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  • The developer Dodge Roll gets its name from the technique of the same name from Dark Souls, and wanted to make it a core mechanic of the game.

    Guns 

  • The Mega Hand is Rock's signature weapon. It synergizes with other guns and items to recreate the eight Special Weapons in Mega Man 2, with varying degrees of success.
  • The Alien Sidearm (Shield Breaker) pistol is a Covenant Plasma Pistol, complete with the charged shot for maximized damage. The flavor text also references their absurd commonness within the games. The design of the gun itself, however, bears more resemblance to the Plasma Pistol's automatic relative, the Plasma Rifle, and will fire in a similar manner with a certain weapon synergy.
  • The Shotgrub's pickup quote is "No Worries".
  • The Pulse Cannon, despite behaving like a shotgun, has the visual form of the Pulse Rifle from the Alien franchise.
  • The Blooper outright references the film Looper.
  • The flavor text of the Cactus ("1000 Needles") references the well-known attack of the Cactuar, a monster prevalent in the Final Fantasy series.
  • The Dueling Pistol's Synergy with the Ballot may be a reference to the Burr-Hamilton Duel, the duel in which Alexander Hamilton was fatally wounded.
  • The Polaris levels up and gains more power as you kill enemies, and levels down when you take damage, and shares colors and design similarities with the Polar Star in Cave Story, with the description directly referencing the game.
  • The Proton Backpack (and its flavor text "Crossing Streams") is a reference to the movie Ghostbusters (1984).
  • The Tear Jerker shoots tears that leave behind water puddles and can be angled... mirroring the main method of attack in The Binding of Isaac.
  • The Machine Fist ("An Avalanche of Bullets") is one big reference to Barrett of Final Fantasy VII. The description even talks about his confrontation with Dyne.
  • The Laser Lotus ("Level 5") is a reference to Community character, Pierce Hawthorne. In the show, Pierce is a Reformed Neo-Buddhist, and refers to himself as a "Level 5 Laser Lotus." For bonus points, the first two words describing the weapon are "Pierce weapon," as both another shout-out and to reflect that its ammo pierces enemies.
  • The Super Meat Gun increases your movement speed and fires sawblades, as a reference to Super Meat Boy.
  • The Judge is modeled after the "Lawgiver Mark II" used by Judge Dredd. The description, "Hot Shot", comes from a scene from the 2012 reboot film.
  • The Moonscraper is named after the film Moonraker.
  • SAA not only replicates Revolver Ocelot's signature reloading method and ability to bounce bullets off walls, but its flavor text quotes his observation of it having "Exhilarating Reload Time". It probably helps that it's Ocelot's favorite gun.
    • The reference is extended further by a synergy between the Cardboard Box, Ration, and SAA.
  • The Light Gun is very clearly a Zapper, and it drives the point home by shooting pixelated ducks at enemies. Its flavor text mentions it’s a third party item.
  • The Skull Spitter resembles Johnson from Shadows of the Damned.
  • The Jolter is a Bolt Pistol (".95 Caliber") from Warhammer 40k, with the flavor text describing it as firing "unreasonably large bullets." and was used against thick-skinned mutants (Orks).
  • The Brick Breaker looks like it's made out of blocks from Super Mario Bros., and appears to fire Koopa Shells.
  • "Lower Case r" is a call-back to ASCII roguelikes such as Nethack and Rogue, where items and enemies would be represented by ASCII symbols.
  • Abyssal Tentacle is purple and green, not unlike a certain megalomaniacal tentacle.
  • The Quad Laser fires a single, slow-moving bullet made out of "Moon Energy", as a reference to the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Also, the gun itself appears in Duck Game.
  • The Banana weapon works similarly to the one in Worms.
  • The BSG is an ersatz version of the BFG from Doom.
    • Thunderclap is the Plasma Gun come from the same game.
  • The "Black Hole Gun" is a reference to the song "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden.
  • The "Serious Cannon" works similarly to the cannonball launcher from Serious Sam. Its flavor text even outright states Sam himself brought the weapon into the Gungeon!
  • The "Com4nd0" is the quad-barrel rocket launcher from Commando. Its flavor text ("You're fired!") references another Arnie movie, True Lies.
  • The Fightsabre is really just a lightsaber gun, right down to the iconic noise when you're swinging it during a reload. It reflects back your enemies' bullets while reloading.
  • Both the Yari Launcher and the Demon Head are taken straight from the new Shadow Warrior, and Zilla Shotgun comes from the classic Shadow Warrior.
  • The Magnum revolver references Dirty Harry in both its pick-up quote and its flavor text.
  • AK-47. Accept No Substitutes.
  • The Winchester is a reference to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, down to its flavor text ("It's better than a box of roses") and its firing animation.
  • The Elephant Gun is the ridiculously oversized and overpowered double-barrelled shotgun Burt Gummer uses in this scene in Tremors. Also, its Ammonomicon entry describes it as "an inelegant weapon for a less civilized age".
  • The Crestfaller is a reference to the Crestfallen Knight from Dark Souls.
  • The description of the Colt 1851 is simply "You Dig".
  • The Deck4rd is a reference to Rick Deckard's gun from Blade Runner, right down to the description talking about a runner chasing a replicant into the Gungeon.
  • The Origuni also references Blade Runner's famous Origami Unicorn. If both guns are held, they receive a boost to their ammo capacity.
  • The AU (AU being the chemical notation for gold) Gun is the Golden Gun of The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • The Klobbe references the Klobb from the Nintendo 64 GoldenEye game, including the incredible inaccuracy and low damage output — that is, it sucks in this game, too.
    • Holding the Klobbe and AU Gun at the same time makes the impossible possible, which means the Klobbe becomes even more inaccurate.
  • The Mac-10's description ("$#!^@ Never End") is a reference to the song Who Got Gunz by Gang Starr. It also has a synergy with the Eyepatch, as a reference to Snake Plissken from Escape from New York.
  • The Flash Ray is the gun from Space Ace. Its flavor text is "Ah-aah!" and its synergy with the Camera is called "Savior of the Universe".
  • The Wind-up Gun is the same gun from Futurama, down to the "Pop Goes The Weasel" song when you wind it.
  • The Flame Hand references Dungeons & Dragons' "Burning Hands" spell.
    • Its description is "2D6 + Int Mod", resembling a standard damage roll in the game.
    • The Frost Giant (a giant pistol) references Dungeons & Dragons' giant humanoids of the same name. It is said to have been carried by an actual Frost Giant in the description.
  • The Trick Gun changes between a revolver and a shotgun every time it's reloaded, which is similar to how trick weapons work in Bloodborne.
    • The reference is solidified by a Synergy between the Trick Gun and Blood Broach.
    • The Synergy gets even MORE solid if you add Silver Bullets in the mix, as Hunters in Bloodborne use similar ammunition.
  • The Heck Blaster is Earthworm Jim's gun.
  • The Sling deals more damage to powerful foes (i.e. bosses), referencing the biblical fight of David vs. Goliath.
  • The Grasschopper is an ersatz version of the infamous Noisy Cricket from Men in Black.
  • The Zorgun is the ZF-1 of The Fifth Element, with the same homing bullets. Its entry even notes "don't push the Red Button".
  • The A.W.P.'s tagline is "Noob Cannon" and its description notes that "it's banned in some sectors", as a reference to Counter-Strike.
  • The Patriot is the same gun that The Boss wielded in Metal Gear Solid 3. The description notes that despite being overcomplicated, it is still beloved by many despite its flaws (which is often used to describe the series itself).
  • The Magic Lamp is, as you may have guessed, a lamp with a blue genie in it.
  • The Heroine is Samus Aran's Arm Cannon, and its synergies invoke the Plasma, Ice, and Wave Beams, complete with their elemental effects and arm cannon transformations like in Metroid Prime. The Wood Beam is a reference to a memetic joke revolving around Super Metroid.
  • The Bullet Bore is basically the Cerebral Bore from Turok. Its description further references said game, saying it "comes from a time where the only ones to carry guns were dinosaurs".
  • The Mine Cutter is Isaac Clarke's Plasma Cutter.
  • The Thompson Sub-Machinegun's pick up quote ("Myeah, see!") is a reference to a line spoken by Edward G. Robinson's character in Little Caesar.
  • The RC Rocket's description states that "it's perfect for [...] traversing an electrified corridor", as a reference to the Nikita Launcher from Metal Gear Solid.
  • The Compressed Air Tank is a big reference to Jaws.
  • The Gungine is a reference to the weapon of the same name in Luftrausers.
  • The Nail Gun makes reference to "bizarre pagan rituals involving spiders and flame."
  • The Disintegrator resembles the R.Y.N.O series of weapons from Ratchet & Clank. It shares the design of the 5th model from A Crack In Time and their overall reputation as extremely dangerous and illegal black-market weapons, if its Ammonomicon Entry is anything to go by. Instead of launching a tremendous volley of missiles, though, it fires a giant laser after a charge-up period, which brings it closer in function to the RYNO IV.
  • The Rattler's flavor text is "Snakes On A Gun".
  • The Gunzheng is a reference to Kung Fu Hustle. It's a Chinese musical intrument that fires arrows, as in this scene.
  • The Raiden Coil fires out the iconic "toothpaste laser" from the Raiden series.
  • The Mass Shotgun is very similar to the collapsible weapons from the Mass Effect series, and its tagline references one of Shepard's recurring lines ("I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite store on the Citadel").
  • The Ice Breaker's tagline ("Never Let Go") is a reference to Titanic (1997).
  • The Winchester Rifle's tagline ("Guns And Deviltry") is a reference to Swords and Deviltry, a Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser short story.
  • The Cat Claw is named after the Gray Mouser's dagger. Its actual function and tagline reference the Needler from the Halo series.
  • The Alien Engine's tagline reads simply "The Dangerzone".
  • The Luxin Cannon's name, tagline and Ammonomicon entry reference The Lightbringer Series.
  • The Snakemaker looks extremely similar to Rick's gun in Rick and Morty. In one episode of the show, Rick even pretended to have a gun that could turn people into snakes, which is what this gun does in Enter the Gungeon.
  • The Kiln is a gun that launches pots as a reference to The Legend of Zelda series, where pots can be thrown to deal damage.
  • The Composite Gun is from In the Line of Fire. The Pig triggering the Line of Fire synergy refers to the stuffed pig carried by Marvin Boggs in Red. John Malkovich played both Boggs and the assassin from In the Line of Fire.
  • The Tangler and Sponge synergy is a reference to Spongebob Squarepants.
  • The Mutation is a reference to the character Horror from "Nuclear Throne", who had an ability to shoot pure radiation.
  • The Big Iron, as the Enter the Gungeon wiki speculates, might be a reference to a MartyRobbins song of the same name. DevilMayCry fans might see it as Nero's Blue Rose, as both of them are magnums with two barrels, one under the other.
  • The Devolver is a direct shout-out to the game's publisher Devolver Digital.
  • The Directional Pad has some interesting combinations the player can input.
    • Pressing Down, Down, Right and then fire shoots out a Hadouken.
    • Pressing Left, Left and then fire makes the gun shoot a grappling hook.
    • The reloading animation is the player inputting on the Pad the famous Konami Code.
  • The Hyper Light Blaster and its tagline "Skill Honed Sharp" are a reference to the Hyper Light Drifter.
  • The Starpew is a watering can that can be charged up to release lots of water drops... like certain other games.
  • The Robot's Left Hand tagline is See you later!
  • The Vorpal Gun has some strange origins...
    • the term "Vorpal" originated in the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky; it means an impossibly sharp edge or object.
    • The effect of the gun is similar to the "Vorpal" artifact from Dungeons & Dragons; both can deal incredible amounts of damage if the player is lucky enough.
  • The Strafe Gun comes from... well, Strafe©.
  • The Dueling Laser is a reference to Dying of the Light, George R. R. Martin's first novel.
  • Among the various types of shots fired by the Microtransaction Gun are green gems, a nod to the currency used in the highly-reviled mobile version of Dungeon Keeper.
  • The Trident's tagline ("Under The Sea") references a song from The Little Mermaid.
  • The Exotic is modeled after and has similar firing patterns to the Gjallarhorn from Destiny.
  • The Life Orb is named after the hold item from Pokémon, and its quote refers to the Effort Values that make up a Pokemon's stats. The Macho Brace is another hold item from the same series.
  • The Dart Gun looks like a purple NERF N-Strike Maverick or N-Strike Elite Strongarm.
  • The Vulcan Cannon's appearance changes with the Not Quite As Mini synergy to resemble the M134 Minigun, most famously seen in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • The Triple Gun, along with its tagline "Bullet The Stampede" is a reference to Trigun, its main character Vash The Stampede and his signature sidearm.
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    Bosses 

  • The Gatling Gull is a homage to the Vulcan Raven fight from Metal Gear Solid, complete with a group of ravens appearing to devour the boss' corpse after you defeat him.
  • The Beholster is a gun-themed variant of the Beholder of Dungeons & Dragons fame.
  • The Bullet King sits on his Iron... er... Lead Throne.
  • Ammoconda's behaviour of eating food pickups that appear around the arena, as well as its "bullet lines" that move in 4-way directions, are based on the snake from Snake.
  • The Cannonbalrog's name and Boss Subtitle reference The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Mine Flayer (and the Killithid) are a reference to Mind Flayers of Dungeons and Dragons fame.
  • The Kill Pillars are a group of possessed statues that bounce around the room in unison as they attack; very evocative of the Eastern Palace Armos Knights.
  • The Interdimensional Horror is very reminiscent of Half-Life 1's final boss: It was summoned from a teleporter accident and its general design is reminiscent of a smaller Nihilanth.
    • The flunkies that it summons are pretty much Doom Imps, complete with similar design and fireball-throwing.
  • When defeating Blackstache, a message will appear on the lower left corner of the screen saying "Go To Car!".
  • The Robot's Past has you fighting Sarah Connor.
  • The Bullet's Past contains fights with Agahnim and Ganon.
  • The Resourceful Rat pilots a Humongous Mecha clearly modeled after Metal Gear REX. When it's destroyed, the player has a Punch-Out!! round against the boss on top of the mecha, mirroring the fist fight on top of REX between Solid and Liquid Snake.

    Items/Miscellaneous 

  • One of the items you can find is a melted rock which can blow up enemy corpses, a reference to Melting from Nuclear Throne.
  • Yung Venuz, originating from Gun Godz and also appearing in the game mentioned above, is also here as one of the shrines you can use. Praying there even gives you his active ability from the game.
  • The Convict's special passive item is a photo with the words "Don't believe his lies".
  • One can see Hoji's mask in the shop.
  • The Marine's armor appears to be a blue composite of Master Chief and the Doomguy's armor. In addition, The Marine's final boss reveals that he's been trying to undo an incident where a teleportation experiment unleashed some sort of interdimensional horror, not unlike the plots of Doom or Half-Life.
    • The interdimensional horror even summons mooks in its fight that resemble the imps from Doom.
  • The curse vendor has a strong resemblance to Marceline the Vampire Queen.
  • One of the items is an orange which, upon first examining it, turns into a 3D render of itself. Its subtitle and description make it the exact same orange from the game God Hand.
    "Orange: You're not Alexander."
  • The fish knight sitting outside of the tutorial area is essentially one of the several Crestfallen Knights from the Dark Souls series in terms of mannerisms.
    • Speaking of Dark Souls, the game also has Ring of Cloranthy (which improves your dodge roll).
    • Mimics also behave similarly to their Dark Souls brethren: they slightly open their lid to breathe, start with a high-damage point-blank attack if you try to open them, and possess miniboss-level strength.
    • In the later chambers, you'll discover Ashen Bullet Kin, referencing the Unkindled and the Ashen One from Dark Souls III.
    • There's also the Gun Soul, which mimics the game mechanic in the Souls series of having to return where you died to recover your souls (or in this case, your equipment).
    • The Old Knight's Flask is basically the Estus Flask.
  • The Gunjurer enemy teleports across rooms and shoots bullet patterns shaped like squares, circles, and triangles, just like Magikoopas from Super Mario World. Has a double Shout-Out as it can shoot bullet patterns in the shape of an X as well.
  • Sometimes in the Gungeon Proper, you'll find two doctors/medics who will heal you once with a fairy.
  • The elite sniper enemies are a big reference to the movie The Professional. The Ammonomicon names them Professionals, they wear Leon's trademark Cool Shades, and the Ammonomicon's entry on them includes one of the movie's most memorable quotes.
  • One item is a a cardboard box you can use to hide from enemies.
    • Rations are also present, and do exactly the same thing they did in Metal Gear Solid.
    • C4 explosives are also present.
    • The Chaff Grenade is also in the game. Its tagline is "Dazed and Confused".
    • The Wolf's pick up icon is a handkerchief, as a reference to Sniper Wolf.
    • The Ancient Hero's Bandana is Solid Snake's bandana. It quadruples your max ammo for all weapons, referencing the special bandana item you got in a New Game+ in Metal Gear Solid if you got the good ending, which granted infinite ammo.
  • The Maiden's Shield is the very same namesake weapon of the Shield Maiden from Eitr. Also, its description uses the same description from the Wooden Plank from Bloodborne to explain why it should not be relied upon: "Shields are nice, but not if they engender passivity."
  • Every character's backstory references another game or movie, with the Pilot's, Convict's, Hunter's, Marine's, Bullet's, and Robot's pasts referencing Star Wars, Hotline Miami, Wolfenstein, Half-Life/Doom, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Terminator, respectively.
    • In addition, the splash screen for the Pilot's true ending is him sharing a drink with his partner, a blue falcon.
    • Like all other characters, the Bullet gets an alternate skin for beating his past. His skin makes him into a pink bunny, not unlike what happens to Link when he enters the Dark World in A Link to the Past, and is also rather similar to Ravio's outfit in A Link Between Worlds. The alternate outfit is represented by a mirror in the Breach, a parallel to the Magic Mirror that allowes Link to move between the Dark World and the Light World.
      • Additionally, the splash for beating the Bullet's past is the afore mentioned Gungeoneer standing in the Triforce room from the same game
    • The Robot gets an alternate skin as well, which makes him look like a T-800.
  • One achievement, named Demolition Man, consists of rolling into a frozen enemy to shatter him, which references how the Big Bad dies in the film. And the achievement image are the three seashells!
  • There's a passive item called Nanomachines, and its flavor text simply reads "Son".
  • The Cultist's passive item, a bandanna called Number 2, is a reference to Afro Samurai.
  • The active item Bullet Time is a reference to The Matrix. Its description is "Dodge This".
  • The Iron Coin is a reference to A Song of Ice and Fire, more precisely to the iron coins Jaquen H'ghar gives Arya Stark.
  • Double Vision is a reference to this scene from Tomb Stone, with the flavor text being a direct quote of Doc Holliday.
  • The Cog of Battle is a reference to Gears of War, and it even gives you the active reload mechanic that works the same way it does in the actual game.
  • The Gundromeda Strain is a reference to The Andromeda Strain.
    • Its icon resembles the "Scarier Face" mutation/upgrade from Nuclear Throne, which granted a similar bonus.
  • The Blood Brooch's flavor text reads "What music they make!" The item itself is a reference to Bloodborne.
  • Fortune's Luck is an active item that references Fortune, one member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad from Metal Gear Solid 2.
  • The Super Hot Watch and its effect, causing time to slow down to a crawl when standing still, are a reference to Superhot, where said effect is a core game mechanic.
  • The Bloody Eye item is basically the Red Eye drug of Cowboy Bebop. The Liquid Valkyrie passive, which has a similar effect, references the drug Valkyr from Max Payne in both its name, bullet-time effect, and flavor text (which reads "Maximum Pain").
  • The Jar of Bees has "The Pain!" as its flavor text.
  • You can get some Spice. Repeated use is not entirely recommended.
  • Unity is a Planeteer's ring. The item description is even "By your powers combined"!
  • Backup Gun is a gun attached to the character's back with duct tape, referencing the climax of Die Hard.
  • Gunboots are an item that shoots a spray of bullets every time a player rolls. Its flavor text (They Go Down Well), as well as its Ammonomicon entry, are an obvious reference to "Downwell"
  • The Napalm Strike's flavor text states that it "smells great!"
  • The Gunzookie and Gunzockie enemies are small dragon-like things that spit out bubbles, just like the protagonists of Bubble Bobble. Only this time, said bubbles are filled with bullets that are released at the player when destroyed.
  • Some item, weapon, or enemy descriptions mention Kaliber, the seven-armed goddess of bullets, who is an Expy of Kali, the multi-armed Hindu goddess of destruction.
  • One unlockable item is called The Riddle of Lead. Its tagline reads "This You Can Trust".
  • The NPCs who give you hunting sidequests, Frifle and The Grey Mauser, are a reference to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
  • The Gun Nut enemies are a reference to the Darknuts from The Legend of Zelda.
  • Upon entering the Convict's past, you'll hear The Godfather's theme.
  • The Lament Configurum is a cursed musical box of mysterious origin, that when activated, creates a portal that summons enemies from The Bullet Hell to torment the player.
  • The Helix Bullets tagline reads Praise Be!, a reference to Twitch Plays Pokémon character Lord Helix.
  • The Bottle's function and tagline references the bottles and Heart Containers from The Legend of Zelda
    • Also, the Chicken Flute calls a Cuckoo companion and will even summon a Chicken-pocalypse when it receives too much damage.
  • Roll Bombs are the same as the Morph Bombs from Metroid
    • It even makes a synergy with The Heroin (Samus' Arm Cannon)!
  • The Chaos Bullet's tagline is Taste The Painbow!
  • One of the nicknames NPCs will call you after you've stolen something from a store is "taffer".
  • The +1 Bullets are a reference to Dungeons & Dragons, where "+1" denotes a magic weapon with +1 bonuses to attack and damage rolls.
    • The description calls them "masterwork bullets", a reference to the game's masterwork weapons, which have a +1 bonus to attack rolls but are not magic and therefore not "+1" weapons. Unlike masterwork weapons, this item grants a damage bonus.
  • The Yellow Chamber is a reference to The King in Yellow.
  • The R2G2 is a very obvious reference to R2D2. Its Ammonomicon description even references a scene in Return of the Jedi where R2D2 was forced to serve drinks in Jabba's barge.
  • The Lichy trigger finger is stated NOT to be the lich's phylactery.
  • The title screen is a Shout-Out to Ninja Gaiden II when Ryu finally reaches Castle Demonic.

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