Spiky Ball

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Spiky Ball
  • Spiky Ball item spriteold Spiky Ball item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage16 / 15 (Ranged)
Knockback1 (Extremely weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 0
Research99 required
Projectile created
  • Spiky Ball
    Spiky Ball
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Goblin ArcherGoblin Archer.pngGoblin Archer1-549.75%
Goblin PeonGoblin Peon.pngGoblin Peon1-549.75%
Goblin SorcererGoblin Sorcerer.pngGoblin Sorcerer1-549.75%
Goblin ThiefGoblin Thief.pngGoblin Thief1-549.75%
Goblin WarriorGoblin Warrior.pngGoblin Warrior1-549.75%
Not to be confused with the invincible Spike Ball enemy found in the Dungeon.

Do you know why we all carry around these spiked balls? Because I don't.

The Goblin Tinkerer

Animation of the Spiky Ball.

Spiky Balls are consumable ranged weapons that are primarily used as passive traps, by tossing them to the ground, where enemies who pass over them will take damage up to 6 / 7 times (after which the Spiky Balls vanish). If not destroyed, they will automatically vanish after 1 minute. They can also be directly thrown at enemies, but they have a very short arc and quickly fall to the ground. Spiky Balls are dropped by all goblins in the Goblin Army and can be purchased from the Goblin Tinkerer for 80 each.

The Goblin Tinkerer uses Spiky Balls to defend himself against nearby enemies.


  • Spiky Balls will not harm the player who threw them, nor will they damage NPCs. They will, however, damage other players in PvP.
  • Once thrown, a Spiky Ball cannot be picked up again.
  • Spiky Balls will not fall through platforms.


  • Spiky Balls are useful against groups of enemies or bosses (e.g., the Eater of Worlds or King Slime), especially because they can be set up in advance.
  • When wearing Frost armor, Spiky Balls will glow from the Frostburn effect and can serve as makeshift Glowsticks.
  • When thrown on the ground, they can serve as an immobilizer to any enemy that does not have knockback resistance.
  • As Spiky Balls are a very common drop during the Goblin Army event, with each Spiky Ball selling for 16, they are a decent money source early on.

See also


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 15 to 16.
    • Pierce count increased from 6 to 7.
  • Desktop
    • Weapon type changed from Throwing to Ranged.
    • Item and projectile sprites updated.
  • Desktop 1.1: Sell value increased from 4 to 16. Can now be purchased from the Goblin Tinkerer.