Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's   Ladder
Item icon
Item altar
"Electric tears"
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Item ID
5.100.494
Character Appearance
Character appearance
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Collection Grid
Removed in Repentance(page 5, column 9, row 1)
Added in Repentance(page 5, column 10, row 1)
Added in Afterbirth †

Jacob's Ladder is a passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth †.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Removed in Repentance Tears fire 1-2 sparks of electricity in random directions upon hitting an obstacle or enemy.
  • Added in Repentance Tears fire 1 short-ranged spark of electricity in a random direction upon hitting an obstacle or enemy. When an arc strikes an enemy, it will strike another nearby enemy, chaining up to four times.
  • Sparks deal half of the tear's damage (Isaac's current damage stat).
    • Sparks behave like spectral homing lasers and will arc to hit enemies that are close enough, even striking multiple ones in a row.
    • Tears that hit the floor due to running out of range do not generate arcs.
    • Added in Repentance If the floor is wet, such as Downpour Downpour, Dross Dross, Flooded Caves Flooded Caves and some rooms in Scarred Womb Scarred Womb, the arcing distance is increased.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • All status causing tear effects: The status effects will be applied over the electric arcs as well. The poison caused by 15►Serpent's Kiss Serpent's Kiss will not drop black hearts.
    • Added in Repentance15►Euthanasia Euthanasia: Electric arcs coming off of needle shots act also act as needle shots themselves, allowing entire rooms to be killed instantly.
    • 15►Sinus Infection Sinus Infection/ Nose Goblin Nose Goblin: A booger tear that strikes an enemy will also apply a booger to each enemy that gets hit by an electric arc.
  • 15►Angelic Prism Angelic Prism: All of the split tears will be electrified. Also, electric arcs that pass through the prism will be split.
  • Added in Repentance 15►Brimstone Brimstone/Azazel Azazel: The beam gains a light blue tint and generates sparks.
  • 15►Lost Contact Lost Contact: Tears block enemy shots as normal and will then generate arcs of electricity where the shot was blocked.
  • 15►A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal: Sparks deal damage based the tear's, increasing with distance. No extra damage is applied by the distance covered by the spark.
  • Added in Repentance 15►Mom's Knife Mom's Knife: The knife will occasionally generate sparks when hitting an enemy.
  • Spectral tears: The tears can spawn sparks while passing through obstacles.
  • Added in Repentance 15►Tech X Tech X / 15►Tech.5 Tech.5 / 15►Technology Technology / 15►Technology 2 Technology 2: Lasers gain a light blue tint and generate sparks.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This item refers to high voltage traveling arcs, which are colloquially known as Jacob's ladders. It creates a small electric arc rising between two metal rods, as the item graphic represents.
    • The name is a reference to The Book of Genesis from the Old Testament. In Genesis 28:10-19 Jacob rests on his journey and has a dream; in the dream, he sees a ladder that serves as the connection between Heaven and Earth.
  • Added in Repentance This item's new effect closely resembles 15►120 Volt 120 Volt from Antibirth, which was added to the game with a different effect.
  • Added in Repentance15►The Stairway The Stairway was originally named Jacob's Ladder in Antibirth. It was renamed when being ported to avoid a naming conflict.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

Switch Normal and hard modes only RB16 V4HQ (First floor Treasure Room)

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Bug Bug! When using The Forgotten's melee attack with both Jacob's Ladder and Haemolacria, the sparks caused by splattered tears will hurt the player. This does not apply to other tear scattering items.


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