Aerial Bane

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Aerial Bane
  • Aerial Bane item sprite
Autofire
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Uses ammoArrows
Damage39 (Ranged)
Knockback4.5 (Average)
Critical chance7%
Use time30 (Average)
Velocity22 (not affected by ammo)
TooltipShoots splitting arrows, deals more damage to airborne enemies
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell5 GC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Aerial Bane
    Aerial Bane
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
EntityQty.Rate
Betsy(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Betsy.gifBetsy(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)125%
Treasure Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
(Betsy)
Treasure Bag (Betsy)Treasure Bag
(Betsy)
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
125%
The Aerial Bane attacking Target Dummies. Note how the initial arrow splits down into five more.

The Aerial Bane is a Hardmode, post-Golem bow that converts any type of arrow into special Aerial Bane arrows each time the bow is fired. The Aerial Bane simultaneously fires six arrows arranged in a diagonal formation that deals 150% of the weapon's base damage (58 base damage) to airborne enemies.[1] The bow determines whether an enemy is airborne or not by checking if there is a solid block within 12 tiles below the point of impact.[2] As such, if a normally grounded enemy is more than 12 tiles above a solid block, it will be considered airborne and the Aerial Bane will inflict extra damage. The Aerial Bane's special arrows drop off sharply and will disappear in midair if they fall enough distance.

Upon hitting an enemy, the arrow splits into five separate arrows, which are angled downward in a symmetrical 90° spread with the centermost arrow being shot directly downward regardless of what angle the enemy was hit at.[3] These five additional arrows will not split again and explode upon hitting an enemy or solid tile. The Aerial Bane also has a base 7% critical strike chance as opposed to the usual 4%. The Aerial Bane has a 1/4 (25%) of being dropped from Betsy during Tier 3 of the Old One's Army event.

Its best modifier is Unreal.

Tips

  • It is a good alternative to other powerful bows like the Pulse Bow, Eventide, Tsunami, or Phantasm because of its unique ability.
  • This bow should be angled somewhat upward to maximize range and DPS. It generally will not reach enemies off the screen.
  • Using wings can help compensate for the bow's lack of range and sharp drop-off.
  • The Aerial Bane is very useful against most bosses, as they are typically airborne. It is particularly efficient during events, where there are a lot of ground enemies that can be hit by the additional projectiles.
  • On the Console version Console version, both the splitting and special arrows can hit the same target, resulting in absurdly high damage.Verify For the best results, fire from an upwards position.

Trivia

  • Like the other Old One's Army weapons, the Aerial Bane is a direct reference to the weapon of the same name in Dungeon Defenders 2, due to its implementation as part of a crossover event.

See also

History

  • Desktop 1.4.4: Changed tooltip to show ground damage instead of air damage.

References

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.7 source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method BetsySharpnel() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.