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Shantae's full inventory.

Here is a list of items from Shantae for the GBC.[1]

Basic Items

Img Item Name Cost Description
Shantae GBC - sprite - firefly.gif Firefly - Collect all 12 of them to learn a special dance.
Shantae GBC - sprite - heartholder.gif Heart Holder - Add an extra heart to your life meter.
1up.png 1up - Extra life.
Small-Heart.png Small Heart - Restore one heart.
Big-Heart.png Large Heart - Restores three hearts.
Shantae GBC - sprite - gem small.gif Small Gem - Gives you 1 gem. Used to buy items and pay for the Tinkerbat Dance.
Shantae GBC - sprite - gem big.gif Big Gem - Gives you 5 gems. Used to buy items and pay for the Tinkerbat Dance.
Extra-Large Gem.png Extra-Large Gem - Gives you 20 gems. Used to buy items and pay for the Tinkerbat Dance.
Shantae GBC - sprite - vial1.gif Small Vial 50 Restores a few Hearts.
Shantae GBC - sprite - vial2.gif Medium Vial 75 Restores several Hearts.
Shantae GBC - sprite - vial3.gif Large Vial 100 Restores all Hearts.
Shantae GBC - sprite - vanishingcreme.gif Vanish Cream 30 Lets you walk past enemies!
Shantae GBC - sprite - stormpuff.gif Storm Puffs (20) 25 Tricky to use, but extremely powerful.
Shantae GBC - sprite - pikeball.gif Pike Balls (10) 25 These mines spin around your body and damage enemies if they touch them, for limited time.
Shantae GBC - sprite - muffin.gif Float Muffins (20) 20 Give you protection against pits.
Shantae GBC - sprite - exitcandy.gif Exit Candy 20 Used for exiting labyrinths.
Shantae GBC - sprite - flashbolts.gif Flash Bolts (10) 25 Attack from a distance.
Shantae GBC - sprite - doublemint.gif Twin Mints 30 Doubles your attack power.
Shantae GBC - sprite - greedyjar.gif Greedy Jars (5) 30 Makes enemies drop double the loot!
Shantae GBC - sprite - fireball.gif Fireballs (10) 20 Faster/stronger than a pike ball.
Key.png Key - Used to open locks. Found and used only in dungeons.

Fighter's Gear

The Fighter's Gear is a set of four items that can be purchased in Water Town for large sums of money. They give Shantae special attacks that are activated with certain button presses or combinations.

Item Cost Description


300gems Double-tap Controls-up.png for a 2 hit spin kick.

This is an extremely handy attack to have, as it allows you to attack enemies above you very easily, without the precise timing of a jump-whip.



400gems Attack (B button) during a spin kick to drill through your foes.

The drill attack is ideal for hitting enemies below you. It travels perfectly diagonally, which makes it easy to aim even at the smallest of targets. If the target survives, Shantae will immediately end the kick and drop to the ground; keep this in mind if you wish to avoid the target's retaliatory collision damage.



500gems Hold down attack (B button) to charge up a mighty elbow dash.

This one takes a while to charge. It can't be cancelled, so you might have to re-train yourself not to hold the B button button for running while you are idle, or you might find yourself in a charge directly into a pit. Best to avoid using it in areas with pits.



900gems Attack (B button) during an elbow dash for a powerful twirl attack.

The attack is powerful, but it comes with the dangers of the elbow dash, and requires more time to prepare. An additional advantage of this form is that it takes you very high, so a few items that would otherwise require a more advanced transformation can be gotten without said forms. That said, it's extremely expensive, so by the time you can afford it you might already have the requisite form.

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Heart Holders

Shantae GBC - sprite - Heart Holder.gif The Heart Holders increases the heart counters, and thus allow you to live longer. They are found in the wilderness and in caves. Bring a wide variety of items with you as you will need several kinds to get them all. See here for the exact locations.

# Location Required Description Img
1 Scarecrow Field On a slab of rock held by two pillars. Have the monkey jump up there. Shantae (USA) 45 HH1.png
2 Naga Wasteland After a crawlspace through a stone bump, there is a ladder down into a cave where you'll find a strange eyeball-door blocking the way to a holder as you approach. Slam a Vanishing Creme and walk on through.[Note: It is possible to get the heart holder without the vanishing creme by forcing the door to open then rush on in while the door is raising up.] Shantae (USA) 46 HH2.png

Shantae (USA) 48 HH2.png

3 Spider Forest There's a pyramid-shaped hill with slidey leafy slopes in the Spider Forest. It would take a spider to reach it. [Note: This holder does not technically need the spider. It can be obtained by rather haphazardly jumping off the blocks in the middle on to the leaves and then jumping off again for an early-game health boost.] Scr hh spider forest.png
4 Mud Bog +/ Use the elephant to smash a square of rock found at the foot of one of the rocky bits. Within you will find a cave with a wide pit and a low ceilling. Slamming a Float Muffin will allow you to cross the pit, or you can come back when you have the Harpy form. Src hh mudbogg.png
5 Archer Forest + When you encounter the archer who shoots on top of a stone arch which stands over a stump. Destroy the stump by using the elephant form and go down the ladder, in the cave there will a be weirdo clown who enjoys cute girls dancing. Use the Twin Mints, and simply dance. Scr hh clown.png
6 Mens Desert High above the sands are upside down pyramids floating there like gravity were someone else's problem. On one of them you'll find a Heart Holder. Scr hh mens desert.png
7 Mount Pointy If you flap around the icicle 'roof' of the area enough, you'll find an indentation with this Heart Holder sitting in it. It's on the left side of the summit of Mount Pointy. Scr hh mount pointy.png

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There are 12 fireflies in Shantae. Getting all 12 will allow Shantae to read the scroll in the Firefly Shrine in Water Town that will allow her to learn the Healing Dance. They only appear at night, and only in outdoor locations (so there's no point in searching in caves or labyrinths).

Because - unlike other collectible items in the game - Fireflies are only useful when you have all of them, it's best to leave the Firefly hunt to the end when Shantae is more powerful and can transform into the Harpy or Tinkerbat. This will make the whole process easier and faster.

# Location Required Description Screenshot
1 Scarecrow Field - Hovering over a small platform held up by two pillars. Shantae (USA) 54 FF1.png
2 Rain Storm - The Firefly is easily found near the beginning. Scr ff rain storm.png
3 Waterfall Lake This one is in plain sight from the start, but cannot be reached until the Spider form is acquired. Scr ff lake.png
4 Snail Wasteland / About two thirds of the way through the Snail area is a rocky area that can be climbed. Immediately to the right of the top of this plateau is a Firefly. Scr ff snail.png
5 Hidden Waterfall / In the Hidden Waterfall area, stand on the branch on the far right and turn into either the monkey or the harpy and climb/fly upwards through the gap. There is a little chamber with a Firefly in it. Scr ff hidden waterfall.png
6 Naga Wasteland + The leftmost rocky part of this area (the one that features a vertical shaft lined with spikes) has this Firefly at its summit. While it's possible to get it with the Monkey and the Spider, it's far easier just to come back later as a Harpy. Scr ff naga.png
7 Eagle Wasteland + Close to the right entrance is a tall climbable surface for the Spider. Towards the top there is a platform with two bats nearby. From there, drop to a platform just out of sight below that one where you will find the Firefly. Scr ff eagle wasteland.png
8 Mount Pointy The Firefly is in plain view just above the Save Guy, on the western cliff face of the mountain. Scr ff mount pointy.png
9 Mud Bog The very first climbable area you find heading westward, climb it, and you'll immediately find a glowing insect. Scr ff mud bog.png
10 Ghost Forest It is found at the first of the walls that initially divides this area. If you use the Monkey to climb up, you will find a little area inset into the wall with a Firefly. Scr ff ghost forest.png
11 Ghost Forest Fly directly above the left entrance and find this Firefly in an indentaiton in the rocks. Scr ff ghost forest 2.png
12 Archer Forest In plain view over some ruins just right of the massive pit that requires the Spider to pass. Scr ff artcher.png

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Transformation Talismans

The Transformation Talismans are the final Alliterative Acquirables the player will encounter. They are utterly optional but allow you to attack while transformed.

# Name Location Required Description Scr
1 a cave in
Hidden Forest
At the far end of the Hidden Forest is a cave with a strange little creature with a TV antennae. An electric Storm Puff blast will clear him from your path, allowing access to the Monkey Claw. Scr tt monkey claw.png
2 a cave near
Waterfall Lake,
Snail Wasteland, Hidden Waterfall
There's a cave that connects the Snail Wasteland to Waterfall Lake. The tote is plainly visible within. Scr elephant tote.png
3 Mud Bog The venom is found atop the secondest mushroom/insect pillar. Scr tt poison.png
4 Scarecrow Field When you come across the first group of pillars, fly as high as you can - directly above is a strange-shaped floating ruin with the Harpy Talon resting on it. Scr harpy talon.png

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Baby Warp Squids

The Baby Warp Squids in Shantae are hidden in the various labyrinths and must be brought to Warp Squid Mothers so that Shantae may learn the Warp dances. These dances enable her to warp instantly to the corresponding town.

Most BWSs can be acquired on the first visit to the labyrinth, but there is one in each of the first three labyrinths that will require revisiting at a later time once the requisite transformation is acquired.

Dribble Fountain

# Required Description Screen
1 - In the green lit chamber following the first encounter with a shapeshifting water elemental miniboss, this one can be found just sitting on a pile of pink blocks. Scr dribble ws2.png
2 - In a hidden room accessible by crawling under an overhang of pink stones at the bottom of the shaft in the chamber immediately to the right of where the white worm platforms first appear. Scr dribble ws1.png
3 To the west of the Guardian Genie chamber there is a baby warp squid on a raised platform.

It is also reachable without the monkey transformation by pushing the stone block from the destroyed pillar on the right, only if the stone block hasn't been used yet.

Scr dribble fountain ws3.png
4 / In the room that must be reached by running over a succession of pits with jumping fish in them, there are little indents in the ceiling indicating a secret passage. You can get up here with the Monkey, but if you have trouble you can just come back with the Harpy form, since you'll need to come back anyway to get the last one. Be sure to ride all the way up, as there are two floors in this secret passage, and the baby's up there on the second one. Scr dribble fountain ws4.png
5 / Atop a platform you can't initially reach in the platform/water/jumping eye fish section near the start. Come back later with the Spider or Harpy form and either climb the background blue grid as the Spider or fly as the Harpy. Scr dribble fountain ws5.png

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Golem Mine

# Required Description Screen
1 Take the first elevator down until you reach a point where you are flanked by two circular barred windows. Walk through the wall on the right to find the little guy. Scr golem mine ws1.png
2 You can see this one from the elevator, but you won't be able to reach it till later. Behind a locked door to the left of the elevator shaft is a room with a golem and four hanging lantern platforms. Use the monkey to scale up a shaft on the ceiling and then the elephant to smash through some stalagamajigs in an opening on the right. Scr golem mine ws2.png
3 In the chamber just above the shaft you scaled to reach the last warp squid, there are a bunch of blue lightning guys who rain bolts down on you. Go to the left and find the secret passage that leads you up to their level, and turn the tables on them. Once you've killed them all you'll find a baby warp squid to the right. Scr golem mine ws3.png
4 Close to the entrance, past the first set of stalageroonies you encountered on your way down, is a room where you fight one of those magnet men and acquire a key. The top left corner of this room has a hidden chamber with a warp squid inside. Scr golem mine ws4.png
5 In the room where you have to elephant charge a statue to get some stalagmites to fall into a pool of lava (all the way down the main elevator, then go through the left door), there is a BWS on a platform to the left and to the up of the lava pool in that room. Scr ws golem mine 5.png

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Cackle Mound

# Required Description Screen
1 Immediately after the entrance hall is a room with two vertical shafts. At the top of both is a passageway leading betwixt the two, with a little cephalopod waiting for you. Scr cackle mound ws3.png
2 In the first room with the eyeball platforms and spikes, ride the eyeball to the right until you pass under an overhang and arrive at another eyeball similarly placed under the floor like the first one. There is an eyeball platform above that can be reached with the monkey - ride it upwards to find a baby warp squid. Scr cackle mound ws2.png
3 - There is a long corridor with a spiked ceiling and a floor full of spike traps. At one point you are expected to ride an eye platform up to reach another area - but if you stay aboard, you'll pass through the ceiling and find a warp squid waiting for you in a hidden chamber. Scr cacle mound ws1.png
4 There's a room with an arrow pointing up. While it may be an insanely obvious clue, it's also easy to overlook. Jump up there with the Monkey (be careful to get exactly the right spot) and climb to find it. Src ws cackle mound 4.png
5 There is a room made of slopes that will slide Shantae all the way to the bottom. Once you have Harpy form, fly upwards from the bottom to find an enclave across from the last slope with Baby Warp Squid. Scr ws cackle mound 5.png

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Twinkle Palace

# Required Description Screen
1 In the first room you find with the fiery vortexes that spin Shantae around and spit her out in whatever direction you press, there is a set of hidden tunnels crossing through the leftmost wall. Both are clearly suggested by an inset in the wall. Following the horizontal one will lead you to a little space with a Baby Warp Squid. Scr ws twinkle palace 1.png
2 From the 'floor' of the first fiery vortex room, Monkey climb the eastern wall and jump onto the strange-shaped platform of ice. Transform into Shantae and do a leap of faith to the left. When you hit the vortex, press Controls-left.png and you will arrive on another platform, this one with a Baby Warp Squid. Scr ws twinkle palace 2.png
3 There is a room later in the labyrinth with two entrances, each with a suspicious crawlspace below, and a large 'crown' shape in the middle of the room which holds three puddles of jumping fish. Crawl into said crawlspaces and navigate hidden passages until you reach the baby warp squid and a fiery vortex. Scr ws twinkle palace 3.png
4 / To the left of the previous squid, past a locked door, is a tall room filled with puddles of jumping fish. The warp squid is on a high ledge but otherwise in plain view and easy to access. Scr ws twinkle palace 4.png
5 You'll see this one early on from above, but you'll need the Harpy form to be able to get it from below. Fly to the top of that first fiery vortex room, and there it is. Scr ws twinkle palace 5.png

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  1. Shantae FAQ by Daniel (FecalLord) Engel