Dark Lance

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Dark Lance
  • Dark Lance item spriteold Dark Lance item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage34 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 27 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Melee)
Knockback5 (Average) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 4 (Weak) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Critical chance4%
Use time22 (Fast)
RarityRarity level: 3
Sell2 GC50 SC
Research1 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffShadowflameShadowflame(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Debuff tooltipLosing life
Chance100% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Duration4–5 seconds
Projectile created
  • Dark Lance
    Dark Lance
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Obsidian Lock BoxObsidian Lock BoxObsidian Lock Box(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)120*1/5 (20%)
Shadow ChestShadow ChestShadow Chest120*1/5 (20%) Desktop versionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile version
16.67*1/6 (16.67%) Nintendo 3DS version
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Dark Lance attacking Target Dummies. Note its piercing abilities.
(Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The Dark Lance attacking Target Dummies. Note its piercing abilities.

The Dark Lance is a pre-Hardmode, post-Skeletron spear that can pierce through enemies, capable of hitting the same enemy multiple times. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Dark Lance inflicts the Shadowflame(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) debuff for 4–5 seconds and creates a small, damaging shockwave at the end of its tip, further extending its reach. The Dark Lance has a (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/5 (20%) / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 1/6 (16.67%) chance of being found in Shadow Chests in the Underworld, as well as a 1/5 (20%) chance of being found in Obsidian Lock Boxes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) obtained from Obsidian Crates(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and Hellstone Crates(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

When used, the Dark Lance gives off light-emitting particles that linger for a while. It is the strongest pre-Hardmode spear.

Its best modifier is Godly or Demonic. Both modifiers increase the average damage output by the same amount.


  • In Celebrationmk10(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) worlds, the Dark Lance can be found with the normally incompatible Legendary modifier. The size boost will not take effect, though it is still the best modifier possible.


  • Due to its long range and light-emitting particles, the Dark Lance is useful for fighting in the dark as well as for locating caves.
  • It is a solid spear during early Hardmode, particularly due to being able to push enemies away and keep distance from the player.



  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 29 to 34.
    • Now generates a shockwave at the end of the spear.
    • Now inflicts Shadowflame.
  • Desktop
    • Damage increased from 27 to 29.
    • Knockback increased from 4 to 5.
  • Desktop 1.0.6:
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was Dark Lance (pre-1.0.6).png.
    • Speed increased from average to fast.
    • Can now spawn more than once per world.