The Meatball

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The Meatball
  • The Meatball item spriteold The Meatball item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage34 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 16 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Melee)
Knockback5.5 (Average)
Critical chance4%
Use time45 (Very slow)
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell54 SC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • The Meatball
    The Meatball
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Meatball in use.
(Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The Meatball in use.

The Meatball is a pre-Hardmode flail crafted using Crimtane Bars and Tissue Samples. It is the equivalent of the Corruption's Ball O' Hurt (which is not crafted, but obtained by smashing a Shadow Orb).

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



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
The MeatballThe MeatballIron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil


  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Despite having similar stats to its Corruption counterpart, the Ball O' Hurt, it is relatively less useful since it is not recommended to be used on the Brain of Cthulhu itself, unless a melee player, unlike the Ball O' Hurt which is a viable option for the Eater of Worlds.


  • The Meatball is one of the three craftable flails in the game, the other two being the Flaming Mace and Dao of Pow.
  • The Meatball's name is a reference to the real food made of meat and to how the Crimson is flesh/meat-themed.
  • Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo 3DS version Modifier prefixes are added in front of the "The" in its name, which can result in a grammatically incorrect name such as "Keen The Meatball". It shares this trait with all other items that can obtain modifiers and whose names begin with "The". This error is not present in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version.


  • Desktop
    • Damage increased from 16 to 34.
    • Functionality of flails reworked.
    • Item and projectile sprites updated.