Dead Bird is a passive item.


  • Taking damage summons a familiar that chases enemies for the remainder of the current room, dealing 2 damage per tick (~5 damage per second).


  • Character Eve icon.png Eve starts with this item by default.


  • Dlc r indicator.png Collectible Birthright icon.png Birthright + Character Eve icon.png Eve: Dead Bird will be active at all times, without necessitating damage.
  • Dlc a indicator.png Collectible Box of Friends icon.png Box of Friends: Does not double Dead Bird, even if Isaac has taken damage before use.
  • Collectible Holy Mantle icon.png Holy Mantle: Dead Bird will not be activated if the damage is taken while Holy Mantle is active.
  • Dlc a† indicator.png Collectible Sacrificial Altar icon.png Sacrificial Altar: The familiar can only be sacrificed when it is active.

In-game Footage


  • This item is used in Darkness Falls (challenge #4).
  • This item is a reference to an old series of comics Edmund McMillen drew called Thicker Than Water, where the Dead Bird is said to represent his inner doubts and self-destructive nature.


Collectible Undefined icon.png Bug! Dlc a† indicator.png When using Trinket Extension Cord icon.png Extension Cord with Dead Bird, if Isaac and the bird are both moving sometimes the electricity does not always fully connect.


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PS4 B23A V0F7 (Treasure Room adjacent to spawn)

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Vita AK72 N3EN (Treasure Room adjacent to spawn)

3DS 83AG NNGF (First floor Treasure Room)

3DS V46T X0AP (Treasure Room adjacent to spawn)

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