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(except in Rebirth)

Tractor Beam is a passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.

Effects[ | ]

  • Isaac emits a beam in the direction that his head is facing. Isaac's tears travel in the path of the beam. When Isaac moves or turns his head, tears that are mid-flight will remain within the beam.
  • (except in Repentance) +0.5 Tears.
  • (in Repentance) +1.0 Fire Rate.
  • (except in Repentance) +5.25 Range.
  • (in Repentance) +2.5 Range.
  • (except in Repentance) +0.5 Tear Falling Speed.
  • +0.16 Shot Speed.

Notes[ | ]

  • This item prevents tears from being fired at angles using momentum.
  • Isaac does not automatically aim downwards after he stops firing with this item.

Synergies[ | ]

  • Collectible 20 20 icon20/20/(in Afterbirth † and Repentance) BookwormBookworm/ ConjoinedConjoined/Collectible The Inner Eye iconThe Inner Eye/ Character Keeper iconKeeper/Collectible Mutant Spider iconMutant Spider/(in Repentance) Character Tainted Keeper iconTainted Keeper/Collectible The Wiz iconThe Wiz: Every extra tear will follow the beam instead of having a spread, making it easier to hit enemies with the extra tears. Essentially increases damage per second.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Compound Fracture iconCompound Fracture: All split tears will follow the beam greatly increasing effective damage.
    • (in Afterbirth †) Bone tears will not burst into bone shards when fired at obstacles, however, bone tears will burst into bone shards when fired at enemies.
    • (in Repentance) Bone tears burst into bone shards when fired at obstacles.
  • Collectible Cricket's Body iconCricket's Body/Collectible The Parasite iconThe Parasite: All split tears will follow the beam greatly increasing effective damage.
  • Collectible Continuum iconContinuum: The tears will re-appear directly in front of Isaac and continue their flight path after going off screen.
  • Collectible Guillotine iconGuillotine: The beam will visually follow Isaac's head as it orbits, but tears will still stay centered relative to Isaac's body making his tears easier to aim.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Lachryphagy iconLachryphagy: Tears can still be fed and will still burst. (except in Repentance) Burst tears will travel along the beam.
  • Collectible Monstro's Lung iconMonstro's Lung: All tears are fired along the beam but at different heights.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Ouroboros WormOuroboros Worm: The altered patterns tears travel in is confined to the beam allowing Isaac to benefit from the stat bonus and spectral tears granted without losing accuracy.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Pop! iconPop!: Tears stick along the tractor beam even when they slow down and collide, capable of creating a dense line of shots.
  • Rainbow WormRainbow Worm: The altered patterns tears travel in is confined to the beam allowing Isaac to benefit from the stat bonuses granted without losing accuracy.
    • (in Repentance) Many of the worm trincket effects it gives now grants spectral tears as well.
  • (in Repentance)Ring WormRing Worm: The altered pattern tears travel in is confined to the beam allowing Isaac to benefit from its stat bonus and spectral tears without losing accuracy.
  • Collectible Rubber Cement iconRubber Cement / (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Super BallSuper Ball: Tears will no longer be bound to the beam after bouncing off of something.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Sinus Infection iconSinus Infection: Once the booger falls off the enemy, Isaac can loosely control it by moving and firing in different directions, and make it stick to another enemy.
  • Tear copiers like (in Repentance)Collectible Cain's Other Eye iconCain's Other Eye / Collectible Incubus iconIncubus / Collectible Sumptorium iconSumptorium / Collectible Twisted Pair iconTwisted Pair: Tears shot by these familiars will originate from Isaac, following the beam.
  • Wiggle WormWiggle Worm: The altered pattern tears travel in is confined to the beam allowing Isaac to benefit from its stat bonus without losing accuracy.
    • (in Repentance) Wiggle Worm also grants spectral tears with little downside in accuracy.

Interactions[ | ]

  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Analog Stick iconAnalog Stick: Tears cannot be fired diagonally; however, stat effects apply.
    • (in Repentance) Tractor Beam can be angled diagonally or in any direction using an analog stick or mouse controls.
  • Collectible Anti-Gravity iconAnti-Gravity: Tears that are still hovering can be pushed in the direction Isaac is aiming by walking into them.
  • (in Repentance)Brain WormBrain Worm: Overrides Brain Worm.
  • Collectible Brimstone iconBrimstone / Collectible Epic Fetus iconEpic Fetus / Collectible The Ludovico Technique iconThe Ludovico Technique / Collectible Tech X iconTech X: Overridden by Brimstone. Stat effects still apply.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible C Section iconC Section: Overridden by C Section. Stat effects apply.
  • Collectible Dr. Fetus iconDr. Fetus: After firing a bomb and moving, the bomb will have a homing-style effect towards the beam, but will not stay directly on the beam. Not recommended, as changing directions while firing will cause the bomb to reel back to Isaac at high speed, making self-damage very likely.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Euthanasia iconEuthanasia: Needles fired will follow beam; however, burst needles will not.
  • Collectible Evil Eye iconEvil Eye: Both evil eyes and tears fired by them will not be affected by the beam.
  • (in Rebirth and Afterbirth)Collectible Explosivo iconExplosivo: Explosivo's tears will become "entangled" when sticking on an enemy, causing them to jump from the tractor beam to the enemy and vice versa every frame. The tear will explode only once regardless while attached to an enemy or bound to the beam.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Eye of the Occult iconEye of the Occult: Tears will only move forward while being fired, but control is otherwise overridden.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Eye Sore iconEye Sore: No effect on the extra tears.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Haemolacria iconHaemolacria: Fired tears will travel along the beam; however, the burst tears will not.
  • Homing tears: The tears will stay in the line but will slow down when near enemies.
  • Hook WormHook Worm: Overridden, except for the range increase.
    • (in Repentance) The tears increase and spectral tears it now grants are also still in effect.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Immaculate Heart iconImmaculate Heart: No effect on the extra tears.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Incubus iconIncubus: The Incubus tears aren't affected by the beam, but the beam will still be there.
    • Incubus + Monstro's Lung: Incubus's tear barrage will follow the beam.
  • (in Afterbirth †) Collectible Lead Pencil iconLead Pencil: Tear barrage will not follow the beam.
  • Collectible Loki's Horns iconLoki's Horns: No effect on extra tears.
  • (except in Repentance) Collectible Marked iconMarked: Tears will only fire in cardinal directions.
    • (in Repentance) The beam will point towards the marker.
  • (except in Repentance) Collectible Multidimensional Baby iconMultidimensional Baby: The beam only affects the original tears, not the duplicated ones.
    • (in Repentance) The duplicated tears will follow the beam.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Ouroboros WormOuroboros Worm: Tears will stall at points along their path; the normal spiral pattern is negated entirely, however.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Saturnus iconSaturnus: No effect on orbital tears.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Spirit Sword iconSpirit Sword: Overrides Tractor Beam. Stat effects still apply.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Sprinkler iconSprinkler: Tears fired by the sprinkler will follow Isaac's beam.
  • Collectible Tammy's Head iconTammy's Head: Tractor Beam does not affect the tears created by Tammy's Head.
  • (except in Repentance)Collectible Technology iconTechnology: Overridden by Technology.
    • (in Repentance) The beam becomes unaffected by Isaac's momentum.
  • Collectible Tiny Planet iconTiny Planet: The orbiting effect is overridden, but Isaac still gains the Range increase and spectral tears.

In-game Footage[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • This item is a reference to tractor beams in science fiction, often depicted as beams of energy that can be used to move objects.

Bugs[ | ]

Bug Bug! (in Repentance) Tractor Beam has unusual effects when combined with Collectible Continuum iconContinuum and Collectible Pop! iconPop!.[1] While shooting, tears will appear for brief moments at the back of Isaac's head, and if he hits an enemy with one of these, that enemy will be teleported to a corner of the screen for poorly understood reasons. Isaac himself can also get teleported to a corner, resulting in a potential softlock without flight or Collectible How to Jump iconHow to Jump.

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