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Headless Horseman
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Art by Edmund McMillen
Statistics
Type
Health
Damage
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Floor(s)
Anywhere except:

Sheol
Cathedral

The Chest
Related Bosse(s)
Famine

Pestilence
War
Death

Conquest
Effective Item(s)
N/A
Dropped Item(s)
Cube of Meat
A Pony


The Headless Horseman is an alternate boss, capable of replacing any of the Harbingers, thus making him a boss that may be encountered more than once in one playthrough. It resembles the other horsemen, although his head is detatched and has no jaw, one eye and a piece of flesh missing underneath its missing eye. The body looks rotting and diseased, though it holds onto the horse. The horse has an actual horse's head instead of a skull.

Behavior

The Horseman combines all the abilities of the other horsemen, excluding Conquest:

  • Like War, his head can charge through the screen several times and chase you.
  • Like Pestilence, he will fire bombs at you which leaves a puddle of damaging red Creep.
  • Like Famine, the head is capable of firing three shots at you.
  • Like Death, there are two enemies that must be killed in order to achieve victory.

Be careful not to get rammed by the separated head. It will always fly through the screen in the same pattern: Upper portion, middle portion, and lower portion of the screen. Explosions might change the path of the head. An idle head will occasionally spit bullets at you, so don't ignore it.

The body moves around the battlefield and shoots IPECAC like bullets at you. These deal splash damage and leave a damaging puddle of Creep on the floor. These puddles can severely limit your movement and thus prove problematic. You might want to keep in mind that those explosions caused by the projectiles can change the head's trajectory as well. Because this boss can appear in early floors, he is a dangerous boss at all times.

The order in which to take out the bodyparts is really just a matter of taste. Once a part of the duo has been eliminated, the other part seemingly loses its advantage over combat.

Once killed, the Headless Horseman will drop either A Pony or Cube Of Meat.

Notes

  • The Headless Horseman cannot damage himself with his own explosions or charging.
  • Killing the different body parts in a specific order does not increase the chance of a specific collectible being dropped.
  • A Pony cannot be re-rolled unless picked up first.
  • Multiple heads may also appear as common enemies in Sheol and Utero. Single heads can be found in Necropolis.
  • A single head might be found in Necropolis in a room with spike traps, and can be easily defeated by dodging the charging head and waiting for it to charge into the spikes.
  • According to Edmund, it is possible to find a champion version of the Headless Horseman, but it's extremely rare.
    • However, this is actually incorrect, and no champion version of The Headless Horseman exists in the game.
  • Once the player acquires the White Pony, the stickhorse of the Headless Horseman will change its color to white as well. This, however, is a purely cosmetic change.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Headless Horseman is a fictitious, mythological character, originating from folklore of the European middleages. The best known example of the Headless Horseman is the Irish dullahan, but there are many local variations of this figure. Today, the Headless Horseman is a staple in many fantasy games.
  • Before the battle begins, the Headless Horseman will bear the name "Headless Horsemen." It is simply a typo.
  • The headless horseman is missing his jaw. This is also the same with Daddy Long Legs and The Blighted Ovum

Bugs

  • If you die by the trail of damaging creep from his bombs, it's displayed as if you've been killed by a Brain. (see picture in gallery)
    • This can happen with any type of creep.
  • Defeating this boss in the Caves or Catacombs will unlock the "Little C.H.A.D." secret (normally for defeating C.H.A.D.).
  • The Headless Horseman occasionally replaced Satan as the boss of Sheol. This bug has since been fixed.
  • Due to delay, the Headless Horseman can fire 6-8 shots, similar to Pestilence.

Video

The Binding of Isaac - Secret New Boss - The Headless Horseman00:42

The Binding of Isaac - Secret New Boss - The Headless Horseman

Fight V.S. The Headless Horsemen

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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