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Nimbus Rod

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Nimbus Rod
  • Nimbus Rod item spriteold Nimbus Rod item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage36 (Magic)
Knockback0 (No knockback)
Critical chance4%
Use time22 (Fast)
TooltipSummons a cloud to rain down on your foes
Rarity6*Rarity level: 6
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Rain Cloud Moving
    Rain Cloud Moving
  • Rain Cloud Raining
    Rain Cloud Raining
  • Rain (friendly)
    Rain (friendly)
The Nimbus Rod's rain cloud. Notice how the rain pierces enemies.

The Nimbus Rod is a Hardmode magic weapon that creates clouds that cause damaging "rain" projectiles to fire downward. When cast, a cloud projectile is fired from the rod and travels towards the cursor. Upon reaching its destination or colliding with a solid block, the cloud stops and starts sending rain particles downward. Each drop of rain deals the weapon's stated damage and pierces through enemies. Each cloud lasts for 1 minute. Up to two clouds can be spawned at once; using the weapon when there are already two active clouds will cause the oldest cloud to disappear.

The Nimbus Rod has a 6.67*1/15 (6.67%) chance of dropping from an Angry Nimbus, which spawns during rain.

Its best modifier is Demonic or Deadly for damage output, or Mystic for mana conservation because it cannot get modifiers that affect knockback. Because of the weapon's negligible mana cost, Demonic is usually preferred.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The clouds themselves cannot travel through solid objects like blocks or closed doors, but can pass through platforms and liquids.
  • Firing a cloud on the top of a block will cause the rain drops to go through up to 3 blocks downward.
  • The downward range of the Nimbus Rod is 95 tiles.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Nimbus Rod is a precursor to the sentries, and functions as a limited mini-sentry (but does not count against or benefit from sentry slots). Its fire-and-forget nature, low cost, long duration and relatively high damage over time make it an ideal weapon to have during fights against large enemies like bosses. The piercing property of the raindrops proves effective against multi-segmented enemies, such as The Destroyer. The player is also left free to use other weapons while the clouds are active, since only the initial cost consumes mana.
  • Since the critical strike chance of a projectile is not based on the weapon that fired it but rather the one the player is currently holding, this weapon pairs very well with magic weapons with a higher base critical strike chance than usual, most notably Sky FractureDesktop and Console versions, Staff of Earth, Stellar TuneDesktop version.
  • The Nimbus Rod is extraordinarily powerful against the Celestial PillarsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions during the Lunar Events after their shield has gone down, since they remain stationary. This allows the player to deal damage to the pillar while they focus on staying alive and dealing with its minions.
  • Each individual raindrop will trigger damage-related set bonuses, such as those of the Orichalcum armor and Spectre armor, which is especially useful with the Spectre Hood.
  • For maximizing DPS, the arena should be flooded, since liquids slow enemies down, allowing more raindrops to hit them. Note that Old One's ArmyDesktop and Console versions enemies cannot be slowed down by any means.
  • As there is very limited space between drops, the rain can serve as a barrier against destructible projectiles, such as Burning Spheres.
  • The Crimson Cloud from the Crimson Rod can also be active, allowing the player to have up to three clouds on the screen at once.
  • Acquiring a Nimbus Rod can be difficult, given that the Angry Nimbus is somewhat rare even during rain. As with all enemies, its spawn rate can be increased with Water Candles and Battle Potions, as well as during events like the Blood Moon or Solar Eclipse. With a properly fortified base where they can attack the Nimbuses from safety, a player can have a reasonable chance at getting a Nimbus Rod.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The term Nimbus is an outdated term for the type of cloud now classified as the nimbostratus cloud. A nimbostratus cloud is a low, gray, often dark, amorphous, nearly uniform cloud that usually produces continuous rain or snow.
  • The rain from the Nimbus Rod travels at 51 mph, the same speed as a falling player.
  • During a Blood Moon, the rain drops from Nimbus Rods will become red, like in the Crimson Rod.

History[edit | edit source]