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Blue Bomber is Challenge #23 introduced in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. The challenge is started as Character ??? (Character) icon??? with Collectible Kamikaze! iconKamikaze!, Collectible Pyromaniac iconPyromaniac, Collectible Mr. Mega iconMr. Mega, and Collectible Brother Bobby iconBrother Bobby. No Treasure Rooms. The goal is to defeat Boss Satan ingameSatan.

Difficulty[ | ]

??? is blindfolded and cannot fire tears. Players will have to use Kamikaze! and BombBombs to defeat enemies, with Brother Bobby generally as a last resort. Because Pyromaniac prevents damage from being taken from explosions, players can use Kamikaze! whenever they please. Using it as an offensive weapon can be very dangerous, as the player will have to closely approach enemies, increasing the chance of taking damage.

As ???, health is crucial due to the absence and inability to obtain Red Heart containers. Any form of damage is threatening, as hearts may be hard to replenish.

  • (in Repentance) This challenge has become significantly easier with the buff to Kamikaze! making it go from 40 damage to a staggering 185, and increasing the explosion radius.

Strategies[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance) Finding an item which revives ??? as another character, like Collectible Lazarus' Rags iconLazarus' Rags or Collectible Judas' Shadow iconJudas' Shadow will make the run trivial: After reviving ??? will be able to gain Red Heart containers, therefore heal infinitely as long as there are extra lives, effectively making him invulnerable. (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Clicker iconClicker will also work, though the odds of getting it are small.
  • With Kamikaze!, rooms can be skipped without having to clear them. This can especially be useful against larger and more challenging rooms.
    • Broken RemoteBroken Remote allows for essentially infinitely reusable teleportation, enabling entire floors to be skipped, except for boss fights.
  • The player should use bombs for boss fights or harder enemies. Due to Collectible Mr. Mega iconMr. Mega, not only do bombs deal increased damage, but they also have a far larger blast radius.
  • By dropping a bomb then using Kamikaze! to propel the bomb towards enemies, ??? can safely deal damage from afar with relative ease.
  • Kamikaze! effectively gives ??? infinite explosives, so it’s a good idea to blow up rocks to look for Crawl SpaceCrawl Spaces, and ??? can search for Secret RoomSecret Rooms at no cost. Also, the player can blow up Tinted Rocks, Skulls, and Blue Fire PlaceBlue Fire Places, which may contain Soul HeartSoul Hearts/ Black HeartBlack Hearts. However, be careful about blowing up Skulls before clearing a room, because they may contain HostHosts.
  • Be careful about bombing objects that could deal damage to ??? upon destruction. It's risky to use Kamikaze! around Mushrooms since they may release damaging gas or around Polyps as they may explode into bullets. It may behoove the player to destroy these obstacles via bombs to prevent such a scenario from occurring.
  • The player should not replace/reroll Kamikaze! as without it, the challenge will be extremely difficult or even impossible. They should be very careful around Dice RoomDice Rooms, Collectible Missing No. iconMissing No., and certain dice items.
  • Familiars and Collectible BFFS! iconBFFS! are useful in this challenge, since it allows the player to deal with enemies that are dangerous up close more easily.
    • Collectible BBF iconBBF and Collectible Bob's Brain iconBob's Brain are especially useful as they gain increased damage from Mr. Mega, while Pyromaniac will protect ??? if they explode close by.
    • Collectible Bumbo iconBumbo in his level 4 state allows the player to keep enemies at a distance while Bumbo chases them down and does contact damage.
  • Collectible The Polaroid iconThe Polaroid is preferred over Collectible The Negative iconThe Negative since the shield will trigger every time ??? takes damage, allowing him to get up close to spam Kamikaze! safely for a brief moment.
    • (in Repentance) Only The Negative appears after defeating Mom.
  • (except in Repentance) When fighting Boss Mom ingameMom, a reliable strategy is to stand in the corner and play defensive. Whenever she exposes herself from nearby doors, go to them and use Kamikaze! from the side. ??? cannot be hurt by her (and Boss Satan ingameSatan's) stomping attack (see Collectible Pyromaniac iconPyromaniac), but watch out for its knockback.
    • (except in Repentance) Due to the immunity to Mom's stomping attack, Mom's ToenailMom's Toenail has improved usefulness.
    • (in Repentance) Pyromaniac no longer grants immunity to stomping attacks.
  • Items that modify bombs, such as Collectible Bomber Boy iconBomber Boy, Collectible Bob's Curse iconBob's Curse, and Collectible Butt Bombs iconButt Bombs are especially useful, as they provide a greater range for the detonation, a poison effect, and damage to the entire room, respectively.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Glitter Bombs iconGlitter Bombs provide an unlimited source of pickups, including Soul HeartSoul Hearts.
    • (in Repentance) While many pickups are still able to be generated, there is a limit of 63-65 per floor.
  • Gaining flight allows ??? to quickly navigate rooms, to avoid having to use Collectible Brother Bobby iconBrother Bobby to reach faraway enemies, and to better maneuver around for Kamikaze! usage.
    • Collectible Transcendence iconTranscendence, which grants flight, can be found in Secret Rooms.
  • Collectible Trinity Shield iconTrinity Shield, which is incredibly useful for blocking shots, can be found in Angel RoomAngel Rooms. Since ??? can't fire tears, focus on defending from enemy projectiles. This is especially useful in the battles with Boss Mom's Heart ingameMom's Heart/ Boss It Lives ingameIt Lives and Satan.
  • Sleeping in a bed will give 3 Soul HeartSoul Hearts.
  • Since ??? is unable to use Red HeartRed Heart pickups, Collectible Dark Bum iconDark Bum is extraordinarily useful as he gathers the hearts and converts them into Black HeartBlack Hearts and (except in Repentance) Soul HeartSoul Hearts, as well as the occasional friendly blue spider.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Camo Undies iconCamo Undies are especially useful. Every room entered will confuse enemies and with Kamikaze! they will not attack ??? as long as the fire buttons aren't pressed.
  • Acquiring Collectible Chaos iconChaos makes this challenge far easier. Allowing bomb-related items such as Collectible Butt Bombs iconButt Bombs and Collectible Sad Bombs iconSad Bombs to spawn in Shops, Devil/Angel Rooms and as Boss rewards, these items allow Isaac to hit enemies passively from afar or use an unlimited Collectible Tammy's Head iconTammy's Head-style effect, especially powerful when combined with Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone.
  • Collectible Empty Vessel iconEmpty Vessel is another great item that makes the challenge easier. You get 2 Black Hearts and its passive activates across the run, giving you flight and a 10-second shield every 40 seconds. Paired with Collectible The Polaroid iconThe Polaroid shield already mentioned, you can activate Kamikaze enough to kill most bosses without taking any damage.
  • Collectible Censer iconCenser is useful for reducing the risk of being overrun by fast enemies, and makes it far easier to dodge enemy projectiles when weaving towards them.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Brimstone Bombs iconBrimstone Bombs can be a run-winning item as it triggers a Collectible Head of Krampus iconHead of Krampus 4-way brimstone at every kamikaze explosion due to their new synergy. This can clear out entire rooms for you and is very helpful in dealing with certain enemies which previously had to be dealt with with the tears of familiars as brother bobby
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Book of Virtues iconBook of Virtues is extremely useful and borderline run-winning since it gives you access to an infinite supply of wisps that shoot explosive shots and block damage.

Notes[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance)If the Boss Satan ingameSatan boss is somehow skipped, using I AM ERRORI AM ERROR or Sacrifice RoomSacrifice Room's 12th activation, the golden door will not appear in the Dark RoomDark Room and upon killing Boss The Lamb ingameThe Lamb the completion trophy will still drop although this isn't recommended.

Reward[ | ]

  • Gold Bomb
    Gold Bomb - Complete Blue Bomber (challenge #23).
    • Note that Golden Bombs can be obtained by their fixed appearances in certain room layouts, (in Repentance) and by using Bombs Are Key pill with Golden KeyGolden Key, even before this achievement is unlocked. The achievement simply allows them to spawn in place of other bombs, like Golden Keys.

Trivia[ | ]

  • The title for this challenge is a possible reference to Mega Man, as he is commonly known as the Blue Bomber.