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Samson App.png
Health Stat Icon.png Health HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png
Damage Stat Icon.png Damage 3.5(*1.00)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears 0.95
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed 1.31
Range Stat Icon.png Range 18.75
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed 1.1
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck 0
Starting Items
Starting Item Icon.png Pickups None
Starting Item Icon.png Items Bloody Lust Bloody Lust
Needs to be unlocked Added in Afterbirth † Child's Heart Child's Heart
Unlocked By
Samson Beat 2 floors in a row without taking damage

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. 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 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, Ankh, etc.) won't cost you Samson's inherent Bloody Lust item.

Favorable items[edit | edit source]

  • Dead Bird, Best Bud, Smart Fly, 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 or E Coli can also be beneficial.
  • Any items that increase tear stat, such as Squeezy, Odd Mushroom (Thin)...
  • IV Bag, Blood Rights, Razor Blade, Sharp Plug, Kamikaze!: Activating their effects also give Samson a boost in damage since they damage the player.
  • Immaculate Conception and Cambion Conception will produce familiars as Samson heals or receives damage, respectively.
  • Cancer and The Wafer 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 increases benefits from taking damage and feasibly adds more survivability from random soul hearts and half-heart drops.
  • Health regeneration items like Yum Heart and Placenta allow health regeneration after taking damage.
  • Fanny Pack's chance of dropping a heart upon hit can cancel out damage to Samson while also buffing him.
  • Added in Afterbirth † Dull Razor 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 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 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 spirit heart for his starting health, and his Bloody Lust item acted like the Lusty Blood item, re-added in Afterbirth.
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