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Tears Stat Icon.png The Tears attribute determines the rate of fire of the character and is represented by 3 arrows. This attribute is also known as the tear delay (the delay between successive shots, as opposed to the inverse 'tears per second'); a higher tears stat means a shorter delay. The tear stat is a measurement of tear frequency, as opposed to Shot Speed, which measures how fast those shots move.

Tear Delay[edit | edit source]

The formula for tear delay is:

"T" in the above formula is equal to the normal tears stat, with all adjustments added together. For example, picking up Sad Onion would grant 0.7 tears, making Isaac's tear delay 7.7, which is rounded down to 7.

Different characters start with different initial tears:

Several items directly modify tear delay after this main calculation:

The minimum tear delay that can be reached with regular tears up items is 5, but with items that directly reduce tear delay, tear delay can reach a minimum of 1.

The number of tears per second that the player fires is found by the formula: .

On the other hand, Tear Delay can be calculated from the fire rate given ingame with the formula . Note that the fire rate given by the ingame HUD is rounded.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Assuming no other modifications to the tears stat, +1.4 tears up is enough to bring you to the normal delay cap. In this case, it would reduce the delay to 5.92, which rounds down to 5.
  • With a tear delay of 1, the maximum achievable rate of fire is 15 tears per second (every 4 frames).
  • Polyphemus, Mutant Spider, and Inner Eye's tear delay formulas do not stack with each other.

Items that affect tears[edit | edit source]

Activated Items[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Added in Afterbirth D8 5.100.406
4 rooms
Reroll stats Re-rolls Isaac's damage, tears, range, and speed. 2
Added in Afterbirth † Dataminer 5.100.481
4 rooms
109 Displaces enemy sprites for the current room, randomly increases one stat and decreases another. 0

Passive Items[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description Added in Repentance Quality
Anti-Gravity 5.100.222 Anti-Gravity Antigravity tears + tears up -2 Tear Delay. Tears float in position until firing ceases, after which they will fly off in the direction they were shot in. 3
Blue Cap 5.100.342 Blue Cap HP + tears up + shot speed down Removed in Repentance Gives one full Red Heart container, +0.7 tears and -0.16 shot speed.

Added in Repentance Gives one Red Heart container, 2 Hearts of health, +0.7 tears and -0.16 shot speed.

Capricorn 5.100.307 Capricorn All stats up Increases health, damage, speed, and range, lowers tear delay, and gives one coin, bomb, and key. 3
Chocolate Milk 5.100.69 Chocolate Milk Charge shots Grants charged tears that deal greater damage when fully charged. 3
Cricket's Body 5.100.224 Cricket's Body Bursting shots + tears up Grants -1 tear delay and reduces range. When tears hit an object or deplete their range, they spawn 4 smaller tears, whose range and damage scale with Isaac's. 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
Dr. Fetus 5.100.52 Dr. Fetus ??? Tears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide for a fixed time after being fired. 4
Eve's Mascara 5.100.310 Eve's Mascara Shot speed down + DMG up Doubles damage, halves tears stat, and greatly reduces shot speed. 1
Experimental Treatment 5.100.240 Experimental Treatment Some stats up, some stats down Randomly increases and decreases some of the character's stats. 1
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
Guillotine 5.100.206 Guillotine An out-of-body experience Isaac's head is removed from his body and floats around him as an orbital. Gives +1 damage and grants -1 tear delay. 3
Ipecac 5.100.149 Ipecac Explosive shots Replaces tears with explosive and poisoning projectiles fired in an arc from the mouth. 4
Libra 5.100.304 Libra You Feel Balanced Gives 6 coins, 6 bombs, and 6 keys and balances out all attributes. 1
Missing No. 5.100.258 Missing No. Syntax error Randomizes all passive items and stats upon pickup and at the start of each succeeding floor. 2
Mom's Perfume 5.100.228 Mom's Perfume Fear shot Adds a chance to shoot fear tears and decreases tear delay by 1. 2
Monstro's Lung 5.100.229 Monstro's Lung Chargeable burst attack Increases damage and grants a charged shot that fires multiple tears in the same fashion as Monstro. 2
Mutant Spider 5.100.153 Mutant Spider Quad shot Grants quadruple shot but decreases tears. 3
Number One 5.100.6 Number One Tears up +1.5 tears, -17.62 range 2
Odd Mushroom 5.100.120 Odd Mushroom Fire rate up +1.7 tears, +0.3 speed, slightly reduces damage. 3
Pisces 5.100.309 Pisces Tears up + knock-back shots -1 Tear Delay, adds knock-back shots and increases tear size. 2
Polyphemus 5.100.169 Polyphemus Mega Tears Isaac fires huge tears that deal massive damage but fire rate is greatly decreased. If a tear kills an enemy, the tear travels on with any leftover damage. 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
Screw 5.100.255 Screw Tears and shot speed up. +0.5 tears, +0.2 shot speed. 3
SMB Super Fan 5.100.189 SMB Super Fan All stats up +1 Red Heart container, +0.3 damage, +0.2 tears, +0.2 speed, +0.5 range, +1 tear height. Fully restores all red hearts. 3
Soy Milk 5.100.330 Soy Milk DMG Down + Tears Way Up Tears are smaller and do much less damage, but fire in very rapid succession. 2
Squeezy 5.100.196 Squeezy Tears up Increases tears by 0.4, spawns 2 Soul Hearts. 3
The Halo 5.100.101 The Halo All stats up Grants one full Red Heart container, +0.3 damage, +0.2 tears, +0.25 range, +0.3 speed, and +0.5 tear height. 2
The Inner Eye 5.100.2 The Inner Eye Triple shot Grants triple shot but decreases tears. 2
The Pact 5.100.80 The Pact DMG + Tears UP Grants two Soul Hearts, +0.5 damage, and +0.7 tears. 3
The Sad Onion 5.100.1 The Sad Onion Tears up Increases tears by 0.7. 3
The Small Rock 5.100.90 The Small Rock DMG up Increases damage by 1, increases tears by 0.2, and decreases speed by 0.2. 3
Toothpicks 5.100.183 Toothpicks Tears + shot speed up +0.7 tears, +0.16 shot speed. 3
Torn Photo 5.100.341 Torn Photo Tears + shot speed up +0.7 tears, +0.16 shot speed. 3
Wire Coat Hanger 5.100.32 Wire Coat Hanger Tears up Increases tears by 0.7. 3
Added in Afterbirth Binky 5.100.438 Binky Tears up Grants one Soul Heart, +0.75 tears and decreases Isaac's size. 3
Added in Afterbirth Eden's Blessing 5.100.381 Eden's Blessing Your future shines brighter +0.7 tears up. Grants a random item at the start of the next run. 3
Added in Afterbirth Epiphora 5.100.368 Epiphora Intensifying tears Shooting in one direction increases Isaac's rate of fire until the cap is reached. As soon as Isaac changes direction or stops shooting, rate of fire is reset to its normal amount. 1
Added in Afterbirth Marked 5.100.394 Marked Directed tears Isaac will now fire tears automatically directed at a red target on the ground which is controlled by the player. This allows for a full 360-degree tear firing radius. It can be overridden by other tear modifiers such as Mom's Knife or Brimstone. 0
Added in Afterbirth Milk! 5.100.436 Milk! Don't cry over it... Spawns a glass familiar that spills on the floor upon taking damage. After the milk spills, Isaac's tear delay is decreased by 2 for the current room. 1
Added in Afterbirth Mr. Dolly 5.100.370 Mr. Dolly Range + tears up +0.7 tears, +5.25 range, +0.5 tear height, spawns 3 random types of Hearts on the floor when picked up. 3
Added in Afterbirth Purity 5.100.407 Purity Aura stat boost Boosts one of Isaac's stats depending on the color of the aura around him. The aura disappears upon taking damage and reappears with a random color upon entering a new room. Red boosts damage, blue boosts tears, yellow boosts speed, and orange boosts range. 2
Added in Afterbirth Tractor Beam 5.100.397 Tractor Beam Control your tears Increases tears, range, and shot speed. Isaac emits a beam from his face that his tears follow along. 2
Added in Afterbirth Zodiac 5.100.392 Zodiac The heavens will change you Gives Isaac a random zodiac item effect that changes every floor. 1
Added in Afterbirth † Analog Stick 5.100.465 Analog Stick 360 tears! +0.35 tears up. Allows Isaac to fire tears diagonally. 2
Added in Afterbirth † Apple! 5.100.443 Apple! Trick or treat? Increases tears. Adds a chance to fire a high-damage razor blade. 3
Added in Afterbirth † Brittle Bones 5.100.549 Brittle Bones Everything hurts Replaces all Red Hearts with 6 empty Bone Hearts. Upon losing a Bone Heart, Isaac fires bones in 8 directions and permanently gains a tears up. 3
Added in Afterbirth † Dark Prince's Crown 5.100.442 Dark Prince's Crown Loss is power When at exactly one Red Heart, grants +0.75 tears, +1.5 range, +1 tear height, +0.2 shot speed. 1
Added in Afterbirth † Divorce Papers 5.100.547 Divorce Papers Tears up + you feel empty Grants one Bone Heart, +0.7 tears, spawns a Mysterious Paper. 2
Added in Afterbirth † Haemolacria 5.100.531 Haemolacria I'm seeing red... Tears are now fired in an arc. Upon hitting the floor, an obstacle, or an enemy, they burst into many smaller tears in all directions. Increases tear delay. 2
Added in Afterbirth † Hallowed Ground 5.100.543 Hallowed Ground Portable sanctuary Spawns a white poop familiar, which turns into a white poop when Isaac is hurt. White poop has an aura that halves tear delay and can block enemy shots. 1

Trinkets[edit | edit source]

Name ID Icon Quote Description
Cancer 5.350.39 Cancer Yay, cancer! -2 tear delay (effectively increases firerate of tears).
Wiggle Worm 5.350.10 Wiggle Worm Wiggle waggle! Gives Isaac's shots a wave-like trajectory. +0.4 tears.
Added in Afterbirth † Cracked Crown 5.350.92 Cracked Crown Stat booster Removed in Repentance Decreases Isaac's tear delay by 20%, and improves the effectiveness of his other stat upgrades by ~33%.
Added in Repentance Improves the effectiveness of other stat upgrades by ~20%.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Tears up pills increase tears by 0.35 and tears down pills decrease tears by 0.28.
  • Added in Afterbirth In co-op, Cry Baby will occasionally briefly increase tears. Dark Baby will occasionally briefly increase all stats, including tears. Buddy Baby will occasionally briefly grant the Guillotine effect, which increases tears.

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