The Ludovico Technique

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Tear appearance
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Added in Afterbirth(page 3, column 4, row 5)
Removed in Afterbirth(page 4, column 4, row 3)

The Ludovico Technique is a special passive item.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • If multiple Ludovico Techniques are acquired (via Added in AfterbirthDiplopia Diplopia, Added in Afterbirth †Crooked Penny Crooked Penny or on a victory lap), then additional smaller tears will orbit the main tear.
    • A maximum of 15 smaller tears can orbit the main tear.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • 20/20 20/20/The Inner Eye The Inner Eye/Mutant Spider Mutant Spider: Smaller tears orbits the main tear.
  • Brimstone Brimstone: Tear takes the shape of a very large laser ring. The shot speed is ignored. The Tears stat is ignored and the damage is dealt very rapidly at a rate equivalent to 1 tear delay. This ring will always be present and doesn't need charging up like normal Brimstone would.
    • Brimstone + Added in AfterbirthIncubus Incubus: Incubus' Brimstone laser is not affected by Ludovico Technique.
    • Brimstone + A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal: The ring increases in diameter, but not the damage, the farther away it gets from Isaac.
    • Brimstone + Spoon Bender Spoon Bender: The ring reaches out to attack enemies near it, reforming into a ring when no enemies are present.
    • Brimstone + Technology Technology: The ring is visually identical to a normal Brimstone ring, but the 1.5x damage multiplier applies.
  • Azazel: The same effect as with Brimstone, but the damage is halved.
    • Azazel + Brimstone Brimstone: Full damage of the laser ring is regained.
  • Bookworm: Causes an additional smaller tear to constantly appear and disappear, teleporting from Isaac's location to the main Ludovico tear in a glitchy manner.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Compound Fracture Compound Fracture: Shoots out smaller tears when attacking an enemy. Scattered tears are spectral and piercing.
  • Added in AfterbirthDead Eye Dead Eye: 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. Fetus: The bomb can be controlled.
  • Added in AfterbirthFate's Reward Fate's Reward: The familiar gains spectral and piercing tears.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Flat Stone Flat Stone: The tear starts bouncing at a rate somewhat below Isaac's fire rate, each bounce dealing splash damage.
    • Flat Stone + Ipecac Ipecac: 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
  • Godhead Godhead: 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 a 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 Incubus: 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 Horns: The Ludovico tear will sometimes shoot 4 smaller tears in each direction.
  • Lost Contact Lost Contact: Tear will block enemy tears without disappearing.
  • A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal: The tear becomes larger the further away it is from Isaac, increasing in damage.
  • Mom's Eye Mom's Eye: The Ludovico tear will sometimes shoot a smaller tear in a random direction.
  • Removed in Afterbirth † Mom's Wig Mom's Wig: The item causes spiders to spawn rapidly when moving the tear.
  • Monstro's Lung Monstro's Lung: 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 Parasite: Shoots out smaller tears when attacking an enemy. Scattered tears are spectral and piercing.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Pause Pause: The tear deals damage, even if the enemies are stopped. Moving the tear unpauses the enemies.
  • Strange Attractor Strange Attractor: 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 Technology: The tear becomes a large laser ring, which visually looks like a shot fired by Added in AfterbirthTech X Tech X. Shot speed is ignored. The Tears stat is ignored and the damage is dealt very rapidly at a rate equivalent to 1 tear delay.
  • Tech.5 Tech.5: 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 Detonator: The tear explodes into six smaller tears, then reappears next to the player.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • ???'s Only Friend ???'s Only Friend/Robo-Baby 2.0 Robo-Baby 2.0: 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-Gravity: Only tear delay down applies.
  • Blood Clot Blood Clot/Chemical Peel Chemical Peel: The tear steadily cycles between red and "normal," dealing more damage when red.
  • Chocolate Milk Chocolate Milk: The tear can't be charged, but reduces Isaac's tear delay by 20%.
  • The Common Cold The Common Cold: The tear pulses green, poisoning enemies.
  • Cricket's Body Cricket's Body: Only tear delay down applies.
  • Cursed Eye Cursed Eye: Overridden by The Ludovico Technique.
  • Epic Fetus Epic Fetus: Overrides The Ludovico Technique.
  • Added in AfterbirthExplosivo Explosivo: 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 Mind: Tears retain the ability to ignite enemies and explode. Tears respawn at Isaac's location after exploding.
    • Added in Afterbirth † Tears do not explode on contact with an enemy.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Ghost Pepper Ghost Pepper/Red Candle Red Candle: Fires created from Ghost Pepper will destroy the tear and cause it to respawn on Isaac.
  • Ipecac Ipecac: Overridden by The Ludovico Technique. (No damage increase or explosion.)
    • Added in Afterbirth † +4 damage bonus, no explosion.
  • Mom's Knife Mom's Knife: The tear becomes a controllable knife that deals double Isaac's damage. Effective shot speed is lowered. Tears stat is ignored and the damage is dealt at a rate equivalent to 4 tear delay.
    • Mom's Knife + Added in Afterbirth †Flat Stone Flat Stone: Flat Stone is overridden completely.
    • Mom's Knife + Monstro's Lung Monstro's Lung: Monstro's Lung is overridden completely.
  • Added in AfterbirthMultidimensional Baby Multidimensional Baby: 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 Axe: The Ludovico tear cannot be moved while Notched Axe is held up.
  • Proptosis Proptosis: The closer the tear floats to Isaac, the larger it is. The farther away, the smaller.
  • Added in AfterbirthPupula Duplex Pupula Duplex: Decreases the tear size by taking the form of a Pupula Duplex tear; however, it travels faster.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Sinus Infection Sinus Infection / Added in Afterbirth †Nose Goblin Nose Goblin: 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 X: Overrides The Ludovico Technique.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2: 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. The laser becomes spectral.
    • Technology 2 + Added in Afterbirth †Analog Stick Analog Stick: 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 Zero: No effect without additional items. Extra tears orbiting the main one or familiar tears will generate arcs to the controlled tear.
  • Tiny Planet Tiny Planet: 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 Beam: Only tears and shot speed bonuses apply.
  • Trinity Shield Trinity Shield: The controls of the tear and the shield overlap, making it impossible to consistently control both.
  • Added in AfterbirthThe Wiz The Wiz: A smaller Ludovico tear will spawn and revolve around 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[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Seeds[edit | edit source]

 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[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! Added in Afterbirth Mom's Knife + Technology Technology: Creates an uncontrollable laser ring centered on Isaac. The knife becomes stuck under Isaac and cannot be fired.


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