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Reforging

The reforging UI, both with and without an item in it.

Reforging is a feature introduced in the 1.1 update, and can be used to modify most weapons and accessories. Vanity items, armor, and special tools such as the Grappling Hook are unable to be reforged.

Purchasing a reforge from the Goblin Tinkerer applies better/worse stats (buffs) to the item being reforged, such as improving damage, increasing movement speed, improving the defense bonus for the item, and so on. However, possible modifications include bad ones that will make the item less desirable, such as making a weapon do less damage or have a slower firing speed. Accessories and Weapons have separate lists of possible buffs/debuffs, and different weapon types also have slightly different lists (range weapons can have improved firing speed, while melee weapons can have improved size which increases hit-range, while spells have reduced mana cost). Reforging an item chooses one buff/debuff from its applicable list at random. Multiple reforges on an item do not stack: Reforging an item will overwrite any existing buff on the item. Items can be reforged infinitely with no penalty. Each buff/debuff has a name and color. The best buffs for weapons will apply 5 different buffs (examples below).

Reforging can increase and decrease the tier of the item by up to 2 tiers, raise the sell price by up to 209%, or decrease it by up to 60%.

Note: Not every item is able to have every kind of prefix[1]. For example, the Magical Harp cannot have the Mythical prefix because the harp itself has no knockback. Mythical boosts knockback so it can't be on the harp. Flails, spears, boomerangs, drills, and chainsaws cannot be reforged for size/knockback, so their best is Godly.

Requirements

Legendary Pwnhammer baby!

A Legendary Pwnhammer.

In order to reforge items, there are three different things that need to be obtained :

  • Goblin Tinkerer (NPC after a Goblin Army has been defeated)
  • An amount of money, depending on the item's value. The cost is 1.67 times the sell value of the item.
  • In mobile version, the cost of reforging an item is 5 times its sell value.
  • A weapon/accessory to reforge.

The following tables show all the known modifications of each of their class, based on a lower leveled item.

Melee Weapons

Flails, spears, boomerangs, drills, and chainsaws cannot be reforged for size/knockback (best is Godly). There is currently a glitch which does not allow you to reforge copper axes above Tier 2 (Green). The other axes (iron, silver, gold, demonite, and the two hamaxes) however can be reforged to be Legendary.

Godly Damage Crit Knockback
Flamarang +16% +5% +15%
Dao of Pow +16% +5% +15%
Gungnir +14% +5% +15%
Dark Lance +15% +5%

+15%

Known Modifications

Some of these values will be lower/higher on different weapons, but the attributes will be roughly the same (the Phaseblade can also be reforged to Legendary):

Legendary Damage [20%] Speed [8%] Crit [5%] Size [10%] Knockback [15%]
Copper Shortsword +20% +8% +5% +10% +15%
Excalibur +15% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Tizona +15% +8% +5% +10% +15%
Muramasa +17% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Molten Hamaxe +15% +11% +5% +10% +15%
Adamantite Sword +16% +11% +5% +10% +15%
Breaker Blade +11% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Death Sickle +16% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Pwnhammer +15% +11% +5% +10% +15%
Molten Pickaxe +17% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Phasesaber (all colors) +15% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Keybrand +15% +9% +5% +10% +15%
Cutlass +16% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Terra Blade +15% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Beam Sword +15% +13% +5% +10% +15%
Starfury +14% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Bone Sword +12% +9% +5% +10% +15%
Ice Sickle +15% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Godly Damage Crit Knockback
Drax +14% +5% +15%
Pwnhammer +15% +15% +15%
Katana +12% +5% +15%
Legendary Cutlass

A Legendary Cutlass

Positive Attributes

5 Bonus Stats:

  • Legendary (+15% damage, +10% speed, +5% critical strike chance, +10% size, +15% knockback)
Leg.Adamantite

3 Bonus Stats:

  • Godly (+15% damage, +5% critical strike chance, +15% knockback)
  • Superior (+10% damage, +3% critical strike chance, +10% knockback)
  • Dangerous (+5% damage, +2% critical strike chance, +5% size)
  • Savage (+10% damage, +10% size, +10% knockback)
  • Murderous (+7% damage, +6% speed, +3% critical strike chance)
Murderous Copper Broadsword

Proof that weapons of all Tiers can get Murderous as a prefix.

2 Bonus Stats:

  • Demonic (+15% damage, +5% critical strike chance)
  • Agile (+10% speed, +3% critical strike chance)
  • Deadly (+10% damage, +10% speed)
  • Unpleasant (+5% damage, +15% knockback)
  • Rapid (+15% speed, +10% knockback)

1 Bonus Stat:

  • Sharp (+15% damage)
  • Pointy (+10% damage)
  • Hurtful (+10% damage)
  • Strong (+15% knockback)
  • Forceful (+15% knockback)
  • Quick (+10% speed)
  • Nimble (+5% speed)
  • Zealous (+5% critical strike chance)
  • Keen (+3% critical strike chance)
  • Massive (+18% size)
  • Large (+12% size)

With Positive and Negative Attributes

4 Stats Added:

  • Bulky (+5% damage, -15% speed, +10% size, +10% knockback)
  • Nasty (+5% damage, +1% speed, +2% Critical Strike Chance, -10% knockback)

3 Stats Added:

  • Shameful (-20% damage, +10% size, -20% knockback)

2 Stats Added:

  • Heavy (-8% speed, +15% knockback)
  • Light (+15% speed, -10% knockback)
  • Ruthless (+20% damage, -10% knockback)

Negative Attributes:

3 Stats Added:

  • Terrible (-20% damage, -13% size, -15% knockback)
  • Unhappy (-8% speed, -10% size, -10% knockback)

2 Stats Added:

  • Broken (-40% damage, -20% knockback)
  • Annoying (-20% damage, -15% knockback)


  • Shoddy (-20% damage, -15% knockback)

1 Stat Added:

  • Damaged (-20% damage)
  • Dull (-20% damage)
  • Sluggish (-23% speed)
  • Slow (-15% speed)
  • Lazy (-8% speed)
  • Tiny (-18% size)
  • Small (-10% size)
  • Weak (-20% knockback)

Ranged Weapons

Unreal Hallowed Repeater

Note: Modifications on ranged weapons are very limited on low-level items. The more powerful modifications are only available on higher tier weapons. Weapons classified as "miscellaneous" (such as Flamethrower, Blowpipe, Handgun, etc.) receive 5 stats when receiving the Deadly prefix.

Known Modifications

Some of these values will be lower/higher on different weapons, but the attributes will be roughly the same (default values in header).

Unreal Damage [15%] Speed [10%] Crit [5%] Velocity [10%] Knockback [15%]
Hallowed Repeater +15% +11% +5% +10% +15%
Molten Fury +14% +12% +5% +10% +15%
Flamethrower +15% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Megashark +13% +14% +5% +10% +15%
Phoenix Blaster +13% +9% +5% +10% +15%
Shotgun +17% +11% +5% +10% +15%
Sniper Rifle +15% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Uzi +13% +11% +5% +10% +15%
Piranha Gun +15% +10% +5% +10% +15%
Tactical Shotgun +14% +9% +5% +10% +15%
Tsunami +15% +8% +5% +10% +15%
Godly Damage Crit Knockback
Shotgun +17% +5% +15%
Megashark +13% +5% +15%
Superior Damage [10%] Crit [3%] Knockback [10%]
Shotgun +11% +3% +10%
Murderous Damage [10%] Speed [10%] Crit
Mythril Repeater

Phoenix Blaster

+6-9% +4-9% +3%
Deadly Damage [10%] Speed [10%] Crit Velocity Knockback

Star Cannon

+11% +10%
Molten Fury +10% +4% +2% +5% +5%
Stynger +9% +5% +2% +5% +5%
Tendon Bow +11% +7% +2% +5% +5%
Demonic Damage [15%] Crit [5%]
Clockwork Assault Rifle +16-17% +5%

Positive Attributes

5 Bonus Stats:

  • Unreal (+13-17% Damage, +10-14% Speed, +5% Critical Strike Chance, +10% Velocity, +15% Knockback)

3 Bonus Stats:

  • Godly (+13-17% Damage, +5% Critical Strike Chance, +15% Knockback)
  • Superior (+9-11% Damage, +3% Critical Strike Chance, +10% Knockback)
  • Murderous (+6-9% Damage, +4-9% speed, +3% Critical Strike Chance, stats from Mythril Repeater and Phoenix Blaster)

2 Bonus Stats:

  • Demonic (+16-17% Damage, +5% Critical Strike Chance, stats from Clockwork Assault Rifle )
  • Sighted (+17% Damage, +3% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Rapid (+13% Speed, +10% Velocity)
  • Hasty (+10% Speed, +15% Velocity)
  • Agile (+10% Speed, +3% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Deadly (+10% Damage, +10% Speed)
  • Staunch (+9% Damage, +15% Knockback)
  • Unpleasant (+4% Damage, +15% Knockback)
  • Intimidating (+5% Velocity, +15% Knockback)

1 Bonus Stat:

  • Hurtful (+15-20% Damage, Copper Bow and above)
  • Zealous (+5% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Keen (+3% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Quick (+10% Speed)
  • Nimble (+10% Speed)

With Positive and Negative Attributes

4 Stats Added:

  • Nasty (+4% Damage, +14% Speed, +2% Critical Strike Chance, -10% Knockback, stats from Megashark )

3 Stats Added:

  • Powerful (+25% Damage, -10% Speed, +1% Critical Strike Chance)

2 Stats Added:

  • Ruthless (+19% damage, -10% knockback)
  • Frenzying (-16% Damage, +13% Speed)

Negative Attributes

2 Stats Added:

  • Annoying (-25% Damage, -13% Speed)
  • Lethargic (-13% Speed, -10% Velocity)

1 Stats Added:

  • Damaged (-25% Damage)
  • Sluggish (-20% Speed)
  • Slow (-13% Speed)
  • Lazy (-7% Speed)

Magical Weapons

The Crimson Rod, Nimbus Rod, and Magical Harp cannot be reforged for increased knockback because they have no knockback to begin with.

Some weapons in the Positive Attributes will have negative percentages (e.g. "-17%") for mana cost. This is because lower mana cost is a benefit.

Known Modifications

Mythical Damage Speed Crit Mana Cost Knockback
Flower of Fire +16% +10% +5% -12% +15%
Rainbow Rod +15% +13% +5% -10% +15%
Vilethorn +10% +11% +5% -10% +15%
Aqua Scepter +14% +12% +5% -14% +15%
Cursed Flames +14% +10% +5% -7% +15%
Space Gun +18% +11% +5% -12% +15%
Shadowbeam Staff +15% +12% +5% -14% +15%
Unholy Trident +15% +10% +5% -7%

+15%

Golden Shower +14% +11% +5% -17% +15%
Demon Scythe +14% +11% +5% -7% +15%
Pygmy Staff +14% +11% +5% -10% +15%
Frost staff +14% +10% +5% -7% +15%
Inferno Fork +15% +10% +5% -11% +15%
Water Bolt +18% +12% +5% -12% +15%
Imp Staff +14% +11% +5% -10% +15%
Optic Staff +13% +11% +5% -10% +15%

Positive Attributes

5 Bonus Stats:

  • Mythical (+14-18% Damage, +11-14% Speed, +5% Critical Strike Chance, -7-20% Mana Cost, +15% Knockback)

3 Bonus Stats:

  • Godly (+12-14% Damage, +5% Critical Strike Chance, +15% Knockback)
  • Superior (+12% Damage, +3% Critical Strike Chance, +10% Knockback)
  • Masterful (+12-16% Damage, -7-20% Mana Cost, +5% Knockback)
  • Murderous (+8-12% Damage, +5-7% Speed, +3% Critical Strike Chance)

2 Bonus Stats:

  • Demonic (+12% Damage, +5% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Deadly (+12% Damage, +10% Speed)
  • Agile (+10% Speed, +3% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Mystic (+10-12% Damage, -20-25% Mana Cost)

1 Bonus Stat:

  • Hurtful (+12% Damage)
  • Quick (+10% Speed)
  • Nimble (+6% Speed)
  • Zealous (+5% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Keen (+3% Critical Strike Chance)
  • Strong (+15% Knockback)
  • Forceful (+15% Knockback)
  • Adept (-14-25% Mana Cost)

With Positive and Negative Attributes

4 Stats Added:

  • Celestial (+12% Damage, -10% Speed, -8% Mana Cost, +10% Knockback)

3 Stats Added:

  • Furious (+12% Damage, +17% Mana Cost, +15% Knockback)
  • Manic (-12% Damage, +10% Speed, -8% Mana Cost)
  • Taboo (+12% Speed, +8% Mana Cost, +10% Knockback)

2 Stats Added:

  • Intense (+12% Damage, +17% Mana Cost)
  • Ruthless (+12% Damage, -10% Knockback)

Negative Attributes

2 Stats Added:

  • Annoying (-25% Damage, -13% Speed)
  • Broken (-25% Damage, -20% Knockback)
  • Ignorant (-12% Damage, +17% Mana Cost)
  • Shoddy (-12% Damage, -15% Knockback)
  • Deranged (-12% Damage, -10% Knockback)

1 Stat Added:

  • Damaged (-12% Damage)
  • Slow (-13% Speed)
  • Lazy (-7% Speed)
  • Weak (-20% Knockback)
  • Inept (+8% Mana Cost)
  • Sluggish (-23% speed )

Accessories

Each accessory can have the values 1 to 4, either as a flat amount or as a percentage.

+1 +2 +3 +4
Damage (%) Jagged Spiked Angry Menacing
Defense Hard Guarding Armored Warding
Movement Speed (%) Brisk Fleeting Hasty Quick
Melee Speed (%) Wild Rash Intrepid Violent
Critical Strike (%) Precise Lucky

Mana Stat

  • Arcane ( +20 Mana )

Notes

  • It's possible to create a starting character with a prefixed Copper Shortsword, Pickaxe or Axe. In fact, it is possible to create a new character who spawns with Legendary items.
  • The Deadly prefix adds 5 stats to the Musket, improving damage (+9%), speed (+5%), critical strike chance (+2%), velocity (5%), and knockback (5%). This is probably a typo, as usually only the Unreal prefix adds 5 stats to a ranged weapon. However, the stats won't match the scheme of the other Unreal Weapons, so this is disputable.
  • As of PC v1.1, Gungnir is the most expensive weapon to reforge. In the Console Version, Tonbogiri has this distinction.
  • By saving beforehand on the console, one can dashboard if they do not get the reforge they want, thus technically only spending the reforge cost once, which can help a player on a tight budget.
  • A well known and used way to make reforging cheap (PC) is to make a backup of your world and reforge an item of your choice. If you're not satisfied with the outcome, you simply have to shut Terraria down, delete your world, copy the backup into the Worlds file, and try again. 
GodlyCopper

A copper shortsword received on starting with the "Godly" title.

Terraria 2013-02-13 17-53-52-55

The "Deadly" Musket - it seems like the prefix is supposed to be "Unreal", as it improves 5 stats.

Bugs

  • Some modifiers, such as Lucky, have double percentages (e.g. +% %3 melee damage).
  • Occasionally in the console version, reforging an item many times quickly will give the player a modifier with false stats (e.g. 'Godly'( +60% damage, +25% knockback ) ). These supposed stat increases do not actually increase the attributes of your weapons/tools in this way, which can often times trick players into keeping modifiers they do not desire. Exiting and returning to you world will undo these false attributes; they will revert back to their original programming (e.g. 'Godly' (+15% damage, +5% critical strike chance, +15% knockback) ). This glitch may also occur when continuously dash boarding for the best modifiers.

Update Info

v1.1

  • Added to the game.

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