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Cupid's Arrow Cupid's ArrowCupid's Arrow Icon.pngGrants Isaac piercing tears that travel through enemies (but not obstacles) instead of breaking on impact with them.
Rubber Cement Rubber CementRubber Cement Icon.pngTears bounce off walls, enemies, and environmental objects.
 
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Greed's Gullet Greed's GulletGreed's GulletComplete challenge #35
 
PONG Defeat Isaac 5 timesPONGPONG
Added in Afterbirth †

Pong is Challenge #35. You start off with Rubber Cement Rubber CementRubber Cement Icon.pngTears bounce off walls, enemies, and environmental objects. and Cupid's Arrow Cupid's ArrowCupid's Arrow Icon.pngGrants Isaac piercing tears that travel through enemies (but not obstacles) instead of breaking on impact with them.. Damage is fixed at 100 and tear delay is fixed at 150. Your goal is to defeat ??? in the Chest.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

The high starting Damage makes this run fairly easy, even though you have to keep in mind, that, due to the high tear-delay, tears can only be fired once every 5 seconds.

Make sure to pick The Polaroid The PolaroidThe Polaroid Icon.pngIf the character has half a red heart or no red hearts after taking damage, it triggers the Book Of Shadows effect, creating a shield that nullifies all types of damage for 5 seconds. Also allows entrance into The Chest. after the fight against Mom.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Keeping Cupid's Arrow Cupid's ArrowCupid's Arrow Icon.pngGrants Isaac piercing tears that travel through enemies (but not obstacles) instead of breaking on impact with them. in mind, you want to try to hit as many enemies with your initial shot as possible since you can't control your tear in midair, nor shoot any more tears, until the current one is depleted.
  • Before entering the next room, make sure that your current tear is no longer flying, since you may not be able to shoot a tear as soon as you enter the new room.
  • There is not a need to take any damage ups, so if given the choice, pick speed or Health ups.
  • All items that generate flies are extremely useful, due to fixed high damage.
  • Sacrifice Rooms can be used to skip to the Dark Room. Beating The Lamb there will count as clearing the challenge.
  • Thanks to the huge damage stat, you can easily reach Boss Rush if you aim well. But while Boss Rush can provide items that are extremely beneficial, most bosses won't die in a single hit (and damage cannot be increased to one-shot them), resulting in Isaac having to avoid several attacks to fire the next tear. It may be better to skip the Boss Rush to avoid taking unnecessary damage.

Good items[edit | edit source]

  • Shoop Da Whoop! Shoop Da Whoop!Shoop Da Whoop! Icon.png2 roomsFires a laser from Isaac's mouth. is a valuable item since its damage scales with Isaac's damage, one-shotting most bosses.
  • Bob's Rotten Head Bob's Rotten HeadBob's Rotten Head Icon.png3 roomsUpon use, Isaac holds a poison bomb which can be thrown towards any of the four cardinal points and explodes on impact. is also a very strong item because the poison effect deals triple Isaac's damage.
  • Tammy's Head Tammy's HeadTammy's Head Icon.png1 roomsShoots 10 tears in a circle around Isaac, which retain the damage, shot speed, and special effects (such as poison) of Isaac's tears., Tear Detonator Tear DetonatorTear Detonator Icon.png1 roomsWhen used, will detonate any tears currently on the screen and cause each one to split into 6 more tears which will fire in a circle, similar to Tammy's Head., and Sad Bombs Sad BombsSad Bombs Icon.png+5 Bombs. Upon exploding, bombs shoot 8 tears off in every direction, similar to Tammy's Head. The tears are affected by any tear modifiers Isaac has on his own tears. are very valuable as the storm of giant bouncing tears can clear any room (even bosses) in a few seconds.
  • Mutant Spider Mutant SpiderMutant Spider Icon.pngGrants quadruple shot but decreases tears. and The Inner Eye The Inner EyeThe Inner Eye Icon.pngGrants triple shot but decreases tears. also provide a big help since tear delay is fixed.
  • Libra LibraLibra Icon.pngGives 6 coins, 6 bombs, and 6 keys and balances out all attributes. is a very valuable item, as it will balance all of your stats out, even the stats fixed by the challenge, giving you very high and balanced stats, making the challenge effectively trivial.
  • Fate's Reward Fate's RewardFate's Reward Icon.pngA blue head familiar that will follow Isaac and fire tears copying his tear effects and damage. will fire the same high-damage tears at a faster rate than Isaac.
    • Similarly, Incubus IncubusIncubus Icon.pngA demonic familiar that follows Isaac and shoots tears identical to Isaac's in terms of damage, range, fire rate, and effects. is a very powerful item as it fires an exact copy of your tear essentially doubling your already high damage. Combine this with BFFS! BFFS!BFFS! Icon.pngIncreases the size and damage of familiars. for that tear to become even larger.
  • Chocolate Milk Chocolate MilkChocolate Milk Icon.pngGrants charged tears that deal greater damage when fully charged. is an extremely powerful item that will allow you to quickly fire small but powerful tears, or charge up to fire a room size tear that will rapidly bounce off all enemies in the room.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2Technology 2 Icon.pngDecreases damage and replaces right eye tears with a unlimited range, piercing laser which fires continuously. will allow you to fire a very high damage laser without the drawback of the low tear rate.
  • Succubus SuccubusSuccubus Icon.pngSpawns a flying familiar that bounces around the room with a black aura, dealing rapid damage to any enemies inside it. While standing in the aura, Isaac gains a 1.5x tear damage multiplier. is an extremely potent room clearer, since it scales with Isaac's damage.
  • Varicose Veins Varicose VeinsVaricose Veins Icon.pngTaking damage releases a ring of 10 high damage tears. helps when getting hit, as it will trigger the Tammy's Head effect each time.
  • Finger! Finger!Finger! Icon.pngSpawns a finger familiar that points at enemies, dealing constant damage. scales with your high starting damage, making this item a perfect primary weapon.
  • Ouroboros Worm Ouroboros WormOuroboros Worm Icon.pngTears travel in a large spiral pattern and become spectral. can make this run trivial as the tear's high speed and travel rate can have it cover the entire room before it bursts.
  • Items that give you flies or spiders like Guppy's Head Guppy's HeadGuppy's Head Icon.png1 roomsSpawns 2-4 blue flies to damage enemies. will be able to near instantly kill bosses and clear rooms very fast, as flies do two times your damage.
  • Eye of Belial Eye of BelialEye of Belial Icon.pngGrants piercing tears. After piercing one enemy, tears start homing and deal double damage. grants homing and piercing tears after hitting one enemy. This makes the run very easy.
  • Multidimensional Baby Multidimensional BabyMultidimensional Baby Icon.pngSpawns a familiar that will follow Isaac's movements on a 2.5 second delay. Tears that pass through the baby will be doubled and increase in speed. allows you to double your tears, which can clear rooms very easily.
  • Godhead GodheadGodhead Icon.pngIncreases damage and range while reducing tears and shot speed. Grants homing tears and tears gain a damaging halo. will cover a large portion of the room with its damaging aura. When combined with another item like Ouroboros Worm Ouroboros WormOuroboros Worm Icon.pngTears travel in a large spiral pattern and become spectral. that speeds up the tear, the entire room may be cleared immediately.
  • Maw of the Void Maw of the VoidMaw of the Void Icon.png+1.0 Damage Up. After continuously firing tears for 2.5 seconds, a red cross appears on Isaac's head that, upon releasing the fire button, creates a black ring that rapidly deals damage equal to Isaac's tear damage to any enemies in contact with it. can eliminate entire rooms in one go if you charge up your circle attack.
  • The Boomerang The BoomerangThe Boomerang Icon.png4 secondsThrows a short-range boomerang which does a bit of damage and has a high chance to stun the enemy for 2 seconds. Can also be used to grab pickups. will deal double Isaac's damage, for a total of 300 damage, and it recharges in 4 seconds.
  • Magic Fingers Magic FingersMagic Fingers Icon.pngUnlimitedFor 1 coin, damages all enemies in the room. can clear rooms in one go, as it scales with Isaac's damage.
  • Toxic Shock Toxic ShockToxic Shock Icon.pngUpon entering a room, poisons all enemies, dealing double Isaac's tear damage. Killing enemies leaves a small, short lasting pool of green creep on the ground. allows Isaac to clear most rooms upon entering them, as it will deal double Isaac's damage (for 200 in total) to every enemy in the room upon entering.
  • Pupula Duplex Pupula DuplexPupula Duplex Icon.pngTransforms Isaac's tears into a wide arc shape which gives them a much larger hitbox. Gives Isaac spectral tears which allows them to travel through objects in the environment (i.e. rocks). Isaac's tears become a huge arc covering more than half of the width of a typical room allowing for an easy run while one-shotting bosses.
  • The Parasite The ParasiteThe Parasite Icon.pngIsaac's tears split in two when they hit something. Isaac's tears split into smaller ball-shaped tears upon hitting enemies, causing the room to quickly fill with bouncing tear shots that can quickly clear a room.

Bad items[edit | edit source]

  • Mom's Knife Mom's KnifeMom's Knife 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. should be avoided; despite enormous damage, it will take lots of time to charge for any meaningful distance, so you will be essentially reduced to melee range.
    • 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. should also be avoided. The charge-up will take a very long time, and the tears will no longer bounce.
    • Similarly, Brimstone BrimstoneBrimstone 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., 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.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth. should also be avoided. The tears will not bounce anymore, and due to the great height of the tears, these will pass over the enemies, being very difficult to hit.
  • Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range. should also be avoided, as the delay between lasers will become very long, and the lasers do not bounce.
  • The Small Rock The Small RockThe Small Rock Icon.pngIncreases damage by 1, increases tears by 0.2, and decreases speed by 0.1. and Pentagram PentagramPentagram Icon.pngIncreases damage and increases the chance for a Devil or Angel Room to appear. (if offered by a deal with the Devil) should be avoided; the former will only lower Isaac's speed while the latter will only result in a loss of a Heart container(s).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Items that increase damage or tears won't affect Isaac's stats.
  • Items that adjust tear range will cause tears to be recalculated: more range means slower fire rate, and vice versa.
  • Defeating Delirium will also clear the challenge.

Reward[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The challenge's name is a reference to the game Pong.


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