Not to be confused with The Pinking Shears or Safety Scissors

Scissors is an unlockable activated item.


  • Detaches Isaac's head from his body and turns the head into a stationary familiar that fires tears for the current room.
    • The player still controls Isaac's headless body, which also shoots tears.
      • Dlc r indicator.png The body constantly spews a controllable fountain of blood shots, dealing about 0.66x-1.01x damage.
    • Dlc nr indicator.png The tears fired by the head do not scale with Isaac's damage and always do 3.5 damage.
      • Dlc r indicator.png The head's tears are affected by Isaac's stats and attack modifiers.


  • Can spawn multiple heads if used in the same room more than once.
    • Dlc r indicator.png Only the most recent head is able to fire.
  • Dlc nr indicator.png Collectible Brimstone icon.png Brimstone and Collectible Technology icon.png Technology are not fired from the stationary head.
  • If Isaac has an invisible body due to the cosmetic effect of Collectible Transcendence icon.png Transcendence, only a shadow will be seen after using the Scissors.
  • If Isaac is Blindfolded, the floating head can still fire tears.
    • Dlc nr indicator.png Does not work with Tainted Forgotten
  • Dlc anr indicator.png Each wave of Boss Rush fully recharges the item, allowing many heads to be spawned.
  • Only deaths which end runs (i.e. Isaac is not revived by a revival item such as Collectible 1up! icon.png 1up!) count towards unlocking the Scissors.


  • Collectible BFFS! icon.png BFFS!: The loose head won't become larger, but will deal double damage.
  • Dlc r indicator.png Collectible Book of Virtues icon.png Book of Virtues: Spawns red wisps in the middle ring. The wisps fire 2-3 tears at a time, which are inaccurate, travel in an arc, and have variable range.
  • Dlc a indicator.png Collectible Box of Friends icon.png Box of Friends: No effect.
  • Dlc a indicator.png Collectible Car Battery icon.png Car Battery: No effect.

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  • This item is very likely a reference to the English idiom "running with scissors", which means to "willfully act in a reckless, foolish, and/or dangerous manner", alluding to the literal act of running with a pair of scissors in one's hand, which can cause severe injury, thus the item's effect and unlock condition.
  • In original flash version of The Binding of Isaac, dying 100 times unlocked Collectible The Pinking Shears icon.png The Pinking Shears.


PC & PS4 VNAB CWER (First floor treasure room)

3DS 0M6X BR8Y (First floor treasure room)

Switch ATJJ HNDJ (Starting item as Eden)


Collectible Undefined icon.png Bug! Dlc r indicator.png Can not attack The Beast

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