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  • Nightglow item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage50 (Magic)
Knockback2.5 (Very weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time36 (Very slow)
Velocity34 (effective)
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Nightglow
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Empress of LightEmpress of Light.gifEmpress of Light125%
Treasure Bag
(Empress of Light)
Treasure Bag (Empress of Light)Treasure Bag
(Empress of Light)
Not to be confused with Moonglow.
The Nightglow attacking Mimics.

The Nightglow is a Hardmode, post-Plantera magic weapon that has a 25*1/4 (25%) chance to be dropped by the Empress of Light. When fired, four rainbow-colored projectiles emerge from the player and home in on nearby enemies. Each of the projectiles can pierce enemies and hit three times, resulting in high potential damage, but loses 20% of damage for each enemy struck.[1]

Its best modifier is Mythical.


  • The weapon is visibly held by the player when selected, and provides light.


  • The Nightglow seems to be based on the Empress of Light's Prismatic Bolts.
  • Like the Last Prism, the Nightglow has secret color themes for developers and beta testers. This is triggered by using a specific set of character names:
List of names
Name Color(s)
Acamaeda Green/Yellow/Red
Alchemystics Red/Pink/Purple
Antithesis Light Blue/Black
Aurora3500 Purple/Blue/Green
Bame Blue/Yellow
Cenx Pink/Green
Criddle Yellow/Orange
Crowno Purple
Darthkitten Red/White
darthmorf Dark Red/Black
Discipile Yellow/Orange
Doylee Red/Pink/Blue
Ghostar White/Blue/Black
Grox The Great Light Blue/Green
Jaxrud Green/Yellow
Jenosis Yellow/Red/Pink
Kazzymodus Green/Black
Khaios Dark Green/Black
Lazure Red/Pink/Blue
Leinfors Purple
Loki Red/Black
ManaUser Blue/Green
Mid White/Red/Black
Nike Leon Orange/Red
Nimbus White
ppowersteef Yellow/Red
RBrandon Dark Orange
Redigit Blue
Serenity Pink/White
Sigma Yellow/Red
teiull Red/Pink/Blue
Unit One Blue/Yellow
Vulpes Inculta Purple
Waze3174 Red/Yellow/Green
Xman101 Orange/Black
Yoraiz0r Pink
Zoomo Purple


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Projectiles that are not currently tracking a target linger roughly 50% longer before disappearing.
    • Projectiles will have their duration reset to full upon beginning to track a target.
  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Mana cost decreased from 26 to 23.
    • Projectiles will now bounce, rather than break, when they come into contact with a block.


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