Lazarus

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Lazarus
Character image

Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart
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Stats
Damage Stat Icon.png Damage
3.5 (*1.00)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears
+0
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed
1
Range Stat Icon.png Range
Removed in Repentance17.75
Added in Repentance4.5
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed
1.0
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck
-1
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Starting Items
Starting Item Icon.png Pickups1 pill
Starting Item Icon.png ItemsAdded in Afterbirth † Needs to be unlocked 15►Anemic Anemic
Unlock Method
Lazarus Have 4 or more Soul Hearts at one time

Lazarus is unlocked once the player has four or more soul hearts (or black hearts) at once during a run. He is a new character in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. He starts with three red heart containers and a random pill. He has slightly lower Range and Luck than Isaac Isaac but also has 1 extra life at the beginning of the game.

His revived form has increased base stats, with above-average damage, speed, and range. Though low on health, his improved stats counterbalance this weakness well.

Added in Afterbirth † After Challenge 31: Backasswards is beaten, Lazarus will start with 15►Anemic Anemic.

Lazarus Risen[edit | edit source]

Lazarus   Risen
Character image

Full red heart
Table dividing line 1.png
Stats
Damage Stat Icon.png Damage
3.5 (*1.20)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears
+0
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed
1
Range Stat Icon.png Range
Removed in Repentance23.75
Added in Repentance6.5
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed
1.25
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck
0
Table dividing line 2.png
Starting Items
Starting Item Icon.png PickupsNone
Starting Item Icon.png ItemsA permanent 15►Anemic Anemic

When Lazarus (or another character with the item 15►Lazarus' Rags Lazarus' Rags) dies, they will be resurrected in the same room as Lazarus Risen.

Lazarus Risen gains a significant increase to most of his stats, with bonuses in Damage, Speed, Range, and Luck, as well as the 15►Anemic Anemic passive item, causing him to leave a toxic blood trail behind him after taking damage. Note that unlike other items that cause the player to respawn, Lazarus' revival ability revives him on the spot, as opposed to the previous safe room.

Lazarus Risen is considered by the game to be a separate character from Lazarus, but all unlockable items can be earned by completing objectives with Lazarus Risen, and if you beat particular bosses for the first time with Lazarus Risen, you will gain the corresponding Completion Mark on Lazarus's post-it note.

Added in Afterbirth † After Challenge 31: Backasswards is beaten, Lazarus Risen's Anemic effect is permanent and no longer requires him to take damage.

Unlockable Achievements[edit | edit source]

Item & Strategy notes[edit | edit source]

  • Donating your last heart piece to a devil beggar and respawning as Lazarus Risen activates the beggar an extra two times for a total of three.
  • Lazarus' negative luck decreases the chance to obtain Room Drops. As such, items increasing Luck are welcomed.
  • Lazarus' low range can make it harder to hit enemies, in such case, items increasing Range are also welcomed.
  • It is also possible to let yourself purposefully die at the beginning to become Lazarus Risen and obtain stronger stats, although you will be revived on the spot and have only 1 heart container.
    • For example, attempt to complete the 2nd floor without any red heart damage, enter the Devil room, and make deals until Lazarus dies. This will utilize Lazarus's 3 red heart containers to the most if successfully performed but heavily relies on RNG.
  • Added in Afterbirth † After beating Challenge 31: Backasswards, Lazarus will have 15►Anemic Anemic even before reviving. Anemic gives +5 range which compensates his shortness on the range, effectively nullifying problems around this.
    • Lazarus Risen will always have Anemic activated and will constantly leave blood trails. A higher Speed attribute may help him spread more blood around the room.

Good Items[edit | edit source]

  • Any range up items. (15►Mom's Heels Mom's Heels, 15►Mom's Underwear Mom's Underwear...)
  • Removed in Repentance The lack of range can be compensated by a higher shot speed, via picking up items such as 15►Cat-O-Nine-Tails Cat-O-Nine-Tails or 15►Speed Ball Speed Ball.
  • Any luck up items. (15►Latch Key Latch Key, 15►Lucky Foot Lucky Foot...)
  • Added in Afterbirth †Lost Cork Lost Cork increases the size of Anemic's creep trail, which can be useful for Lazarus Risen, especially if he has the Anemic effect permanently due to the player having beaten Backasswards.
  • 15►PHD PHD, 15►Virgo Virgo or Added in Repentance15►Lucky Foot Lucky Foot can turn Lazarus' beginning pill into a positive one unless his pill has an effect deemed neutral.
  • Suicide King Suicide King can be used most effectively when playing as Lazarus.
  • After his resurrection, any health up items will help. Lazarus Risen initially has only 1 heart, therefore he is rather fragile.

Bad Items[edit | edit source]

  • 15►Cricket's Body Cricket's Body has to be avoided. Although it allows an increase in Tears and gives splash tears, its range diminution, added with Lazarus' already low range, can become dangerous. The same applies to 15►Number One Number One.
  • 15►Eve's Mascara Eve's Mascara and 15►Dead Onion Dead Onion's drastic shot speed reduction can also prove themselves to be negative for Lazarus.
  • 15►A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal loses efficiency due to Lazarus' initial range.

Note that after his resurrection, or Added in Afterbirth † receiving Anemic for the first life, these problems become much less troublesome due to the increased Range stat.

  • Be careful to use self-damaging items or take devil deals as Lazarus Risen, due to his shortness on heart containers.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Lazarus is a reference to Lazarus of Bethany. In the Bible, Lazarus of Bethany was resurrected by Jesus 4 days after his death. This is why Lazarus spawns with 1 extra life.
  • Lazarus Risen's next floor art, in which he is crying about a bad memory, has blood tears, rather than the normal tears.
  • If a co-op player joins in and takes a red heart from Lazarus, then Lazarus dies and gets revived, the co-op player can leave to grant Lazarus Risen an extra heart container.
  • If the player dies as Lazarus Risen, his signature on Isaac's last will will have blood drops on it.


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