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

Magdalene is shown as Isaac wearing a yellow wig.

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

(in Afterbirth †) Magdalene starts with a Speed Up pill after completing the Aprils Fool challenge.

  • (in Repentance) She 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.

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  • Magdalene's strong point is her vitality. Her naturally high health and her starting item, Collectible Yum Heart iconYum 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 MachineBlood Donation Machine, Sacrifice RoomSacrifice Room or items that grant stats upon damage like Collectible Bloody Lust iconBloody Lust.
    • In Co-Op, the Collectible Yum Heart iconYum 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.
    • (in Afterbirth †) 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 Collectible Yum Heart iconYum Heart and a Full Health pill allows her to step on a Sacrifice RoomSacrifice Room spike seven times, allowing her to potentially get two Angel RoomAngel Room items on the first floor. However, this will leave her with only a single red heart.

Item Interactions[ | ]

  • (in Repentance)Collectible Birthright iconBirthright: Grants +1 Filled Red Heart. Increases HP Cap to 18 Hearts.

Favored Items[ | ]

  • Items that trigger on player damage, such as Collectible Gimpy iconGimpy and Collectible The Virus iconThe Virus, stand to see more action through Magdalene's high health.
  • A single speed-boosting item such as Collectible The Belt iconThe Belt will negate Magdalene's speed weakness.
  • The AAA BatteryAAA Battery trinket allows the Collectible Yum Heart iconYum Heart to take only 3 rooms to charge instead of 4.
  • Collectible Guppy's Paw iconGuppy's Paw allows Magdalene to turn her four initial heart containers into twelve Soul HeartSoul Hearts - the maximum number of soul hearts possible.
  • The Collectible Habit iconHabit and Collectible 9 Volt icon9 Volt are blessings to Magdalene's regeneration if she still holds Collectible Yum Heart iconYum Heart, as they allow the item to recharge itself much more quickly. Combined with Collectible Sharp Plug iconSharp Plug, the two previous items allow to get infinite pickups with items such as Collectible Piggy Bank iconPiggy Bank or Collectible Fanny Pack iconFanny Pack
  • Collectible Leech iconLeech and Collectible Charm of the Vampire iconCharm of the Vampire are also useful for regenerating health upon killing enemies.
  • Collectible Old Bandage iconOld Bandage will have a chance to drop a heart upon being hit, which may come in handy if Magdalene's low on health.
  • Collectible Placenta iconPlacenta's regenerative abilities can further supplement Magdalene's self-healing. The same applies to Collectible Little C.H.A.D. iconLittle C.H.A.D.'s red heart generation and other similar healing items.
  • Collectible The Wafer iconThe Wafer is helpful to Magdalene's health-driven play style.
  • Shielding items can be used to compensate for Magdalene's low speed. (Collectible Infamy iconInfamy, Collectible Holy Mantle iconHoly Mantle, etc.)

Disfavored Items[ | ]

  • Collectible Abaddon iconAbaddon removes all red heart containers, which can turn out to be a disadvantage for Magdalene.
  • Collectible Bucket of Lard iconBucket 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 (Collectible Taurus iconTaurus may make an exception from its speed increase over time and Collectible My Little Unicorn iconMy Little Unicorn effect if the speed becomes high enough).
  • Collectible Dark Bum iconDark 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 Collectible Dead Cat iconDead Cat is picked up early, it takes away Magdalene's primary strength (high health) and exacerbates her biggest weakness (low avoidance).

Unlockable Achievements[ | ]

Unlockable Starting Items[ | ]

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! (in Rebirth and 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 name is a reference to Mary Magdalene, a female follower of Jesus who witnessed his death and ressurection.
    • 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.
  • Maggy's locked icon shows her bound in chains.

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