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(in Repentance)

Inner Child is an unlockable passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[ | ]

  • Gives Isaac an extra life. Upon death, Isaac respawns in the current room with half of a Red Heart, a massive size down, and +0.2 Speed.
  • When Isaac respawns as the inner child, he emits a blood explosion that deals 35 flat damage to all nearby enemies.

Notes[ | ]

  • Resurrection items activate in a set order. Inner Child is 5th in this order after Soul of LazarusSoul of Lazarus, Collectible 1up! icon1up!, Character Lazarus iconLazarus' inherent extra life, and Collectible Dead Cat iconDead Cat.
  • Once this item has been unlocked, if the current character's Tainted version was already unlocked or the current character is a Tainted character, it is guaranteed to spawn in the hidden closet in HomeHome.
    • This item will appear even if Inner Child had been obtained earlier in the run, allowing Isaac to have two copies of the item.
    • Despite being hard-coded not to appear anywhere else for him, this specific occurrence of Inner Child will still spawn for Character Tainted Lost iconTainted Lost.
    • If this item is obtained in Home, a viable strategy is to intentionally die towards the end of the fight with Boss Dogma ingameDogma. Isaac will be respawned with the size down and Speed up, and these effects will carry over to the Beast fight along with the healing provided by Collectible Dogma iconDogma, making Isaac much harder to hit for the fight.
  • The size down from being revived by Inner Child is the same as if Isaac had collected Collectible Pluto iconPluto.

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Trivia[ | ]

  • Inner Child is a concept in popular psychology that there exists an "inner child" in every sub-conscious that contains memories of pain and trauma in youth.
  • Specifically, Inner Child spawning in the HomeHome closet may be a reference to the trauma seen in the Ending 21 ( Boss Mother secondphase ingameMother's Ending) – where Boss Mom ingameMom throws Isaac into a closet.
    • In the reverse, perhaps the ending is also allegorical rather than historical: Mom's constant abuse "threw" Isaac's inner child into a closet.
  • This is one of the very few items without the offensive tag that Character Tainted Lost iconTainted Lost can obtain without the use of Collectible Spindown Dice iconSpindown Dice.