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Samson is a character unlocked by beating two floors in a row without taking any damage. Samson starts with 3 Red Heart containers and Collectible Bloody Lust iconBloody Lust. Every time Samson is dealt damage, he receives a damage boost, up to a maximum of 6 times. The damage boost resets when he goes down a floor.

(in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Samson will start with the Child's HeartChild's Heart trinket after completing the Ultra Hard challenge.

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  • (except in Repentance) The first three times Samson is hit, his damage is increased by 0.5. The next three times Samson is hit, his damage is increased by 33%.
  • (in Repentance) Damage is increased by flat amounts: +0.5 for the first hit and an additional +0.2 for each hit, until +1.5 at the sixth. This means that the maximum total is +6.0.
  • Samson gains damage from being hurt, and as such, possesses a playstyle that is fairly similar to Character Eve iconEve. Therefore, using Devil BeggarDevil Beggars, Sacrifice RoomSacrifice Rooms and Blood Donation MachineBlood Donation Machines synergizes very well with Samson.
  • Samson starts with a lower Tear stat. Try to seek items that increase it.
  • Dying as Samson and then respawning as another character (Collectible Lazarus' Rags iconLazarus' Rags, Collectible Ankh iconAnkh, etc.) will make them inherit Samson's Collectible Bloody Lust iconBloody Lust item.
  • When Samson dies in Co-Op mode, his ghost baby maintains his level of rage from his Bloody Lust item, giving it a red tint. This is purely cosmetic.

Item Interactions[ | ]

  • (in Repentance)Collectible Birthright iconBirthright: Collectible Bloody Lust iconBloody Lust can gain 4 more damage boosts at the same +0.2 intervals, for a new maximum total of +14.0.

Favorable items[ | ]

  • Any items that increase health so Samson can take more damage before dying.
  • Any items that increase Samson's tears stat, such as Collectible Squeezy iconSqueezy, Collectible Odd Mushroom (Thin) iconOdd Mushroom, etc....
  • Any items that generate Blue Flies, like Collectible Rotten Baby iconRotten Baby or Collectible Guppy's Head iconGuppy's Head, do so based on Samson's base damage and are good for early game room clearing when Samson's tears are still low.
  • Items relying on contact damage, like Collectible The Virus iconThe Virus or Collectible E. Coli iconE. Coli, can be beneficial in that damage is desirable with Collectible Bloody Lust iconBloody Lust.
  • Health regeneration items like Collectible Yum Heart iconYum Heart, Collectible Pyromaniac iconPyromaniac, and Collectible Placenta iconPlacenta allow health regeneration after taking damage, and thus allow for more damage, both stat-wise and health-wise.
  • Collectible Old Bandage iconOld Bandage increases Samson's health while also providing a regeneration of sorts, allowing him to take much more damage.
  • Collectible Cancer iconCancer and Collectible The Wafer iconThe Wafer minimize damage taken from Sacrifice Rooms and can be incredibly useful to build a lot of damage and pickups, especially in combination with an excess of hearts. The Wafer in particular is incredibly helpful in Chapter 4 and beyond, where all taken damage increases to one full heart per instance.
  • Collectible Dead Bird iconDead Bird, Collectible Best Bud iconBest Bud, Collectible Smart Fly iconSmart Fly, etc: All of these items will add to Samson's damage increase from getting hurt, although, unlike Bloody Lust, the bonus of these items only last for the duration of a room.
  • Collectible Fanny Pack iconFanny Pack's chance of dropping a heart upon hit can cancel out damage to Samson while also buffing him.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Dull Razor iconDull Razor can safely provide Samson's damage boost without needing to take damage.
  • Collectible Gimpy iconGimpy increases benefits from taking damage and feasibly adds more survivability from random soul hearts and half-heart drops.
  • (except in Rebirth)Collectible Immaculate Conception iconImmaculate Conception and (except in Rebirth)Collectible Cambion Conception iconCambion Conception will produce familiars as Samson heals or receives damage, respectively.
  • Collectible IV Bag iconIV Bag, Collectible Blood Rights iconBlood Rights, Collectible Razor Blade iconRazor Blade, Collectible Sharp Plug iconSharp Plug, Collectible Kamikaze! iconKamikaze!: Activating their effects also gives Samson a boost in damage since they deal self-damage.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Blood Oath iconBlood Oath is extremely useful on Samson, as its damage up effect stacks with Collectible Bloody Lust iconBloody Lust, granting a significant amount of damage up upon the start of a new floor.

Unfavorable items[ | ]

  • Anything which lowers health, such as Collectible Dead Cat iconDead Cat, can make purposeful self-damage less reliable as a damage booster. For this reason, taking items from the Devil RoomDevil Room or the Black MarketBlack Market, which cost health for every item thus taken, is not recommended for Samson.

Unlockable Achievements[ | ]

Unlockable Starting Items[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • In the Bible, Samson was a supernaturally strong warrior who derived his power from his Nazarite vow, entitling immense strength to Samson if he did not cut his hair.
  • Samson first appeared in the Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb expansion. That version had only 1 heart container and a soul heart for his starting health, and his Bloody Lust item acted like a weaker version of Afterbirth's (except in Rebirth)Collectible Lusty Blood iconLusty Blood item.
    • Samson was originally unlocked by skipping two Treasure Room items and killing Boss Mom ingameMom in one run.
  • Samson's locked icon shows him bound in chains.

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