Azazel

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Azazel is a character in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth unlocked by making three deals with the devil in one run. Azazel starts with a short-ranged version of 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., the ability to fly, the card 0 - The Fool 0 - The Fool0 - The Fool Icon.pngTeleports you back to the starting room of a floor., and three black hearts without any regular heart containers; however, unlike ???, Azazel can still obtain heart containers with items.

Item and Strategy Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Azazel suffers from the shortest range of all characters; this is balanced with flight, additional power per hit via his Brimstone-like attack, and significant damage to all enemies in the room upon the loss of a Black Heart, killing most lesser enemies.
  • Due to his inherent flight, Azazel takes damage only when leaving a curse room, not when entering, effectively letting him use these rooms at half-price. Additionally, he can use the Fool card he starts with to avoid the cost for one room entirely.
  • It is possible to slightly increase attack range by taking range-increasing items.
  • Despite his lack of Heart Containers, unlike ???, Azazel can gain Heart Containers. Thus, health-increasing items are useful.
  • With enough range, acquiring homing tears will make Azazel's Brimstone home in on enemies.

Good Items[edit | edit source]

  • 20/20 20/2020 20 Icon.pngGrants double shot. - Doubles lasers without increasing tear delay.
  • 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. - Shoots multiple mini Brimstone lasers with increased tear delay.
  • Abaddon AbaddonAbaddon Icon.pngIncreases damage and speed, removes all red heart containers, grants six black hearts, and adds a chance to shoot fear tears. - Aside from the lack of angel rooms, it provides no downside, given Azazel still has no Heart Containers. As it costs 3 soul hearts, it will add 3 black hearts to his health bar, increase damage and speed, and give his Brimstone laser a fear effect.
  • 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. - gives Azazel the long-range version.
  • Added in AfterbirthCircle of Protection Circle of ProtectionCircle of Protection Icon.pngSurrounds Isaac with a large white halo around him that pulsates. With each pulse, the halo deals contact damage to enemies equal to Isaac's damage. Each pulse also converts any enemy shots touching the ring into friendly purple homing tears. - the circle is nearly the same size as Azazel's laser, adding extra damage.
  • Added in Afterbirth Monstro's Lung Monstro's LungMonstro's Lung Icon.pngIncreases damage and grants a charged shot that fires multiple tears in the same fashion as Monstro. - gives several additional Brimstone beams around Azazel.
  • My Reflection My ReflectionMy Reflection Icon.pngGives Isaac's tears a boomerang effect, and increases range and shot speed. - greatly increases the range of Azazel's brimstone.
    • Added in Afterbirth Greatly increases the Brimstone laser's range and makes the laser curve as Azazel moves around the room.
  • Number One Number OneNumber One Icon.png+1.5 tears, -15.77 range - slightly decreases Azazel's range but significantly decreases the charge time of Azazel's Brimstone. Also turns Azazel's laser yellow.
  • Proptosis ProptosisProptosis Icon.pngTears start out massive with high damage, and then shrink down and become weaker over a short range. - doubles the Brimstone laser's damage without any downsides.
    • Added in Afterbirth The beam will decrease in damage the further it travels, but Proptosis still greatly increases damage at close range.
  • Added in Afterbirth Rubber Cement Rubber CementRubber Cement Icon.pngTears bounce off walls, enemies, and environmental objects. - allows Azazel's laser to bounce off of walls. Unlike Azazel's normal mini-Brimstone, beams that bounce off of walls have infinite range, but deals half of damage.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The beam will no longer turn into normal Brimstone upon bouncing off a wall. It will instead turn into his mini-Brimstone.
  • Sad Bombs Sad BombsSad Bombs Icon.png+5 Bombs. Upon exploding, bombs shoot 8 tears off in every direction, similar to Tammy's Head. The tears are affected by any tear modifiers Isaac has on his own tears. - shoots 10 short-ranged Brimstone beams around the explosion point, which deals enormous amounts of damage.
  • Tammy's Head Tammy's HeadTammy's Head Icon.png1 roomsShoots 10 tears in a circle around Isaac, which retain the damage, shot speed, and special effects (such as poison) of Isaac's tears. - shoots 10 short-ranged Brimstone beams around him, which deals enormous amounts of damage.
  • Added in AfterbirthTape Worm Tape WormTape Worm Icon.pngDoubles Isaac's range and halves his tear height. - greatly increases the Brimstone laser's range.
  • Added in Afterbirth Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range. - Along with a physical change in the brimstone, damage is increased.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2Technology 2 Icon.pngDecreases damage and replaces right eye tears with a unlimited range, piercing laser which fires continuously. - provides a laser while Brimstone is charging, allowing the player to do damage while the charge occurs. However, this also decreases the damage of Azazel's Brimstone.
  • 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. - Turns Tech X rings into Brimstone rings, significantly increasing damage output and providing long ranged attacks.
  • 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. - gives a Brimstone ring, whether Azazel has the short or long-ranged version of it, giving him the ability to damage many enemies at a time due to its size and negates Azazel's short range, but halves Azazel's damage.
  • Tiny Planet Tiny PlanetTiny Planet Icon.pngRange up and makes shot tears revolve around Isaac until they drop. - changes the path of Azazel's Brimstone into a circle, giving it an area of effect. The range increase becomes especially powerful if you add a homing tears effect.

Bad Items[edit | edit source]

  • Added in AfterbirthDead Eye Dead EyeDead Eye Icon.pngIsaac's damage increases each time an enemy is hit. Damage is reset upon missing a shot. - Has no effect.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth. - Adds poison effect to the beam and fires an explosive tear, but since tear delay increases vastly, it is essentially a run-killer.
  • Soy Milk Soy MilkSoy Milk Icon.pngTears shrink and do much less damage, but fire in very rapid succession. - Even though it significantly decreases charge time, it also significantly decreases damage, essentially making it a run-killer.
  • Added in AfterbirthThe Wiz The WizThe Wiz Icon.pngTears simultaneously fire out of both eyes diagonally, similar to the effect of the R U A Wizard? pill. Isaac's tears also travel above all obstacles. - While useful in some situations, enemies such as the The Thing or Creeps will be dangerous.
  • The following items have their effect reduced or nullified with Azazel's short-ranged Brimstone.
    • Items naturally overridden by Brimstone, such as:
      • Chocolate Milk Chocolate MilkChocolate Milk Icon.pngGrants charged tears that deal greater damage when fully charged.
      • 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.
      • Blood Clot Blood ClotBlood Clot Icon.pngIncreases damage by 1 and range by 5 for tears fired from the left eye.
      • 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.
      • Mysterious Liquid Mysterious LiquidMysterious Liquid Icon.pngTears leave a small, short lasting pool of creep on impact or when their range is depleted. (Added in Afterbirth Creep will spawn at the edge of the laser)
      • Ouija Board Ouija BoardOuija Board Icon.pngGrants spectral tears that travel through obstacles (but not enemies) instead of breaking on impact with them.
      • Lord of the Pit Lord of the PitLord of the Pit Icon.pngGrants flight and increases speed. (Azazel starts with flight)
      • Spirit of the Night Spirit of the NightSpirit of the Night Icon.pngGrants spectral tears and flight. (Azazel starts with flight)
      • Strange Attractor Strange AttractorStrange Attractor Icon.pngPickups, trinkets, and monsters are magnetically attracted to Isaac's tears. (Until Anti-Gravity Anti-GravityAnti-Gravity Icon.png-2 Tear Delay. Tears float in position until firing ceases, after which they will fly off in the direction they were shot in. is picked up)
      • The Parasite The ParasiteThe Parasite Icon.pngIsaac's tears split in two when they hit something.
    • Added in AfterbirthContinuum ContinuumContinuum Icon.png+2.25 Range Up. +1.5 Tear Height. Isaac's tears travel through walls and appear out of the opposite wall. Isaac's tears also travel over rocks and objects. has no effect with Azazel's short Brimstone.
    • Added in AfterbirthKidney Stone Kidney StoneKidney Stone Icon.pngRandomly while firing tears, Isaac will stop firing and turn red, where he will charge and release a lot of 'tears' in one go. In the burst of tears is a kidney stone which deals a lot of damage. has no effect. Reduces Azazel's short Brimstone's range, as well as Azazel's speed.
    • Added in AfterbirthMarked MarkedMarked Icon.pngIsaac will now fire tears automatically directed at a red target on the ground which is controlled by the player. This allows for a full 360 degree tear firing radius. Can be overridden by other tear modifiers such as Mom's Knife or Brimstone. Brimstone's beam cannot be directed, but it does increase Brimstone's charge speed.
    • Added in Afterbirth †Jacob's Ladder Jacob's LadderJacob's Ladder Icon.pngTears fire sparks of electricity in random directions upon hitting an obstacle or enemy. Jacob's Ladder has no effect; sparks do not fly from Azazel's Brimstone when it connects with enemies.
  • The following items override Azazel's short-ranged Brimstone:
    • 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.
    • Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.
    • 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.
    • Items that respawn Azazel as a different character, including Ankh AnkhAnkh Icon.pngUpon death, the player will respawn as ??? with 3 soul hearts., Lazarus' Rags Lazarus' RagsLazarus' Rags Icon.pngUpon dying, resurrect as Revived Lazarus with one heart container and Anemic item., and Judas' Shadow Judas' ShadowJudas' Shadow Icon.pngAdds an extra life; upon death, it respawns Isaac as Black Judas with only two black hearts.
  • Items that break rocks, like Leo LeoLeo Icon.pngAllows you to crush rocks when you walk over them. or Thunder Thighs Thunder ThighsThunder Thighs Icon.pngDestroys rocks upon contact with Isaac. Adds one heart container and lowers Speed. nullify part of the advantage Azazel gains from flight as he will no longer be able to hover over them to avoid enemy projectiles.

Unlockable Items[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the Bible, Azazel is referred to as a scapegoat that was cast into the wild as atonement. However, in certain traditions of Abrahamic religions, Azazel refers to the fallen angel who taught people to make weapons and jewelry and taught women the "sinful art" of painting their faces, as mentioned in the apocryphal Book of Enoch. Azazel is referenced three times in the Bible; this may be why he spawns with three black hearts.
  • His appearance may also be a slight reference to Venger, the villain of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon. Both are missing their right horn, and with the other D&D references, it would seem to go along with it.
  • Azazel starting with 0 - The Fool card could be a reference to Isaac being a fool for believing he looks like Azazel, which would tie in to the characters being figments of Isaacs imagination and Isaac believing he is a sinner.


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