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Money = Power Money = PowerCollectible Money = Power Rebirth icon.pngIncreases damage by 0.04 for every coin Isaac has, up to +3.96 damage at 99 coins.
Sack of Pennies Sack of PenniesCollectible Sack of Pennies icon.pngIsaac is followed by a small bag that drops a coin every 2 rooms.

50 coins
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2 new pills 2 new pills2 new pillsComplete challenge #24
Added in Afterbirth
Disambig.png This article is about the challenge. For the item, see Pay to Play.

PAY TO PLAY is Challenge #24, and was added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. In this challenge, Isaac starts with 50 coins, Money = Power Money = PowerCollectible Money = Power Rebirth icon.pngIncreases damage by 0.04 for every coin Isaac has, up to +3.96 damage at 99 coins., and the Sack of Pennies Sack of PenniesCollectible Sack of Pennies icon.pngIsaac is followed by a small bag that drops a coin every 2 rooms.. However, every doorway is now an arcade door, and taking any damage will cause Isaac to lose more pennies than can be picked up, similar to when being attacked by Greed. Having 0 pennies will kill him and end the challenge. The goal is to defeat Isaac. This challenge is unlocked by unlocking the Sack of Pennies, done by defeating Isaac with Cain.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

Needing money to continue the run causes shop purchases to become much more risky, and extra coins may have to be found in addition to hearts when getting hurt.

The arcade doors in this challenge appear to be "overlaid" on the level's normal doors, even after they have been opened. In most cases, this allows Isaac to unlock and enter rooms that normally require keys (or bombs) with a coin instead. However, certain doors are still "active", and can still damage or block the player, even after being unlocked with a coin. These doors will appear to be normal open doors, despite the effects triggering when attempting to pass through them.

  • Curse Room doorways will still damage the player (without flight and/or shielding) after unlocking them with a coin, despite the absence of visible teeth around the door frame.
  • Challenge Room and Boss Challenge Room doorways will still prevent the player from entering with too few or too many red hearts respectively, even after being unlocked with a coin and appearing to be an open doorway. Unlocking a door for which Isaac has too few red hearts effectively wastes a coin (unless it is planned to return with the right number of red hearts).
In addition, the doors to these rooms will appear to be the same as all the other doors on the level. It may be helpful to keep an eye on the mini-map to ensure that health (and coins) aren't needlessly lost to a Curse Room, or waste a coin on a Challenge Room he cannot enter. (Bombing into these rooms appears to leave them unaffected.)
  • Presumably because they hold 0 coins Co-op babies are killed instantly upon entering the game.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • A Quarter A QuarterCollectible A Quarter icon.pngAdds 25 to Isaac's coin count, capping at 99. and A Dollar A DollarCollectible A Dollar icon.pngGives Isaac 99 coins. Can be found multiple times in a single playthrough. are fantastic items in this run, as they give Isaac a good amount of coins. The Emperor card is useful in this challenge as it teleports him directly to the boss, preventing the loss of any coins.
  • Lucky Rock Lucky RockTrinket Lucky Rock icon.pngEach obstacle destroyed drops one coin. will enable Isaac to gain more coins simply by destroying rocks. Combined with items such as Leo LeoCollectible Leo icon.pngAllows you to crush rocks when you walk over them., Samson's Chains Samson's ChainsCollectible Samson's Chains icon.pngPull a chain and ball behind you that will damage enemies on contact and is able to break stones., or Epic Fetus Epic FetusCollectible Epic Fetus icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote., this item becomes invaluable.
  • Store Credit Store CreditStore Credit Icon.pngThe next store purchase is free. The trinket disappears on purchase., Credit Card,Diplopia DiplopiaCollectible Diplopia icon.pngOne time useDuplicates all pickups and item pedestals in the room., Added in Afterbirth †Mr. ME! Mr. ME!Collectible Mr. ME! icon.png4 roomsSummons a controllable ghost that can perform various tasks depending on what it targets., and Added in Afterbirth †Coupon CouponCollectible Coupon icon.png6 roomsUpon use, makes a random item from a shop, devil deal, or black market free. will help Isaac obtain items from the shop for free. Similarly, the Rune of Jera can create free copies of shop pickups.
  • Finding a 2 of Diamonds card early on can potentially max out the coin count, making the run much easier.
  • Blank Card Blank CardCollectible Blank Card icon.png4 roomsHas the same effect as the card or rune currently held by Isaac. can be used to get multiple uses out of 2 of Diamonds or Credit Card.
    • Additionally, if the player can manage to get a Jera rune, it can be used to get infinite coins, which makes it much easier to win.
  • Rune Bag Rune BagCollectible Rune Bag icon.pngA bag that follows Isaac and drops a random rune every 3 rooms. is very helpful in this challenge, especially if it produces Jera, Ehwaz, or Ansuz.
  • Counterfeit Penny Counterfeit PennyTrinket Counterfeit Penny icon.pngGives a 50% chance of increasing the value of every coin pickup by one. can increase the value of found pennies. This also means that when damage causes Isaac to drop coins, it is likely to have a net gain once collected them.
  • Piggy Bank Piggy BankCollectible Piggy Bank Rebirth icon.pngGives 3 pennies on pick-up. Every time Isaac is damaged, he will drop one additional penny. and Swallowed Penny Swallowed PennySwallowed Penny Icon.pngUpon taking damage, Isaac drops a penny. will drop extra coins when hit, likely enough to stop the issue of coin loss from being hurt.
  • Wooden Nickel Wooden NickelCollectible Wooden Nickel icon.png1 roomsWhen used, has a 50% chance to drop one random type of coin (penny, nickel, or dime). can be used every room to try and generate coins.
  • Humbling Bundle Humbling BundleCollectible Humbling 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. will keep the coin count at high levels by doubling the value of all pennies found. The earlier it is obtained, the better.
  • Head of the Keeper Head of the KeeperCollectible Head of the Keeper icon.pngIsaac's tears become coins and now have a chance to drop pennies on the floor upon successfully hitting an enemy. gives a chance to earn coins after hitting enemies.
  • Midas' Touch Midas' TouchCollectible Midas' Touch icon.pngEnemies that touch you are stunned and turn gold. Any enemy killed while in this state will drop a coin. can be used to turn enemies into coins.
  • Glowing Hour Glass Glowing Hour GlassCollectible Glowing Hour Glass icon.png2 roomsWhen used, this item will rewind time, put Isaac back in the previous room, and undo anything that happened in the current room. Any health, pickups, or items gained or lost will be reset back to the previous state. can allow Isaac to exit dead end rooms, earning him back the coin spent getting in.
  • BFFS! BFFS!Collectible BFFS! icon.pngIncreases the size and damage of familiars. gives Sack of Pennies a 33% chance to drop a coin in rooms where it normally wouldn't.
  • If the player has many bombs to spare or a renewable source of explosives (such as Epic Fetus Epic FetusCollectible Epic Fetus icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.), bombing through and out of Secret Rooms can save some coins. Since rooms count as "unlocked" on all sides once they have been successfully entered and cleared of enemies (except for the Shop, which must be exited through the main door to fully unlock), the remainder of the rooms bordering the Secret Room can be unlocked with bombs/explosives instead of coins.
  • Items like Treasure Map Treasure MapCollectible Treasure Map icon.pngReveals all rooms for every floor. However, it does not reveal icons or secret rooms. and The Compass The CompassThe Compass Rebirth Icon.pngReveals all special rooms (except secret rooms of any kind). can help narrow down where Isaac can go and where is likely to just be a dead end, so they can be valuable purchases from the Shop. The boss room usually appears at a dead end far away from the spawn point.
  • Shops usually appear farther from the spawn point than Libraries. Both can contain useful items, but the Shop generally has better items for this challenge.
  • Additionally, Guppy's Tail Guppy's TailCollectible Guppy's Tail icon.pngIncreases chance of finding gold chests and normal chests, but reduces chance of finding pickups. and Mom's Key Mom's KeyCollectible Mom's Key icon.pngSpawns 2 keys. Generates additional pickups from chests. can provide a sustainable amount of money given that each chest opened will likely contain a large amount of coins and other consumables.
  • A combination of Broken Remote Broken RemoteTrinket Broken Remote icon.pngTriggers the Teleport effect whenever an activated item is used. with active items that are always charged can prevent the loss of coins to doors, which can prove to be very effective, but may cause wasted time trying to reach the room desired.

Reward[edit | edit source]

Cain Unlocks Cain Unlocks Cain Unlocks
Added in Afterbirth †
A Bag of PenniesA Bag of PenniesDefeat Isaac as CainA Bag of BombsA Bag of BombsDefeat Satan as CainAbelAbelDefeat The Lamb as CainCain's EyeCain's EyeDefeat ??? as CainCain's Other EyeCain's Other EyeComplete the Boss Rush as CainGlass BabyGlass BabyDefeat Mom's Heart on hard mode as Cain D12D12Defeat Hush as CainEvil EyeEvil EyeDefeat Ultra Greed as CainGreen BabyGreen BabyDefeat Mega Satan as CainPicky BabyPicky BabyEarn all hard mode completion marks as CainPAY TO PLAYPAY TO PLAYDefeat Isaac as Cain Silver DollarSilver DollarDefeat Delirium as CainSack of SacksSack of SacksDefeat Ultra Greedier as Cain

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17. Waka Waka 18. The Host 19. The Family Man 20. Purist
21. XXXXXXXXL 22. SPEED! 23. Blue Bomber 24. PAY TO PLAY 25. Have a Heart 26. I RULE! 27. BRAINS! 28. PRIDE DAY!
29. Onan's Streak 30. The Guardian
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