Box of Friends

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Box of Friends Defeat Ultra Greed as Lilith
Added in Afterbirth

Box of Friends is an unlockable activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.

Effect[edit | edit source]

  • Upon use, it adds one copy of each of Isaac's familiars for the duration of the current room.
  • If Isaac has no familiars, a Demon Baby Demon Baby will spawn for the duration of the current room.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Lilith starts with this item by default, even if it hasn't been unlocked yet.
  • If Isaac has more than one copy of the same familiar, it will still only add one copy.
  • Blue Flies, Blue Spiders, and orbitals (Halo of Flies Halo of Flies, Added in Afterbirth †Leprosy Leprosy, etc) are not copied.
  • Many familiars can be spawned in Greed mode and Boss Rush, as completing waves charges the item.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Bob's Brain Bob's Brain: When used upon entering a room, Box of Friends eliminates the item delay, which allows Isaac to launch Bob's Brain immediately.
  • Car Battery Car Battery: Adds two copies of each familiar.
  • Cube of Meat Cube of Meat / Ball of Bandages Ball of Bandages: Upgrades the cube/ball for the current room. This can be used to easily unlock the Super Meat Boy and Bandage Girl achievements.
  • Daddy Longlegs Daddy Longlegs: Familiar will be copied.
  • Incubus Incubus: Creates additional Incubus familiars, which share the same tear modifiers as the player.
  • Multidimensional Baby Multidimensional Baby: Each copy of Multidimensional Baby follows the previous copy with a 2.5-second delay.
  • Smart Fly Smart Fly: Very useful on Greed mode, as using it will add an attacking fly, killing enemies and bosses very quickly.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • 1up! 1up! / Dead Cat Dead Cat: Familiars are multiplied but do not give Isaac additional lives.
  • Best Bud Best Bud: If used before taking damage, the white fly will circle Isaac. However, multiple white flies cannot be spawned, so using Box of Friends after taking damage or using it multiple times in a room creates no effect.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Buddy in a Box Buddy in a Box: Creates another randomly generated familiar, rather than copying the same one.
  • Bumbo Bumbo: Will spawn a level 1 Bumbo regardless of the original Bumbo's current level.
  • Dead Bird Dead Bird / Eve's Bird Foot Eve's Bird Foot / Isaac's Head Isaac's Head / ???'s Soul ???'s Soul: These familiars are not copied.
  • Guillotine Guillotine: Duplicates the Head circling Isaac's body. Only one head will shoot tears.
  • Isaac's Heart Isaac's Heart / Super Bum: Not copied. They will not spawn a Demon Baby Demon Baby if no other valid familiars are found, unlike other familiars that aren't copied.
  • Key Piece 1 Key Piece 1 / Key Piece 2 Key Piece 2: Key pieces are multiplied, but do not complete the other half.
  • Milk! Milk!: The familiar itself doesn't appear, but instead, it decreases tear delay by 2 (effective tears up) when used, without needing to take damage.
  • Monster Manual Monster Manual: Familiars spawned by Monster Manual are not copied. It will still spawn a Demon Baby Demon Baby if a familiar from Monster Manual is generated and there are no other valid familiars that can be duplicated.
  • My Shadow My Shadow: No effect.
  • Pickup generation familiars: The copied familiars will drop pickups independently.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Box of Friends seems to resemble the Lament Configuration of the Lemarchand's box from Clive Barker's Hellraiser.
  • The item might be a very obscure reference to a Yu-Gi-Oh! card of the same name.
  • This item used to have a recharge time of 2, until an update on November 4, 2015.
    • Removed in Afterbirth † When playing in Korean, this item still has a recharge time of 2.
  • In the game files this item's sprite is called "Pandora's Box" by a mistake.

Seed[edit | edit source]

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