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The Rainbow Rod fires a controllable orb similar to that of the Flamelash and Magic Missile, however, unlike the aforementioned weapons, the orbs change color whilst being controlled (only clearly visible at night or underground). The Rainbow Rod is the most powerful of all missile spells.



  • The Rainbow Rod is controlled with the cursor, and lasts for up to a minute.
  • When cast, the orb changes color in a spectrum similar to a rainbow, which in turn is a reference to the name.
  • The Rainbow Rod is an excellent PvP (Player versus Player) weapon:
    • It has a very high damage-to-mana ratio and fire speed, especially when reforged with the Mythical prefix.
    • It can bypass most fortifications.
    • Its speed allows it to be used as a last resort; firing a spam of rainbows in one direction will severely injure or kill players unless they dodge with wings.
    • Its ability for it to kill when the player using it is behind cover makes it the Terrarian equivalent of a drone missile.
  • Unless underground or it is night time, the player may not see the projectile change colors.
  • On Mobile, you require 10 Souls of Light instead of 8.
  • The Rainbow Rod's projectile travels at the same speed as the Mechanical Cart.
    • This means that huge numbers of projectiles can be stacked on top of one another, dealing massive damage on contact.

A rainbow projectile.


  • Icon xbox360.png Icon ps3.png The Rainbow Rod caused a bug where all others on a multiplayer game would get kicked to the dashboard (on Xbox) or freeze (PS3), unless the host was the one using it, in which case everyone but the host would be kicked to the dashboard/freeze.Fixed
  • If used at the bottom of the world and moved upward, at a certain area the projectile will disappear.

Update Info


  • Damage increased from 53 to 72 and Mana Cost from 10 to 18.


  • Added to the game.


Pre-Hard Mode Offensive

Item 3377(0).png  Amber Staff

Item 739(0).png  Amethyst Staff

Terraria Aqua Scepter.png  Aqua Scepter

Item 1121(0).png  Bee Gun

Item 1313(0).png  Book of Skulls

Item 1256(0).png  Crimson Rod

Terraria Demon scythe.png  Demon Scythe

Item 744(0).png  Diamond Staff

Item 742(0).png  Emerald Staff

Item 218(0).png  Flamelash

Item 112(0).png  Flower of Fire

Item 113(0).png  Magic Missile

Item 743(0).png  Ruby Staff

Item 741(0).png  Sapphire Staff

Item 127(0).png  Space Gun

Item 740(0).png  Topaz Staff

Item 64(0).png  Vilethorn

Item 165(0).png  Water Bolt

Item 3069(0).png  Wand of Sparking

Hard Mode Offensive

Item 1801(0).png  Bat Scepter

Item 1931o.png  Blizzard Staff

Item 2623(0).png  Bubble Gun

Item 3014(0).png  Clinger Staff

Item 3209(0).png  Crystal Serpent

Terraria Crystal Storm.png  Crystal Storm

Item 3051(0).png  Crystal Vile Shard

Cursed Flames.png  Cursed Flames

Item 726o.png  Frost Staff

Item 1336(0).png  Golden Shower

Item 1295(0).png   Heat Ray

Terraria Ice Rod.png  Ice Rod

Item 1445(0).png  Inferno Fork

Item 2795(0).png

Laser Machinegun

Item 514(0).png  Laser Rifle

Item 3541(0).png  Last Prism

Item 1178(0).png  Leaf Blower

Item 3006(0).png  Life Drain

Item 3570(0).png  Lunar Flare

Magic Dagger.png  Magic Dagger

Magical Harp.png  Magical Harp

Item 1266(0).png  Magnet Sphere

Item 3269(0).png  Medusa Head

Item 3476(0).png  Nebula Arcanum

Item 3542(0).png  Nebula Blaze

Item 788(0).png  Nettle Burst

Item 1244(0).png  Nimbus Rod

Item 1308(0).png  Poison Staff

Item 1260(0).png  Rainbow Gun

Terraria Rainbow Rod.png  Rainbow Rod

Item 2622(0).png  Razorblade Typhoon

Item 1930(0).png  Razorpine

Item 1444(0).png  Shadowbeam Staff

Item 3053(0).png  Shadowflame Hex Doll

Item 1446(0).png  Spectre Staff

Item 1296(0).png  Staff of Earth

Item 683(0).png  Unholy Trident

Item 2188o.png  Venom Staff

Item 1155(0).png  Wasp Gun


Item 3124(0).png  Cell Phone

Dirt Rod1.png  Dirt Rod

Item 3199(0).png  Ice Mirror

Terraria Ice Rod.png  Ice Rod

Item 50(0).png  Magic Mirror

Item 1326(0).png  Rod of Discord