8 Inch Nails

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Added in Afterbirth

8 Inch Nails is a passive item added in Afterbirth.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • +1.5 Damage up.
  • Isaac's tears are replaced with nails, which have increased knockback.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Does not grant penetrative shots, despite the appearance of Isaac's tears.
  • Any item that normally colors Isaac's tears red will cause the nails to become bloody.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • 20/20 20/2020 20 Icon.pngGrants double shot./Cursed Eye Cursed EyeCursed Eye Icon.pngGrants charged tears that can be fired in a tight burst of four. Getting hit while charging will teleport Isaac into another room./The Inner Eye The Inner EyeThe Inner Eye Icon.pngGrants triple shot but decreases tears./Mutant Spider Mutant SpiderMutant Spider Icon.pngGrants quadruple shot but decreases tears.: Fires multiple nails.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Angelic Prism Angelic PrismAngelic Prism Icon.pngGrants a prism orbital with a large orbital radius. Tears that pass through the prism split into four multi-colored tears.: Nails will quadrupled when passing through the prism.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Compound Fracture Compound FractureCompound Fracture Icon.pngIncreases range. Tears turn into bones, which shatter into 1-3 bone shards upon hitting an enemy or obstacle./Cricket's Body Cricket's BodyCricket's Body Icon.pngGrants -1 Tear Delay and reduces Range. When tears hit an object or deplete their range, they spawn 4 smaller tears, whose Range and Damage scale with Isaac's./The Parasite The ParasiteThe Parasite Icon.pngIsaac's tears split in two when they hit something.: Tears and split tears have knockback. Appearance of tears varies.
  • Homing Tears: Nails will home in on enemies.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: Explosive impact effectively increases knockback.
  • Piercing tears: Amplifies knockback effect. Allows nails to pin enemies against walls.
  • Pisces PiscesPisces Icon.png-1 Tear Delay, adds knock-back shots and increases tear size.: Amplifies knockback effect. Allows nails to pin enemies against walls.
  • Soy Milk Soy MilkSoy Milk Icon.pngTears shrink and do much less damage, but fire in very rapid succession.: Amplifies knockback effect. Allows nails to easily pin enemies against walls.
    • Soy Milk + Pisces: Allows nails to very easily pin enemies against walls.
  • Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range.: Increase in damage and very slight increase in knockback.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Brimstone BrimstoneBrimstone Icon.pngTears are replaced by a laser beam that pierces through all enemies and obstacles in its path and deals high damage. Can only be fired after a short charge-up period. - Enemies will still receive a decent amount of knockback as they're hit by the laser.
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusDr. Fetus Icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide a fixed range after being fired.: Increases damage but no noticeable increase in knockback.
  • Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.: Increases damage but no noticeable increase in knockback.
  • The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico TechniqueThe Ludovico Technique Icon.pngInstead of firing tears, Isaac controls one floating tear that hover over obstacles. This tear deals constant damage when held in place over an enemy.: Large nail that does additional damage. No knockback.
  • Mom's Knife Mom's KnifeMom's Knife Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced by a knife that pierces enemies, can travel through obstacles, and can hurt enemies while Isaac is holding it. Holding down the fire button before firing increases its range and power.: Increase in damage but no other effect.
  • Piercing tears - Enemies will still receive some knockback as the tear goes through them.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2Technology 2 Icon.pngDecreases damage and replaces right eye tears with a unlimited range, piercing laser which fires continuously. - Enemies will be pushed away from Isaac by the laser's knockback.
  • Added in AfterbirthTech X Tech XTech X Icon.pngTears are replaced with laser rings that pierce through enemies and deal damage to enemies within them. Can be charged to increase the size of the ring.: Increase in damage but no other effect.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Trisagion TrisagionTrisagion Icon.pngTears are replaced with piercing white blasts of light.: Increase in damage and slight increase in knockback

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The item is a reference to the nails used to hang Jesus Christ up on the cross when he was crucified.
  • The item's name is a reference to the band, Nine Inch Nails.
  • The visual effect on Isaac may also be a reference to a line in Eminem's "My Name Is", in which he says, "Wanna see me stick Nine Inch Nails through each one of my eyelids?". This line is also a reference to the aforementioned band.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

 PC  Added in Afterbirth GAXS L7SJ (Treasure room adjacent to spawn)

 PC  Added in Afterbirth EVLC J9ED (First floor treasure room)


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