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Unholy Arrow
  • Unholy Arrow item spriteold Unholy Arrow item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage12 / 8 (Ranged)
Knockback3 (Very weak)
RarityRarity level: 1
Research99 required
Projectile created
  • Unholy Arrow
    Unholy Arrow
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Eye of CthulhuEye of Cthulhu (Phase 1).gifEye of Cthulhu20-50100%
Treasure Bag
(Eye of Cthulhu)
Treasure Bag (Eye of Cthulhu)Treasure Bag
(Eye of Cthulhu)

Unholy Arrows are a type of arrow. Compared to the Wooden Arrows used to craft them, they are stronger and have a piercing effect, allowing each arrow to hit up to five enemies. Against multi-section monsters, a single Unholy Arrow can damage multiple sections. A fired Unholy Arrow has a 25*1/4 (25%) chance of being recoverable after hitting an enemy or a wall.

In addition to being crafted, Unholy Arrows are dropped by the Eye of Cthulhu in worlds that generated with Corruption. Furthermore, they can be purchased from the Arms Dealer at night for 40 once the Eater of Worlds or Brain of Cthulhu has been defeated. After activating Hardmode, they become available during the day as well.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Unholy ArrowUnholy Arrow (5)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
total: 1 row(s)


  • The Unholy Arrow's piercing is weaker than the Jester's Arrow, which can pierce an unlimited amount of enemies.
    • The damage penalty after each piercing is smaller in the case of Unholy Arrows (5% as opposed to 10%).
    • Unlike the Jester's Arrow, Unholy Arrows do not automatically break after a certain amount of air time.
  • Due to requiring Worm Teeth, which only drop from Devourers and have no Crimson equivalent, Unholy Arrows are not possible to craft in worlds that generate with Crimson without transferring materials (ideally Worm Teeth) from a world with The Corruption. However, it is possible to purchase them from the Arms Dealer even on Crimson worlds.
    • The Dryad sells Corrupt Seeds in a Graveyard biome, allowing players to create an artificial Corruption in Crimson worlds. By spreading Corruption, it is possible to obtain Worm Teeth. However, this lengthy method is usually impractical, since the Arrows can be bought from the Arms Dealer anyway.


  • Desktop 1.4.1: Applies a 5% damage penalty to the next hit for each enemy a projectile pierces.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Recipe changed; now requires 5 Wooden Arrows and produces 5 Unholy Arrows, instead of 3 each.
    • Stack limit increased from 250 to 999.
  • Desktop 1.0.5:
    • Unholy Arrows can now be purchased from Arms Dealer at night after killing the Eater of Worlds.
    • Recipe changed; now requires 3 Wooden Arrows and produces 3 Unholy Arrows, instead of 2 each.