Isaac (Boss)

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Final Boss Chest (The Chest)
Disambig.png This article is about the boss. For the character, see Isaac.

Isaac is the boss of Cathedral, which can be accessed by either killing Mom's Heart 11 times and proceeding to kill It Lives, or entering an Angel Room after killing Mom's Heart and walking into the beam of light that appears. It is also accessable by using a teleport item prior to entering the boss room on the final floor.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Note: During all three of Isaac's phases, he will always shoot multiple tears in the player's direction at fixed intervals. These tears can be double tears or even triple tears.

Isaac will not begin attacking the player until he takes damage.

Phase 1

  • Shoots 12 lines of tears in every direction.
  • Shoots 8 groups of tears in a spinning pattern.
  • Shoots 8 groups of spinning tears together with 8 lines of tears in every direction.

Phase 2

  • Shoots 4 tears in the cardinal or diagonal directions, which will split into four short-ranged tears after a short time, similar to 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..
  • Shoots 8 tears in all directions.
  • Summons Angelic Babies in pairs.
  • Summons two beams of light, similar to the beams summoned by Crack the Sky Crack the SkyCrack the Sky Icon.png4 roomsSummons multiple beams of light in random locations around the room, dealing a large amount of damage to any enemy that touches them..

Phase 3

  • Angelic Babies cease spawning.
  • Isaac grows angel wings and gains the ability to teleport.
  • Fires 12 fast lines of tears between each teleport.
  • Isaac will block the player by flying in front of them if they attempt to traverse behind or to the left/right of Isaac.
  • Teleports off screen and summons beams of light to cover the screen, starting from one of the top corners to the opposite bottom corner.
    • This is only performed if he has taken damage since the last teleport, otherwise, he will continue doing the attacks listed above. teleporting takes priority over all other actions he can perform, with the exception being the 12 lines of tears, which is always done immediately after teleporting back onscreen.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Unlockable Items[edit | edit source]

In addition, beating Isaac with a particular character for the first time will unlock the Cross Completion Mark on that character's post-it note.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Since Isaac does not attack the player until he is damaged, an effective strategy can be to use Remote Detonator after placing down many bombs. The bombs will not explode until remote detonator is used, dealing massive damage to Isaac. However, this requires the player to have a decent number of bombs (or a Gold bomb). Having bomb synergy items (i.e. Mr. Mega, Bob's Curse, etc.) improves this strategy further.

During the second phase of the fight, attempt to damage Isaac enough to push him into his third phase as quickly as possible. The beams of lights spawned during this phase are random; the more time spent on this phase, the greater the likelihood of getting hit by them.

In Isaac's third phase, the beams of light he summons are hard to dodge, but they do have areas where damage can be greatly minimized. For example, if the beams of light start in the upper left corner, they will never hit the bottom left corner or the top right corner, but they can hit the bottom right corner. As a result, making it to a corner adjacent to where the beams begin is the optimal strategy to reduce the likelihood of taking damage from this attack, and going to the opposite corner is the next best thing as beams only sometimes hit that area. Barring these two strategies, running through the beams in the opposite direction they are coming from (if timed correctly) does not hurt Isaac.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Every time Isaac is defeated, the current savefile's image changes until The Polaroid The PolaroidThe Polaroid Icon.pngIf the character has half a red heart or no red hearts after taking damage, it triggers the Book Of Shadows effect, creating a shield that nullifies all types of damage for 5 seconds. Also allows entrance into The Chest. is unlocked.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! Added in Afterbirth † The Angelic Babies always spawn in the bottom center of the room at the same exact position.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Isaac was added in the Wrath of the Lamb DLC for the original The Binding of Isaac.
  • The music that plays during this boss fight is titled Infanticide.[1] The term infanticide refers to the act of killing an infant or newborn.
  • Isaac, along with ???, are the only bosses who do not "die" upon losing all their health. Instead of exploding into a pile of gore, Isaac teleports away and the battle ends. Oddly it's noted that Isaac's expression as the fight goes on goes from a somber, scared tone to him smiling in his third phase. This supports the theory that Isaac has made peace with himself and realized what he must do, as seen through the multiple endings of the game.
  • During his first phase, Isaac makes the same crying sound as Mulligans. This also applies to ???.

References[edit | edit source]

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Chapter 1
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Blighted OvumDingleThe Duke of FliesFamineFistulaGeminiGurglingsThe HauntLarry Jr.MonstroPinStevenWidowThe FallenThe Headless Horseman
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Chapter 2
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???The LambMega Satan
Added in Afterbirth † The Void
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