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Magdalene, or Maggy, is a character unlocked by obtaining seven or more heart containers at once in a run.

Magdalene starts with four red heart containers and the Yum Heart Yum Heart.

Added in Afterbirth † / Removed in Repentance Magdalene starts with a Speed Up pill after completing the Aprils Fool challenge.

Added in Repentance Magdalene starts with a Full Health pill after completing the Aprils Fool challenge. Both Full Health and Health Up are guaranteed to be in the run’s pill rotation.

Notes[]

  • Magdalene's strong point is her vitality. Her naturally high health and her starting item, Yum Heart Yum Heart, allow her to survive more damage than other characters.
    • With her high number of heart containers, Magdalene can afford more deals with the Devil.
    • She can also take more advantage of sacrificial damage, such as with a Blood Donation Machine, Sacrifice Room or from Bloody Lust Bloody Lust. The sacrifice room is especially powerful for her, capable of giving you a floor one Angel Room provided you're willing to use your Full Health pill.
    • In Co-Op, the Yum Heart will also heal Co-Op partners for half a heart when used.
  • Magdalene's biggest disadvantage is her low speed, which makes her more vulnerable to threats, especially from fast-moving attacks and homing projectiles. Look to get items that increase speed and avoid those that lower it further.
    • Added in Afterbirth † / Removed in Repentance Once the Aprils Fool challenge is completed, this disadvantage is rendered moot as she will start every run with a Speed Up pill.
    • With Repentance, Magdalene's combination of a fully charged Yum Heart and a Full Health pill allows her to step on a Sacrifice Room spike seven times, allowing her to potentially get two angel room items on the first floor. However, this will leave her with only a single red heart.

Item Interactions[]

  • Added in RepentanceBirthright Birthright: Grants +1 Filled Red Heart. Increases HP Cap to 18 Hearts.

Favored Items[]

  • Items that trigger on player damage, such as Gimpy Gimpy and The Virus The Virus, stand to see more action through Magdalene's high health.
  • Sacrificing health with an IV Bag IV Bag can be quite useful if low on money.
  • A single speed-boosting item such as The Belt The Belt will negate Magdalene's speed weakness.
    • Added in Afterbirth † / Removed in Repentance If Aprils Fool has been completed, the Speed Up pill that Magdalene starts with will negate the weakness.
  • The AAA Battery AAA Battery trinket allows the Yum Heart to take only 3 rooms to charge instead of 4.
  • Guppy's Paw Guppy's Paw allows Magdalene to turn her four initial heart containers into twelve Soul Hearts - the maximum number of soul hearts possible.
  • The Habit Habit and 9 Volt 9 Volt are blessings to Magdalene's regeneration if she still holds Yum Heart Yum Heart, as they allow the item to recharge itself much more quickly.
  • Leech Leech and Charm of the Vampire Charm of the Vampire are also useful for regenerating health upon killing enemies.
  • Old Bandage Old Bandage will have a chance to drop a heart upon being hit, which may come in handy if Magdalene's low on health.
  • Placenta Placenta's regenerative abilities can further supplement Magdalene's self-healing. The same applies to Little C.H.A.D. Little C.H.A.D.'s red heart generation and other similar healing items.
  • The Wafer The Wafer is helpful to Magdalene's health-driven play style.
  • Shielding items can be used to compensate for Magdalene's low speed. (Infamy Infamy, Holy Mantle Holy Mantle...)

Disfavored Items[]

  • Abaddon Abaddon removes all red heart containers, which can turn out to be a disadvantage for Magdalene.
  • Bucket of Lard Bucket of Lard's heart container bonus is tempting, though it's better to avoid this item initially as it would render Magdalene's speed very low. Any other speed down items are to be avoided as well (Taurus Taurus may make an exception from its speed increase over time and My Little Unicorn My Little Unicorn effect if the speed becomes high enough).
  • Dark Bum Dark Bum eats red heart pickups, which can dampen Magdalene's regenerative play style. However, used in conjunction with her starting Yum Heart, Dark Bum can be a powerful way to turn otherwise redundant pickups to your advantage.
  • If Dead Cat Dead Cat is picked up early, it takes away Magdalene's primary strength (high health) and exacerbates her biggest weakness (low avoidance).

Unlockable Achievements[]

Bugs[]

Bug Bug! Removed in Afterbirth † There are some stray pixels on Maggy's "Bad Pill" animation.

Trivia[]

  • Maggy appeared in the original Binding of Isaac.
    • Maggy's unlock requirements in Rebirth are the same in the original Binding of Isaac.
  • Magdalene's unlock requirement of having seven heart containers may be a reference to the "seven demons" that were driven out of Mary Magdalene.
  • Magdalene is the name of Isaac’s mother Magdalene O. Moriah, or MOM. The last name Moriah is a reference to the biblical story of Isaac where the name Moriah is the name of the mountain Isaac was to be sacrificed on in the Book of Genesis.
  • In the game files, the image file for Maggy's hair is named maggiesbeautifulgoldenlocks.png.
  • Maggy's hair appears to be identical to the wig that Isaac receives in one of his mid-floor nightmares.
    • The person with gold hair in ending 14 and the Final ending has been confirmed to be Isaac wearing a wig, which furthers this idea.
    • Another piece of evidence is that the four female playable characters all have Isaac's voice.

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