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  • Starlight item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage80 (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance14%
Use time18 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Starlight
Not to be confused with Starfury.
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)
The Starlight being used on a Target Dummy and Mimics.

The Starlight is a Hardmode melee weapon that has a 25*1/4 (25%) chance to be dropped by the Empress of Light boss. While the Use / Attack button is held, short-range light beams fire rapidly, at no mana or ammo cost.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • The beams are not able to deal damage to enemies through blocks, unless the enemy itself is able to pass through blocks.
  • Despite being able to receive modifiers which boost speed, the Starlight is completely unaffected by those and other melee speed bonuses.
    • However, the Titan Glove and modifiers which boost size do affect weapon range.


  • The quick attack speed and infinite piercing of the weapon allow it to quickly defeat hordes of enemies on the ground.
  • The Starlight is an efficient weapon for farming large, slow-moving enemies and bosses like Plantera, Ogre, and Golem, killing them in seconds, however it is not reliable as a main weapon against most enemies in general because of its short range. It should be used alongside other weapons with longer range.
  • With the Legendary modifier and when used against a single target, it is able to reach a DPS of around 1,100 with no additional equipment.
  • Due to its rapid attack rate, it is an effective weapon for killing the Dungeon Guardian. Although, given the short range of the Starlight, and the contact damage dealt by the Guardians, it may be unwise to attempt.
  • It is roughly as powerful as the Solar Eruption within its effective range, though its range is much shorter.


  • Although the Starlight visually resembles a sword and has a similar attack motion to shortswords, it is not classified as one. The following differences set it apart from all shortswords:
    • It creates projectiles.
    • The sword itself does not do any damage – the projectiles do.
    • Its range is much longer than that of any shortsword.
    • It is not available in pre-Hardmode.
For these reasons, it is instead classified as a projectile melee weapon.
  • As the weapons that the Empress of Light drops are based on her attacks, the Starlight seems to be based off of her Sun Dance.
  • The beams created by the Starlight use the same sprite as those created by the Rainbow Crystal Staff.
  • The weapon itself seems to be a rapier, a thin sword used for thrusting that was popular in Western Europe.
  • Like the Last Prism, the Starlight 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: Range now increases with Titan Glove and prefix size modifiers.
  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 70 to 80.
    • Critical strike chance increased from 4% to 14%.