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Onyx Blaster
  • Onyx Blaster item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Uses ammoBullets
Damage24 Desktop version / 28 Console and Mobile versions (Ranged)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time48 (Extremely slow) Desktop version /
45 (Very slow) Console and Mobile versions
Velocity14 (not affected by ammo)
RarityRarity level: 4
Sell5
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Onyx Blaster
    Onyx Blaster

The Onyx Blaster in action.

The Onyx Blaster is a Hardmode ranged weapon that fires a spread of 4 bullets while only consuming one unit of ammunition, and a single dark energy projectile that explodes upon impact with an enemy or a block, or after traveling for 40 ticks[1][2] (0.67 seconds; 35 tiles). The explosive projectile does Desktop version 48 / Console and Mobile versions 56 base damage, twice the listed damage of the weapon.

The Onyx Blaster is a direct upgrade to the Shotgun. It can be crafted before defeating any of the mechanical bosses.

Its best modifier is Unreal.

Crafting[]

Recipes[]

Tips[]

  • The Onyx Blaster is a particularly effective weapon for the point in the game at which it can be acquired. Its ingredients are not hard to farm, and it can be used to good effect in much of the early Hardmode content, being an excellent candidate against the mechanical bosses and even being capable of holding its own against later bosses such as the Golem and Duke Fishron.
  • It can one-shot many common hardmode enemies, and the explosion is particularly devastating against worms, being capable of one-shotting anything up to and including a Dune Splicer.
  • The Onyx Blaster pairs well with Ichor Bullets, as the bullets will hit before the onyx blast, lowering an enemy's defense and therefore enhancing the blast's damage. For enemies that are immune to debuffs, such as the Destroyer, Explosive Bullets may be a more suitable choice.
    • This is useful during a Solar Eclipse. Attaching oneself to a tall structure and firing down would render most of the enemies easy to kill.
    • It does not work underwater, however: As opposed to the bullets, the onyx blast is not slowed down by water and will hit enemies first.
  • Using a combination of this weapon, the Megashark, and the Endless Musket Pouch could be helpful in maximizing crowd control.

Trivia[]

A close up of the onyx blast.

  • Onyx is a mineral commonly found around the world, and the name ''Onyx Blaster'' might be coming from both the stone and weapon being black.
    • Despite being named Onyx Blaster, no onyx is used to craft the weapon, nor does onyx exist in Terraria.
  • This is one of a small "set" of weapons made with two Shards apiece, the other members being the Sky Fracture and the Dao of Pow. Their recipes, names and appearances link the weapons to themes of Darkness, Light, and Balance, with the Onyx Blaster representing Darkness. The set also includes one weapon for each of the three "classic" damage types (melee, magic, and ranged), where the Onyx Blaster is the ranged weapon.
  • According to Yoraiz0r, the design of the Onyx Blaster was directly inspired by the dark, "evil" half of Monokuma, the main antagonist of the Japanese video game series Danganronpa.[3]
  • It is one of two firearms in Terraria to feature an operating secondary weapon, the other being the Vortex Beater.'
  • The purple stripes on the Onyx Blaster appears to glow while being used.

History[]

  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage decreased from 28 to 24.
    • Use time increased from 45 to 48.

References[]

  1. A tick is a time unit countable by the software. Most of Terraria's updating logic happens every tick. A tick has the length of 1/60th of a second, hence there are 60 ticks in a second and 3600 ticks in a minute.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.1.2 source code, method SetDefaults() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.2.3.
  3. Behind the scenes of Journey's End - A Q&A with the Programmers and Artists of Terraria Jan 22, 2021