Striking Moment

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Striking Moment is a buff granted when the Open / Activate is pressed when holding the Brand of the Inferno or the Sergeant United Shield to successfully block an enemy attack with a shield accessory equipped, right before damage is taken. Striking an enemy with a melee weapon within 5 seconds of the block deals five times the usual damage, after which the buff will be removed. This bonus can be used with any melee weapon.


  • The damage of projectiles that spawn upon hitting the enemy will not be increased by the buff.[1] This includes projectiles from the following weapons:


  • When using the Sergeant United Shield, a shield accessory is not required to be able to block, as long as the shield is not being thrown. Otherwise, a shield accessory must be equipped.


  • Desktop Fixed tooltip incorrectly stating 500% increased damage, now correctly states 400% increased damage (500% total).
  • Desktop Changed tooltip; used to incorrectly state 300% increased damage, now incorrectly states 500%.
  • Mobile Introduced with changes from Desktop to Desktop


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. And field DontApplyParryDamageBuff in Terraria.ID.ProjectileID. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is