Copper Shortsword

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Copper Shortsword
Stack digit 1.png
Copper Shortsword inventory icon
Statistics
Type Weapon
Damage 5 / 7 3DS logo.svg (Melee)
Knockback 4 (Weak)
Critical chance 4%
Use time 12 (Very Fast)
Rarity Rarity Level: 0
Sell  70 Copper Coin
Internal Item ID: 3507

The Copper Shortsword is the weakest of the shortswords and arguably the weakest weapon in the game. It has a slightly stronger counterpart, the Tin Shortsword, except in the 3DS logo.svg version, where it is equivalent.

Desktop only.png Console only.png All newly created characters will always spawn with a Copper Shortsword in their first inventory slot, and it is possible that it can have a modifier already applied to it. Mobile only.png3DS logo.svg On Mobile and 3DS, newly created players will always start with a Wooden Sword instead of a Copper Shortsword.

Like all shortswords, this sword has a very limited range and attacks with a horizontal stabbing motion instead of an arc. This makes it impractical to use against flying or jumping enemies, although its high attack rate makes it somewhat effective against weak fighter type enemies. It is, however, highly recommended that new players use a Wooden Sword, Copper Pickaxe or a Bow at the earliest opportunity instead of a Copper Shortsword.

Its best Modifier is Legendary.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipe[edit | edit source]

Crafting Station
Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil /
Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil
Ingredient(s) Amount
Copper Bar.png Copper Bar 7
Result
Copper Shortsword.png Copper Shortsword 1

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The uselessness of the copper shortsword, even at the beginning of the game which it is supposedly suited for, has earned it memetic status within the Terraria community. On videos of people successfully completing challenges in Terraria such as unusual boss fights or speedruns, for example, it is common to see comments saying, "Now do it with a copper shortsword!", to make the seemingly impossible challenge even more ridiculous. However, there have been videos where bosses have been defeated with a Copper Shortsword.
  • A Tiny Copper Shortsword is the smallest possible sword in the game.
  • It is possible to spawn with a Broken Copper Shortsword. This reduces the damage to 3, which makes the early game even harder. This makes it the second lowest damage weapon in the game, as the lowest damage weapon in the game is the Broken Wooden Hammer, which does 2 damage. However, a player in this condition can simply make a new sword, which is generally accepted as the best course of action for a new character anyways.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.3.0.1: Sprite updated.
  • 1.0.5: Newly created characters will now spawn with a Copper Shortsword.
  • Pre-Release: Introduced.
Copper
 
Copper Ore.png Ore • Copper Bar.png Bar • Copper Brick.png Brick • Copper Brick Wall.png Brick Wall • Copper Plating.png Plating • Copper Plating Wall.png Plating Wall • Copper Coin.png Coin • Copper Chandelier.png Chandelier

Copper Pickaxe.png Pickaxe • Copper Axe.png Axe • Copper Hammer.png Hammer • Copper Shortsword.png Shortsword • Copper Broadsword.png Broadsword • Copper Bow.png Bow • Amethyst Staff.png Amethyst Staff • Copper Chainmail.png Armor • Copper Watch.png Watch
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