Demon Scythe

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Demon Scythe
  • Demon Scythe item spriteold Demon Scythe item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage35 (Magic)
Knockback5 (Average)
Mana14 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 10 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipCasts a demon scythe
RarityRarity level: 3
Sell1 GC50 SC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Demon Scythe
    Demon Scythe
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Arch DemonArch Demon.pngArch Demon12%
Voodoo DemonVoodoo Demon.pngVoodoo Demon12.86%
The Demon Scythe attacking Target Dummies. Note how the projectile disappears after dealing damage five times to any number of enemies.

The Demon Scythe is a magic weapon that fires a circular projectile when used. The projectile can pierce up to 4 targets, hitting a total of 5 targets. It has very little movement when it initially spawns, then it gradually gains speed. The Demon Scythe has a 1/35 (2.86%) chance of being dropped by Demons and Voodoo Demons in The Underworld.

Its best modifier is Mythical.


  • The Demon Scythe's projectiles emit a fair amount of light, and depending on their momentum when impacting a surface, will produce illuminating sparks that continue on the same trajectory, even through thick walls.
  • It does not pierce through blocks but if an enemy is directly on the other side of a block, the projectile can damage it as it hits the block.
  • The projectile moves at 0.75 tiles per second for one half of a second after it was cast, then increases its velocity by 6% every tick[1], for 70 ticks. It reaches its maximum speed of 60 mph 1.67 seconds after it was cast.[2]


  • The Demon Scythe remains useful into Hardmode, as its damage rate rivals that of many Hardmode weapons, especially when fired up-close for continuous damage while the projectile is still picking up speed.
  • It is comparatively inexpensive to reforge.
  • The Demon Scythe is useful when fighting the Wall of Flesh as its attacks can pierce The Hungry and Leeches that the boss summons.
  • Similarly, the piercing, persistent attacks are very useful against the Eater of Worlds, making the fight more possible even if the player otherwise is not geared up to defeat it.
  • If the player is willing to fight the Demons required, the Demon Scythe can become a powerful early-game magic weapon.
    • Depending on the player's skill, the Demon Scythe can technically be obtained at any point in the game, as Demons can always naturally spawn.


  • The Demon Scythe projectile is called a Demon Sickle in death messages.
  • The book may appear with the Demonic modifier, resulting in the name "Demonic Demon Scythe".
  • Its item sprite is a recolored Water Bolt.
  • The Demon Scythe appears in the video game Dungeon Defenders 2 as a weapon.



  1. A tick is a time unit countable by the software. Most of Terraria's updating logic happens every tick. A tick has the length of 1/60th of a second, hence there are 60 ticks in a second and 3600 ticks in a minute.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is