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Nintendo 3DS version
3DS-Only Content: This information applies only to the 3DS version of Terraria.
  • Zapinator item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage50 (Magic)
Knockback3 (Very weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time7 (Insanely fast)
RarityRarity level: 4
Projectile created
  • Green Laser
    Green Laser
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
(Second Form)
(Second Form)
Animation of the Zapinator.

The Zapinator is a 3DSNintendo 3DS version-exclusive,[1] Hardmode magic weapon. It has an approximate 1.25*1/80 (1.25%) chance of being dropped by Plantera, but the exact drop chance is unknown. It shoots green projectiles very rapidly. It can be considered as an upgrade to the Space Gun.

Its best modifier is either Masterful for mana conservation or Godly/Demonic for higher damage output. It cannot get the Mythical modifier due to its low mana cost.


  • Because the Zapinator consumes lots of mana when fired rapidly, the Mana Flower is helpful to continuously use it.


  • The Zapinator was used by the developers in the Desktop version Desktop version to test certain content prior to Terraria's official release, used to kill enemies instantly so they would not be interrupted during testing. It was originally released on the Desktop version Desktop version, but was removed in the 1.0.1 update, replacing them with Angel Statues. At the time, it was essentially the most powerful weapon in the game, though since update 1.1 and the release of Hardmode, this has ceased to be true.
  • The Zapinator was re-introduced along with the version as two separate items, the Gray Zapinator and the Orange Zapinator.
  • The Zapinator's name and sprite resemble the NES Zapper, an electronic light gun accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The NES Zapper was most notably used in the game Duck Hunt.
    • This could explain why the Zapinator was removed from the Desktop version Desktop version, as it could cause copyright problems between Re-Logic and Nintendo.
    • This might also explain why it was subsequently re-added to the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version – there would be no conflict with Nintendo for this instance.
    • Despite that, both the Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version and the Wii U version of Old-gen console version Old-gen console version lack the Zapinator.
      • It is unlikely that this version of the Zapinator will be added to either versions as the Wii U version will no longer receive content updates, and the Switch version has the Orange and Gray Zapinators that were introduced in 1.4.
  • The projectile shot by the Zapinator is also used by the Space Gun.


  • 3DS 1.01: Name changed from ITEMNAME[5075] to Zapinator.


  1. 3DS KNOWN ISSUES Jan 4, 2016