Tainted Samson

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Tainted   Samson
Character image

Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart
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Damage Stat Icon.png Damage
3.5 (*1.00)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed
Range Stat Icon.png Range
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck
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Starting Items
Starting Item Icon.png PickupsNone
Starting Item Icon.png ItemsNone
Unlock Method
The Savage Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Samson Samson
Added in Repentance

Tainted Samson is a character added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance. He is the alternate version of Samson with his hair completely shaved off save for a large tuft. Tainted Samson is unlocked by reaching Home and using either Red Key or Cracked Key to access a special room in one of the walls while playing as Samson. He starts with 3 red hearts.

Whenever Tainted Samson deals or takes damage, he will grow progressively more red. After reaching a certain point, he goes berserk and gains +0.40 speed, +0.75 tears, +3 damage, and will be restricted to using a jawbone melee weapon instead of his tears (similarly to The Forgotten's bone club) which deals 3x his damage stat with strikes and 1.5x on thrown attacks. The berserk state only lasts for 5 seconds at start, which is shown on a timer above his head, but one second is added every time Tainted Samson kills an enemy. Tainted Samson also gains speed whenever he kills an enemy in this state, in increments of +0.40. The effect persists between rooms. If he runs out of health while in this state, he will survive with no hearts, giving the player a short time to find more hearts before dying when the timer runs out.

Unlockable Items[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tainted Samson's appearance is a reference to the Book of Judges in the Bible, as Samson lost his superhuman strength when Delilah cut his hair while he was asleep.
  • His ability is a further reference to Judges: Samson killed an army of 1,000 Philistines using a donkey's jawbone.
  • If Samson has Chocolate Milk while in berserk mode, charging the swing attack will make his jawbone larger rather than allow him to throw it
  • If Samson has Dr. Fetus, he will throw bombs alongside the swing attack

Birthright effect[edit | edit source]

Increases the amount of time Berserk Samson gets for killing an enemy to 3 seconds.


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