The Ludovico Technique

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The Ludovico Technique is a special passive item.

Effects

  • Instead of firing tears, Isaac controls one floating tear that hovers over obstacles. This tear deals constant damage when held in place over an enemy.

Notes

  • Ludovico tear is piercing and spectral by default.
  • Ludovico tear movement speed is determined by the Shot Speed stat.
  • Ludovico tear hits per second are determined by the Tears stat.
  • When Death uses his The Hourglass attack, the tear is slow to respond but then moves so quickly that it is nearly impossible to use effectively.
  • When there are no enemies in a room, the tear slowly floats towards the player.

Synergies

  • 20/20 20/2020 20 Rebirth Icon.pngGrants double shot./The Inner Eye The Inner EyeThe Inner Eye Icon.pngGrants triple shot but decreases tears./Mutant Spider Mutant SpiderMutant Spider Icon.pngGrants quadruple shot but decreases tears.: Smaller tears orbits the main tear.
  • Brimstone BrimstoneBrimstone Rebirth 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 takes the shape of a very large laser ring. Shot speed is ignored. The Tears stat is ignored and damage is dealt very rapidly at a rate equivalent to 2 tear delay. This ring will always be present and doesn't need charging up like normal Brimstone would.
    • Brimstone + A Lump of Coal A Lump of CoalA Lump of Coal Icon.pngThe more distance tears travel, the more damage they will do.: The ring increases in diameter, but not damage, the farther away it gets from Isaac.
    • Brimstone + Spoon Bender Spoon BenderSpoon Bender Icon.pngGrants Isaac homing tears.: The ring reaches out to attack enemies near it, reforming into a ring when no enemies are present.
    • Brimstone + Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range.: The ring is visually identical to a normal Brimstone ring, but the 1.5x damage multiplier applies.
  • Azazel: Same effect as with Brimstone, but damage is halved.
    • Azazel + Brimstone BrimstoneBrimstone Rebirth 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.: Full damage of the laser ring is regained.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Compound Fracture Compound FractureCompound Fracture Icon.pngIncreases range. Tears turn into bones, which shatter into 1-3 bone shards upon hitting an enemy or obstacle.: Shoots out smaller tears when attacking an enemy. Scattered tears are spectral and piercing.
  • Added in AfterbirthDead Eye Dead EyeDead Eye Icon.pngIsaac's damage increases each time an enemy is hit. Damage is reset upon missing a shot.: Damage bonus increases until it hits the max of 2x. Since the controllable tear never hits the ground or wall, the bonus cannot be lost.
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusDr. Fetus Icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide for a fixed time after being fired.: The bomb can be controlled.
  • Added in AfterbirthFate's Reward Fate's RewardFate's Reward Icon.pngA blue head familiar that will follow Isaac and fire tears copying his tear effects and damage.: The familiar gains spectral and piercing tears,.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Flat Stone Flat StoneFlat Stone Icon.pngTears bounce off the floor. Tears that hit an enemy after bouncing deal splash damage to all nearby enemies for 25% of Isaac's tear damage.: The tear starts bouncing at a rate somewhat below Isaac's fire rate, each bounce dealing splash damage.
    • Flat Stone + Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: Causes a poisonous explosion when it bounces instead of plain splash damage, as per normal Ipecac. The first bounce when entering a room does not explode, allowing moving the tear with less risk of self damage.
  • Added in Afterbirth † The Forgotten: The tear follows the Forgotten when in its skeleton form. It can be hit with its melee attack to propel it, making it do more damage. When switching to the Soul, the tear behaves as normal
    • Added in Afterbirth † The Forgotten + Added in AfterbirthMultidimensional Baby Multidimensional BabyMultidimensional Baby Afterbirth Icon.pngSpawns a familiar that will follow Isaac's movements on a 2.5 second delay. Tears that pass through the baby will be doubled and increase in speed.: The second tear acts exactly like the first and can also be hit to propel it.
  • Godhead GodheadGodhead Icon.pngIncreases damage and range while reducing tears and shot speed. Grants homing tears and tears gain a damaging halo.: The tear homes towards nearby enemies and gains a large damaging aura. However, the aura cannot damage an enemy that is in contact with the actual tear; barring high tear rate, it may be better to keep the aura on the enemies instead of the tear.
  • Removed in Afterbirth † Guppy transformation: A large number of flies is rapidly deployed whilst controlling the Ludovico tear.
  • Added in AfterbirthIncubus IncubusIncubus Icon.pngA demonic familiar that follows Isaac and shoots tears identical to Isaac's in terms of damage, range, fire rate, and effects.: Isaac gains a controlled tear while also being able to shoot normally with Incubus. Incubus's tears gain piercing and spectral properties.
  • Loki's Horns Loki's HornsLoki's Horns Icon.pngGives a random chance for projectiles to fire in all 4 cardinal directions.: The Ludovico tear will sometimes shoot 4 smaller tears in each direction.
  • Lost Contact Lost ContactLost Contact Icon.pngEvery tear has a small shield which will allow it to block one enemy projectile.: Tear will block enemy tears without disappearing.
  • A Lump of Coal A Lump of CoalA Lump of Coal Icon.pngThe more distance tears travel, the more damage they will do.: The tear becomes larger the further away it is from Isaac, increasing in damage.
  • Mom's Eye Mom's EyeMom's Eye Rebirth Icon.pngAllows Isaac to fire tears from the back of his head.: The Ludovico tear will sometimes shoot a smaller tear in a random direction.
  • Removed in Afterbirth † Mom's Wig Mom's WigMom's Wig Icon.pngAdds a chance to spawn blue spiders when firing tears. Restores 1 red heart.: The item causes spiders to spawn rapidly when moving the tear.
  • 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 turns red and does more damage.
    • Added in Afterbirth Tear becomes a cluster of variously sized tears spread over a small area. The tears move at the same speed when controlled but constantly move around each other.
  • The Parasite The ParasiteThe Parasite Icon.pngIsaac's tears split in two when they hit something.: Shoots out smaller tears when attacking an enemy. Scattered tears are spectral and piercing.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Pause PausePause Icon.png2 roomsFreezes all enemies until a fire button is pressed.: The tear deals damage, even if the enemies are stopped. Moving the tear unpauses the enemies.
  • Strange Attractor Strange AttractorStrange Attractor Rebirth Icon.pngPickups, trinkets, and monsters are magnetically attracted to Isaac's tears.: Enemies, items and even most bosses will be sucked to the single floating tear, dealing constant damage while keeping Isaac well away from harm, making this combination extremely effective in almost all scenarios.
  • Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range.: The tear becomes a large laser ring, which visually looks like a shot fired byTech X Tech XTech X Icon.pngTears are replaced with laser rings that pierce through enemies and deal damage to enemies within them. Can be charged to increase the size of the ring.. Shot speed is ignored. The Tears stat is ignored and damage is dealt very rapidly at a rate equivalent to 2 tear delay.
  • Tech.5 Tech.5Tech.5 Rebirth Icon.pngGrants a unlimited range piercing laser with random rate of fire that does not replace tears. The laser might occasionally fire with the effect of a random item or trinket, such as Hook Worm, Spoon Bender or Tiny Planet.: The tear controls as usual, and Isaac fires the laser towards the tear relative to his position, rather than in the direction the player is moving the tear.
  • Added in AfterbirthTear Detonator Tear DetonatorTear Detonator Icon.png1 roomsWhen used, will detonate any tears currently on the screen and cause each one to split into 6 more tears which will fire in a circle, similar to Tammy's Head.: The tear explodes into six smaller tears, then reappears next to the player.

Interactions

  • ???'s Only Friend ???'s Only FriendBlue Baby's Only Friend Icon.pngSummons a big attack fly that can be controlled with the shooting direction-keys./Robo-Baby 2.0 Robo-Baby 2.0Robo-Baby 2.0 Rebirth Icon.pngFires lasers at any enemy in its line of sight and moves based on the direction Isaac is firing tears.: The tear and familiar(s) travel together, as they are controlled in the same way. Because the familiars' travel speeds are not affected by Isaac's shot speed, they only travel in the same spot when Isaac has exactly the amount of shot speed to sync them up.
  • 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.: Only tear delay down applies.
  • Blood Clot Blood ClotBlood Clot Icon.pngIncreases damage by 1 and range by 5 for tears fired from the left eye./Chemical Peel Chemical PeelChemical Peel Icon.pngTears fired from left eye do increased damage.: The tear steadily cycles between red and "normal," dealing more damage when red.
  • Chocolate Milk Chocolate MilkChocolate Milk Icon.pngGrants charged tears that deal greater damage when fully charged.: The tear can't be charged, but reduces Isaac's tear delay by 20%.
  • The Common Cold The Common ColdThe Common Cold Icon.pngAdds a chance to shoot poison tears, dealing damage over time when inflicted.: The tear pulses green, poisoning enemies.
  • 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.: Only tear delay down applies.
  • Cursed Eye Cursed EyeCursed Eye Icon.pngGrants charged tears that can be fired in a tight burst of four. Getting hit while charging will teleport Isaac into another room.: Overridden by The Ludovico Technique.
  • Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.: Overrides The Ludovico Technique.
  • Added in AfterbirthExplosivo ExplosivoExplosivo Icon.pngIsaac's tears have a chance to stick to enemies and explode.: Tear will alternate between "normal" and black. If it touches an enemy, it will stick to it, grow in size, then explode. The tear can not damage anything or be controlled when stuck to an enemy.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The tear will grow very quickly when stuck to an enemy and pop without dealing damage, instead of the normal Explosivo delay and explosion.
  • Fire Mind Fire MindFire Mind Icon.pngGrants flaming tears that deal burning damage over time. Tears have a chance to explode on impact with an enemy, which creates a fire at the location of the explosion.: Tears retain the ability to ignite enemies and explode. Tears respawn at Isaac's location after exploding.
    • Added in Afterbirth †
  • Added in Afterbirth †Ghost Pepper Ghost PepperGhost Pepper Icon.pngAdds a chance to shoot a fire that damages enemies and remains in place until it deals enough damage or the room is left./Red Candle Red CandleRed Candle Icon.png4 secondsThrows a persistent flame that deals high damage and diminishes as it damages enemies or blocks shots.: Fires created from Ghost Pepper will destroy the tear and cause it to respawn on Isaac.
  • Ipecac IpecacIpecac Icon.pngReplaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth.: Overridden by The Ludovico Technique. (No damage increase or explosion.)
    • Added in Afterbirth † +4 damage bonus, no explosion.
  • Mom's Knife Mom's KnifeMom's Knife Rebirth Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced by a knife that pierces enemies, can travel through obstacles, and can hurt enemies while Isaac is holding it. Holding down the fire button before firing increases its range and power.: The tear becomes a controllable knife that deals double Isaac's damage. Effective shot speed is lowered. Tears stat is ignored and damage is dealt at a rate equivalent to 5 tear delay.
    • Mom's Knife + Added in Afterbirth †Flat Stone Flat StoneFlat Stone Icon.pngTears bounce off the floor. Tears that hit an enemy after bouncing deal splash damage to all nearby enemies for 25% of Isaac's tear damage.: Flat Stone is overridden completely.
    • Mom's Knife + 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.: Monstro's Lung is overridden completely.
  • Added in AfterbirthMultidimensional Baby Multidimensional BabyMultidimensional Baby Afterbirth Icon.pngSpawns a familiar that will follow Isaac's movements on a 2.5 second delay. Tears that pass through the baby will be doubled and increase in speed.: No effect.
    • Added in Afterbirth † An additional Ludovico tear is spawned when it passes through Multidimensional Baby, at the start of every room, and persists like the Ludovico tear itself. However, it cannot be controlled; it instead slowly follows Isaac.
  • Notched Axe Notched AxeNotched Axe Icon.png3 roomsIsaac holds the axe above his head for as long as the spacebar button is held (or until he leaves the room). While holding the axe, Isaac can break any rock he touches, but cannot attack or pick up other items.: The Ludovico tear cannot be moved while Notched Axe is held up.
  • Proptosis ProptosisProptosis Rebirth Icon.pngTears start out massive with high damage, and then shrink down and become weaker over a short range.: The closer the tear floats to Isaac, the larger it is. The farther away, the smaller.
  • Added in AfterbirthPupula Duplex Pupula DuplexPupula Duplex Icon.pngTransforms 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).: Decreases the tear size by taking the form of a Pupula Duplex tear; however, it travels faster.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Sinus Infection Sinus InfectionSinus Infection Icon.pngAdds a chance to fire a booger which sticks to enemies and poisons them.: The tear can occasionally stick to an enemy. If the enemy does not die quickly, the tear pops and a new one spawns.
  • Added in AfterbirthTech X Tech XTech X Icon.pngTears are replaced with laser rings that pierce through enemies and deal damage to enemies within them. Can be charged to increase the size of the ring.: Overrides The Ludovico Technique.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2Technology 2 Icon.pngDecreases damage and replaces right eye tears with a unlimited range, piercing laser which fires continuously.: The tear controls as usual, and Isaac fires the laser towards the tear relative to his position, rather than in the direction the player is moving the tear. Technology 2's damage penalty still applies. Laser becomes spectral.
    • Technology 2 + Added in Afterbirth †Analog Stick Analog StickAnalog Stick Icon.png+0.3 tears up. Allows Isaac to fire tears diagonally.: Laser is fired directly at the tear while it is being moved, instead of being limited to cardinal directions.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Technology Zero Technology ZeroTechnology Zero Icon.pngConnects Isaac's tears with electricity that can damage enemies.: No effect without additional items. Extra tears orbiting the main one or familiar tears will generate arcs to the controlled tear.
  • Tiny Planet Tiny PlanetTiny Planet Icon.pngRange up and makes shot tears revolve around Isaac until they drop.: Tear orbits around Isaac, however, the orbit can be grown or shrunken, sped up or slowed down by using the firing keys.
  • Added in AfterbirthTractor Beam Tractor BeamTractor Beam Icon.pngIsaac emits a beam from his face. Isaac's tears travel in the path of the beam.: Only tears and shot speed bonuses apply.
  • Trinity Shield Trinity ShieldTrinity Shield Icon.pngIsaac gains a shield that protects him from enemy shots.: The controls of the tear and the shield overlap, making it impossible to consistently control both.
  • Added in AfterbirthThe Wiz The WizThe Wiz Icon.pngTears simultaneously fire out of both eyes diagonally, similar to the effect of the R U A Wizard? pill. Isaac's tears also travel above all obstacles.: A smaller Ludovico tear will spawned and revolves round the main one. Also, the Ludovico tear moves diagonally, up is up-right, down is down-left, left is left-up, right is right-down. This can be counteracted by holding the keys or d-pad in its associated path (up-right to make it go up and so forth with the other keys).

In-game Footage

Trivia

  • The Ludovico Technique is a reference to Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange and Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation, where it was referred to as "Ludovico's Technique." The technique involved headgear which forced the patient's eyelids open (hence "Controlled Tears") while watching violent films under nausea-inducing drugs, conditioning them against violence.

Gallery

Seeds

 PC  KPRZ M83V (First floor treasure room)

 PC  ZYS1 ONMS (Treasure room adjacent to spawn)

 PC  VLZW 7CJ8 (Treasure room adjacent to spawn)

 PC  Added in Afterbirth MX26 V47J (treasure room adjacent to spawn) (both modes)

 PC  Added in Afterbirth KYSL MRKZ (treasure room adjacent to spawn)

 PS4  S11S E632 (First floor treasure room)

 Vita  0H0T MKNS (First floor treasure room)

 3DS  DQBE T9RH (First floor treasure room)

 3DS  GEYN TXS7 (First floor treasure room)

 3DS  KK92 7DTD (First floor treasure room)

 Switch  191Z NVJA (Treasure room adjacent to spawn)

 Switch  PNWHFSMH (First treasure room)

Bugs

Bug Bug! Added in Afterbirth Mom's Knife + Technology TechnologyTechnology Icon.pngReplaces tears with a piercing laser with unlimited range.: Creates an uncontrollable laser ring centered on Isaac. The knife becomes stuck under Isaac and cannot be fired.


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