Pause

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Added in Afterbirth †

Pause is an active item added in Afterbirth †.

Effect[edit | edit source]

  • Stops all enemies until a fire button is pressed.
    • This does not affect troll bombs.
    • Touching frozen enemies will still damage Isaac.
    • Bosses are affected.
      • After 30 seconds, they will resume their actions while non-boss enemies (except Lil' Haunt) are still paused.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Paused enemies will not have their damage scaling working effectively, making it highly effective against bosses that employ the mechanic.
  • Damage against paused multi-segmented bosses works unpredictably, most notably allowing you to damage Scolex on normally invulnerable parts.
  • This allows you to clear a room or do damage to a boss for 30 seconds if you have a way to deal damage without attacking, like an orbital or follower that attacks automatically.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Butter! Butter!Butter! Icon.pngUsing an active item will drop it onto a pedestal on the ground. Taking damage may result in dropping a passive item.: Isaac drops Pause after using it, allowing him to fire tears to damage enemies while paused.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! Mega Satan will not play his death animation if he is killed while paused.


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