Weapons are offensive tools that are mainly used to inflict damage. In Terraria, weapons have a variety of qualities. Tools can also inflict damage, but weapons are generally more effective. Weapons can be crafted out of many materials, but some can only be found or bought. All weapons do one of four damage types: Melee, Ranged, Magic, or Summon. Players start the game with a set of copper weapons and tools.
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Shortswords are a low-tier genre of weapon most commonly seen at the beginning of the game. This is so because they are far outclassed by broadswords in nearly every way possible, namely range and power.
Broadswords are one of the most common weapons. They usually have a fast or medium strike speed, as well as a medium attack range and knock back. All broadswords are craftable, with the exception of the Muramasa, which is found only in DungeonChests, the Breaker Blade, which is only dropped by the Wall of Flesh, and the Starfury, which is commonly found on Floating Islands.
Some notable broadswords are: Terra Blade, True Night's Edge, True Excalibur, Frostbrand, Death Sickle, and TizonaSpears
Weapons made for stabbing, are generally slower and slightly less powerful than swords, but have a longer reach. You can find Spears in chests or craft them with post-hardmode ores. Spears have the powerful ability to inflict multiple damage to all enemies they hit in a single swing (meaning after hitting an enemy, the spear does not stop, so it's useful for fighting a pack of enemies). They can also be aimed in the direction of the mouse when clicked.
Some notable spears are:Mushroom Spear, Chlorophyte Partisan, Gungnir, Adamantite Glaive, Mythril Halberd, North Pole, Dark Lance and Tonbogiri ( Xbox 360 PS3 Mobile ).
Flails are medium to long ranged weapons that will deal damage to all enemies hit (similar to spears) making them good for groups of enemies. Due to their slow speed, Flails are not very good against fast enemies or when enemies are attacking from many different directions.
Some notable flails are: Dao of Pow, Flairon, Flower PowChain Weapons
Chain Weapons all have five things in common: they all deal melee damage, they all shoot a projectile outward toward where the player clicks, they are not affected by gravity (with the exception of the Harpoon) and they all return to the character upon hitting a target or solid surface, on top of all having continual fire without need of clicking multiple times. These latter two being said, players can easily get high DPS by simply holding the attack button down while remaining close to a target.
Some notable chain weapons are: Chain Knife, KO Cannon, Golem FistYo-Yos
Yo-Yos act similarly to flails in the sense that they are comprised of a handle chained to a thrown projectile. However, unlike flails, Yo-Yos are not effected by gravity, follow the player's cursor, and generally have a much longer range. Yo-Yos can be useful for crowd control because they are easy to aim and have high DPS.
One effective strategy for Yo-Yos is to find a spot where enemies can't reach the player and use the yo-yo's superior range to pick them off.
Some notable Yo-Yos are: the Artery, the Cascade, and the Terrarian
Like the Melee weapons above, these weapons are thrown at enemies to inflict damage; however, they are consumed upon use, not returning to the player, with some chance of being able to be picked up again. They deal small amounts of damage and typically have a fast or very fast attack speed.
Some notable thrown weapons are: Shuriken, Throwing Knife, Poisoned Knife, Spiky Ball, Holy Water, Unholy Water, Bone
Magic Weapons like the Aqua Scepter include a collection of very versatile weapons that all consume mana upon use. It's recommended that each player have at least one Magic Weapon due to some having very high efficiency and damage rates in combination with other weapons. There are staff weapons and spells alone, but they both function in the same way.
Some notable Magic Weapons are: Rainbow Gun, Rainbow Rod, Shadowbeam Staff, Magical Harp, Razorblade Typhoon
Summon (or summoning) Weapons are weapons that deal indirect damage. Instead of damaging enemies, these weapons summon a minion that deals damage to enemies. All summoning weapons require magic to spawn minions. There are two kinds of minions; mobile or stationary. Stationary minions act as turrets, attacking enemies who come close. Mobile minions follow the player and attack any enemy within a certain range.
Most notable Summon Weapons are: Staff of the Frost Hydra, Terraprisma, Pygmy Staff, Raven Staff, Tempest Staff