The Paradox

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The Paradox is a Gungeoneer added in the A Farewell to Arms Update. It costs 5 Hegemony Credit.png to play, and has no past. The Paradox starts with a random starting sidearm from the other gungeoneers, as well as another random gun and a random passive item.

Unlocking[edit | edit source]

In the Gungeon Proper, Black Powder Mine, Hollow, and the Forge there is a 20% chance that a cosmic rift will appear in a random room, which the player can walk into and interact with to receive a paradox effect. Killing the character's past or the Lich with the effect active will unlock The Paradox. This can only be done after killing at least one Past. Multiple cosmic rifts can appear in one run.

Rifts can appear during a Rainbow Run.

Saving and quitting the game will remove the effect, but doesn't if the player dies with a Clone.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Until the Gunslinger is unlocked, it is impossible to reach the Gun That Can Kill The Past with the Paradox. Although the entrance to Bullet Hell will be closed, the Lich will always grab the Paradox as they walk past and bring them to the next chamber.
    • Once the Gunslinger is unlocked, the entrance to Bullet Hell is open as normal and the Gun That Can Kill The Past is accessible.
    • However, if Bullet Hell has not been unlocked then the Paradox is forced to use the Gun That Can Kill The Past to end the run as the Lich will not pull the Paradox into Bullet Hell. The credits will show as if using the Gun That Can Kill The Past without the Bullet That Can Kill The Past.
  • The Paradox cannot take the Bullet That Can Kill The Past.
  • The Paradox can start with a starting weapon from a Gungeoneer that has not been unlocked yet, such as Robot's Right Hand.
  • In versions prior to v2.1.6, The Paradox can start with the Old Crest.
  • In versions prior to v2.1.5, The Paradox can start with the Bullet That Can Kill The Past.
  • Rifts can appear in Shortcuts.
  • The Paradox is necessary to unlock The Gunslinger.
  • The Paradox's appearance changes to a random Gungeoneer and outfit every time they dodge-roll, flip a table, or roll a barrel.
    • It is likely that the unused character Eevee was made to prototype this behavior.
      • While forcing the game to select Paradox as a character through modded clients, the name Eevee itself is used in place of Paradox, which supports this theory.
    • Sliding over a table does not change the appearance of The Paradox.
    • If The Paradox picks up an item that changes their appearance (e.g. Clown Mask), that appearance will be added to the pool of outfits they can change into.
  • The Paradox uses the sprite of all other Gungeoneers with the same shadowy filter when fighting the Resourceful Rat.
    • If the Paradox has low health during the Resourceful Rat's third phase, their avatar will constantly "glitch" between all other Gungeoneer's avatars and a blue screen of death.
  • The items the Paradox has are chosen when you select the character. You can check what guns they have in the Breach, but the item will not appear until the run starts.
    • If you are given a cursed gun when selecting the Paradox, the curse animation will play over them while you are still in the Breach.
  • Quick Restarting from the menu will start the new run as the player's selected default character if they don't have enough Hegemony Credit.png.
  • Playing in Co-op will cause The Cultist to have a randomized loadout different to the one The Paradox has.
    • If doing a quick restart The Cultist and the Paradox will have identical loadouts
  • If The Paradox respawns with Clone, they will not obtain another item.
  • If the Bullet That Can Kill The Past is acquired through any means, such as cheating, it will still have no effect when the player uses the Gun That Can Kill The Past.
  • If The Paradox spawns with the Gunknight Armor, Gunknight Helmet, Gunknight Gauntlet, or Gunknight Greaves, The Paradox will start with two shields instead of one. This is because you obtain these items in the breach, which is chamber 0 in the game code.
  • If you kill the Lich while in Rainbow Mode, and you don't have Gunslinger unlocked, you will start as Gunslinger from the beginning to unlock him, but the Rainbow mode will still be active.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • For some unknown reason, for some players The Paradox might not even have the glitching effect when playing him, instead it will just roll through the Gungeoneers and their alternate skins when rolling or interacting with something like usual.
  • If the player manages to get less than 5 Hegemony Credit.png but the Paradox still appears, the player can continuously switch out Gungeoneers and the Paradox, granting the player negative hegemony credits until the player starts a run.
  • While playing as the Paradox, skipping a chamber can sometimes result in the Paradox not starting out with a passive item.
  • In Co-op mode, if the Paradox drops their starter item and then die, they'll be given another starter item, the same one they started out with. The Cultist can pick up the duplicated starter items and possibly stack its power.

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