Best Binding of Isaac Characters

I'm going to be talking about the AB+ versions of the characters as it is the most recent version of the game. I won't put Eden on the list as he is too random to be able to judge fairly.
The Top Ten
1 Samson

Samson can be pretty strong, but I honestly hate the mechanic of hurting yourself for power. He even has a slower rate of fire than the base stats.

If you play your cards right, the amount of extra damage you can get is absurd. While the most obvious idea is to use a blood bank, other benefits include getting something extra from mimics or curse rooms, and being able to destroy everything at a much faster rate.

He was better in Wrath of the Lamb.

2 Cain

While he doesn't have anything particularly amazing about him, his general stats are great, with slightly higher than average damage and a luck upgrade. He's just a great character without any major drawbacks.

He's just a good character all around and his extra luck really helps.

He has amazing luck and you basically never get anything bad.

An Isaac with less health but better everything!

3 Judas

Judas is really fun for me, a combination of high damage and extra Devil room chance makes for a fun character that has much more forward momentum than most characters. Also, a 1.35 damage multiplier is insane.

If only his health was higher I would use him more often. Instead, I use Cain and grab the Belial.

High risk, high reward character.

4 Lilith

I don't like her ever since the box of friends was nerfed, as most of the time she was essentially an average character with a hard to aim shot.

I like her design but as a character, no.

5 Eve

If she didn't have the razor, she would easily be the worst character, but the razor really makes her great. The encouragement to spend a lot of health on deals is also quite nice, but now that you can have your powered up state much more consistently.

Definitely not good

6 Apollyon

While he could work similarly to Isaac, and the void is a cool item, I find it to be quite limited in terms of,what to get rid of, as many items are worth more than what the void will give you, and there is a chance of getting range ups and other pointless stats.

I think his void is really good for a bad rng run, but the stats could also be just super garbage like range and shot speed.

He could definitely be better. So could my grammar

I just think he's neat.

7 Isaac

How is Isaac number 9 on this list? Maybe at first, but despite being the starter character, once you unlock the D6... The game changes. Isaac becomes by far superior to most of the other characters without any debate.

The fact that you start with the D6 is ridiculous, especially in AB+ where good items are already fairly common. You are almost guaranteed to have a broken run by the end of the game if you play as Isaac, at least until the booster packs fixed this issue, making him a more balanced, fun character

Though he doesn't have any particular gimmicks or special abilities, starting with the D6 (arguably one of the best items in the game) is a massive perk, as you are not as susceptable to bad RNG. Also good alround stats, and starting with a bomb is nice.

Once you unlock the D6 you're basically immune to getting bad items, especially in devil deals.

8 The Lost

The lost is just really good at dying lol, but if you survive long enough to get to a devil deal then you can get really over powered because devil deals are free for him.

The Lost is my personal favourite character, the addition of the holy mantle has made him extremely fun, as stupid damage out of nowhere won't kill you as often. The reason I love him is thanks to being able to take Devil deals for free, giving you an extreme offensive boost.

9 Azazel

Despite the high damage and flying, I hate Azazel, as well as having basically no range, most synergies, and by extension items, become useless. End game is also awful as bullet hell bosses are ones that you should stand far away from, not get up in their faces.

Personally, Azazel is my favorite character, he deals a lot of damage, and rocks/cracks are no longer a problem, since you can fly. The only thing wrong is that you can't use all the red hearts you find, since you can only have soul hearts.

He is strong and can kill multiple monsters at once. He is fast and can fly so that gives a advantage so if the monster shoots ate you you can doge it if a rock is near. And plsu he has 3 soul hearts and say if 1 sould heart goes everything in that rooms dies
Awesome character

Okay, my first run with him didn't go well, but when I did my second one, I did a whole lot of runs in one game. I had gotten blast damage, poison damage, common cold, and many other deadly things!

10 Lazarus

Lazarus I really don't get why this guy gets the hate he is the best with minmaxing and him with dead cat , ankh in a run you can make it though anything. Bloody Lazarus is in for some amazing ways as for taking more devil deals is great

I don't understand the hate for this guy, the amount of minmaxing you can do in order to get an amazing character isn't something that should go unnoticed. Bloody Lazarus can be gotten in some extremely beneficial ways, such as taking extra Devil deals.

His second life really isn't that strong tbh so it's isaac without the D6.

When you grab Dead Cat, Broken Ankh, and Ankh in one run with Lazarus you know you are unstoppable

The Contenders
11 The Forgotten

Boney-boy with tons of synergies and unique mechanics. However, unlocking him is almost as hard as unlocking the lost in base rebirth.

He's the most interesting character, and I love the addition of him starting with both melee and spectral tears, he's the lost but chained to a skeleton body, and has health.

Melee is over-powered.
You can use the skeleton body as a shield from enemy projectiles
Best Character hands down.

This man only because bone hearts they are good in a big room.

12 Eden

Very fun character if you get lucky. Absolutely one of my favourites, I always play Eden when I get bored for the sheer randomness of it all.

Weird lookin' garden.

13 ???

As a challenge character, he serves his purpose adequately, however, I don't find him to be good at all. The lack of regular heart containers makes taking any devil deal much less worthwhile, and the poop is a terrible active.

If you have an invincibility giving item, you can take devil deals for free, making him overpowered if you can get devil deals and meet the condition

14 Magdalene

The Yum Heart item is, in my opinion, incrediblely useful if you're in a pinch, and the extra health is good for devil deals and such. Honestly, the only downside is the speed, but you could probably gain that back within the next 2 levels. The health makes up for that.

I honestly think Magdalene is far too underrated. With a single speed boosting item, she instantly becomes viable and her high health allows her to safely make devil deals early on

While the extra health is kinda nice, the decreased speed is not a very good tradeoff.

Yum heart is extremely useful. Using it right can lead to pretty easy success.

15 Tainted Azazel

Full range brimstone and a knock back attack makes him look great

16 Tainted Cain

One of the best tainted characters since the bag of crafting has so many possible arangements, the best break I could find was the alabaster box since it comes fully charged when you craft it (1 soul heart and 7 coins) and that it basically gives you more than you spent.

17 Tainted Blue Baby
18 Tainted Samson

Tainted samson is an absolutely an op character. However, if you are bad at aim and dodge reflexively, he might not be the best character for you.

19 Bethany
20 Tainted Isaac
21 Tainted Eve
22 Tainted Lazarus
23 Tainted Lilith

Whip it whip it

24 Tainted Magdalene
25 Tainted Judas
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