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(in Repentance)

Tainted Azazel is a character added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance. He is the alternate version of Character Azazel iconAzazel. His horns are broken with blood leaking from the left stump, and his wings were cut or ripped off. Tainted Azazel is unlocked by reaching HomeHome and using the Collectible Red Key iconRed Key, Cracked KeyCracked Key, or Soul of CainSoul of Cain to access a special room in one of the walls while playing as Azazel.

Tainted Azazel starts with 3 Black HeartBlack Hearts and has his short Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone replaced with a room-long version that is very thin, high-pitched in sound, deals only x0.5 damage per tick and has a shorter duration.

Notes[ | ]

  • At the start of charging the Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone attack Azazel will fire Collectible Hemoptysis iconHemoptysis, causing a short-range, high-knockback "sneeze" attack that will curse enemies hit with small Brimstone icon that hovers above its head and deal x1.5 damage. Hitting enemies with the Hemoptysis sneeze halves Brimstone's remaining charge time. Enemies will also take damage when knocked into walls or obstacles, and deal damage when colliding with other enemies.
  • Furthermore, enemies cursed by Hemoptysis will take full damage (and +3 flat damage after multipliers) from his Brimstone beam for approximately 5 seconds; if killed during this time with Brimstone, they will explode, dealing damage to nearby enemies and spreading the curse to them. The Brimstone curse also applies to any enemies spawned by an enemy already affected by the curse. For example, the enemies and bosses spawned by Boss Mom's Heart ingameMom's Heart will also have the curse if Mom's Heart had the curse at the time.
  • While the Brimstone curse appears and acts as a status effect, it can be applied infinitely to Bosses and ignores their status effect immunity cooldown.
  • Unlike Azazel, Tainted Azazel's wings are clipped and, as such, he doesn't start with Flight.
  • When Tainted Azazel dies in Co-op, his ghost will maintain his Brimstone and Hemoptysis abilities. The first is weakened by the damage debuff applied to ghostly players, and the second is weakened as it has a very small size when dead.

Strategy[ | ]

  • Using the sneeze in tandem with brimstone is vital to use Tainted Azazel properly. Doing so will at least make him attack twice as fast and at best cause massive damage to enemies, making the run's speed highly variable on how well the player administrates the attack.
  • The sneeze can be used both defensively to push enemies away and shred them with the curse from afar and rejecting projectiles, but also pushing enemies to a wall or spikes will make them suffer high damage; the player should consider if it's better for the enemy to die right away or be pushed into enemies to pass the curse on.
  • This translates into a highly offensive play style, chaining attacks started up close to enemies to charge the laser to soften enemies far away while walking closer to sneeze on them and repeat. This cycle is more evident with bosses, specially stationary ones like Gurdy and Hush.
  • Failing to connect the sneeze often means having to either charge a significantly slower and weaker brimstone shot or be unable to start the charge waiting for the sneeze to cooldown, although a short time, can leave Tainted Azazel without self defense options without aid from bombs or familiars and missing attacking opportunities, specially with highly mobile enemies like The Pile and Delirium.

Item interactions[ | ]

  • Tainted Azazel's Brimstone beam has the same synergies as regular Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone. See the Brimstone page for more information.
  • Collectible Birthright iconBirthright: Doubles the size of Tainted Azazel's Collectible Hemoptysis iconHemoptysis attack, but doesn't increase damage.
  • Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone: Gives Tainted Azazel a regular beam. The damage bonus from the sneeze increases to x2 and +3 flat damage.
  • Collectible Mom's Knife iconMom's Knife: Overrides Hemoptysis and Brimstone
  • Collectible Spirit Sword iconSpirit Sword: Overrides Hemoptysis and Brimstone but sword swings will deal increased damage.
  • Collectible Tech X iconTech X: Overrides Hemoptysis, and will fire thin Brimstone rings without the 0.5x damage multiplier.
  • Collectible Haemolacria iconHaemolacria: Overrides Hemoptysis and Brimstone.
  • Collectible Dr. Fetus iconDr. Fetus: Overrides Hemoptysis and Brimstone.

Good items[ | ]

  • Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone and related items like Collectible Athame iconAthame, Collectible Lil Brimstone iconLil Brimstone, Collectible Lil Abaddon iconLil Abaddon, Collectible Maw Of The Void iconMaw Of The Void, (more listed in the Hemoptysis page) benefit from the sneeze's curse.
  • Collectible Gello iconGello: While Tainted Azazel is charging his brimstone, Gello is continually sneezing and firing Brimstone. This makes it much easier to take advantage of the Brimstone curse, because Gello can sneeze close to an enemy and then Tainted Azazel can fire more than one Brimstone at the cursed enemy.
  • Collectible Ipecac iconIpecac: Sneezes are harmless to Tainted Azazel. Each sneeze inflict a lot of damage on top of being able to bomb doors very easily.
  • Collectible Notched Axe iconNotched Axe: Can be used as emergency knockback if Hemoptysis fails to connect. Also will make destroying poops faster without a high tears stat.
  • Collectible Technology iconTechnology: Makes his "thin brimstone" have electricity coiled around it and applies a x1.5 damage multiplier.
  • Tears ups are always welcomed to reduce the punishment for missing Hemoptysis shots.

Situational items[ | ]

  • Close range damaging items like Collectible Dead Tooth iconDead Tooth, Collectible Jupiter iconJupiter and Collectible Spear Of Destiny iconSpear Of Destiny damage close enemies further in Hemoptysis range and be a good option during cooldown, but can weaken them too much or kill them if the plan is to spread Hemoptysis curse further, needing more planning ahead for medium health enemies. Still strong option against bosses.
  • Collectible Eye of the Occult iconEye of the Occult: Hemoptysis will be triggered automatically. The crosshair needs to be manually deactivated in order to time it properly.

Bad items[ | ]

  • Collectible 2Spooky icon2Spooky: The fear effect can drive enemies away, making them stay less in sneeze range
  • Collectible Pop! iconPop!: Greatly reduces Tainted Azazel's effective range, and the eyeballs will deal reduced damage but not benefit from Hemoptysis.

Unlockable Items[ | ]

Gallery[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • The achievement for unlocking Tainted Azazel is "The Benighted", a possible title for the character.
    • "Benighted" means "overtaken by darkness" or "in a state of ignorance", which may be linked to how Azazel is Isaac's inner demon.
      • This is further referenced through his card, XV - The Devil?XV - The Devil?, meaning weakness and blindness; Azazel is Isaac overtaken by his inner evil, having lost his "righteous path", shown as Azazel being beaten up like Character Tainted Isaac iconTainted Isaac.
      • This weakness is also manifested in his core mechanics and way of play, needing to rely on the curse of his sneeze and projectile reflection to weaken enemies to compensate for his own lack of firepower.
  • Tainted Azazel's starting health is listed as "-I" on the character selection screen.
  • Tainted Azazel's broken wings is a reference to how heaven punished angels that rebelled against God by cutting their wings and returning them back to the earth.