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Added in Afterbirth †

Pause is an active item added in Afterbirth †.


  • Stops all enemies including bosses until a fire button is pressed.
    • This does not affect troll bombs.
    • Touching frozen enemies will still damage Isaac.
    • Co-op babies can fire without ending the effect.
    • Stops fireplaces from shooting projectiles.
    • Using Added in Repentance15►Dark Arts Dark Arts will not stop the effect.
    • Bosses will resume their actions after 30 seconds have passed, while non-boss enemies (except Lil' Haunt) are still paused.
      • Added in Repentance All enemies resume actions after 30 seconds
    • The Forgotten The Forgotten's Soul will be able to extend far past the normal limits of the chain when activated while The Soul The Soul is out.


  • New enemies generated during Pause being active will not be frozen and act normally. This applies for spawn-upon-death effects such as Attack Flies created by a Moter, or a Boss that stopped becoming frozen and began summoning enemies.
  • Damage against paused multi-segmented bosses works unpredictably, most notably allowing you to damage Scolex on normally invulnerable parts.
    • The health bars of multi-segmented bosses may not be updated properly, making it seem as if they died without running out of health.
  • Reducing a boss to zero health whilst they are paused will initiate their death animation but they will not die until a fire button is pressed or the 30 second timer has lapsed.
  • Pausing in the room before entering the minecart in the Mines Mines causes the minecart to freeze, trapping the player inside of it until they exit to the main menu.


  • Added in Repentance15►120 Volt 120 Volt: 120 volt continues to damage enemies even while paused, allowing for insane amounts of damage.
  • Items that can be used without firing, such a Mom's knife and orbitals can do massive amounts of damage.
    • Any item that does damage without firing + Added in Repentance15►4.5 Volt 4.5 Volt: Pause can be recharged while the effect is active, allowing for potentially infinite uptime.
  • Collectible The Ludovico Technique icon.png The Ludovico Technique: The giant tear keeps dealing damage in stopped time, making it for easy boss kills.


  • Added in Repentance15►Book of Virtues Book of Virtues: Spawns green wisps on the middle ring. Wisps pause all enemies and enemy shots for 3 seconds when destroyed. This effect is not cancelled by shooting tears.


This item is a reference to how a television channel can be paused with a TV remote.


Bug Bug! If you activate and resume "Pause" while an enemy emits projectiles, the bullets won't proceed with regular but instead extremely decreased speed. However, the will still pass intended range, which bypasses the effect of shot speed being reduced as it normally would with any items that slow projectiles down.

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