Book of the Dead

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Book of the Dead Defeat Delirium as The ForgottenBook of the DeadBook of the Dead
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Book of the Dead is an unlockable active item added in Booster Pack #5.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • When used, spawns one of the following things for each enemy already killed in the current room:
  • Orbital bones deal contact damage equal to Isaac's damage at the time it was spawned, repel enemies that touch it, and will block 3 shots or deal 2 ticks of contact damage before being destroyed.
  • Bonies deal 8.3 contact damage and 5 damage with thrown bones.
  • Black Bonies will explode on death, dealing 40 damage to enemies it hits. The explosion will not hurt Isaac.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Using the book in a room that had no enemies or was re-entered does nothing and expends the charge.
  • Orbital bones occupy the same area around Isaac as Blue Flies, meaning Isaac can have an incredibly dense ring of bone orbitals around him that nullifies most attacks.
    • Having a large amount of blue flies can create gaps in the ring of bone orbitals that leave Isaac vulnerable in those spots.
  • Enemy remains can be animated only once, so using the book multiple times in the same room requires more enemies to have died for it to create an effect.
  • Destroying Black Poop will damage the friendly Bonies acquired from this item.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Baby-Bender Baby-BenderTrinket Baby-Bender icon.pngGrants Isaac's familiars homing shots.: No effect.
  • Car Battery Car Battery: Since dead enemies can be animated only once, Car Battery does nothing.
  • Contagion Contagion: Poison effect can spread to and kill friendly Bonies.
  • Duct Tape Duct TapeTrinket Duct Tape icon.pngStops Isaac's familiars from moving.: Only affects orbitals.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Unlockable achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Mystery Egg
    Mystery Egg - Spawn three charmed enemies in the same room.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Book of the Dead is a collection of ancient Egyptian funerary texts made out of papyrus, consisting of magic spells intended to assist a soul's journey through the Duat (underworld) and into the afterlife.
  • The quote "Rise from the Grave" is a reference to the beginning screen of the video game "Altered Beast".

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Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! If sufficiently many bone orbitals are created, other familiars may disappear. Collecting a new familiar or resuming the run will restore the missing familiars.


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MarrowMarrowDefeat Mom's Heart or It Lives! on hard mode as The ForgottenSlipped RibSlipped RibDefeat Isaac as The ForgottenPointy RibPointy RibDefeat Satan as The ForgottenJaw BoneJaw BoneDefeat ??? as The ForgottenBrittle BonesBrittle BonesDefeat The Lamb as The ForgottenDivorce PapersDivorce PapersComplete the Boss Rush as The ForgottenHallowed GroundHallowed GroundDefeat Hush as The ForgottenFinger BoneFinger BoneDefeat Ultra Greed as The ForgottenDad's RingDad's RingDefeat Ultra Greedier as The ForgottenBook of the DeadBook of the DeadDefeat Delirium as The ForgottenBone BabyBone BabyEarn all hard mode completion marks as The ForgottenBound BabyBound BabyDefeat Mega Satan as The Forgotten
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#2
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#3
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#4
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  • Extension CordExtension CordBeams of yellow electricity flow between Isaac and his familiars, damaging any enemies between them.
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#5
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  • Rotten PennyRotten PennySpawns a blue fly every time a coin is picked up.
  • Baby-BenderBaby-BenderGrants Isaac's familiars homing shots.
  • Finger BoneFinger BoneGrants a chance to gain a bone heart upon taking damage.
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