Tears

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Disambig.png This article is about the attribute. For Isaac's primary weapon, see effects.

Tears Stat Icon.png The Tears attribute determines the rate of fire of the character, and is represented by 3 arrows. This attribute is also known as the tear delay (the delay between successive shots, as opposed to the inverse 'tears per second'); a higher tears stat means a shorter delay. The tear stat is a measurement of tear frequency, as opposed to Shot Speed, which measures how fast those shots move.

Tear Delay[edit | edit source]

The formula for tear delay is: Tear Delay Formula.png

If TotalTears * 1.3 + 1 is negative, TearDelay = 16 - 6 * TotalTears.

"Total Tears" is equal to the normal tears stat. For example, picking up Sad Onion would grant 0.7 tears, making Isaac's tear delay 7.7, which is rounded down to 7.

Different characters start with different initial tears:

Several items directly modify tear delay after this main calculation:

  • Anti-Gravity Anti-GravityAnti-Gravity Icon.png-2 Tear Delay. Tears float in position until firing ceases, after which they will fly off in the direction they were shot in.: -2 tear delay
  • 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.: tear delay * 3
  •  : -2 tear delay
  • Capricorn CapricornCapricorn Icon.pngAll stats up.: -1 tear delay
  • Chocolate Milk Chocolate MilkChocolate Milk Icon.pngGrants charged tears that deal greater damage when fully charged. + 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.: -1 tear delay
  • Added in Afterbirth †Cracked Crown Cracked CrownCracked Crown Icon.pngGrants extra stat upgrades based on Isaac's passive items that increase stats, +0.2 tears, -1 tear delay.: -1 tear delay
  • Cricket's Body Cricket's BodyCricket's Body Icon.pngGrants -1 Tear Delay and reduces Range. When tears hit an object or deplete their range, they spawn 4 smaller tears, whose Range and Damage scale with Isaac's.: -1 tear delay
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusDr. Fetus Icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide a fixed range after being fired.: tear delay * 2.5
  • Added in AfterbirthEpiphora EpiphoraEpiphora Icon.pngShooting in one direction increases Isaac's rate of fire until the cap is reached. As soon as Isaac changes direction or stops shooting, rate of fire is reset to its normal amount.: tear delay / 2 (while at max "charge")
  • Eve's Mascara Eve's MascaraEve's Mascara Icon.pngDoubles damage, halves tears stat, and greatly reduces shot speed.: tear delay * 2
  • Guillotine GuillotineGuillotine Icon.pngIsaac's head is removed from his body and floats around him. Increases Damage by 1 and grants -1 Tear Delay.: -1 tear delay
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: (tear delay * 2) + 10
  • Added in AfterbirthMilk! Milk!Milk! Icon.pngA glass of milk follows Isaac and spills on the floor upon taking damage. After the milk spills, Isaac's tear delay is decreased by 2 for the rest of the room.: -2 tear delay (after taking damage for the current room)
  • Mom's Perfume Mom's PerfumeMom's Perfume Icon.pngAdds a chance to shoot fear tears and decreases tear delay by 1.: -1 tear delay
  • Monstro's Lung Monstro's LungMonstro's Lung Icon.pngIncreases damage and grants a charged shot that fires multiple tears in the same fashion as Monstro.: tear delay * 4.3
  • Mutant Spider Mutant SpiderMutant Spider Icon.pngGrants quadruple shot but decreases tears.: (tear delay * 2.1) + 3
  • Pisces PiscesPisces Icon.png-1 Tear Delay, adds knock-back shots and increases tear size.: -1 tear delay
  • Polyphemus PolyphemusPolyphemus Icon.pngMakes Isaac shoot one huge tear. Also reduces Tears to minimum. Damage increased . If tear does more damage than an enemy's life, the tear continues to travel with the extra remaining damage.: (tear delay * 2.1) + 3
  • Added in AfterbirthPurity PurityPurity Icon.pngThis item will boost one of Isaac's stats depending on the color of the aura around him. The aura will disappear upon taking damage and will reappear with a random color upon entering a new room. A red aura boosts damage, a blue aura boosts rate of fire, a yellow aura boosts speed, and an orange aura boosts range.: -4 tear delay while blue aura is active
  • Soy Milk Soy MilkSoy Milk Icon.pngTears shrink and do much less damage, but fire in very rapid succession.: (tear delay / 4) - 2
  • The Inner Eye The Inner EyeThe Inner Eye Icon.pngGrants triple shot but decreases tears.: (tear delay * 2.1) + 3


The minimum tear delay that can be reached with regular tears up items is 5, but with items that directly reduce tear delay, tear delay can reach a minimum of 1.

The number of tears per second that the player fires is found by the formula: Tears Per Second Formula.png.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Assuming no other modifications to the tears stat, +1.4 tears up is enough to bring you to the normal delay cap. In this case, it would reduce the delay to 5.92, which rounds down to 5.
  • With a tear delay of 1, the maximum achievable rate of fire is 15 tears per second (every 4 frames).
  • Polyphemus, Mutant Spider and Inner Eye's tear delay formulas do not stack with each other.

Items that affect tears[edit | edit source]

Activated Items[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth D8 406
D8
4 rooms
Reroll stats Re-rolls Isaac's speed, range, tears, and damage.
Added in Afterbirth † Dataminer 481
Dataminer
4 rooms
109 Displaces enemy sprites for the current room and increases or decreases a random stat.

Passive Items[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Analog Stick 465 Analog Stick 360 tears! +0.3 tears up. Allows Isaac to fire tears diagonally.
Anti-Gravity 222 Anti-Gravity Antigravity tears + tears up -2 Tear Delay. Tears float in position until firing ceases, after which they will fly off in the direction they were shot in.
Added in Afterbirth † Apple! 443 Apple! Trick or treat? Increases tears. Adds a chance to fire a high-damage razor blade.
Added in Afterbirth Binky 438 Binky Memories... Tears up, adds 1 soul heart, and decreases Isaac's size.
Blue Cap 342 Blue Cap HP + tears up + shot speed down Grants 1 heart container and increases tears, but decreases shot speed.
Added in Afterbirth † Brittle Bones 549 Brittle Bones Everything hurts Replaces all red hearts with 6 empty bone hearts. Upon losing a bone heart, Isaac fires bones in 8 directions and permanently gains a tears up.
Capricorn 307 Capricorn All stats up All stats up.
Chocolate Milk 69 Chocolate Milk Charge shots Grants charged tears that deal greater damage when fully charged.
Cricket's Body 224 Cricket's Body Tears up + splash damage Grants -1 Tear Delay and reduces Range. When tears hit an object or deplete their range, they spawn 4 smaller tears, whose Range and Damage scale with Isaac's.
Added in Afterbirth † Dark Prince's Crown 442 Dark Prince's Crown Loss is power Increases range, tears, and shot speed when at exactly one red heart.
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 † Divorce Papers 547 Divorce Papers Tears up + you feel empty Spawns a Mysterious Paper, increases tears, and grants a bone heart.
Dr. Fetus 52 Dr. Fetus ??? Tears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide a fixed range after being fired.
Added in Afterbirth Eden's Blessing 381 Eden's Blessing Your future shines brighter +0.7 tears up. Grants a random item at the start of the next run.
Added in Afterbirth Epiphora 368 Epiphora Intensifying tears Shooting in one direction increases Isaac's rate of fire until the cap is reached. As soon as Isaac changes direction or stops shooting, rate of fire is reset to its normal amount.
Eve's Mascara 310 Eve's Mascara Shot speed down + DMG up Doubles damage, halves tears stat, and greatly reduces shot speed.
Experimental Treatment 240 Experimental Treatment All stats up, then shuffled Randomly increases and decreases some of the character's stats. There will always be at least one stat increase and one decrease and the same stats can be increased/decreased multiple times.
Godhead 331 Godhead God tears Increases damage and range while reducing tears and shot speed. Grants homing tears and tears gain a damaging halo.
Guillotine 206 Guillotine An out-of-body experience Isaac's head is removed from his body and floats around him. Increases Damage by 1 and grants -1 Tear Delay.
Added in Afterbirth † Haemolacria 531 Haemolacria I'm seeing red... Tears 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.
Added in Afterbirth † Hallowed Ground 543 Hallowed Ground Portable sanctuary Spawns a white poop familiar, which turns into a white poop when Isaac is hurt.
The Halo 101 The Halo All stats up Grants one Heart Container, +0.3 Damage, +0.2 Tears, +0.25 Range, +0.3 Speed, and +0.5 Tear Height.
The Inner Eye 2 The Inner Eye Triple shot Grants triple shot but decreases tears.
Ipecac 149 Ipecac Explosive shots Replaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.
Libra 304 Libra You Feel Balanced Gives 6 coins, 6 bombs, and 6 keys and balances out all attributes.
Added in Afterbirth Marked 394 Marked Directed tears Isaac will now fire tears automatically directed at a red target on the ground which is controlled by the player. This allows for a full 360 degree tear firing radius. Can be overridden by other tear modifiers such as Mom's Knife or Brimstone.
Added in Afterbirth Milk! 436 Milk! Don't cry over it... A glass of milk follows Isaac and spills on the floor upon taking damage. After the milk spills, Isaac's tear delay is decreased by 2 for the rest of the room.
Missing No. 258 Missing No. Syntax error Randomizes all passive items upon pickup and at the start of each succeeding floor.
Mom's Perfume 228 Mom's Perfume Fear shot Adds a chance to shoot fear tears and decreases tear delay by 1.
Monstro's Lung 229 Monstro's Lung Charged attack Increases damage and grants a charged shot that fires multiple tears in the same fashion as Monstro.
Added in Afterbirth Mr. Dolly 370 Mr. Dolly Range + tears up Tears and Range up. Spawns 3 random types of hearts on the floor when picked up.
Mutant Spider 153 Mutant Spider Quad shot Grants quadruple shot but decreases tears.
Number One 6 Number One Tears up +1.5 tears, -15.77 range
Odd Mushroom 120 Odd Mushroom Fire rate up +1.7 tears, +0.3 speed, reduces damage.
The Pact 80 The Pact DMG + Tears UP Increases damage by 0.5, tears by 0.7 and grants two soul hearts upon pickup.
Pisces 309 Pisces Tears up + knock-back shots -1 Tear Delay, adds knock-back shots and increases tear size.
Polyphemus 169 Polyphemus Mega Tears Makes Isaac shoot one huge tear. Also reduces Tears to minimum. Damage increased . If tear does more damage than an enemy's life, the tear continues to travel with the extra remaining damage.
Added in Afterbirth Purity 407 Purity Aura stat boost This item will boost one of Isaac's stats depending on the color of the aura around him. The aura will disappear upon taking damage and will reappear with a random color upon entering a new room. A red aura boosts damage, a blue aura boosts rate of fire, a yellow aura boosts speed, and an orange aura boosts range.
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.
The Sad Onion 1 The Sad Onion Tears up Increases Tears by 0.7.
Screw 255 Screw Tears and shot speed up. +0.5 tears up, +0.2 shot speed up.
The Small Rock 90 The Small Rock DMG up Increases damage by 1, increases tears by 0.2, and decreases speed by 0.1.
SMB Super Fan 189 SMB Super Fan All stats up Increases all stats.
Soy Milk 330 Soy Milk DMG Down + Tears Way Up Tears shrink and do much less damage, but fire in very rapid succession.
Squeezy 196 Squeezy Tears up Increases tears by 0.4, and spawns 2 Soul Hearts pickups.
Toothpicks 183 Toothpicks Tears + shot speed up +0.7 tears, +16% shot speed.
Torn Photo 341 Torn Photo Tears + shot speed up Tears + Shot speed up.
Added in Afterbirth Tractor Beam 397 Tractor Beam Control your tears Isaac emits a beam from his face. Isaac's tears travel in the path of the beam.
Wire Coat Hanger 32 Wire Coat Hanger Tears up Increases Tears by 0.7.
Added in Afterbirth Zodiac 392 Zodiac The heavens will change you Zodiac will give Isaac a random zodiac item effect that changes after every floor.

Trinkets[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Cracked Crown 92 Cracked Crown Stat booster Grants extra stat upgrades based on Isaac's passive items that increase stats, +0.2 tears, -1 tear delay.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Tears up pills increase tears by 0.35 and tears down pills decrease tears by 0.28.
  • Added in Afterbirth In co-op, Cry Baby will occasionally briefly increase tears. Dark Baby will occasionally briefly increase all stats, including tears. Buddy Baby will occasionally briefly grant the Guillotine effect, which increases tears.


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