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Added in Repentance

Spirit Sword is an unlockable passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.


  • Replaces Isaac's tears with a sword he can swing in front of him.
    • The swing does 3x Isaac's damage +3.5 and deals knockback to both enemies and Isaac if it hits.
    • The sword can be swung as rapidly as the fire button can be tapped.
    • The sword swing can collect pickups.
  • If Isaac's total health is equal to or greater than his number of Red Heart containers (same rule as regular Challenge Room Challenge Rooms), the sword fires a projectile when swung.
    • The projectile deals damage equal to Isaac's damage +2, and has a cooldown equal to 2x Isaac's normal tear rate.
  • Holding an attack button charges a spin attack, ready when the sword flashes, which damages all enemies around Isaac. It also deflects enemy projectiles, which can damage enemies who get hit, and launches a projectile regardless of Isaac's current health.
    • The circular swing deals 8x Isaac's damage +10, and the projectile created from it deals 4x Isaac's damage +4.
    • The charge time is based on Isaac's tears stat, at ~4x Isaac's normal tear rate.
    • While charging, the sword will damage the first enemy that contacts it. This will cancel the spin attack.


  • Spirit Sword has the highest priority of all tear modifiers in the game, over Epic Fetus Epic Fetus and Mom's Knife Mom's Knife.
  • Unlike most charge attacks, the direction of the attack can't be changed by pressing and holding a different attack button then releasing the old one. Instead, it will stay pointing the same direction until all attack buttons are released, either doing nothing or using the spin attack, or the sword touches and damages an enemy, dealing sword slash damage.
  • Spirit Sword can be used to open Spiked Chest Spiked Chests and Mimics without taking damage.
  • Range upgrades move the hitbox of the sword forwards, including the spin attack. Enough range upgrades can leave a large blind spot directly in front of the sword.
  • Only the projectile and spin attack are affected by tear rate, not the normal sword swing, meaning that items that increase damage but decrease tear rate, such as Polyphemus Polyphemus and Eve's Mascara Eve's Mascara, are much more effective when only using the swing. Additionally, items that do the inverse, such as Soy Milk Soy Milk and Almond Milk Almond Milk; are not as effective when only using the swing.
  • Spirit Sword will deflect Mother Mother's Fistula attack and will send it right back at her, entering a short sequence that allows to deal bonus damage, if executed correctly; see the page for more details.
  • Spirit Sword is overridden by the Blindfolded effect, as seen while playing as Lilith Lilith or in challenges like Cat Got Your Tongue.
  • Tainted Lilith Tainted Lilith: The sword is held by the fetus and acts the same way as with other characters.


  • 20/20 20/20/ Keeper Keeper/The Inner Eye The Inner Eye/Mutant Spider Mutant Spider/The Wiz The Wiz/Conjoined: Isaac spins one additional time for each extra tear, firing extra projectiles on each spin. No effect on the normal swing.
  • C Section C Section: Fetuses hold small swords and perform the charged spin attack as they travel.
  • Cricket's Body Cricket's Body: The fired projectile will burst into multiple swords.
  • Decap Attack Decap Attack: The body holds the sword while the head will only block projectiles.
  • Evil Eye Evil Eye: The fired eyes swing a miniature Sword instead of tears.
  • Eye Sore Eye Sore: Random chance to swing extra swords in random directions.
  • Haemolacria Haemolacria: Sword becomes larger. The projectile is now fired in an arc and splits on collision with enemies and obstacles.
  • Holy Light Holy Light: Both the sword swing and the projectile can trigger Holy Light.
  • Homing tears (e.g. Spoon Bender Spoon Bender): The projectile will be homing.
  • Isaac's Tears Isaac's Tears: The item fires normal tears but can be charged as fast as the sword can be swung. Doing a spin attack will fully charge Isaac's Tears.
  • Lachryphagy Lachryphagy: The fired projectiles will combine and split.
  • Loki's Horns Loki's Horns: Random chance upon swinging to have a sword in all 4 cardinal directions. Performing a spin attack when this occurs results in a 4-way spin.
  • Lost Contact Lost Contact: Sword swings reflect projectiles.
  • Maw of the Void Maw of the Void: An additional ring will appear upon fully charging it. Spin is delayed by a bit.
  • Mom's Eye Mom's Eye: An additional sword is added to Isaac's back, and can be swung as normal.
  • Mom's Knife Mom's Knife: When doing the spin attack, Isaac throws the sword a short distance, which spins as it travels.
    • Mom's Knife + Technology Technology: A technology laser connects Isaac and the sword while it's being thrown.
    • Mom's Knife + Brimstone Brimstone: Launches a barrage of knives from Isaac's mouth after doing the spin attack.
    • Mom's Knife + Tech X Tech X: Full charge launches a sword surrounded by Tech X that swings back to Isaac.
  • My Reflection My Reflection: The fired projectile will return to Isaac.
  • Polyphemus Polyphemus: The sword and fired projectile become gigantic. Charge time is increased, but swing rate remains the same. Swings will also shake the screen.
  • Rubber Cement Rubber Cement: The fired projectile bounces.
  • Technology Technology: Sword becomes a lightsaber. Surrounds Isaac with a laser on every swing. Enemy projectiles are deflected by both normal and charged attacks.
  • Technology 2 Technology 2: Laser fires when the sword is being swung or charged.
  • Trisagion Trisagion: The fired projectile is a Trisagion blast.


  • Anti-Gravity Anti-Gravity: Sword beams are affected normally by Anti-Gravity. Regular sword swipes are overridden, but spin attacks freeze for a short time before firing.
  • Blood Clot Blood Clot/Chemical Peel Chemical Peel: Sword swing has a 50% chance to become red and deal increased damage.
  • Brimstone Brimstone: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Chocolate Milk Chocolate Milk: Increased knockback when fully charged, no effect on the regular sword swings.
  • Cursed Eye Cursed Eye: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Death's Touch Death's Touch: Visual effect overridden by Spirit Sword including the ranged attack.
  • Diplopia Diplopia: No effect.
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. Fetus: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Epic Fetus Epic Fetus: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Explosivo Explosivo: The sword swing has a chance to stick Explosivo shots to enemies it hits. The beam can stick to enemies and explode.
  • Eye of the Occult Eye of the Occult: The projectile can be controlled.
  • Fire Mind Fire Mind: Sword strikes and beams can burn enemies, and beams have a chance to explode.
  • The Forgotten The Forgotten: Spirit Sword will only work with The Soul, no changes to The Forgotten.
  • Godhead Godhead: The fired projectile receives Godhead effects. No effect on the swing aside from stat changes.
  • Incubus Incubus: Incubus tears are replaced with a sword, identical to Isaac.
  • Ipecac Ipecac: Sword beams are exploding shots that deal Isaac's damage — does not apply Ipecac's +40 damage modifier.
    • Caution should be taken as having full red heart containers (or no red heart containers) will cause a sword beam to always fire when using the regular swing which means any swing (or any spin regardless of red heart containers) will damage Isaac when using the sword at melee range unless he has explosion immunity.
  • Jacob's Ladder Jacob's Ladder: Both the sword shots and sword swing create electricity.
  • Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau: Knockback from the sword will separate the brother carrying the sword from the other.
  • Kidney Stone Kidney Stone: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico Technique: Overridden by Spirit Sword. Prevents the standard swing from being able to fire a projectile.
  • Marked Marked: Overridden by Spirit Sword. Stats upgrade still applies.
  • Monstro's Lung Monstro's Lung: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Mysterious Liquid Mysterious Liquid: The charged sword attack spawns creep, the projectiles do not.
  • Playdough Cookie Playdough Cookie: Every sword swing gains a different color and effect based on that color.
  • Pupula Duplex Pupula Duplex: No effect.
  • Sinus Infection Sinus Infection: The sword swing has a chance to stick boogers to enemies it hits. The beam can stick to enemies.
  • Sulfur Sulfur: Overridden by Spirit Sword. Damage up on third and subsequent uses still applies.
  • Tainted Forgotten Tainted Forgotten: No effect.
  • Tractor Beam Tractor Beam: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Tech.5 Tech.5: Fires as normal while charging and swinging the sword.
  • Tech X Tech X: Overridden by Spirit Sword.
  • Technology Zero Technology Zero: Sword shots are connected with electricity, swings are unaffected.
  • Terra Terra/Sulfuric Acid Sulfuric Acid: Only the sword's beams can destroy rocks.

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  • The function of this item is a reference to the Master Sword in many The Legend of Zelda games.
  • This item is used in Isaac's Awakening (challenge #39).
  • When combined with Technology Technology, the sword becomes a lightsaber, which is a reference to Star Wars.
  • The name Spirit Sword is a reference to the Sword of the Spirit, one of the many armaments that make up the Armor of God. This is further supported by the fact that it is an Angel Room item.


PC Hard mode only MMXC VV2C (Starting item as Eden)


Bug Bug! When reaching 30.00 Tear Rate or higher, Spirit Sword will continuously use the spin attack, only stopped by holding down a fire key. This is likely due to the fact that starting at 30.00 Tear Rate, the internal number is "0", and begins to go negative beyond that.
Bug Bug! In waterlogged rooms, the reflection of the sword swings in the opposite direction of the actual sword, when it should swing in the same direction.