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Broken Shovel is a name shared by two separate items added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth †.

Together they form Mom's Shovel Mom's Shovel, which is used in the process to unlock The Forgotten The Forgotten.

Activated Collectible[]

Added in Afterbirth †

The first piece of the Broken Shovel is an activated item. It is acquired by defeating the first floor boss in under a minute (both bosses if Curse of the Labyrinth.png Curse of the Labyrinth is in effect), navigating back to the starting room, and bombing the floor. The Lamb The Lamb must have been defeated at least once with any character for the bomb explosion to reveal Broken Shovel. After having defeated the boss below the 1 minute cutoff, using the Sacrifice Room Sacrifice Room for the first time on that floor while having no Bomb Bombs will always reward Isaac with one rather than its normal payout.

It is the first part required to create Mom's Shovel Mom's Shovel.


  • While held, 1–2 Mom's feet will stomp randomly every few seconds (in a similar fashion to II - The High Priestess II - The High Priestess), targeting Isaac. They will try to stomp Isaac's current position, so they will always miss if he is constantly moving. Each stomp deals a full Heart of damage.
    • Added in Repentance The stomps will no longer blow up Machines or kill Beggars. They will still destroy Shopkeepers, open Bomb Chest Bomb Chests, break Obstacles, and open doors.
  • Upon activation, stomps will pause until entering another room.
  • The item's stomps cease while battling Mom Mom.
  • While held, removes the twenty-minute time limit on the Boss Rush door; the entrance to the next floor will be sealed until Boss Rush is completed (including those created by We Need to Go Deeper! We Need to Go Deeper! and other methods).
    • If the Boss Rush is left prematurely through any means after starting it, entering it again will immediately restart Boss Rush, even without picking up another item.
  • Prevents The Polaroid The Polaroid from appearing after defeating Mom. Only The Negative The Negative will appear after the boss fight. After completing Boss Rush, Isaac is likewise forced to travel down to Sheol Sheol.


  • Mom's foot will still target Isaac even if he has the Punching Bag Punching Bag.
  • It is impossible to obtain Broken Shovel during a RERUN.
  • Added in Repentance Though it is possible to obtain The Broken Shovel during a Victory Lap, one cannot unlock The Forgotten The Forgotten during a Victory Lap.
  • Added in Repentance While either of Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau holds this item, the feet will only target the brother who is holding it. The feet will still damage both of them.
  • Added in Repentance Regardless of which character holds the item, feet will target both Tainted Lazarus Tainted Lazarus' forms.
  • The Broken Shovel will disappear if left behind in a room. Leaving and re-entering a room with it left on a pedestal will cause it to disappear.
  • Added in Repentance Mama Mega! Mama Mega!'s explosion will knock the Broken Shovel down.


  • Added in RepentanceBook of Virtues Book of Virtues: Creates a tiny ghost wisp on the middle ring, which resembles The Soul The Soul. These wisps' tears have a 10% chance of invoking II - The High Priestess II - The High Priestess on enemies. This wisp is also created when Mom's Shovel is used, alongside its unique wisp.
  • Car Battery Car Battery: Prevents all stomping from occurring for two waves of a Boss Rush Boss Rush or Challenge Room Challenge Room / Boss Challenge Room Boss Challenge Room. As each wave of Boss Rush restores 2 charges, this allows Isaac to be free from stomping for its entire duration.
    • If used in a normal room, the effect does not carry over to the next room.
  • Moving Box Moving Box: Can be used to pick up the Broken Shovel without causing Mom's Foot to stomp down at all.

Tips for Obtaining[]

  • Characters with good starting stats such as Cain Cain, Judas Judas, or Azazel Azazel are excellent for blazing through the first floor with time to spare.
  • Added in Repentance Tainted Magdalene Tainted Magdalene ability to rapidly regenerate health in almost any circumstance makes this challenge much easier.
  • Avoid wasting time for pickups, items, or any unnecessary rooms while progressing to the Boss Room. They can be returned to after clearing the rest of the floor and killing the boss.
  • There is no time limit on claiming the shovel, as long as the floor boss was killed within the time limit. Obtaining it can wait until Isaac is ready to move on to the next floor.
  • Removed in Repentance Look for items such as Host Hat Host Hat to negate the stomp damage, or for damage/tear-increasing items to kill enemies quicker; conversely, when running into a mini-boss, getting Curse of the Maze.png Curse of the Maze or Curse of the Labyrinth.png Curse of the Labyrinth, or encountering poor floor generation such as multiple large rooms and dead ends, restarting may be a better choice.
    • Added in Repentance Stomp damage can no longer be negated.
  • If the criteria Broken Shovel to appear are not met and there is ambiguity as to whether it is obtainable, look for a large, faint shadow of the shovel covering the starting room; if it is not there, the Shovel cannot be obtained.

Passive Collectible[]

Added in Afterbirth †

The second Broken Shovel piece can be acquired by completing Boss Rush Boss Rush while holding the first half of Broken Shovel.


  • Replaces the Broken Shovel active item with Mom's Shovel Mom's Shovel, ceasing the stomps from Mom's feet.


  • Added in Repentance If either of Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau holds the first Broken Shovel piece, that same brother must pick up the second piece in order to obtain Mom's Shovel. If the other brother picks it up, it will simply be added to his passive items.

Tips for Obtaining[]

  • Make sure to keep moving; stopping for even a few seconds will increase the chance a foot hits Isaac.
  • Items that give flight are even more helpful than usual as Isaac will not need to worry about navigating around obstacles to avoid a stomp. Any means of temporary (or even permanent) invulnerability has obvious merit as well.
  • If an active item is offered in Boss Rush, it can be held for the duration of the fight; however, the Broken Shovel must be picked up before the last wave ends for the second half of Broken Shovel appear.
  • If There's Options There's Options is held and Boss Rush is completed, an additional pedestal item will appear. Be careful not to pick up this other item, as doing so will cause Broken Shovel to disappear.

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  • The Broken Shovels were added in Booster Pack #5, after the initial release of the DLC.