Broken Shovel

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Activated Collectible[edit | edit source]

Broken   Shovel
Item icon
Item altar
"It feels cursed"
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Item ID
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Recharge Time
4 rooms 4 rooms
Item Pool
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Collection Grid
Removed in Repentance(page 5, column 5, row 4)
Added in Repentance(page 5, column 6, row 4)
Added in Afterbirth †

Broken Shovel is an active item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth †. It is acquired by defeating the first-floor boss in under a minute, navigating back to the starting room and bombing the floor. If it is an XL floor both bosses must be defeated. The Lamb in the Dark Room Dark Room must be defeated at least once with any character for the bomb explosion to reveal it.

It is the first part required to complete 15►Mom's Shovel Mom's Shovel.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • While held, causes one to two Mom's Foots to frequently stomp around or on Isaac.
    • This will happen randomly every few seconds and will persist as long as Isaac holds the item.
      • The stomps will not occur in the Mom fight.
    • The stomps are identical to the ones summoned through the High Priestess card and are functionally identical to explosions.
    • Using the Broken Shovel will pause the stomping until entering another room.
  • While held, removes the twenty-minute time limit on the Boss Rush door.
    • After defeating Mom, the entrance to the next floor will be sealed until Boss Rush is completed.
  • Prevents 15►The Polaroid The Polaroid from appearing after defeating Mom. Only 15►The Negative The Negative will appear after the boss fight.
  • After beating Mom's Heart or It Lives!, the path leading to the Cathedral Cathedral will not appear; Isaac is forced to go to Sheol Sheol and consequently the Dark Room Dark Room.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Mom's foot will still target Isaac even if he has the 15►Punching Bag Punching Bag.
  • It is impossible to obtain The Broken Shovel during a Rerun.
  • The Broken Shovel will disappear if it is not being held once Isaac leaves and re-enters the room it was left in.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • 15►Car Battery Car Battery: Prevents all stomping from occuring for two waves of a Challenge Room or the Boss Rush.
    • If used in a normal room, the effect does not carry over to the next room.
  • 15►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[edit | edit source]

  • Characters with high damage like Judas or Azazel are excellent for blazing through the first floor in enough time.
    • Cain has decent health and damage as well as the highest base speed of any character.
    • Azazel has flight and very high base speed, but his lack of any health besides Black Hearts can make surviving the rest of the run more difficult; additionally, his The Fool card allows him to return to the spawn room quickly to obtain the Broken Shovel.
  • Try not to slow down 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.
    • Spawning the Broken Shovel early will force Isaac to carry it through the rest of the floor, increasing the chance of losing health; therefore, the shovel should only be spawned when Isaac is ready to move onto the next floor.
  • Even if a bomb or an item that spawns bombs or explosions cannot be found, it is still possible to claim the shovel; if the requirements to claim the shovel are met, hurting Isaac in the Sacrifice Room will spawn a one-time bomb on the first hit.
    • If Isaac no longer has this bomb or does not have enough health to survive the sacrifice, the shovel will be unobtainable, forcing a restart.
  • Restarting to spawn next to a Treasure Room can make runs with the Broken Shovel much easier.
    • Removed in Repentance Look for items such as 15►Pyromaniac Pyromaniac or 15►Host Hat Host Hat to trivialize 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 or Labyrinth, or encountering poor floor generation such as multiple large rooms and dead ends, restarting may be a better choice.
  • The shovel will only be obtainable if and only if the first-floor boss dies before the timer hits 01:00. If Mom's voice is not heard after the boss is defeated, the shovel will not be obtainable.
    • If the criteria to spawn the shovel are not met and there is ambiguity as to whether it is obtainable, look for a large, faint shadow of the shovel covering the spawn room; if it is not there, the shovel cannot be obtained.

Passive Collectible[edit | edit source]

Broken   Shovel
Item icon
Item altar
"It feels cursed"
Table dividing line 1.png
Item ID
Table dividing line 2.png
Item Pool
Table dividing line 3.png
Collection Grid
Removed in Repentance(page 5, column 6, row 4)
Added in Repentance(page 5, column 7, row 4)
Added in Afterbirth †

Broken Shovel is a passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth †. It is acquired by completing Boss Rush while holding the first shovel piece.

It is the second and final part required to create 15►Mom's Shovel Mom's Shovel.

Tips for Obtaining[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
    • It may be wise to keep an invulnerability pill, a The Chariot card, or an Algiz rune on hand just incase.
  • 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 passive piece of Broken Shovel to spawn.
  • If 15►There's Options There's Options is picked up and Boss Rush is completed, an additional pedestal item will spawn. Be careful not to pick up this other item, as doing so will cause the Broken Shovel to disappear.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

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