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  • Katana item spriteold Katana item sprite
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Damage18 / 16 (Melee)
Knockback3.5 (Weak)
Critical chance19%
Use time20 (Very fast) / 22 (Fast)
RarityRarity level: 1
Research1 required
Using a Katana to attack a Target Dummy.

The Katana is a melee weapon that is purchased from the Traveling Merchant for 10 / 250. Considering it can be acquired very early into the game, the Katana can be quite useful as it has very good stats for an early game sword. The Katana has a base 19% critical strike chance, as opposed to the usual 4%, and has autoswing, which makes it extremely useful.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • Due to the large size of the Katana, and the fact that it autoswings, it is great for clearing out hordes of flying enemies by knocking them back before they strike.
  • In Don't dig up and Get fixed boi worlds, the Katana receives the following changes:
    • Switched place with Keybrand. As a result, it is dropped by the Rusty Armored Bones, Hell Armored Bones, and Blue Armored Bones instead of sold by the Traveling Merchant.
    • Damage increased from 18 to 150.
    • Use time decreased from 20 to 15.
    • Critical strike chance increased from 19% to 33%.
    • Value increased from 10 to 20.


  • Katanas are a type of Japanese sword, renowned for their superb craftsmanship, which was developed as a result of the poor quality of the iron that medieval Japanese swordsmiths had access to and therefore still achieving "good" sharpness.
    • The word "katana" is usually written as kanji "刀", but Spike Chunsoft uses its katakana name "カタナ" for this item in the Japanese release. This is likely due to that in Japanese, "刀" simply means sword or bladed edges, such as daggers or even chisels, not just the historically well-known Japanese swords.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 16 to 18.
    • Use time reduced from 22 to 20.
    • Size scale increased from 1 to 1.1.