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Champions are Monsters or Bosses who are in a more powerful state than their normal counterpart.

They always have a different color tint and increased size (although some bosses might keep their size or even shrink).

Champion Monsters

Champion monsters have double health, possess larger shots, and deal a full heart of damage instead of half. They always drop a Pick Up when killed.

Champion Bosses

Champion bosses come with more drastic differences: Aside from increased damage, some might even possess new abilities (the champion Larry Jr. gaining the ability to spit shots, for example) or are otherwise more threatening (Monstro might appear with a duplicate, and Peep can start with both eyes removed). Faster movement (like Gemini) is also common, or a change in spawning behavior (Gurdy might just spawn instead of shooting, and Chub might also spawn Spities or Boils instead of Chargers).

Champion forms of bosses will always drop a heart upon defeat when found outside a boss room or an extra heart when found inside a boss room. If the champion boss is blue, the heart(s) dropped will instead be a Soul Heart.

Rebirth Champions

Champion monsters in Rebirth, along with larger health and damage, possesses additional abilities, which depends on Champion color.

Color Description Item Drop(s)
Green Leaves green creep while moving. Pill.
Red Increased health. Full red heart.
Dark Red When killed it leaves behind goo. If the goo is not killed the champion revives, like a Globin. Works with certain suicide moves, like Mulligan self-exploding, but doesn't stack with Globin native ability. Double heart.
Pink Randomly shoots a projectile in the direction it is facing. N/A
Yellow Moves considerably faster. Lil' Battery.
Grey Decreased health. Key.
Dark Teal Explodes upon death. Bomb.
Light Blue Shoots 8 projectiles upon death. 1/2 heart
Dark Blue Gives 3 blue flies after death N/A
Orange Steals money from the character when it hurts them. Coin.
Black Randomly turns invisible. Red chest.
Purple Pulls in the character and their shots. Random trinket.
Transparent Can move over any object. Golden chest.
White Invincible until everything in the room is killed. Eternal heart.

Some colors can be distorted, since champion color mixes with common enemy color.

Notes

  • When leaving a room and reentering before defeating all the monsters or bosses, the chance of a monster or boss being a champion form is randomized again.
  • It is possible to meet two champions with the exact same color in the same room.
  • Certain monsters, like the Evil Twin, are considered Champions by the game in The Womb, and will drop a Pick Up upon death.

Trivia

  • A lot of new champion bosses were added in the v1.4 update, including champion forms of bosses that previously did not have one. This includes all Wrath of the Lamb bosses as well as bosses from the basic game, like The Harbingers or even Mom.
  • Champion versions of enemies could be a reference to Diablo II, which has champion enemies that have different colors, and do more damage.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Champion

  • White Champion

    2 messages
    • I can't find any white Champions.
    • They're the rarest version of any champion, normally found on hard mode.
  • Champion Colours

    4 messages
    • Anyone know which colored champions drop what? And are they exclusive to that enemy, or common among all enemies? It seems to me that m...
    • MCsq2 different colored champions can drop same things and blue colored bosses drop soul hearts on death thats all I know about certain drops

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