Dart Trap

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Dart Trap
  • Dart Trap item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
PlaceableYes 1 wide × 1 high
Use time15 Very Fast
RarityRarity level: 0
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Inflicts Debuff
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration 10 seconds

Dart Traps are traps that fire poisoned darts when triggered via wire. The trap does not consume any ammunition, its output being limited only by how frequently it can be triggered, which is a maximum of once every three seconds (Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 3.33 or 3 1/3 seconds). Dart Traps are found naturally placed in random areas on the Cavern layer, and more frequently in the Dungeon, and can be freed and harvested by players with a pickaxe or drill. They are found wired to Pressure Plates that trigger when the player or an enemy steps on them.

In order to use harvested Dart Traps, players must wire them to a triggering mechanism that sends a signal to the trap, which can be done with tools available from the Mechanic (who can only be found after Skeletron is defeated). Dart Traps will be placed facing the direction the player is facing, and on the Desktop version Desktop version and Console version Console version, can be hammered to rotate them after being placed, allowing them to fire vertically.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Dart Traps do pierce damage, triggering a 1/6th second (10 frames) of invincibility frames on enemies. If an enemy is hit by more than one dart in that time frame, it will only take damage from one dart. Keeping 8 tiles of space between dart traps should guarantee that each dart causes damage.
  • Due to the 3-second cooldown period, a 1 Second Timer will still only trigger a firing once every 3 seconds.
    • Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version In the 1.3 update, the cooldown period of dart traps is 200 frames (3.33 seconds, or 3 1/3 seconds) long, making a 1 Second Timer only trigger a firing once every 4 seconds.
  • Darts travel at precisely 45 blocks per second.
  • Darts can fly for up to 60 seconds, at which point they will break as if they had struck a block. At 45 blocks per second, this gives the Dart Trap a maximum range of 2,700 blocks.
  • Darts will travel at 1/2 speed in water, and 1/4 speed in honey.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • With some planning, Dart Traps can also be used to very quickly harvest entire Mushroom/Glowing Mushroom/Vile Mushroom/Underground Jungle and Herb (planted on soil) Farm.
  • A wiring-related item, such as a Dart Trap, Pressure Plate, or Wrench, can be switched to in the Hotbar or held in the opened inventory to reveal any wire on screen. It will be visible as red, blue, yellow, or green lines, including the naturally-spawned wires connecting a Dart Trap to its Pressure Plate.
    • Alternatively, having the Mechanical Lens or Grand Design will reveal wires without switching to a wire-related item, as well as highlight wires in dark places.
  • Dart Traps still function normally when actuated. Using an actuator, it is possible for the player to place multiple dart traps in a line, since the darts won't hit the traps themselves.
  • The tip of the dart spawns one block in front of the dart trap; two dart traps can be placed in a row and both will fire without problems.
  • If two dart traps are placed 180 blocks apart with a 1 second timer, the darts will overlap, allowing for a continuous dart trap.
  • A Teal Pressure Pad placed 153 blocks away can be used to make a continuous repeating trap firing mechanism at its current maximum firing rate. With this looping mechanism, the trap will continue firing until the player logs out of the game (or otherwise breaks the loop).
  • Multiple dart traps can be chained together with Teal Pressure Pads to create very precise, repeating timers in relatively compact spaces (useful for traps in honey). As Dart Traps are fairly common, they can be especially useful when trying to activate statues or other traps as often as possible.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Dart Trap's graphic resembles a stylized stone head. Traps involving such heads firing darts out of their mouths are a common sight in popular culture, such as the Indiana Jones movies.
  • This is one of two reusable traps available prior to Hardmode, along with the Geyser.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.1:
    • Sprite updated.
    • Can now be hammered to rotate 90 degrees at a time.