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There is a variety of Guns available in Terraria with increasing levels of potency as more rare guns are acquired. The guns range from early to modern styles and designs, from the Flintlock Pistol to the Phoenix BlasterMegashark or the Chain Gun.

Some weapons are more coveted than others, despite being potentially heavy on a player's wallet. Some weapons, such as the Minishark with its devastating rate of fire of 7 rounds per second, can really pay off with their damage output and efficiency, especially against bosses and stronger enemies.

As of the PC 1.0.6 update, the total amount of ammunition available shows up underneath the gun when in the hotbar, whether they be Musket Balls, Silver Bullets, Meteor Shot or even Sand, Snowballs and Fallen Stars for the Sandgun, Snowball Cannon and Star Cannon respectively. Guns that can use multiple types of ammunition will show a grand total of all available ammunition if more than one type is available in a player's Inventory.

Finding Guns

Some guns are easier to obtain than others. The Handgun, for example can be found in Gold Chests in the Dungeon. Some guns, like the Clockwork Assault Rifle can only be obtained by defeating tough creatures. In this case, the Wall of Flesh. Still others (e.g., the Minishark, Flintlock Pistol or the Shotgun) can be bought from the Arms Dealer or other NPC vendors.

Terraria Musket

The Musket.

A fantastic early weapon is the Musket. For many players, it is the first firearm they obtain. It uses a minimal amount of bullets and offers a good knockback and fair damage, although its rate of fire is quite slow. It is probably one of the most accessible guns, being found by smashing Shadow Orbs in The Corruption. It is considered a must-have because it is one of the easiest weapons to find, thus causing the Arms Dealer to spawn. It will use all common forms of ammunition (Musket Balls, Silver Bullets or any variants crafted from them).

In worlds that have The Crimson in place of the Corruption, players will find obtaining their first weapon even easier. There are no chasms to fall all the way down and die from fall damage, being replaced by steep but easily traversed zigzagging tunnels. Destroying the Pulsating Hearts found within will always yield The Undertaker as the first drop, as well as some Musket Balls. It does less damage than the Musket but has a higher rate of fire.

Ammunition

Most guns use Musket Balls or variations of this ammunition as well as bullets made from the Empty Bullet.

Unique firearms have their own forms of ammunition, for example:

  • The Star Cannon uses Fallen Stars; not the easiest ammunition to come by, but its high rate of fire and damage may make the tradeoff worth it for some players.
  • The Snowball Cannon uses Snowballs, which are easily obtainable in large quantities — 15 Snowballs can be crafted from a single Snow Block. It has a high rate of fire, but does little damage compared to most firearms.
  • The Stynger uses Stynger Bolts as ammunition. Both the weapon and its ammunition are first obtained from the Golem. Thereafter, the ammunition can be bought from the Arms Dealer. It is a highly effective end-game weapon that, while doing less damage directly, causes a myriad of explosions with each shot that all do damage independently.
  • The Sandgun uses Sand Blocks as ammunition. The Sandgun can only be crafted, with 10 Antlion Mandible (Rare drop from Antlion), 5 Topaz, and the Illegal Gun Parts. (obtained from the Arms Dealer for 25 GoldCoin Small)
  • Flare guns use flares and blue flares, both purchasable from the merchant for 7 CopperCoin Small each, both colors cost the same. However, you can only buy flares after getting a flare gun.

Area of Effect Guns

Terraria Grenade launcher, Proximity Mine Launcher and the Rocket Launcher

Terraria Grenade launcher, Proximity Mine Launcher and the Rocket Launcher.

Area of Effect weapons (i.e., explosive guns) do damage in a predetermined area which will damage more than one enemy and (depending on the gun and the ammo type) sometimes even the terrain. The Proximity Mine Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Rocket Launcher, Snowman Cannon, Celebration and Stynger are all Area of Effect weapons (although the last causes multiple explosions instead of just one, being less predictable in the exact effect area).

List of Guns

Note: Please keep in mind that "Base Damage" refers to the damage before Accessory, Armor and Buff bonuses are applied.

Name
Base Damage
Knockback
Use Time
Rarity
Auto Use
Ammo
Recipe
Value
Obtainable from
Other properties
Flare Gun
Flare Gun(0)
2 Ranged Damage
0
(None)
17
(Very Fast)
Tier 1
No
FlareItem 1614(0)
None
1 GoldCoin Small
Found in Chests
Flares inflict On Fire debuff
Snowball Cannon
Snowball Cannon
4 Ranged Damage
5
(Average)
11
(Very Fast)
Tier 2
Yes
Snowball
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Found in Ice Chests in Underground Snow Biome
None
Minishark
New Minishark
6 Ranged Damage
0
(None)
7
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 2
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
64 SilverCoin Small
Purchased from Arms Dealer
35 GoldCoin Small
Has 33% chance not to consume ammo
Flintlock Pistol
Terraria Flintlock Pistol
10 Ranged Damage
0
(None)
15
(Very Fast)
Tier 1
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
64 SilverCoin Small
Purchased from Arms Dealer
5 GoldCoin Small
None
Boomstick
Boomstick
12 Ranged Damage
5.5
(Strong)
41
(Very Slow)
Tier 2
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Found in Jungle Shrine
Fires three bullets at the cost of one
Handgun
New Handgun
15 Ranged Damage
3
(Very Weak)
11
(Very Fast)
Tier 2
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
64 SilverCoin Small
Found in Dungeon Chests
None
The Undertaker
Item 800(0)
15 Ranged Damage
0
(None)
30
(Fast)
Tier 1
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
1 GoldCoin Small
Found in Pulsating Hearts at The Crimson
None
Shotgun
Item 534o
18 Ranged Damage
6.5
(Strong)
44
(Very Slow)
Tier 4
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
5 GoldCoin Small
Purchased from Arms Dealer 25 GoldCoin Small
Fires three bullets at the cost of one
Clockwork Assault Rifle
Item 434o
19 Ranged Damage
0
(None)
11
(Very Fast)
Tier 4
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
3 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Wall of Flesh
Fires three bullets in quick succession at the cost of one
Red Ryder
Red Rider
20 Ranged Damage
3.5
(Weak)
37
(Very Slow)
Tier 1
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Found from opening Presents
None
Revolver
Item 2269o
20 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
21
(Fast)
Tier 2
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Purchased from Travelling Merchant 10 GoldCoin Small
None
Gatligator
Gatligator
21 Ranged Damage
1
(Extremely Weak)
7
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 4
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
No Value
Bought from Travelling Merchant
50% chance not to consume ammo
Musket
Musket1.2
31 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
42
(Very Slow)
Tier 1
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Found in Shadow Orbs
None
Phoenix Blaster
NewPhoenixBlaster2
23 Ranged Damage
2
(Very Weak)
10
(Very Fast)
Tier 3
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
New Handgun
10 x Hellstone Bar
1 GoldCoin Small
Crafted at an Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil
None
Megashark
Terraria Megashark
23 Ranged Damage
1
(Extremely Weak)
7
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 5
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
1xNew Minishark
5 x Shark Fin
1 x Illegal Gun Parts
20 x Soul of Might
6 GoldCoin Small
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
50% chance not to consume ammo
Blowgun
Item 986(0)
26 Ranged Damage
8
(Very Strong)
18
(Very Fast)
Tier 1
No
Terraria SeedIchor DartCursed DartItem 1310Crystal Dart
None
1 GoldCoin Small
Purchased from Witch Doctor
5 GoldCoin Small
Enables Seed collection when in inventory
Dart Rifle
Dart Rifle
52 ranged damage
5.5
(average)
38
(very slow)
Tier 5
Yes
Terraria SeedIchor DartCursed DartItem 1310Crystal Dart
None
drop from Corrupt Mimic
5 GoldCoin Small
Dart Pistol
Item 3007(0)
28 ranged damage
3.5
(weak)
22
(fast)
Tier 5
Yes
Terraria SeedIchor DartCursed DartItem 1310Crystal Dart
None
drop from Crimson Mimic
5 GoldCoin Small
Flamethrower
Item 506o
27 Ranged Damage
0.3
(Extremely Weak)
29
(Average)
Tier 5
Yes
Gel
1 x Illegal Gun Parts
20 x Iron bar1
20 x Soul of Fright
10 GoldCoin Small
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Inflicts On Fire debuff
Tactical Shotgun
Item 679(0)
29 Ranged Damage
7
(Strong)
33
(Slow)
Tier 8
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
29 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Tactical Skeleton
Fires six bullets at the cost of one
Sandgun
Item 266o
30 Ranged Damage
5
(Average)
15
(Very Fast)
Tier 2
Yes
Sand BlockEbonsand BlockPearlsand BlockCrimsand
10 x Antlion Mandible
1 x Illegal Gun Parts
5 x Gem3
64 SilverCoin Small
Crafted at a Furnace
Sand fired will be placed in the world
Uzi
Uzi
30 Ranged Damage
3.5
(Average)
9
(Very Fast)
Tier 7
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
1 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Angry Trapper
None
Chain Gun
Item 1929o
31 Ranged Damage
1.5
(Very Weak)
4
(Insanely fast)
Tier 8
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
5 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Santa-NK1
50% chance not to consume ammo
Piranha Gun
Piranha Gun
32 Ranged Damage
1
(Extremely Weak)
29
(Average)
Tier 8
No
None
None
5 GoldCoin Small50 SilverCoin Small
Found in Jungle Chest
Projectile will latch onto and continue damaging enemies as long as fire button is held
Projectile will chase enemies when returning
Venus Magnum
Venus Magnum
36 Ranged Damage
5.5
(Average)
8
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 7
No
Terraria Musket Ball.Terraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
15 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Plantera
None
Elf Melter
Item 1910o
40 Ranged Damage
0.425
(Extremely Weak)
29
(Average)
Tier 8
Yes
Gel
None
10 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Santa-NK1
Inflicts On Fire debuff
Stynger
Item 1258o
43 Ranged Damage
5
(Strong)
21
(Fast)
Tier 7
Yes
Stynger Bolt
None
7 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Golem
None
Proximity Mine Launcher
Proximity Mine Launcher
45 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
29 (Average)
Tier 8
Yes
Rocket iRocket iiRocket iiiRocket iv
None
7 GoldCoin Small
Purchased from Cyborg
35 GoldCoin Small
Drops a mine that will detonate on contact; mine turns transparent on landing
Candy Corn Rifle
Candy Corn Rifle
44 Ranged Damage
2
(Very Weak)
8
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 8
Yes
Candy Corn
None
15 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Pumpking
33% chance to not consume ammo
Rocket Launcher
Rocket Launcher
50 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
29 (Average)
Tier 8
No
Rocket iRocket iiRocket iiiRocket iv
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Tactical Skeleton and Skeleton Commando in Dungeon
Explosion will be different based on ammo
Grenade Launcher
Grenade Launcher
55 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
29 (Average)
Tier 8
Yes
Rocket iRocket iiRocket iiiRocket iv
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Plantera
Does not explode on contact with world
Star Cannon
Item 197o
55 Ranged Damage
0
(None)
11
(Very Fast)
Tier 2
Yes
Terraria Fallen Star
New Minishark
20 x Meteorite bar
5 x Terraria Fallen Star
64 SilverCoin Small
Crafted at an Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil
None
Jack 'O Lantern Launcher
Jack 'O Lantern Launcher
64 Ranged Damage
4
(Average)
29 (Average)
Tier 8
Yes
Explosive Jack 'O Lantern(0)
None
15 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Pumpking
Projectiles bounce until exploding
Snowman Cannon
Item 1946o
67 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
14
(Very Fast)
Tier 8
Yes
Rocket iRocket iiRocket iiiRocket iv
None
20 GoldCoin Small
Drops from
Ice Queen
Projectiles home in on enemies
Sniper Rifle
Item 1254(0)
125 Ranged Damage
8
(Very Strong)
59
(Snail)
Tier 8
No
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
2 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Skeleton Sniper
Can zoom the field of view past normal when held
Coin Gun
Item 905(0)
CopperCoin Small = 25
SilverCoin Small = 50
GoldCoin Small = 100
PlatinumCoin Small = 200
2
(Very Weak)
7
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 6
No
CopperCoin SmallSilverCoin Small
GoldCoin SmallPlatinumCoin Small
None
6 GoldCoin Small
Dropped by Pirate Captain and Pirate Deadeye
Damage differs based on coins shot
Vortex Beater
Item 3475(0)
50 Ranged Damage
2
(Very Weak)
20
(Very Fast)
Tier 10
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
18 x Item 3456(0)
10 GoldCoin Small
Crafted at Ancient Manipulator
66% chance not to consume ammo
Celebration
Item 3546(0)
65 Ranged Damage
4
(Weak)
30 (Average)
Tier 10
Yes
Rocket iRocket iiRocket iiiRocket iv
None
10 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Moon Lord
Can fire two rockets which explode after a short distance and release fireworks which also do damage.
S.D.M.G.
Item 1553(0)
77 Ranged Damage
2.5
(Very Weak)
5
(Insanely Fast)
Tier 10
Yes
Terraria Musket BallTerraria Silver bulletTerraria Meteor shotTerraria Crystal BulletHigh Velocity BulletParty BulletNano BulletExploding BulletGolden BulletCursed BulletIchor BulletVenom BulletChlorophyte bullet
None
75 GoldCoin Small
Drops from Moon Lord
50% chance not to consume ammo

It is worth noting that, although some weapons have the word "gun" in them (i.e. Space GunBee GunRainbow Gun), they are not technically guns as they deal magic damage and are labeled as Spells regardless.

Trivia

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