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(in Afterbirth † and Repentance)

Crooked Penny is an unlockable activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth †.

Effect[ | ]

  • Upon use, has a 50% chance to double all items, pickups, and ChestChests in the current room.
    • If the effect fails, the items, pickups, and chests disappear, and a penny is spawned.

Notes[ | ]

  • If used in a ShopShop or Devil RoomDevil Room, the duplicated items and pickups can be taken for free.
  • If the effect fails in a shop that contains a Shop Restock MachineShop Restock Machine, then the Restock Machine can be used to refresh the Shop, bringing back new items and pickups.
  • (except in Repentance) If used in the Boss RushBoss Rush room, it can duplicate the items, and all of them can be taken without affecting the originals. Successfully duplicating the items will trigger Boss Rush, and failing to duplicate them will not.
  • (except in Repentance) If used on Collectible The Polaroid iconThe Polaroid and Collectible The Negative iconThe Negative after defeating Boss Mom ingameMom, it can duplicate them, and they can both be taken without affecting the originals.
  • The 50% chance is predetermined after each use of Crooked Penny. By force quitting or using Collectible Glowing Hourglass iconGlowing Hourglass after each failure, this can be exploited to generate large numbers of copies of useful items — if the penny is going to fail, then use it in a different room, recharge it, and try again.
    • (in Repentance) The outcome of Crooked Penny is determined on a per-room basis, meaning that it will succeed in certain rooms and fail in others respecting the 50/50 chance. Using Crooked Penny will still advance an RNG step, however, and re-roll the outcome of the other rooms.
  • If used in Boss RushBoss Rush and the items disappear, the boss rush cannot be started.

Synergies[ | ]

See Diplopia#Synergies for info about stacking duplicate items.

  • (in Repentance)Collectible Book of Virtues iconBook of Virtues: Spawns a coin wisp on the middle ring. The wisps have a 50/50 chance to duplicate all their copies or destroy all their copies when one takes damage. Does not affect wisps other than ones made by this item. Using Crooked Penny always spawns one wisp, with no chance to affect the others.
  • (except in Repentance) Collectible Void iconVoid: Void's item-absorbing effect activates before Crooked Penny's effect, but Crooked Penny nonetheless has a chance of doubling the absorbed items, leaving behind copies of them. Missing with Crooked Penny still results in the item being absorbed, but one penny also appears.
    • (in Repentance) Void does not absorb the item if Crooked Penny fails, but one penny still appears. Void absorbs only the original item if Crooked Penny succeeds, leaving behind a copy.

Interactions[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance) Collectible Car Battery iconCar Battery: Activates the item twice, quadrupling all items/drops in the room at a 25% chance. However, if the first activation fails, and the second activation succeeds, a copy of the item will be created as the original disappears, and the new copy will have no cost if it were in a ShopShop or Devil RoomDevil Room. This has a 25% chance as well, leaving the overall failure chance at 50% (a success followed by a fail will have the same effect as two fails).
    • (in Repentance) Activates the item twice, quadrupling all items/drops in the room at a 25% chance but having a combined 75% chance to fail. A failure followed by a success generates 2 pennies.

In-Game Footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • This item's effect, if the coin flip succeeds, is almost identical to Collectible Diplopia iconDiplopia's.
  • Before Booster Pack #1, it could be used on empty item pedestals to cause another item to appear.
  • This item was originally suggested by Reddit User /u/CultOfTheHelixFossil in a fan item suggestion thread made by Edmund McMillen.
  • According to the original post, the name "crooked" refers to that the item "can't be fully trusted" and is meant to differentiate it from other coin items.
  • This item was inspired in part by the playstyle of Youtuber Northernlion, and his tendency toward Risk vs Reward items.