Maw of the Void

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Maw   of   the   Void
Removed in RepentanceItem icon
Added in RepentanceItem icon
Item altar
"Consume thy enemy!"
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Item ID
5.100.399
Character Appearance
Character appearance
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Collection Grid
Added in Afterbirth † / Removed in Repentance(page 4, column 14, row 2)
Removed in Afterbirth †(page 4, column 14, row 2)
Added in Repentance(page 4, column 15, row 2)
Unlock Method
Maw of the Void Defeat Hush as Azazel
Added in Afterbirth

Maw of the Void is an unlockable passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.

Effects[edit | edit source]

  • Removed in Repentance +1.0 damage.
  • After firing tears for 2.5 seconds, releasing the fire button unleashes a black 15►Brimstone Brimstone ring around Isaac that expands and contracts, dealing damage at a rapid rate to all enemies touching it.
    • The charge is completed when a red upside-down cross appears on Isaac's forehead.
    • Added in Afterbirth † With charge bars enabled, there is also an indicator that displays the charge.
    • The black ring deals damage equal to Isaac's current damage per tick, and ticks a total of 30 times.
    • Removed in Repentance Enemies killed by the black ring have a 5% chance to drop Black Hearts.
      • Black Hearts will drop as soon as the enemy is killed. (In other words, the heart will drop at the beginning of the death animation rather than at the end of the death animation.)
  • This item belongs to the Leviathan set. Collecting three items from this set will transform Isaac into Leviathan.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Removed in Repentance This item does not work while playing a blindfolded character, as it requires tears to charge.
  • The ring will apply any tear status effects such as poison if Isaac has them.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • Guppy: Damaging enemies with Maw of the Void allows flies to spawn from the Guppy transformation. Flies are spawned at a rate of approximately one fly per tick of damage for each enemy it hits. This causes a lot of flies to spawn very quickly. The spawned flies will also move to attack the nearest enemy immediately.
  • Homing tears: The ring curves towards enemies.
  • 15►Ipecac Ipecac: Massively increases ring damage and poisons enemies.
    • Added in Repentance The ring also explodes on enemy or obstacle contact.
  • 15►Lost Contact Lost Contact: Ring can destroy projectiles.
  • 15►Proptosis Proptosis: The ring is much larger and deals 1.5x damage per tick.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The ring deals normal damage.
    • Added in Repentance The ring is now normal size.
  • 15►Strange Attractor Strange Attractor: Ring attracts pickups and enemies towards it.
  • Wiggle Worm Wiggle Worm: The ring has wavy edges.
  • Added in Afterbirth †15►Jacob's Ladder Jacob's Ladder: The ring sends out electric currents when it hits something.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

  • 15►The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico Technique: Tear must be moved before the ring activates.
  • 15►A Lump of Coal A Lump of Coal: The ring damage is halved.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The ring deals normal damage.
  • 15►Marked Marked: Removed in Repentance Crosshair must be moved for 4 seconds before the ring activates.
    • Added in Repentance While firing, the ring charges automatically and activates immediately upon full charge.
  • 15►Soy Milk Soy Milk: No effect on charge time but massively reduces damage.

In-game Footage[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Maw of the Void has a unique charge bar, filling with red instead of the usual green, as well as having a small swirl reminiscent of its shape in the middle of it.


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