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Boss Pestilence name.png
Boss versus screen image
Base HPStage HP
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Ingame Appearance
In-game appearance

Entity ID
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Found In
Stage The Caves icon.pngStage The Catacombs icon.pngStage Flooded Caves icon.png
Super Secret Room Icon.png
Degraded Boss
Stage Cathedral icon.pngStage Sheol icon.png
Stage The Chest icon.pngStage Dark Room icon.png
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Unlock Method
The Harbingers Defeat Mom

Pestilence is a Harbinger that can appear in all environments of Chapter 2 (The Caves The Caves, The Catacombs The Catacombs, Added in Afterbirth Flooded Caves Flooded Caves).

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

  • Floats around the room, leaving a large trail of damaging Green Creep.
  • Fires an 15►Ipecac Ipecac projectile at Isaac which leaves Green Creep on impact.
  • Summons two Chargers or Spitties and can have a maximum of four summons.
    • Any Chargers or Spitties caught in Pestilence's 15►Ipecac Ipecac explosion will be killed.

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

After taking enough damage, Pestilence's head will explode, beginning the second phase.

  • No longer moves around the room but slowly drifts around leaving Green Creep.
  • Continues to fire 15►Ipecac Ipecac projectiles at Isaac but at a faster rate.
  • Summons two Attack Flies.

Champion Versions Needs to be unlocked[edit | edit source]

  • Pale Grey: Leaves a trail of slowing White Creep instead of Green Creep, shoots 6 projectiles in all directions instead of an 15►Ipecac Ipecac shot and spawns Trites instead of Chargers or Spitties. It spawns Spiders instead of Attack Flies in Phase 2.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Unlockable achievements[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Pestilence appeared in the original The Binding of Isaac.
  • Pestilence is not directly one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and is not present with the other Horsemen in Revelations (Revelation 6:2). The canonical Four Horsemen are Conquest (white), War (red), Famine (black), and Death (pale).
    • However, pestilence is featured as one of God's "four disastrous acts of judgment" alongside sword, famine, and wild beasts (Ezekiel 14:21), which, in some cases, can be interpreted as symbolic of the Horsemen- as the acts of judgement are often used by God for destructive purposes throughout the Bible.
      • These four acts are given to the Horseman of Death to perform (Revelation 6:8) despite the contradictory fact that famine, the attribute of a completely separate Horsemen is among the acts.
    • Added in Repentance Despite not being a true Horseman, Ultra Pestilence still appears instead of an ultra version of Conquest during The Beast fight.
  • Pestilence means a fatal disease epidemic.
  • Pestilence is the only Harbinger that does not have a charge attack.
  • Pestilence’s head resembles The Husk.
  • Pestilence makes a "Hey!" sound when launching explosive projectiles at Isaac. Famine makes the same noises when spitting shots at Isaac at its second phase.

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