Nettle Burst

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Nettle Burst
  • Nettle Burst item spriteold Nettle Burst item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage35 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 25 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Magic)
Knockback1 (Extremely weak)
Mana12 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 10 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Critical chance4%
Use time25 (Fast)
TooltipIgnores 10 points of enemy Defense
RarityRarity level: 7
Sell4 GC
Research1 required
Projectiles created
  • Nettle Burst Right
    Nettle Burst Right
  • Nettle Burst Left
    Nettle Burst Left
  • Nettle Burst End
    Nettle Burst End
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
(Second Form)
(Second Form)
114.29% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
16.67% (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Treasure Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Treasure Bag (Plantera)Treasure Bag
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
The Nettle Burst attacking Target Dummies. Note its wall-piercing capabilities.

The Nettle Burst is a Hardmode, post-Plantera magic weapon that casts a 24-tile-long snaking vine projection that lingers for several seconds, passes through solid blocks, and pierces an unlimited number of enemies. The Nettle Burst scores a rapid succession of up to nine hits to damaged enemies (compared to the Vilethorn's seven hits), and each hit delivers the weapon's full damage while inflicting a knockback value of 1 (Extremely weak), locking them in place and dealing over 250 total damage to any target that remains in the thorn's affected area for the vine's entire duration. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Nettle Burst also has 10 armor penetration, similar to that of the Crystal Vile Shard. The Nettle Burst has a (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/7 (14.29%) / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 1/6 (16.67%) chance of being dropped by Plantera.

Its best modifier is Mythical.


  • Its ability to pass through solid blocks and pierce unlimited enemies allows players to wall themselves off from most threats and still deal damage, or hit worm-type enemies while they are inside walls. Its infinite piercing property is also useful against enemies with multiple parts or minions, such as The Destroyer.
  • Compared to the Vilethorn, the Nettle Burst deals a little over twice damage, affects an area twice as long, lingers for a slightly longer period, and has a slightly faster use time. Due to the way defense and armor penetration work, however, this doubling in damage results in significantly more damage against Hardmode enemies that would otherwise reduce the Vilethorn's damage to 1.


  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Now has 10 armor penetration.
    • Changed tooltip from "Summons a thorn spear" to "Ignores 10 points of enemy Defense".
  • Desktop
    • Damage increased from 28 to 35.
    • Mana cost increased from 10 to 12.
  • Desktop Fixed projectiles making liquid ripples when they should not.