Shadowflame Knife

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Shadowflame Knife
  • Shadowflame Knife item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage38 (Melee)
Knockback5.75 (Average)
Critical chance7%
Use time12 (Very fast)
TooltipInflicts Shadowflame on hit
RarityRarity level: 5
Sell2 GC
Research1 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffShadowflameShadowflame(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Debuff tooltipLosing life
Duration1–3 seconds
Projectile created
  • Shadowflame Knife
    Shadowflame Knife
  • Internal Item ID: 3054 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 153 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Projectile ID: 497
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Goblin Warlock(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Goblin Warlock.gifGoblin Warlock(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)116.7%33.3%
The Shadowflame Knife in action. (Note: The projectiles ricochet, they do not have homing properties.)

The Shadowflame Knife is a Hardmode melee weapon that auto-fires small flaming knife projectiles that consume no mana or ammunition. The projectiles ricochet twice off enemies only (not blocks), dissipating upon their third impact. They also inflict the Shadowflame debuff for between 1 and 3 seconds, which deals an additional 15 damage per second. The Shadowflame Knife also has a base 7% critical strike chance as opposed to the usual 4%.

The Shadowflame Knife has a 1/6 (16.67%) / 1/3 (33.33%) chance to drop from Goblin Warlocks during a Hardmode Goblin Army.

Its best modifier is Godly or Demonic. Both modifiers increase the average damage output by the same amount.


  • As with all melee projectiles, the fly distance increases with faster attack speed.
  • The knife travels approximately 30 tiles before dropping.
  • It cannot get speed modifiers, making accessories, armor, and buffs the only way to increase its velocity.


  • The effects of the Shadowflame debuff will stack with those of On Fire!, Cursed Inferno, and Frostburn. Using the Shadowflame Knife with a Magma Stone or a Fire Gauntlet, a Flask of Cursed Flames and Frost armor facilitates inflicting all of those at once.
  • The Shadowflame Knife can be considered a melee alternative to the Magic Dagger. It has similar stats, costs no mana, has autoswing and flies faster than it. Although it does not pierce, its ability to ricochet can make up for it.
  • This weapon is a good option for melee players in early-to-mid Hardmode. It can be acquired immediately from a Goblin Army and its versatility as an unlimited projectile along with its debuff makes it extremely useful against Hardmode enemies and even the mechanical bosses, particularly The Destroyer, due to its bouncing ability allowing one knife to hit the boss up to three times.
  • Its falling and ricocheting properties might cause it to accidentally hit and activate a Biome Mimic, which can be fatal in early Hardmode.

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