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Modifications are unlockable options in Cuphead that change the game's presentation and/or gameplay.

There are currently five primary unlockables in Cuphead. These modes and features can be unlocked after completing the necessary qualifications. 

Expert Mode[]

Main Page: Expert Mode

Expert Mode is the third difficulty option in Cuphead. To unlock this mode, the player must simply complete a Regular Mode playthrough of the game by defeating every boss in Regular Mode (Cuphead cannot be fully completed in Simple Mode).

This mode can be selected from the title card of each boss. As the name suggests, it increases the difficulty from Regular Mode but adding health to the boss, spawning more enemies, or changing attacks in general to make each boss harder to defeat. Beating a boss on Expert Mode will make the flag outside the boss' stage have a gold cup instead of a white on and the checkmark on the scorecard will now be a star.

Beating a boss with an "A+" rank like in normal mode will instead grant you an "S" rank, and the flag outside the boss' stage will now have an "S" rather than a cup.

In Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Expert Mode is unlocked after a completed Regular Mode playthrough of the DLC, by beating every major boss on Inkwell Isle Four. It behaves identical to how it does in the base game.

Two-Strip Mode[]

Two-Strip Mode (a.k.a. Technicolor) is an optional screen filter. It is in reference to the old animation technique of putting two colored film strips, red and green, over a black-and-white strip. This can make the game slightly more challenging as several colors (namely the pink on parryable objects) can be muted or unfamiliar.

This mode is hinted at by Silverworth on Inkwell Isle Three, who mentions "grade A people" when you talk to him.

To unlock this mode, the player must defeat 15 of the game's bosses with an A- grade or higher on normal difficulty. After that is done, the player must return to Silverworth who will unlock the feature. The visual style can then be toggled in the options menu. 

Black and White Mode[]

Black and White Mode is an optional screen filter. It is in reference to early cartoons which used monochromatic colors to save time and money. This mode can make gameplay more difficult due to all objects now being colorless, making parry objects especially harder to spot.

This mode is hinted at by Tully, who is sitting at the docks of Inkwell Isle Three. He mentions the idea of "seeing in shades of grey" like a true "pacifist".

To unlock this mode, the player must complete all six Run 'n Gun stages without killing a single enemy (no other goals such as collecting coins or performing parries need to be met). A successful clear will grant the player a grade "P", and the white flag will update with a P upon a successful completion. After that is done, the player must return to Tully who will unlock the feature. The visual style can be toggled in the options menu.

Vintage Mode[]

Vintage Mode is an optional sound filter. When enabled, the game's audio becomes much more echoed, much like the audio quality of many old cartoons.

This mode is unlocked along with the first of the three video filters the player earns. As long as at least one video filter is available, Vintage Mode will be available as well.

Chalice Mode[]

Chalice Mode is an options modification for Ms. Chalice. When enabled, Ms. Chalice will sport a golden-white color instead of her usual palette. This does not apply to Cuphead or Mugman as well, however.

This mode is hinted at by the Cactus girl found in the desert section of Inkwell Isle Four. She mentions a "ghostly gal roughin' up no good varmints" and that she wants to keep track of her exploits.

To unlock this mode, the player must use the Astral Cookie to defeat every boss in the game as Ms. Chalice, including the DLC bosses on Inkwell Isle Four. This can be done in any mode with or without a second player, as long as the boss is defeated while someone is playing as her. Talking to the Cactus NPC before doing so will remind you which bosses have yet to be defeated, and she will update the tally marks around her campfire as you defeat each one. After defeating every boss as Ms. Chalice, the player must then talk to the Cactus NPC again, who will unlock the feature. The visual style can be toggled in the options menu.

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