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Activated Collectible[edit | edit source]

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Added in Afterbirth †

Broken Shovel is an active item added in Booster Pack #5. It is acquired by defeating the first floor boss in under a minute, navigating back to the starting room and bombing the floor. If it is an XL floor both bosses must be defeated. The The Lamb in the Dark Room must be defeated at least once with any character for the bomb explosion to reveal it.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • While held, causes one to two Mom's Foots to frequently come down and stomp around or on Isaac.
    • This will happen randomly every few seconds and will persist as long as Isaac holds the item!
    • The stomps are functionally identical to explosions.
    • Using the item will stop the passive effect until entering another room. If used during the Boss Rush or in a Boss Challenge Room it will stop the feet for that wave of bosses only.
    • The effect will not happen in the Mom fight.
  • Disappears when picking up another active item and leaving the room.
  • One of two parts necessary to createMom's Shovel Mom's ShovelMom's Shovel Icon.png4 roomsSpawns a trapdoor that leads to the next floor upon activation. Unlocks The Forgotten when used on a mound of dirt that appears in Dark Room Dark Room..
  • While held, removes the 20 minute time limit on the Boss Rush door (part of unlocking The Forgotten).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Mom's foot will still attack Isaac even if he has the Punching Bag Punching BagPunching Bag Icon.pngSpawns a Mulligan Familiar that will wander the room randomly. Enemies will attack the Mulligan if it's closer..

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Moving Box Moving BoxMoving Box Icon.png4 roomsIf the box is empty, picks up all items and pickups in a room and stores them. If the box is not empty, places all stored items and pickups in the current room.: Can be used to pick up the Broken Shovel without causing Mom's foot to stomp down at all.

Tips for obtaining[edit | edit source]

  • Characters with high damage like Judas or Azazel are excellent for blazing through the floor in enough time. Cain has decent health and damage as well as the highest base speed of any character. Azazel has flight and very high base speed (though lower than Cain's), but his lack of any health besides Black Hearts can make surviving the rest of the run more difficult.
  • Try not to slow down for pickups, items, or any unnecessary rooms while progressing to the boss room. They can be returned to after clearing the rest of the floor and killing the boss.
  • There's no time limit on claiming the shovel, as long as the floor boss was killed within the time limit. For best results, wait to spawn the shovel until being ready to leave the first floor. Spawning it early will force Isaac to carry it through the rest of the floor, increasing the chance of losing health.
  • Even if a bomb or an item that spawns bombs or explosions cannot be found, it's still possible to claim the shovel. If the requirements to claim the shovel are met, hurting Isaac in the Sacrifice Room will spawn a one-time bomb on the first hit. If Isaac no longer has this bomb or don't have enough health to survive the sacrifice, the run should be restarted.
  • If struggling, it may be a good idea to keep restarting until getting a Treasure Room next to the spawn. Look for items such as Pyromaniac PyromaniacPyromaniac Icon.pngIsaac heals 1 heart instead of taking damage from an explosive source. Adds 5 bombs. orHost Hat Host HatHost Hat Icon.pngA host familiar that sits on Isaac's head and has a random chance to block enemy shots and retaliate with 3 tears. Grants immunity to explosions. to trivialize the stomp damage, or for damage/tear-increasing items to kill enemies quicker. Conversely, when running into a miniboss, getting Curse of the Maze or Labyrinth, or just running into a dead end, restarting the first floor may be the best choice.
  • Keep in mind that the trigger for the shovel activates once the pedestal item spawns, which is AFTER the death animation for the boss completes and all other enemies are dead. If Mom does not shout "Isaac!" followed by her walking, the shovel did not spawn and the run should be restarted.

Passive Collectible[edit | edit source]

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Added in Afterbirth †

Broken Shovel is a passive item added in Booster Pack #5. It is acquired by completing Boss Rush while holding the first shovel piece.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • One of two parts necessary to createMom's Shovel Mom's ShovelMom's Shovel Icon.png4 roomsSpawns a trapdoor that leads to the next floor upon activation. Unlocks The Forgotten when used on a mound of dirt that appears in Dark Room Dark Room..

Tips for obtaining[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure to keep moving; stopping for a few seconds will mean a high likelihood of the foot hitting Isaac.
  • Because the stomps happen often and consistently, they can be used to damage enemies, destroy tinted rocks, and open secret rooms.
  • Items that give flight are even more helpful than usual as Isaac will not need to worry about navigating around obstacles to avoid a stomp.
  • It may be wise to keep an invulnerability pill or card on hand just in case.
  • If an active item is offered in Boss Rush, it can be held for the duration of the fight. However, the Broken Shovel must be picked up before the last wave ends, in order for the passive piece of Broken Shovel to spawn.

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#1
  • Angry Fly Icon.png
    Angry Fly
    Spawns a fly familiar that orbits around a random enemy and deals 5 damage per tick to enemies it comes in contact with.
  • Black Hole Icon.png
    Black Hole
    Throws a black hole on the ground which sucks in and damages enemies.
  • Bozo Icon.png
    Bozo
    Increases damage by a flat 0.1 and grants a soul heart. Enemies can randomly become briefly charmed or feared. Taking damage has a chance to spawn a rainbow poop.
  • Broken Modem Icon.png
    Broken Modem
    Enemies, enemy shots, tears, and pickups will briefly freeze in place at random intervals.
  • Mystery Gift Icon.png
    Mystery Gift
    Upon use, spawns a random item from the current room's item pool, with a chance to spawn A Lump of Coal or The Poop instead.
  • Sprinkler Icon.png
    Sprinkler
    Upon use, spawns a sprinkler that rotates and fires tears.
  • Fast Bombs Icon.png
    Fast Bombs
    Grants 7 bombs and allows bombs to be placed rapidly.
  • Buddy in a Box Icon.png
    Buddy in a Box
    Grants a familiar with a random tear effect. The familiar is randomized at the start of each floor.
  • Lil Delirium Icon.png
    Lil Delirium
    Grants a familiar that transforms into another random familiar every 10 seconds.
  • HairpinHairpinFully recharges Isaac's active item upon entering a boss fight.
  • Wooden CrossWooden CrossGrants a Holy Mantle shield upon entering a new floor, which protects against one hit of damage.
  • Butter!Butter!Using an active item will drop it onto a pedestal on the ground. Taking damage may result in dropping a passive item.
  • Huge GrowthHuge GrowthMakes Isaac large for the current room, increasing his range and damage.
  • Ancient RecallAncient RecallSpawns 3 random cards.
  • Era WalkEra WalkFor the current room, enemies are slowed, Isaac's speed is increased, and his shot speed is decreased.
#2
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    Jumper Cables
    Grants an active item charge every 15 enemies killed.
  • Coupon Icon.png
    Coupon
    Upon use, makes a random item from a shop, devil deal, or black market free.
  • Telekinesis Icon.png
    Telekinesis
    Upon use, for the next two seconds, any enemy shots that come near Isaac are held in place. After the charge is depleted, they are fired back as tears.
  • Moving Box Icon.png
    Moving Box
    If the box is empty, picks up all items and pickups in a room and stores them. If the box is not empty, places all stored items and pickups in the current room.
  • Technology Zero Icon.png
    Technology Zero
    Connects Isaac's tears with electricity that can damage enemies.
  • Leprosy Icon.png
    Leprosy
    Upon taking damage, grants a body part as an orbital, which blocks enemy shots and deals 7 damage per tick to enemies it comes in contact with. The orbitals will be destroyed if they take enough damage from enemies or enemy shots.
  • Filigree FeatherFiligree FeatherAngels drop items instead of key pieces when defeated.
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#3
  • Collectible 7 Seals icon.png
    7 Seals
    Grants a random Harbinger familiar that changes every 10 seconds.
  • Mr. ME! Icon.png
    Mr. ME!
    Summons a controllable ghost that can perform various tasks depending on what it targets.
  • Angelic Prism Icon.png
    Angelic Prism
    Grants a prism orbital with a large orbital radius. Tears that pass through the prism split into four multi-colored tears.
  • Pop! Icon.png
    Pop!
    Replaces Isaac's tears with eyeballs that can bounce off of each other. The eyeballs are not limited by range, and will instead dissipate when they stop moving or when hitting an enemy or obstacle.
  • Door StopDoor StopThe last door Isaac went through stays open, allowing him to leave the room even if enemies are in it.
#4
  • Death's List Icon.png
    Death's List
    Grants a reward if all enemies in a room are killed in the order they are marked.
  • Haemolacria Icon.png
    Haemolacria
    Tears are now fired in an arc. Upon hitting the floor, an obstacle, or an enemy, they burst into many smaller tears in all directions. Increases tear delay.
  • Lachryphagy Icon.png
    Lachryphagy
    Isaac's tears decelerate as they travel. Upon stopping or hitting an obstacle, they burst into 8 tears in all directions. Tears can be fired into other tears to feed them, increasing their damage.
  • Trisagion Icon.png
    Trisagion
    Tears are replaced with piercing white blasts of light.
  • Schoolbag Icon.png
    Schoolbag
    Allows Isaac to hold two active items.
  • Extension CordExtension CordBeams of yellow electricity flow between Isaac and his familiars, damaging any enemies between them.
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#5
  • Blanket Icon.png
    Blanket
    Grants one soul heart. Upon entering a boss room, grants a shield that blocks one hit, then disappears.
  • Sacrificial Altar Icon.png
    Sacrificial Altar
    Upon use, sacrifices up to 2 familiars and spawns an item from the Devil Room Pool for each familiar sacrificed.
  • Lil Spewer Icon.png
    Lil Spewer
    Spawns a random pill, and grants a small Spewer familiar that charges up and fires different types of creep.
  • Marbles Icon.png
    Marbles
    Spawns 3 random trinkets. Taking damage has a small chance to swallow Isaac's currently held trinket, gaining its effect permanently.
  • Mystery Egg Icon.png
    Mystery Egg
    Spawns an egg familiar, which cracks and turns into a random friendly enemy when Isaac is hurt. The egg regenerates upon entering a different room.
  • Flat Stone Icon.png
    Flat Stone
    Tears bounce off the floor. Tears that hit an enemy after bouncing deal splash damage to all nearby enemies for 25% of Isaac's tear damage.
  • Marrow Icon.png
    Marrow
    Grants one bone heart and spawns three red heart pickups.
  • Slipped Rib Icon.png
    Slipped Rib
    Spawns a bone familiar that circles around Isaac and reflects enemy shots.
  • Hallowed Ground Icon.png
    Hallowed Ground
    Spawns a white poop familiar, which turns into a white poop when Isaac is hurt.
  • Pointy Rib Icon.png
    Pointy Rib
    Spawns a bone familiar that can be aimed with the fire buttons and does contact damage.
  • Book of the Dead Icon.png
    Book of the Dead
    Upon use, spawns a friendly Bony or an orbital bone for each enemy killed in the current room.
  • Dad's Ring Icon.png
    Dad's Ring
    Creates a ring of light around Isaac that petrifies enemies in contact.
  • Divorce Papers Icon.png
    Divorce Papers
    Spawns a Mysterious Paper, increases tears, and grants a bone heart.
  • Jaw Bone Icon.png
    Jaw Bone
    Spawns a familiar that flies the room while firing, dealing a flat 7 damage to enemies that come in contact and retrieving pickups.
  • Brittle Bones Icon.png
    Brittle Bones
    Replaces all red hearts with 6 empty bone hearts. Upon losing a bone heart, Isaac fires bones in 8 directions and permanently gains a tears up.
  • Broken Shovel 1 Icon.png
    Broken Shovel
    While held, causes multiple Mom's Foots to come down and stomp on Isaac. One of two parts necessary to create Mom's Shovel.
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    Broken Shovel
    One of two parts necessary to create Mom's Shovel.
  • Mom's Shovel Icon.png
    Mom's Shovel
    Spawns a trapdoor that leads to the next floor upon activation. Unlocks The Forgotten when used on a mound of dirt that appears in Dark Room Dark Room.
  • 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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