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(except in Rebirth)

Friendly Ball is an activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.

Effects[ | ]

  • Once thrown, the Friendly Ball will instantly capture any non-boss enemy it hits, removing them from the room.
  • (in Repentance) Walking over a Friendly Ball after it captures an enemy will instantly recharge the item.
  • The next time the Friendly Ball is thrown, it will release the previously captured enemy as a friendly enemy.
    • Released enemies persist between rooms and floors and will follow Isaac until they die.
    • Friendly enemies cannot harm Isaac and do not need to be defeated to clear a room.
    • If Isaac leaves the room before the monster is released, the monster will stay in the ball until it is thrown again.
  • If the Friendly Ball does not capture an enemy, it will simply disappear after a couple seconds being on the ground. The next throw will work the same.

Notes[ | ]

  • All enemies that aren't invincible and are not designated as a boss or mini-boss can be captured by the Friendly Ball. This includes enemies summoned from bosses such as Boss Brownie ingameBrownie's spawned DipDips or Boss The Cage ingameThe Cage's unique VisVises.
    • (in Afterbirth †) One exception to this is if you capture a PortalPortal, as it can spawn enemies such as Death's HeadDeath's Head.
  • It is generally wasteful to use this item on MulliganMulligans and their variants as they will immediately rush towards enemies and try to kill themselves, leaving behind friendly debris.
  • If the captured enemy is a GlobinGlobin variant (besides Black GlobinBlack Globins for their lack of regenerative abilities) or a Dark Red Champion, the enemy will regenerate after dying, granting a much longer lifespan.
  • Wall CreepWall Creeps and their variants stick to walls, backing far away from any potential danger they might encounter.
  • Stationary enemies that move underground (such as Round WormRound Worms or LumpLumps) work surprisingly well as an ally as they shoot foes from far away and rarely ever get hurt.
  • Mom's HandMom's Hand and Mom's Dead HandMom's Dead Hand will both one-shot almost all normal enemies and greatly damage most bosses with an incredibly small window for the hands to be hit, making them ideal for capturing.
  • Brimstone-capable enemies are very potent as their lasers can cause an obscene amount of damage to both enemies and most bosses.
  • If the captured enemy is one that spawns enemies, those enemies will be friendly as well.
  • If the ally is immune to damage (such as a Mobile HostMobile Host while its head is lowered), it will not take contact damage.
  • If the captured enemy is a Solid White Champion, it will be completely invincible, as it cannot be killed until the room counts as being cleared, at which point it can be killed by spikes or a Wall HuggerWall Hugger.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) If the captured enemy is a Pulsing Red Champion, it will regenerate the health of other monsters in the room, including friendly ones.
  • (in Rebirth and Afterbirth) If an enemy that leaves behind a trail of damaging creep is caught, the creep created by the friendly mob will still damage Isaac when he walks over it.
    • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) All creep created by a friendly enemy will only hurt grounded enemies and not the player.
  • The ball will only capture one segment of a GrubGrub, one ButtlickerButtlicker, or one SwarmSwarm Fly. However, when releasing a Swarm Fly, a new swarm is generated for it.
  • If a Mask HeartMask + Heart's Heart is caught and then released, a Mask can use the friendly heart to live even if its original heart is destroyed. The room will not be cleared unless the Mask is killed.
    • The mask will ignore the friendly heart yet can still damage it. Bait the mask to charge towards the heart to destroy both.
  • If an Ipecac-capable enemy is caught, the explosive Ipecac shots it fires will not hurt Isaac.
    • This explosion immunity also applies to enemies that explode on death, and even the Troll BombTroll Bombs left behind by MulligoonMulligoons.
  • The head of Boss Rag Man ingameRag Man can be captured by the ball while detached. It will not become a Ragling after being released, and only chases enemies by rolling.
  • (in Repentance) Captured BishopBishops will protect Isaac with their shield generation ability, as well as all other friendly enemies. Isaac cannot take any damage while the Bishop is alive, as it will protect him with the shield. Protecting the Bishop can be a powerful defensive tool, especially when playing as Character The Lost iconThe Lost.
    • The BishopBishop will die after protecting Isaac 6 times.
    • The shield does not protect against instant death effects such as Suicide KingSuicide King or Collectible Plan C iconPlan C.
  • (in Repentance) Captured CultistCultists will revive killed enemies as friendlies, allowing one to slowly amass an army of friendlies by protecting the Cultist.
    • Bosses and degraded bosses can be revived by a friendly Cultist, but will not persist between rooms.
  • Enemies that are spawned by a captured enemy (such as DipDips spawned by a DingaDinga) will persist between rooms as well.

Synergies[ | ]

  • (in Repentance)Collectible The Battery iconThe Battery: Walking over a captured enemy will double charge the ball. This allows Isaac the ability to release a captured enemy and catch a new one in the same room double charging the ball to release and capture more enemies. Attempting to catch a new enemy while the old one is in the process of spawning will result in the ball phasing through the new enemy and wasting the charge.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Blood Puppy iconBlood Puppy: Using the ball on an angered Blood Puppy will instantly tame it. Using the ball again results in a purely cosmetic blood explosion.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Book of Virtues iconBook of Virtues: Spawns a wisp, all on the middle ring, whenever a friendly enemy dies. Depending on the enemy that dies, the wisp may have a different effect:
    • Normal: Enemies captured by Friendly Ball spawn this wisp when they die if they wouldn't spawn any of the other variants listed below.
    • Homing: Enemies captured by Friendly Ball spawn this wisp when they die if they were psychic or had homing shots in some way. Wisps' tears are homing.
    • Explosive: Enemies captured by Friendly Ball spawn this wisp when they die if they created explosions in some way. Wisps' tears have a 33% chance to explode. Explosive tears deal no extra damage.
    • Brimstone: Enemies captured by Friendly Ball spawn this wisp when they die if they fired lasers in some way. Wisps fire Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone lasers. The laser does not need to be charged to be fired, and can tick up to 8 times for a total of 20 damage.

Interactions[ | ]

  • (in Repentance)Ace Cards: Friendly monsters are still affected by Ace Cards.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Blood Puppy iconBlood Puppy: Either angry version of Blood Puppy will target friendly enemies as well and can drag them along with it when it charges them. Blood Puppy cannot damage friendly enemies however friendly enemies can damage Blood Puppy despite not targeting it outright.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Broken Modem iconBroken Modem: Broken Modem also affects friendly enemies and projectiles created by them.
  • Collectible Car Battery iconCar Battery: No effect.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Eraser iconEraser: If the ball captures an enemy and then another enemy of the same type is erased the next use of Friendly Ball will release a puff of pink smoke wasting the effect.
  • (in Repentance) Collectible Ghost Bombs iconGhost Bombs / Collectible Hungry Soul iconHungry Soul / Collectible Purgatory iconPurgatory / Collectible Vade Retro iconVade Retro: Explosions from ghosts can kill friendly enemies.
  • Collectible Hive Mind iconHive Mind: No effect on captured flies or spiders.
  • Collectible Skatole iconSkatole or Collectible Bursting Sack iconBursting Sack: Friendly Fly/Spider enemies will be unable to shoot, slowed down, and/or reverted to a weaker form, hindering this item's effectiveness on those enemies.
  • TickTick: Friendly enemies start with less health if they have 60HP or higher.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Void iconVoid: Walking over a thrown Friendly Ball that captured an enemy will not recharge Void.
  • Collectible Glowing Hourglass iconGlowing Hourglass: Will duplicate friendly enemies if used in the same room multiple times.

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Gallery[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • The item is a reference to Poké Balls from the Pokémon franchise. Ironically, it doesn't at all resemble the actual Friend Ball in the franchise.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! (in Rebirth and Afterbirth) Certain monsters will not spawn friendly enemies when defeated: