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The King's Leap is a series of stages that take place in a floating castle above Inkwell Isle Four. It is hosted by the King of Games, and features five bosses, all of whom are modeled after chess pieces: the Pawns, the Knight, the Bishop, the Rook, and the Queen.

Shooting and charms (except the Astral Cookie) are locked for all these boss fights, and players must parry their opponents or manipulate things that can be parried to win.

For each boss that is defeated, the King will reward the player two coins, save for the Queen, whose defeat nets the player three coins. He uses his scepter as a lever to spin his flying castle around to the next available challenge, though he will prompt the player to leave if the previous fight took too many attempts. If the player leaves the Leap, the ladder to it may appear in another location on the isle. Once all the King's challenges are complete he will not kick you out anymore and the ladder will permanently appear near the docks.

Once all of his champions are defeated, you can freely choose which challenge to take on and a gauntlet can be selected, the King will rotate his castle once and stops at the Pawns' room. Defeating it does not have any benefit in-game besides the congratulations of the King but it will net an achievement.


Challenge Guide Guide
The Pawns Players must parry all the pawns with heads to defeat them. How_To_Beat_The_Pawns_NO_DAMAGE_-_Cuphead_DLC
The Knight Players must parry his plume whenever he lets his guard down to damage him. How_to_Beat_The_Knight_NO_DAMAGE_-_Cuphead_DLC
The Bishop Players must blow out all the candles before they are able to parry him. How_To_Beat_The_Bishop_NO_DAMAGE_-_Cuphead_DLC
The Rook Players must parry the pink heads that come out from his grindstone. How_to_Beat_The_Rook_NO_DAMAGE_-_Cuphead_DLC
The Queen Players must parry the fuse of cannons to try and send cannonballs flying towards her. How_to_Beat_The_Queen_NO_DAMAGE_-_Cuphead_DLC
The Gauntlet Players must fight all and each one of the five bosses. How_To_Beat_The_Gauntlet_-_Cuphead_DLC


King of Games' Castle[]

Version Soundtrack
Prelude and Proclamation Prelude_and_Proclamation
King of Games' Castle King_of_Games'_Castle
King of Games' Castle (Rococo) King_of_Games'_Castle_(Rococo)


Version Soundtrack
The Pawns Cuphead_DLC_OST_-_Bourree_on_the_Board_(Pawn_version)
The Knight Cuphead_DLC_OST_-_Bourree_on_the_Board_(Knight_version)
The Bishop Cuphead_DLC_OST_-_Bourree_on_the_Board_(Bishop_version)
The Rook Cuphead_DLC_OST_-_Bourree_on_the_Board_(Rook_version)
The Queen The_Queen's_Riguadon
Original soundtrack Bourree_on_the_Board



  • This is based on the scrapped boss level The Airship, wherein all the bosses there had to be defeated by parrying, as shown with Jelly the Octopus. In fact, some code are reused from the bosses there.
  • The castle was designed by Screen Novelties, who were also behind the DLC trailer from the 2021 Game Awards and the stop-motion Rotograph sequences in The Cuphead Show!
  • Different music for Bourree on the Board plays for The Pawns, The Knight, The Bishop, and The Rook. The Pawns use the xylophone solo. The Knight uses the violin fiddle. The Bishop uses the acoustic guitar solo, and The Rook uses the trombone solo.

Inspirations and similarities[]

  • The name may be inspired by King's Landing, the main capital area for the royals in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones franchise.
  • The King's Leap was an old name of a chess move that ultimately evolved into "Castling".
    • This is quite fitting, as the structure is a floating castle.
Boss Levels
Inkwell Isle One
Botanic Panic!Ruse Of An OozeThreatenin' ZeppelinFloral FuryClip Joint Calamity
Inkwell Isle Two
Sugarland ShimmyPyramid PerilCarnival KerfuffleAviary Action!Fiery Frolic
Inkwell Isle Three
Honeycomb HeraldShootin N' LootinDramatic FanaticMurine CorpsJunkyard Jive!High Seas Hi-Jinx!Railroad Wrath
Inkwell Hell
All Bets Are Off!One Hell Of A Time
Inkwell Isle Four
Gnome Way OutBootlegger BoogieDoggone DogfightSnow Cult ScuffleHigh-Noon HooplaA Dish To Die ForOne Hell Of A DreamThe King's Leap (The King's Gauntlet)