Hellfire Arrow

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Hellfire Arrow
  • Hellfire Arrow item spriteold Hellfire Arrow item sprite
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Damage13 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 10 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Ranged)
Knockback8 (Very strong)
RarityRarity level: 2
Buy1 SC
Sell20 CC
Research99 required
Projectile created
  • Hellfire Arrow
    Hellfire Arrow
Not to be confused with Hel-Fire or Hellfire.
Hellfire Arrows in action.

The Hellfire Arrow is a type of ammunition which creates a small explosion upon impact similar to Grenades, damaging all enemies in the area. They are always destroyed on impact, and have a noticeably higher velocity than other arrows. On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, the explosion also damages the player.

Hellfire Arrows can be found in Shadow Chests and Pots in The Underworld, crafted at an anvil, or purchased from the Demolitionist for 1 SC each in Hardmode.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Hellfire ArrowHellfire Arrow100
Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Hellfire ArrowHellfire Arrow25

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Shimmer ArrowShimmer Arrow(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • Despite the name, Hellfire Arrows do not inflict the Hellfire(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) debuff.


  • Hellfire Arrows can be very useful against tight packs of enemies and worms such as Bone Serpents, as the explosion may damage multiple segments.
  • Due to the nature of the explosion, a single Hellfire Arrow can both kill Mother Slime and damage the Baby Slimes it spawns.
  • Hellfire Arrows can be used with the Chlorophyte Shotbow or with the Tsunami for heavy area damage.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The sell price of the Hellstone Bars required to craft only 25 of these arrows is equal to the purchase price of 40 of them. It is more efficient to sell the bars and buy the arrows from the Demolitionist during Hardmode.


  • Hellfire Arrows have the highest base damage out of all pre-Hardmode arrows.
  • The name of the Hellfire Arrow may be a reference to the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.
  • Hellfire Arrows are the only type of arrow (beside basic Wooden Arrows) to turn into Shimmer Arrows when thrown into Shimmer instead of being uncrafted into its components. This is probably due to unwanted cheesing by getting Hellstone Bars early.


  • Desktop
    • Damage increased from 10 to 13.
    • Crafting recipe changed.
    • No longer damages the player.