The first few hours of your Terraria playthrough can be rough, what with a mere copper sword and a few torches to keep you busy. As you progress through the game and find yourself in hardmode, you’ll start to find an overwhelming amount of cool-looking loot. The real question is which ones are worth using, especially for end game when it’s time to go up against Moon Lord?
Of all the tools and weapons you can use in the game, swords and pickaxes come number one. You want the best pickaxe a gamer can get so that you can acquire the strongest ore and mine more quickly. You’ll want the best sword available to complete the game itself with ease when it comes to bosses. There are many swords and pickaxes with similar stats, but only a handful of them will get you to the finish line and beyond. Only a few will be the best of the best.
PICKAXE: Orichalcum Pickaxe – 165%
The Orichalcum pickaxe is the first great pickaxe you can acquire after defeating the Wall of Flesh. After the Wall of Flesh is gone and you break some Corruption/Crimson altars, you’ll need meteor and hellstone tools to start mining the newest and strongest ore that’s been created in your lands. One of those new ores is either Orichalcum or Mythril, by chance. The Orichalcum pickaxe comes at around 165% pickaxe power, whereas the Mythril pickaxe’s power is only 150% max. This is just the beginning.
SWORD: Starlight – 80 Damage
Once you’re world is in hardmode, you’ll have a new biome called the Hallow. There are multiple optional bosses in the Hallow, one of them being the Empress of Light who has a chance to drop the Starlight sword. Though there are plenty of better swords that do over 90 damage, the Starlight has a speed of 18 and critical hit chance of 14%. With damage buffs, this sword may perform better than your later game weapons.
PICKAXE: Titanium Pickaxe – 190%
Titanium pickaxe is the next best thing after Orichalcum. There is the Adamantite pickaxe coming at 180% power, but that can be skipped altogether. Both Adamantite and Titanium are only slightly better than Orichalcum before you’re able to make the big jump to 200% pickaxe power. The only difference between the three is that the Titanium one does 27 damage over Orichalcum’s 17 and Adamantite’s 20, all while still having the same speed but slightly more pickaxe power.
SWORD: Chlorophyte Claymore – 95 Damage
You’ve never felt power like this before. Chlorophyte is one of the strongest ores in the game, being only second strongest on the list. It needs 200% pickaxe power to mine and is the first weapon you may find yourself acquiring that does over 40 damage if you haven’t beaten the Empress of Light yet.
The claymore you’re able to craft from Chlorophyte ore has around 95 base damage, not counting any accessories that bump up your melee damage. It does normal melee hits as well as launches a green orb for additional damage.
PICKAXE: Shroomite Digging Claw – 200%
There are multiple other pickaxe options that have 200% power from Chlorophyte to the Pickaxe Axe. The difference here is that the Shroomite Digging Claw has way more damage and knockback for the same pickaxe power. This digging claw is crafted by combining Glowing Mushrooms with Chlorophyte bars using the machine Autohammer to make Shroomite bars. This machine can only be purchased by the Truffle NPC after Plantera is killed.
SWORD: Star Wrath – 110/220 Damage
This is an extremely powerful late-game weapon, dropped by the last boss in the game, Moon Lord. It’s base damage is 110 but upon using it it will cast star projectiles that home in on your enemies for 220 damage. With this weapon you won’t even have to break a sweat, just sit back and let the projectiles do the work.
PICKAXE: Picksaw – 210%
The Picksaw has a chance of being dropped by the Golem boss inside the underground jungle. It has an additional axe power of 125% and does 34 damage. Who doesn’t like a two, or three, in one tool? You mostly find yourself fighting and mining rather than chopping down lots of trees anyway. With the additional axe power and damage you can leave the axe at home.
This pickaxe is the first pickaxe you can get that will mine every block known in the game. Since it’s a drop from the Golem boss, you can only get this after Plantera is killed.
SWORD: Flying Dragon – 180 Damage
The use time of this bad boy is 25 meaning that it is the fastest high-damage weapon in the game. It shoots projectiles, but unlike the Star Wrath, they won’t do as much as your base damage unless you aim really well. You have to go out of your way to seek the Flying Dragon sword as it’s a drop from the Old One’s Army event and not from a mandatory boss fight.
PICKAXE: The Luminite Pickaxes – 225%
These are the strongest pickaxes you can acquire within all of Terraria. They are crafted using Luminite bars that can only be found as loot after beating the last boss, Moon lord. There are four different versions for each Lunar event but they all have the exact same stats. So whichever one you want is up to aesthetics alone! The Luminite pickaxes also do 80 melee damage so you won’t have to worry about cave creatures bothering you as you mine.
SWORD: Meowmere – 200 Damage
The most epic sword any gamer has ever known. So iconic that fans have tried multiple times to recreate a real version of it as well as versions in other games like Minecraft. This is a kawaii-kitty sword that does the highest damage possible. It has projectiles that ricochet like crazy and decapitates foes at your behest. Meowmere is a very rare drop from Moon Lord himself and can be combined, along with other great swords, to create the sword Zenith.
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