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The Polaroid is an unlockable passive item.


  • If the character has half a red heart or no red hearts after taking damage, it triggers the Book of Shadows Book of Shadows effect, creating a shield that nullifies all types of damage for 5 seconds.
  • Allows entrance into Chest Chest after beating Isaac Isaac in the Cathedral Cathedral by touching the chest.
  • Added in Repentance Opens A Strange Door A Strange Door in Depths Depths II and its variants that leads to Mausoleum Mausoleum/Gehenna Gehenna II.
    • Unlike with the Chest entrance, The Polaroid gets consumed by the door and vanishes from Isaac's inventory.


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  • In the original The Binding of Isaac flash game, The Polaroid used to be a trinket that Mom would drop in addition to a regular collectible from the boss pool. When it was originally implemented, it was only available in the normal Trinket drop pool and was implemented secretively. Players were frustrated, so, with an update, Edmund made it so it would also only drop if the player took no red heart damage against Mom, similar to the conditions for the Devil Room to open its path. Since players would not always receive the Polaroid and might switch it out with another trinket, Edmund wanted to make the discovery of Chest Chest (and its at-the-time new ending) something special.
  • As soon as The Polaroid or The Negative The Negative become available, they will drop in place of the regular Boss Room item Mom would otherwise provide, essentially providing a difficulty increase for Womb Womb and beyond after either has been unlocked.
    • They can, however, be re-rolled (or converted into stat increases with Added in Afterbirth †Void Void) at the cost of closing off access to Chapter 6.


PC NTKG 9MMP (Starting item for Eden)