While there are many helpful trinkets in the Binding of Isaac, some of them are more of a hinderance than an asset- here"s how to drop them.

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The Binding of Isaac is filled with a large variety of items that can help players during their playthroughs, with trinkets often being some of the minor items. As of the Repentance DLC, there are 188 total trinkets in the game for players to find.

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With that many trinkets, some are going to be more helpful than others. Some, like the Paper Clip, can be greatly beneficial to players in their Binding of Isaac runs. Others, like the Cursed Skull, can instead make things far more difficult.

Updated September 1st, 2021 by Russ Boswell: The Binding of Isaac continues to be a stellar indie hit thanks to its recent update with Repentance. The game has grown leaps and bounds since its base form was released in 2011. 10 years later, players have seen an abundance of new characters, bosses, areas, and most importantly, trinkets. With all of the new trinkets introduced into Isaac's adventure, it's now more important than ever to know how to drop trinkets in The Binding of Isaac. To better help new players, this guide has been updated with a table that includes all consoles, as well as more information regarding why and when to drop trinkets in the Binding of Isaac.

How To Drop Trinkets In Binding Of Isaac


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There are an abundance of trinkets available in The Binding Of Isaac, but not all of them are particularly useful on a given run. Luckily for players, they don't have to be stuck with a bad trinket if they don't have a better one to swap with. Even without the DLC expansions, players have the ability to drop trinkets through the designated drop button.

Players can check what their drop button is within the Trinket Drop Control Table below. It's important to note that to correctly drop a trinket in Binding of Isaac, players will need to hold the corresponding button for at least 3 seconds.

PlatformTrinket Drop Button
PCLeft CTRL
XboxRT (Right Trigger)
PlayStationR2
Nintendo SwitchZR

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Every trinket in The Binding of Isaac can be dropped except for the Tick. This trinket cannot be swapped with any other as well, making players stuck with it except through a few means. The Marbles item can cause Isaac to absorb a trinket when he takes damage. The Smelter-activated item can also allow for the Tick to be absorbed, as well as the Gulp pill. These methods will allow players to keep the Tick's beneficial effects, which are removing 15% of any enemies health if they are over 60 HP and giving Isaac one heart upon entering an uncleared boss room.

NOTE: There are over 700 different items in The Binding Of Isaac as of Repentance.

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Dropping trinkets is a helpful mechanic, but it will become necessary for players trying to collect all of the unlockable character variants. After collecting the Red Key once, players will need to use trinket dropping for subsequent playthroughs with the playable characters.

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By dropping a trinket of any kind in a boss room or item room, it will turn into a Cracked Key when players return while ascending floors. This will be needed to unlock the secret room in the Home floor, which will unlock the tainted version of the character that players are controlling for future playthroughs. It however also has the chance to spawn from the Ancient Recall card and by breaking skulls, but the trinket method is the only guaranteed way of getting one.

NOTE: There are 17 Tainted Characters to unlock in The Binding of Isaac.

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The Binding of Isaac is available on PC, Switch, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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Source: Binding of Isaac Gamepedia


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