The Duke of Flies

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The Duke of Flies
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Base HP
Stage HP
Found In
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Double Trouble
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The Duke of Flies is a boss that appears in The Basement, The Cellar, and the Burning Basement. Compared to most other bosses, the Duke has little health and cannot even attack on his own. He makes up for this by summoning attack flies for both offensive and defensive purposes. The Duke of Flies was a boss in the original Binding of Isaac.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Duke of Flies has three attacks which he can perform while he floats around the room slowly.

  • While moving around the room, he will cough up Attack Flies that will orbit around him, blocking shots.
  • Occasionally, he will cough up a large attack fly that will move toward Isaac.
    • Added in Afterbirth † These large attack flies will now orbit around him when coughed up instead of homing in on Isaac.
  • His third attack consists of him coughing which will spread the flies orbiting him outwards, freeing them to move towards Isaac. He will only use this attack if he already has several flies orbiting around him.
  • Upon death, he will explode and spawn more flies, and all orbiting flies will be free to move towards Isaac.

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If Isaac has the Beezlebub transformation, the Attack Flies that the Duke of Flies spawn will instantly turn into blue flies which damage him.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Duke of Flies seems to be a human corpse in the bloating stage of decomposition, filled to the brim with flies. The Duke has bloated to the point that it has lost its once human silhouette, becoming nothing more than a sphere with dangling nubs which used to be its appendages.
  • Any enemy summoned by The Duke of Flies dies immediately upon making contact with Isaac.
  • The Duke of Flies appeared in the original Binding of Isaac.
  • The Husk is the posthumous version of him.
  • The stitching under The Duke of Flies' mouth is an autopsy stitch, an incision in the shape of a Y. The incision allows passage to the cadaver's insides; when the autopsy is complete, it is stitched back up.
  • The name "The Duke of Flies" is a reference to the demon Beelzebub, and an alternate name for the devil who is known by the title "Lord of the Flies".
    • The name could also be a reference to the book "Lord of the Flies", specifically the character named Lord of the Flies - a severed pig's head mounted on a pike, swarming with flies.
  • When under the effects of Curse of Darkness, a brief flash of light is seen when The Duke of Flies summons additional enemies.

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