Terraria: Best Pre-Hardmode Weapons (2023)

Terraria is now in its final iteration — the 1.4 Journey's End update — and we can create the ultimate tier list of the best weapons available in Pre-Hardmode. Forget your wobbly copper shortsword or wooden yoyo; Terraria is packed full of awesome gear that will help you defeat bosses and reach Hardmode.

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Cover everything you need to know about the best weapons to pick up during your Pre-Hardmode adventures. We'll include some tips and tricks on how to take down the various bosses, and what you should prepare yourself with as you defeat the Wall of Flesh.

Updated July 13th by Harry Alston: With the 1.4 console release date just around the corner, we're returning to this list to add in a bit more information for brand new players, and for those who might be returning to the game after a big break. Terraria's selection of pre-Hardmode weapons gets even bigger in 1.4. Here's everything you need to know about the best weapons for each class.


11 The Night's Edge

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The Night's Edge is what you get when you slam all the other awesome swords together. It requires all four of the iconic Pre-Hardmode swords (the Muramasa, Fiery Great Sword, Blade of Grass, and either the Light's Bane or Blood Butcherer) to craft. Head to a Demon or Crimson Altar and you'll have the only sword worth having immediately after the Wall of Flesh.

How to craft the Night's Edge:

  • Muramasa - Found in the locked Golden Chests in the Dungeon. Its best modifier is Legendary, though you may only have one or two in your world.
  • Fiery Great Sword - This sword is crafted from 20 Hellstone bars. It's a slow sword but has a long reach and plenty of damage out of the pre-Hardmode swords.
  • Blade of Grass - Crafted with Jungle Spores and Stingers, the Blade of Grass has a chance to inflict the Poisoned debuff on enemies.
  • Light's Bane / Blood Butcherer - Crafted from either Demonite or Crimtane, depending on which evil biome you have on your world.

10 The Enchanted Sword

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This sword is rare, but not as rare you as think. The Enchanted Sword is found in underground chambers. A pool of water, falling vines, and a sword stuck in a stone. It's a magical scene, but not every chamber has a real sword in it.

Yes. Some of the swords are fake. If you're lucky enough to get the Enchanted Sword it's a top-tier weapon (with fancy projectiles) that can carry you through Pre-Hardmode Terraria.

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Always look out for tunnels that lead from the surface into a chamber. Throwing grenades or using a weapon that can fire light projectiles through blocks is a good way of finding the Enchanted Sword.

9 The Bee Keeper

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Bees! Bees! The Bee Keeper is a sword dropped by the Queen Bee somewhere deep in the Jungle. Find her hive and then defeat her and you've got a fairly high chance of getting the Bee Keeper.

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This is a unique sword and holds its own against the Wall of Flesh. Anything you hit with the Bee Keeper is attacked by a swarm of bees. Terrifying, but effective. We should also mention Beenades as one of the most effective methods to defeat the Wall of Flesh.

8 The Cascade

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The Cascade is the most powerful pre-Hardmode yoyo with a damage stat of 27 for its base variation. You're looking for the Godly or Demonic modifier for the ultimate yoyo stats.

This yoyo is dropped in the Dungeon once Skeletron has been defeated. Grab it before Hardmode, because it's later replaced by the Hel-fire yoyo. Cascade can be used into Hardmode, especially if you've got a decent yoyo build set-up.

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7 Malaise And Artery

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These two yoyos are best for the early game before you've even thought about tackling the Dungeon to try and find a Cascade. These two yoyos are crafted by Demonite or Crimtane bars, depending on which corrupted area you have on your Terraria world.

The Malaise and Artery are fun to use until you find a better yoyo later in the game. We wouldn't recommend these items beyond the Wall of Flesh, as they simply don't do enough damage to sustain a player into Hardmode.

6 The Dark Lance Spear

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Moving away from swords and yoyos, this is the Dark Lance. Found in Shadow chests in the Underworld, the Dark Lance is the strongest Pre-Hardmode spear. Spears aren't particularly powerful, or very popular, but the Dark Lance has one or two uses at least.

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This weapon is very useful for farming a boss like the Eater of Worlds because it deals piercing damage to every wormy segment of its body. The Dark Lance is also good at clearing out large hordes of enemies while keeping the player a safe distance away.

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5 The Flamarang

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Boomerangs are often overlooked by Terraria players. Poor Boomerangs. Flamarang is a powerful weapon that can be useful in the transition to Hardmode. It's the perfect addition to a strong very early-game ranged build.

It's the upgraded version of the Enchanted Boomerang, so it deals more damage and will also cause the On Fire! debuff in hit enemies. You only need 10 Hellstone Bars to upgrade the regular Boomerang, so worth checking out.

4 The Sunfury

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Heavy, chunky, and powerful, the Sunfury is part of the mace weapon class that received a buff in 1.4. Now a player can constantly swing the mace around rather than waiting for it to come back to them. It just makes the Sunfury a more versatile weapon.

In the old days, it was an often-overlooked weapon, but now it's a top-tier choice to make the transition to Hardmode. The Sunfury is a fairly common drop in Shadow Chests down in the Underworld.

3 The Space Gun

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Despite the damage nerfs in Terraria 1.4, a Space Gun and full set of Meteor Armor is still one of the most satisfying combos in the game. Meteor Armor speeds up your mana regen, a Space Gun eats the mana. Put them together and you have a gun that you can shoot constantly, and completely shred enemies. The Space Gun is a crucial component in a powerful magic build.

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On the other hand, you could go for the Star Cannon, considered the very strongest ranged weapon in Terraria Pre-Hardmode. The only problem is that it eats through fallen stars, so unless you have hundreds stored up it's just not a viable option.

2 Water Bolt

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Ah, the Water Bolt. Before the 1.4 update, it was possible to cheese your way into an early Water Bolt spell tome by checking out a few of the bookshelves in the surface dungeon. This pretty much made all the pre-Hardmode bosses killable in a few minutes, with the right arena set-up.

Since Journey's End rolled around, the developers decided an early Water Bolt was just completely broken, so they made them spawn deeper underground in the Dungeon. Despite this, the Water Bolt is still a powerful pre-Hardmode weapon, and perfect for farming bosses for materials.

1 The Best Weapons To Defeat The Wall Of Flesh

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Hardmode is activated by defeating the Wall of Flesh, but you need to defeat this fleshy monstrosity first. The recommended loadout to defeat the Wall of Flesh is a pile of Beenades, a ranged weapon (like the Space Gun), or the Bee Gun. You will need to build a long platform to run across and hope that you don't run out of room before the Wall gets you.

Best Pre-Hardmode Gear

So you want to defeat the Wall of Flesh? You should have some Beenades, Molten Armor (arguably the best all-around armor in Pre-Hardmode), and a stack of health potions. The transition into Hardmode is a tricky one. Many of the enemies have increased damage and health. A Night's Edge sword is a good bet for total damage, although a mage build can also work.

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What is the strongest Pre-Hardmode weapon in Terraria? ›

The Night's Edge is the most powerful pre hardmode sword.

What are the best Terraria weapons in early Hardmode? ›

The best weapons available for them are the Quad-Barrel Shotgun or Molten Fury. The Star Cannon is also powerful. For magic users, Jungle armor or the Wizard set are the best available, with weapons like the Flamelash, Water Bolt or Demon Scythe.

What is the best Pre-Hardmode loadout in Terraria? ›

Molten Armor is the best possible melee build armor for Pre-Hardmode. It's crafted with 45 Hellstone bars and 45 Obsidian. That's a total of 135 Hellstone you need to mine from the Underworld. As of the 1.4 update, the Molten Armor actually received some changes in terms of his melee capabilities.

What is the best Pre-Hardmode sword in Terraria? ›

The Night's Edge is a post-Skeletron broadsword, notable for having the highest base damage of all Pre-Hardmode swords.

What is the most op gun in Terraria? ›

What is the Best Gun in Terraria? Our pick for the best gun in Terraria has to be the S.D.M.G. (also known as the Space Dolphin Machine Gun). The S.D.M.G. is a hardmode gun that deals 85 base damage (77 on console) per bullet.

What is a good pre-Hardmode weapon? ›

The Space Gun is a crucial component in a powerful magic build. On the other hand, you could go for the Star Cannon, considered the very strongest ranged weapon in Terraria Pre-Hardmode.

What is the fastest pickaxe in Terraria pre-Hardmode? ›

The Molten Pickaxe is the best pre-Hardmode pickaxe and capable of mining Hardmode ores, thus being a very essential tool.

What is the easiest gun to get in Terraria? ›

The easiest way to acquire a qualifying gun is to smash either a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart in the Corruption or the Crimson. They will always drop a Musket or an Undertaker, respectively, on the first break, as well as some Musket Balls.

What is the fastest attacking weapon in Terraria? ›

The Fetid Baghnakhs are the fastest melee weapon in the game.

What is the best pre-Hardmode bullet? ›

Meteor Shots can be considered to be the final pre-hardmode bullets due to having the ability to pierce an enemy. It is also a very useful bullet in early hardmode till better hardmode bullets are obtained.

What is the best early game weapon in Terraria? ›

Pre-bosses. The first weapon you start out with is a Copper Shortsword, which has short range and pitiful damage. Upon spawning, it's recommended you immediately craft a Wooden Sword, then quickly go to the Desert and make a Cactus Sword. This is a large weapon with decent damage.

What is the most op sword in Terraria? ›

So, TL;DR – the most powerful sword you can craft is the Zenith. What is considered to be an amalgamation of many cool swords from throughout the game, Zenith is one of Terraria's best weapons and obliterates any enemy with ease.

Is the zenith the best sword in Terraria? ›

With its extreme reach and overall output, the Zenith is arguably the strongest weapon in the entire game. Usually, it is seen inflicting 20,000 to 30,000 DPS . This alone is enough to defeat the Moon Lord on Master Mode (277,311 combined HP) in about 11 seconds.

What is the best AXE in Terraria pre Hardmode? ›

The best modifier is Light for pre-Hardmode axes and Legendary for Hardmode axes. Exceptions are the Meteor Hamaxe, which has the same speed with the Legendary modifier as with the Light modifier, and the Shroomite Digging Claw which will cut down faster when reforged to Light.

How rare is the Uzi in Terraria? ›

It is named after Uzi, a family of Israeli submachine guns. Upon its introduction in the 1.2 update, the Uzi was the rarest item in the game, with a 1/80000 (0.00125%) drop chance.

Which is better Megashark or Uzi? ›

The Uzi is better because it's less vulnerable to having its DPS crippled by high enemy Defense. The weaker trash mobs aren't much of a threat, you want something that'll be effective against tougher enemies and bosses. Its bullets also have more velocity than the Megashark's, and more than double the knockback.

What is the loudest weapon in Terraria? ›

Vortex Beater - Terraria Wiki.

Can U Get Megashark pre-Hardmode? ›

Since Lepus has a 1% chance to drop 3 Souls of Might, it is possible to obtain the crafting ingredients for the Megashark pre-Hardmode. However, it will still require a Hardmode Anvil to craft.

What is the strongest pre-Hardmode whip? ›

The Snapthorn is a pre-Hardmode whip crafted out of Jungle materials. Like most other whips, it causes minions to focus on the last-struck enemy and briefly increases their damage against all targets that it strikes.

What pickaxe has 200 mining power Terraria? ›

Generally speaking, the more difficult a Pickaxe is to obtain, the higher its mining power or speed.
NameChlorophyte Pickaxe
Pickaxe Power200%
How to Get18 Chlorophyte Bars Mythril/Orichalcum Anvil
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What pickaxe swings the fastest? ›

The Minty Mountaineer pickaxe is an Epic Harvesting tool that was included in the Minty Legends set released on Nov 2021. These are the first one handed pickaxes that provide faster swing and lesser delay. It breaks its rhythm if changed with a weapon, but keeps its composure during a spontaneous hit to the target.

What pickaxe has 200 power in Terraria? ›

Once you beat all 3 mechanical bosses, you can craft 18 Hallowed Bars, a Soul of Fright, a Soul of Might, and a Soul of Sight together at a Mythril or Orichalcum Anvil to make a Drax or a Pickaxe Axe. They both have 200% Pickaxe Power (and also 110% Axe Power).

What is the fastest pick in Terraria? ›

The Shroomite Digging Claw is a Hardmode, post-Plantera pickaxe and axe. It is capable of mining every type of block except Lihzahrd Bricks. It is the fastest pickaxe in the game. It deals 15 pickaxe hits per second without any modifiers, and 20 with the Legendary modifier.

What hammer can break crimson hearts? ›

Any hammer may be used to break Shadow Orbs and Crimson Hearts. A Pwnhammer or better is required to destroy altars, however, this is only possible in a world where the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.

Is there a minigun in Terraria? ›

The Minishark is the first of several rapid-firing guns that were named and designed based on a water creature, the others being the Gatligator, Megashark, and S.D.M.G..

What is the rarest weapon in Terraria? ›

The Slime Staff has the lowest drop chance of any item in the game and is, therefore, the rarest.

What is the strongest knife in Terraria? ›

At a base level, the Psycho Knife is tied with the Fetid Baghnakhs for the title of "fastest melee weapon in the game".

What is the most defense you can have in Terraria? ›

Some accessories grant direct defense boosts (see the following table), but all accessories can also be reforged to a maximum of +4 defense per accessory.

What is the easiest boss in Terraria? ›

The Destroyer is a colossal mechanized Eater of Worlds with 80,000 / 120,000 / 153,000 health. It is considered the easiest Hardmode boss by many players, despite having the second-highest health.

What unlocks after Plantera? ›

Plantera drops a Temple Key upon defeat, allowing access to the Jungle Temple.

Is Deerclops pre-Hardmode? ›

Deerclops is a pre-Hardmode boss, encountered in the Snow biome at midnight during a Blizzard if at least one player in the world has either at least 9 defense or 200 health, or by summoning it using a Deer Thing in the Snow biome. It will not spawn naturally if there are NPCs too close to the player.

Is Molten Armor the best pre-Hardmode? ›

Molten armor is an armor set consisting of the Molten Helmet, Molten Breastplate, and Molten Greaves. It has the highest defense of any pre-Hardmode armor set, but can also be one of the most difficult to obtain.

What is the strongest bow in Terraria pre-Hardmode? ›

The Molten Fury is a pre-Hardmode bow that lights ordinary Wooden Arrows ablaze, effectively transforming them into Flaming Arrows, and causing them to emit light and inflict the On Fire! debuff to enemies it hits.

What is the fastest way to make money in Terraria pre-Hardmode? ›

There are many ways to earn money:
  1. Killing monsters and bosses. ( ...
  2. Finding coins in pots and. ...
  3. Selling found items (or accumulated junk) to NPCs, perhaps after crafting them into a more valuable form.
  4. Using Silt Blocks, Slush Blocks, and Desert Fossils at an. ...
  5. Fishing. ...
  6. After reaching Hardmode, you can. ...
  7. Statue Farming.

What is the first Terraria gun? ›

A fantastic early weapon is the Musket. For many players, it is the first firearm they obtain. It uses a minimal amount of bullets and offers a good knockback and fair damage, although its rate of fire is quite slow.

What is the best pre-Hardmode wand in Terraria? ›

The Flower of Fire is arguably the most powerful magic weapon pre-Hardmode, with a total damage output of 48 and a bouncing projectile that can hit multiple targets with a single shot.

What is the strongest pre-Hardmode pickaxe in Terraria? ›

The Molten Pickaxe is the best pre-Hardmode pickaxe and capable of mining Hardmode ores, thus being a very essential tool.

What is the best pre-Hardmode AXE in Terraria? ›

The best modifier is Light for pre-Hardmode axes and Legendary for Hardmode axes. Exceptions are the Meteor Hamaxe, which has the same speed with the Legendary modifier as with the Light modifier, and the Shroomite Digging Claw which will cut down faster when reforged to Light.

How rare is the orange zapinator? ›

Despite its low rarity, it can be a very effective weapon throughout early Hardmode, given the luck required to benefit from the projectiles' behavior. tModLoader version as Gray Zapinator and Orange Zapinator in 1.4. 0.1. The odds of triggering all possible effects at once are 1 in 5,647,152,000.

What is the fastest pre Hardmode mount in Terraria? ›

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  • Summoned with the Fuzzy Carrot item, the Bunny mount is an adorable addition to the game. ...
  • The Bee mount is one of the best early mounts for Pre-Hardmode. ...
  • This pink mount can be purchased from the Zoologist NPC for 20 Gold.
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What is the fastest AXE in Terraria? ›

The Luminite Pickaxes are easily the strongest in Terraria. Not only are they extremely rare, but they can only be crafted after beating the Moon Lord – which is the final boss of the game. Once you defeat the final boss, you'll have access to Luminite bars which are required to craft these strong pickaxes.

How rare is Abigail's flower? ›

Abigail's Flower can be uncommonly found as a plant growing on grass near a placed Tombstone, regardless of world progression. Its spawn chance is increased in a Constant world.

What is the best pre-Hardmode spear? ›

It is currently the strongest pre-Hardmode spear.
Dark Lance.
Damage34 / 29 / 27 (Melee)
Knockback5 (Average) / 4 (Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time22 (Fast)
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