The Harbingers

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The Harbingers is the achievement that unlocks Famine, War, Pestilence and Death as four additional bosses. The Harbingers are referenced in the Bible as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These bosses are only unlocked once Mom has been defeated for the first time. These bosses, with the exception of Conquest and The Headless Horseman, are guaranteed to drop either a Ball of Bandages Ball of BandagesBall of Bandages Icon.pngOrbiting familiar that deals damage to enemies. If collected while already having one, makes the familiar evolve. Only drops from Horsemen. Similar to Cube of Meat. or a Cube of Meat Cube of MeatCube of Meat Icon.pngOrbiting familiar that blocks enemy shots and deals damage to enemies. If collected while already having one, makes the familiar evolve. Only drops from Horsemen. Similar to Ball of Bandages.. By using the Book of Revelations Book of RevelationsBook of Revelations Icon.png6 roomsAdds 1 soul heart, increases the chance for a Devil or Angel Room to appear, and increases the chance for the next boss to be a Horseman (except on XL floors and floors with fixed bosses such as Mom). on a floor, there is a much higher chance that the boss for the current floor will be a harbinger unless the floor has a fixed boss (for example, Mom in The Depths and Necropolis) or the harbinger has been fought already.

Famine[edit | edit source]

Famine is the Harbinger for Chapter 1.

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Pestilence[edit | edit source]

Pestilence is the Harbinger for Chapter 2.

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War[edit | edit source]

War is the Harbinger for Chapter 3. War cannot be found in Depths, Necropolis, or Added in  Afterbirth Dank Depths II as Mom will always be the boss of that floor.

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Death[edit | edit source]

Death is the Harbinger for Chapter 4. Death cannot be found in Womb, Utero, or Added in  Afterbirth Scarred Womb II as Mom's Heart or It Lives will always be the boss of that floor.

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Conquest[edit | edit source]

Conquest is an alternative boss to Death in Chapter 4. He is unlocked once 10 items have been taken from Angel Rooms. Conquest does not drop normal Horseman items, instead dropping White Pony White PonyWhite Pony Icon.png6 roomsPassively grants flight and increased speed. Upon use, Isaac charges in the direction the pony is facing, becoming invulnerable during the charge and damaging enemies while also casting the effect of Crack the Sky..

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The Headless Horseman[edit | edit source]

The Headless Horseman can appear in the place of any Harbinger. Like Conquest, he doesn't drop normal Horseman items, instead dropping A Pony A PonyA Pony Icon.png4 roomsPassively grants flight and increased speed. Upon use, Isaac charges in the direction the pony is facing, becoming invulnerable during the charge and damaging enemies..

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Unlockable Achievements[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Conquest was added in the Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb. In the Bible, Conquest is actually the first Horseman to appear, while Pestilence is a Horseman existing only in popular culture, coming from a different translation of the Greek word 'Thanatos', often meaning Death instead (the canon four Horsemen, thus, are Conquest, War, Famine and Death).
    • Conquest's entry in the secrets is called "The Forgotten Horseman", because of that very reason.
  • Death is the only horseman specifically given a name in The Book of Revelation.
  • The use of the Book of Revelations Book of RevelationsBook of Revelations Icon.png6 roomsAdds 1 soul heart, increases the chance for a Devil or Angel Room to appear, and increases the chance for the next boss to be a Horseman (except on XL floors and floors with fixed bosses such as Mom). item to summon a horseman for the current floor is reference to the fact that the book of the Bible in which the horsemen are described is Revelation.
  • None of the Harbingers have a death animation.
  • Under normal circumstances, Conquest and the Headless Horseman are 2 of only 3 bosses (the other being The Fallen) who drop or can drop active items upon defeat.
  • The horses used by the Harbingers resemble stick horses.


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