Sniper Rifle

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Sniper Rifle
Stack digit 1.png
Sniper Rifle inventory icon
Type Weapon
Damage 185 Pc only.png / 128 Console only.png Mobile only.png (Ranged)
Knockback 8 (Very Strong)
Critical chance 29% Pc only.png / 19% Console only.png Mobile only.png
Use time 35 (Slow)
Velocity 16
Tooltip Shoots a powerful, high velocity bullet
Right click to zoom out
Rarity Rarity Level: 8
Sell 2 Gold Coin
Internal Item ID: 1254

The Sniper Rifle is a Hardmode, post-Plantera ranged weapon that fires a bullet with extremely high damage, though at a far slower rate of fire than most ranged weapons. It has a "zoom" ability that no other weapon can perform. It cannot be auto-fired. The Sniper Rifle has a 7.64% / 11.46% chance to drop from Skeleton Snipers in the Slab-walled Dungeon during Hardmode, only after Plantera has been defeated.

The Sniper Rifle's zoom capability is identical to the Rifle Scope, Sniper Scope, and Binoculars' abilities, whereby the screen scrolls temporarily in the direction of the mouse cursor while holding the right-click button or using the right stick on Console only.png Console versions, essentially extending your viewing range in one direction.

The Sniper Rifle has a base 29% critical strike chance (19% on Console only.png Console versions and Mobile only.pngMobile versions) as opposed to the usual 4%.

Its best Modifier is Unreal.

Notes[edit | edit source]

A demonstration of the Sniper Rifle's zoom on a Target Dummy.
A critical hit of 1106 with a Ruthless Sniper Rifle.
  • The Rifle Scope or Sniper Scope used along with the Sniper Rifle will increase zoom slightly. The exact increase depends on your game screen resolution. For example, at 800x600, view is increased by 3 tiles; at 1680x1050, 7 tiles.
  • Musket Balls and Silver Bullets shot from this weapon gain the effects (but not damage) of High Velocity Bullets. They also glow bright yellow while traveling similar to High Velocity Bullets. All other ammo types, however, will travel at normal speed, and have the appearance they usually do.
  • Zooming will update the Minimap. The same holds true for the Rifle Scope, Sniper Scope, and Binoculars.
  • The Sniper Rifle, Uzi and Venus Magnum all have the same tooltip.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Although the Sniper Rifle pairs nicely with Exploding Bullets (killing multiple targets, compensating for the low fire rate) one must be very careful, as self-damage from the sniper explosive rounds can easily 2-shot most players.
  • Shards from Crystal Bullets also benefit from the Sniper Rifle's high base damage.
  • The Sniper rifle pairs well with Chlorophyte Bullets in many ways, especially for players with bad aiming, as the bullets home onto enemies.
  • Along with the Revolver, it has the highest ranged velocity in the game.
  • The Sniper Rifle can serve the player well when killing enemies which teleport when hit, such as Diabolists, Necromancers, and Nebula Floaters, due to the high one-shot damage.
  • Because of its already high critical hit chance, the Ruthless Modifier may be preferred over the Unreal Modifier to maximize damage.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mobile only.pngOn the mobile version, this weapon cannot auto-fire, making it the only weapon that cannot auto-fire.
  • The Sniper Rifle has one of the highest base damages in the game, holding the title for highest damage in 1.2. The Meowmere, Terrarian, and a few more weapons, such as the Bunny Cannon, Dynamite and Explosives deal higher damage. Though it is possible to achieve higher damage with different armor, modifiers, and accessories like the Sniper scope, Ranger emblem and similar items.
  • It is possible to achieve over a 100% critical strike chance with the proper accessories, armor, and modifiers, as well as entering stealth mode.
  • As of, it has the highest base critical strike chance of any weapon in the game, succeeding the Obsidian Swordfish by 5%.
  • On the 3DS edition, the rifle fires when the button to do so on the DS is released rather than when it's pressed, unlike other guns/weapons, therefore it can't auto-fire on that platform.

History[edit | edit source]

    • Increased damage from 128 to 185.
    • Critical chance increased from 19% to 29%.
    • Reduced use time from 49 to 35.
  • Now correctly drops from Skeleton Snipers.
  • 1.2: Introduced.
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