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(in Afterbirth † and Repentance)

Aprils Fool is challenge #32. Isaac has no special starting items for this challenge. However, all floor bosses are changed to Boss The Bloat ingameThe Bloat, StoneyStonies have a chance to be replaced by Cross StoneyCross Stonies, all items, trinkets, and pickups display an incorrect sprite, activated items and pickups never activate the correct effect, and Isaac's location is displayed as a random room on the map. The goal is to defeat Boss Mom's Heart ingameMom's Heart, which has also been replaced by Boss The Bloat ingameThe Bloat. Treasure Rooms and Shops are present in this challenge.

Difficulty[ | ]

  • All changes mentioned above are designed to make this challenge exceedingly difficult and frustrating.
    • While Curse of the BlindCurse of the Blind is not active, the fact that all pedestal items are displayed incorrectly means that, like with Curse of the BlindCurse of the Blind, it is impossible to know what each item is until acquired.
    • Pickups (coins/hearts/bombs/keys), unlike pedestal items, are not displayed incorrectly. Once a pickup is acquired, it is randomly changed to another.
      • PennyCoins and KeyKeys give hearts, bombs or keys.
      • BombBombs give hearts, coins or keys.
      • Red HeartHearts give coins, bombs or keys.
      • This makes it very hard to accumulate coins as they can be gained only from bombs and hearts, at a 1 in 3 rate.
      • Lucky PennyLucky Pennies will still provide +1 Luck.
      • Hearts follow their standard behavior, and cannot be picked up unless Isaac is injured, even though they provide other resources. However, other pickups may provide red hearts when picked up, giving no benefit if health is full.
      • Golden KeyGolden Keys give a Golden BombGolden Bomb instead when picked up, even if golden bombs are not unlocked yet.
    • All activated collectibles, pills, cards and runes have a random effect upon being used. This makes any strategy involving them unreliable and potentially dangerous. Cards can trigger the Suicide KingSuicide King effect, pills can activate the Health Down effect, (except in Repentance) and active items can trigger Collectible Plan C iconPlan C.
    • Cross StoneyCross Stonies are significantly more challenging compared to regular Stonies.
    • Most importantly, every single boss found during the challenge is The Bloat, which is normally found only in chapters 3 and 4 and is considered one of the most difficult bosses even in those chapters. As a result, the boss fights will be more difficult throughout the run, especially early on.

Strategy[ | ]

  • Randomness is a major source of difficulty in this challenge, but it can also be the key factor to completing it, as sometimes coins will grant Soul HeartSoul Hearts, Black HeartBlack Hearts, and Gold HeartGold Hearts. If a large number of coins are found in one place, it is possible to dramatically increase Isaac's health pool. Gold hearts, in particular, are useful, as they can spawn a large number of coins when depleted, which in turn can be used to grant a large number of other pickups, (except in Repentance) potentially even more gold hearts. If lucky, enough gold hearts chained could lead to 99 of each pickup, excluding coins.
    • When Dimes or Nickels are picked up, they will grant (except in Repentance) 10 or 5 (in Repentance) 3 or 2 of the pickup they act as respectively, which can lead to incredibly powerful results, (except in Repentance) such as acquiring 5 Gold Hearts at once.
    • It is possible to use a Swallowed PennySwallowed Penny along with a Sacrifice RoomSacrifice Room to generate infinite coins, assuming Gold Hearts are repeatedly spawned in the process. This also will trigger many of the Sacrifice Room's effects, (except in Repentance)notably transporting Isaac to the Dark RoomDark Room. The challenge can still be completed by defeating Boss The Bloat ingameThe Bloat at the end of the Dark Room stage. This can be done as early as the first floor, allowing most of The Bloat fights to be skipped entirely.
  • Active items with a short charge time, such as Collectible Butter Bean iconButter Bean, or no charge time, such as Collectible Kamikaze! iconKamikaze!, can allow for rapid use of random active item effects. While this can be extremely powerful if lucky, (except in Repentance) this can also trigger effects like Collectible Plan C iconPlan C, likely killing Isaac.
  • The map always displays Isaac's location incorrectly, randomly selecting a room on the floor for this purpose. As this includes rooms not yet uncovered through traditional methods, it is possible to learn Secret RoomSecret Room locations from this.
    • (in Repentance) This includes the Ultra Secret RoomUltra Secret Room. While risky, it's possible for an active item to roll the (in Repentance)Collectible Red Key iconRed Key effect, potentially allowing access to an extra item from the powerful Ultra Secret item pool.
    • Although your location in the map isn't correct, the rooms you enter and cleared appear, revealing where you are if you check the map frequently: this becomes unreliable as you progress since, with larger maps, the indicated current location may be far enough away that your actual location won't be visible in the mini-map, though it always is visible with the full map displayed. This makes XL floors more disorienting.
  • Counterfeit PennyCounterfeit Penny has a chance to grant coins upon picking them up, making it easier to accumulate coins.
  • Pills will always show their true effect in their name after being used, and the narrator will always state what the effect is, meaning that setting the narrator to always activate can be helpful.
  • As the Bloat has less health than other bosses chapter 4 onward including Boss Mom ingameMom and Boss Mom's Heart ingameMom's Heart, the player is less reliant on powerful items and Devil/Angel rooms, although they are welcomed.
  • Items that allow you to deal damage without directly aligning yourself with enemies such as Collectible Marked iconMarked and Collectible The Ludovico Technique iconThe Ludovico Technique make the Bloat fight markedly easier, lowering the difficulty of the challenge significantly.
  • Not entering the Devil RoomDevil Room and waiting for an Angel RoomAngel Room to appear is less risky : because of the wrong display, the player will not know what item they will get with a deal.
  • Active Items that can be spammed like Collectible Magic Fingers iconMagic Fingers and Collectible IV Bag iconIV Bag (which is a fairly reliable find) open a lot of routes for this challenge. Bringing these items to either a Devil RoomDevil Room or Angel RoomAngel Room will allow the player to spam random item effects, and possibly generate many powerful items from those pools.
  • A method to dodging The Bloat is to stay behind it, and if no space is available, directly diagonal to it, as the Brimstone lasers it shoots are aimed downwards and to his sides.

Notes[ | ]

  • Using the Collectible Book of Revelations iconBook of Revelations can replace Boss The Bloat ingameThe Bloat with a Harbinger. However, because all active item effects are randomized, this cannot be used consistently.
  • It is possible to get repeats of the same item during this challenge.
  • When encountering a Double Trouble Boss Fight, The Bloat will not appear.
  • It is possible to go to The VoidThe Void during this challenge. However, The Bloat will appear instead of Boss Delirium ingameDelirium, making the challenge unable to be completed.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Guppy's Eye iconGuppy's Eye shows an additional layer of fake item sprites - different from the ones obtained when opening the chest but also different from the real items.
  • When used, activated items can trigger an effect belonging to an item that is not unlocked yet.
  • While having Collectible Remote Detonator iconRemote Detonator equipped bombs are no longer able to explode, because due to nature of the challenge player isn't able to trigger them.
  • (in Repentance) Using Collectible Esau Jr. iconEsau Jr. will swap Isaac with Esau Jr. on top of activating random active item effect.

Reward[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • This challenge's effect of changing item appearance is similar to the April Fool's 2016 daily challenge.
  • Boss The Bloat ingameThe Bloat's appearance as a replacement for all other bosses is a reference to the exceptional hatred some fans express toward this boss.
    • The user who suggested this challenge was banned from a subreddit (NSFW) whose theme is hatred towards The Bloat. This same user was also forced to use the "I love The Bloat" flair for a week on the Binding of Isaac subreddit.[1]
  • The Cross StoneyCross Stoney is exclusive to this challenge and was added in Booster Pack #5.
    • Ironically, Cross Stonies were revealed on April 1.[2]
    • Similarly to The Bloat's inclusion in this challenge, Cross Stonies are a nod to the community's generally negative reaction to Cross Stone ShooterCross Stone Shooters added in the previous booster pack.

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