Magic Missile

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Magic Missile
  • Magic Missile item spriteold Magic Missile item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage35 / 23 (Magic)
Knockback7.5 (Very strong) /
5.5 (Average)
Mana14 / 10
Critical chance4%
Use time22 (Fast) /
17 (Very fast)
TooltipCasts a controllable missile
RarityRarity level: 2
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Magic Missile
    Magic Missile
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Gold ChestGold ChestGold Chest114.29*1/7 (14.29%)
Golden Lock BoxGolden Lock BoxGolden Lock Box114.29*1/7 (14.29%)
The Magic Missile attacking Target Dummies and a Skeleton.

The Magic Missile is a magic weapon that can be found in the Dungeon's locked Gold Chests. It can also be found in Golden Lock Boxes found in Dungeon and Stockade Crates which are fished up in the Dungeon. It fires an exploding projectile that can be controlled by holding the Use / Attack button and moving the cursor. If the Use / Attack button is released mid-drag, the missile will be flung in that direction. If the cursor is stationary on release, it flies directly away from the player. The projectile also emits a moderate amount of light.

If any enemies are nearby when the missile is released, the missile will home in and attack them.

Its best modifier is Mythical.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Sky FractureSky FractureMythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil


  • The mana cost is for the initial casting only. Maintaining and directing the missile does not cost additional mana, and the player will regenerate mana while controlling it.
  • The Magic Missile can fire through water (unlike the Flamelash, a similar guidable weapon).
  • The projectiles of the Magic Missile can be controlled through gaps of one tile wide.


  • The missile emits light and can be remotely directed wherever there is continuous empty space, making it a good cave-scouting tool.
  • The projectile causes an explosion that can damage enemies through a one-block thick wall.
  • The Magic Missile can prove very useful when combined with the Binoculars, increasing the range in which the missile can be guided.
  • The missile has a high amount of knockback while being as accurate as the player can move their mouse, allowing to knock enemies away with precision.


  • The Flamelash, which is found in Shadow Chests and Obsidian Lock Boxes, can be considered an Underworld-tier upgrade to the Magic Missile, having identical functionality but inflicting the On Fire! debuff and increased damage. The Rainbow Rod, crafted in early Hardmode, also has identical functionality and deals even further damage.
  • A magic missile spell first appeared in the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, and has appeared in countless publications since.
    • In Dungeons & Dragons, the magic missile spell always hits its target, represented in Terraria by the item's homing ability.
  • Previously, on the Mobile version Mobile version, the missile could be fired multiple times, stacking into something that could instantly kill most enemies.


  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Use time increased from 18 to 22.
    • Mana cost increased from 12 to 14.
  • Desktop
    • Completely revamped:
      • Projectile homes into enemies upon being released and will also produce a small area-of-effect explosion on impact.
      • Projectile moves much faster.
      • Projectile sprite updated.
      • Use time increased from 17 to 18.
      • Mana cost increased from 10 to 12.
    • Sell value increased from 20 to 175.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Damage increased from 22 to 23.
    • Knockback increased from 5 to 5.5.
  • Desktop 1.0.6:
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was Magic Missile (pre-1.0.6).png.
    • Damage decreased from 32 to 22.
    • Mana to cast reduced from 16 to 10.
    • Speed of projectile is increased.
    • Projectile launched after release the mouse button, rather than disappearing.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
    • Damage increased from 23 to 27.
    • Knockback increased from 5.5 to 7.5.
  • Console 1.06:
    • Damage increased from 22 to 23.
    • Knockback increased from 5 to 5.5.
  • Mobile 1.2.11212:
    • Damage increased from 22 to 23.
    • Knockback increased from 5 to 5.5.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced with stats and sprites of Desktop 1.2.3.