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  • Starlight item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage80 Desktop version / 70 Mobile version (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance14% Desktop version / 4% Mobile version
Use time18 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Starlight
Dropped by Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Empress of LightDesktop and Mobile versionsEmpress of Light.gifEmpress of LightDesktop and Mobile versions125%
Treasure BagDesktop and Mobile versions
(Empress of Light)
Treasure Bag (Empress of Light)Treasure Bag
(Empress of Light)
Desktop and Mobile versions
The Starlight being used on a Target Dummy and Mimics.

The Starlight is a Hardmode melee weapon that has a 25*1/4 (25%) chance to be dropped by the Empress of Light boss. While the Use / Attack button is held, short-range light beams fire rapidly, at no mana or ammo cost.

Its best modifier is Legendary. However, its damage output with a Godly or Demonic modifier is exactly the same.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The beams are not able to deal damage to enemies through blocks, unless the enemy itself is able to pass through blocks.
  • Despite being able to get speed modifiers, it is completely unaffected by those and melee speed bonuses.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The quick attack speed and infinite piercing of the weapon allow it to quickly defeat hordes of enemies on the ground.
  • This is an efficient weapon for farming slow-moving bosses like Plantera, Ogre, and Golem, killing them in seconds.
    • However, it is not reliable as a main weapon against bosses because of its short range. It should be used alongside a powerful projectile melee weapon.
  • With the Legendary modifier, and when used against a single target, it is able to reach a DPS of around 1,100 with no additional equipment.
  • Due to its rapid attack rate, it is an effective weapon for killing the Dungeon Guardian.
  • It is roughly as powerful as the Solar Eruption within its effective range, though its range is much shorter.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Starlight can be considered a Hardmode version of the Gladius, due to its similar attack style.
  • As the weapons that the Empress of Light drops are based on her attacks, the Starlight seems to be based off of her Sun Dance.
  • The beams created by the Starlight use the same sprite as those created by the Rainbow Crystal Staff.
  • The weapon itself seems to be a rapier, a thin sword popular in Western Europe used for thrusting.
  • Like the Last Prism, the Starlight has secret color themes for developers and beta testers. This is triggered by using a specific set of character names:
 List of names 
Name Color(s)
Acamaeda Green/Yellow/Red
Alchemystics Red/Pink/Purple
Antithesis Light Blue/Black
Aurora3500 Purple/Blue/Green
Cenx Pink/Green
Criddle Yellow/Orange
Crowno Purple
Darthkitten Red/White
darthmorf Dark Red/Black
Discipile Yellow/Orange
Doylee Red/Pink/Blue
Ghostar White/Blue/Black
Grox The Great Light Blue/Green
Jaxrud Green/Yellow
Jenosis Yellow/Red/Pink
Kazzymodus Green/Black
Khaios Dark Green/Black
Lazure Red/Pink/Blue
Leinfors Purple
Loki Red/Black
ManaUser Blue/Green
Mid White/Red/Black
Nike Leon Orange/Red
ppowersteef Yellow/Red
RBrandon Dark Orange
Redigit Blue
Serenity Pink/White
Sigma Yellow/Red
Unit One Blue/Yellow
Vulpes Inculta Purple
Waze3174 Red/Yellow/Green
Xman101 Orange/Black
Yoraiz0r Pink
Zoomo Purple

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 70 to 80.
    • Now has a bonus 10% critical strike chance.