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Swords

Last edited on March 16, 2014
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Swords are the most basic weapon in the game, and are extremely diverse, being able to combat a wide range of enemies. 

Broadsword

The Broadsword is the most basic type of weapon. On average, Broadswords deal more damage to monsters than a shortsword per strike, but cost one more bar to make (than the shortsword) and have a slower attack speed. They swing in a wide arc over the players head, allowing you to easily fight off flying enemies and jumping Zombies or Slimes. Their long hit time also makes them particularly effective against worm enemies, as they are able to hit these many times on each pass.

Name Base Damage Knockback Use Time Rarity Continuous Attack Recipe Max Reforge Sell Value Obtainable from:
Wooden Sword
7 Melee Damage Weak Fast Tier 0 No Wood Legendary 20 Crafted at a Workbench
Copper Broadsword
8 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Copper Bar Legendary 90 Crafted at an Anvil
Rich Mahogany Sword
8 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Rich Mahogany Legendary 20 Crafted at a Workbench
Tin Broadsword
9 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Tin Bar Legendary 3 60 Crafted at a Workbench
Cactus Sword
9 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Cactus Legendary 1 35 Crafted at an Anvil
Iron Broadsword
10 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Iron Bar Legendary 3 60 Crafted at an Anvil
Ebonwood Sword
10 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Ebonwood Legendary 20 Crafted at a Workbench
Shadewood Sword
10 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Shadewood Legendary 20 Crafted at a Workbench
Lead Broadsword
11 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Lead Bar Legendary 5 40 Crafted at an Anvil
Silver Broadsword
11 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Silver Bar Legendary 9 Crafted at an Anvil
Pearlwood Sword
11 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No Pearlwood Legendary 20 Crafted at a Workbench
Zombie Arm
12 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 0 No None Legendary 20 Drops from Zombies
Tungsten Broadsword
12 Melee Damage Average Very Fast Tier 0 No Tungsten Bar Legendary 13 50 Crafted at an Anvil
Gold Broadsword
13 Melee Damage Average Very Fast Tier 0 No Gold Bar Legendary 18 Crafted at an Anvil
Platinum Broadsword
15 Melee Damage Average Very Fast Tier 0 No Platinum Bar Legendary 27 Crafted at an Anvil
Light's Bane
17 Melee Damage Average Very Fast Tier 1 No Demonite Bar Legendary 27 Crafted at an Anvil
Blood Butcherer
22 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 1 No Crimtane Bar Legendary 27 Crafted at an Anvil
Fiery Greatsword
36 Melee Damage Strong Slow Tier 3 No Hellstone Bar Legendary 54 Crafted at an Anvil
Cobalt Sword
34 Melee Damage Weak Fast Tier 4 Yes Cobalt Bar Legendary 1 38 Crafted at an Anvil
Palladium Sword
36 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 4 Yes Palladium Bar Legendary 1 84 Crafted at an Anvil
Mythril Sword
39 Melee Damage Average Average Tier 4 No Mythril Bar Legendary 2 7 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Orichalcum Sword
40 Melee Damage Average Average Tier 4 No Orichalcum Bar Legendary 2 53 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Adamantite Sword
44 Melee Damage Average Average Tier 4 No Adamantite Bar Legendary 2 76 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
Titanium Sword
46 Melee Damage Average Average Tier 4 No Titanium Bar Legendary 9 97 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil

Shortsword

The Shortsword is faster than the Broadsword, but not as strong. They attack through rapid stabs at the front of the player, making them extremely efficient at killing enemies that walk or stand still such as slimes, but inhibiting their usage against eyes and other airborne enemies. The Shortsword, however, also has the added benefit of being able to damage every monster in a "stack" per swing. Shortswords are crafted using 7 bars of their respective ore at an Iron Anvil. However, the range of materials they can be made of is very limited. It is advised that you don't create any of the Shortswords, as you start with one already and it should be immediately replaced with a broadsword. The Shortswords are only recommended if you are slime hunting, and there are no other reasons to bear or create one. The Shortsword is rather a waste of resources as, early in the game, iron, silver, and gold are uncommon to a starting player and can be spent on other, more useful items. There are currently eight known versions of the Shortsword:

Name Base Damage Knockback Use Time Rarity AutoUse Recipe Max Reforge Sell Value Obtainable from
Copper Shortsword
5 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Copper Bar Legendary 70 Crafted at an Anvil
Tin Shortsword
7 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Tin Bar Legendary 1 5 Crafted at an Anvil
Iron Shortsword
8 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Iron Bar Legendary 2 80 Crafted at an Anvil
Lead Shortsword
9 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Lead Bar Legendary 4 20 Crafted at an Anvil
Silver Shortsword
9 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Silver Bar Legendary 7 Crafted at an Anvil
Tungsten Shortsword
10 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Tungsten Bar Legendary 10 50 Crafted at an Anvil
Gold Shortsword
11 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 0 No Gold Bar Legendary 14 Crafted at an Anvil
Platinum Shortsword
13 Melee Damage Weak Insanely Fast Tier 0 No Platinum Bar Legendary 21 Crafted at an Anvil

Unique Swords

Unique Swords include those with unique names outside the typical naming system, but also special abilities. Light's Bane is the exception in being ordinary in comparison to the other unique swords. Unique swords, with the exception of the Blade of Grass and the Breaker Blade, emit a small amount of light comparable to a torch ember upon being swung. All of the unique swords follow the Broadsword style of attacking (arc swing rather than a stab). Many of these are also exceptionally long.

Note: While attacking with Excalibur or Blade of Grass, the player may not change the direction they are facing.

Name Base Damage Knockback Use Time Rarity Continuous Attack Recipe Max Reforge Sell Value Obtainable from:
Ice Blade
13 Melee Damage Average Very Fast Tier 1 No None Legendary 40 In Underground Snow Biome in Ice Chests
Bone Sword
16 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 3 No None Legendary 18 Drops from Skeletons
Bee Keeper
22 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 3 No None Legendary 54 Drops from Queen Bee
Phaseblade
21 Melee Damage Very Weak Fast Tier 1 No 20 Meteorite Bar and 10 Gem Legendary 54 Crafted at an Anvil
Phasesaber
41 Melee Damage Very Weak Fast Tier 4 yes 1 Phaseblade and 50 Crystal Shard Legendary 54 Crafted at an Anvil
Blade of Grass
28 Melee Damage Very Weak Average Tier 3 No 15 Stinger and 12 Jungle Spore Legendary 54 Crafted at an Anvil
Starfury
22 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 1 Yes None Legendary 1 Found in Gold Chests at Floating Islands
Muramasa
18 Melee Damage Extremely Weak Very Fast Tier 2 Yes None Legendary 54 Found in Gold Chests at Dungeon
Night's Edge
42 Melee Damage Average Average Tier 3 No 1 Light's Bane or 1 Blood Butcherer,1 Muramasa,1 Blade of Grass,1 Fiery Greatsword Legendary 1 8 Crafted at a Demon Altar or Crimson Altar
Breaker Blade
39 Melee Damage Very Strong Average Tier 4 No None Legendary 3 Drops from Wall of Flesh
Excalibur
47 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 6 Yes 12 Hallowed Bar Legendary 4 60 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Frostbrand
49 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 5 No None Legendary 5 Drops from Mimic
Cutlass
51 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 4 Yes None Legendary 3 60 Drops from Pirate Deckhand
Keybrand
55 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 8 No None Legendary 2 76 Drops from Blue Armored Bones,Hell Armored Bones or Rusty Armored Bones
Beam Sword
52 Melee Damage Strong Very Fast Tier 4 No None Legendary 10 Drops from Armored Skeleton or Heavy Skeleton
Tizona
55 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 5 Yes 2 Excalibur,20 Adamantite Bar and 15 Souls of Blight Legendary 6 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil
True Excalibur
55 Melee Damage Average Very Fast Tier 8 No 1 Excalibur and 1 Broken Hero Sword Legendary 10 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
True Night's Edge
70 Melee Damage Average Fast Tier 8 No 1 Night's Edge and 1 Broken Hero Sword Legendary 10 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Chlorophyte Saber
43 Melee Damage Weak Very Fast Tier 7 Yes 12 Chlorophyte Bar Legendary 5 52 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Chlorophyte Claymore
65 Melee Damage Average Average Tier 7 No 12 Chlorophyte Bar Legendary 5 52 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Christmas Tree Sword
73 Melee Damage Strong Average Tier 8 No None Legendary10 Dropped by Everscream during Frost Moon
The Horseman's Blade
75 Melee Damage Very strong Average Tier 8 Yes None Legendary 10 Dropped by Pumpking during Pumpkin Moon
Terra Blade
80 Melee Damage Strong Very Fast Tier 8 No 1 True Excalibur,1 True Night's Edge and 1 Broken Hero Sword Legendary 20 Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil
Katana
16 Melee Damage Weak Fast Tier 1 Yes None Legendary 50 Purchased from the Travelling Merchant