The Family Man

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The Family Man
Challenge number
19
Character
Isaac App.png
Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart
Blindfolded.png Blindfolded
Starting Items
BFFS! BFFS!BFFS! Icon.pngIncreases the size and damage of familiars.
Brother Bobby Brother BobbyBrother Bobby Icon.pngFollows Isaac around shooting normal tears.
Dad's Key Dad's KeyDad's Key Icon.png2 roomsOpens all doors in the current room when activated, including doors which require a key to open and entrances to secret rooms. Opens the big doors in the first room of both The Chest and the Dark Room.
Rotten Baby Rotten BabyRotten Baby Icon.pngA familiar that spawns blue flies.
Sister Maggy Sister MaggySister Maggy Icon.pngA familiar that follows Isaac around shooting blood tears.
Available rooms
Item Pool Treasure Room.png: no          Item Pool Shop.png: yes
Goal
Isaac
Unlocks
Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic FetusComplete challenge #19
Unlocked by
The Family Man Pick up both Key pieces from the Angels in one runThe Family ManThe Family Man

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 BobbyBrother Bobby Icon.pngFollows Isaac around shooting normal tears., Sister Maggy Sister MaggySister Maggy Icon.pngA familiar that follows Isaac around shooting blood tears., Dad's Key Dad's KeyDad's Key Icon.png2 roomsOpens all doors in the current room when activated, including doors which require a key to open and entrances to secret rooms. Opens the big doors in the first room of both The Chest and the Dark Room., BFFS! BFFS!BFFS! Icon.pngIncreases the size and damage of familiars. and Rotten Baby Rotten BabyRotten Baby Icon.pngA familiar that spawns blue flies..

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 Rotten BabyRotten Baby Icon.pngA familiar that spawns blue flies. 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 Dad's KeyDad's Key Icon.png2 roomsOpens all doors in the current room when activated, including doors which require a key to open and entrances to secret rooms. Opens the big doors in the first room of both The Chest and the Dark Room. 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.
    • In addition, 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. There are several items that can help achieve this.
    • The Guppy transformation enables familiar's attacks to generate Blue Flies.
    • Rotten Baby Rotten BabyRotten Baby Icon.pngA familiar that spawns blue flies.'s Blue Flies can seek enemies at range.
    • Hive Mind Hive MindHive Mind Icon.pngIncreases the size of blue spiders and Blue Flies and doubles the amount of damage they deal. doubles all Blue Fly damage.
    • Polyphemus PolyphemusPolyphemus Icon.pngMakes Isaac shoot one huge tear. Also reduces Tears to minimum. Damage increased . If tear does more damage than an enemy's life, the tear continues to travel with the extra remaining damage. or Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth. will also greatly increase the damage of Blue Flies.
  • Sacrificial Dagger Sacrificial DaggerSacrificial Dagger Icon.pngDagger orbits Isaac, dealing very high damage. is extremely useful, because with BFFS! BFFS!BFFS! Icon.pngIncreases the size and damage of familiars. 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 DestinySpear of Destiny Icon.pngIn addition to tears, Isaac now holds a spear in front of him which deals damage equal to 2 times his tear damage, and occasionally inflicts fear. The spear cannot be thrown, but deals damage while it is in contact with an enemy..
    • Getting this combined with invincibility such as Algiz will allow a guaranteed kill on bosses.
  • Additional damage-dealing familiars can be leveraged against enemies.
    • Lil Brimstone Lil BrimstoneLil Brimstone Icon.pngA Familiar that shoots a thin Brimstone beam. Must charge like Brimstone before shooting. is particularly useful for its significant damage, unlimited range, and attacks which pierce obstacles and enemies.
    • ???'s Only Friend ???'s Only FriendBlue Baby's Only Friend Icon.pngSummons a big attack fly that can be controlled with the shooting direction-keys. can also deal high damage and can be controlled to attack enemies anywhere in the room.
    • Bob's Brain Bob's BrainBob's Brain Icon.pngSpawns a familiar that charges forward when shooting tears and explodes upon contact with an enemy, damaging and poisoning them. The familiar respawns after a few seconds. can be tricky to use effectively, but offers a tremendous boost to damage.
  • Damage-dealing active items, such as The Candle The CandleThe Candle Icon.png4 secondsThrows out a blue flame that can pass over gaps (but not through rocks). The flame damages anything in its path., Red Candle Red CandleRed Candle Icon.png4 secondsThrows a persistent flame that deals high damage and diminishes as it damages enemies or blocks shots., or 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. 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 D4D4 Icon.png6 roomsRerolls all of Isaac's items., the D100 D100D100 Icon.png6 roomsUpon use, rerolls all passive items on Isaac like the D4, every pedestal item in the room like The D6, and every pickup like the D20., or Missing No. Missing No.Missing No. Icon.pngRandomizes all passive items upon pickup and at the start of each succeeding floor. 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:
    • Added in AfterbirthIncubus IncubusIncubus Icon.pngA demonic familiar that follows Isaac and shoots tears identical to Isaac's in terms of damage, range, fire rate, and effects. enables you to fire as Lilith does, and also benefits from your Conjoined transformation.
    • Added in AfterbirthBox of Friends Box of FriendsBox of Friends Icon.png4 roomsUpon use, duplicates all of Isaac's familiars for the current room. doubles your familiars, and therefore allows Isaac to double his tear output.
    • Added in AfterbirthCambion Conception Cambion ConceptionCambion Conception Icon.pngAfter taking damage a certain amount of times, a permanent demonic familiar spawns. and Added in AfterbirthImmaculate Conception Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception Icon.pngUpon picking up a certain amount of health, spawn a permanent angelic familiar. are reliable methods of generating new familiars.
    • Added in AfterbirthSuccubus 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. can deal high amounts of damage and help clear rooms.

Reward[edit | edit source]



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