Blood Oath

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Added in Repentance

Blood Oath is a passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Spawns a familiar that stabs Isaac at the beginning of each floor, if Isaac has more than half of a red heart. This will drain as many red hearts as possible without killing him (leaving half a red heart if Isaac only had red hearts, or none at all if Isaac has soul/black/bone hearts).
  • Even though the animation is only a single stab when the effect triggers, it is treated as taking damage one time per half heart lost. This can lead to great synergies with items that activate on damage taken.
  • For the rest of the floor, Isaac gains +(0.15 * HeartsLost ^ 2) damage and +(0.1 * HeartsLost) speed, where HeartsLost is the total hearts of damage taken from Blood Oath (half a heart counts as 0.5).
    • This amounts to a max of +19.8 damage and +1.15 speed if starting the floor with 12 filled hearts (of which only 11.5 are drained).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Isaac can avoid damage from Blood Oath with invincibility, but he won't gain the damage and speed increase if he does.
  • Eternal hearts give the health up before Blood Oath stabs Isaac, draining that extra heart too.
  • If Isaac has only half a red heart, the effect will not trigger at the start of the floor, even if Isaac has soul/black hearts. Having no red hearts at all also prevents the effect from triggering.
  • Works with Keeper Keeper/Tainted Keeper Tainted Keeper leaving his health at one health coin.
  • The damage caused by Blood Oath does not lower the chance for a Devil Room or Angel Room to appear.
  • While playing as The Forgotten The Forgotten, red health will not be drained if The Soul The Soul was being controlled when entering the floor.
  • If Blood Oath is removed (such as with Tainted Isaac Tainted Isaac), any existing damage and speed bonuses will not be removed until moving to the next floor as normal.
    • An exception is after you defeat The Lamb and refuse a Victory Lap, the damage and speed bonuses are removed.
  • Upon getting stabbed, any items that trigger upon getting hit will activate multiple times depending on the number of hearts drained.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • 15►Adrenaline Adrenaline: Activates the damage up effect of Adrenaline for the resulting empty heart containers at the start of each floor.
  • 15►BFFS! BFFS!: Adds 2 full hearts' worth of bonuses if any health is drained at all, e.g. losing 1 heart gives the bonuses of 3 hearts.
  • Damage-triggered items: Activate a number of times equal to the total half hearts drained.
    • Does not activate the Panic Button trinket.
    • 15►Bozo Bozo: Each half-heart lost has a chance of spawning a rainbow poop, allowing for full red heart regeneration.
    • 15►Old Bandage Old Bandage/15►Gimpy Gimpy: Each half-heart lost has a chance of spawning a full red/soul heart, allowing Isaac to heal back some of the damage immediately if he has high luck or a large amount of hearts lost.
    • 15►Scapular Scapular: Gives Isaac a soul heart if he had only red heart containers upon entering a floor.
  • 15►The Jar The Jar: Red hearts can be stored for use on the next floor.
  • 15►Placenta Placenta: With enough patience, health can be safely restored each floor by waiting in the starting room.
  • 15►Whore of Babylon Whore of Babylon: Activates the Whore of Babylon effect at the start of each floor.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • 15►Cursed Eye Cursed Eye: The stab will trigger the teleport if tears are charging.
  • 15►Curse of the Tower Curse of the Tower: Not recommended. Spawns 6 troll bombs for each half heart removed, making death highly likely without explosion immunity or Safety Scissors Safety Scissors.
  • Perfection Perfection: The forced damage will not destroy the trinket, or prevent its acquisition.
  • Stem Cell Stem Cell: The healing will occur before any health is drained.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This item is used in Bloody Mary (challenge #37).
  • The familiar will appear much bloodier when a large amount of hearts are drained.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

PC Normal and hard modes only A088 LA10 (Curse Room adjacent to spawn)

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! Using 15►Glowing Hour Glass Glowing Hour Glass to return to the previous floor twice will cause Blood Oath to activate an extra time, retaining buffs from both activations. If Isaac was at half a heart when the stab happened, it instead will nullify all buffs and deal no damage.


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