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Holy Water is a passive item.

Effect[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance) Spawns a familiar that follows Isaac. If Isaac takes damage, it will shatter and create a pool of damaging blue creep, similar to Collectible Lemon Mishap iconLemon Mishap.
    • The pool lasts for ~9 seconds and deals 8 damage per tick to non-flying enemies (24 damage per second).
    • After breaking, Holy Water will reappear in the next room.
  • (in Repentance) Spawns a familiar that follows Isaac and launches itself in the direction Isaac shoots. Upon hitting an enemy, it will deal 7 damage and shatter, creating a pool of damaging blue creep that also petrifies enemies that touch it.
    • Once the pool disappears completely, Holy Water will respawn and can be fired again. Holy Water does not immediately respawn upon entering a new room.

Notes[ | ]

  • (in Repentance) Familiars that follow behind Isaac have a certain priority in how close their position is to him over other familiars, with Holy Water having 5th priority.

Interactions[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance)Collectible BFFS! iconBFFS!: Familiar is bigger but no effect on damage.
    • (in Repentance) Doubles the initial damage and causes it to also spawn a blue flame on point of impact that blocks shots and deals 6 contact damage per tick to enemies (36 damage per second). The fire can hit flying enemies, persists for the same amount of time as the creep, and cannot be destroyed.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Vasculitis iconVasculitis: Upon killing an enemy while they are inside the puddle of holy water, The enemy bursts into a cluster of petrifying tears.

In-game Footage[ | ]

In Rebirth (except in Repentance)[ | ]

In Repentance (in Repentance)[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • The item is a reference to the sub-weapon of the same name from the Castlevania series of games.
  • In the original The Binding of Isaac, holding Holy Water will turn one of your shooting familiars into Collectible Brother Bobby iconBrother Bobby, and it will change back when the Holy Water breaks. It will turn back into Brother Bobby after entering the next room.
  • The in-game description for Holy Water in the original game was 'Don't Spill It'.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! (in Afterbirth †) If Isaac has the Extension CordExtension Cord and Holy Water breaks, the sprite is temporarily stored just off the top-left of the screen, where the yellow beams will still connect to it.