drop massive amounts of weapons.
  • Can  be entered by Y.V. or Y.C. when an ultra mutation is obtained.
  • Can be left by using the golden car.
INV VOLC
Inverted Volcano
  • Entered by a portal that appears randomly in the Volcano.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger variants of the Volcano enemies.
  • Instead of burning the player, the space under destroyed walls freezes the player in place.
I S
Inverted Sewers
  • Entered by a portal randomly appearing in the sewers.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger versions of the Sewers enemies.
  • Transports you to Y.V's Mansion.
INV WOND
Inverted Wonderland
  • Entered by a portal randomly appearing in the Wonderland.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger versions of the Wonderlad enemies.
Inverted Crystal Caves
  • Entered by a portal randomly appearing in the Crystal Caves.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger versions of the  Crystal Caves enemies.
Inverted Labs
  • Entered by a portal randomly appearing in the  Labs.
  • Has a 50% chace to have a weapon mod.
  • Has stronger versions of the Labs enemies.