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Treetop Trouble, Death Screen

Treetop Trouble is a Run 'n Gun level in Inkwell Isle One that has the player going up and through a tree. It is the second Run 'n Gun level in the game, and is arguably more complex than Forest Follies, the other platforming level in this world.


Name Behavior
Bouncin' Beetle
Bouncing beetle
Pink and orange beetles that either bounce or roll across the slanted path, sometimes appearing in groups. The pink beetles can be parried.

Hitpoints: 2 HP

An enormous woodpecker that appears from the ceiling and peck the ground occasionally.

Hitpoints: N/A

Stack O' Wood
Spruce stack
A stack of wood. Each section attacks separately, shooting a spiky seed that is sometimes pink at the players. The pink seeds can be parried. The section on the bottom has the most health.

Hitpoints: 9 HP (3 stacks), 12 HP (4 stacks), 15 HP (5 stacks)

Flying Beetle
Wasp cuphead
Stag Beetles that slowly fly toward the player from the top of the screen.

Hitpoints: 1 HP

Leaf-holding mosquitoes that help the player traverse the last part of the level.
A large dragonfly that can roar fireflies out. The fireballs can destroy mosquito platforms.


There are 3 sections in this platforming level:

  1. Player/s must go up a slope, while Bouncin' Beetles and Woodpeckers attempt to halt your progress. This requires patience and precise timing. One coin can be found, requiring the player to parry off of a Bouncin' Beetle to acquire it.
  2. Player/s go upwards inside a tree on floating platforms, while Stack O' Woods and Flying Beetles attempt to impede progress. Two coins can be found, one partially hidden.
  3. Player/s have to jump across little mosquitoes holding leaves. Whenever you jump on one, a fireball will appear and burn them up, removing that platform for a few seconds. At the end of the section, you will face the Dragonfly, who roars fireballs out. Two coins can be found here, one requiring you to drop down.

Defeating him or jumping and dashing over him grants you access to the end of the level.



Cuphead- Treetop Trouble - 1080p



  • The woodpeckers have a very similar appearance to Woody Woodpecker, a Walter Lantz cartoon character.
  • The pink butterflies can be parried, but they do not affect the rank after completing it.
  • The Bouncin' Beetles could be a reference to a stage show scene in Disney's The Woodland Café where a spider squishes a fly into a ball and bounces her around.


  • The Bouncin' Beetles can actually clip through the terrain at the starting point of the level. This is best observed by letting them spawn and running back to the entrance, where they instead fall through.
  • The Dragonfly sometimes doesn't appear to fight the player.
  • Sometimes, even if the player(s) met all of the requirements for an A+ in this level, the scoring system does not give out the best grade due to a glitch, though it has since been fixed.
Run 'n Gun Levels
Inkwell Isle One
Forest FolliesTreetop Trouble
Inkwell Isle Two
Funhouse FrazzleFunfair Fever
Inkwell Isle Three
Perilous PiersRugged Ridge