Athame

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Item Pool Curse Room.png Curse Room
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Athame Defeat Hush as Eve
AthameAthame
Added in Afterbirth

Athame is an unlockable passive item added in Afterbirth.

Effect[edit | edit source]

  • Whenever Isaac takes damage, a black ring briefly appears around Isaac, dealing damage to all nearby enemies.
    • When an enemy is killed with the black ring, there is a 15% chance for it to drop a black heart.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal
    A Lump of Coal Icon.pngThe more distance tears travel, the more damage they will do.
    - The ring damage is halved.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The ring deals normal damage.
    • A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal
      A Lump of Coal Icon.pngThe more distance tears travel, the more damage they will do.
      + Proptosis Proptosis
      Proptosis Icon.pngTears start out massive with high damage, and then shrink down and become weaker over a short range.
      - Proptosis effects override a Lump of Coal.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Homing tears - The black ring becomes homing, curving around to hit enemies.
  • Proptosis Proptosis
    Proptosis Icon.pngTears start out massive with high damage, and then shrink down and become weaker over a short range.
    - The ring is much larger and deals 1.5x damage.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The ring deals normal damage.
  • Serpent's Kiss Serpent's Kiss
    Serpent's Kiss Icon.pngTears now have a random chance to apply a poison effect, causing 4 or 6 damage per tick to enemies (Similar to The Common Cold item). Isaac now deals poison damage on contact with enemies similar to The Virus item (Damage over time 4 or 6 per tick). Enemies that were poisoned have a chance to drop a black heart when killed.
    - The black ring created by the Athame applies the poison from Serpent's Kiss. This means enemies killed will have a higher chance to drop black hearts.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The ring is similar in appearance to the combination of The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico Technique
    The 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.
    and Brimstone Brimstone
    Brimstone 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.
    .
  • It is identical to the ring created by Maw of the Void Maw of the Void
    Maw of the Void Icon.png+1.0 Damage Up. After continuously firing tears for 2.5 seconds, a red cross appears on Isaac's head that, upon releasing the fire button, creates a black ring that rapidly deals damage equal to Isaac's tear damage to any enemies in contact with it.
    .

In-game footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • An Athame is a ceremonial blade, generally with a black handle. It is the main ritual implement or magical tool among several used in the religion of Wicca, and is also used in various other neopagan witchcraft traditions. The athame stands as one of the four elemental tools in Wicca; traditionally standing for fire.
  • A black-handled knife called an athame appears in certain versions of the Key of Solomon, a grimoire originating in the Middle Ages.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

 PC  Normal and hard modes only BEB6 CTEC (Curse room next to spawn teleports to Devil Room)

JD62 DSFM (Curse room next to spawn sitting in the middle of the room)


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