False PHD

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Added in Repentance

False PHD is a passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Identifies all pills upon pickup.
  • Grants one Black Heart on pickup.
  • Converts all good pills into their bad counterparts, but gives them positive secondary effects.
Pill Changes Into
Stat up pill Stat down pill
Bad Gas & Friends Till the End! Health Down
I can see forever! & Lemon Party Amnesia
Explosive Diarrhea & One makes you larger Range Down
Bombs are Key & Infested! Tears Down
48 Hour Energy & One makes you small Speed Down
Pretty Fly & Infested? Luck Down
Balls of Steel, Full Health, & Hematemesis Bad Trip
Pheromones Paralysis
Telepills ???
I'm Drowsy... I'm Excited!!!
Percs! Addicted!
Feels Like I'm Walking on Sunshine! Retro Vision
Power Pill! R U A Wizard?
Something's wrong... X-Lax
Gulp! & Vurp! Horf!
Experimental Pill Only grants a stat down
Gold Pill Only has negative effects
Neutral pills
I Found Pills

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Bad Trip and Health Down pills will turn into I Found Pills when Isaac is at one heart.
  • Neutral pills will not have a secondary effect.
  • If any stat down pills were taken before picking up the item, a damage increase is given for each pill.
  • Pills are only converted while held by a character with False PHD. For example: If playing as Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau and Jacob has this item, pills that got converted into 'bad' pills like a Tears Down pill can be given to Esau to convert them back into a Tears Up pill, or whatever the pill was originally.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • 15►A Pony A Pony/15►White Pony White Pony: Effectively converts all Speed Down pills into Damage Up as long as one of the ponies are being held, since they will always give a minimum of 1.5 speed.
  • Black Feather Black Feather: Grants a damage boost.
  • 15►Lucky Foot Lucky Foot/15►PHD PHD/15►Virgo Virgo: Pills can now be both good and bad again. The other effects of False PHD still apply.
  • 15►Rock Bottom Rock Bottom: All stat down pills are negated and only trigger the Damage Up effect, and are thus essentially converted into Damage Up pills. However, the reduced stats will be harder to increase in the future, since the stats are still decreased internally.
  • 15►The Wafer The Wafer: Using a Bad Trip pill will only deal half a heart of damage and spawn a full Black Heart, resulting in a net gain of health.
    • The Wafer + 15►Placebo Placebo: Allows for farming infinite health using Bad Trip pills.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • 15►Libra Libra: The balancing of stats mostly leads to a net decrease between Stat Downs and +0.6 damage up, while Luck Down provides the balanced +0.6 damage and luck -1.0.

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