A golden spatula is a specific type of spatula that first appears in the episode "Plankton!" It is completely in gold, except for the handle which is a dark metallic brown. Golden spatulas appear prominently in SpongeBob SquarePants video games as collectibles.
Role in episode
It serves as a gift from Plankton to SpongeBob in order to befriend him. It even has SpongeBob's name carved into it. Plankton claims it will be his birthday the following day, and SpongeBob is invited to his party. Plankton then says he wants SpongeBob to get him a Krabby Patty for his birthday in return for the golden spatula. Upon saying this, SpongeBob then realizes that all Plankton wants is the Krabby Patty secret formula and is thus deceiving him.
In the console versions of the original game and all versions of Rehydrated, there are 100 Golden Spatulas in total. Every task in the game goes towards earning a Golden Spatula, so earning all 100 completes the game. The player will earn most Golden Spatulas for reaching the end of levels or defeating bosses. Other Golden Spatulas can be earned by completing side objectives within a level, delivering Shiny Objects to Mr. Krabs, or delivering socks to Patrick Star. Once the player has received one from a task, the player cannot receive the same one or a different one from that task, even if the player repeats all of the steps for getting it.
In the original console games, the player can enter a cheat code that grants them +10 Golden Spatulas. This can only be done until the Golden Spatula count is 100. If the player then plays the game and collects all 100 in-game Golden Spatulas, they can reach a maximum of 200 Golden Spatulas.
Here is a list of levels with their spatula amounts (representing the number in parentheses):
It appears as a power-up item that the player can touch to earn 10,000 points.
The golden spatula featured in this game is the only collectible treasure in level 6.
In the console version of Battle for Bikini Bottom, once the player defeats Robo-Patrick at Industrial Park, they cannot trade shiny objects for spatulas until they save the Krusty Krab.
In "SpongeBob You're Fired," Mr. Krabs mentions that golden spatulas were used as a form of achievement while he was in the navy. He tells Squidward, "I was five times golden spatula in the navy, so I'll be runnin' the grill."