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v161Spiky Ball
Item 161
Information
Type Weapon
Sub-Type Thrown Weapon
Damage (?) 15 Damagetype ranged
Use Time 14 (Very Fast)
Knockback 1 (Extremely Weak)
Max Stack 999
Dropped By Goblin Archer
Goblin Peon
Goblin Sorcerer
Goblin Thief
Goblin Warrior
Drop Rate 49.75%
Purchase From Goblin Tinkerer
Purchase Value 80 CopperCoin Small 
Sell Value 16 CopperCoin Small 
Crafting
This item cannot be crafted.
For the enemy, see Spike Ball.

The Spiky Ball is an item which can be dropped by all Goblins (not including the Goblin Scout) killed during a Goblin Invasion.

When thrown, they will roll over the ground damaging any monster (up to 4 or 5 hits), much like a Shuriken or Bones. They cannot be picked up once thrown. They will continue to damage monsters once they stop rolling, making it useful for traps, although you would have to reset it often. They decay over time while on the ground and there is a limit as to how many can be placed at a time.

Spiky Balls are fairly effective against Skeletron, as they can damage his hands and head as Skeletron slides and rolls along the ground.

They are similarly useful against the Eater of Worlds as every segment will pass through the same space (unless it has split). In this way, the whole worm can be softened up. Spiky Balls are also as effective as Shuriken and Throwing Knives when fighting the Eye Of Cthulhu. Their best use is as a defense against ground enemies: by making a funnel-like vertical duct that leads to the outside, the Spiky Balls can be safely thrown in front of a base's entrance to deal some damage and knockback to invaders. If you have lots of them you may use them as makeshift throwing weapons that later turn into traps (with enemies walking over them).

Update Info

Spiky ball

A Spiky Ball in use.

v1.1

  • Spiky Balls can be purchased from the Goblin Tinkerer (new NPC).
  • Sell price changed from 4 CopperCoin Small to 16 CopperCoin Small.
  • In previous patches, Spiky Balls would dissolve in a thin layer of lava when other items would not, possibly due to their small sprite size. As of patch 1.1, they will no longer dissolve in a sufficiently thin layer of lava.

v1.0.6

  • Damage changed from 12 to 15.

v1.0.4

v1.0.0

  • Introduced.


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Notes

  • Spiky Balls will not damage the player who threw them, nor will they damage NPCs They however will damage other players in PvP matches.
  • Once thrown, a Spiky Ball cannot be retrived.
  • Spiky Balls will pass through wooden platforms  without stopping.
    Terraria spiky ball

    A Goblin Tinkerer selling Spiky Balls.

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