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Added in Repentance

Alabaster Box is an activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[]

  • This item starts with no charges. Rather than gaining charges by clearing rooms or picking up batteries, Alabaster Box has to be charged by picking up Soul Hearts or Black Hearts – they would normally go towards Isaac's health bar, but instead go towards charging the box at a rate of one charge per half heart. It requires 12 charges – 6 full soul or black hearts – to be fully charged.
    • If the box requires two or more charges and Isaac picks up a black heart, then the box gains charge as for a soul heart and the last soul heart (or half soul heart, if there is one) in Isaac's health will become black.
    • If the box requires only one more charge and Isaac picks up a full soul heart or a black heart, then the box will become fully charged and one half heart of the same type will be added to Isaac's health.
    • Soul health from Blended Hearts will also be used to charge the box. (They will, as usual, be used for red health first.)
  • Upon activation, this item is consumed and will vanish from Isaac's inventory, spawning three Soul Hearts and two items from the Angel Room item pool.
    • If a Devil Deal was taken previously, it will spawn two Soul Hearts and one Angel Room item instead.
    • There is a chance for each one of the spawned soul hearts to be replaced with an Eternal Heart.

Notes[]

  • If Isaac takes a soul-heart Devil Deal while holding a charged Alabaster Box, it will take hearts from the box before it takes from Isaac's health.
    • This also applies to The Lost, even though Devil Deals are supposed to be free for this character.
  • If sleeping in a bed would restore soul hearts, they will be used to charge the Alabaster Box instead. Any excess will be added as soul health as normal.
    • This applies to The Lost, who is always in the state to recover soul hearts, even if usually without effect.
  • Bulbs are capable of draining charges from Alabaster Box, so careful movement around them is advised.
  • Batteries cannot be picked up while using this item, unless Isaac has 15►Schoolbag Schoolbag and another active item that uses charges.

Synergies[]

  • ? Card ? Card: Activates the Box without consuming it, allowing for potential multiple uses.
  • Bethany Bethany / Tainted Bethany Tainted Bethany: Soul/blood charges count towards the charges for Alabaster Box.
  • 15►Void Void: Allows the player to charge the item normally, but its effects wear off after 1 use.
  • 15►Guppy's Paw Guppy's Paw: With 15►Schoolbag Schoolbag, heart containers converted to soul hearts contribute to the Box's charge instead of being added to Isaac's health. This enables a full charge for just two heart containers.

Interactions[]

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Trivia[]

  • Alabaster Box is one of the three activated items, alongside 15►Eden's Soul Eden's Soul and 15►Broken Glass Cannon Broken Glass Cannon, that:
    • Has no charges upon pickup.
    • Needs to be charged and disappears upon use.
  • Prior to patch 4.0.3, an Alabaster Box crafted from 15►Bag of Crafting Bag of Crafting was immediately fully charged.
  • Tainted Eden Tainted Eden can reroll into a fully-charged Alabaster Box.
  • The item is likely a reference to the anointing of Jesus - while he was in Bethany, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.


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