Daily Challenges

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The daily challenge (or daily runs) is a unique run generated every day. Daily Challenges were introduced in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. Daily challenges start the player off with a specific character, seed, end-stage, difficulty and set of starting items. The player is scored and placed on a global leaderboard after ending the run. The run can only be played once per day, but an unscored practice run is unlocked afterward, which is identical to the Daily Run but can be played multiple times. Unlike regular runs, the Daily Run cannot be continued; exiting the Daily Run will end it and disallow further progress.

Scoring[edit | edit source]

Score plays a bigger role in daily challenges, as the player is ranked in the leaderboards by their score. Having a strategy that accounts for how the score is handled is important in achieving an optimal score.

The final score is divided into several bonuses and a few penalties:

Below is a list of all the starting points for each character.

Character Starting score
Isaac (with 15►The D6 The D6) Starts with 627
Magdalene Starts with 644
Cain Starts with 594
Judas Starts with 568
??? Starts with 560
Eve Starts with 566
Samson Starts with 610
Azazel Starts with 600
Lazarus Starts with 630
Eden Depends on starting items.
The Lost Starts with 526
Lilith Starts with 594
Keeper Starts with 610
Apollyon Starts with 577
The Forgotten Starts with 590
Bethany Starts with 609
Jacob & Esau ???

Curated daily runs[edit | edit source]

Currently, the game has 52 curated daily runs a year. Each curated daily run offers a different challenge, some quirks, and some restrictions. The list of the disclosed daily runs can be seen here.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • All unlockables are unlocked during daily challenges.
  • Daily runs cannot be played if mods are active.
    • However, mods can be used on practice runs.
  • Achievements are disabled during daily challenges.

Unlockable Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Dedication
    Added in Afterbirth † Dedication - Participate in 31 daily challenges (they don't have to be consecutive; it will still count if you die in the first room).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On December 6, every year, Isaac is reskinned as former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata as tribute. December 6 was also Iwata's birthday. He has the same stats as Isaac, but starts with 15►The Gamekid The Gamekid and Cartridge Cartridge.
  • Added in Afterbirth † Gaining access to The Void The Void and killing Delirium counts as a won daily run, but it seems that no points are directly (floor bonus) earned for killing it. However, it has effects on the item penalty, as well as giving extra exploration bonuses.

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