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Head of the Keeper

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Added in Afterbirth †(page 4, column 4, row 4)
Removed in Afterbirth †(page 4, column 4, row 4)
Added in  Afterbirth

Head of the Keeper is a passive item added in Afterbirth.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Enemies have a 5% chance to drop a penny when hit with Isaac's tears.
  • Turns Isaac's tears into coins (cosmetic effect).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Hitting the front side of enemies such as the Knight will still produce coins, even though the enemy does not sustain any damage. This can be exploited to produce an infinite amount of coins from a single enemy. However this won't work with defensive Hosts.
  • Enemies that spawn other enemies, globins, or enemies that regain health can also be farmed for infinite money.
  • Head of the Keeper does not work with The Forgotten but will work with The Soul.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Brimstone BrimstoneBrimstone Rebirth Icon.pngTears are replaced by a laser beam that pierces through all enemies and obstacles in its path and deals high damage. Can only be fired after a short charge-up period.: Overrides Head of the Keeper.
    • Azazel's short ranged Brimstone also overrides Head of the Keeper.
  • Death's Touch Death's TouchDeath's Touch Icon.pngIncreases Damage by 1.5, reduces Tears by 0.3 and increases tear size. Grants piercing tears. Tears are replaced by Death's scythes, which is a cosmetic effect only.: Tears retain Death's Touch's cosmetic effect (scythes) but both items are fully active.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Sulfuric Acid Sulfuric AcidSulfuric Acid Icon.pngIncreases damage. Adds a chance to fire acidic tears which can destroy obstacles.: Tears retain Head of the Keeper's cosmetic effect but both items are fully active. Which tears are acidic can no longer be visually identified.
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusDr. Fetus Icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide for a fixed time after being fired.: Overrides Head of the Keeper.
  • Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.: Overrides Head of the Keeper.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Euthanasia EuthanasiaEuthanasia Icon.pngAdds a chance to fire needles. If a needle kills an enemy, it bursts into more needles.: Main tears can cause enemies to drop pennies; however, burst tears do not.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Haemolacria HaemolacriaHaemolacria Icon.pngTears 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.: Only the main tear retains the effect of Head of the Keeper.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: Because Ipecac's high damage will quickly kill enemies, and because enemies will often be hit with explosions rather than tears themselves, coins will not drop as frequently.
  • Mom's Knife Mom's KnifeMom's Knife Rebirth Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced by a knife that pierces enemies, can travel through obstacles, and can hurt enemies while Isaac is holding it. Holding down the fire button before firing increases its range and power.: Overrides Head of the Keeper.
  • Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range.: Overrides Head of the Keeper.
  • Tech X Tech XTech X Icon.pngTears are replaced with laser rings that pierce through enemies and deal damage to enemies within them. Can be charged to increase the size of the ring.: Overrides Head of the Keeper.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Trisagion TrisagionTrisagion Icon.pngTears are replaced with piercing white blasts of light.: Overrides Head of the Keeper. Coin debris will still appear after beams dissipate.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Bum Friend Bum FriendBum Friend Rebirth Icon.pngA portable beggar who follows Isaac, picks up coins for himself, and occasionally drops a pickup after collecting a coin. Does not spawn collectibles.: Generated coins may be traded for other pickups via bum friend.
  • Bumbo BumboBumbo Icon.pngSpawns a beggar familiar which floats around the room and picks up any nearby coins, leveling up after collecting several coins. At level 2, Bumbo gains a body. At level 3, it begins to fire tears. At level 4, Bumbo chases enemies slowly, dealing contact damage.: Coin drops will quickly raise Bumbo to useful level.
  • Burnt Penny Burnt PennyBurnt Penny Icon.pngGives a 50% chance to drop a bomb when money is collected./Bloody Penny Bloody PennyBloody Penny Icon.pngGives a 50% chance to drop a half heart when money is collected./Flat Penny Flat PennyFlat Penny Icon.pngGives a 50% chance of spawning a key upon collecting a penny.: Penny trinkets allows Isaac to harvest a lot of bombs/health/keys from dropped coins.
  • D20 D20D20 Rebirth Icon.png6 roomsRerolls all pickups in the current room.: Easy way to create a lot of pickups to reroll.
  • Godhead GodheadGodhead Icon.pngIncreases damage and range while reducing tears and shot speed. Grants homing tears and tears gain a damaging halo.: Coin tears have damaging auras and will home in on enemies.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Greed's Gullet Greed's GulletGreed's Gullet Icon.pngGrants a heart container for every 25 coins Isaac has.: Dropped coins can boost health.
  • Humbling Bundle Humbling BundleHumbling Bundle Icon.pngGives one extra pickup (1+1 Free version) of Red Hearts, pennies, bombs, and keys. Does not work with blue, black, and half red hearts, nickels, and dimes.: All coins will be dropped as their double version.
  • The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico TechniqueThe Ludovico Technique Icon.pngInstead of firing tears, Isaac controls one floating tear that hover over obstacles. This tear deals constant damage when held in place over an enemy.: Tear turns into a giant rotating coin.
  •  : Dropped coins can boost damage.
  • Monstro's Lung Monstro's LungMonstro's Lung Icon.pngIncreases damage and grants a charged shot that fires multiple tears in the same fashion as Monstro.: Every tear in the burst of tears can spawn coins.
  • Portable Slot Portable SlotPortable Slot Icon.pngUnlimitedUpon activation, 1 coin will be consumed, and a random pickup may drop, similar to the slot machine.: Extra money allows you to gamble more.
  • Sack Head Sack HeadSack Head Icon.pngGreatly increases the chance to find sacks.: When hit, enemies will occasionally drop sacks instead of coins.
  • Soy Milk Soy MilkSoy Milk Icon.pngTears shrink and do much less damage, but fire in very rapid succession.: Due to the Soy Milk's high fire rate and low damage, enemies can be hit many more times than usual, resulting in a larger amount of coins dropping.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Technology Zero Technology ZeroTechnology Zero Icon.pngConnects Isaac's tears with electricity that can damage enemies.: Coin tears are connected to each other via electricity. Beams of electricity can cause enemies to drop coins.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2Technology 2 Icon.pngDecreases damage and replaces right eye tears with a unlimited range, piercing laser which fires continuously.: Due to Technology 2's constant fire rate and reduced damage, enemies are hit many more times than usual, resulting in a higher likelihood of coins dropping.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Seeds[edit | edit source]

 PC  3C4D F1LV (In the room just south of spawn in the Gold chest)

 PC  NNNQ 0CJT (Challenge room south west - Necropolis 1)

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