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Health Stat Icon Health represents the amount of damage the player can take before dying. There are multiple different types of health in the game, each with their own pickups. The health bar is the visual representation of a player's health on the HUD, where hearts are arranged in two rows of six.

  • The order in which hearts are placed is, from left to right, Red Hearts (and empty Red Heart containers), (in Repentance)Rotten Hearts, then Eternal Hearts, then Soul Hearts, Black Hearts, and (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Bone Hearts (depending on the order in which they were picked up), then (in Repentance)Broken Hearts. The top row is filled before the bottom row.
  • Hearts are lost in a certain order, which depends on the damage source.
  • The player can only hold a maximum of twelve hearts, and any permutation of the different types can be used. Picking up a Black or Soul Heart will refill a halved Black/Soul Heart (the other half is then placed at its right); Soul Hearts can replenish Black Hearts and vice versa.
  • The exact damage taken by Isaac depends on the item, hazard, or enemy and the specific attack used by the enemy, but in chapters 1 to 3, most sources deal half a heart of damage unless otherwise specified. From Chapter 4 onwards, all half-heart hits deal a full heart of damage.

Damage Order[ | ]

There are two separate damage orders; the game uses these to determine which hearts to take when the player is damaged. In both orders, the bottom row of hearts is taken from first.

Normal Order[ | ]

The first order is simple, and applies to most situations. Hearts are drained from right to left, with (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Bone Hearts having to be drained before their bone component is destroyed. The bottom row of hearts will always be drained first.

Alternate Order[ | ]

The alternate order is more complicated and only applies when holding (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Crow HeartCrow Heart, taking damage from a Blood Donation MachineBlood Donation Machine, Devil BeggarDevil Beggar, (in Repentance) ConfessionalConfessional, or (in Repentance) Hell GameHell Game, or using a self-damaging item such as Collectible Razor Blade iconRazor Blade or Collectible Blood Rights iconBlood Rights. This order will drain Red Hearts from their containers before other heart types, (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) including leaving empty Bone Hearts. Once Isaac has no Red Hearts left to drain, normal order is resumed.

(except in Repentance) If Isaac has any Red Heart containers, at least half of a Red Heart must be full at all times. If damage in the alternate order would bring Isaac below one Red Heart, normal order is resumed instead.

Using machines and items will not lower the chance for a Devil RoomDevil Room/Angel RoomAngel Room. However, taking damage from an enemy while holding (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Crow HeartCrow Heart will.

(in Repentance) Rotten Hearts are drained after Red Hearts, but before all other hearts.

(except in Repentance) Eternal Hearts are drained after Red Hearts, but before all other Hearts.

(in Repentance) Eternal Hearts will be drained only when they would be the only heart left otherwise. This means that if Isaac has an Eternal Heart and only half a Red / Soul / Black Heart, or only a Rotten Heart / Empty Bone Heart, then the Eternal Heart will be taken instead of the other heart.

Red Heart Containers[ | ]

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Red Heart containers, or Red Hearts, are the main form of health for the majority of characters. If the player has only Red Hearts, the containers will be unfilled as damage is taken (but the containers themselves remain). Empty Red Heart containers can be refilled with Red Heart pickups. If Isaac takes a heart that would heal him for more than his current maximum health (for example, taking a Red Heart when he is only missing half a Red Heart worth of health), the excessive health will be wasted. The number of Red Heart containers can be increased with multiple items or Health Up pills or decreased with items, Health Down pills, having another player join a game as a baby, or trading them away in a Devil RoomDevil Room or at an underground Black MarketBlack Market.

Soul Hearts[ | ]

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Soul Hearts are blue hearts that are appended to the end of the health bar. Unlike Red Hearts, Soul Hearts do not have containers, so once they're depleted, new ones must replace them. If Isaac has Red Hearts and half a Soul Heart, taking a full heart of damage will not remove any Red Hearts. Losing Soul Hearts does not count as damage for Devil RoomDevil Room or Angel RoomAngel Room appearance chances, but does count as damage taken for the Basement Boy, Spelunker Boy, Dark Boy, Mama's Boy, and Dead Boy achievements.

Black Hearts[ | ]

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Black Hearts are similar to Soul Hearts in that they are appended to the end of the health bar, are not permanent, and that losing them does not count as damage for Devil or Angel Room chances. However, when a Black Heart is depleted, Collectible The Necronomicon iconThe Necronomicon effect is triggered, damaging all enemies in the current room. Picking up a Soul Heart while at half a Black Heart will complete the Black Heart and add half a Soul Heart, and vice versa. If Isaac is at his HP cap and any of his hearts are Soul Hearts, the Black Heart will replace the rightmost Soul Heart when picked up.

Eternal Hearts[ | ]

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Eternal Hearts are the rarest variation of a heart. They always appear as half-hearts and, once picked up, can transform into a new Red Heart container in two ways: either by collecting a second Eternal Heart at the same level or by traveling to the next floor. Eternal Hearts are not permanent, cannot be refilled when lost and do not count for the limit of twelve hearts, instead overlapping the rightmost Red Heart container. If no Red Heart containers are available, the Eternal Heart will overlap the leftmost Soul Heart or Black Heart. If Isaac has 12 Red Heart containers and travels to a new floor with an Eternal Heart, Isaac will heal one Red Heart but will not gain another Heart Container. If Isaac is at full health, the Eternal Heart will simply disappear.

An Eternal Heart will be used up the first time Isaac takes Red Heart damage (but is not lost by taking Red Heart damage if Isaac has no Red Heart containers). Health removal from Devil Room deals will not drain an Eternal Heart; rather, the Eternal Heart is appended onto the end of the next Red Heart. An Eternal Heart cannot keep Isaac alive on its own; making a deal with the Devil which drains all hearts except the Eternal Heart will kill Isaac. (except in Repentance) This also means that using a Blood Donation MachineBlood Donation Machine or activated items like the Collectible Razor Blade iconRazor Blade will drain the Eternal Heart, even if Isaac has full health and Soul Hearts.

(in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Since Bone Hearts are treated as Red Heart containers, Eternal Hearts will be appended to the rightmost Bone Heart even if there are Soul and Black Hearts between it and any Red Hearts.

(in Repentance) Blood Donation MachineBlood Donation Machines and other items and devices that take red hearts directly will ignore Eternal Hearts, even if Isaac has no other red hearts left. However, an eternal heart will still be taken if Isaac's only other health is worth one half-heart, meaning that you cannot have just an eternal heart and no other health.

When playing as Character Tainted Magdalene iconTainted Magdalene, Eternal Hearts won't be drained even if there is no other leaking health left.

Gold Hearts (except in Rebirth)[ | ]

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Gold Hearts are unlocked by completing the XXXXXXXXL XXXXXXXXL challenge. Once picked up, the Gold Heart surrounds Isaac's rightmost heart. The Gold Heart does not prevent damage, but when the heart that the Gold Heart surrounds is depleted, several PennyPennies will spawn and nearby enemies will be changed to gold statues that release Pennies upon death, similar to the Collectible Midas' Touch iconMidas' Touch effect. Some other methods of losing hearts, such as a non-red heart being "pushed off" the health bar by an HP up or removing hearts via items such as Collectible Converter iconConverter or (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Potato Peeler iconPotato Peeler, will also trigger the effect. Gaining additional hearts that go after the rightmost heart will move the Gold Heart to the newly rightmost heart.

(in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Gold Hearts that surround Bone Hearts will not be used if the red health inside them is removed, instead triggering on the Bone Heart itself being removed.

Coin Hearts (except in Rebirth)[ | ]

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Coin Hearts are a special heart type used exclusively by Character Keeper iconKeeper and (in Repentance) Character Tainted Keeper iconTainted Keeper. Coin Hearts always take a full heart of damage from all sources, even with Collectible The Wafer iconThe Wafer. They can only be replenished by acquiring money (either through picking up coins or obtaining items such as Collectible A Quarter iconA Quarter), which will consume one cent from the coin pickup for each heart restored. (except in Repentance) They are always treated as Red Hearts and can be sold in Devil deals or Black MarketBlack Markets.

See Keeper Notes for more information.

Bone Hearts (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)[ | ]

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Bone Hearts are special Red Heart containers unlocked alongside Character The Forgotten iconThe Forgotten, and are appended to the end of the health bar. Empty containers can be filled with Red Hearts and filled containers take three hits to deplete (or two hits against sources that deal a full heart of damage), but disappear permanently upon depleting. If a Bone Heart is only filled with half a heart or a (in Repentance) Rotten Heart, taking a full heart of damage will only empty it without destroying it. Bone Hearts, empty or full, are considered Red Hearts by most items (except in Repentance) but cannot be used for Devil deals or Black MarketBlack Markets. Bone Hearts will be emptied when picking up items that remove all Red Hearts, such as Collectible Abaddon iconAbaddon and Collectible Brittle Bones iconBrittle Bones. Losing Bone Hearts or the Red Hearts contained within will not affect the chance to find a Devil RoomDevil Room or Angel RoomAngel Room, with the exception of The Forgotten who receives a penalty for a Bone Heart breaking. Acquiring an empty Red Heart container while you have a filled Bone Heart will fill the new heart and empty the Bone Heart. Any character with health can pick up bone hearts, but characters who cannot possess Red Heart Containers cannot fill them with Red Hearts.

(in Repentance) Bone Hearts can replace the rightmost Soul or Black Hearts if acquired while Isaac is at his HP cap. They can also be filled with Rotten Hearts. Bone Hearts count as Red Heart containers when paying for items with health, unless the character can't have Red Heart containers.

Rotten Hearts (in Repentance)[ | ]

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Rotten Hearts are special Red Hearts unlocked by entering CorpseCorpse for the first time. Rotten Hearts spawn two friendly Blue Flies for each one that Isaac possesses upon clearing a room. They can be used to fill empty Red Heart containers or replace the rightmost Red Heart if there are no empty containers. It is not possible to have half a Rotten Heart; rather, each Rotten Heart is equivalent to half a heart. Normal hits will fully deplete them and hits which would deal a full heart of damage will deplete two Rotten Hearts or, if Isaac has only one Rotten Heart, a Rotten Heart and half a red heart. Losing Rotten Hearts will not affect the chance to find a Devil RoomDevil Room or Angel RoomAngel Room.

Broken Hearts (in Repentance)[ | ]

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Broken Hearts are special Red Heart containers that only appear when using Collectible Magic Skin iconMagic Skin, Collectible Heartbreak iconHeartbreak, or a VI - The Lovers?VI - The Lovers? card. Broken Hearts are considered empty Red Heart containers, but cannot be removed or refilled under normal circumstances. They cannot be used for any Devil Deals, they cannot be refilled with any form of Heart, or replaced by any Heart Container. They are permanently applied to the character for the rest of the run, even after using items that can revive or change the current character. They also do not let you benefit from stat upgrades for having empty red heart containers like Collectible Adrenaline iconAdrenaline. One of the only ways to remove them is to donate to a ConfessionalConfessional, which has a chance to remove them with each donation. The other way is using Collectible Genesis iconGenesis. Replacing all 12 Heart Container slots with Broken Hearts will cause Isaac to instantly die, and if revived, Isaac will have 1 of the Broken Hearts removed and have half a Soul Heart take its place.

Unlockable Achievements[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • Upon entering a room with only half a heart left, a small yellow spot, presumably urine, will appear underneath Isaac.
    • If Isaac has (except in Rebirth)Collectible Kidney Stone iconKidney Stone, a bloodstain will appear instead of urine.
    • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) As Character Eve iconEve and (in Repentance) Character Tainted Eve iconTainted Eve, a bloodstain will appear instead of urine.
  • (in Repentance) Eternal Hearts have a special animation if used by a character who cannot use red hearts, where the animation of the hearts joining together will show their respective heart type.
  • There is an unused half Coin Heart graphic left in the files.
  • The most amount of hearts Isaac can have on one heart slot is a Bone, Gold, Eternal, Rotten heart.
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Isaac leaving a urine puddle at low health.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! A Gold Heart surrounding a Soul, Black, or empty Bone Heart will be used if a Red Heart is depleted via the alternate order before the rightmost heart is lost.
Bug Bug! (except in Repentance) Losing many hearts at once, such as via Collectible Dead Cat iconDead Cat or a Hematemesis pill, while having a Gold Heart will trigger the Gold Heart loss effect many times at once, showering the player in coins.