Dogma (Boss)

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Disambig.png This article is about the boss. For the item, see Dogma.
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Added in Repentance

Dogma is a boss added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance and is always the first boss of Home.

In its first phase, Dogma appears to be an underdeveloped fetus made of TV static with glowing white eyes. Upon reaching its second phase, it transforms into a being resembling a Seraph.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

First phase[edit | edit source]

In its first phase, Dogma is attached to a television. Damage can only be dealt to Dogma by damaging the television in the center of the room. Any attacks towards Dogma itself will cause a shield to briefly appear and block the attack. Dogma has a variety of attacks and will move towards Isaac between each.

  • Damaging Static Creep appears underneath Dogma as they move around.
  • Fires three consecutive radial bursts of 8 15►Godhead Godhead tears. If Isaac stands within the tears' auras for long enough, a beam of light will damage Isaac from above.
  • Fires four consecutive bursts of tears in pairs of 1, 2, 3, and then 4 in each of the cardinal directions, with the overall pattern resembling a star.
    • There is a variant of this attack where, after finishing firing the 4th burst, Dogma will halt all the tears mid-flight, leaving them to float around slowly for a moment before vanishing.
      • Dogma only starts using this variant after losing around 60% of its health, and the closer to death it is, the more it will prefer to use the variant over the original attack.
  • Fires three consecutive waves of 3 to 4 tears each. When these tears land, they create thin, harmless rays that point towards Isaac and become damaging lasers after a few seconds.
  • Fires a static 15►Brimstone Brimstone beam that bends towards Isaac. This beam is always fired towards Isaac in the closest cardinal direction to him and will switch if Isaac moves closer to a different cardinal direction.
  • Dogma plays a voice clip briefly when using any attack but the tear wave, of a male preacher reading from the Bible's Psalm 23.

Second phase[edit | edit source]

After destroying the television, Dogma falls apart into a puddle of static, before rising out of it as an orb and growing two pairs of wings. During this phase, Dogma becomes vulnerable and has completely different attacks. Dogma will still move towards Isaac between attacks.

  • Gathers its wings together, and firing a spread of numerous feathers towards Isaac.
  • Summons a ball of light overhead which creates 16 to 18 harmless rays of light that point outwards and spin around the ball in random directions. After a few seconds, the rays stop moving and become damaging beams. This pattern is repeated three times, then Dogma throws it, firing one last wave of 8 beams in the cardinal and diagonal directions before dissipating.
    • If the thrown ball of beams is slown (by Stop Watch for instance), the 8 beams will stop and fire before being properly aligned.
  • Turns into a winged wheel resembling an Ophanim and charges towards Isaac, flying off-screen a total of 6 times before returning to its Seraphim-like form. With each charge, Dogma spawns a radial burst with three layers of feather projectiles with 12 feathers each.

As Dogma takes more and more damage during this phase, its Seraph form will occasionally flicker into various other forms, these include Isaac's head, a lamb's skull with a serpent in its eye, a fly, and a troll face with horns. This is a purely visual effect.

When Dogma's health reaches zero for the second time, it is destroyed as the whole screen fades to white before turning off like an old TV. Then player will automatically be given 15►Dogma Dogma as the cutscene that introduces The Beast is played.

Damage Scaling[edit | edit source]

Damage scaling is an unclear mechanic introduced by Nicalis in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth to provide a more challenging experience to the players, enabling some enemies to retaliate against high damage attacks by deploying an "armor" of a sort to greatly reduce the amount of damage taken. Further details and an in-depth explanation may be found here.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • After the beginning cutscene, Dogma appears very close to Isaac, making it easy to immediately take damage.
  • 15►Censer Censer makes the second phase more difficult by reducing the space between feathers during Dogma's charging attack while not slowing Dogma itself. It is not recommended for this fight.
  • The Dogma room is not counted as a Boss room. The effects of 15►Blanket Blanket will not occur in this fight.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A "dogma" is most commonly defined as "A set of rules, beliefs, or opinions laid down by a group, the members of which unquestionably follow".
    • Dogma's portrayal as a being made of static tied to a television heavily implies that it represents the "Christian broadcasts" that Isaac's mother watches. This is further evidenced by the level transition that plays, showing Isaac watching the broadcasts with his mother.
  • Dogma's theme is called "Living in the Light", taken directly from one of the many Bible quotes heard during the fight's second phase.
    • The vocals in "Living in the Light" are performed by Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans.
    • The OST version of "Living in the Light" plays the vocals in a different order from the in-game version.
  • The vocals from "Living in the Light" can be heard in the mini-cutscene before fighting Dogma and the cutscene that plays prior to fighting The Beast.
  • During Dogma's first phase, a quiet recording of Psalm 23:1-6 can be heard. At the beginning of most of Dogma's attacks, this recording is temporarily made much louder.
  • Dogma is one of the two bosses that have a unique health bar, the other one being Great Gideon.
  • Dogma is the only boss to have a unique level transition and a unique Versus screen sound.

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