Samson

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Bloody Lust Bloody Lust
Bloody Lust Icon.pngIncreases damage as Isaac receives damage. Damage increase stays for the whole floor.

Needs to be unlocked Added in Afterbirth † Child's Heart Child's Heart
Child's Heart Icon.pngIncreases the chance of a Heart dropping after clearing a room, and the chance of finding a Heart when opening a Chest.
 
Samson Complete 2 floors in a row without taking damage
SamsonSamson

Samson is unlocked when the player defeats two floors in a row without taking any damage.

Samson starts with 3 red heart containers and Bloody Lust Bloody Lust
Bloody Lust Icon.pngIncreases damage as Isaac receives damage. Damage increase stays for the whole floor.
. Every time Samson is dealt damage, he receives a damage boost that resets when he goes down a floor. Added in Afterbirth † Samson will start with the Child's Heart Child's Heart
Child's Heart Icon.pngIncreases the chance of a Heart dropping after clearing a room, and the chance of finding a Heart when opening a Chest.
trinket after completing the Ultra Hard challenge.

Unlockable items[edit | edit source]

Item & Strategy Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Samson gains damage from being hurt as opposed to killing enemies, and as such, possesses a play style which is fairly similar to Eve. Therefore, using Devil Beggars, Sacrifice Rooms and Blood Donation Machines synergizes very well with Samson.
  • Samson starts with a lower Tear stat. Try to seek items that increase it.
  • Dying as Samson and then respawning as another character (Lazarus' Rags Lazarus' Rags
    Lazarus' Rags Icon.pngUpon dying, resurrect as Revived Lazarus with one heart container and Anemic item.
    , Ankh Ankh
    Ankh Icon.pngUpon death, the player will respawn as ??? with 3 soul hearts.
    , etc.) won't cost you Samson's inherent Bloody Lust Bloody Lust
    Bloody Lust Icon.pngIncreases damage as Isaac receives damage. Damage increase stays for the whole floor.
    item.

Favorable items[edit | edit source]

  • Dead Bird Dead Bird
    Dead Bird Icon.pngSpawns a flying familiar for the current room that chases enemies whenever Isaac takes damage.
    , Best Bud Best Bud
    Best Bud Icon.pngWhen hit, summons a white attack fly similar to Distant Admiration for the current room.
    , Smart Fly Smart Fly
    Smart Fly Icon.pngAfter Isaac takes damage, this fly will deal continuous touch damage to whatever enemy caused the damage until it is dead. The fly will then systematically attack 1 enemy at a time until the room is cleared.
    , etc: All of these items will add to Samson's damage increase from getting hurt, although, unlike Bloody Lust, the bonus of these items only last for the duration of a room.
  • Items relying on contact damage like The Virus The Virus
    The Virus Icon.pngInflicts poison to enemies who make contact with Isaac. Speed down.
    or E Coli E Coli
    E Coli Icon.pngGives "Turdy Touch" Effect. Enemies that touch Isaac are changed into poop.
    can also be beneficial.
  • Any items that increase tear stat, such as Squeezy Squeezy
    Squeezy Icon.pngIncreases tears by 0.4, and spawns 2 Soul Hearts pickups.
    , Odd Mushroom Odd Mushroom
    Odd Mushroom (Thin) Icon.png+1.7 tears, +0.3 speed, reduces damage.
    ...
  • IV Bag IV Bag
    IV Bag Icon.pngUnlimitedUpon activation, Isaac loses a half-heart (one whole heart in The Womb onwards) for a random amount of coins, similar to the blood donation machine.
    , Blood Rights Blood Rights
    Blood Rights Icon.pngUnlimitedDamages all enemies in the room, but deals a heart of damage to Isaac with each use.
    , Razor Blade Razor Blade
    Razor Blade Icon.pngUnlimitedUpon use, deals one heart of damage to Isaac and grants +1.2 damage for the current room.
    , Sharp Plug Sharp Plug
    Sharp Plug Icon.pngUsing an activated item while it's not charged will charge it and Sharp Plug does 2 full heart damage to Isaac.
    , Kamikaze! Kamikaze!
    Kamikaze! Icon.pngUnlimitedCreates an explosion in the same area as Isaac, dealing half a heart of damage to him and also damaging all enemies caught in the blast radius.
    : Activating their effects also give Samson a boost in damage since they damage the player.
  • Added in Afterbirth Immaculate Conception Immaculate Conception
    Immaculate Conception Icon.pngUpon picking up a certain amount of health, spawn a permanent angelic familiar.
    and Added in Afterbirth Cambion Conception Cambion Conception
    Cambion Conception Icon.pngAfter taking damage a certain amount of times, a permanent demonic familiar spawns.
    will produce familiars as Samson heals or receives damage, respectively.
  • Cancer Cancer
    Cancer (Trinket) Icon.png-2 Tear Delay (effectively increases firerate of tears).
    and The Wafer The Wafer
    The Wafer Icon.pngAll sources of damage that would cause more than one half heart of damage are reduced to one half heart instead.
    minimize damage taken from Sacrifice Rooms, and can be incredibly useful to build a lot of damage, especially in combination with an excess of hearts.
  • Gimpy Gimpy
    Gimpy Icon.pngHas a chance of spawning a soul heart or black heart when taking damage. Enemies have a chance to drop a Half Red Heart after being killed.
    increases benefits from taking damage and feasibly adds more survivability from random soul hearts and half-heart drops.
  • Health regeneration items like Yum Heart Yum Heart
    Yum Heart Icon.png4 roomsRestores 1 whole red heart.
    and Placenta Placenta
    Placenta Icon.pngGrants a full heart container, and a chance to regenerate a half-heart of health every minute of gameplay.
    allow health regeneration after taking damage.
  • Fanny Pack Fanny Pack
    Fanny Pack Icon.pngHas a chance to drop a random pickup when Isaac takes damage.
    's chance of dropping a heart upon hit can cancel out damage to Samson while also buffing him.
  • Added in Afterbirth † Dull Razor Dull Razor
    Dull Razor Icon.png2 roomsHurts Isaac without depleting health, activating any items that trigger upon taking damage.
    can safely provide Samson's damage boost without needing to actually take damage.
  • Any items that increase health so he can take more damage before dying.

Unfavorable items[edit | edit source]

  • Anything which lowers health, such as Dead Cat Dead Cat
    Dead Cat Icon.pngSets the amount of red heart containers to 1, but gives Isaac 9 extra lives. After dying, Isaac is teleported to the last safe room. New heart containers can be obtained after picking up this item, but after each death, the number of heart containers is set to 1 again.
    can make purposeful self damage less reliable as a damage booster.


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the Bible, Samson was a supernaturally strong warrior who derived his power from his Nazarite vow, entitling immense strength to Samson if he did not cut his hair.
    • A strange detail, considering Samson's Lock (Meaning lock of hair) is an unlockable item, implying the Samson we see isn't at his full potential.
  • Samson first appeared in the Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb expansion. That version had only 1 heart container and a soul heart for his starting health, and his Bloody Lust item acted like the Lusty Blood item, re-added in Afterbirth.
    • Samson was originally unlocked by skipping two Treasure Rooms and killing Mom in one run.
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