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


  • 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 up 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.


  • 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 Krampus Krampus is highly valuable, as obtaining A Lump of Coal A 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 Guppy Guppy 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 Worm Ring Worm causes tears to fly around uncontrollably but can make it easier to hit faraway enemies.
  • Polyphemus Polyphemus will turn tears into giant tears, effectively doubling damage without affecting Tears or Tear Speed.
  • Lost Contact Lost Contact will turn tears into massive shields that, combined with Tiny Planet, will make Isaac nearly completely invulnerable to ranged attacks.
  • Removed in RepentanceLibra Libra will greatly boost Soy Milk's damage output.
  • Removed in Afterbirth † Due to the severe damage lowering effect of Soy Milk, rerolling Isaac's passive items is a viable strategy. This makes the D4 D4, the D100 D100, Missing No. Missing No. and 1 or 6 pip Dice Room Dice Rooms valuable.
  • Brimstone Brimstone 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.
  • Added in AfterbirthTractor Beam Tractor 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 Added in AfterbirthHoly Light Holy Light, Fire Mind Fire Mind or The Common Cold The Common Cold) are valuable.

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