Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Wiki

Head Trauma is challenge #3. Isaac starts this challenge with Collectible Tiny Planet iconTiny Planet, Collectible Soy Milk iconSoy Milk, Collectible The Small Rock iconThe Small Rock, and Collectible Iron Bar iconIron Bar. The goal is to defeat Boss Mom ingameMom. This challenge is unlocked by default.

Difficulty[ | ]

  • Tiny Planet and Soy Milk will make it very difficult to target enemies. Isaac will inflict only small amounts of damage, and increasing that damage will prove near impossible.
  • Iron Bar can also increase the difficulty as the unpredictable movement of confused enemies can make them harder to hit.
  • As Tiny Planet makes it impossible to predict how a tear will hit an enemy, it is much harder to prevent knocking an enemy into Isaac.

Strategy[ | ]

  • Since targeting enemies is difficult, it may help to learn where Isaac's shots converge in front of him. Practice will be a big factor.
  • While it is possible to strike enemies directly behind Isaac, this has an increased chance of enemies being pushed towards Isaac.
  • Rapidly hitting left and right to shoot tears will cause a better spread of tears around Isaac and make it easier to hit enemies.
  • Bombs are much less effective in battle, as tears can erratically move them around the room before detonation. Bombs should not be used for any reason until all of Isaac's tears have disappeared.
  • Finding Boss Krampus ingameKrampus is highly valuable, as obtaining Collectible A Lump of Coal iconA Lump of Coal results in a significant damage increase since Isaac's tears spend a long time on screen.
  • Iron Bar can cause enemies to stop targeting Isaac while they're dazed, allowing some additional freedom of movement and extra time to improvise strategies.
  • Fear effects will make enemies much easier to target, as they will run in a straight line away from Isaac. This allows Isaac to drive them against a wall and target them as they become trapped.
  • Transforming into GuppyGuppy is a great strategy due to the massive number of Blue Flies that are spawned as a result. It is possible to use this transformation to effectively triple Isaac's damage output.
  • It is possible to encounter an impossible room, due to enemies being too far away to reach with Tiny Planet. All rooms unlock by default after 2 minutes have passed.
    • Ring WormRing Worm causes tears to fly around uncontrollably but can make it easier to hit faraway enemies.
  • Collectible Polyphemus iconPolyphemus will turn tears into giant tears, effectively doubling damage without affecting Tears or Tear Speed.
  • Collectible Lost Contact iconLost Contact will turn tears into massive shields that, combined with Tiny Planet, will make Isaac nearly completely invulnerable to ranged attacks.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Libra iconLibra will greatly boost Soy Milk's damage output.
  • (in Rebirth and Afterbirth) Due to the severe damage lowering effect of Soy Milk, rerolling Isaac's passive items is a viable strategy. This makes the Collectible D4 iconD4, the Collectible D100 iconD100, Collectible Missing No. iconMissing No. and 1 or 6 pip Dice RoomDice Rooms valuable.
  • Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone dramatically reduces the difficulty of the challenge. While overall damage is still low, it is far easier to aim, and it can be fired with no charge-up time.
  • (except in Rebirth)Collectible Tractor Beam iconTractor Beam allows for a much greater degree of control over Isaac's tears, eliminating the difficulty provided by Tiny Planet.
  • Because of Isaac's high Tears stat, items that have a chance to cause harmful effects upon hit (such as (except in Rebirth)Collectible Holy Light iconHoly Light, Collectible Fire Mind iconFire Mind or Collectible The Common Cold iconThe Common Cold) are valuable.

Unlockable Achievements[ | ]