Terra Blade

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Terra Blade
  • Terra Blade item sprite
Autoswing
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Damage85 (Melee)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time18 (Very fast)
Velocity12
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell20 GC
Research1 required
Projectiles created
  • Terra Blade
    Terra Blade
  • Terra Beam
    Terra Beam
For an extensive guide to crafting this item, see Guide:Crafting a Terra Blade.

The Terra Blade is a Hardmode projectile sword which becomes available after defeating Plantera.

The Terra Blade fires a wide green slash wave projectile with each swing. It also has a large aura of energy around the blade when swung, which significantly increases the range at which the weapon can deal damage to enemies, including coverage behind the player. The projectile deals 100% base damage at first and pierces an infinite amount of targets before applying a 25% damage penalty for each target it pierces.[1] The projectile will disappear after 1.5 seconds,[2] upon hitting a solid block, or when its damage falls to 0 after piercing.[3] If the blade, its aura, or its projectile strikes an enemy, a green flash is created.

It is later used to craft the Zenith, which is the strongest melee weapon in the game.

Its best modifier is Legendary. While Light does decrease the base use time by one, the added critical strike chance and the multiplicative damage bonuses of Legendary are better in any practical use case.

Crafting

Recipes

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Terra BladeTerra BladeMythril AnvilMythril Anvil
or
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil

Crafting tree

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
ZenithZenith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil
or
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil

Notes

The Terra Blade in use.
  • Effects from a flask will apply to the sword's projectile as well.
  • The Terra Blade only receives 75% of melee speed bonuses.
  • It will always knock enemies away from the player, regardless of the direction it is swung.

Achievements

Achievement Sword of the Hero.png
Sword of the Hero • Obtain a Terra Blade, forged from the finest blades of light and darkness.
Obtain a Terra Blade. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Collector Collector

Tips

  • Due to the fast speed and high damage of the beams, it is very effective to use the Terra Blade more as a projectile weapon than an actual sword. Even without the sword itself, it can still do massive amounts of damage at long ranges without the use of bullets or mana.
  • Because the Terra Blade shoots a projectile that can penetrate through enemies, this melee weapon is highly beneficial when fighting against hordes of enemies or for events such as the Pirate Invasion or Martian Madness.
  • When seeking to craft the Terra Blade, it is recommended to gradually get all the materials needed as the player progress through the game instead of having to scramble and collect everything when all materials are available.
  • Because this weapon has a high rate of fire, damage output, and fires piercing projectiles, it can prove rather effective in the Old One's Army event. Standing right in front of the crystal and shooting projectiles horizontally can easily deal with all the ground enemies, while the constantly-swinging sword will make it harder for the Etherian Wyverns to land an attack.

Trivia

History

  • Desktop 1.4.4.8: Reduced the benefits from melee speed stat bonuses by 25%.
  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage reduced from 115 to 85.
    • Use time increased from 14 to 18.
    • Terra Blade now has an area of damaging energy around the blade, dealing damage in a larger, wider area of effect, including better coverage behind the player.
    • Instead of a projectile sword beam fired on a cooldown, Terra Blade now fires a medium-long range, rapidly moving slash of green energy with every swing.
  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 95 to 115.
    • Use time decreased from 16 to 14.
    • Projectile damage increased from 1.25× to 1.5× of the base damage.
    • Once again requires a Broken Hero Sword to craft.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Damage increased from 80 to 88.
    • Increased projectile fire rate.
    • Removed mana sound when swung.

References

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.4 source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.4 source code, method SetDefaults() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.4 source code, method AI_191_TrueNightsEdge() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.