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The Water Bolt is a spell book obtained from bookshelves in a Dungeon. Note that the Water Bolt cannot be crafted and is determined by the world seed. Each world has a set number of Water Bolt spells, many world seeds not having any. They are able to be picked up the same way a potion is picked up (right clicking). The sprite for the Water Bolt book always looks the same.

It casts a slow moving projectile that bounces off of walls and passes through enemies. It also moves in a straight path until colliding with something. The bolts will fly indefinitely until they go off screen for a certain distance and are able to ricochet four times before disappearing.

The Water Bolt gives off light as it moves, from its center and from magic water droplets it sheds. This allows you to find nearby open spaces without blindly digging.


  • The Water Bolt can sometimes be obtained from a dungeon without having to fight Skeletron, by checking the books above surface level at the entrance of the dungeon.
  • An easy way to find a Water Bolt is to mouse over the books in the dungeon. When you find one, the icon for the Water Bolt will appear by your mouse. You can right click it to pick it up, you don't have to use a hammer. Careful, range is limited (about mining distance with a Pickaxe). Another way to find one is by looking at the texture of the placed item; the Water Bolt book texture is a thick blue book in between a thin, short brown book and a small yellow book with red stripes.
  • Upon dissipating (the shot will bounce up to four times and then dissipate on the next hit), the illuminating droplets will travel down much further than when the spell is active. This allows you to intentionally bounce it off walls in a confined space in order to reveal large portions of the ground beneath you.
  • The same method for finding them is used in both the Console and PC versions of the game.
  • Much like the meteor shot, the water bolt can locate floating islands by the player aiming upward.
  • The shots fired from the water bolt is exactly the same as the Dark Caster, but your shots cannot be broken by Weapons or Tools.
  • The shot fired from the water bolt will move at the same speed as water would move.Verify
  • Water Bolt appears as a light blue book with a cream band near the bottom while on the bookshelf.
  • The water bolt can be very powerful in the begining of the game if you are a mage class.

Update Info


  • Now has a new projectile and slightly more damage.



  • Sell value added.


  • Now has a different sound when used.

PC release

  • Added to the game.


  • Shooting a water bolt at a block with a changed shape (i.e slopes) will instantly make the bolt dissolve.Verify


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