The Family Man

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Isaac
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BFFS! BFFS!
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The Family Man Pick up both Key Pieces from the Angels in one run

The Family Man is Challenge #19. This challenge prevents the firing of tears. Isaac must instead rely on familiars to do damage. The goal is to defeat Isaac. Isaac starts with Brother Bobby Brother Bobby, Sister Maggy Sister Maggy, Dad's Key Dad's Key, BFFS! BFFS! and Rotten Baby Rotten Baby.

Added in Afterbirth Isaac also starts with the Conjoined transformation due to the familiars the player starts with, making the challenge more difficult. This is because the Conjoined transformation decreases your damage, which the blue flies from Rotten Baby rely on.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

The slow fire rate of the familiars makes this challenge difficult, especially in The Womb and Cathedral. The familiars can also be hard to aim, as they linger behind Isaac.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Dad's Key allows the player to enter secret rooms and shops without using bombs or keys. Saving and obtaining extra pickups via Dad's Key can be leveraged for items from Beggars and Arcade machines to offset the challenge's lack of treasure rooms.
    • Also, Dad's Key can be used to exit the Boss Rush without having to fight any bosses, granting a free item if the Boss Rush is reached in time.
  • Gaining flight will allow Isaac to stay safely out of range while the familiars deal damage.
  • Damage from blue flies scales with Isaac's damage, allowing more damage into the late game. Several items can help achieve this.
    • The Guppy transformation enables familiar's attacks to generate Blue Flies.
    • Rotten Baby's Blue Flies can seek enemies at range.
    • Hive Mind Hive Mind doubles all Blue Fly damage.
    • Polyphemus Polyphemus or Ipecac Ipecac will also greatly increase the damage of Blue Flies.
  • Sacrificial Dagger Sacrificial Dagger is extremely useful, because with BFFS! it deals 30 damage per tick, making it extremely useful against bosses. However, this does not apply to Added in AfterbirthSpear of Destiny Spear of Destiny.
    • Getting this combined with invincibility such as Algiz Algiz will allow a guaranteed kill on bosses.
  • Additional damage-dealing familiars can be leveraged against enemies.
    • Lil Brimstone Lil Brimstone is particularly useful for its significant damage, unlimited range, and attacks that pierce obstacles and enemies.
    • ???'s Only Friend ???'s Only Friend can also deal high damage and can be controlled to attack enemies anywhere in the room.
    • Bob's Brain Bob's Brain can be tricky to use effectively but offers a tremendous boost to damage.
  • Damage-dealing active items, such as The Candle The Candle, Red Candle Red Candle, or The Boomerang The Boomerang also offer a reliable amount of damage, and are all obtainable from the Shop.
  • Defensive orbitals block projectiles and some can be used to deal damage. Using Slot Machines is a relatively reliable method to get 2-3 defensive flies.
  • Removed in Afterbirth Re-rolling Isaac's Items with a Dice Room, the D4 D4, the D100 D100, or Missing No. Missing No. is not recommended as it can leave Isaac without means of dealing damage.
  • Added in Afterbirth Most of Lilith's unlockable items will make the challenge easier:

Reward[edit | edit source]


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Rebirth
1. Pitch Black 2. High Brow 3. Head Trauma 4. Darkness Falls 5. The Tank 6. Solar System 7. Suicide King 8. Cat Got Your Tongue
9. Demo Man 10. Cursed! 11. Glass Cannon 12. When Life Gives You Lemons 13. Beans! 14. It's in the Cards 15. Slow Roll 16. Computer Savvy
17. Waka Waka 18. The Host 19. The Family Man 20. Purist
Afterbirth
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
Afterbirth †
31. Backasswards 32. Aprils Fool 33. Pokey Mans 34. Ultra Hard 35. Pong
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