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Uses ammoBullets
Damage26 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 15 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Ranged)
Knockback3 (Very weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time15 (Very fast) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 12 (Very fast) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
RarityRarity level: 2
Sell1 GC75 SC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 1 GC (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Gold ChestGold ChestGold Chest11/7 (14.29%)
Golden Lock Box(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Golden Lock BoxGolden Lock Box(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)11/7 (14.29%)
Animation of the Handgun.

The Handgun is a pre-Hardmode gun that shoots bullets rather quickly, although it does not autofire. It is superior in both damage and speed to the Flintlock Pistol. The Handgun has a 1/7 (14.29%) chance of being obtained from Locked Gold Chests in the Dungeon, and, on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, from Golden Lock Boxes found in Dungeon Crates or Stockade Crates.

Its best modifier is Unreal.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Phoenix BlasterPhoenix BlasterIron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil


  • The Dungeon will generally contain 1-2 Handguns.
  • The internal code for generating dungeon chests fills chests with different items in order of their distance to the Dungeon's entrance, with the Handgun being the last item on the list before it starts over. As such, if a dungeon has more than 9 or 10 chests, one will always have the Handgun.


  • It is recommended to upgrade the Handgun to the Phoenix Blaster as soon as possible, as it gives (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 4 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 7 additional damage, and increases its velocity by 3.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Since Hellstone can be obtained pre-boss (if the Reaver Shark is obtained early on), one can easily upgrade to the Phoenix Blaster.



  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 17 to 26.
    • Use time increased from 10 to 15.
  • Desktop
    • Use time decreased from 12 to 10.
    • Sell price increased from 1 GC to 1 GC75 SC.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was Handgun (pre-1.2).png.
    • Damage increased from 14 to 15.
  • Console 1.02:
    • Sprite updated.
    • Damage increased from 14 to 15.
  • Console-Release: Introduced with stats, graphics, and sprites from Desktop 1.0.6.
  • Mobile-Release: Introduced with stats, graphics, and sprites from Desktop 1.0.6.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced with stats, graphics, and sprites from Desktop 1.2.