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Broken Shovel

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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. You must have beaten The Lamb in the Dark Room 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 you hold the item!
    • 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 create Mom'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 The Dark Room..
  • While held, removes the 20 minute time limit on the Boss Rush door (part of unlocking The Forgotten).

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • 48 Hour Energy Pill: Gives a handful of full charges in a room. Very useful for Boss Rush.
  • 9 Volt 9 Volt9 Volt Icon.pngReduces the charge of any Activated Items by 1. Any 1 charge items instead have timed recharges./AAA Battery AAA BatteryAAA Battery Icon.pngAutomatically recharges the last energy slot of an activated item, effectively reducing recharge rates by one.: Lowers the charge of the shovel to 3. Obtaining both will lower it to 2.
  • The Battery The BatteryThe Battery Icon.pngActivated Items can be "overcharged" to allow for an additional use.: Allows you to store up to an additional use of the shovel.
  • Butter! Butter!Butter! Icon.pngUsing an active item will drop it onto a pedestal on the ground. Taking damage may result in dropping a passive item.: While useless on most rooms, dropping the shovel in a Challenge Room or during Boss Rush will cause the feet to cease stomping for the rest of the room until you pick it back up.
  • Car Battery Car BatteryCar Battery Icon.pngCauses Isaac's activated item to activate twice on each use.: Stops the passive effect for 2 waves in Boss Rush.
  • Charged Baby Charged BabyCharged Baby Icon.pngA familiar that drops a Little Battery every 4 rooms. Has a small chance to freeze all enemies in the room when hit./Watch Battery Watch BatteryWatch Battery Icon.pngIncreased chance of batteries spawning. Has a chance to add an extra charge to Isaac's activated item upon completing a room.: Spawns more batteries to grant more charges of the shovel. Watch Battery also has a chance to add an additional charge randomly.
  • Gnawed Leaf Gnawed LeafGnawed Leaf Icon.pngAfter standing still and not shooting for a short time, Isaac turns invincible until he moves or shoots.: Isaac will be immune to the damage stomps and will not be pushed around by them while standing still.
  • Habit HabitHabit Icon.pngWhen Isaac is hit, 1 point of an item's charge is filled.: Charges the shovel quicker if you take damage.
  • Host 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.: Isaac will be immune to the damage stomps, but will still be pushed around by them.
  • 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.
  • Pyromaniac PyromaniacPyromaniac Icon.pngIsaac heals 1 heart instead of taking damage from an explosive source. Adds 5 bombs.: The stomps heal Isaac instead of hurting him, making it an infinite source of free health, but will still be pushed around by them.
  • Schoolbag SchoolbagSchoolbag Icon.pngAllows Isaac to hold two active items.: Allows you to carry a second active item to assist in the difficult challenge of carrying the shovel.

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 making your way to the boss room. You can return for them and finish clearing the rest of the floor once the boss is defeated.
  • There's no time limit on claiming the shovel, as long as the floor boss was killed within the time limit. For best results, you should wait to spawn the shovel until you are ready to leave the first floor. Spawning it early will force you to carry it through the rest of the floor, increasing the chance of losing health.
  • Even if you do not find a bomb or an item that spawns bombs or explosions, it's still possible to claim the shovel. If you've met the requirements to claim the shovel by killing the floor boss in under 1 minute, hurting yourself in the Sacrifice Room will spawn a one-time bomb on the first hit. If you lose this bomb or don't have enough health to survive the sacrifice, you will have to restart.
  • If you are struggling, you may choose to keep restarting while in the first room until you get a very good treasure room spawn adjacent to the starting room. Look for items such as Pyromaniac PyromaniacPyromaniac Icon.pngIsaac heals 1 heart instead of taking damage from an explosive source. Adds 5 bombs. or Host 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, if you run into a miniboss, you get Curse of the Maze or Labyrinth, or just run into a dead end, restarting the first floor may be your 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 you do not hear Mom say "Isaac!" followed by her walking, the shovel did not spawn and you will have to restart.

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 create Mom'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 The Dark Room..

Tips for obtaining[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure you keep moving; stopping for a few seconds will mean a high likelihood of the foot coming down on your head.
  • Because the stomps happen often and consistently, you may be able to manipulate them to stomp on groups of enemies, destroy tinted rocks, or open up secret rooms.
  • Items that give you flight are even more helpful than usual as you 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 in case you get yourself into a sticky situation.
  • If an active item is offered in Boss Rush, you can hold it instead of the shovel to avoid the foot for most of the fight. However, you must switch back to the (active) Broken Shovel before the last wave ends, or else you will receive an ordinary item instead of the passive Broken Shovel.

Unlockable achievements[edit | edit source]

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#1
  • Angry FlyAngry FlySpawns a fly familiar that orbits around a random enemy and deals 5 damage per tick to enemies it comes in contact with.
  • Black HoleBlack HoleThrows a black hole on the ground which sucks in and damages enemies.
  • BozoBozoIncreases 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 ModemBroken ModemEnemies, enemy shots, tears, and pickups will briefly freeze in place at random intervals.
  • Mystery GiftMystery GiftUpon 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.
  • SprinklerSprinklerUpon use, spawns a sprinkler that rotates and fires tears.
  • Fast BombsFast BombsGrants 7 bombs and allows bombs to be placed rapidly.
  • Buddy in a BoxBuddy in a BoxGrants a familiar with a random tear effect. The familiar is randomized at the start of each floor.
  • Lil DeliriumLil DeliriumGrants 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
  • Jumper CablesJumper CablesGrants an active item charge every 15 enemies killed.
  • CouponCouponUpon use, makes a random item from a shop, devil deal, or black market free.
  • TelekinesisTelekinesisUpon 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 BoxMoving BoxIf 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 ZeroTechnology ZeroConnects Isaac's tears with electricity that can damage enemies.
  • LeprosyLeprosyUpon 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
  • 7 Seals7 SealsGrants a random Harbinger familiar that changes every 10 seconds.
  • Mr. ME!Mr. ME!Summons a controllable ghost that can perform various tasks depending on what it targets.
  • Angelic PrismAngelic PrismGrants a prism orbital with a large orbital radius. Tears that pass through the prism split into four multi-colored tears.
  • Pop!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 ListDeath's ListGrants a reward if all enemies in a room are killed in the order they are marked.
  • HaemolacriaHaemolacriaTears 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.
  • LachryphagyLachryphagyIsaac'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.
  • TrisagionTrisagionTears are replaced with piercing white blasts of light.
  • SchoolbagSchoolbagAllows 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
  • BlanketBlanketGrants one soul heart. Upon entering a boss room, grants a shield that blocks one hit, then disappears.
  • Sacrificial AltarSacrificial AltarUpon use, sacrifices up to 2 familiars and spawns an item from the Devil Room Pool for each familiar sacrificed.
  • Lil SpewerLil SpewerSpawns a random pill, and grants a small Spewer familiar that charges up and fires different types of creep.
  • MarblesMarblesSpawns 3 random trinkets. Taking damage has a small chance to swallow Isaac's currently held trinket, gaining its effect permanently.
  • Mystery EggMystery EggSpawns an egg familiar, which cracks and turns into a random charmed enemy when Isaac is hurt. The egg regenerates upon entering a different room.
  • Flat StoneFlat StoneTears 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.
  • MarrowMarrowGrants one bone heart and spawns three red heart pickups.
  • Slipped RibSlipped RibSpawns a bone familiar that circles around Isaac and reflects enemy shots.
  • Hallowed GroundHallowed GroundSpawns a white poop familiar, which turns into a white poop when Isaac is hurt.
  • Pointy RibPointy RibSpawns a bone familiar that can be aimed with the fire buttons and does contact damage.
  • Book of the DeadBook of the DeadUpon use, spawns a charmed Bony or an orbital bone for each enemy killed in the current room.
  • Dad's RingDad's RingCreates a ring of light around Isaac that petrifies enemies in contact.
  • Divorce PapersDivorce PapersSpawns a Mysterious Paper, increases tears, and grants a bone heart.
  • Jaw BoneJaw BoneSpawns a familiar that flies the room while firing, dealing double Isaac's tear damage to enemies that come in contact and retrieving pickups.
  • Brittle BonesBrittle BonesReplaces 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 ShovelBroken ShovelWhile held, causes multiple Mom's Foots to come down and stomp on Isaac. One of two parts necessary to create Mom's Shovel.
  • Broken ShovelBroken ShovelOne of two parts necessary to create Mom's Shovel.
  • Mom's ShovelMom's ShovelSpawns a trapdoor that leads to the next floor upon activation. Unlocks The Forgotten when used on a mound of dirt that appears in The 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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