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Jacob's Ladder

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Added in Afterbirth †

Jacob's Ladder is a passive item added in Afterbirth †.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Tears fire 1-2 sparks of electricity in random directions upon hitting an obstacle or enemy.
    • Sparks deal half of the tear's damage, not Isaac's base damage.
    • Sparks behave like spectral homing lasers and will arc to hit enemies that are close enough, even striking multiple ones in a row.
    • Tears that hit the floor due to running out of range do not generate arcs.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • All status causing tear effects: The status effects will be applied over the electric arcs as well. Poison caused by Serpent's Kiss Serpent's KissSerpent'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. will not drop black hearts.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: Electric arcs happen normally and sparks' damage is massively increased.
  • Lost Contact Lost ContactLost Contact Icon.pngEvery tear has a small shield which will allow it to block one enemy projectile.: Tears block enemy shots as normal and will then generate arcs of electricity where the shot was blocked.
  • 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.: The Ludovico tear spawns a large number of sparks when in contact with an enemy, but not on obstacles.
  • A Lump of Coal A Lump of CoalA Lump of Coal Icon.pngThe more distance tears travel, the more damage they will do.: Sparks deal damage based the tear's, increasing with distance. No extra damage is applied by distance covered by the spark.
  • Spectral tears: The tears can spawn sparks while passing through obstacles, but not on walls.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Azazel / 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.: Brimstone does not generate sparks.
  • Backstabber BackstabberBackstabber Icon.pngHas a chance to fire tears that inflict bleeding on enemies, causing them to slowly take damage over time.: Electric arcs cannot hit the enemies' backs for the extra damage and bleeding.
  • Compound Fracture Compound FractureCompound Fracture Icon.pngIncreases range. Tears turn into bones, which shatter into 1-3 bone shards upon hitting an enemy or obstacle. / The Parasite The ParasiteThe Parasite Icon.pngIsaac's tears split in two when they hit something.: Although the scatter effect increases the amount of arcing, the split tears deal lesser damage and as such, less damage on their sparks.
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusDr. Fetus Icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide for a fixed time 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.: Bombs do not generate sparks.
  • Haemolacria HaemolacriaHaemolacria Icon.pngTears are now fired in an arc. Upon hitting the floor, an obstacle, or an enemy, they burst into many smaller tears in all directions. Increases tear delay.: Only main tear can spawn sparks.
  • 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.: The knife does not generate sparks.
  • Proptosis ProptosisProptosis Icon.pngTears start out massive with high damage, and then shrink down and become weaker over a short range.: Sparks will decrease in damage based on how much damage the tear has lost.
  • Rubber Cement Rubber CementRubber Cement Icon.pngTears bounce off walls, enemies, and environmental objects.: Tears will only spawn sparks when hitting enemies.
  • Tech 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. / Tech.5 Tech.5Tech.5 Icon.pngGrants a unlimited range piercing laser with random rate of fire that does not replace tears. The laser might occasionally fire with the effect of a random item or trinket, such as Hook Worm, Spoon Bender or Tiny Planet. / Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range. / Technology 2 Technology 2Technology 2 Icon.pngDecreases damage and replaces right eye tears with a unlimited range, piercing laser which fires continuously.: Lasers do not generate sparks.
  • Trisagion TrisagionTrisagion Icon.pngTears are replaced with piercing white blasts of light.: Only spawns sparks when hitting obstacles.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This item refers to high voltage traveling arcs, which are colloquially known as Jacob's ladders. It creates a small electric arc rising between two metal rods, as the item graphic represents.
    • The name is a reference to The Book of Genesis from the Old Testament. In Genesis 28:10-19 Jacob rests on his journey and has a dream; in the dream he sees a ladder which serves as the connection between Heaven and Earth.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! When using The Forgotten's melee attack with both Jacob's Ladder and Haemolacria, the sparks caused by splattered tears will hurt the player. This does not apply to other tear scattering items.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

 PC JWG4 24V3 (First floor treasure room) Normal and hard modes only

 PC 9ZCZ 9YBG (First floor treasure room) Normal and hard modes only

 Switch RB16 V4HQ (First floor treasure room) Normal and hard modes only


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