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  • Kaleidoscope item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage180 (Summon)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Use time30 (Average)
Velocity12 (effective)
Tooltip20 summon tag damage
10% summon tag critical strike chance
Your summons will focus struck enemies
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell5 GC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Kaleidoscope
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Empress of Light(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Empress of Light.gifEmpress of Light(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)125%
Treasure Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
(Empress of Light)
Treasure Bag (Empress of Light)Treasure Bag
(Empress of Light)
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Attacking with the Kaleidoscope.

The Kaleidoscope is a Hardmode, post-Plantera whip that has a 1/4 (25%) chance of being dropped by the Empress of Light.

Like other whips, it causes minions and sentries to focus on the last-struck enemy and increases their damage against the target by 20. Uniquely, it also grants minions and sentries the ability to deal critical hits at a fixed 10% chance.

If the Kaleidoscope hits multiple targets in a single attack, the damage dealt by each consecutive hit will be reduced by 10%.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • The Morning Star and Kaleidoscope have the unique ability to grant Minions the ability to deal critical hits. Though the boost is relatively low, it is nevertheless a noticeable increase in damage, especially with a large number of minions.
  • Due to its high base damage, range, tag damage, and extra summon tag critical strike chance, it is arguably the most powerful whip in the game.
    • However, the speed boost and dark energy from the Dark Harvest may be preferable in certain situations.
    • The Firecracker can also outperform it against single targets, especially when used with the Stardust Dragon.
  • The Kaleidoscope's large range and bright particles can make it useful for finding caves or exploring underground.
  • The Kaleidoscope synergizes very well with the Blade Staff, because of the Kaleidoscope's high summon tag damage.


  • A kaleidoscope is an optical device that uses reflecting surfaces to create regular, symmetrical, and usually very colorful patterns when one looks into it.
  • Unlike most other rainbow-themed weapons, the Kaleidoscope does not have secret color themes for developers and beta testers.
  • It is the only weapon dropped by the Empress of Light that does not resemble any of her attacks.


  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 165 to 180.
    • Range increased.
    • Damage penalty for each additional target hit per swing reduced from 15% to 10%.