Iron Shortsword

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Iron Shortsword
  • Iron Shortsword item spriteold Iron Shortsword item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage8 (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time12 (Very fast)
Velocity4.2 (effective)
RarityRarity level: 0
Sell2 SC80 CC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Iron Shortsword
    Iron Shortsword
Animation of the Iron Shortsword. Note the limited range.

The Iron Shortsword is an early game metal shortsword. Its alternate ore counterpart is the Lead Shortsword.

Like all shortswords, the Iron Shortsword has a very limited range and attacks with a stabbing motion at any direction on Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile, and horizontally in front of the player on Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version, instead of an arc. This makes it almost useless against flying or jumping enemies, although its high attack rate makes it somewhat effective against weaker fighter type enemies.

In Journey Mode(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), newly created characters spawn with an Iron Shortsword instead of a Copper Shortsword.

Its best modifier is Legendary.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Iron ShortswordIron Shortsword
Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Iron ShortswordIron Shortsword


  • Unless the player has a good reason to make a shortsword (like not having very much Iron or for completionist purposes), they are advised to make the Iron Broadsword as it does more damage and can swing in an arc.


  • Before 1.3, the sprites of other ore shortswords are actually Iron Shortsword's sprite, recolored. This was changed in 1.3, where every shortsword now has its own texture. The same happened to other types of Pre-Hardmode ore tools, except Demonite, Crimtane and Hellstone ones.