I personally think the most OP melee weapon is definitely the Flairon. In saying the best, I'm unsure. "Best" refers to an overall rating of any weapon, and I'm still too new to this update to say anything currently.
In the last few patches I was primarily a ranged player (I had the Sniper Rifle and full Shroomite Armor — massive damage), but now I'm going melee; this is primarily because of how broken the Flairon is, lol.
I'm more of a mixed class character. I always take along different loadouts with me in a safe. But I am partial towards my spear. (Gungnir FTW!) But really, the best sword is the Terra Blade or the Horseman's blade, best spear is the Mushroom Spear, the best flail is the Flairon, and the best spell is just a matter of one's playstyle. The best gun is the Zapinator, which was removed from the game. The best USABLE gun, again, depends on your playstyle.
I much prefer The Horsemans blade simply for its homing pumpkin affects i use it on statues to fight bosses and stuff but here is MY opinion: Melee:The Horsemans Blade and/or the Terra blade Ranged: i dont really used ranged much but I personally think the Vulcan Reapeater is the Reapeater/Bow in my opinion Magic: well it depends on your curcamstances but i perfer either The blizzard staff (if im above ground) or the infurno fork and/or the magnet sphere and/or the shadowbeam staff
Ive been doing a little reasearch and i would say The Horsemans blade would be best for fighting bosses like The Destroyer But For dat Dps it would be the Terra Blade but my favourite wep is the bubble gun (i loove magic weps)
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Tank: Turtle Armor + Terra Blade
Melee: Dragon Armor (Poor Dragon had to get killed for this Armour set >;( ) + Horsemans Blade (At least no Dragons Died in the Making of this Weapon :) )
Ranged: Still i Barely Ever play as ranged but Heres MY List for Ranged: Titan/Shroomite Armour +Rapid Megashark
The best weapon doesn't always depend upon the stats. I look for one that has decent stats and also trains you well, and will work anywhere.
My conclusions? The absolute worst weapon is the Razorblade Typhoon, with Flairon up there as well. They require no skill at all to play.
Those that do? Both the Razorpine and the Inferno Fork have a well-balanced learning curve and are decent in combat.
For a ranger, the Stake Launcher and Pulse Bow are both excellent options - if you can work it right, the Pulse Bow provides a staggering advantage in stealthy and fleeing combat.
As for melee... I will first proceed to bash the a Horseman's Blade for its lack of difficulty, and then go endorse a weapon I believe was supposed to have its 15 minutes of fame, but never got it. The North Pole is the one I speak of.
Sure - unmatched melee DPS until 1.2.4 came around with Feeshran. But really, really difficult to work right. I know people who have played with it for a long time and still cannot work it right.
The thing about late game weaponry is you don't usually require much skill, and the weapons that do require skill like the candy corn rifle, paladins hammer and jack o lantern launcher are horribly ignored. Most of the time I use my paladins hammer for the moons or the North Pole, the flairon is boring to use, even if it wrecks everything.
now after some DF farming, Ranged is IMO the best class even though some people say Red underdeveloped it, Red said his favourite class was ranger and I can understand why. When my brain is not in frost moon mode (rapid chain gun, chlorophyte bullets, the bane of skill), I find weaponry like the pulse bow, tac shotty, stynger and tsunami very fun and interesting to use. The great thing about rangers is the vast modification of ammo which allows them to stick on a choice of about 10 different debuffs, homing, splash, exploding, fun and star spamming projectiles on the same weapon. Who does not want that? The one gripe with rangers recently is the annoyance of specialised ammo for some of the stranger weapons like the jack olantern, stake launcher and candy corn rifle ( even the dear stynger) as it removes the variety of rangers and their whole uniqueness. I also like the fact that there are no wall hacking or life stealing ranger weapons, making them a more honest approach.
That is also the reason why rangers aren't often rebalanced ( apart from the exploding bullets/ stynger thingy, but two separate damages is not what was intended).
I feel that the Last Prism with the Mana Flower, Celestial Cuffs, Ankh Shield, Frost Spark Boots, and the Sorcerer Emblem with Arcane on all of them as well as Nebula Armor is the most OP, best damage set up of all time.
For Console/PE players, I suggest using the Razor Pine with the Mana Flower, Celestial Cuffs, Ankh Shield, Frost Spark Boots, and the Sorcerer Emblem with Arcane on all of them as well as Spector Armor.
Just for the mage players :) Be sure to add at least 3 stacks of greater mana potions with that.
I play mage so my favorites for now are crystal storm, magic dagger, cursed flames, death sicle, nimbus rod, laser rifle and frost staff.
When out of mana i use Sharanga and nights edge.
Out of this weaponary you might be able to guess, that i just wrecked WoF and had been very lucky to get all these weapons in 3h of playing hardmode. + hallowed key mold, megahone, fast clock and frocen Turtle shield thingy.
Which device i play on?
The flying dragon can deal more than terra blade because of it's projectile and is amazing for crowd control. The only difference in the timing of getting them is the fact that betsy is post-golem and terra blade is post mechanical bosses. I think the terra blade and flying dragon are equal, but you can think what you want.