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Brand of the Inferno
  • Brand of the Inferno item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage85 / 44 (Melee)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast) /
25 (Fast)
TooltipRight click to guard with a shield
RarityRarity level: 5
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffStriking MomentStriking Moment
Buff tooltip400% increased damage for next melee strike
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffOn Fire!On Fire!
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration5 seconds
Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master

The Brand of the Inferno parrying a Skeleton's attack. (Version 1.3.4)

The Brand of the Inferno is a Hardmode sword dropped by the Ogre mini-boss during the Old One's Army event.

With any equipped shield (including the Squire's Shield, but not Huntress's Buckler) and holding this sword, right-clicking will cause the character to brace for the next attack (like Sergeant United Shield). When timed correctly, just before taking a hit, the enemy's attack will be parried, dealing some damage to the attacker and granting the Striking Moment buff for the next 5 seconds. This allows the next melee attack to deal 5x damage. Alternatively, if the shield is held in place, 20 defense is temporarily gained; this lasts until the shield is once again lowered.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • The buff tooltip claims that damage is increased by 500% (i.e., multiplied by 6), which is incorrect.
  • The Brand of the Inferno's damage reflection ability can only be used to deflect contact damage from enemies; fall damage, lava damage, enemy projectiles and traps will still harm the player.
    • It can however reduce damage from many sources with the 20 defense gained while right-clicking.
  • The act of gaining the attack buff and switching to a more powerful weapon like Meowmere has potential for massive damage, especially if somehow timed perfectly with the Psycho Knife's buffs.
  • Parrying in Journey Mode with the God Mode power enabled will do nothing.


  • The sword is likely a reference to the Brand of Sacrifice from Berserk.
  • The sword resembles the Fierce Deity Sword from the game The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask because of the loop on the blade.
    • It also has similarities with the Tizona, as they have similar blade designs and its translated name firebrand is very similar to the Brand of the Inferno.
  • In the inventory, the sword's loops appear hollow. However, while being used, the loops are filled with flame. This is purely a graphical difference.