Starter Deck

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Item icon
Item altar

Character appearance
Item Pool Shop.png Shop
Added in AfterbirthGreed mode onlyItem Pool Shop.png Shop
Added in Afterbirth (page 3, column 7, line 1)
Removed in Afterbirth (page 3, column 7, line 5)

Starter Deck is a passive item.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Spawns a random card.
  • Allows Isaac to carry two cards or runes at once. Cycle through cards by pressing the Control key (PC), R2 (PlayStation), RT (Xbox), or ZR (Switch, 3DS).
  • Replaces all pills with cards except the pill dropped by Caffeine Pill Caffeine PillCaffeine Pill Icon.pngIncreases speed and reduces character size. Also gives a random pill.. Pills already on the ground will be converted to cards or runes upon picking up Starter Deck.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When picking up Starter Deck in a shop that has a pill for purchase, the pill can still be purchased and used. If the pill is dropped, it will be turned into a card.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Blank Card Blank CardBlank Card Icon.png4 roomsHas the same effect as the card or rune currently held by Isaac.: Allows Isaac to choose between 2 different card effects.
  • Deck of Cards Deck of CardsDeck of Cards Icon.png6 roomsGives Isaac a random Tarot Card.: Allows Isaac to store excess cards produced for later use.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Added in Afterbirth †Acid Baby Acid BabyAcid Baby Icon.pngSpawns a familiar that drops random pills every 2 rooms cleared. Upon using a pill, all enemies in the room are poisoned.: Spawns cards or runes instead of pills. Using cards or runes will not trigger the room-wide poisoning effect.
  • Little Baggy Little BaggyLittle Baggy Icon.pngIsaac can hold 2 pills at once and all cards are replaced by pills.: Overrides the effect of Little Baggy (switch from receiving only pills to only cards). Picking up Little Baggy while already holding Starter Deck will turn any held cards or runes into pills for one time.
  • Mom's Bottle of Pills Mom's Bottle of PillsMom's Bottle of Pills Icon.png6 roomsGives Isaac a random pill, and will cause him to drop any held Q-slot item (If any). The player will only receive six different pill types in one playthrough.: Gives a card or a rune instead of a pill, essentially becoming equivalent to a Deck of Cards Deck of CardsDeck of Cards Icon.png6 roomsGives Isaac a random Tarot Card. that can also give runes.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Starter Deck will paint a five color pentagram on Isaac's head, which is a reference to the Magic: The Gathering logo.
  • This item is used in It's in the Cards (challenge #14).

Gallery[edit | edit source]