Azazel in Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Is Ludicrously Overpowered

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - AzazelI’ve been spending way too much time lately with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. This game is seriously addictive, and it’s doubly so now that I’ve got it on my Vita and can take it with me wherever I go.

The character Azazel, exclusive to Rebirth, is unlocked when you make 3 deals with the Devil in a single run. If you’re struggling with the game’s punishing difficulty level, I would recommend trying to get access to him as soon as you can. Azazel is basically easy mode.

He flies, which means he doesn’t take damage from spikes, he can cross over pits without acquiring the jump skill, and he sails over rocks without thinking twice about it. On top of that, he shoots a powerful beam of bloody vomit (or a wide laser beam, if you want a less creative interpretation), which is incredibly destructive. I had a run where I brought down the first boss in 3 hits (I think it was Monstro that round, but I’m not 100% certain of that). The flip side is that you have to charge your shots, but this is easy enough to get used to.

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - AzazelAzazel has some interesting versions of power-up skills too. The Ludovico Technique, which otherwise grants Isaac a remote-controlled tear, creates a hovering red ring that takes up almost 3/4 of the screen and decimates anything unfortunate enough to touch it. It blocks enough of the screen that it can sometimes cause you to not see projectiles coming at you, but it destroys most enemies quickly enough that this negative side effect is typically mitigated.

I can’t believe how powerful Azazel is, and now that I’ve been through the game with him a few times, I find it hard to go back to the other characters.

When you’re Trophy hunting your way through zero-damage runs, Azazel is your guy. Or demon. Or whatever he is.