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Added in Repentance

Abyss is an activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[]

  • When used, destroys all items on item pedestals in the room and gives Isaac a unique red locust familiar for each item destroyed.
    • These locusts are permanent once created, except that there are a maximum of 64, after which creating more will replace older locusts.
    • The locusts loosely follow Isaac around and charge in the direction Isaac is firing until they hit an enemy, a wall, or certain obstacles like key blocks, dealing Isaac's damage per tick (3 times per second).
    • The locusts may gain additional effects depending on the item destroyed[1].

Notes[]

  • In rooms where there are multiple items to choose from, using Abyss will give only one locust for each item choice/set.
  • If already at the maximum amount of locusts and presented with multiple non-choice item pedestals, using Abyss will only consume half of the pedestals.
  • Tainted Apollyon Tainted Apollyon starts with this item in the consumable slot.
    • If he dies and is revived as another character (e.g. through 15►Ankh Ankh), that character will retain the locusts.
  • If Abyss is used while Isaac is holding an item above his head, it can still consume the item and grant a locust.
  • Using Abyss to destroy items in Boss Rush or challenge rooms counts as taking the items and will cause waves of bosses or enemies to start spawning.

Special Locusts[]

  • 15►120 Volt 120 Volt / 15►Jacob's Ladder Jacob's Ladder: A pale blue, electric locust that is otherwise normal.
  • 15►Blood of the Martyr Blood of the Martyr: A red locust that deals double damage.
  • 15►Brimstone Brimstone: A gray, larger locust that is otherwise normal.
  • 15►The Common Cold The Common Cold / 15►Scorpio Scorpio / 15►The Virus The Virus: A green locust that poisons enemies.
  • 15►Cricket's Head Cricket's Head: A red locust that is larger and deals triple damage.
  • 15►Fire Mind Fire Mind: An orange, burning locust that sets enemies on fire.
  • 15►Halo of Flies Halo of Flies: Two gray locusts that deal half damage.
  • 15►Holy Light Holy Light: A cyan, glowing locust that occasionally calls down beams of light on enemies they hit that deal 3x Isaac's damage.
  • 15►The Inner Eye The Inner Eye: Three normal locusts.
  • 15►Ipecac Ipecac: A large, slow, green locust that deals x1.5 damage and poisons enemies.
  • 15►Mutant Spider Mutant Spider: Four normal locusts.
  • 15►Number One Number One: A yellow locust that is faster, deals damage more quickly, but has shorter range.
  • 15►Spoon Bender Spoon Bender: A purple locust that homes in on enemies.
  • 15►Rune Bag Rune Bag: A purple locust that has a chance to drop a rune upon killing an enemy.

Synergies[]

  • 15►BFFS! BFFS! / 15►Hive Mind Hive Mind: Increases the locusts' size and damage by 25%.
    • These two items do not stack.
  • 15►Death Certificate Death Certificate: Abyss can be used to absorb items without being kicked out of the area, allowing Isaac to instantly gain max locusts if used in a large room with enough items.
  • Extension Cord Extension Cord: Electricity will flow between Isaac and the locusts.

Interactions[]

  • Baby-Bender Baby-Bender: Does not affect locusts.
  • 15►Book of Virtues Book of Virtues: Spawns black glowing fly wisps on the middle ring. The wisps have increased HP, but do not fire. The number of items destroyed does not change the wisps given.
  • 15►Box of Friends Box of Friends: Does not affect locusts.
  • 15►Ipecac Ipecac: Locusts will only gain +2 damage from ipecac.
  • 15►Sacrificial Altar Sacrificial Altar: Locusts can be sacrificed for items.

In-game Footage[]

Trivia[]

  • The way that Abyss works is similar to how it's described in the Book of Revelation, where locusts emerge from the Abyss and are controlled by Apollyon.
  • The swirl in 15►Void Void's appearance is in the opposite direction of Abyss's.
  • The way the flies summoned by Abyss function is similar to the Flash Version of Isaac

Bugs[]

Bug Bug! According to locusts.xml, 120 Volt and Jacob's Ladder locusts are supposed to cause electric arcs, and Ipecac locusts are supposed to explode. This never happens in game.

References[]

  1. Unique locusts and the items that give them are defined in locusts.xml. There are 505 items listed in the file, but only the items mentioned actually have their locusts implemented.


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