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Punching Bag is a passive item.

Effects[ | ]

  • Spawns a MulliganMulligan familiar that walks around the room and acts as a decoy for monsters.
  • If the monsters are closer to the decoy than Isaac, they will attack the decoy.
  • (in Repentance) Homing shots from enemies will always be attracted to the decoy if they are closer to it than Isaac.
  • (in Rebirth) Punching Bag will also block enemy shots.
  • (in Afterbirth) Punching Bag will die after taking too much damage and eventually respawn after a long time. Exiting and continuing the run will cause it to reappear right away.
    • (in Afterbirth) Punching Bag will reappear instantly each time a familiar or orbital item is picked up.

Notes[ | ]

  • The Punching Bag will be targeted by enemies if it is closer to them than Isaac, for up to 6 seconds. Then they will target Isaac for 6 seconds regardless of distance, before acknowledging the Punching Bag again.
  • (in Afterbirth) The Punching Bag will die instantly by enemies' beam-type attacks, such as Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone or by UrielUriel's and GabrielGabriel's beam. This also includes enemies' Collectible Technology iconTechnology lasers such as EyeEye and Camillo Jr.Camillo Jr.

Interactions[ | ]

  • (except in Rebirth)Collectible Box of Friends iconBox of Friends: Adds another Punching Bag. This may cause enemies to become unpredictable, so use with caution.
    • If the Punching Bag has died, it can be forced to respawn with a double upon using the Box of Friends.

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Trivia[ | ]

  • This item is used in (except in Rebirth) The Guardian (challenge #30).
  • A punching bag, used in this context, is a target of frequent criticism and abuse.
  • The term "scape goat" in the pickup quote means someone who is blamed for problems that were caused by another person, or being treated like a punching bag.