It Lives

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Boss It Lives name.png
Boss versus screen image
Base HPStage HP
950
0
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Ingame Appearance
In-game appearance

Entity ID
78.1
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Found In
Boss
Stage The Womb icon.pngStage Utero icon.pngStage Scarred Womb icon.png
Stage The Void icon.png
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Dropped Items
Gateway to Sheol/Cathedral
Gateway to ??? (Time under 30:00)
Gateway to The Void if unlocked (10% Chance)
Unlock Method
It Lives! Defeat Mom's Heart 11 times

It Lives is an unlockable alternative form of Mom's Heart. After being unlocked, it will always appear as the boss of the second floor of the fourth chapter, permanently replacing Mom's Heart. It is a stronger version of Mom's Heart that summons bosses alongside regular chapter 4 enemies.

Despite being a major boss, It Lives doesn't belong to any Ending. instead, it opens up entrances to both Sheol Sheol and the Cathedral Cathedral, as well as Added in Afterbirth ??? ??? if beaten in under 30 minutes.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

It Lives behaves exactly like Mom's Heart, except that it spawns Knights instead of Swingers and it spawns bosses from previous chapters, Removed in Repentance three/Added in Repentance four in particular:

It also shoots some double projectiles when retreating upwards after spawning enemies/bosses.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Unlockable Achievements[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Just like Mom and Mom's Heart, using The Bible against It Lives will kill it instantly.
  • Added in Afterbirth Isaac can still encounter It Lives in the nightmare boss wave of chapter 4 in Greed/Greedier mode if it has not been unlocked.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It Lives appeared in the original The Binding of Isaac.
  • The music that plays during this fight is titled Ventricide.[1] Ventricide is a portmanteau formed from the word ventricle (chamber of the heart) and the suffix -cide, which denotes an act of killing. This theme is used in other tracks, such as Matricide, Hericide, and Infanticide.
    • Ventricide could also be a junction of the prefix ventr-, which could denote "belly", "stomach", or "womb" with the suffix -cide.
  • It Lives, according to the developers, takes the shape of what Isaac looked like as a fetus.
  • It Lives makes the same sounds as Mom's Heart.
    • Like Mom's Heart, if Isaac takes damage from It Lives' 15►Brimstone Brimstone attack, Mom's laugh can be heard.
  • The unlock note for It Lives states "Your futures past awaits.", referencing Time Fcuk, another game by Edmund Mcmillen.
  • Removed in Repentance During the versus screen, It Lives' enemy/boss-spawning sound can be heard. It Lives is one of seven bosses that can be heard during the versus screen, the other six being Added in Afterbirth The Stain, Added in Afterbirth The Forsaken, Added in Afterbirth † Big Horn, Mom, Mom's Heart (pre-Repentance) and Added in Repentance Mother.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! Removed in Afterbirth † Sometimes, if the boss intro is skipped, the game will not teleport Isaac into the center of the bottom of the room, resulting in immediate contact damage with one of the Eyes or It Lives, depending on the direction of the room's entrance.

References[edit | edit source]


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Chapter 1
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GeminiStevenBlighted OvumDingleThe Duke of FliesFamineGurglingsThe HauntLarry Jr.MonstroPinWidowThe FallenThe Headless Horseman
DangleLittle HornRag ManTurdlings
Baby Plum
Chapter 1.5
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Lil BlubWormwoodThe RainmakerMin-MinClogColostomiaTurdlet
Chapter 2
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FistulaChubC.H.A.D.Carrion QueenDark OneGurdyGurdy Jr.The HollowThe HuskMega FattyMega MawPeepPestilencePolycephalusThe WretchedThe FallenThe Headless Horseman
The ForsakenThe FrailThe Stain
Big HornRag Mega
Bumbino
Chapter 2.5
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Reap CreepTuff TwinsHornfelGreat GideonSingeThe ShellThe Pile
Chapter 3
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The AdversaryThe BloatThe CageThe GateMonstro IIGishLokiMask of InfamyWarThe FallenThe Headless HorsemanMom
Brownie
Sisters Vis
Reap CreepThe Pile
Chapter 3.5
Stage Mausoleum icon.pngStage Gehenna icon.png
The SirenThe HereticThe VisageThe Horny BoysMomMom's Heart
Chapter 4
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BlastocystThe BloatConquestDaddy Long LegsTriachnidDeathLokiiMama GurdyMr. FredScolexTeratomaThe FallenThe Headless HorsemanMom's HeartIt Lives
Sisters VisThe Matriarch
???
???
Hush
Corpse
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ChimeraThe ScourgeRotgutMother
Chapter 5
Stage Sheol icon.pngStage Cathedral icon.png
SatanIsaac
Chapter 6
Stage Dark Room icon.pngStage The Chest icon.png
???The LambMega Satan
The Void
Stage The Void icon.png
Delirium
Home
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DogmaThe BeastUltra DeathUltra FamineUltra PestilenceUltra War
Greed Mode
Ultra Greed
Ultra Greed
Ultra Greedier
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