Victory Lap

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A Victory Lap is a mechanic added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth †. A Victory Lap allows you to start a new run with almost all of your final items after killing The Lamb in the Dark Room Dark Room. Multiple laps can be made as long as the Dark Room is cleared each time.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Completion marks and achievements cannot be earned (except for the achievements earned for completing victory laps).
  • Isaac will take a full heart of damage on all floors after beginning a victory lap (unless he has The Wafer The Wafer).
  • Some items are lost upon starting a victory lap. Items lost this way are added back into their respective item pools and can be acquired again.
  • All victory laps will be on hard difficulty, even if the initial run wasn't.
  • Once the third victory lap has been reached (and on every subsequent victory lap), several effects occur:
  • If a Devil Deal is taken at any point during the entire run, Angel Rooms will no longer appear (unless Added in Afterbirth †Duality Duality or Added in Afterbirth †Eucharist Eucharist is picked up, or a Sacrifice Room allows Isaac to enter an Angel Room).
  • If the Donation Machine jams, it will remain jammed on all subsequent victory laps.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Killing any final boss aside from The Lamb will end the game, and the run will not be continued further.
  • The Negative The Negative may disappear upon starting a victory lap and must be reacquired to access the Dark Room Dark Room and continue the run.
  • Isaac can still change characters after becoming The Lost on the third lap (e.g., Ankh Ankh, Lazarus' Rags Lazarus' Rags, Added in Afterbirth †Clicker Clicker).
  • Transformations will remain even if the items used to acquire them are removed.
  • When using Telepills or other teleportation items in The Womb The Womb II or equivalent, Isaac may be teleported to the I Am Error room with only a way to the Cathedral Cathedral, possibly ending the victory lap streak.
  • If a Sacrifice Room appears in the Cathedral Cathedral, Isaac may be able to teleport to the Dark Room Dark Room if he has enough health, continuing the run.
  • Entering The Void The Void and killing Delirium will end the victory lap streak.
  • The achievement U Broke It! (unlocked by obtaining 50 items) can be earned with Victory Laps.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Broken Shovel Broken Shovel/Added in Afterbirth †Broken Shovel Broken Shovel are still obtainable in a victory lap, but using Added in Afterbirth †Mom's Shovel Mom's Shovel on the dirt mound in the Dark Room will not unlock The Forgotten during a victory lap.
  • Stats obtained via using Black Rune or Added in Afterbirth †Void Void will not be removed after starting a new lap.
  • Effects from absorbed trinkets via the effects of Gulp!, Marbles, or smelter will not be removed after starting a new lap.

Unlockable achievements[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This mechanic is similar to Nuclear Throne's looping system, where defeating a certain boss loops back to the start of the game with a higher difficulty.
  • According to Edmund McMillen, the Victory Lap mechanic is only included in the Dark Room, since it's the harder Chapter 6 path, therefore being set as a "reward" there.

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