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Molotov Cocktail
  • Molotov Cocktail item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage23 / 40 (Ranged)
Knockback7 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time40 (Very slow)
TooltipA small explosion that puts enemies on fire
Lights nearby area on fire for a while
RarityRarity level: 1
Research99 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffOn Fire!On Fire!
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration3–6 seconds
Projectile created
  • Molotov Cocktail
    Molotov Cocktail
  • Molotov Fire 1
    Molotov Fire 1
  • Molotov Fire 2
    Molotov Fire 2
  • Molotov Fire 3
    Molotov Fire 3

Attacking Target Dummies with the Molotov Cocktail. Notice the splash damage in the form of flaming fragments.

The Molotov Cocktail is a consumable ranged weapon with a relatively short throwing arc. Upon hitting a solid object or enemy, it will explode and release flaming embers. Contact with these projectiles deals damage and inflicts the On Fire! debuff. Its high damage and ability to inflict fire damage makes it a powerful early- to mid-pre-Hardmode weapon. Unlike other explosives, this weapon will not damage the thrower.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Molotov CocktailMolotov Cocktail (10) (Old-gen console version)By Hand
Molotov CocktailMolotov Cocktail (5) (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo Switch versiontModLoader version)
total: 2 row(s)




  • Molotov cocktails were originally gasoline-filled bottles used as anti-tank weapons by the Finnish Army against the Russians during the Winter War of 1939. The name came from Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, a Soviet politician who claimed the Russians' air bombings were actually airdropped food. Finnish soldiers mocked this by saying the "cocktails" were drinks to go with the "food". The term is still used to refer to any small makeshift fire grenade made from a bottle of flammable liquid with a lit cloth as fuse.


  • Desktop
    • Damage reduced from 40 to 23.
    • Damage type changed from Ranged to Throwing.
    • Crafting recipe changed:
      • Ale decreased from 10 to 5.
      • Pink Gel added.
      • Quantity produced decreased from 10 to 5.