Ser Manuel

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Ser Manuel is a character who appears in Enter the Gungeon, Exit the Gungeon, and Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead, in the role of both NPC and Boss.

Function

In all games in which he appears, Ser Manuels primary role is to tutorialise the player, which he performs from Chamber 0, the Halls of Knowledge. Passing through each of his trials, the player is taught how to interact, dodge roll, use blanks, use active itemsETG, and fight.

In Enter and Exit the Gungeon, Ser Manuel concludes the tutorial with one final challenge, facing him in single combat as the boss of the Halls of Knowledge. Defeating Ser Manuel proves the players skill and readiness to Enter or Exit the Gungeon.

Enter the GungeonETG

The Old Knight's Shield, Ser Manuels former shield, can be found in a secret room within the Halls of Knowledge, accessible by breaking a cracked wall using a blank. Speaking to Ser Manuel after defeating him while holding this crest will spark recognition, and prompt him to inform the player of his tragic past and his death at the hands of his former friend Blockner.

Ser Manuel will request that the player visit vengeance upon Blockner by finding him in the Gungeon, and killing him. After this interaction, Blocker can be found in the Black Powder Mine. Slaying Blockner and returning to Ser Manuel rewards the player in item unlocks (see Related Unlocks).

Monster ManuelETG

In Enter the Gungeon, after slaying Blockner and informing Manuel that his vengeance has been delivered, Ser Manuel can appear rarely in secret rooms throughout the Gungeon wearing an owl costume, under the pseudonym 'Monster Manuel'. Interacting with 'Monster Manuel' gives the player a free item or gun.

Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead

In Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead, Ser Manuel does not culminate the tutorial in a bossfight, however he does regularly fire bullets at the player to teach them important mechanics such as dodging and blanking.

Behaviour

Ser Manuel
Sermanuel angry.png
Statistics and Information
Health: 100
Location: Halls of Knowledge
Diginomicon Entry (XtG)
Diginomicon Ser Manuel.png
Get Schooled
A helpful, if long-winded, ghost.

A firm adherent of the Dodge Roll, Manuel believes in the ancient teaching method of extended lecture.
Drunkard face.png Drunkard Dialogue:
"Oh, have you seen that misguided spirit? ...Ser Manuel. He's stuck in those halls, lost. Sad, really. Hah hah..."

This section refers to Ser Manuels behaviour as a Boss in both Enter and Exit the Gungeon, rather than his NPC behaviours.

Enter the GungeonETG

Ser Manuel has two attacks, and an additional third behaviour related to his movement. All attacks are extremely simple to avoid, however, as Ser Manuel is not intended to be a difficult boss.

  • Fires a ring of 16 bullets outwards, followed by a second ring of bullets.
  • Rapidly fires bullets directly at the player.
  • Teleports to a random area in the room.

Exit the GungeonXTG

Ser Manuel has only one attack, releasing a ring of bullets around himself in all directions. He will also periodically move to a position near the player, in an attempt to catch them off guard. Ser Manuel is not affected by gravity during this fight.

Related Unlocks

Enter the Gungeon

  • Pea Shooter.png Pea Shooter - Complete the tutorial by defeating Ser Manuel.
  • Badge.png Badge - Slay Blockner and return to Ser Manuel in the Halls of Knowledge.
  • Betrayer's Shield.png Betrayer's Shield - Slay Blockner and return to Ser Manuel in the Halls of Knowledge.

Exit the Gungeon

  • The Trier.PNG The Trier - Begin the tutorial.
  • The Rookie.PNG The Rookie - Complete the tutorial by defeating Ser Manuel.
  • The Villain.PNG The Villain - Repeatedly disobey Manuel's instructions during the tutorial.

Lore

Ser Manuel was a dungeon delving knight[7] who travelled to the Gungeon with his adventuring partner[8], Ser Blockner, in search of The Gun[9]. Shortly after arriving at the Gungeon, Ser Manuel was betrayed by Blockner, and shot in the back[10] as they had barely passed the precipice of the fortress, in the Halls of Knowledge.
It is vaguely implied that the start of Blockners enmity for Ser Manuel was Manuel losing the Flying Disc.

Awakening in a Chest, nobody answered Manuels calls for help.[10] Following his death, Ser Manuel returned as a spirit, condemned to haunt the Halls of Knowledge and the Gungeon at large for all eternity.[11]
Manuel fell into a years-long period of sadness and self doubt, believing that his dodging techniques were flawed.[12] Eventually, he came to the conclusion that for his spirit to find rest, he needed to train a champion in the art of the dodge roll, to determine once and for all if his technique was sound, and to avenge his death by killing Blockner.[13]

When the Gungeoneers arrived, they proved themselves to be the champions Manuel needed, mastering the art of the dodge roll and, after discovering Manuels corporeal remains and cast off Shield, were entrusted by the old ghost to enact his vengeance upon his murderer. With their success, and Blockners death, Manuel contemplated learning to perhaps forgive Blockner.[14]
Additionally, Ser Manuel chose to delve into the Gungeon himself, seeking further revenge on the place itself which was the root of his travails[15]. As part of this endeavor, he donned an animalistic disguise, dressing up as a legendary beast known as an 'Owl-Barrel'[16] and adopting the pseudonym 'Monster Manuel'.

During the events of Exit the Gungeon, Ser Manuel has moved the Halls of Knowledge and his tutorial operation to the Underbreach, below the Forge, where he continues his duty of teaching Gungeoneers what they must know to survive, albeit with exhaustion. When not teaching in the Halls of Knowledge, Manuel can be seen lounging on a deck chair with a coconut drink, evidently treating his avenged afterlife as a retirement.

Associated Items

Item Relevant Text Notes
Old Knight's Helm.png Old Knight's Helm ETG "Once worn by a knight with an unusually large head."
  • Found next to his physical remains, the Old Knights helm is Ser Manuels former helmet.
Old Knight's Shield.png Old Knight's Shield ETG "The shield of Ser Manuel, emblazoned with his House sigil, the Cup of Knowledge. There is a diagram on the back illustrating how to strap on a shield and examples of when to raise it. Remarkably free of wear."
  • Found next to his physical remains, the Old Knight's Sheild is Ser Manuels former shield.
  • This is the first and only mention of the "Cup of Knowledge" as well as Ser Manuels knightly house.
  • The line "Remarkably free of wear" is in reference to Ser Manuels favouring of the dodge roll. Since he does not use his shield to block attacks, and rather dodges them outright, the shield is barely worn.
Ser Manuel's Revolver.png Ser Manuel's Revolver ETG "This revolver was brought to the Gungeon by a fearless adventurer whose true quest is still unknown."
  • An unobtainable gun which is exclusively wielded by Ser Manuel during his bossfight in Enter the Gungeon. While this gun has a unique Ammonomicon description, it can never be viewed in an unmodified game, and as such its canonicity is questionable.
  • If this text is considered canon, it would cast doubt on Ser Manuels true motives for entering the Gungeon.
Rolling Eye.png Rolling Eye "Despite his many failings, Ser Manuel is one of the finest dodge rollers ever to enter the Gungeon's halls."
  • Ser Manuel is mentioned in the description of the Rolling Eye.
  • It is not immediately apparent why this text is stated in the description of the Rolling Eye specifically, as the item has no other apparent connection to Ser Manuel.
Shield of the Maiden.png Flying Disc XTG "A shield brought by either Blockner or Ser Manuel to the Gungeon. At the start of one summer Manuel lost it in a place too high for the young men to reach with an overzealous throw. They remained enemies for life."
  • A former possession of either Blockner or Ser Manuel
  • It is vaguely implied that Ser Manuel losing the Flying Disc was the inciting factor in Blockners hostility and ultimately his betrayal.

Notes

  • Ser Manuels name, along with his in-game function, is likely a pun on "User Manual", or instruction booklet.
  • Ser Manuels skeleton can be found in a secret room within the Halls of Knowledge.ETG
  • Ser Manuels story about waking up inside a Chest after being shot in the back by Blockner is a reference to the player respawn mechanics in co-op mode, where players can resurrect their dead teammates from Revival Chests.
  • The name "Monster Manuel" may be a reference to Dungeons & Dragons, where the bestiary game books featuring various creatures are referred to as "Monster Manuals".
    • It may also be a reference to the original Binding of Isaac, wherein an item called the Monster Manual (Itself referencing Dungeons and Dragons) was mispelled as 'Monster Manuel'.
  • Beating Ser Manuel in his boss fight for the first time will reward the player 10 Hegemony Credit.png. Beating him without taking damage rewards 20 Hegemony Credit.png.ETG
  • Ser Manuel dressing up as an owl creature may be a reference to classical owl symbolism dating back to Ancient Greece. The Owl a symbol of the wisdom goddess Athena, and as such represents wisdom and vigilance.
    • The creature that Manuel states his costume is modelled off, an 'Owl-Barrel'[16], is a reference to the Owlbear creature in Dungeons & Dragons.

References

  1. "Hold there, Character Name. Before you descend, you might wish to learn the ways of the Gungeon from The Great Manuel, in the Halls of Knowledge." - The Gunknights
  2. Old Knight's Helm, Old Knight's Shield
  3. "We abandoned that quest not long after our fool of an assistant ran afoul of some bullets." - Blockner
  4. "Hold there, Character Name. Before you descend, you might wish to learn the ways of the Gungeon from The Great Manuel, in the Halls of Knowledge." - The Gunknights
  5. Old Knight's Helm, Old Knight's Shield
  6. "We abandoned that quest not long after our fool of an assistant ran afoul of some bullets." - Blockner
  7. "Manuel. Once a knight... now master of all you see before you." - Ser Manuel
  8. "That snake Blockner! We were supposed to be partners." - Ser Manuel
  9. "I think he wanted the Gun for himself... but he must not have made it." - Ser Manuel
  10. 10.0 10.1 "But shortly after we arrived, I was shot in the back. When I awoke, I was trapped in some kind of... chest. I called out for help, but no one came. I'm sure it was him who shot me." - Ser Manuel
  11. "I'm still trapped here, for all eternity. But at least I have my revenge. And that is what is most important." - Ser Manuel
  12. "After my death, I fell into a deep sadness for many years, thinking my dodging techniques were flawed." - Ser Manuel
  13. "I realized that to finally rest easily, I needed to know for certain. I needed to train a champion." - Ser Manuel
  14. "Now that I've had my revenge, perhaps in time I can learn to forgive." - Ser Manuel
  15. "Thanks to you, only one task remains for me... vengeance upon the Gungeon." - Monster Manuel
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Do not be afraid of my fearsome visage! This is merely my disguise, a beast of yore, the owl-barrel." - Monster Manuel

See also

NPCs
In the Breach Bowler · Daisuke · Doug · Drunkard · Frifle and the Grey Mauser · Gunknights · Hattori · Ledge Goblin · Ox and Cadence· Route Switcher · Ser Manuel · Snails · Tailor · Tonic
In the Gungeon Bello · Blacksmith · Blockner · Brother Albern · Cursula · Flynt · Gunsling King and Manservantes · Lost Adventurer · Old Man · Old Red · Patches and Mendy · Professor Goopton · Resourceful Rat · Save Button · Sell Creep · Sorceress · Synergrace · Trorc · Union Mimic · Vampire · Winchester · Witches
Elsewhere EMP-R0R