- This article is about the tool class. For the crafting material, see Hook.
Hooks are a class of tools that aid the player in traversing terrain. When used, a chain is fired that latches a surface and hoists the player towards it. A Hook becomes an essential tool, as it offers significant freedom from terrain height restrictions, and will often be the first major mobility aid a player acquires. Hooks are acquired in various ways depending on their type (see table below).
The Grapple hotkey (PC: E • Xbox 360: LT • PS3: L1) activates the first Hook in the player's inventory (reading it from left→right, top→bottom), without requiring that the Hook be in the player's hotbar. On the iOS version, dragging quickly from the player outwards casts the Hook in the drag direction.
Several higher-tier Hooks, like the Ivy Whip, allow the player to grapple multiple surfaces simultaneously. If the character grapples one surface, then fires the Hook a second time, another chain extends from the player without dislodging the first. Upon grappling a second surface, the player will be suspended in midair at a point midway between the two surfaces. This allows players more freedom during construction, or for negotiating hazardous areas, such those above lava.
Hooks vary in their range, velocity, number of deployable hooks, and number of Hooks that can remain latched simultaneously. Reach is measured horizontally, and does not include the tile the character stands on, nor the tile grappled by the hook.
|Grappling Hook|| Crafted from a Hook and 3 Chains
or purchased from the Goblin Tinkerer
|Amethyst Hook||Crafted from 15 Amethysts||18 tiles||10||1||Single|
|Topaz Hook||Crafted from 15 Topaz||20 tiles||10.5||1||Single|
|Sapphire Hook||Crafted from 15 Sapphires||22 tiles||11||1||Single|
|Emerald Hook||Crafted from 15 Emeralds||24 tiles||11.5||1||Single|
|Ruby Hook||Crafted from 15 Ruby||26 tiles||12||1||Single|
|Diamond Hook||Crafted from 15 Diamonds||28 tiles||12.5||1||Single|
|Candy Cane Hook||Sometimes dropped by Presents||25 tiles||11.5||1||Single|
|Bat Hook||Sometimes dropped by Goodie Bags||32 tiles||15.5||1||Single|
|Skeletron Hand||Sometimes dropped by Skeletron||22 tiles||15||2||Simultaneous|
|Fish Hook||Random reward from the Angler upon completing a quest||25 tiles||13||2||One at a time|
|Dual Hook||Sometimes dropped by Mimics||28 tiles||14||2||One at a time|
|Slime Hook||Sometimes dropped by King Slimes||25 tiles||10||3||Simultaneous|
|Ivy Whip||Crafted from 3 Vines and 12 Jungle Spores||25 tiles||13||3||Simultaneous|
|Spooky Hook||Sometimes dropped by Mourning Wood||35 tiles||15.5||3||Simultaneous|
|Christmas Hook||Sometimes dropped by Everscream||35 tiles||15.5||3||Simultaneous|
|Web Slinger||Looted from Web Covered Chests||16 tiles||10||8||Simultaneous|
- Grappling a platform with only one hook will pull the player inside the platform, meaning that the player will always hit that platform with subsequent grapples. You must jump to dislodge the hook, and aim at other blocks.
- Hooks reset a character's flight time when Rocket Boots or Wings are equipped, even if the Hook is dislodged before reeling the player in.
- When sprinting accessories are equipped, the burst of speed provided by a Hook upon latching a surface can be used to accelerate a player to sprinting speed instantly.
- The Ice Rod can be exploited in conjunction with the ability to reset flight/jumping accessories, by placing a block that can be grappled mid-flight, resetting flight time, and allowing functionally indefinite flight time for as long as the player can successfully manage to place blocks and grapple them accurately.
- Characters that have hooked a block are immune to gravity and knockback. Grappling the ground in dangerous locations, such as near lava, can ensure you don't fall in when taking damage from an enemy.
- Players can also exploit immunity to gravity by "grappling the ground" to prevent fall damage. Be careful of using this trick recklessly, as the grappling hook will not function if it reaches the extent of its chain without hitting a block (the game counts it as a "miss" and doesn't check for collision with blocks on the return,) and - depending on the hook used - may prevent you from firing another hook to save yourself until the chain has fully retracted.
- Grappling a door and then opening it dislodges the hook, and flings the player towards the door at grapple speeds. This can similarly be exploited to "kickstart" Hermes Boots.
- Simultaneous multi-hook hooks are more useful for utility purposes, but tend to be require more user input for fast transit and require the user to use jump to dislodge before throwing the hook out again.
- 1.2: Hooks can now be crafted out of gems.