Wasp Gun

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Wasp Gun
  • Wasp Gun item spriteold Wasp Gun item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage31 / 19 (Magic)
Knockback0.25 (Extremely weak) / 0 (No knockback)
Mana10 / 6
Critical chance4%
Use time18 (Very fast) / 11 (Very fast)
Velocity36 (effective)
TooltipIgnores 10 points of enemy Defense
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Wasp
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
(Second Form)
(Second Form)
Treasure Bag
Treasure Bag (Plantera)Treasure Bag
The Wasp Gun attacking a Mimic and Target Dummies. Note how the projectiles home in on the Mimic and ricochet off of blocks.

The Wasp Gun is a Hardmode magic weapon which is dropped by Plantera with a 14.29*1/7 (14.29%) or 16.67*1/6 (16.67%) chance. It fires 2–4 / 2–6 homing wasp projectiles that ricochet off surfaces, and home in on nearby enemies and deal damage to them. It is essentially an upgraded Hardmode version of the Bee Gun. Wasps deal no knockback.

On the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile, the Wasp Gun has 10 armor penetration. The Hive Pack increases the defense penetration of wasps from 10 to 15, as well the base damage of the Wasp Gun from 31 to 36.

Its best modifier is Mythical.

Its best modifier is Demonic or Deadly for damage output, or Mystic for mana conservation because it cannot get modifiers that affect knockback.


  • Like the bees of the Bee Gun, the wasps will dissipate upon contact with water and lava, but not honey.
  • Modifiers that increase its speed have very little positive impact because it deals piercing damage, which limits how often it can hit the same enemy no matter how quickly its projectiles are fired.
  • The Hive Pack increases the damage and armor penetration of this weapon by 5 each. This buff is not listed in game.


  • It may not be very effective against Hardmode enemies due to the low per-wasp damage and high enemy defense, even though the gun is dropped by Plantera.
    • Because of that (and the fact that the wasps pierce, triggering enemy invincibility), it is more useful not to spawn too many of them and switch to a different weapon after casting some.
    • The weapon's armor penetration somewhat mitigates this problem.
  • The Wasp Gun is highly effective for farming money with the Lucky Coin during events. The low per-hit damage results in a larger number of hits, netting more money overall.
  • The Wasp Gun works incredibly well with the set bonus of the Spectre armor (with Mask), due to how every time a wasp hits an enemy it creates multiple projectiles, allowing for more potential DPS, which makes it quite well at dealing with bosses with multiple parts (e.g. Golem).


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Wasps move roughly 25% faster.
    • Wasps now inflict static immunity, meaning they will no longer interfere with other sources of piercing damage.
    • Now has a token knockback value, allowing access to better modifiers.
    • The Hive Pack now increases the damage of Wasp Gun by from 31 to 36, and increases the defense penetration of wasps from 10 to 15.
  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Now has 10 armor penetration.
    • Added tooltip "Wasp Gun".
  • Desktop
    • Item and projectile sprites updated.
    • Damage increased from 21 to 31.
    • Use time increased from 11 to 18.
    • Mana cost increased from 6 to 10.
    • Wasps can now bounce/pierce only 3 times instead of 4.
    • Reduced maximum possible wasps per cast from 6 to 4.