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Tear Effects

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Disambig.png This article is about Isaac's primary weapon. For the attribute of the same name that governs rate of fire, see Tears.

Tear Effects modify Isaac's primary weapon — tears. A few of the most common tear effects are listed below.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Effect Appearance Description
Homing Spoon Bender Tears.png Slightly diverts from their original path to seek nearby enemies. The distance homing tears can travel is determined by the Range stat.
Piercing Cupid's Arrow Tears.png Can travel through enemies (but not obstacles) without breaking on impact. While they do not directly increase damage, piercing tears can allow the character to deal a greater amount of damage per second due to the multiple impact calculations on multi-segmented enemies and the possibility to hit multiple enemies at once. Once a single target or a segment of an enemy has been hit by a piercing tear, it can no longer take damage from that tear.

The downside of piercing tears is that they remove knockback.

Spectral Ouija Board Tears.png Can travel through obstacles (but not enemies) without breaking on impact. Spectral tears can be used to safely dispatch most types of monsters from behind obstacles, or over them in combination with flying.

Allows tears to pass through both enemies and obstacles if combined with Piercing.

Homing[edit | edit source]

Activated Items that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Telepathy for Dummies 192
Telepathy for Dummies
2 rooms
Temporary psychic shot Upon activation, grants homing tears for the current room.

Passive Items that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Sacred Heart 182 Sacred Heart Homing shots + DMG up Increases damage and range while reducing shot speed and grants homing tears. Grants a Heart Container and replenishes all Red Hearts.
Spoon Bender 3 Spoon Bender Homing shots Grants Isaac homing tears.
Godhead 331 Godhead God tears Increases damage and range while reducing tears and shot speed. Grants homing tears and tears gain a damaging halo.

Trinkets that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Nose Goblin 98 Nose Goblin Seems magic... Chance to fire a booger that sticks to enemies and deals damage over time.
Added in Afterbirth † Ouroboros Worm 96 Ouroboros Worm Foop foop! Tears travel in a large spiral pattern and become spectral.

Cards that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Message Effect
I - The Magician 2 I - The Magician Icon.png May you never miss your goal Grants homing tears for the current room.

Familiars that fire homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Little Steven 100 Little Steven Psychic friend Spawns a familiar that follows Isaac around and fires homing tears.
Added in  Afterbirth Seraphim 390 Seraphim Sworn friend An angel familiar which follows Isaac and fires homing tears which deal 10 damage at -25% shot speed and a reduced fire rate.

Trinkets that grant Familiars homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Baby-Bender 127 Baby-Bender Feed them magic! Grants Isaac's familiars homing shots.

Piercing[edit | edit source]

Passive Items that grant piercing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Cupid's Arrow 48 Cupid's Arrow Piercing shots Grants Isaac piercing tears that travel through enemies (but not obstacles) instead of breaking on impact with them.
Dead Onion 336 Dead Onion Toxic aura tears Grants piercing and spectral tears. Increases tear size (without increasing damage) while greatly reducing range and shot speed.
Death's Touch 237 Death's Touch Penetrative shot + damage up Increases Damage by 1.5, reduces Tears by 0.3 and increases tear size. Grants piercing tears. Tears are replaced by Death's scythes, which is a cosmetic effect only.
Added in Afterbirth † Eye of Belial 462 Eye of Belial Possessed tears! Grants piercing tears. After piercing one enemy, tears start homing and deal double damage.
Sagittarius 306 Sagittarius Penetrative shot + speed up Increases speed by +0.2 and grants piercing tears.

Trinkets that grant piercing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Push Pin 31 Push Pin Piercing shots Adds a 10% chance to shoot a piercing and spectral tear.

Spectral[edit | edit source]

Passive Items that grant spectral tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Dead Dove 185 Dead Dove Flight + spectral tears Grants spectral tears and flight.
Dead Onion 336 Dead Onion Toxic aura tears Grants piercing and spectral tears. Increases tear size (without increasing damage) while greatly reducing range and shot speed.
Ouija Board 115 Ouija Board Spectral tears Grants spectral tears that travel through obstacles (but not enemies) instead of breaking on impact with them.
Added in  Afterbirth Pupula Duplex 379 Pupula Duplex Wide shot Transforms Isaac's tears into a wide arc shape which gives them a much larger hitbox. Gives Isaac spectral tears which allows them to travel through objects in the environment (i.e. rocks).
Spirit of the Night 159 Spirit of the Night Scary Grants spectral tears and flight.

Familiars that fire spectral tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Ghost Baby 163 Ghost Baby Spectral buddy Spawns a familiar that follows Isaac around and fires spectral tears.

Trinkets that grant spectral tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Ouroboros Worm 96 Ouroboros Worm Foop foop! Tears travel in a large spiral pattern and become spectral.
Push Pin 31 Push Pin Piercing shots Adds a 10% chance to shoot a piercing and spectral tear.


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