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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - Bethany's Wisp Types and Their Functions (Repentance)

Written by sebstain   /   Updated: April 6, 2021    


A guide detailing most of Bethany's wisp types and their functions.

Bethany Wisp Variants (Repentance)



The Book of Virtues and Wisp General Information



Wisps are created when using the Book of Virtues. Without any additional items, one use creates a single blue wisp which orbits around Isaac and fires in the same direction. Most wisps have two health which means they can block two shots before being destroyed, wisps are also destroyed when colliding with an enemy which is almost always instantly.

The book of virtues is the starting item for Bethany, and can be unlocked as an item after defeating Isaac as Bethany, although Bethany is the only character who can charge the item using soul / black hearts.

The book of virtues has the unique mechanic where it synergizes with the currently held spacebar item (the active item) instead of being replaced by it. Most active items will replace the wisp summoned, changing its appearance and properties. The amount of charges required to activate can also change.



An example of an active item being combined with the book of virtues.

Normal Wisps (Light Blue Wisps)



A single normal wisp is created when the book of virtues is used without any other active item combined.



Normal wisps deal around 3 damage (slightly below the average base damage of 3.5) and have 2 health, after being hit for the first time their size will decrease and the second hit will result in them being destroyed.

Normal wisps orbit close to Isaac and will gradually group up as more wisps are created to a maximum of 16 wisps.

Heart Wisps (Red Heart Wisps)



  • Created by: Yum Heart
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 4



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: Has a chance to restore red heart health when extinguished

White Wisp



  • Created by: The Bible
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 4



  • Damage: 6
  • Health: 2
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: The tears fired have a strong homing effect

Black Fire Wisps



  • Created by: Book of Belial
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 3



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 6
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: None

Black Wisp



  • Created by: Necronomicon
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 4



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3.5
  • Contact damage: 7 (+40 from special effect)
  • Special effect: When extinguished, activates the black heart effect and deals 40 damage to every enemy in the room

Poop Wisp



  • Created by: The Poop
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 1



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 1.5
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: None

Bomb Wisp



  • Created by: Mama Mega, other bomb items
  • Amount created: Varies per item, 8 for Mama Mega
  • Charges: depends on item



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: Has a chance to spawn a golden troll bomb when extinguished. Golden troll bombs detonate periodically, and last forever inside the room.

An example of a room filled with golden troll bombs.

Bob Wisp



  • Created by: Bob's Rotten Head
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 2



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: None

Pale Wisps



  • Created by: Tammy's Head
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 1



  • Health: 1
  • Damage: 1.5
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: Has a faster fire rate than most wisps

Mom Wisp



  • Created by: Mom active items
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: Depends on item



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3
  • Contact Damage: 7
  • Special effect: Wisps will embody the trait of the active item, randomly firing a shot with the same properties such as a fear shot, or stunning shot.

Dynamite Wisp



  • Created by: Kamikaze
  • Charges: None
  • Amount created per use: 1



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 7
  • Splash damage: 7
  • Contact damage: 7 (+40 because of detonation)
  • Special effect: Fires an explosive shot that can destroy rocks and open secret rooms but can also damage Isaac. Detonates when destroyed but doesnt hurt Isaac.

Teleport Wisps



  • Created by: Teleport, Teleport 2.0
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 2



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 4
  • Contact damage: 7 (has a strange effect where it deals contact damage multiple times but doesnt extinguish)
  • Special effect: Periodically disappears and reappears

Shoop Wisp



  • Created by: Shoop da Whoop
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 2



  • Health 2
  • Damage: 1.5
  • Laser Damage (per tick): 7
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: When the active item is used, each wisp fires a brimstone laser as well as creating another wisp, firing in the direction Isaac uses the item.

Lemon Wisp



  • Created by: Free Lemonade, Lemonade Mishap
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: Depends on item used



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 1.5
  • Puddle damage (per tick): 7
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effect: While firing, it will randomly lay down creep (yellow stains) which will damage enemies.

Jump Wisp



Jump wisps are almost identical to regular wisps, the main difference is that they are created through using How To Jump, and remain in place wherever they were created up to a maximum of 6.



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3.5
  • Contact damage: 3.5
  • Special effects: Doesnt follow Isaac, resets when leaving the room

Die Wisp



  • Created by: D6
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 6



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effects: None

Notes: Other die items such as the D4 dont seem to create Die wisps but rather spawn / randomise currently summoned wisps.

Key Wisp



  • Created by: Dad's Key
  • Amount created: 1
  • Charges: 2



  • Health: 2
  • Damage: 3
  • Contact damage: 7
  • Special effects: Can be used to open locked doors such as shop rooms by touching the door with the wisp, doing this will consume the wisp.

W.I.P.

Written by sebstain.