Molotov Cocktail

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Molotov Cocktail
  • Molotov Cocktail item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage23 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 40 (Old-gen console version) (Ranged)
Knockback7 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time40 (Very slow)
TooltipA small explosion that puts enemies on fire
Lights nearby area on fire for a while
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell1 SC
Research99 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffOn Fire!On Fire!
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration3–6 seconds
Projectiles created
  • Molotov Cocktail
    Molotov Cocktail
  • Molotov Fire 1
    Molotov Fire 1
  • Molotov Fire 2
    Molotov Fire 2
  • Molotov Fire 3
    Molotov Fire 3
  • Internal Item ID: 2590 (Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 24
  • Internal Projectile ID: 399, 400, 401, 402
Attacking Target Dummies with the Molotov Cocktail. Notice the splash damage in the form of flaming fragments.

The Molotov Cocktail is a consumable ranged weapon with a relatively short throwing arc. Upon hitting a solid object or enemy, it will explode and release Molotov Fire projectiles, which can pierce up to 2 targets, hitting a total of 3 targets. Contact with these projectiles deals damage and inflicts the On Fire! debuff for 3–6 seconds. Its high damage and ability to inflict fire damage make it a powerful early- to mid-pre-Hardmode weapon.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Old-gen console version only:
Molotov CocktailMolotov Cocktail10
By Hand
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Molotov CocktailMolotov Cocktail5


  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) When against the Eater of Worlds, the Molotov Fire projectiles can only deal 65% damage (14 base damage) and pierce one target instead of two.[1]



  • Molotov cocktails were originally gasoline-filled bottles used as anti-tank weapons by the Finnish Army against the Russians during the Winter War of 1939. The name came from Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, a Soviet politician who claimed the Russians' air bombings were actually airdropped food. Finnish soldiers mocked this by saying the "cocktails" were drinks to go with the "food". The term is still used to refer to any small makeshift fire grenade made from a bottle of flammable liquid with a lit cloth as fuse.


  • Desktop
    • Damage reduced from 40 to 23.
    • Damage type changed from Ranged to Throwing.
    • Crafting recipe changed:
      • Ale decreased from 10 to 5.
      • Pink Gel added.
      • Quantity produced decreased from 10 to 5.
    • Now only deals 65% damage to the Eater of Worlds.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.