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Aprils   Fool
Character Isaac appearance.png
Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart
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Challenge Number
32
Available Rooms
Item Pool Treasure Room.png: yes          Item Pool Shop.png: yes
Goal
Boss Mom's Heart portrait.png
Unlock Method

Aprils fool Defeat Mom

Added in Afterbirth †

Aprils Fool is challenge 32. Isaac has no special starting items for this challenge. However, all floor bosses are changed to The Bloat The Bloat, Stoney Stonies have a chance to be replaced by Cross Stoney Cross 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 The goal is to defeat Mom's Heart Mom's Heart, which has also been replaced by The Bloat The Bloat.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 Blind.png Curse of the Blind is not active, the fact that all pedestal items are displayed incorrectly means that, like with Curse of the Blind.png Curse 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.
      • Penny Coins and keys give hearts, bombs or keys.
      • Bomb Bombs give hearts, coins or keys.
      • Red Heart Hearts 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 Penny Lucky 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.
    • 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 King Suicide King effect, pills can activate the Health Down effect, and active items can trigger Plan C Plan C.
    • Cross Stoney Cross 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 more 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 Heart Soul Hearts, Black Heart Black Hearts, and Gold Heart Gold 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, potentially even more gold hearts. If lucky, enough gold hearts chained could lead to 99 of each pickup.
    • When Dimes or Nickels are picked up, they will grant 10 or 5 of the pickup they act as respectively, which can lead to incredibly powerful results, such as acquiring 5 Gold Hearts at once.
    • It is possible to use a Swallowed Penny Swallowed Penny along with a Sacrifice Room Sacrifice 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, Removed in Repentancenotably transporting Isaac to the Dark Room Dark Room. The challenge can still be completed by defeating The Bloat The 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 Butter Bean Butter Bean, or no charge time, such as Kamikaze! Kamikaze!, can allow for rapid use of random active item effects. While this can be extremely powerful if lucky, this can also trigger effects like Plan C Plan 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 Room Secret Room locations from this.
    • 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 Penny Counterfeit 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 Mom Mom and Mom's Heart Mom'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 Marked Marked and The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico Technique make the Bloat fight markedly easier, lowering the difficulty of the challenge significantly.
  • Not entering the Devil Room Devil Room and waiting for an Angel Room Angel 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 Magic Fingers Magic Fingers and IV Bag IV Bag (which is a fairly reliable find) open a lot of routes for this challenge. Bringing these items to either a Devil Room Devil Room or Angel Room Angel Room will allow the player to spam random item effects, and possibly generate many powerful items from those pools.

Notes[]

  • Using the Book of Revelations Book of Revelations can replace The Bloat The Bloat with a Harbinger.
  • 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.
  • Lucky Pennies will still grant the boost to Luck but will be otherwise randomized as usual.
  • It is possible to go to The Void The Void during this challenge. However, The Bloat will appear instead of Delirium Delirium, making the challenge unable to be completed.
  • Added in RepentanceGuppy's Eye Guppy'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 Remote Detonator Remote Detonator equipped bombs are no longer able to explode, because due to nature of the challenge player isn't able to trigger them.
  • Using Added in RepentanceEsau Jr. Esau Jr. will swap Isaac with Esau Jr. on top of activating random active item effect.
  • If Added in RepentanceDeath Certificate Death Certificate has been used the player will be teleported but if you go to the next room the game will crash.

Reward[]

Trivia[]

  • This challenge's effect of changing item appearance is similar to the April Fool's 2016 daily challenge.
  • The Bloat The 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 Stoney Cross Stoney is exclusive to this challenge and was added in Booster Pack #5.
    • Ironically, Cross Stonies were revealed on April 1st. [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 Shooter Cross Stone Shooters added in the previous booster pack.

References[]


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