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Butcher's Chainsaw
  • Butcher's Chainsaw item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
  • Pickaxe mask.png 0%
  • Hammer mask.png 0%
  • Axe mask.png 150%
Type
Damage120 (Melee)
Knockback8 (Very strong)
Bonus-1 range
Critical chance4%
Use time15 (Very fast)
Velocity48
Tool speed4
TooltipSparks emit from struck enemies
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell10
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Butcher's Chainsaw
    Butcher's Chainsaw
Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
EntityQty.Rate
ButcherDesktop, Console, and Mobile versionsButcher.pngButcherDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions12.5%

Butcher's Chainsaw in action. Notice how the sparks deal half damage and also inflict the On Fire! debuff.

The Butcher's Chainsaw is a Hardmode, post-Plantera chainsaw that has a 2.5% / 3.75% (1/40 / 3/80) chance to drop from Butchers during a Solar Eclipse. Upon striking an enemy or critter, it will emit sparks akin to the projectiles produced by the Wand of Sparking, dealing damage to nearby enemies/extra segments as well. These sparks deal Desktop and Mobile versions melee damage / Console Version magic damage, meaning that any Desktop and Mobile versions melee / Console Version magic buffs, accessories, or armor will boost them. They also have a chance to inflict the On Fire! debuff.

Its best modifier is Godly or Demonic. Both modifiers increase the average damage output by the same amount.

Notes[]

  • The sparks that fly off the chainsaw will trigger the set bonus of both variations of Spectre armor, either healing the player or doing more damage. This does not apply to the main chainsaw, however.
  • Due to its high damage and the presence of an on-hit effect, some may consider this primarily a melee weapon instead of a tool. It's not a bad choice for one, either.

Tips[]

  • Due to its high damage per hit and ability to hit enemies multiple times in rapid succession, the Butcher's Chainsaw has a high DPS. With damage boosting modifiers/accessories, the weapon has a higher potential DPS than other weapons available after Plantera, including the Terra Blade.
  • As the On Fire! debuff only applies to enemies hit by the sparks, not by the chainsaw itself, careful positioning is required to make full use of the weapon's damage potential.

Trivia[]

  • The Butcher and the Butcher's Chainsaw are both a tribute to the 1974 American slasher film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.[1]
  • The Butcher's Chainsaw has the highest base damage and knockback of any tool, due to being designed for combat.
  • Enemies immune to the On Fire! debuff do not resist the damage from the sparks.
  • It is the only melee weapon that can deal magic damage, and one of the only few melee weapons able to inflict a debuff without using Flasks.
  • Like all chainsaws, it will stop functioning after a minute and has to be re-started.

History[]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
    • Sparks now deal melee damage.
    • All drills and chainsaws now dig faster than their non-mechanical counterparts, but have shorter range.
    • Additionally, optimized digging loadouts still perform better on pickaxes/axes, but drills and chainsaws will be faster on non-optimized loadouts.

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