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  • Minishark item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Uses ammoBullets
Damage6 (Ranged)
Knockback0 (No knockback)
Critical chance4%
Use time8 (Insanely fast)
Tooltip33% chance to not consume ammo
'Half shark, half gun, completely awesome.'
Rarity02*Rarity level: 2
Research1 required
I see you're eyeballin' the Minishark.. You really don't want to know how it was made.

The Arms Dealer

The Minishark shooting Musket Balls

The Minishark is a gun that can be bought from the Arms Dealer for 35 and can use any form of bullet. It is capable of autofiring and each shot has a 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) chance of not consuming any ammunition. It has the lowest use time of all pre-Hardmode ranged weapons.

Its best modifier is Demonic, as it does does not have any knockback and thus cannot get modifiers that affect it. Console VersionOld-gen console version3DS version It can also get the Deadly modifier, which, while the Demonic modifier may provide the greatest damage per hit, grants a higher increase to the overall DPS.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Completely Awesome.png
Completely Awesome • “Obtain a minishark.”
Obtain the Minishark. Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Minishark deals small amounts of damage at a rapid rate. Against enemies with higher defense, its damage is reduced to one per hit, causing a significant decrease in overall damage output. As most Hardmode enemies have enough defense to negate its damage completely and have significantly more health than basic enemies, it becomes functionally useless beyond this point and is replaced by its upgrade, the Megashark.
    • Combining the Minishark with a Shark Tooth Necklace can be useful, especially against bosses, whose high amounts of defense can severely reduce the already low damage per shot of the Minishark.
  • Even with the 33.3% chance not to consume ammo, the Minishark can still use an entire stack of bullets very quickly, especially with modifiers that decrease its use time. However, the ammo-conserving effect of the Minishark can be increased substantially by adding the following gear:
Gear Chance not to consume ammo Avg. yield of
999 bullets
Avg. ammo consumption rate
(continuous fire)
Individual Total
n/a(base weapon) 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) 1498.5 shots 1 every 0.2 seconds
(12 ticks[1])
Necro armorNecro armor(Console VersionOld-gen console version3DS version) or Fossil armorFossil armorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 20*1/5 (20%) 46.67*7/15 (46.67%) 1873.1 shots 1 every 0.25 seconds
(15 ticks[1])
Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 20*1/5 (20%) 57.33*43/75 (57.33%) 2341.4 shots 1 every 0.313 seconds
(18.75 ticks[1])

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The fictional hand-held Minigun has been popularized in video games and films since the 1980s. In practice, a man-portable M134 minigun would be nearly impossible to manage as an individual infantry weapon, and highly impractical for a human being to either carry or operate.
  • The Minishark's color and design is similar to that of the Machine Gun from the 1999 multiplayer-focused first-person shooter Quake III Arena. They are also both automatic guns with multiple barrels and low damage per bullet.
  • The Clockwork Assault Rifle, Star Cannon, Flintlock Pistol, and the Minishark are some of the only guns without knockback.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.0.5:
    • Damage increased from 5 to 6.
    • Price lowered from 50 to 40.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A tick is a time unit countable by the software. Most of Terraria's updating logic happens every tick. A tick has the length of 1/60th of a second, hence there are 60 ticks in a second and 3600 ticks in a minute.