PC - Tier List: Pre-Hardmode Weapons (2024)

652Graystripe said:

Other than that, I've decided to add an icon to the thread for "point of contention" that marks weapons that are up for change.
It looks like this.

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To get it applied to an item - well, that's easy. You just have to say "I think X should be in Y tier", and it'll get applied, simple as that. If more people (e.g. one other person or more) back you up - I count as "more people" as well - I'll move it over.
Hope this makes the thread easier to navigate.

From my last two threads on the topic, which you can view here.

Early to Mid-Hard Mode
Late Hard Mode

It's a fact: some weapons are better than others. This thread is intended as a community-input encyclopedia on what weapons are the best and worth getting, pretty decent and useful, or not so useful at all. This also includes the "piece of crap" category, also known as the Unholy Trident.

When commenting as to why you think a weapon should be moved up or down, be sure you formulate a logical argument. "I like this weapon" or "I did something cool with this weapon" doesn't count. What we like most here are factual, stat-backed-up responses that can be done by anyone - just play around with the weapon and you'll see.

The following variables are taken into consideration:

-How much damage does the weapon do?
-Is it a single- or multi-target weapon?
-How useful is it in a variety of scenarios?
-Is it extremely useful in a single scenario?
-Is it difficult to get ammo or mana to sustain it?
-How hard is it to obtain?
-Any other factors that determine its usefulness, such as accuracy?

The thread covers all weapons that are available between the start of the game and the Wall of Flesh's defeat. Keep in mind that all weapons are not tiered against each other; they are tired judging by the next credible threat. For example, the Wand of Sparking might be balanced against underground monsters, while the Diamond Staff would be balanced against the Goblin Invasion and Skeletron.

If you disagree with this thread, feel free to tell me. It's only starting with my opinions; it will be changed according to that of the community. I am only the poster for something that I hope will become much larger. Thanks.


Note that, with the 1.4 update, this list has been shaken up quite a bit! An asterisk (*) denotes weapons that are either new or significantly modified, and as such require reevaluation. I will also include a section for weapons that I don't feel able to rank, since I haven't played as much as I would like since the update.

S Rank


These weapons are the best of the best and are suitable in almost all situations, doing their job very well. They should almost invariably be acquired for their stage of the game.

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Minishark

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Molten Fury (

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Phoenix Blaster

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Space Gun*

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Vilethorn

A Rank
These weapons are excellent and well-rounded, but lack a certain something that prevents them from reaching their highest potential.

A+

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Beenade

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Grenade

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Musket

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Muramasa*

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Night's Edge

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The Rotted Fork

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Trident

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Water Bolt*

A

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Amazon

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Amber Staff

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The Bee's Knees

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Blade of Grass

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Bone Javelin*

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Bone Throwing Knife*

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Cascade

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Diamond Staff

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Imp Staff*

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Javelin

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Shuriken

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Snapthorn*

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Spear

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Starfury (

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Sticky Grenade

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Sunfury*

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Revolver

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The Undertaker (

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A-

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Blowgun

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Blue Moon*

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Bone Glove* (

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Bouncy Grenade

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Boomstick

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Code 1

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Demon Scythe

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Emerald Staff

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Fiery Greatsword

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Flamelash*

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Flaming Mace*

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Hellwing Bow

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Magic Missile*

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The Meatball*

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Poisoned Knife

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Ruby Staff

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Sickle

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Star Anise

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Throwing Knife

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Swordfish

B Rank
Weapons in this category begin to become iffy - they lack attributes that would be greatly useful, or have some other quirk that prevents them from seeing widespread use. Although useful, they're less-than-ideal and often should not be farmed for.

B+

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Bee Gun

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Blood Rain Bow*

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Bone Sword (

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Cactus Sword*

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Candy Cane Sword

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Dark Lance

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Enchanted Boomerang

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Falcon Blade

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Fruitcake Chakram

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Gray Zapinator*

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Handgun

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Harpoon

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Hornet Staff

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Ice Boomerang (

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Ice Blade

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Mace*

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Paintball Gun

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Quad-Barrel Shotgun*

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Red Ryder

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Sapphire Staff

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Spiky Ball

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Storm Spear*

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Thorn Chakram

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Valor (

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Vampire Frog Staff

B

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Amethyst Staff

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Ball O'Hurt*

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Bee Keeper*

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Blood Butcherer

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Bone

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Book of Skulls*

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Chain Knife

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Crimson Rod (

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Enchanted Sword

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Finch Staff*

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Flamarang (

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Flower of Fire

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Frost Daggerfish

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Katana

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Mandible Blade

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Phaseblade

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Shroomerang*

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Snowball Cannon

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Star Cannon

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Topaz Staff

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Wand of Sparking* (

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Wooden Boomerang (

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Wooden bows

B-

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Aqua Scepter

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Bladed Glove

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Bloody Machete

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Demon Bow

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Exotic Scimitar

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Flintlock Pistol

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Light's Bane

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Metal bows

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Molotov co*cktail (

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Purple Clubberfish

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Tendon Bow

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Zombie Arm

C Rank
This is the lowest usable category - weapons here have some merit, somewhere, but in general are very poor choices and should only be used as a last resort.

C+

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Ale Tosser

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Artery

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Blowpipe

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Happy Grenade

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Malaise

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Snowball

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Other wood swords

C

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Metal swords

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Rotten Egg

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Shortswords*

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Stylish Scissors

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Thunder Zapper*

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Wooden Sword

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Wooden Yoyo

C-

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Flare Gun

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Rally

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Ruler*

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Sandgun (

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Tragic Umbrella*

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Umbrella*

Need ranking
Due to my limited time playing the 1.4 update, I haven't been able to play with these new weapons, and so they need ranking. Suggest starting ranks!

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Combat Wrench

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Gladius

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Leather Whip

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Terragrim

Unranked

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Arkhalis* (

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Slime Staff (

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Though they're both extraordinarily good weapons, they're so rare they're not even worth categorizing.
With 1.4 the Arkhalis has a different method of obtaining - anyone care to comment on it?

30/9/16: Removed Gatligator. Harpoon down to B+.
6/10/16: Added Snowball Cannon (B), Rockfish (B+), Purple Clubberfish (B-), Swordfish (A-).
7/10/16: Added Beenade, Grenade (A+), Shuriken, Bone Throwing Knife, Javelin, Bone Javelin, Sticky Grenade (A), Throwing Knife, Poisoned Knife, Star Anise, Bone Glove, Molotov co*cktail (A-), Spiky Ball, Bouncy Grenade (B+), Frost Daggerfish (B), Snowball, Happy Grenade (C+), Rotten Egg (C).
19/10/16: Mandible Blade down to B, Ice Blade up to B+.
28/10/16: Added Point of Contention symbol and added it to Wand of Sparking, Molten Fury, Flamarang, Ice Boomerang, Wooden Boomerang, Hellwing Bow.
30/10/16: Added Paintball Gun (B+).
3/6/17: Musket to A+. Undertaker and Falcon Blade marked for contention. Thread revived.
4/6/17: Flower of Fire up to B, Cactus sword down to B. Arkhalis, Slime Staff and Star Cannon marked for contention.
12/6/17: Amazon up to B+, Bee Keeper up to B-, Water Bolt, Bouncy Grenade, Bone Sword and Valor marked for contention.
19/6/17: Blade of Grass up to A, Boomstick up to A-. Starfury and Crimson Rod marked for contention.
20/6/17: Water Bolt no longer marked for contention.
7/7/17: Bee Keeper marked for contention.
23/11/18: Thread refurbished. Amazon up to A, Hellwing Bow up to A-, Falcon Blade up to B+, Bladed Glove and Bee Keeper up to B. Bee's Knees and Bone Glove marked for contention.
30/11/18: Bouncy Grenade up to A-, Wooden Yoyo up to C.
1/12/18: Red Ryder down to B+.
6/13/20: Thread refurbishing for 1.4 begun. Several weapons moved around, asterisks added. Several new weapons added as well.
6/15/20: Gem staffs split up. Diamond to A; Ruby/Emerald to A-; Sapphire to B+; Topaz and Amethyst to B.
6/18/20: Added Vampire Frog Staff and Blood Rain Bow, both in B+. Thanks to @Mental Mouse for help ranking them!
7/9/20: Added Sickle at A-. Thanks to @Mental Mouse and @Thorfinn for bringing it to my attention!
7/18/20: Bee's Knees up to A.

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