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  • Katana item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage16 (Melee)
Knockback3.5 (Weak)
Critical chance19%
Use time22 (Fast)
RarityRarity level: 1
Buy10 Desktop and Mobile versions
4 Console Version
250 Old-gen console version
Sell2 Desktop and Mobile versions
80 Console Version
50 Old-gen console version
Research1 required

Animation of the Katana. Note the high amount of Critical Hits.

The Katana is a melee weapon that is purchased from the Traveling Merchant for 10 Desktop and Mobile versions / 4 Console Version / 250 Old-gen console version. Considering it can be acquired very early into the game, the Katana can be quite useful as it has very good stats for an early game sword. The Katana has a base 19% critical strike chance, as opposed to the usual 4%, and has autoswing, which makes it extremely useful.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • Due to the large size of the Katana, and the fact that it autoswings, it is great for clearing out hordes of flying enemies by knocking them back before they strike.


  • Katanas are a type of Japanese sword, renowned for their superb craftsmanship, which was developed as a result of the poor quality of the iron that medieval Japanese swordsmiths had access to and therefore still achieving "good" sharpness.
    • The word "katana" is usually written as kanji "刀", but Spike Chunsoft uses its katakana name "カタナ" for this item in the Japanese release. This is likely due to that in Japanese, "刀" simply means sword or bladed edges, such as daggers or even chisels, not just the historically well-known Japanese swords.