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And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name was Death, and Hell followed with him.

–Revelation 6:8

Death
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Official artwork by Edmund McMillen
Statistics
Type
Health
Damage
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450
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Floor(s)
The Womb
Utero
Related Bosse(s)
Famine

Pestilence
War
Conquest

Headless Horseman
Effective Item(s)
N/A
Dropped Item(s)
Cube of Meat


Death is one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He is a boss which can be encountered at the end of The Womb and Utero 1 once the player has beaten the game for the first time (killed Mom).

Description

He looks like an eyeless, gray humanoid-like being with a skinny, pale grey body and a hollow skull, riding a skeletal hobby horse. His blood is also completely black. He will surround himself with the Grim Reaper's trademark weapon, the scythe.

Like the other three harbingers - Pestilence, Famine and War - Death leaves a Cube Of Meat upon defeat which cannot be rerolled with The Dice.

Attacks

Phase 1

Death

  • At first, Death rides on his horse, attacking by either summoning a quartet of scythes that travel across the room or summoning a pair of scythes that chase the character. With careful aim and enough firepower, the scythes can be shot down, which may be easier than dodging.
  • During the fight, Death is also capable of using the item The Hourglass against the character, reducing movement speed and slowing down tears for a few seconds.

Phase 2

Death horseless Death horse

  • When the boss reaches 50% health, he dismounts from his horse, which constantly sweeps horizontally across the room in an identical pattern to War's charging attack.
    The horse has a relatively high amount of hitpoints and damaging it will not reduce Death's health bar, but must still be destroyed along with any summoned minions to finish the battle.
  • The unmounted Death will summon pairs of Knights to attack the player, with a small chance of spawning them as Selfless Knights. They will be killed if his horse happens to run into them. The horse may get hit upwards or downwards if it hits a knight at a certain angle.

Champion Varieties

Black

Death black
Slightly larger and has more health than normal Death. He always spawns 4 scythes and instead of using the Hourglass, he spawns two Kamikaze Leeches. While separated from his horse, he periodically spawns two Red Maws instead of Knights.

Notes

Trivia

  • Death's summoning of whirling scythes (and possibly even his use of the Hourglass item) is most likely a reference to the Castlevania series of video games, where the Grim Reaper (also under the name of Death) features as a boss and uses an identical scythe-shot attack in every Castlevania game he appears in.
  • The black version of Death may be a reference to the Black Death that plagued Europe during the Dark Ages.
  • One of the effects of the Black Death was severe blood build-up in some victims, explaining the Red Maws (that are filled with blood) that Death spawns. One thing plague victims were treated with to prevent the blood build-up was leeches, explaining the Kamikaze Leeches Death spawns.
  • Death's head resembles the 'planet face' of Chapter 6: The End in Super Meat Boy, which also appears as a skull.
  • Death is the only boss able to use items that Isaac can find.

Bugs

  • It seems that Death can sometimes be pushed too far through the wall and then cannot be killed and will continue summoning scythes until the character loses. This glitch can actually happen to all Horsemen. However, Conquest, War and Famine can break out because of their dash attack. Death and Pestilence lack it and will essentially cost the character a life if they push them into the wall. However, it's simple enough to avoid.
  • There is a rare graphical glitch where the summoned scythes will look like Death instead of their normal appearance. (They still act the same as regular scythes).
  • When Death uses his hourglass attack, if the character has spectral tears, the character will lose spectral tears while the Hourglass is active.
  • In The Chest, Death's scythes can knock Isaac through the door.
  • There is a rare occurrence where, in the chest, Death will not attack Isaac until Isaac attacks him. (It is unknown if this is possible in The Cathedral.)
    • Death will still use the Hourglass though.
  • If Death is killed very fast (e.g. Mega Bombs), his stickhorse will continue to charge around map. There is no health bar for it. However, it can still be killed.

Gallery

Videos

The Harbingers Related
Famine Pestilence War Death Conquest Headless ingame
Famine Pestilence War Death Conquest Headless Horseman


Bosses
Regular Bosses
Blastocyst button

Blastocyst
Brownie
Chub button

Chub
Daddy Long Legs button

Daddy Long Legs
Dangle
Dark One button

Dark One
Dingle button

Dingle
Duke of Flies button

The Duke of Flies
Fallen button

The Fallen
Fistula button

Fistula
Gemini button

Gemini
Gurdy button

Gurdy
Gurdy Jr button

Gurdy Jr.
Gurgling button

Gurglings
Haunt button

The Haunt
Larry Jr button

Larry Jr.
Little Horn
Loki button

Loki
Mama Gurdy button

Mama Gurdy
Mask of Infamy button

Mask of Infamy
Mega Fatty button

Mega Fatty
Mega Maw button

Mega Maw
Monstro button

Monstro
Mr Fred button

Mr. Fred
Peep button

Peep
Pin button

Pin
Polycephalus button

Polycephalus
Rag Man
Scolex button

Scolex
Turdlings
Widow button

Widow
Posthumous Bosses
Adversary button

The Adversary
Blighted Ovum button

The Blighted Ovum
Bloat button

The Bloat
Cage button

The Cage
Carrion Queen button

Carrion Queen
The Forsaken
The Frail
Gate button

The Gate
Hollow button

The Hollow
Husk button

The Husk
Lokii button

Lokii
Monstro II button

Monstro II
Teratoma button

Teratoma
The Stain
Wretched button

The Wretched
Alternative Bosses
CHAD button

C.H.A.D.
Gish button

Gish
Sister Vis button

Sisters Vis
Steven button

Steven
Triachnid button

Triachnid
Harbingers
Conquest button

Conquest
Death button

Death
Famine button

Famine
Headless Horseman button

Headless Horseman
Pestilence button

Pestilence
War button

War
Final Bosses
XXX button

???
Hush
Isaac button

Isaac
It Lives button

It Lives
Lamb button

The Lamb
Mega Satan button

Mega Satan
Mom button

Mom
Mom's Heart button

Mom's Heart
Satan button

Satan
Ultra Greed
Minibosses
Seven Deadly Sins
Envy button

Envy
Gluttony button

Gluttony
Greed button

Greed
Lust button

Lust
Pride button

Pride
Sloth button

Sloth
Wrath button

Wrath
Seven Super Deadly Sins
Envy button

Super Envy
Super Gluttony button

Super Gluttony
Super Greed button

Super Greed
Super Lust button

Super Lust
Super Pride button

Super Pride
Super Sloth button

Super Sloth
Super Wrath button

Super Wrath
Ultra Pride button

Ultra Pride
Angels / Demons
Krampus button

Krampus
Angel button

Gabriel
Angel button

Uriel
Angel button

Fallen Angels
LEGENDS: The Binding of Isaac bosses are yellow. Wrath of the Lamb bosses are teal. Rebirth bosses are orange. Afterbirth bosses are crimson. Afterbirth † bosses are violet.

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