Swords are the most basic weapon in the game, and are extremely diverse, being able to combat a wide range of enemies (Note that some damage statistics may be inaccurate).

Broadsword

The Broadsword is the most basic type of weapon. On average, Broadswords deal more damage to monsters than a shortsword per strike, but cost one more bar to make (than the shortsword) and have a slower attack speed. They swing in a wide arc over the players head, allowing you to easily fight off flying enemies and jumping Zombies or Slimes. Their long hit time also makes them particularly effective against worm enemies, as they are able to hit these many times on each pass.

The best Prefix for all swords are 'Legendary'

Name Damage (?) Knockback Speed Rarity Continuous Attack Recipe Sell Value Obtainable from:
Wooden Sword

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7 Weak Fast Tier 0 No 7 Wood 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Copper Broadsword

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8 Average Fast Tier 0 No Copper Bars 90 Copper Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Rich Mahogany Sword

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8 Average Fast Tier 0 No Rich Mahogany 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Tin Broadsword

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9 Average Fast Tier 0 No 8 Tin Bars 3 Silver Coin
60 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Cactus Sword

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9 Average Fast Tier 0 No 10 Cactus 1 Silver Coin
35 Copper Coin
Crafted at a Workbench
Iron Broadsword

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10 Average Fast Tier 0 No Iron Bars 3 Silver Coin
60 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Ebonwood Sword

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10 Average Fast Tier 0 No Ebonwood 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Shadewood Sword

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10 Average Fast Tier 0 No Shadewood 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Boreal Wood Sword

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8 Average Fast Tier 0 No Boreal Wood 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Palm Wood Sword

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10 Average Fast Tier 0 No Palm Wood 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Lead Broadsword

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11 Average Fast Tier 0 No 8 Lead Bars 5 Silver Coin
40 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Silver Broadsword

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11 Average Fast Tier 0 No Silver Bars 9 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Pearlwood Sword

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11 Average Fast Tier 0 No Pearlwood 20 Copper Coin Crafted at a Workbench
Tungsten Broadsword

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12 Average Very Fast Tier 0 No 8 Tungsten Bars 13 Silver Coin
50 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Gold Broadsword

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13 Average Very Fast Tier 0 No Gold Bars 18 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Platinum Broadsword

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15 Average Very Fast Tier 0 No 8 Platinum Bars 27 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Light's Bane

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17 Average Very Fast Tier 1 No 10 Demonite Bars 27 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Blood Butcherer

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22 Average Fast Tier 1 No 10 Crimtane Bars 27 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Fiery Greatsword

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36 Strong Slow Tier 3 No 20 Hellstone Bars 54 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Cobalt Sword

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39 Weak Fast Tier 4 Yes 10 Cobalt Bars 1 Gold Coin
38 Silver Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Palladium Sword

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41 Average Fast Tier 4 Yes 12 Palladium Bars 1 Gold Coin
84 Silver Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Mythril Sword

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44 Average Average Tier 4 No 10 Mythril Bars 2 Gold Coin
7 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Orichalcum Sword

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47 Average Average Tier 4 No 12 Orichalcum Bars 2 Gold Coin
53 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Adamantite Sword

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50 Average Average Tier 4 No 12 Adamantite Bars 2 Gold Coin
76 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Titanium Sword

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52 Average Average Tier 4 No 13 Titanium Bars 9 Gold Coin
97 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Bladetongue

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55 Average Average Tier 5 No None 4 Gold Coin Found by Fishing in the Crimson.

Shortsword

The Shortsword is faster than the Broadsword, but not as strong. They attack through rapid stabs at the front of the player, making them extremely efficient at killing enemies that walk or stand still such as slimes, but inhibiting their usage against Demon Eyes and other airborne enemies. The Shortsword, however, also has the added benefit of being able to damage every monster in a "stack" per swing. Shortswords are crafted using 7 bars of their respective ore at an Iron Anvil. However, the range of materials they can be made of is very limited. It is advised that you don't create any of the Shortswords, as you start with one already and it should be immediately replaced with a broadsword. The Shortswords are only recommended if you are slime hunting, and there are no other reasons to bear or create one. The Shortsword is rather a waste of resources as, early in the game, iron, silver, and gold are uncommon to a starting player and can be spent on other, more useful items. There are currently eight known versions of the Shortsword:

Name Base Damage Knockback Use Time Rarity AutoUse Recipe Sell Value Obtainable from
Copper Shortsword

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5 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 7 Copper Bars 70 Copper Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Tin Shortsword

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7 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 7 Tin Bars 1 Silver Coin
5 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Iron Shortsword

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8 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 7 Iron Bars 2 Silver Coin
80 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Lead Shortsword

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9 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 7 Lead Bars 4 Silver Coin
20 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Silver Shortsword

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9 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 6 Silver Bars 7 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Tungsten Shortsword

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10 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 6 Tungsten Bars 10 Silver Coin
50 Copper Coin
Crafted at an Anvil
Gold Shortsword

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11 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 7 Gold Bars 14 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Platinum Shortsword

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13 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No 7 Platinum Bars 21 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil

Unique Swords

Unique Swords include those with unique names outside the typical naming system, but also special abilities. Unique swords, with the exception of the Blade of Grass, the Zombie Arm, and the Breaker Blade, emit a small amount of light comparable to a torch ember upon being swung. All of the unique swords follow the Broadsword style of attacking (arc swing rather than a stab). Many of these are also exceptionally long.

Note: While attacking with The Horseman's Blade, Excalibur or Tizona, the player may not change the direction they are facing.

Name Base Melee Damage Knockback Use Time Rarity Continuous Attack Recipe Sell Value Obtainable from:
Zombie Arm

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12 Average Fast Tier 0 No None 20 Copper Coin Drops From

Zombies

Ice Blade

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17 Average Very Fast Tier 1 Yes None 40 Silver Coin In Underground Snow Biome in Ice Chests
Bone Sword

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16 Average Fast Tier 3 No None 18 Silver Coin Drops from Skeletons
Katana

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16 Weak Fast Tier 1 Yes None 50 Silver Coin Purchased from the Travelling Merchant
Arkhalis

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20 Average Fast Tier 2 Yes None 80 Silver Coin Found in Underground Shrines.
Enchanted Sword

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24 Average Very Fast Tier 2 Yes None 40 Silver Coin Found in Underground Shrines.
Bee Keeper

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26 Average Fast Tier 3 No None 54 Silver Coin Drops from Queen Bee
Phaseblade

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21 Very Weak Fast Tier 1 No 20 Meteorite Bars and 10 Gems 54 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Phasesaber

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41 Very Weak Fast Tier 4 Yes 1 Phaseblade and 50 Crystal Shards 54 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Blade of Grass

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28 Very Weak Average Tier 3 No 12 Stingers and 12 Jungle Spores 54 Silver Coin Crafted at an Anvil
Starfury

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22 Average Fast Tier 1 No None 1 Gold Coin Found In Skyware Chests At Floating Islands
Falcon Blade

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30 Average Fast Tier 4 Yes None 20 Silver Coin Found in Iron Crates which can be fished from large bodies of water.
Muramasa

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19 Extremely Weak Very Fast Tier 2 Yes None 54 Silver Coin Found in Gold Chests at Dungeon
Night's Edge

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42 Average Average Tier 3 No 1 Light's Bane or 1 Blood Butcherer,1 Muramasa,1 Blade of Grass,1 Fiery Greatsword 1 Gold Coin
8 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Demon Altar or Crimson Altar
Breaker Blade

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39 Very Strong Average Tier 4 No None 3 Gold Coin Drops from Wall of Flesh
Ice Sickle

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42 Average Fast Tier 5 No None 5 Gold Coin Drops from Armored Viking or Ice Mimic
Excalibur

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57 Average Fast Tier 6 Yes 12 Hallowed Bars 4 Gold Coin
60 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Frostbrand

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49 Average Fast Tier 5 Yes None 5 Gold Coin Drops from Mimic
Cutlass

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49 Weak Very Fast Tier 4 Yes None 3 Gold Coin
60 Silver Coin
Drops from Pirate Deckhand
Keybrand

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70 Average Fast Tier 8 Yes None 2 Gold Coin
76 Silver Coin
Drops from Blue Armored Bones,Hell Armored Bones or Rusty Armored Bones
Beam Sword

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52 Strong Very Fast Tier 4 No None 10 Gold Coin Drops from Armored Skeleton or Heavy Skeleton
(3DS Only) Tizona

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55 Average Fast Tier 5 Yes 2 Excalibur,20 Adamantite Bars and 15 Souls of Blight 6 Gold Coin Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
True Excalibur

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66 Average Very Fast Tier 8 No 1 Excalibur and 1 Broken Hero Sword 10 Gold Coin Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
True Night's Edge

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90 Average Fast Tier 8 No 1 Night's Edge and 1 Broken Hero Sword 10 Gold Coin Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Chlorophyte Saber

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48 Weak Very Fast Tier 7 Yes 12 Chlorophyte Bars 5 Gold Coin
52 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Death Sickle

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57 Strong Fast Tier 6 Yes None 5 Gold Coin Drops from Reaper
Chlorophyte Claymore

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75 Average Average Tier 7 No 12 Chlorophyte Bars 5 Gold Coin
52 Silver Coin
Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Christmas Tree Sword

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86 Strong Average Tier 8 No None 10 Gold Coin Dropped by Everscream during Frost Moon
The Horseman's Blade

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75 Very strong Average Tier 8 Yes None 10 Gold Coin Dropped by Pumpking during Pumpkin Moon
Terra Blade

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95 Strong Very Fast Tier 8 Yes 1 True Night'sEdge and 1 True Excalibur 20 Gold Coin Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Influx Waver

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110 Average Very Fast Tier 8 Yes None 10 Gold Coin Dropped by Martian Saucer
Star Wrath

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110 Strong Very Fast Tier 9 Yes None 20 Gold Coin Dropped by the Moon Lord
Meowmere

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200 Strong Very Fast Tier 10 Yes None 20 Gold Coin Dropped by the Moon Lord
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