Brand of the Inferno

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Brand of the Inferno
  • Brand of the Inferno item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage95 (Melee)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipRight click to guard with a shield
RarityRarity level: 5
Sell1 GC
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffStriking MomentStriking Moment(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Buff tooltip400% increased damage for next melee strike
Duration5 seconds
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffHellfireHellfire(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration5 seconds
  • Internal Item ID: 3823 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 198 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), 323 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Ogre(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Ogre.gifOgre(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Ogre(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Ogre.gifOgre(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
The Brand of the Inferno attacking a Target Dummy, and parrying a Mimic's attack with a Cobalt Shield.

The Brand of the Inferno is a Hardmode sword that has a 1/4 (25%) chance of inflicting the Hellfire debuff for five seconds upon hitting enemies and also allows the player to "parry" incoming damage while equipped with a shield.

While holding the Brand of the Inferno with any equipped shield (excluding the Huntress's Buckler), pressing the Open / Activate button will cause the player to raise the shield and brace for the next attack. When timed correctly, just before taking a hit, the enemy's attack will be parried, which negates the contact damage being dealt to the player, deals 200% of the contact damage of the attacking enemy, inflicts a knockback value of 5 (Average), and grants the player 30 invincibility frames (60 with the Cross Necklace equipped).[1] Successfully parrying an attack also grants the Striking Moment buff, causing the next melee-based attack to deal 500% or five times its usual base damage for the next five seconds. Alternatively, if the shield is held in place, 20 defense is temporarily gained; this lasts until the shield is once again lowered.

The Brand of the Inferno is dropped by Ogres during the Old One's Army event, with a 1/10 (10%) / 1/5 (20%) chance during Tier 2, and a 1/20 (5%) chance during Tier 3.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • In order to parry an attack, the enemy must collide with the shield before hitting the player, meaning that attacks from behind cannot be parried.
  • The damage dealt by parrying an attack is decreased by banners (25% in Classic or lower, 50% in Expert or above), rerolled inversely by Luck (having negative luck will give a chance to increase incoming damage, and increase reflected damage as a result) and capped at 1000 damage.
  • The Brand of the Inferno's parry ability can only be used to parry contact damage from enemies. Fall damage, lava damage, enemy projectiles, and traps will still harm the player.
    • It can, however, reduce damage from these sources with the 20 defense gained while pressing the Open / Activate button.
  • Parrying in Journey Mode with Godmode enabled will do nothing.


  • The act of gaining the Striking Moment buff and switching to a more powerful weapon like the Psycho Knife or Meowmere has the potential to deal massive damage.


  • Like the other Old One's Army weapons, the Brand of the Inferno 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.
  • In the inventory, the sword's loops appear hollow. However, while being used, the loops are filled with flames. This is purely a graphical difference.
  • The Brand of the Inferno has similarities to the Tizona(Old-gen console and 3DS versions) in regard to blade design and name (Tizona means firebrand).

See also


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 85 to 95.
    • Sprite updated and slightly increased in size. Old sprite was: Brand of the Inferno (pre-1.4.4).png
    • Now inflicts Hellfire instead of On Fire!.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Update_NPCCollision() in Terraria.Player.cs.