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A character using a Topaz Hook to surmount a cliff.
Multi-Hooks, like this Slime Hook, afford more versatile movement.
The Grappling Hook used on a platform.
This article is about the tool class. For the crafting material, see Hook (crafting material).

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 hotkey activates the equipped Hook in the player's equipment slot, or the first Hook from the inventory (reading it from left→right, top→bottom) without requiring that the Hook be in the player's hotbar. On the mobile 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 navigating hazardous areas, such as those above lava.

Types[edit | edit source]

Hooks vary in their range, velocity, number of deployable hooks, and number of hooks that can remain latched simultaneously.

  • All crafted Hooks are crafted at the Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil, with the exception of the Lunar Hook, crafted at the Ancient Manipulator.
  • Single Hooks dislodge immediately when firing again while already latched to a surface.
  • Multi-Hooks without simultaneous latching (Dual Hook; also the Fish Hook prior to 1.3) can fire a second chain, but will dislodge the first chain when the second latches a surface.
  • A Multi-Hook can be fired again only after the previous chain latched a surface or fully retracted. The Fish Hook, Dual Hook, Web Slinger, and Lunar Hook are exceptions, and can be fired very rapidly — nearly as fast as the player can hit the button.

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Source Reach Velocity Hooks Latching type Sell Rarity Notes
Grappling Hook.png Grappling Hook
Internal Item ID: 84
Crafted with 1 Hook.png Hook (material) and 3 Chain.png Chains,
or purchased from Goblin Tinkerer (2 Gold Coin)
19 tiles 11.5 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Amethyst Hook.png Amethyst Hook
Internal Item ID: 1236
Crafted with 15 Amethyst.png Amethyst 18 tiles 10 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Topaz Hook.png Topaz Hook
Internal Item ID: 1237
Crafted with 15 Topaz.png Topaz 20 tiles 10.5 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Sapphire Hook.png Sapphire Hook
Internal Item ID: 1238
Crafted with 15 Sapphire.png Sapphire 22 tiles 11 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Emerald Hook.png Emerald Hook
Internal Item ID: 1239
Crafted with 15 Emerald.png Emeralds 24 tiles 11.5 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Ruby Hook.png Ruby Hook
Internal Item ID: 1240
Crafted with 15 Ruby.png Rubies 26 tiles 12 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Diamond Hook.png Diamond Hook
Internal Item ID: 1241
Crafted with 15 Diamond.png Diamonds 28 tiles 12.5 1 Single 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 1
Web Slinger.png Web Slinger
Internal Item ID: 939
Looted from Web Covered Chests 16 tiles 10 8 Simultaneous 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 2
  • Can fire 8 times in rapid succession.
Skeletron Hand.png Skeletron Hand
Internal Item ID: 1273
Dropped randomly by Skeletron 22 tiles 15 2 Simultaneous 90 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 2
Slime Hook.png Slime Hook
Internal Item ID: 2585
Dropped randomly by King Slime 20 tiles 10 3 Simultaneous 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 3
  • Pc only.png Mobile only.png Desktop and Mobile only.
Fish Hook.png Fish Hook
Internal Item ID: 2360
Random reward from the Angler
upon completing a quest
25 tiles 13 2 Simultaneous 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 3
  • Can fire 3 times in rapid succession.
Ivy Whip.png Ivy Whip
Internal Item ID: 185
Crafted with 3 Vine.png Vines and 12 Jungle Spores.png Jungle Spores or can be dropped by slimes 25 tiles 13 3 Simultaneous 40 Silver Coin Rarity Level: 3
Bat Hook.png Bat Hook
Internal Item ID: 1800
Dropped randomly by Goodie Bag.png Goodie Bags 32 tiles 15.5 1 Single 2 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 3
  • Pulls in the user faster than most hooks.
Candy Cane Hook.png Candy Cane Hook
Internal Item ID: 1915
Dropped randomly by Present.png Presents 25 tiles 11.5 1 Single 4 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 7

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Source Reach Velocity Hooks Latching type Sell Rarity Notes
Dual Hook.png Dual Hook
Internal Item ID: 437
Dropped randomly by Mimics 28 tiles 14 2 Individual 4 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 4
  • Glowing ends.
  • Can fire 2 times in rapid succession.
Thorn Hook.png Thorn Hook
Internal Item ID: 3021
Dropped randomly by Plantera 30 tiles 15 3 Simultaneous 8 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 6
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
Illuminant Hook.png Illuminant Hook
Internal Item ID: 3022
Dropped randomly by Hallowed Mimic 30 tiles 15 3 Simultaneous 8 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 6
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
  • Glowing ends.
Worm Hook.png Worm Hook
Internal Item ID: 3023
Dropped randomly by Corrupt Mimic 30 tiles 15 3 Simultaneous 8 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 6
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
Tendon Hook.png Tendon Hook
Internal Item ID: 3020
Dropped randomly by Crimson Mimic 31 tiles 15 3 Simultaneous 8 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 6
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
Anti-Gravity Hook.png Anti-Gravity Hook
Internal Item ID: 2800
Dropped randomly by Martian Saucer
during the Martian Madness event.
31 tiles 14 3 Simultaneous 1 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 7
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
  • Suspends user 12 tiles from latch point in any direction.
  • Allows player to orbit around the latch point.
Spooky Hook.png Spooky Hook
Internal Item ID: 1829
Dropped randomly by Mourning Wood
during the Pumpkin Moon event.
35 tiles 15.5 3 Simultaneous 4 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 7
Christmas Hook.png Christmas Hook
Internal Item ID: 1916
Dropped randomly by Everscream
during the Frost Moon event.
35 tiles 15.5 3 Simultaneous 4 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 7
  • Glowing chain & ends.
Lunar Hook.png Lunar Hook
Internal Item ID: 3572
Crafted with 6 each of  Nebula Fragment.png Nebula, Solar Fragment.png Solar,
Stardust Fragment.png Stardust, Vortex Fragment.png Vortex Fragments
35 tiles 16 4 Simultaneous 10 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 10
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
  • Crafted at Ancient Manipulator.
  • Glowing chain & ends.
  • Each chain glows its respective color.
  • Can fire 4 times in rapid succession.
Static Hook.png Static Hook
Internal Item ID: 3623
Purchased from Steampunker (50 Gold Coin) 40 tiles  ? 2 Individual 10 Gold Coin Rarity Level: 10
  • Pc only.png Desktop only.
  • Initial latch does not pull the player inward.
  • Players can adjust how far they want to be from latched point.
  • Players will not move when latching to a different point.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Hold on Tight.png Hold On Tight!
Equip your first Grappling Hook. Pc only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

The glow provided by certain Hooks: Dual Hook blue end (top), Dual Hook red end (middle), and Christmas Hook (bottom). No light sources other than the Hooks are present in this shot.
As shown is this image here, each hook on the Lunar Hook shines its respective color. Solar (top) shines orange/red, Nebula (right) shines purple, Vortex (bottom) shines green, and Stardust (left) shines blue.
The Anti-Gravity Hook is unlike any other hook allowing the user to rotate around the grappling point.
  • 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.
  • All Hooks can remain attached to a surface continuously for 10 minutes (10 hours in-game time) before they automatically disengage.
  • Players can remove Hooks from their Inventory while clinging to a surface and remain there until they jump, use another Hook, or automatically disengage, even though the Hook is no longer in their Inventory.
  • When used via the hotbar, Multi-Hooks can be re-fired more rapidly, requiring only that the previous chain has fully extended first.
  • Mobile only.png There is an in-game short tutorial when you obtain the grappling hook
  • Attempting to use a grappling hook on a slope will often cause the player to grapple the block they're standing on, as they are technically inside the block.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • 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 provide blocks to grapple while flying with Wings, repeatedly resetting flight time in midair.
  • Characters that have hooked to 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.
  • Simultaneous-latch multi-hooks are more useful for intricate maneuvers. When fast travel is preferred, individually-latching multi-hooks allow faster transit, since they immediately sling the player across gaps, rather than automatically suspending them midway.
  • Hooks that can be fired in rapid succession (Dual Hook, Web Slinger, Fish Hook, etc) provide greater security when falling. In case the first hook fails to latch onto a surface, another chain can be fired immediately to ensure you don't take falling damage.
  • If a player grapples onto the middle of a door and opens it while suspended, the player will fly out with immense speed in the direction that he or she grapples onto the door with. The same effect can be achieved with Actuators. When there are Frozen Slime Blocks on the other side of the door, this speed will be kept and can be used for very rapid transportation in a skybridge, etc.
  • Moving whilst latched with the Anti-Gravity Hook doesn't count as movement with regards to mana regeneration. It also provides a simple way to dodge quickly even when under the effects of reduced movement speed (such as from the Vortex armor's special ability).
  • The Anti-Gravity Hook is very effective in avoiding quick enemies like Mothron.
  • You can climb smooth walls extremely quickly with the Anti-Gravity hook by pressing your grapple key quickly and holding your up key whilst your mouse is in the top and slightly to the right of the middle of your screen.
  • The hook is a great way to transport in early game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Fish Hook is a play on words, using the term for the real-life fishing tool for a grappling hook with the same appearance.
  • The tooltip for the Grappling Hook, "Get over here!", is a reference to Scorpion's catch phrase in Mortal Kombat.
  • The tooltip for the Lunar Hook "You want the moon? Just grapple it and pull it down!" is a possible reference to It's a Wonderful Life's famous quote from George Bailey: "You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."
  • The Bat Hook is most likely a reference to DC's Batman, who uses a grappling hook that reels in very quickly, usually launching him up onto ledges.
  • The Web Slinger is a reference to Marvel's Spider-Man, who is often referred to as the "Web Slinger" due to his ability to sling webs.
  • When you use the Lunar Hook, the color fired always follows this order: First orange (Solar Fragment), second green (Vortex Fragment), third pink (Nebula Fragment), and finally blue (Stardust Fragment).
  • Because the Lunar Hook always follows this pattern, it's possible to cycle through the different hooks and latch onto objects with whichever color you want. Therefore it's also possible to have four of the same type of hook out (four Solar, Nebula, Vortex or Stardust hooks) at a time.
  • The Candy Cane Hook has the same sell value as the Hardmode hooks, although it can be obtained pre-Hardmode. It is also one of the few items with Lime rarity that can be obtained pre-Hardmode.
  • The Thorn Hook resembles a miniature version of Plantera's Hooks.
  • If a player switches Hooks while already hooked, the existing hooks will keep their existing sprites. However any new hooks will have the correct sprite.
  • When switching hooks from a hook that has more hooks to a hook with less hooks, the new hook will replace the first hook shot out, but then start to always replace the new hook.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.3.1: Introduced Static Hook.
  • Fixed Lunar Hook not allowing you to use the hooks freely unless at least 1 is placed.
  • Fixed controls being reversed for Anti-Gravity hook when used in reverse Gravity.
    • Introduced Worm, Tendon, Illuminant, Thorn, Anti-Gravity, and Lunar Hooks.
    • Hooks given a dedicated equipment and dye slot, and can no longer be fired from inventory.
    • Fish Hook changed to Simultaneous latching.
    • You can no longer grapple while frozen.
  • 1.2.4: Introduced Fish Hook and Slime Hook.
  • 1.2.3:
    • Fixed a bug where hooks would break if they tried to attach to blocks with liquid in them.
    • Using a Rod of Discord releases all grapples.
    • Using a teleporter tile releases all grapples.
  • 1.2.2: Introduced Candy Cane Hook and Christmas Hook.
  • Bat Hook now correctly drops from the Goodie Bag.
  • 1.2.1: Introduced Bat Hook and Spooky Hook
  • 1.2: Introduced Gem hooks, Web Slinger, Skeletron Hand.
  • 1.1:
    • Grappling Hook can now be bought from the Goblin Tinkerer for 2 Gold Coin.
    • Dual Hook introduced.
  • 1.0.6: Grapple hotkey added. Removed 60-second auto-disengage.
  • Pre-Release: Grappling Hook and Ivy Whip introduced.
Tools: Iron Pickaxe.png Usual Tools • Dual Hook.png Grappling Hooks • Shadow Orb (item).png Summoning Tools • Wrench.png Other Tools