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.pngAerial Bane 7%
Candy Corn Rifle.pngCandy Corn Rifle 10%
Celebration.pngCelebration 14%
Ice Blade.pngIce Blade 6%
Ice Boomerang.pngIce Boomerang 6% Desktop VersionConsole Version / 4% Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
Jack 'O Lantern Launcher.pngJack 'O Lantern Launcher 10%
Katana.pngKatana 19%
Keybrand.pngKeybrand 17% Desktop VersionConsole Version / 4% Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
Marrow.pngMarrow 9%
Obsidian Swordfish.pngObsidian Swordfish 24%
Paintball Gun.pngPaintball Gun 11%
Pulse Bow.pngPulse Bow 11%
Revolver.pngRevolver 11%
S.D.M.G..pngS.D.M.G. 14%
Shadowflame Bow.pngShadowflame Bow 7%
Shadowflame Hex Doll.pngShadowflame Hex Doll 7%
Shadowflame Knife.pngShadowflame Knife 7%
Sky Fracture.pngSky Fracture 24%
Slap Hand.pngSlap Hand 19%
Sniper Rifle.pngSniper Rifle 29% Desktop VersionConsole Version / 19% Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
Stake Launcher.pngStake Launcher 14%
Sunfury.pngSunfury 11% Desktop VersionConsole Version / 4% Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
Terrarian.pngTerrarian 14%


Boost gear[edit | edit source]

Melee[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Moon Charm.pngMoon Charm +2% (during night)
Ale.pngAle +2%
Mythril Helmet.pngMythril Helmet +5%
Adamantite Helmet.pngAdamantite Helmet +7%
Titanium Mask.pngTitanium Mask +8%
Hallowed Mask.pngHallowed Mask +10%
Chlorophyte Mask.pngChlorophyte Mask +6%
Turtle Scale Mail.pngTurtle Scale Mail +8%
Turtle Leggings.pngTurtle Leggings +4%
Beetle Scale Mail.pngBeetle Scale Mail +8%
Beetle Shell.pngBeetle Shell +5%
Frost Breastplate.pngFrost Breastplate +11%
Mythril armor Helmet.png Mythril armor set with Mythril Helmet +5%
Dragon Mask.pngDragon MaskConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +15%

Ranged[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Cobalt Mask.pngCobalt Mask +6%
Mythril Hat.pngMythril Hat +7%
Adamantite Mask.pngAdamantite Mask +8%
Palladium Helmet.pngPalladium Helmet +9%
Orichalcum Helmet.pngOrichalcum Helmet +15%
Titanium Helmet.pngTitanium Helmet +7%
Hallowed Helmet.pngHallowed Helmet +8%
Shroomite Headpiece (All helmets) +5%
Shroomite Breastplate.pngShroomite Breastplate +13%
Shroomite Leggings.pngShroomite Leggings +7%
Vortex Helmet.pngVortex Helmet +7%
Vortex Breastplate.pngVortex Breastplate +12%
Vortex Leggings.pngVortex Leggings +8%
Cloak from Shroomite armor Up to +10%
Cloak from Vortex armor Up to +20%
Frost Breastplate.pngFrost Breastplate +11%
Sniper Scope.pngSniper Scope +10%
Titan Helmet.pngTitan HelmetConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +10%
Titan Mail.pngTitan MailConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +10%

Magic[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Crystal Ball.pngCrystal Ball +2%
Gypsy Robe.pngGypsy RobeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version +6%
Magic Hat.pngMagic HatDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version +7%
Jungle armor.pngJungle armor +12% Desktop VersionConsole Version / 9% Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
Cobalt Hat.pngCobalt Hat +9%
Adamantite Headgear.pngAdamantite Headgear +11%
Palladium Headgear.pngPalladium Headgear +7%
Orichalcum Headgear.pngOrichalcum Headgear +18%
Titanium Headgear.pngTitanium Headgear +7%
Hallowed Headgear.pngHallowed Headgear +12%
Spectre Mask.pngSpectre MaskDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version +5%
Spectre Robe.pngSpectre Robe +7%
Wizard Hat.pngWizard Hat with a Robe +10%
Spectral Headgear.pngSpectral HeadgearConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +15%
Spectral Armor.pngSpectral ArmorConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +10%

All[edit | edit source]

Item Critical Chance
Bowl of Soup.pngBowl of Soup +2%
Rage Potion.pngRage Potion +10%
Gi.pngGiDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version +5%
Cobalt Breastplate.pngCobalt Breastplate +5%
Mythril Greaves.pngMythril Greaves +3%
Adamantite Leggings.pngAdamantite Leggings +4%
Palladium Breastplate.pngPalladium Breastplate +2%
Palladium Leggings.pngPalladium Leggings +1%
Orichalcum Breastplate.pngOrichalcum Breastplate +6%
Titanium Breastplate.pngTitanium Breastplate +3%
Titanium Leggings.pngTitanium Leggings +3%
Hallowed Plate Mail.pngHallowed Plate Mail +7%
Chlorophyte Plate Mail.pngChlorophyte Plate Mail +7%
Chlorophyte Greaves.pngChlorophyte Greaves +8%
Precise or Lucky prefix on accessories +2% or +4%
Destroyer Emblem.pngDestroyer Emblem +8%
Eye of the Golem.pngEye of the Golem +10%
Putrid Scent.pngPutrid ScentDesktop VersionConsole Version +5%
Celestial Stone.pngCelestial StoneDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version +2%
Celestial Shell.pngCelestial ShellDesktop VersionConsole Version +2%
Sun Stone.pngSun Stone +2%
Moon Stone.pngMoon Stone +2%
Reforged weapons Max +5%
Dragon Mask.pngDragon MaskConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +15%
Dragon Breastplate.pngDragon BreastplateConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version +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 accessory damage bonus, as this will maximize your overall DPS.

Maximizing critical hits[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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