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Beam Sword
  • Beam Sword item spriteold Beam Sword item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage52 (Melee)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipShoots a beam of light
RarityRarity level: 4
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Sword Beam
    Sword Beam
Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Armored SkeletonArmored Skeleton.pngArmored Skeleton10.67%
Armored Skeleton
(Heavy Skeleton)
Armored Skeleton.pngArmored Skeleton
(Heavy Skeleton)

Animation of the Beam Sword.

The Beam Sword is a rare Hardmode sword that fires a gold-colored projectile which also emits a small amount of light. It can be swung more frequently than its projectile can fire. It has a 1/150 (0.67%) chance of being dropped by Armored Skeletons.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • The beam cannot penetrate blocks or enemies. This allows it to ignore any piercing invincibility frames that enemies gain from being hit by the sword.
  • The beam has an internal cooldown of approximately 1 second. The weapon cannot be switched to another item while the beam is on cooldown. The end of the cooldown is signaled by the same sound as the player's mana refilling.


  • Unlike most other projectile melee weapons, the Beam Sword lacks autoswing, so using the Feral Claws is advised.
  • A very helpful thing to know is that the Beam Sword can hit an enemy twice with one hit. That means you can hit a single enemy with the sword itself and the beam, doing devastating damage while doing so. Each beam deals the weapon's full damage.


  • The Beam Sword's name is based off a common video game trope of heroic swordsmen having the ability to generate an energy projectile from their weapon, granting them an option for engaging enemies outside of their sword's range. The Beam Sword generates a sword beam that shares a resemblance to those generated by Link in The Legend Of Zelda when at full health.
  • The Frostbrand is a slightly weaker alternative to the Beam Sword that can autoswing and pierce one enemy with its projectile.
  • The Beam Sword sword is very similar to the Enchanted Sword, in appearance and in effect.


  • Desktop Use time increased from 15 to 20. Projectile cooldown unaffected.