Athame

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Curse Room Curse Room
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Added in Afterbirth †(page 4, column 3, row 3)
Removed in Afterbirth †(page 4, column 3, row 3)
 
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Added in  Afterbirth

Athame is an unlockable passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.

Effect[edit | edit source]

  • Whenever Isaac takes damage, a black ring briefly appears around him, dealing base damage at a rapid rate to everything touching it.
    • When an enemy is killed with the black ring, there is a 15% chance for it to drop a black heart.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The ring is similar in appearance to the combination of 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. and Brimstone BrimstoneBrimstone Rebirth 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 VoidMaw 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..
  • Especially effective against Envy and Super Envy. Each piece of Envy grants a 15% chance for a black heart. It is also effective against Brownie due to all the Brownie Corns it spawns.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Holy Mantle Holy MantleHoly Mantle Icon.pngAutomatically negates first taken damage in every room.: Getting hit when the Holy Mantle shield is active prevents Athame from triggering its effect.
  • A Lump of Coal A Lump of CoalA 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.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Homing tears: The black ring becomes homing, curving around to hit enemies.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: Massively increases damage and poisons enemies.
  • Proptosis ProptosisProptosis Rebirth 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.

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)


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