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Scapular is a passive item.

Effects[ | ]

  • Once per room, when Isaac is reduced to his last half heart (either red, soul, or black), the aura around his head temporarily vanishes and he is granted one Soul HeartSoul Heart.
    • After re-entering a room, the ability can be triggered again.
    • With (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Bone HeartBone Hearts, the effect triggers on both half-filled and empty ones.

Notes[ | ]

  • If the Scapular is active and Isaac is already at his last half heart, the effect won't trigger even on fatal damage.
    • Character Tainted Samson iconTainted Samson / (in Repentance)Collectible Berserk! iconBerserk!: If fatal damage activates Tainted Samson's Berserk, or if it occurs during Berserk!'s effect, it will trigger and grant the soul heart.
  • (except in Rebirth) Scapular does not charge between waves in Greed mode, though it can still be recharged by moving between rooms.
  • Does not work with Character The Lost iconThe Lost or Character Keeper iconKeeper, as they cannot reach the required heart value.
  • Reaching only half a heart remaining may be more difficult in Chapter 4 onwards, since all half-heart hits are upgraded to a full heart.
  • (in Repentance) Damage sources that count as "health donation" no longer activate Scapular. This includes Blood Donation MachineBlood Donation Machine, Devil BeggarDevil Beggar, Hell GameHell Game, ConfessionalConfessional, Collectible IV Bag iconIV Bag, Collectible Razor Blade iconRazor Blade, Collectible Blood Rights iconBlood Rights, Collectible Dull Razor iconDull Razor, Collectible Sharp Plug iconSharp Plug, Collectible Shard of Glass iconShard of Glass, Collectible Blood Bombs iconBlood Bombs, and Collectible Blood Oath iconBlood Oath. Sacrifice Rooms and Curse Rooms spikes still activate Scapular.
    • Scapular can still be exploited by alternating between donating half a heart and taking half a heart of damage from elsewhere.

Interactions[ | ]

  • Cursed SkullCursed Skull: Provided Scapular can always trigger, grants effective immortality, as the soul heart is always given before the teleport takes place.
    • +Collectible The Wafer iconThe Wafer: Grants true immortality, plus one hit on the soul heart, allowing the player to get hit once before teleporting.

Strategies[ | ]

The Scapular allows practically free use of damage-triggered effects, as long as care is taken to keep track of the item's state and remaining health, and possibly being forced to proceed with minimal health after reaching the desired goal is acceptable. The room can be left to reactivate the item at latest when only half a red heart and half a soul heart remain; usually, this necessitates performing the actions in rooms without enemies. Examples include:

  • Forcing a Sacrifice RoomSacrifice Room to pay out.
  • Entering and leaving a Curse RoomCurse Room without net loss of health.
  • Fully charging the held active item with Collectible Habit iconHabit by purposefully running into a hazard.
  • (except in Repentance) Continuously using Collectible Sharp Plug iconSharp Plug. As Isaac cannot take soul heart damage and red heart damage on the same hit, the single soul heart absorbs two hearts worth of damage by itself.
  • Using damage-triggered items that pay out with resources or items such as Collectible Fanny Pack iconFanny Pack or (except in Rebirth)Collectible Cambion Conception iconCambion Conception.

In-game Footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • Prior to Repentance, Scapular's pickup quote was "You have been blessed".