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Iron Shortsword
  • Iron Shortsword item spriteold Iron Shortsword item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage8 (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time12 (Very fast)
Velocity4.2 (effective)
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Iron Shortsword
    Iron Shortsword

Animation of the Iron Shortsword. Note the limited range.

The Iron Shortsword is an early game metal shortsword. It's stronger than the Copper and Tin Shortsword and has a slightly stronger alternate version known as the Lead Shortsword.

Like all shortswords, the Iron Shortsword has a very limited range and attacks with a stabbing motion at any direction on Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, Mobile version Mobile, and Nintendo Switch version Switch, and horizontally in front of the player on Old-gen console version Old-gen console, 3DSNintendo 3DS version, and tModLoader version tModLoader, instead of an arc. This makes it almost useless against flying or jumping enemies, although its high attack rate makes it somewhat effective against weaker fighter type enemies.

Unless the player has a good reason to make the Shortsword (like not having very much Iron or for completionist purposes) they are advised to make the Iron Broadsword as it does more damage and can swing in an arc.

At the creation of a Journey Mode character, the player will receive an Iron Shortsword to start off rather than the traditional Copper Shortsword.

Its best modifier is Legendary.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Iron ShortswordIron Shortsword (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo Switch version)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Iron ShortswordIron Shortsword (Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS versiontModLoader version)
total: 2 row(s)


  • Before 1.3, the sprites of other ore shortswords are actually Iron Shortsword's sprite, recolored. This was changed in 1.3, where every shortsword now has its own texture. The same happened to other types of Pre-Hardmode ore tools, except Demonite, Crimtane and Hellstone ones.