terraria magic weapons guide

Terraria Magic Weapons Guide

Intro

I’ve had a pretty long and storied history with the Terraria game. Many special gaming moments in my life came from this game. I remember the first time I beat Moon Lord and got that beautiful magic weapon many Terraria players sought: the Last Prism. It felt like defeating Mount Everest.

For more experienced Terraria players, weapon choice is essential for completing a playthrough. But for someone who has never played before, Terraria’s collection of weapons might seem overwhelming; After all, there are so many to get that a new player might not know where to begin.

In this Terraria Magic Weapons guide, I’ll explain all of the magic weapons in the world of Terraria. That’s right! I’ll be covering all of them. It’s going to be a lot of stuff, so hold on to your hats.

Description/Overview

In Terraria, magic weapons are weapons that consume mana and are ranged. Generally, magic weapons shoot damaging projectiles but are often very different from each other.

Another thing to note about magic weapons: summoning weapons don’t count. Although they do use mana, they do not fire any sort of projectile or cause damage on their own.

Pre-Hardmode

Staffs and Wands

Wand of Sparking:

Wand of Sparking

A stick that shoots sparks. Very cool. Maybe it’s more of a twig.

  • Mechanics: It fires tiny sparks that do 14 damage and have a chance to light enemies on fire.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be found in chests throughout the Overworld. It is generally near the surface, either underground or aboveground.

Amethyst Staff:

Amethyst Staff Terraria

A staff made using amethyst gems. A gem staff, if you will. It’s got a gem on top!

  • Mechanics: Its purple bolts do 14 damage. It fires very slowly and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It’s crafted using 10 Copper Bars and 8 Amethysts at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Topaz Staff:

Topaz Staff

Another gem staff. This one has a gem on top as well.

  • Mechanics: It fires yellow-orange bolts that do 15 damage. It fires very slowly and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using 10 Tin Bars and 8 Topaz at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Sapphire Staff:

Sapphire Staff

Apparently, this one is a gem staff.

  • Mechanics: It shoots blue bolts that do 17 damage. It fires slowly and has a weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using 10 Silver Bars and 8 Sapphires at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Emerald Staff:

Emerald Staff

Guess what kind of staff this one is. That’s right! It’s a gem staff!

  • Mechanics: It fires green bolts that do 19 damage. It fires slowly and has average knockback. 
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using 10 Tungsten Bars and 8 Emeralds at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Amber Staff:

Amber Staff

Not sure if Amber is a gem, but it’s the same as the others. It’s a staff with Amber on top.

  • Mechanics: It fires orange bolts that do 21 damage. It fires at an average speed and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using 15 Sturdy Fossils and 8 Amber at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Ruby Staff:

Ruby Staff

You’re not gonna believe this, but it’s a gem staff.

  • Mechanics: It fires red bolts that do 21 damage. It has an average fire rate and average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using 10 Gold Bars and 8 Rubies at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Diamond Staff:

Diamond Staff

Dear God. It turns out that this one is a gem staff.

  • Mechanics: It fires white bolts that do 23 damage. It has average knockback and an average fire rate.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using 10 Platinum Bars and 8 Diamonds at an Iron or Lead Anvil.

Thunder Zapper:

Thunder Zapper

A Desert weapon that fires zig-zagging blue bolts. It’s a steampunk Magic Missile.

  • Mechanics: Its bolts do 12 damage. It fires very fast and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be found in chests in the Underground Desert or can be fished from Oasis Crates, which are gained from fishing in the Oasis.

Vilethorn:

Vilethorn Terraria

A thorny stick that shoots spiked vines. It’s the Corruption equivalent to the Crimson Rod.

  • Mechanics: The Vilethorn fires long vines that pierce through enemies and blocks, doing ten damage per hit. It has extremely weak knockback and fires at an average rate.
  • Location/Recipe: Destroying a Shadow Orb in the Corruption or fishing a Corrupt Crate can get you this bad boy.

Aqua Scepter:

Aqua Scepter

It’s a blue and yellow scepter. Ikea does not sponsor it.

  • Mechanics: It fires an arcing beam of water particles that does 16 damage (15 on the 3DS version of Terraria). It has average knockback and fires very quickly.
  • Location/Recipe: It is found in Gold Chests in the Dungeon or from Dungeon Crates.

Magic Missile:

Magic Missile

It’s a staff with what looks like a gem on top. No missiles here, sadly.

  • Mechanics: It fires a controllable exploding bolt. The bolt can home in on enemies and does 27 damage (23 on the 3DS version). It has powerful knockback on all versions except 3DS, where it has average knockback. It also fires fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be found in the Dungeon’s Gold Chests or from Dungeon and Stockade Crates.

Weather Pain:

Weather Pain Terraria

A tornado staff. Woah.

  • Mechanics: The Weather Pain fires small tornados that lock onto enemies, doing 13 damage per hit. It ricochets off of blocks and ignores some of the enemy’s defense. Its knockback is very weak, and it fires very slowly.
  • Location/Recipe: It is a reward for defeating Deerclops, a new boss created in collaboration with Don’t Starve Together. How come I never knew about this?

Flamelash: 

Flamelash Terraria

The Hell version of the Magic Missile. A stick covered in fire, essentially.

  • Mechanics: The Flamelash launches a controllable ball of fire that does different amounts of damage depending on the game version: 32 for PC, 36 for console, mobile, and Switch, and 34 for the 3DS version. It has strong knockback and fires at an average rate (on the 3DS, it fires very fast).
  • Location/Recipe: It can be obtained from Shadow Chests in the Underworld or fishing up Obsidian/Hellstone Crates.

Flower of Fire:

Flower of Fire

It’s a fire flower! You know, like Mario. I’m guessing you’ve heard of him.

  • Mechanics: The Flower of Fire launches a fireball that bounces off blocks and does 48 damage (44 on the 3DS version). It has average knockback and fires very fast.
  • Location/Recipe: Found in Shadow Chests in the Underworld or from fishing up Obsidian/Hellstone Crates.

Guns

Gray Zapinator:

Gray Zapinator

It looks an awful lot like an NES Zapper.

  • Mechanics: The Gray Zapinator fires laser beams that behave randomly, dealing 42 damage. It has average knockback and fires very slowly.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be bought from the Traveling Merchant for 17 gold coins. It’s certainly more expensive than an NES Zapper.

Roman Candle:

Roman Candle

It’s a Roman Candle but as a shotgun. It’s only available on the 3DS version.

  • Mechanics: It fires small fireworks that do a mere ten damage. It has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: The Roman Candle can be bought from the Demolitionist for five gold coins, but only during Christmas.

Space Gun:

Image from Wiki Terraria

A zappy purple and orange laser gun made of space stuff (meteorite ore). It’s pretty sweet.

  • Mechanics: It fires green lasers in the direction you aim, dealing 17 damage. It fires very quickly and has extremely weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted from 20 Meteorite Bars at an Iron or Lead anvil. On the 3DS version, it can be made using 30 bars and 2 Fallen Stars.

Bee Gun: 

Image from Wiki Terraria

Bees? Yeah. Bees. Plenty of them, to be precise. It’s a honeycomb-shaped gun that fires bees.

  • Mechanics: The Bee Gun fires many bees, surrounding the enemy and dealing nine damage per hit. They are homing bees that bounce off blocks and can be fired very quickly. They can only knock enemies back if the Hive Pack is equipped.
  • Location/Recipe: You can get it by killing Queen Bee. It has a 33% chance of dropping.

Spell Books

Demon Scythe:

Demon Scythe

A spell book that shoots magic scythes. That’s pretty metal.

  • Mechanics: The Demon Scythe fires the same magic projectiles as Demons in the Underworld: a spinning, purple scythe that gets faster as it travels further away. It deals 35 damage, has average knockback, and fires very quickly.
  • Location/Recipe: It drops from Demons and Voodoo Demons in, you guessed it, the Underworld.

Book of Skulls:

Book of Skulls Terraria

It’s a book that shoots skulls. You get it from a skeleton. He’s a spooky, scary skeleton.

  • Mechanics: The Book of Skulls fires slow, flaming skulls at enemies, dealing 29 damage (28 on the 3DS). It can be fired at an average rate and has weak knockback. The skulls can home in on enemies.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 10.5% chance of dropping from Skeletron.

Water Bolt:

Water Bolt Terraria

It’s a book that fires water bolts. I love how clear these names are!

  • Mechanics: The book fires piercing water bolts that do 19 damage (17 in the 3DS version). They can be fired very quickly and have average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: The Water Bolt can only be found in the Dungeon, hidden on the bookshelves throughout the area.

Other

Crimson Rod: 

Crimson Rod

This one is a bit of an outlier. I’d call it a staff, but it’s a rod.

  • Mechanics: The Crimson Rod creates a red cloud that rains blood on enemies, dealing 12 damage. It has no knockback and can be fired quickly but can spawn only one cloud at a time.
  • Location/Recipe: It is found inside Crimson Hearts in the Crimson biome. It can also be fished up from Crimson Crates.

Hardmode

Staffs and Wands

Sky Fracture:

Image from Wiki Terraria

A magic sword with a striking blue blade. It’s a sword meant for epic heroes like yourself.

  • Mechanics: When swung, the Sky Fracture launches three energy swords that do 38 damage each. It has average knockback and can be used very quickly.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using the Magic Missile, two Light Shards, and 16 Souls of Light at an Orichalcum or Mythril Anvil.

Meteor Staff:

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A great staff with a meteor on top. It’s made of space stuff, guaranteed. 

  • Mechanics: The Meteor Staff drops an exploding meteor on enemies, dealing 50 damage. It has a very fast use speed and average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted at a Mythril/Orichalcum Anvil using 20 Meteorite Bars, 10 Pixie Dust, and 10 Souls of Light.

Crystal Serpent:

Crystal Serpent

It’s a pink and blue something. It looks like a fish to me.

  • Mechanics: The Crystal Serpent fires a pink bolt that breaks into smaller bolts, dealing 40 damage. It has an average fire rate and knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can only be obtained by fishing in the Hallow. Any part of it works.

Crystal Vile Shard:

crystal vile shard

A staff made of alternating pink and blue crystals. Vaguely kebab-shaped.

  • Mechanics: It’s the crystal version of the Vilethorn, firing a long row of crystals that does 25 damage. It is slow to fire and has very weak knockback. It ignores 10 points of enemy defense, much like the Vilethorn.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 1 in 4 chance of being dropped by Hallowed Mimics.

Life Drain:

Life Drain

It’s a staff with a skull on it. I wonder what it does.

  • Mechanics: The Life Drain drains the life of enemies near where the cursor is pointed, dealing 35 damage. It can be used very quickly and has a very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 20% chance of being dropped by the Crimson Mimic.

Poison Staff:

Poison Staff

A staff with a spider head on it. Yikes.

  • Mechanics: The Poison Staff fires Poison Fangs at enemies, dealing 43 damage. It is very slow and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 2.5% chance of dropping from Black Recluses.

Frost Staff:

Image from Wiki Terraria

It’s a viridian staff with a blue gem on top.

  • Mechanics: The Frost Staff shoots an icy bolt that does 46 damage (53 on the 3DS version). It has average knockback and can be fired very fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 2% chance of dropping from Icy Mermen and Ice Elementals. You can find them in the Snow and Ice biomes.

Flower of Frost:

Flower of Frost

It’s a fire flower, but for ice. Am I secretly writing an article about Nintendo?

  • Mechanics: The Flower of Frost fires a bouncing frost ball which deals 60 damage (50 on the 3DS version). It has strong knockback and fires very fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 31.67% chance of being dropped by Ice Mimics.

Unholy Trident:

Unholy Trident

A gray trident with a purple stone on it. It may be the one that Poseidon used, but I doubt it.

  • Mechanics: It fires purple trident projectiles that deal 88 damage (63 on the 3DS version). It fires very fast and has strong knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 3.33% chance of being dropped by Red Devils in the Underworld, but only after defeating a Mechanical Boss.

Rainbow Rod:

Rainbow Rod

A colorful Magic Missile.

  • Mechanics: The Rainbow Rod launches controllable rainbow projectiles that do 50 damage (72 on the 3DS version). It fires very fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted using the following:
    • 10 Crystal Shards (30 on 3DS)
    • 2 Unicorn Horns (4 on 3DS)
    • 10 Pixie Dust (60 on 3DS)
    • 8 Souls of Light (10 on 3DS)
    • 15 Souls of Sight (20 on 3DS)

Tome of Infinite Wisdom:

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A book on a staff. All of the wisdom you can imagine, all on a single stick.

  • Mechanics: The Tome fires a tornado, for some reason. It does 32 damage, has very strong knockback, and has a fast fire rate.
  • Location/Recipe: It drops by the Orge during the Old One’s Army event.

Nettle Burst:

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Think the Vilethorn, but on steroids. It’s bigger, better and.. pinker.

  • Mechanics: The Nettle Burst launches snaking vines that pierce through blocks and enemies, dealing 35 damage per hit (25 on the 3DS version). It has a fast fire rate and very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 14.29% chance of being dropped by Plantera. On the 3DS version, it has a 16.67% chance of dropping.

Want to know more about Plantera and how to deal with this boss? Read our complete Plantera guide.

Venom Staff:

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Unlike the Poison Staff, this one’s venomous. It’s purple, and the spider head is even bigger this time. Help.

  • Mechanics: It fires several Venom Fangs that do 44 damage each. It fires at an average rate and has strong knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It is crafted using the Poison Staff and 14 Chlorophyte Bars at a Mythril/Orichalcum Anvil.

Shadowbeam Staff: 

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A staff with a purple triangle on top. It looks decently evil and shadowy if that helps.

  • Mechanics: The staff fires a high-speed, zig-zagging beam that pierces enemies, dealing 60 damage (53 on the 3DS version). It has weak knockback but fires very fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 5% chance of dropping from Necromancers in the Dungeon.

Inferno Fork:

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It’s not an actual fork. It’s a big red trident.

  • Mechanics: It shoots exploding fireballs that deal 65 damage. It has an average fire rate and very strong knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 5% chance of dropping from Diabolists in the Dungeon, but only after Plantera is defeated.

Spectre Staff:

Image from Wiki Terraria

A spooky staff with a ghost on it and a blue gem on top. The developers love their blue gems, I guess.

  • Mechanics: The Spectre Staff fires white homing projectiles that do 65 damage (68 on the 3DS version). It fires fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 5% chance of dropping from Ragged Casters in the Dungeon, but only once Plantera is defeated.

Bat Scepter:

Bat Scepter

I’m Batman. Sorry, I’m Bat Man. I shoot bats.

  • Mechanics: The Bat Scepter fires homing bats, dealing 45 damage per hit. It fires very fast and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It drops from Pumpking during the Pumpkin Moon event.

Razorpine: 

Razorpine Weapon Terraria

It’s like a Christmas tree but deadlier.

  • Mechanics: The Razorpine fires pine needles that do 48 damage each (58 on the 3DS). It fires insanely fast but has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It’s dropped by Everscream during the Frost Moon event.

Blizzard Staff:

Blizzard Staff

It’s an ice staff with a snowflake on top. Probably really cold, too.

  • Mechanics: It rains down a storm of icicles on enemies, doing 58 damage per hit. It fires very fast and has an average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It drops from Ice Queen during the Frost Moon.

Resonance Scepter: 

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It’s a pink princess staff. Not my first guess, honestly.

  • Mechanics: It creates sparkly circles which expand and deal 70 damage. It fires fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 12.5% chance of dropping from the Princess NPC.

Staff of Earth:

Staff of Earth

This one’s dope because it has a temple rock on top.

  • Mechanics: The Staff of Earth launches boulders that roll on the floor and slam into enemies, doing 125 damage (45 on the 3DS). It has very strong knockback and fires fast (on the 3DS version, it’s very slow).
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 14.29% chance (12.5% on 3DS) of dropping from Golem.

Betsy’s Wrath:

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It’s a dragon on a stick! Don’t mess with Betsy, whatever you do!

  • Mechanics: Betsy’s Wrath launches three fireballs at a time, dealing 100 damage. It has strong knockback and fires very fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It is dropped by Betsy during the Old One’s Army event.

Guns

Laser Rifle: 

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Think Space Gun, but faster!

  • Mechanics: It fires purple lasers, which do 29 damage. It fires very fast but has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: The Laser Rifle drops from the Wall of Flesh. It has a 25% chance of dropping on PC, a 12.5% chance on console, mobile, and Switch, and a 16.67% chance of dropping on the 3DS version.

Orange Zapinator:

orange zapinator terraria

Another NES Zapper?!

  • Mechanics: The Orange Zapinator fires chaotic laser beams, which do 100 damage. It fires very slowly and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: The traveling merchant sells it for 50 gold coins. Again, way too much for a Zapper, but what do I know.

Zapinator:

Image from Wiki Terraria

Another Zapper, but only for the 3DS. I didn’t know they made one for the 3DS.

  • Mechanics: The Zapinator shoots green lasers that do 50 damage. It has very weak knockback but fires insanely fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 1.25% chance of dropping from Plantera.

Wasp Gun:

Wasp Gun terraria

Wasps? Yeah, I guess. Not sure I want this one. It’s a wasp-shaped gun that shoots wasps.

  • Mechanics: Enter a ton (between two and six) of homing wasps, dealing 31 damage each (19 on the 3DS). They attack very quickly but have no knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 14.29% chance of dropping from Plantera (16.67% on the 3DS).

Leaf Blower: 

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It doesn’t look like a leaf blower. It’s green. Hopefully, that can help you picture it.

  • Mechanics: It fires leaves that do 48 damage (42 on 3DS). It fires insanely fast and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 14.29% chance of dropping from Plantera (16.67% on the 3DS).

Rainbow Gun:

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More rainbows? That’s right! It’s a big rainbow gun that fires rainbows! Rainbows!

  • Mechanics: It fires a rainbow that curves downwards, dealing 45 damage per hit. It fires very slow and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It’s found in the Dungeon’s Hallowed Chest, which is unlocked using a Hallowed Key.

Heat Ray:

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It looks like a beehive gun. No bees here, though.

  • Mechanics: the Heat Ray fires yellow beams instantly, piercing enemies and dealing 80 damage (55 on the 3DS). It fires very fast and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 14.29% chance of dropping from Golem (12.5% on the 3DS version).

Laser Machinegun:

A blue laser minigun! Awesome.

  • Mechanics: The Laser Machine gun rapidly fires blue lasers, dealing 60 damage. It fires very fast but has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It drops from Martian Saucers during the Martian Madness event.

Charged Blaster Cannon:

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It’s the public domain version of Megaman’s arm blaster.

  • Mechanics: It rapidly fires blue spheres, dealing 100 damage. It fires very fast and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a slight chance of dropping from all enemies in the Martian Madness event.

Bubble Gun:

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Like blowing bubbles, but EXTREME!

  • Mechanics: The Bubble Gun fires a small cone of bubbles, dealing 70 damage. It fires very fast and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 20% chance of dropping from Duke Fishron.

Spell Books

Cursed Flames:

Cursed Flames Terraria

A pink and blue book that breathes fire.

  • Mechanics: The Cursed Flames book shoots green fireballs that deal 50 damage (35 on the 3DS) and can give enemies the Cursed Inferno debuff. It fires very fast and has strong knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It is crafted in a Bookcase with a Spell Tome, 20 Cursed Flames (30 on 3DS), and 15 Souls of Night.

Golden Shower:

Image from Wiki Terraria

Hmm. Not the best name for it.

  • Mechanics: The Golden Shower fires a golden stream of ichor, dealing 21 damage per hit. It can give the Ichor debuff. It fires very fast and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It is crafted in a Bookcase with a Spell Tome, 20 Ichor (30 on 3DS), and 15 Souls of Night.

Crystal Storm:

Crystal Storm Terraria

I think there’s one too many crystal weapons in this game, don’t you?

  • Mechanics: The Crystal Storm book fires several small crystals, dealing 32 damage (25 on 3DS). It fires insanely fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted in a Bookcase with a Spell Tome, 20 Crystal Shards (30 on 3DS), and 15 Souls of Light.

Magnet Sphere:

Magnet Sphere Terraria

Oddly enough, there are no magnets here.

  • Mechanics: The Magnet Sphere releases a glowing orb that fires electricity at enemies, dealing 48 damage per hit. It fires very fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 0.33% chance of dropping from three enemies in the post-Plantera Dungeon: Blue Armored Bones, Rusty Armored Bones, and Hell Armored Bones. On Expert or Master Mode, it has a 0.67% chance of dropping.

Razorblade Typhoon:

Razorblade Typhoon Terraria

It’s just a book? The name made it sound way cooler, though!

  • Mechanics: It fires discs of water that pierce and ricochet off of blocks, dealing 90 damage (60 on the 3DS). It fires very slowly (on the 3DS, it is very fast) and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 20% chance of dropping from Duke Fishron.

Lunar Flare: 

Image from Wiki Terraria

I bet it’s Moon Lord’s favorite book.

  • Mechanics: The Lunar Flare launches turquoise projectiles that explode on impact, dealing 100 damage. It fires very fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has an 11.11% chance of dropping from Moon Lord.

Other

Ice Rod:

Ice Rod

A rod that fires ice. Who would have guessed?

  • Mechanics: The Ice Rod summons a static block of ice that does 28 damage. It fires very fast but has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be bought from the Wizard for 50 gold (on 3DS, it costs one platinum coin).

Magic Dagger: 

Magic Dagger

A golden dagger that can be thrown a whole lot.

  • Mechanics: The Magic Dagger launches daggers at enemies, dealing 40 damage. It has weak knockback but fires insanely fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 16.67% (14.29% on the old-gen console versions) of dropping from Mimics.

Medusa Head: 

Medusa Head

Exactly what it sounds like.

  • Mechanics: It damages nearby enemies much like the Life Drain, dealing 40 damage. It fires very fast and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 2% chance of dropping from Medusas.

Clinger Staff: 

Clinger Staff

A corruptor in staff form. Interesting.

  • Mechanics: It creates a wall of cursed flame, dealing 43 damage. It fires fast and has very strong knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: it has a 20% chance of dropping from a Corrupted Mimic.

Spirit Flame:

Spirit Flame

A genie-style oil lamp, but make it evil.

  • Mechanics: The Spirit Flame summons purple fireballs that lock on to enemies, doing 85 damage. It fires fast and has average knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It is crafted at a Mythril or Orichalcum Anvil using a Desert Spirit Lamp, 2 Forbidden Fragments, and 12 Souls of Night.

Shadowflame Hex Doll:

Shadowflame Hex Doll

A voodoo doll, but make it even eviler!

  • Mechanics: It launches purple tentacles that do 66 damage. It fires fast and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 16.67% chance of dropping from Goblin Summoners during a Hardmode Goblin Invasion. In the Expert and Master modes, it has a 33.3% chance of dropping.

Blood Thorn:

Image from Wiki Terraria

Every rose has its thorn. This one has a lot of thorns and isn’t a rose. It’s a thorn!

  • Mechanics: The Blood Thorn summons piercing red thorns, dealing 34 damage on PC or 29 damage on other versions. It has extremely weak knockback but fires fast.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 12.5% chance of dropping from Hemoglobin Sharks.

Nimbus Rod:

Nimbus Rod terraria

From Zeus Himself. A storm cloud on a stick.

  • Mechanics: It spawns a dark cloud that rains on enemies, dealing 36 damage. It fires fast but has no knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 6.67% chance of dropping from Angry Nimbuses.

Magical Harp: 

Magical Harp

A harp.

  • Mechanics: The harp fires magical music notes, dealing 42 damage (32 on 3DS). It fires very fast and has extremely weak knockback (On 3DS, it has none).
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted at a Mythril or Orichalcum Anvil using the following:
    • 20 Crystal Shards (25 on 3DS)
    • 8 Souls of Night (12 on 3DS)
    • 15 Souls of Sight (20 on 3DS)

Toxic Flask:

Toxic Flask terraria

The kind that mad scientists use. It’s got some green stuff in it.

  • Mechanics: With the Toxic Flask, you can throw exploding flasks at enemies, dealing 46 damage. It fires at an average rate and has weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: The flask has a 2.5% chance of dropping from Dr. Man Fly, an enemy who spawns during a Solar Eclipse.

Nightglow:

Nightglow

A magical pink lantern.

  • Mechanics: The lantern launches rainbow crystals which home in on enemies and do 50 damage. It fires very slow and has very weak knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has a 25% chance of dropping from the Empress of Light.

Stellar Tune:

Stellar Tune terraria

A star guitar for a true star.

  • Mechanics: The Stellar Tune fires homing stars at enemies and deals 85 damage (75 on 3DS). It fires very fast but has no knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: it has a 2% chance of dropping from the Empress of Light.

Nebula Arcanum: 

Nebula Arcanum terraria

Orb pondering time.

  • Mechanics: It fires purple energy spheres that pierce enemies and explode, dealing 70 damage. It has average speed and knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted at an Ancient Manipulator using 18 Nebula Fragments.

Nebula Blaze: 

Nebula Blaze

A metal gauntlet built for champions.

  • Mechanics: The Nebula Blaze fires pink homing projectiles and the occasional blue one, doing 130 damage. It fires very fast but has no knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It can be crafted at an Ancient Manipulator using 18 Nebula Fragments.

Last Prism:

Last Prism terraria

The crown jewel of Moon Lord’s toys.

  • Mechanics: The Last Prism fires a continuous energy beam that deals 100 damage per hit. It fires very fast and has no knockback.
  • Location/Recipe: It has an 11.11% chance of dropping from Moon Lord.

FAQs

Question: Do I need other gear to use magic weapons?

Answer: No, but you should get some. The best way to use magic weapons is to boost them with equipment and increase your mana over time. You can increase your mana level by crafting Mana Crystals and using them. As for equipment, there’s a lot of stuff you can use to boost your magic gear. I recommend you look into getting a Mana Flower or an item that combines with it. The Mana Flower reduces mana usage and automatically uses potions, so it’s handy for magic builds.

Question: What’s the best magic weapon in Terraria?

Answer: I’d give it to the Last Prism, but that answer depends on who you ask. The Last Prism is an absolute powerhouse when paired with the right boosting gear. If you get it, try using it on Moon Lord and see what happens!

Question: How do I know what weapon to use?

Answer: It depends on where you are in the game and what you’re going for. Some weapons are stronger than others at specific points, but choosing the right weapon is mainly about feeling it out and determining what’s best for you. You also need to ask yourself: how much work do I want to put in to get a weapon? Sometimes, getting the best weapon for your level requires extra time.

Question: What if I wanted to use a magic weapon at base mana level with no boosting gear?

Answer: Good luck with that! You could probably get away with it early in your playthrough, but if you’re going to keep using magic weapons, it’ll become very difficult.

Conclusion

Terraria just has so many things to offer, you know? It’s one of those games that you can get sucked into for hours and have a great time. I’ve had some good times with it, and I hope that you will (or have) too. Just so you know, that was only the magic weapons. I didn’t cover melee weapons or any of the other items in the game. I’d have to write an entire book to get everything!

If you’re new to the game and find all of this information daunting, don’t worry! Terraria will become natural to you quickly. Plus, it’s not like you’ll get every weapon or use every weapon in your playthrough (unless you really wanted to, at which point I’d commend you for your tenacity.)

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