Thorns Potion

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Thorns Potion
  • Thorns Potion item spriteold Thorns Potion item sprite
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Use time17 (Very fast)
TooltipAttackers also take damage
RarityRarity level: 1
Research20 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipAttackers also take damage
Duration8 minutes
2 minutes
"Thorns" redirects here. For the plant, see Thorny bushes. For the magic weapon obtained during a Blood Moon, see Blood Thorn.

The Thorns Potion is a buff potion which grants the Thorns buff when consumed. The buff inflicts a knockback of 10 (Extremely strong) on enemies that come into contact with the player, dealing 100% / 33% of their damage to them.[1] This lasts for 8 minutes / 2 minutes, but can be canceled at any time by right-clicking the icon (Desktop version), by selecting the icon using Cycle Next/Previous Buff and then pressing Remove Buff (Console version), by selecting the icon and canceling it in the equipment menu (Old-gen console version), by double-tapping the buff icon (Mobile version), or by canceling the buff from the buffs screen (Nintendo 3DS version).



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Thorns PotionThorns Potion
Placed BottlePlaced Bottle
Alchemy TableAlchemy Table
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Thorns PotionThorns Potion
total: 2 row(s)


  • This potion cannot be created in worlds with Crimson, as Worm Teeth are only dropped by Devourers in the Corruption. This is likely an unintended issue which arose with the 1.2.3 change. The Fishing feature introduced in 1.2.4 seems however to have balanced this by giving Crimson worlds the Heartreach Potion and Rage Potion while only giving Corruption worlds the Wrath Potion. However, both the Heartreach and Thorns Potions can be found in Chests, regardless of world type.
  • The buff stacks with the Cactus armor's thorns set bonus, but not with the thorns effect from the Turtle armor set bonus, which overrides it.
  • The reflected damage will be decreased by banners (25% in Classic or lower, 50% in Expert or above), rerolled inversely by luck (having negative luck will give a chance to increase incoming damage, and thus increasing thorns damage as a result) and capped at 1000 damage.


  • This potion can be useful in fights where body contact is likely, such as the Creepers spawned by the Brain of Cthulhu or the final portion of the Queen Bee fight. It should never be relied on for primary damage, though, as enemies have much more health than the player.


  • Like the Wrath Potion to the Rage Potion, the Thorns Potion may be seen as the Corruption counterpart to the Heartreach Potion, as they both give defensive buffs with imagery which references their respective biomes.


  • Desktop 1.4.1: The Thorns effect has been increased from 33% of damage taken to 100%.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Update_NPCCollision() in Terraria.Player.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is