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(in Afterbirth † and Repentance)
This article is about the Afterbirth † item granting electric tears. For the renamed Antibirth item granting Angel Room shops, see The Stairway.

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

Effects[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance) Tears fire 1-2 sparks of electricity in random directions upon hitting an obstacle or enemy.
  • (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.
    • Sparks behave like spectral and piercing lasers and will arc to hit enemies that are close enough, even striking multiple ones in a row.
    • An enemy can take damage multiple times from sparks of a single chain. If an enemy take damage from a tear, it does not take any damage from the chain which the tear causes.
    • Tears that hit the floor due to running out of range do not generate arcs.
    • (in Repentance) If the floor is wet, such as DownpourDownpour, DrossDross, Flooded CavesFlooded Caves, some rooms in Scarred WombScarred Womb and after using Collectible Flush! iconFlush!, the arcing distance is increased.

Synergies[ | ]

  • (in Repentance) Multiple battery-themed items have special synergies with the sparks:
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Abyss iconAbyss: When Isaac uses Abyss to absorb Jacob's Ladder it turns into a pale blue locust. The locust can create arcs of electricity dealing 0.1 damage per tick.
  • Collectible Angelic Prism iconAngelic Prism: All of the split tears will be electrified. (except in Repentance) Also, the sparks that pass through the prism will be split.
  • (in Repentance) Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone / Character Azazel iconAzazel / Character Tainted Azazel iconTainted Azazel: The beam gains a light blue tint, spawning sparks at the end of the beam and near enemies hit by the beam.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible C Section iconC Section: Spawns the sparks for each tick they hit.
  • Collectible Lost Contact iconLost Contact: Tears block enemy shots as normal and will then spawn the sparks where the shot was blocked.
  • Collectible A Lump of Coal iconA Lump of Coal: Sparks deal damage based on the tear's range, increasing with distance. No extra damage is applied by the distance covered by the spark.
  • (in Repentance) Collectible Mom's Knife iconMom's Knife: The knife will occasionally generate sparks when hitting an enemy.
  • Spectral tears: The tears can spawn sparks while passing through obstacles, and a tear can spawn sparks only once in this way.
  • (in Repentance) Character Tainted Magdalene iconTainted Magdalene: Hugs cause sparks to spawn.
  • Tear effects: The tear effects will be applied over the sparks as well.
    • Collectible Serpent's Kiss iconSerpent's Kiss: The poison caused by the sparks will not drop black hearts.
    • Nose GoblinNose Goblin / Collectible Sinus Infection iconSinus Infection: The boogers do not spawn sparks when directly hit on an enemy, but their sparks spawn the boogers for each enemy hit.
    • (in Repentance)Collectible Euthanasia iconEuthanasia: The sparks coming off of needle shots also act as needle shots themselves, allowing entire rooms to be killed instantly.
  • (in Repentance) Collectible Tech.5 iconTech.5 / Collectible Technology iconTechnology / Collectible Technology 2 iconTechnology 2 / Collectible Tech X iconTech X: Lasers gain a light blue tint and generate sparks.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Trisagion iconTrisagion: Spawns the sparks for each tick they hit.

Interactions[ | ]

In-game Footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • 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 rested on his journey and had a dream; in the dream, he saw a ladder that served as the connection between Heaven and Earth.
  • (in Repentance) This item's new effect closely resembles Collectible 120 Volt icon120 Volt from Antibirth, which was added to the game with a different effect.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible The Stairway iconThe Stairway was originally named Jacob's Ladder in Antibirth. It was renamed when being ported to avoid a naming conflict.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! (except in Repentance) 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.