Backasswards

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Added in Afterbirth †

Backasswards is Challenge #31. You start off with 8-10 random items, and start on the Mega Satan boss fight. Your goal is to play the floors backwards, hence the challenge's namesake. Every floor you ascend, you lose the oldest item you have, and one red heart container.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

Starting with random selection of items, and starting on the Mega Satan boss fight makes this challenge very difficult at first. But If you can defeat Mega Satan (as well as Satan, whom you fight on the next floor), the rest of the challenge becomes significantly easier.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Try to get some really powerful few-item synergies. Resetting is safe, since achievements won't work.
    • Since you will have at least 10 red Heart containers from the start, Pyromaniac PyromaniacPyromaniac Icon.pngIsaac heals 1 heart instead of taking damage from an explosive source. Adds 5 bombs. and items that grant exploding shots (Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth., Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusDr. Fetus Icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide a fixed range after being fired., and Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.) combined is gamebreaking since as long as you get caught by your own explosions, you can heal indefinitely. They also do plentiful damage to enemies and can open closed doors.
    • Having Gnawed Leaf Gnawed LeafGnawed Leaf Icon.pngAfter standing still and not shooting for a short time, Isaac turns invincible until he moves or shoots. and something that can do damage while you're not moving, such as , Dead Bird Dead BirdDead Bird Icon.pngSpawns a flying familiar for the current room that chases enemies whenever Isaac takes damage., or Smart Fly Smart FlySmart Fly Icon.pngAfter Isaac takes damage, this fly will deal continuous touch damage to whatever enemy caused the damage until it is dead. The fly will then systematically attack 1 enemy at a time until the room is cleared., can basically guarantee an eventual win. Damaging orbitals are also a big help.
    • The Wafer The WaferThe Wafer Icon.pngAll sources of damage that would cause more than one half heart of damage are reduced to one half heart instead. is an extremely useful item to recieve in this challenge as well.
  • Going up a floor will remove one heart container and one passive item. If you have only one red heart container, something as simple as leaving the floor itself will end your run.
    • For this reason, be wary of taking devil deals at low health.
    • Beware of Experimental Treatment Experimental TreatmentExperimental Treatment Icon.pngRandomly increases and decreases some of the character's stats. There will always be at least one stat increase and one decrease and the same stats can be increased/decreased multiple times. too, as it has a chance to remove your Heart container.
    • Soul Hearts and Black Hearts are not affected by this, however. Thus, Guppy's Paw Guppy's PawGuppy's Paw Icon.pngUnlimitedRemoves one red heart container in exchange for gaining 3 Soul Hearts. is an extremely useful item for this run.
  • With resurrection or teleportation items (such as Teleport or Cursed Eye), it's possible to skip boss rooms by dying as being resurrected puts you outside of the room rather than back on the previous floor.
    • Despite this, do not get the Dead Cat Dead CatDead Cat Icon.pngSets the amount of red heart containers to 1, but gives Isaac 9 extra lives. After dying, Isaac is teleported to the last safe room. New heart containers can be obtained after picking up this item, but after each death, the number of heart containers is set to 1 again.. If you attempt to move onto the next floor while you only have 1 HP, you'll instantly die instead of progressing, wasting one of your lives in the process.
    • Likewise, do not get Ankh. If you resurrect as ???, each time you pass a floor you'll lose either a soul or black heart, increasing the difficulty of the challenge.
  • Shops spawn as normal above The Womb.
  • 0 - The Fool tarot card and Mom's Hand are both quick ways to get to the starting room.
  • Ehwaz and We Need to Go Deeper! We Need to Go Deeper!We Need to Go Deeper! Icon.png6 roomsCreates a trapdoor to go to the next floor. If used in The Womb, it will create a trapdoor to Sheol, even if the player hasn't unlocked it. generate closed exits to the next floor, so they cannot help Isaac skip the current floor.
  • Items to be removed first are the "first" items you picked up. This is the item in the rightmost column, in the lowest row of that column. If powerful items are shown there, it is best to restart.
    • Halo of Flies Halo of FliesHalo of Flies Icon.pngSpawns two pretty fly familiars that block enemy shots and deal contact damage to enemies. will take two entire floors to be removed. You'll lose only one fly per floor. Keep this in mind in case you're afraid of losing a good synergy too early.

Reward[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! While entering an exit to the previous floor, if player kills the process (isaac-ng.exe) during the versus screen before a boss fight, re-entering the game will lead Isaac to the starting room of previous floor instead of the boss room. This allows the player to finish the challenge pretty easily without any actual fights.
Bug Bug! Sometimes the layout of the rooms makes traversing to the previous floor impossible. There might be a hole where the light is supposed to be and without flying, makes the run impossible to beat.
Bug Bug! If you teleport into the I AM ERROR room on the final floor of the challenge, there will be no exit, making the run impossible to beat.
Bug Bug! After the Mega Satan fight the player may start the following floors already in the beam of light making the Mega Satan fight the only one in the challenge. If the player doesn't have enough health to make it to the Basement 1, your run is over. If the player has enough health to make it to Basement 1 they will be unable to move, to rectify this, simply exit the run, re-enter it and claim your reward.


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