Tear Effects

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Disambig.png This article is about Isaac's primary weapon. For the attribute of the same name that governs the rate of fire, see Tears. For debuffs that can be inflicted on monsters, see Status Effects.

Tear Effects modify Isaac's primary weapon — tears. A few of the most common tear effects are listed below.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Effect Appearance Description
Homing Collectible Spoon Bender tears.png Completely diverts from their original path to seek nearby enemies. The distance homing tears can travel is determined by the range stat.
Piercing Collectible Cupid's Arrow tears.png Can travel through enemies (but not obstacles) without breaking on impact. Once a single target or a segment of an enemy has been hit by a piercing tear, it can no longer take damage from that tear.
Removed in Repentance However, piercing effects also remove knockback.
Spectral Collectible Ouija Board tears.png Can travel through obstacles (but not enemies) without breaking on impact. Spectral tears can be used to safely dispatch most types of monsters from behind obstacles, or over them in combination with flying.
Allows tears to pass through both enemies and obstacles if combined with Piercing.

Homing[edit | edit source]

Activated Items that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Telepathy for Dummies 5.100.192
Telepathy for Dummies
2 rooms
Temporary psychic shot Gives homing tears for the current room. 0

Passive Items that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Godhead 5.100.331 Godhead God tears Grants homing tears with a damaging halo. +0.5 damage, -0.3 tears, +1.2 range, -0.3 shot speed, +0.8 tear height. 4
Sacred Heart 5.100.182 Sacred Heart Homing shots + DMG up Grants homing tears, x2.3 damage multiplier, +1 flat damage, +4.125 range, +0.75 tear height, -0.4 tears, -0.25 shot speed, a red Heart Container and replenishes all Red Hearts. 4
Spoon Bender 5.100.3 Spoon Bender Homing shots Grants Isaac homing tears. 3

Trinkets that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Nose Goblin 5.350.98 Nose Goblin Seems magic... Chance to fire a homing booger that sticks to enemies and deals damage over time.
Added in Afterbirth † Ouroboros Worm 5.350.96 Ouroboros Worm Foop foop! Tears travel in a large spiral pattern and become spectral, with a small chance to home.

Cards that grant homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Message Desciption
I - The Magician 5.300.2 I - The Magician May you never miss your goal Grants homing tears and Added in Repentance +3 range for the current room (same effect as 15►Telepathy for Dummies Telepathy for Dummies).

Familiars that fire homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Little Steven 5.100.100 Little Steven Psychic friend Spawns a familiar who follows Isaac around and fires homing tears. 1
Added in Afterbirth Seraphim 5.100.390 Seraphim Sworn friend Spawns an angel familiar which follows Isaac and fires homing tears which deal 10 damage and have 75% shot speed. 3

Trinkets that grant Familiars homing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Added in Afterbirth † Baby-Bender 5.350.127 Baby-Bender Feed them magic! Grants Isaac's familiars homing shots.

Piercing[edit | edit source]

Passive Items that grant piercing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Cupid's Arrow 5.100.48 Cupid's Arrow Piercing shots Grants Isaac piercing tears that travel through enemies (but not obstacles) instead of breaking on impact with them. 3
Dead Onion 5.100.336 Dead Onion Toxic aura tears Grants piercing and spectral tears. Increases tear size (without increasing damage) while greatly reducing range and shot speed. 3
Death's Touch 5.100.237 Death's Touch Penetrative shot + damage up +1.5 damage, -0.3 tears. Tears are replaced with large piercing scythes. 3
Sagittarius 5.100.306 Sagittarius Penetrative shot + speed up Increases speed by +0.2 and grants piercing tears. 3
Added in Afterbirth † Eye of Belial 5.100.462 Eye of Belial Possessed tears! Grants piercing tears. After piercing one enemy, tears start homing and deal double damage. 3
Added in Afterbirth † Trisagion 5.100.533 Trisagion Smite thy enemy Damage down. Tears are replaced with piercing white blasts of light that can damage the same enemy multiple times. 2

Trinkets that grant piercing tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Push Pin 5.350.31 Push Pin Piercing shots Adds a 10% chance to shoot a piercing and spectral tear.

Spectral[edit | edit source]

Passive Items that grant spectral tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Dead Dove 5.100.185 Dead Dove Flight + spectral tears Grants spectral tears and flight. 3
Dead Onion 5.100.336 Dead Onion Toxic aura tears Grants piercing and spectral tears. Increases tear size (without increasing damage) while greatly reducing range and shot speed. 3
Ouija Board 5.100.115 Ouija Board Spectral tears Grants spectral tears that travel through obstacles (but not enemies) instead of breaking on impact with them. 2
Spirit of the Night 5.100.159 Spirit of the Night Scary Grants spectral tears and flight. 3
Tiny Planet 5.100.233 Tiny Planet Orbiting tears + range up Range up and makes shot tears revolve around Isaac until they drop. 0
Added in Afterbirth Continuum 5.100.369 Continuum Transcendent tears Grants spectral tears and increases range. Tears travel through walls and appear at the opposite side of the room. 2
Added in Afterbirth Pupula Duplex 5.100.379 Pupula Duplex Wide shot Gives Isaac spectral tears and gives his tears a wide arc shape, increasing their size. 2
Added in Afterbirth The Wiz 5.100.358 The Wiz Double wiz shot! Tears simultaneously fire out of both eyes diagonally, similar to the effect of the R U a Wizard? pill. Isaac's tears also travel above all obstacles. 1

Familiars that fire spectral tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Ghost Baby 5.100.163 Ghost Baby Spectral buddy Spawns a familiar that follows Isaac around and fires spectral tears. 1

Trinkets that grant spectral tears[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Push Pin 5.350.31 Push Pin Piercing shots Adds a 10% chance to shoot a piercing and spectral tear.
Added in Afterbirth † Ouroboros Worm 5.350.96 Ouroboros Worm Foop foop! Tears travel in a large spiral pattern and become spectral, with a small chance to home.


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