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Added in Afterbirth

Tear Detonator is an activated item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.


  • Once activated, all tears in the air split into 6 more tears in all directions, which retain their damage and shot speed.
    • Luck-based effects from items such as Tough Love Tough Love or Holy Light Holy Light are applied individually to each tear.


  • Added in RepentanceAkeldama Akeldama: Will bust tears generated by Akeldama into Isaac's current tears.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Angelic Prism Angelic Prism: Tears that are split by the prism can be split again by Tear Detonator.
  • Anti-Gravity Anti-Gravity: All tears currently floating in the air will be multiplied, resulting in a massive amount of tears.
  • Added in RepentanceBook of Virtues Book of Virtues: Spawns wisps on the middle ring. The wisps' tears are also detonated into 6 tears; the resulting tears are based on Isaac's own, rather than the wisps'. Created wisps trigger Tear Detonator's effect when destroyed. Despite Tear Detonator having a timed recharge, the wisps persist between rooms.
  • Car Battery Car Battery: Multiplies the tears, effectively creating dozens of tears.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Compound Fracture Compound Fracture/Cricket's Body Cricket's Body/The Parasite The Parasite: Tears that are split can split again into burst tears.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Haemolacria Haemolacria: Splits tears into 6 Haemolacria tears that burst into split tears. If split tears are burst, all of them will split into 6 Haemolacria tears creating an enormous amount of tears when the main tear splits again.
  • Ipecac Ipecac: All tears will split into 6 explosive tears, making it very powerful (but also dangerous unless Isaac has Host Hat Host Hat or Pyromaniac Pyromaniac).
  • Added in Afterbirth †Lachryphagy Lachryphagy: Similar to the Haemolacria synergy, if the main tear splits, 6 tears will spawn that can be fed. However, if burst tears are split, all burst tears will split into 6 tears resulting in an enormous amount of tears that are likely to feed each other.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Lead Pencil Lead Pencil: Each of the tears explodes into 6 smaller tears.
  • The Ludovico Technique The Ludovico Technique: The tear explodes into six smaller tears, then reappears next to the player.
  • My Reflection My Reflection: The shrapnel tears will curve back to the location of the original detonated tear.
  • Sad Bombs Sad Bombs: Bomb tears are multiplied.
  • Shooting familiars: Shooting familiars' tears explode into Isaac's tears, with his actual damage and effects.
  • Tiny Planet Tiny Planet: Tears split, and then orbit around where the tear was originally from, three spinning clockwise, three counterclockwise.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Trisagion Trisagion: Tears split into six beams.


  • Chocolate Milk Chocolate Milk: No matter how charged the tears are, split tears always deal a tiny amount of damage.
  • Explosivo Explosivo: Tears that are stuck to enemies will not deal explosion damage; tears released by it may be sticky tears that immediately stick back onto the enemy.

No Effect[]

Tear Detonator becomes useless with the following, barring other sources of tears:

In-game Footage[]


  • Tear Detonator has the same sprite as Remote Detonator Remote Detonator, but colored blue.
  • Tear Detonator's sprite, in comparison to Remote Detonator's, is 1 pixel to the right.


PC P0J3 YNW0 (First Floor's Tresure Room)

Switch Greedier mode only VGSW 1EJQ (First Golden Treasure Room)