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Scourge of the Corruptor
  • Scourge of the Corruptor item spriteold Scourge of the Corruptor item sprite
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Damage70 (Melee)
Knockback5 (Average)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast)
Velocity28 (effective)
TooltipA powerful javelin that unleashes tiny eaters
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Eater's Bite
    Eater's Bite
  • Tiny Eater
    Tiny Eater
See also: Corruptor

The Scourge of the Corruptor in use. (expert world)

The Scourge of the Corruptor is a Hardmode post-Plantera weapon that fires projectiles. It is always found inside the Dungeon's Corruption Chest in Corruption worlds (Crimson worlds will not have one but will instead have a Crimson Chest containing Vampire Knives). A Corruption Key is needed to open the Corruption Chest.

The Scourge of the Corruptor fires a fast javelin head that looks like a small Eater of Souls, then splits into 2-5 smaller Eaters on impact with a solid block or enemy. The mini-eaters have homing capabilities, can travel approximately 700 feet, and ricochet up to 5 times before dissipating, dealing approximately 75% of the weapon's damage each. Both the main projectile and mini-Eaters are unaffected by gravity and non-solid blocks. The mini-eaters have almost no knockback, even with a Titan Glove (or one of its upgrades), but in large numbers their combined knockback can keep enemies at bay.

The Scourge is a melee weapon and benefits from armor and accessories that provide melee bonuses, such as Turtle armor (or Beetle armor) and the Fire Gauntlet, as well as the effects of Flasks.

Its best modifier is Godly or Demonic. Both modifiers increase the average damage output by the same amount.


  • Eaters home in on Mimics and Nymphs before they become hostile.
  • When shot at a one-tile thick wall from the right or below, there is a chance for the Eaters to spawn on the other side of it.
  • Both the tiny eaters and the scourge itself get effects from flasks.
  • Tiny eaters do not damage cobwebs, Critters or Target Dummies.
  • This weapon's Crimson counterpart is the Vampire Knives.
  • Eaters do not home in on players, even while in PvP.
  • When used with the Fire Gauntlet, Magma Stone, or Flask of Fire, it is quite effective at illuminating caves.
  • The weapon's firing sound and impact sound do not occur at the same rate, and will become misaligned as you fire.
  • The weapon can be repeatedly thrown at the ground to release a continuous and considerably large swarm of eaters.
  • In Celebrationmk10 worlds, the Scourge of the Corruptor can be found with the normally-incompatible Legendary modifier. The size boost will not take effect, though it is still the best modifier possible.


  • Despite the word "scourge" often meaning a multi-lashed whip used for punishment, the Scourge of the Corruptor is not a Whip; but rather a javelin according to its tooltip.
  • Despite its name, it doesn't deal extra damage to corruptors.


  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 64 to 70.
    • Damage of Mini-Eaters increased from 70% to 75% of the base damage.
  • Desktop
    • Sprite updated.
    • Average projectiles spawned from each shot increased from 2.3 to 2.66.