Nail Gun

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  • Nail item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage30 (Ranged)
Knockback3 (Very weak)
RarityRarity level: 8
Buy1 SC
Sell20 CC
Research99 required
Projectile created
  • Nail (friendly)
    Nail (friendly)
Nail Gun
  • Nail Gun item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Uses ammoNail
Damage85 (Ranged)
Knockback0 (No knockback)
Critical chance4%
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell10 GC
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 3107 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
EntitySpecial dropRate
Nailhead(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Nailhead.gifNailhead(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Nail GunNail Gun(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
+ NailNail(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) (100–200)
The Nail Gun attacking Target Dummies.

The Nail Gun is a Hardmode, post-Plantera launcher-like weapon that consumes Nails as ammunition. When a Nail makes contact with an enemy, it deals 15% damage (17 base damage) and sticks to the damaged enemy before exploding after 1.5 seconds, dealing 135% damage (155 base damage).[1] Nails will also stick to solid blocks and explode in the same manner, and their explosions do not damage the shooter. Nails are unaffected by gravity until they have flown roughly 30 tiles, at which point they fly with an arc similar to that of an arrow. If used in PvP, the Nails will not stick to players and will instead deal normal damage (115 base damage).

The Nail Gun has a 1/25 (4%) / 49/625 (7.84%) chance to drop from Nailheads during the Solar Eclipse event. When dropped, the Nail Gun is always accompanied by 100 to 200 Nails. Additional Nails are also sold by both the Merchant and the Arms Dealer for 1 SC each when the player has the Nail Gun in their inventory.

Its best modifier is Demonic, as it does not have any knockback and thus cannot get modifiers that affect it.


  • When a Nail is fired in the air with the Archery buff in velocity, it actually takes 60% of the buff's modifier longer to fall instead of speeding up.
  • If an enemy dies (or one of the Moon Lord's eyes closes) while Nails are still stuck into it, these Nails will pop out, sticking to other surfaces or enemies and exploding like usual.
  • The Nail Gun receives the specialized boosts from the Shroomite Helmet.


  • In real life, a nail gun is a type of hammer used to drive nails into a surface by firing it using compressed air, electromagnetism, flammable gas, or explosive charges in some cases.



  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is