Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Wiki
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Wiki

The Red Candle is an unlockable activated item.


  • On use, Isaac raises the candle above his head. On pressing a fire button, a red flame, similar to a red fireplace, will fire in the chosen direction.
    • The flame deals 23 damage per tick, and can hit up to 5 times for a maximum of 115 damage per flame.
    • The flame also destroys enemy shots it comes into contact with, which decreases its size each time being hit until the flame is entirely extinguished by this process.
  • Removed in Repentance The flame projectile is persistent and will remain active in the room until it deals a set amount of damage. It can pass over pits, but can not travel through obstacles.
    • Added in Repentance Flames will also disappear after 10 seconds.
  • While Isaac holds the candle above his head, his movement speed is reduced.
  • Removed in Repentance Flames remain active until depleted by dealing damage to enemies or upon changing rooms.
  • Removed in Repentance There is no limit to the number of fires that can be active. This is useful in situations where mob spawning can be controlled: for example, beating Boss Rush or Greed Mode as The Lost The Lost. This is time-consuming but can be viable if your other sources of damage are weak or unreliable.
    • Added in Afterbirth Boss behavior in Boss Rush is not as predictable as in the original game, so more fires must be placed around the room.
  • Removed in Repentance It will block Isaac's tears but won't burn him. Isaac's tears can also shrink the size of the flame.
    • Added in Repentance Flames do not block player shots, nor are they put out by them.
  • Flames will destroy shopkeepers.



  • Added in Repentance15►Book of Virtues Book of Virtues: Spawns red wisps in the middle ring. The wisps shoot small flames instead of tears, with a very high tear delay; flames last for 5 seconds or until they block 2 shots and/or deal 2 ticks of damage. The wisps do not persist between rooms, and the damage they deal does not increase with 15►BFFS! BFFS! or scale up on later floors.

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  • The Legend of Zelda, a major inspiration for The Binding of Isaac, also has a red candle item that can be activated to create flames for burning enemies and bushes, as well as lighting dark rooms. Unlike in Isaac however, where the red candle is unlocked first, the blue candle is the inferior version of the red one, which can be activated only once per room.
  • 15►The Candle The Candle is a variation of this item unlocked after donating 900 coins, diminishing over time as opposed to contact.
  • The pickup quote of this item is a reference to the catchphrase of the Human Torch, a member of the Marvel Comics Fantastic Four


PC 1TNY 7MJ0 (1st floor Shop, Purchase after getting A Quarter in 1st floor Treasure Room) (normal mode only)