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  • Cutlass item spriteold Cutlass item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage53 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 51 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time16 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 4
Sell3 GC60 SC
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Flying Dutchman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Animated Flying Dutchman.gifFlying Dutchman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)110%
Pirate CaptainPirate Captain.gifPirate Captain12%
Pirate CorsairPirate Corsair.gifPirate Corsair10.5%
Pirate CrossbowerPirate Crossbower.gifPirate Crossbower10.5%
Pirate DeadeyePirate Deadeye.gifPirate Deadeye10.5%
Pirate DeckhandPirate Deckhand.gifPirate Deckhand10.5%
Animation of the Cutlass.

The Cutlass is a rare Hardmode sword that deals good damage and can be swung continuously at very high speed. The Cutlass has a 1/200 (0.5%) chance of being dropped by regular Pirate Invasion enemies (excluding the Parrot), a 1/50 (2%) chance from Pirate Captains, and a 1/10 (10%) chance from the Flying Dutchman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • Assuming the player never kills a Pirate Captain or Flying Dutchman, the odds of getting at least one Cutlass over the course of a Pirate Invasion are about 45%.


  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) It has a dark outline and transparent pixels in its blade, so it looks deformed against dark backgrounds.
  • It resembles a scimitar rather than a cutlass.
  • It can almost be considered a Hardmode upgrade of the Falcon Blade, sharing many of the same features, pros and cons, as well as similar designs.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 49 to 53.
    • Use time reduced from 17 to 16.
  • Desktop
    • Damage reduced from 51 to 49.
    • Use time increased from 16 to 17.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
    • Sprite updated to match Desktop 1.3.1.
    • Damage reduced from 51 to 49.
    • Use time increased from 16 to 17.