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Beans! is Challenge #13. Isaac starts off with Collectible Pyro iconPyro, Collectible The Bean iconThe Bean, Collectible The Black Bean iconThe Black Bean, Collectible 9 Volt icon9 Volt, and Collectible Butt Bombs iconButt Bombs. The goal is to defeat Boss Mom ingameMom. This Challenge is available by default.

Difficulty[ | ]

  • Isaac starts the challenge blindfolded so he cannot fire tears. Most enemies will be killed using poison.
  • If Isaac is running out of bombs, it is advised to restart the challenge as there is a high chance of enemies spawning out of Isaac's reach of his attack.
  • (except in Rebirth) Boss Brownie ingameBrownie is nearly guaranteed to end a run. He can't take poison damage and Butt Bombs will heal him.

Strategy[ | ]

  • The Bean has a short-range and needs 15 seconds to recharge before it can be used again. This makes it rather ineffective, so exchanging it for a more effective item such as Collectible The Candle iconThe Candle, Collectible Red Candle iconRed Candle, Collectible The Boomerang iconThe Boomerang, Collectible Guppy's Head iconGuppy's Head, or Collectible Tammy's Head iconTammy's Head is advised.
  • Should Collectible Mom's Knife iconMom's Knife or Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone be found in a devil room, do not pick it up as it will create no effect.
  • Butt Bombs are more valuable than The Bean as a weapon since one bomb can confuse and slightly damage every enemy in the room while dealing high damage to any enemies caught in the blast. This is especially important when enemies can not be reached to damage directly.
  • Buying bombs in Shops is important. However, buying Collectible BOGO Bombs iconBOGO Bombs or the Collectible Humbleing Bundle iconHumbleing Bundle will provide higher returns in the long run.
  • The 2 of Clubs2 of Clubs card is an extremely valuable resource as it allows a far more liberal placement of bombs. A bomb count of 49-50 will get the most out of the card's effect.
  • The Bombs are Key pill will be a major problem for the duration of the challenge. It is possible to counter the effect by using the pill again, but it is advised not to rely on that.
  • It may also be effective to have Collectible Remote Detonator iconRemote Detonator as it would allow Isaac to both concentrate multiple bombs to easily kill a boss and would also greatly reduce the chance of taking damage from a stray bomb.
  • If running low on bombs, it may be wise to look for familiars, as they could help with some extra damage. (except in Rebirth) Powerful familiars such as Collectible Incubus iconIncubus and Collectible Succubus iconSuccubus can make the challenge much easier.
  • (except in Rebirth) Safety ScissorsSafety Scissors are invaluable, as they will allow the player to restock on bombs by collecting defused Troll BombTroll Bombs. Together with Collectible Curse of the Tower iconCurse of the Tower it will ensure the player will never find themselves without bombs, as long as they can afford to take damage, while the Collectible Anarchist Cookbook iconAnarchist Cookbook will give a quick and steady refill of bombs thanks to 9-Volt.
  • (except in Rebirth) Getting a Chaos CardChaos Card or Collectible Flush! iconFlush! will allow the player to get past Boss Brownie ingameBrownie should he spawn.
  • Getting Match StickMatch Stick will increase the chance of finding bombs.
  • Getting an orbital such as Collectible Cube of Meat iconCube of Meat on the first floor can provide a more reliable source of damage than the starting items.

Item Synergies[ | ]

  • Collectible Anarchist Cookbook iconAnarchist Cookbook: Troll Bombs spawned retain Butt Bomb damage, and item recharges every other room. While The Bean's multiple uses per room are lost, conserving bombs become much easier as the book can wipe out most enemies in a single room in one shot.
  • Collectible Bob's Brain iconBob's Brain: Works basically as a free combat bomb every 10 seconds, with the bonus of having poison damage. Can be fired with the blindfold on, providing a decent ranged option apart from normal Butt Bombs.
  • Items that grant bombs such as Collectible Bomb Bag iconBomb Bag and Collectible Boom! iconBoom! can be useful to avoid running out of bombs.

Reward[ | ]