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(except in Rebirth)

Explosivo is a passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.

Effects[ | ]

  • Isaac's tears have a 25% chance to stick to enemies and explode a few seconds afterward, dealing 60 damage plus Isaac's tear damage.

Notes[ | ]

  • Explosivo does damage to Isaac if he is hit by the explosion.
  • (except in Repentance) Tears that stick to enemies do not deal any damage until they explode.
  • (in Repentance) Explosivo shots deal regular tear damage upon sticking to an enemy.
  • If an enemy dies or teleports with an Explosivo tear attached, the tear detaches and drops to the ground. If the detached tears touch an enemy, they will stick to that enemy and explode.
    • However, when an Explosivo tear is attached to Boss Loki ingameLoki or Boss Lokii ingameLokii, the tear teleports with the respective boss when the boss teleports.
  • Since Explosivo causes large tears to grow even larger, they can completely obscure enemies and their surroundings.
  • The special tears can stick to the various spiked blocks ( Wall HuggerWall Hugger, SlideSlide, and PokyPoky) as well as the variants of Stone GrimaceStone Grimace, even when they are inactive. They will not destroy them, however. This can be used to destroy rocks or other obstacles around the tile.
  • Explosivo is not affected by luck.
  • Explosivo shots can go through any type of Fire PlaceFire Place and (in Repentance) coal from Coal SpiderCoal Spider and Coal BoyCoal Boy.
  • Tears that are attached to enemies can destroy PoopPoops and hit other enemies if they are close enough.

Synergies[ | ]

  • (in Repentance)Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone/Collectible The Ludovico Technique iconThe Ludovico Technique/Collectible Mom's Knife iconMom's Knife/Collectible Tech X iconTech X: Every tick of damage Isaac’s tears deal have a chance to attach a separate Explosivo tear on a hit enemy.
  • Collectible Cricket's Body iconCricket's Body: The explosion results in split Explosivo shots being generated. If the target survives, they're likely to immediately stick again.
  • (in Repentance) Collectible Dr. Fetus iconDr. Fetus: Dr. Fetus bombs may occasionally turn into Collectible Sticky Bombs iconSticky Bombs, but don't spawn spiders or slowing white creep.
  • Collectible Godhead iconGodhead: The tear keeps its damaging aura while attached to the enemy, the aura grows as the tear does until it explodes. The aura can damage only enemies other than the one the tear is stuck to, however.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Haemolacria iconHaemolacria: Main tears and burst tears can have the Explosivo effect. If a main tear has the Explosivo effect, it will burst with its explosion, the burst tears dealing damage based off the explosion damage.
  • Collectible Ipecac iconIpecac: Sticky shots will explode even if they fall to the floor after the initial target dies.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Lachryphagy iconLachryphagy: Explosivo tears can be fed and will burst into Explosivo tears; however, if normal tears are fed first, Explosivo fed to the normal tears will not give the tear the Explosivo effect.
  • Collectible Lost Contact iconLost Contact: Tears that stick to enemies can still block/be destroyed by enemy shots.
    • (in Repentance) Shielded Explosivo tears are no longer destroyed by shots while they're stuck to enemies. Up to the point that they explode, they block all enemy shots that come into contact with them, effectively cutting off an entire direction of attack (much like Dry/Fart Baby, but with a larger area of blockage and without forcing the player to waste time positioning). As such, this is an extremely powerful synergy between otherwise adequate items.
  • Collectible Mr. Mega iconMr. Mega: Increases the damage bonus of Explosivo's explosions to 110.
  • Collectible Mysterious Liquid iconMysterious Liquid: Leaves a pool of green creep on the floor.
  • Collectible Parasitoid iconParasitoid: Egg sacs that trigger the explosion will leave a larger pool of slowing creep.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Nose GoblinNose Goblin/(in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Sinus Infection iconSinus Infection: Explosivo tears can also be booger tears which damage the enemy over time while stuck to them before exploding.
  • Collectible Soy Milk iconSoy Milk: The 60 point explosion damage bonus is not affected by Soy Milk's penalty, combining efficiently with the high fire rate.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Spirit Sword iconSpirit Sword: The fired projectile can take on Explosivo's effects. The sword swing can leave behind Explosivo tears.
  • Collectible Strange Attractor iconStrange Attractor: When a tear sticks to an enemy, nearby enemies will be quickly pulled in the direction of the tear. The constant pull may however make enemy movement unpredictable.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Tech.5 iconTech.5: The laser also has a chance to apply explosive tears on enemies.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Technology iconTechnology: Regular explosive tears may stick to enemies hit by the laser.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Technology 2 iconTechnology 2: The laser has a chance to apply an explosive tear every tick. The 60 point explosion damage bonus is not affected by the laser's penalty, combining efficiently with the high tick rate.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Technology Zero iconTechnology Zero: Stuck tears will still generate arcs of electricity. Multiple tears stuck to a single enemy can cause very rapid damage.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Trisagion iconTrisagion: Every tick of damage Isaac’s tears deal have a chance to attach a separate Explosivo tear on a hit enemy.

Interactions[ | ]

  • All other bomb modifiers: No bomb modifier outside Collectible Mr. Mega iconMr. Mega and (in Repentance)Short FuseShort Fuse has an effect on Explosivo tears.
  • Collectible Bob's Rotten Head iconBob's Rotten Head: Bob's Rotten Head has a chance to stick onto enemies. The explosion damage bonus increases to 110.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone/Collectible Dr. Fetus iconDr. Fetus/Collectible Mom's Knife iconMom's Knife/Collectible Technology iconTechnology/Collectible Tech X iconTech X: Overrides Explosivo.
  • Collectible Epic Fetus iconEpic Fetus: Overrides Explosivo.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Holy Light iconHoly Light: Some Explosivo tears have the Holy Light effect applied to them. These tears spawn a beam of light after a few seconds of sticking to an enemy instead of exploding.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Immaculate Heart iconImmaculate Heart/Collectible Saturnus iconSaturnus: Orbiting tears that stick to an enemy will return to the ring if the enemy cannot be stuck to anymore before the tear's duration ends.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible The Ludovico Technique iconThe Ludovico Technique: Not recommended. Tear will alternate between "normal" and black. If it touches an enemy, it will stick to it, grow in size, then explode. While the tear is stuck to an enemy, it stops doing damage and cannot be controlled, leaving the player helpless.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Tech.5 iconTech.5/Collectible Technology 2 iconTechnology 2: The laser is unaffected by Explosivo.
  • (in Afterbirth †)Collectible Trisagion iconTrisagion: Overrides Explosivo.

In-game Footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • Possible reference to the Tenacious D song of the same name.
  • The icon may be a reference to the NES game Top Gun as it looks incredibly similar to the missiles that shoot at you in the game.
  • Explosivo means Explosive in Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Explosivo is one of the few tear-modifying passive items that does not change Isaac's appearance.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! If an explosive tear sticks to a Null or a Begotten, when they become invisible, the tear will fall to the ground.


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