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There is a variety of Guns available in Terraria with increasing damage and/or speed as the player acquires stronger and stronger guns. The guns range from early to modern styles and designs, from the Flintlock Pistol to the Phoenix BlasterMegashark or the Chain Gun.

As of the PC 1.0.6 update, the total amount of ammunition available shows up underneath the gun when in the hotbar, whether they be Musket Balls, Silver Bullets, Meteor Shot or even Sand, Snowballs and Fallen Stars for the Sandgun, Snowball Cannon and Star Cannon respectively. Guns that can use multiple types of ammunition will show a grand total of all available ammunition if more than one type is available in a player's Inventory.

Finding Guns

Some guns are easier to obtain than others. The Handgun, for example can be found in Gold Chests in the Dungeon. Some guns, like the Clockwork Assault Rifle can only be obtained by defeating certain monsters. In this case, the Wall of Flesh. Still others (as a few examples, the Minishark, Flintlock Pistol, the Gatligator, or the Shotgun) can be bought from the Arms Dealer or other NPC vendors.

The Musket.

A fantastic early weapon is the Musket. For many players, it is the first firearm they obtain. It uses a minimal amount of bullets and offers a good knockback and fair damage, although its rate of fire is quite slow. It is probably one of the most accessible guns, being found by smashing Shadow Orbs in The Corruption. It is considered a must-have because it is one of the easiest weapons to find, thus causing the Arms Dealer to spawn. It will use all common forms of ammunition (Musket Balls, Silver Bullets, or Meteor Shots and other common bullets).

In worlds that have The Crimson in place of the Corruption, players will find obtaining their first weapon even easier. There are no chasms to fall all the way down and die from fall damage, being replaced by steep but easily traversed zigzagging tunnels. Destroying the Pulsating Hearts found within will always yield The Undertaker as the first drop, as well as some Musket Balls. It does less damage than the Musket but has a higher rate of fire.

Ammunition

Most guns use Musket Balls or variations of this ammunition as well as bullets made from the Empty Bullet.

Unique firearms have their own forms of ammunition, for example:

  • The Star Cannon uses Fallen Stars; which isn’t the easiest ammunition to get, but its high rate of fire and damage may make the tradeoff worth it for some players.
  • The Snowball Cannon uses Snowballs, which are easily obtainable in large quantities — 15 Snowballs can be crafted from a single Snow Block. It has a high rate of fire, but does little damage compared to most firearms.
  • The Stynger uses Stynger Bolts as ammunition. Both the weapon and its ammunition are first obtained from the Golem. Thereafter, the ammunition can be bought from the Arms Dealer. It is a highly effective end-game weapon that, while doing less damage directly, causes a myriad of explosions with each shot that all do damage independently.
  • The Sandgun uses Sand Blocks as ammunition. The Sandgun can only be crafted, with 10 Antlion Mandible (Rare drop from Antlion), 5 Topaz, and the Illegal Gun Parts. (obtained from the Arms Dealer for 25 Gold Coin)
  • Flare guns use flares and blue flares, both purchasable from the merchant for 7 Copper Coineach, both colors cost the same. However, you can only buy flares after getting a flare gun.

AoE Guns

Area of Effect weapons (i.e., explosive guns) do damage in a predetermined area which will damage more than one enemy and (depending on the gun and the ammo type) sometimes even the terrain. The Proximity Mine Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Rocket Launcher, Snowman Cannon, Celebration and Stynger are all Area of Effect weapons (although the last causes multiple explosions instead of just one, being less predictable in the exact effect area).

List of Guns

Note: Please keep in mind that "Base Damage" refers to the damage before Accessory, Armor and Buff bonuses are applied.

Name

Base Damage

Knockback

Use Time

Rarity

Auto Use

Ammo

Recipe

Value

Obtainable from

Other properties

Flare Gun

Flare Gun(0).png

2 Ranged Damage

0
(None)

17
(Very Fast)

Tier 1

No

Flare.pngItem 1614(0).png

None

1 Gold Coin

Found in Chests

Flares inflict On Fire debuff

Snowball Cannon

Snowball Cannon.png

4 Ranged Damage

5
(Average)

11
(Very Fast)

Tier 2

Yes

Snowball.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Found in Ice Chests in Underground Snow Biome

None

Minishark

New Minishark.png

6 Ranged Damage

0
(None)

7
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 2

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

64 Silver Coin

Purchased from Arms Dealer
35 Gold Coin

Has 33% chance not to consume ammo

Flintlock Pistol

Terraria Flintlock Pistol.png

10 Ranged Damage

0
(None)

15
(Very Fast)

Tier 1

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

64 Silver Coin

Purchased from Arms Dealer
5 Gold Coin

None

Boomstick

Boomstick.png

12 Ranged Damage

5.5
(Strong)

41
(Very Slow)

Tier 2

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Found in Jungle Shrine

Fires three bullets at the cost of one

Handgun

New Handgun.png

15 Ranged Damage

3
(Very Weak)

11
(Very Fast)

Tier 2

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

64 Silver Coin

Found in Dungeon Chests

None

The Undertaker

Item 800(0).png

15 Ranged Damage

0
(None)

30
(Fast)

Tier 1

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

1 Gold Coin

Found in Pulsating Hearts at The Crimson

None

Shotgun

Item 534o.png

18 Ranged Damage

6.5
(Strong)

44
(Very Slow)

Tier 4

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

5 Gold Coin

Purchased from Arms Dealer 25 Gold Coin

Fires three bullets at the cost of one

Clockwork Assault Rifle

Item 434o.png

19 Ranged Damage

0
(None)

11
(Very Fast)

Tier 4

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

3 Gold Coin

Drops from Wall of Flesh

Fires three bullets in quick succession at the cost of one

Red Ryder

Red Rider.png

20 Ranged Damage

3.5
(Weak)

37
(Very Slow)

Tier 1

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Found from opening Presents

None

Revolver

Item 2269o.png

20 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

21
(Fast)

Tier 2

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Purchased from Travelling Merchant 10 Gold Coin

None

Gatligator

Gatligator.png

21 Ranged Damage

1
(Extremely Weak)

7
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 4

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

No Value

Bought from Travelling Merchant

50% chance not to consume ammo

Musket

Musket1.2.png

31 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

42
(Very Slow)

Tier 1

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Found in Shadow Orbs

None

Phoenix Blaster

NewPhoenixBlaster2.png

23 Ranged Damage

2
(Very Weak)

10
(Very Fast)

Tier 3

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

New Handgun.png
10 x Hellstone Bar.png

1 Gold Coin

Crafted at an Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil

None

Megashark

Terraria Megashark.png

23 Ranged Damage

1
(Extremely Weak)

7
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 5

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

1xNew Minishark.png
5 x Shark Fin.png
1 x Illegal Gun Parts.png
20 x Soul of Might.png

6 Gold Coin

Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil

50% chance not to consume ammo

Blowgun

Item 986(0).png

26 Ranged Damage

8
(Very Strong)

18
(Very Fast)

Tier 1

No

Terraria Seed.pngIchor Dart.pngCursed Dart.pngItem 1310.pngCrystal Dart.png

None

1 Gold Coin

Purchased from Witch Doctor
5 Gold Coin

Enables Seed collection when in inventory

Dart Rifle
Dart Rifle.png

52 ranged damage

5.5
(average)

38
(very slow)

Tier 5

Yes

Terraria Seed.pngIchor Dart.pngCursed Dart.pngItem 1310.pngCrystal Dart.png

None

drop from Corrupt Mimic

5 Gold Coin

Dart Pistol
Item 3007(0).png

28 ranged damage

3.5
(weak)

22
(fast)

Tier 5

Yes

Terraria Seed.pngIchor Dart.pngCursed Dart.pngItem 1310.pngCrystal Dart.png

None

drop from Crimson Mimic

5 Gold Coin

Flamethrower

Item 506o.png

27 Ranged Damage

0.3
(Extremely Weak)

29
(Average)

Tier 5

Yes

Gel.png

1 x Illegal Gun Parts.png
20 x Iron bar1.png
20 x Soul of Fright.png

10 Gold Coin

Crafted at a Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil

Inflicts On Fire debuff

Tactical Shotgun

Item 679(0).png

29 Ranged Damage

7
(Strong)

33
(Slow)

Tier 8

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

29 Gold Coin

Drops from Tactical Skeleton

Fires six bullets at the cost of one

Sandgun

Item 266o.png

30 Ranged Damage

5
(Average)

15
(Very Fast)

Tier 2

Yes

Sand Block.pngEbonsand Block.pngPearlsand Block.pngCrimsand.png

10 x Antlion Mandible.png
1 x Illegal Gun Parts.png
5 x Gem3.png

64 Silver Coin

Crafted at a Furnace

Sand fired will be placed in the world

Uzi

Uzi.png

30 Ranged Damage

3.5
(Average)

9
(Very Fast)

Tier 7

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

1 Gold Coin

Drops from Angry Trapper

None

Chain Gun

Item 1929o.png

31 Ranged Damage

1.5
(Very Weak)

4
(Insanely fast)

Tier 8

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

5 Gold Coin

Drops from Santa-NK1

50% chance not to consume ammo

Piranha Gun

Piranha Gun.png

32 Ranged Damage

1
(Extremely Weak)

29
(Average)

Tier 8

No

None

None

5 Gold Coin50 Silver Coin

Found in Jungle Chest

Projectile will latch onto and continue damaging enemies as long as fire button is held
Projectile will chase enemies when returning

Venus Magnum

Venus Magnum.png

36 Ranged Damage

5.5
(Average)

8
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 7

No

Terraria Musket Ball.png.Terraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

15 Gold Coin

Drops from Plantera

None

Elf Melter

Item 1910o.png

40 Ranged Damage

0.425
(Extremely Weak)

29
(Average)

Tier 8

Yes

Gel.png

None

10 Gold Coin

Drops from Santa-NK1

Inflicts On Fire debuff

Stynger

Item 1258o.png

43 Ranged Damage

5
(Strong)

21
(Fast)

Tier 7

Yes

Stynger Bolt.png

None

7 Gold Coin

Drops from Golem

None

Proximity Mine Launcher

Proximity Mine Launcher.png

45 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

29 (Average)

Tier 8

Yes

Rocket i.pngRocket ii.pngRocket iii.pngRocket iv.png

None

7 Gold Coin

Purchased from Cyborg
35 Gold Coin

Drops a mine that will detonate on contact; mine turns transparent on landing

Candy Corn Rifle

Candy Corn Rifle.png

44 Ranged Damage

2
(Very Weak)

8
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 8

Yes

Candy Corn.png

None

15 Gold Coin

Drops from Pumpking

33% chance to not consume ammo

Rocket Launcher

Rocket Launcher.png

50 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

29 (Average)

Tier 8

No

Rocket i.pngRocket ii.pngRocket iii.pngRocket iv.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Drops from Tactical Skeleton and Skeleton Commando in Dungeon

Explosion will be different based on ammo

Grenade Launcher

Grenade Launcher.png

55 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

29 (Average)

Tier 8

Yes

Rocket i.pngRocket ii.pngRocket iii.pngRocket iv.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Drops from Plantera

Does not explode on contact with world

Star Cannon

Item 197o.png

55 Ranged Damage

0
(None)

11
(Very Fast)

Tier 2

Yes

Terraria Fallen Star.png

New Minishark.png
20 x Meteorite bar.png
5 x Terraria Fallen Star.png

64 Silver Coin

Crafted at an Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil

None

Jack 'O Lantern Launcher

Jack 'O Lantern Launcher.png

64 Ranged Damage

4
(Average)

29 (Average)

Tier 8

Yes

Explosive Jack 'O Lantern(0).png

None

15 Gold Coin

Drops from Pumpking

Projectiles bounce until exploding

Snowman Cannon

Item 1946o.png

67 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

14
(Very Fast)

Tier 8

Yes

Rocket i.pngRocket ii.pngRocket iii.pngRocket iv.png

None

20 Gold Coin

Drops from
Ice Queen

Projectiles home in on enemies

Stake Launcher

Stake Launcher(0).png

75 Ranged Damage

6.5
(Strong)

25
(Very Fast)

Tier 8

Yes

Stake.png

None

15 Gold Coin

Drops from
Mourning Wood

Pierces multiple targets / Deals bonus damage against Vampires

Sniper Rifle

Item 1254(0).png

125 Ranged Damage

8
(Very Strong)

59
(Snail)

Tier 8

No

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

2 Gold Coin

Drops from Skeleton Sniper

Can zoom the field of view past normal when held

Coin Gun

Item 905(0).png

Copper Coin = 25
Silver Coin = 50
Gold Coin = 100
Platinum Coin = 200

2
(Very Weak)

7
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 6

No

Copper CoinSilver Coin
Gold CoinPlatinum Coin

None

6 Gold Coin

Dropped by Pirate Captain and Pirate Deadeye

Damage differs based on coins shot

Vortex Beater

Item 3475(0).png

50 Ranged Damage

2
(Very Weak)

20
(Very Fast)

Tier 10

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

18 x Item 3456(0).png

10 Gold Coin

Crafted at Ancient Manipulator

66% chance not to consume ammo

Celebration

Item 3546(0).png

65 Ranged Damage

4
(Weak)

30 (Average)

Tier 10

Yes

Rocket i.pngRocket ii.pngRocket iii.pngRocket iv.png

None

10 Gold Coin

Drops from Moon Lord

Can fire two rockets which explode after a short distance and release fireworks which also do damage.

S.D.M.G.

Item 1553(0).png

77 Ranged Damage

2.5
(Very Weak)

5
(Insanely Fast)

Tier 10

Yes

Terraria Musket Ball.pngTerraria Silver bullet.pngTerraria Meteor shot.pngTerraria Crystal Bullet.pngHigh Velocity Bullet.pngParty Bullet.pngNano Bullet.pngExploding Bullet.pngGolden Bullet.pngCursed Bullet.pngIchor Bullet.pngVenom Bullet.pngChlorophyte bullet.png

None

75 Gold Coin

Drops from Moon Lord

50% chance not to consume ammo

It is worth noting that, although some weapons have the word "gun" in them (i.e. Space GunBee GunRainbow Gun), they are not technically guns as they deal magic damage and are labeled as Spells regardless.

Trivia

  • The quote 'It came from the edge of space' in the S.D.M.G's tooltip is a direct reference to the game Edge of Space where the S.D.M.G originated and was introduced to terraria in a crossover event, in which introduced. The S.D.M.G stands for Space Dolphin Machine Gun.
  • There is a line of iconic aquatic life based guns, containing the Minishark, Megashark and the S.D.M.G. The Toxicarp is not a part of this list, as it is in the uncommon "other" category of ranged weapons that doesn't fit the two main categories of bows and guns. This goes along with other aquatic weapons (such as the bladetongue, crystal serpent, etc.) solely due to their class.
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