Critical hit

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A critical hit.

Critical hits occur randomly when striking enemies. By default, each successful hit on an enemy has a 4% chance of being a "critical hit", dealing approximately double the usual damage of the weapon in use with 40% more knockback. A small number of weapons have a base critical strike chance that is higher than the 4% default. In addition, certain modifiers, armor bonuses, accessories, and buffs can boost the player's effective critical strike chance.

Visually, critical hits are displayed as slightly exaggerated bold damage numbers that linger on-screen for a longer period and travel slightly higher than damage numbers from ordinary hits.

Note that minions cannot currently deal critical hits. The only exceptions are Lightning Aura sentry minions used while wearing a full set of Monk armor or Shinobi Infiltrator armor, which will deal critical hits based on a fixed 16.7% (for Monk armor) or 25% (for Shinobi armor) chance.

Players attacking other players in PvP will also not deal critical hits.

Weapons with non-standard base critical strike chance[edit | edit source]

Weapon Base
Critical Chance
Aerial Bane.png Aerial Bane 7%
Candy Corn Rifle.png Candy Corn Rifle 10%
Celebration.png Celebration 14%
Ice Blade.png Ice Blade 6%
Ice Boomerang.png Ice Boomerang 6% Desktop only.png / 4% Console only.png Mobile only.png
Jack 'O Lantern Launcher.png Jack 'O Lantern Launcher 10%
Katana.png Katana 19%
Keybrand.png Keybrand 17% Desktop only.png / 4% Console only.png Mobile only.png
Marrow.png Marrow 9%
Obsidian Swordfish.png Obsidian Swordfish 24%
Paintball Gun.png Paintball Gun 11%
Pulse Bow.png Pulse Bow 11%
Revolver.png Revolver 11%
S.D.M.G..png S.D.M.G. 14%
Shadowflame Bow.png Shadowflame Bow 7%
Shadowflame Hex Doll.png Shadowflame Hex Doll 7%
Shadowflame Knife.png Shadowflame Knife 7%
Sky Fracture.png Sky Fracture 24%
Slap Hand.png Slap Hand 19%
Sniper Rifle.png Sniper Rifle 29% Desktop only.png / 19% Console only.png Mobile only.png
Stake Launcher.png Stake Launcher 14%
Sunfury.png Sunfury 11% Desktop only.png / 4% Console only.pngMobile only.png
Terrarian.png Terrarian 14%


Boost gear[edit | edit source]

Melee[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Moon Charm.png Moon Charm +2% (during night)
Ale.png Ale +2%
Mythril Helmet.png Mythril Helmet +5%
Adamantite Helmet.png Adamantite Helmet +7%
Titanium Mask.png Titanium Mask +8%
Hallowed Mask.png Hallowed Mask +10%
Chlorophyte Mask.png Chlorophyte Mask +6%
Turtle Scale Mail.png Turtle Scale Mail +8%
Turtle Leggings.png Turtle Leggings +4%
Beetle Scale Mail.png Beetle Scale Mail +8%
Beetle Shell.png Beetle Shell +5%
Frost Breastplate.png Frost Breastplate +11%
Mythril armor Helmet.png Mythril armor set with Mythril Helmet +5%
Dragon Mask.png Dragon Mask Console only.png Mobile only.png +15%

Ranged[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Cobalt Mask.png Cobalt Mask +6%
Mythril Hat.png Mythril Hat +7%
Adamantite Mask.png Adamantite Mask +8%
Palladium Helmet.png Palladium Helmet +9%
Orichalcum Helmet.png Orichalcum Helmet +15%
Titanium Helmet.png Titanium Helmet +7%
Hallowed Helmet.png Hallowed Helmet +8%
Shroomite Headpiece (All helmets) +5%
Shroomite Breastplate.png Shroomite Breastplate +13%
Shroomite Leggings.png Shroomite Leggings +7%
Vortex Helmet.png Vortex Helmet Desktop only.png +7%
Vortex Breastplate.png Vortex Breastplate Desktop only.png +12%
Vortex Leggings.png Vortex Leggings Desktop only.png +8%
Cloak from Shroomite armor Up to +10%
Cloak from Vortex armor Desktop only.png Up to +20%
Frost Breastplate.png Frost Breastplate +11%
Sniper Scope.png Sniper Scope +10%
Titan Helmet.png Titan Helmet Console only.pngMobile only.png +10%
Titan Mail.png Titan Mail Console only.pngMobile only.png +10%

Magic[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Crystal Ball.png Crystal Ball +2%
Gypsy Robe.png Gypsy Robe +6%
Magic Hat.png Magic Hat Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png +7%
Jungle armor.png Jungle armor +12% Desktop only.png / 9% Console only.pngMobile only.png
Cobalt Hat.png Cobalt Hat +9%
Adamantite Headgear.png Adamantite Headgear +11%
Palladium Headgear.png Palladium Headgear +7%
Orichalcum Headgear.png Orichalcum Headgear +18%
Titanium Headgear.png Titanium Headgear +7%
Hallowed Headgear.png Hallowed Headgear +12%
Spectre Mask.png Spectre Mask +5%
Spectre Robe.png Spectre Robe +7%
Wizard Hat.png Wizard Hat with a Robe +10%
Spectral Headgear.png Spectral Headgear Console only.pngMobile only.png +15%
Spectral Armor.png Spectral Armor Console only.pngMobile only.png +10%

All[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Bowl of Soup.png Bowl of Soup +2%
Rage Potion.png Rage Potion +10%
Gi.png Gi +5%
Cobalt Breastplate.png Cobalt Breastplate +5%
Mythril Greaves.png Mythril Greaves +3%
Adamantite Leggings.png Adamantite Leggings +4%
Palladium Breastplate.png Palladium Breastplate +2%
Palladium Leggings.png Palladium Leggings +1%
Orichalcum Breastplate.png Orichalcum Breastplate +6%
Titanium Breastplate.png Titanium Breastplate +3%
Titanium Leggings.png Titanium Leggings +3%
Hallowed Plate Mail.png Hallowed Plate Mail +7%
Chlorophyte Plate Mail.png Chlorophyte Plate Mail +7%
Chlorophyte Greaves.png Chlorophyte Greaves +8%
Precise or Lucky prefix on accessories +2% or +4%
Destroyer Emblem.png Destroyer Emblem +8%
Eye of the Golem.png Eye of the Golem +10%
Putrid Scent.png Putrid Scent Desktop only.png +5%
Celestial Stone.png Celestial Stone +2%
Celestial Shell.png Celestial Shell Desktop only.png +2%
Sun Stone.png Sun Stone +2%
Moon Stone.png Moon Stone +2%
Reforged weapons Max +5%
Dragon Mask.png Dragon Mask Console only.png Mobile only.png +15%
Dragon Breastplate.png Dragon Breastplate Console only.pngMobile only.png +10%

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Damage is doubled after being reduced by defense.
  • While ammo is seemed to be affected by crit bonuses, crit chance actually entirely depends on weapon stats.
  • It is generally best to attempt to equalize your total accessory crit chance bonus and your total accesory damage bonus, as this will maximize your overall DPS.

Maximizing critical hits[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.2.1.2: Critical Strike increase on accessory reforges have been doubled. Example: The Lucky Reforge was boosted from 2% to 4%.
  • 1.0.6: Introduced.
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