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(in Repentance)

The Stairway is an unlockable passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

Effects[ | ]

  • At the start of every floor, generates a ladder which leads to a special Angel RoomAngel Room Shop, regardless of whether a devil deal has been taken. These angel shops always contain the following:
  • The ladder to the angel room disappears if Isaac leaves the starting room, regardless of whether Isaac has climbed it or not.

Notes[ | ]

  • The following items cost 30 coins to purchase:
  • The ladder disappears after save-quitting.
  • Weight decrementation in the generated shops is the same as in regular Angel Rooms, so if an item is seen in the special shop, it won't be encountered regularly again for the rest of the run.
  • During the Ascent, ladders will generate in the "starting rooms" (where light beams are located) on every floor.
    • The same does not apply during Backasswards (challenge #31), in which the item simply has no effect.
  • The ladder will appear in the Mirrored World in the starting room, and will lead to the same shop.
  • Rerolled items in the room will be taken from the Angel Room pool.
  • Since a beggar always spawns immediately to the right of the entrance way, caution should be taken to avoid accidental donation.
  • If a run is started with The Stairway, i.e. playing as Character Eden iconEden or having collected Collectible Eden's Blessing iconEden's Blessing, the ladder will not appear on the first floor.
  • In Greed mode, the ladder does not go away when pressing the button to start the waves. This means money can be gathered from the waves before entering the Stairway shop.

Interactions[ | ]

  • Adoption PapersAdoption Papers: Does not affect the Angel shop.
  • Collectible Coupon iconCoupon / Credit CardCredit Card / Collectible Mr. ME! iconMr. ME!: Can be used to obtain items for free.
  • Collectible Death Certificate iconDeath Certificate: An additional ladder will spawn in one room of the Death Certificate area. This ladder leads to the same Angel Shop as the one in the starting room of the floor. Purchasing an item will remove Isaac from the Death Certificate area as though he had collected an item normally. Sometimes, the ladder will spawn directly on top of an item pedestal, making the Angel Shop impossible to enter without collecting that item and subsequently being removed from the area.
  • Collectible Keeper's Sack iconKeeper's Sack: Buying items grants stats, same as with other shops.
  • Collectible A Pound of Flesh iconA Pound of Flesh: Makes Angel Shops cost health just like regular ShopShops.
  • Collectible Restock iconRestock / Store CreditStore Credit: No effect in the Angel shop.
  • Collectible Steam Sale iconSteam Sale: Reduces the prices of the items on offer.

In-game footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • This item was originally called Jacob's Ladder in the Antibirth mod but was changed to avoid confusion between this item and the existing Collectible Jacob's Ladder iconJacob's Ladder. In Antibirth, the ladder would take Isaac to a regular Angel Room instead of a unique Angel Shop, however using the ladder prevented an Angel or Devil Room from appearing after fighting the boss. The ladder would also not disappear when Isaac left the starting room.
    • Jacob's Ladder refers to the Book of Genesis, where Jacob dreams of a ladder leading to heaven.
  • This item's name and its flavor text are a reference to the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven."