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(in Repentance)

Meat Cleaver is an unlockable activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[ | ]

  • Upon use, splits enemies in the room into two smaller versions with ~40% health each.
    • Normal enemies can be split twice, while champions and bosses can be split three times. If an enemy cannot be split, they instead take 25 damage.
    • If the enemy splits as part of their mechanic, such as SquirtSquirt, Boss Teratoma ingameTeratoma, or Boss The Fallen ingameThe Fallen, they will instead take the damage required to split them.
    • If the enemy has segments, such as Boss Larry Jr. ingameLarry Jr. or ButtlickerButtlickers, they will have their segments cut down to half, rounding down. There are several exceptions listed in the notes section.
    • If the enemy has a cable between them, such as Mr. MawMr. Maw, it will immediately be cut. Mr. Maws specifically will be left with just their head.

Notes[ | ]

Synergies[ | ]

  • Collectible Book of Virtues iconBook of Virtues: Spawns one red wisp on the middle ring on use. Before spawning wisps, Meat Cleaver divides all of Isaac's wisps into two wisps that deal half tear damage. Wisps will be destroyed if they try to divide a third time.
  • Filigree FeatherFiligree Feather: Each split angel will drop an item.
  • Collectible Lusty Blood iconLusty Blood: Each split enemy killed grants a damage boost.
  • Sigil of BaphometSigil of Baphomet: Split enemies will allow the shield to activate and stack up more easily.

Interactions[ | ]

  • Collectible Blood Puppy iconBlood Puppy: If Blood Puppy is angry, splits it into two copies. One copy can level up and be tamed like normal, but the other cannot level up and dies instead of being tamed.

In-game Footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • Meat Cleaver originated from the Antibirth mod.
  • This item's pickup quote is a reference to the phrase "Slice and Dice", which means to cut or divide something into smaller parts.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! If used on Boss Reap Creep ingameReap Creep, during his 3rd Phase, he cannot properly collide with the walls in order to perform his rock attack and will infinitely run against the wall.
Bug Bug! If used against Boss Mom ingameMom's foot, both will count as their own instance, and the second foot will only be able to be killed once the first one is dead.

If the first foot is killed instantly, the second foot may never drop, requiring a reset.

Bug Bug! If used during Boss Min-Min ingameMin-Min's phase change, both bosses will be unable to be damaged.
Bug Bug! If used on Boss The Stain ingameThe Stain, the boss will be back to normal size when poking out of the ground. This is most likely due to the boss becoming smaller when going underground and therefore overriding the size it was given by the Meat Cleaver.