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Dao of Pow
  • Dao of Pow item spriteold Dao of Pow item sprite
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Statistics
Type
Damage100 / 63 / 49 (Melee)
Knockback6 (Average)
Critical chance4%
Use time45 (Very slow)
Velocity15
TooltipHas a chance to confuse
'Find your inner pieces'
RarityRarity level: 5
Sell288
Research1 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffConfusedConfused
Debuff tooltipMovement is reversed
Chance80%
Duration2–4 seconds
Projectile created
  • The Dao of Pow
    The Dao of Pow

The Dao of Pow inflicting the Confused debuff on a Skeleton.

The Dao of Pow is a Hardmode flail. Upon striking an enemy, it has a 80*4/5 (80%) chance of inflicting the Confused debuff.

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

Crafting[]

Recipes[]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Dao of PowDao of PowMythril AnvilMythril Anvil
or
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
total: 1 row(s)

Tips[]

  • Obtaining this weapon requires the player to visit both a Corrupted/Crimson Desert and a Hallowed Desert in order to obtain both shards, and the Underground Crimson/Corruption and Underground Hallow to get both soul variations.
  • The Dao of Pow is available early into Hardmode, and is available without defeating any Hardmode bosses, making it a suitable upgrade from late pre-Hardmode weapons.
  • While the Confused debuff can help keep certain enemies at bay, particularly groups of fighters, many other enemies are immune to this debuff.
  • Like all flails, holding the Use / Attack button will cause the head to remain deployed, dealing full damage to enemies that make contact with it.
  • The chance to inflict the Confused debuff is calculated once for each attack, meaning that either every enemy hit during one attack sequence will get it or every enemy will not get it.
  • All thrown flails are very effective against worm-type enemies. The Dao of Pow, having a good reach and velocity, is notably effective against Wyverns, and a good method of obtaining Souls of Flight.
  • The Dao of Pow pairs well with flasks and other sources of lingering damage, which will wear enemies down as they wander around while Confused.

Trivia[]

  • This is one of a small "set" of weapons made with two shards apiece, the other members being the Onyx Blaster and the Sky Fracture. Their recipes, names and appearances link the weapons to themes of Darkness, Light, and Balance, with the Dao of Pow representing Balance. The set also includes one weapon for each of the three "classic" damage types (melee, magic, and ranged), where the Dao of Pow is the melee weapon.
  • The Dao of Pow is colored black and white in a taijitu or "yin-yang"-style design commonly associated with Daoism. The Chinese word 道 means "way" or "path", and can also mean "philosophy". The word is often romanized to either "tao" or "dao".
  • The tooltip, 'Find your inner pieces', is a play on the phrase "Find your inner peace", referring to the inherent objective that Taoists should strive towards.

History[]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
    • Damage increased from 63 to 100.
    • Functionality of flails reworked.
  • Desktop 1.1.1: Spelling mistake ("you" instead of "your") in the tooltip corrected.

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