Modifiers

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A Modifier, also known as a Prefix (however, in some languages it becomes a suffix), applies permanent changes to an item's statistics. It changes the name of an item by adding a prefix to the item's name (displayed when selected in the hotbar and in its tooltip), such as "Adept", "Godly", or "Broken" (e.g. "Demonic Minishark"). A complete list of all 83 modifiers can be found below. Hovering the cursor over an item with a modifier in an inventory slot will show the modification details beneath the item's description.

  • Accessory modifiers will grant a bonus to one of the player's stats, such as defense, movement speed, or maximum mana. It is applied as long as the accessory is equipped. Certain accessory-like items which cannot be placed in an accessory slot (e.g., a Cell Phone), cannot receive modifiers.
  • Weapon modifiers alter the statistics of that particular weapon, and can affect up to five statistics. The effects of a given modifier can be all positive, all negative, or mixed. Tools that damage enemies, such as pickaxes and hammers, may also have these modifiers. Weapon-like items which do not inflict damage (e.g., a Bug Net) cannot gain modifiers; neither can the two stackable weapons (Bananarangs and Light Discs).

Nearly all weapons and accessories have a 75%[1] chance of receiving a random modifier upon the item's creation (naturally generated in a chest, crafted, purchased from an NPC, looted from a grab bag (excluding Presents), or dropped by a slain enemy). Modifiers can be added or changed manually via the Goblin Tinkerer's Reforge function.

Reforging[edit | edit source]

Reforging is a service provided by the Goblin Tinkerer, which applies a new, random modifier to an item in exchange for coins. It will add a modifier to an unmodified item or replace an existing modifier. It will never remove a modifier from an item.

The Goblin Tinkerer charges one third of the item's current buy value, which is 5/3 (≈1.67) of its sell price or 1/3 of its base value. The Discount Card or its upgrade, the Greedy RingDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, can be used to lower reforge costs by 20%. Existing modifiers affect an item's value, so items with poor modifiers are cheaper to reforge, while reforging an already well-modified item will be more expensive.

Reforging can be accessed by talking to the Goblin Tinkerer and choosing "Reforge" from the options, then placing the item which is to be reforged in the box that appears below the inventory. Below the listed cost is a small gray hammer Reforge.png that, when clicked, reforges the item for the listed price.

In the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, items are reforged by clicking the reforge button after speaking to the Goblin Tinkerer. It will pull up the inventory and highlight items that can be reforged (ones that cannot are hidden by a shadow). Hover the cursor over the item which is to be reforged and press the reforge button.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • No modifiers are visible on an NPC's shop stock, but one can be supplied when the item is bought (its price will be unaffected). However, an item which a player sells to an NPC will keep its modifier, and if repurchased in the same trading session will be unchanged.
  • Items produced by fishing (e.g., Rockfish or Balloon Pufferfish), opening Presents (e.g. Candy Cane Sword), and completing Angler quests (e.g. Angler Earring) never get initial modifiers, though they can be reforged to gain a modifier.
  • Modifiers can raise or lower the rarity of an item by up to 2 tiers. They can also raise its value by up to 209.85%, or lower it by up to 69% (current maximum).
  • The percentages displayed via in-game tooltips may vary depending on the item's base values, since those percentages are determined after rounding. For example, the Murderous modifier on a Handgun will display a 7% damage increase, while on a Magic Missile it will display a 9% increase.
    • Mobile version Even though not affected by rounding due to being additive, the critical strike chance values of the Precise and Lucky modifiers will sometimes display as "+1%" and "+2%", respectively, although both keep their original values of 2% and 4%.Verify
  • The modifiers of items used in crafting have no effect on the crafted item. Any modifier given to the newly crafted item will be completely random.
  • Weapon modifiers cannot affect stats the weapon does not have.
  • There are two modifiers with the same name – "Deadly" – but they have different effects depending on the weapon type. One is a common weapons modifier providing +10% damage and speed. The other is a ranged weapons modifier providing +10% damage, +2% critical strike chance, and +5% speed, velocity and knockback.
  • Previously, on the Mobile version Mobile version, there was a modifier called Piercing, which provided bonus damage and bonus critical strike chance. It could be appended to both melee and magic weapons.[2]

Accessory Modifiers[edit | edit source]

Accessory modifiers are only active while the accessory is equipped in a non-vanity slot. Nearly every accessory item can be reforged, with the exceptions of the Guide Voodoo Doll, Clothier Voodoo Doll, and all the Music Boxes. Unlike weapons, accessories cannot have modifiers that negatively affect their stats. Accessories can have one of the following 19 modifiers attached to them:

Effect Modifier Change Tier Value
Defense Hard +1 - +10.25%
Guarding +2 +1 +21.00%
Armored +3 +1 +32.25%
Warding +4 +2 +44.00%
Critical strike chance Precise +2% +1 +21.00%
Lucky +4% +2 +44.00%
Damage Jagged +1% - +10.25%
Spiked +2% +1 +21.00%
Angry +3% +1 +32.25%
Menacing +4% +2 +44.00%
Movement speed Brisk +1% - +10.25%
Fleeting +2% +1 +21.00%
Hasty +3% +1 +32.25%
Quick +4% +2 +44.00%
Melee speed Wild +1% - +10.25%
Rash +2% +1 +21.00%
Intrepid +3% +1 +32.25%
Violent +4% +2 +44.00%
Mana Arcane +20 +1 +32.25%

The average value boost for all accessory modifiers is 27.75%. Accounting for the 25% which start with no modifier, the average is 21.81%

Weapon Modifiers[edit | edit source]

These modifiers only apply when the weapon is being used. Weapons and tools that have no knockback cannot be reforged with modifiers that change knockback; this applies to drills, the Magical Harp, and many guns (such as the Minishark).

The stackable weapons Light Disc and Bananarang cannot have modifiers.

Universal[edit | edit source]

Flails, spears, yoyosDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, boomerangs, chainsaws, drills (including the Drax) and the Chlorophyte Jackhammer can only have universal modifiers, because they cannot have their speed modified.

Universal modifiers can also be found on all other weapon types. The best universal modifier is Godly. However, the Demonic modifier increases damage and critical strike chance (and therefore DPS) by the same amount, differing from the Godly modifier only in knockback. All endgame bosses and many threatening endgame enemies are knockback-resistant, so for most intents and purposes, a Demonic modifier is just as beneficial as a Godly one. One may prefer to have Demonic for close-ranged combat and for digging tools.

Among drills, only the Drax, Chlorophyte Drill and Laser Drill can obtain the Godly modifier, since only these drills have knockback. The best damage-increasing modifier for the other drills is Demonic, although it is unlikely that a drill would be of much use in combat.

There are 14 universal modifiers.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Critical Strike Chance Knockback Tier Value
Keen - +3% - +1 +12.36%
Superior +10% +3% +10% +2 +64.51%
Forceful - - +15% +1 +32.25%
Broken -30% - -20% -2 -68.64%
Damaged -15% - - -1 -27.75%
Shoddy -10% - -15% -2 -41.48%
Hurtful +10% - - +1 +21.00%
Strong - - +15% +1 +32.25%
Unpleasant +5% - +15% +2 +45.81%
Weak - - -20% -1 -36.00%
Ruthless +18% - -10% +1 +12.78%
Godly +15% +5% +15% +2 +111.63%
Demonic +15% +5% - +2 +60.02%
Zealous - +5% - +1 +21.00%

The average value boost for a random Universal modifier is +17.12%. Accounting for 25% of items with no modifier, it is +12.84%

Common[edit | edit source]

All weapons which deal melee, ranged, magic, or summon damage can have these modifiers.

There are 10 common modifiers.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Speed Critical Strike Chance Knockback Tier Value
Quick - +10% - - +1 +21.00%
Deadly +10% +10% - - +2 +46.41%
Agile - +10% +3% - +1 +35.96%
Nimble - +5% - - +1 +10.25%
Murderous +7% +6% +3% - +2 +44.54%
Slow - -15% - - -1 -27.75%
Sluggish - -20% - - -2 -36.00%
Lazy - -8% - - -1 -15.36%
Annoying -20% -15% - - -2 -53.76%
Nasty +5% +10% +2% -10% +1 +16.87%

The average value boost for Universal and Common modifiers together is +14.75% (with 25% unmodified, that becomes +11.06%).

Melee[edit | edit source]

All melee weapons and pickaxes, hammers, axes, hamaxes can be reforged with these modifiers, in addition to the top two categories. The best overall melee modifier is Legendary. Melee weapons which are not swung upon use (such as spears, flails, yoyosDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, and certain unique melee weapons, e.g. the Scourge of the Corruptor; but excluding shortswords) cannot receive a modifier that alters size. Therefore, the best modifier for these weapons is Godly. Due to their low base damage, the Wooden Hammer and Copper Axe cannot be affected by modifiers that alter their damage by 15% or less. For the purposes of mining and resource collection, the best modifier for tools such as pickaxes, hammers, and axes is Light, which offers the greatest increase in speed, or Massive for increased range.

There are 16 melee modifiers.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Speed Critical Strike Chance Size Knockback Tier Value
Large - - - +12% - +1 +25.44%
Massive - - - +18% - +1 +39.24%
Dangerous +5% - +2% +5% - +1 +31.47%
Savage +10% - - +10% +10% +2 +77.16%
Sharp +15% - - - - +1 +32.25%
Pointy +10% - - - - +1 +21.00%
Tiny - - - -18% - -1 -32.76%
Terrible -15% - - -13% -15% -2 -60.49%
Small - - - -10% - -1 -19.00%
Dull -15% - - - - -1 -27.75%
Unhappy - -10% - -10% -10% -2 -46.86%
Bulky +5% -15% - +10% +10% +1 +16.62%
Shameful -10% - - +10% -20% -2 -37.27%
Heavy - -10% - - +15% - +7.12%
Light - +15% - - -10% - +7.12%
Legendary +15% +10% +5% +10% +15% +2 +209.85%

Counting the Universal and Common modifiers, the average value boost for melee modifiers is +14.93%. With 25% unmodified, this becomes +11.20%.

Ranged[edit | edit source]

All ranged weapons can be reforged with one of the following modifiers, in addition to the top two categories. The best overall ranged modifier is Unreal. Ranged weapons which are unable to inflict knockback (such as the Minishark or low-tier bows) cannot receive a modifier that alters knockback. Therefore, the best modifier for these weapons is Demonic. Although the Harpoon is classified as a ranged weapon, it cannot receive the Unreal modifier; its best modifier is Godly. The Chain Gun has such a high firing speed that the only modifiers that can improve its speed are Frenzying and Rapid, and the former reduces its damage output. As such, its best modifier is a choice between Rapid and Godly (or Demonic if knockback is not a concern).

Hasty may consume less ammunition than Rapid on shorter ranges, especially against weaker targets, while dealing the same DPS (due to projectiles in the air, when the target dies).

There are 12 ranged modifiers.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Speed Critical Strike Chance Velocity Knockback Tier Value
Sighted +10% - +3% - - +1 +35.96%
Rapid - +15% - +10% - +2 +60.02%
Hasty - +10% - +15% - +2 +60.02%
Intimidating - - - +5% +15% +2 +45.81%
Deadly +10% +5% +2% +5% +5% +2 +75.38%
Staunch +10% - - - +15% +2 +60.02%
Awful -15% - - -10% -10% -2 -52.60%
Lethargic - -15% - -10% - -2 -41.48%
Awkward - -10% - - -20% -2 -48.16%
Powerful +15% -10% +1% - - +1 +11.45%
Frenzying -15% +15% - - - - -4.45%
Unreal +15% +10% +5% +10% +15% +2 +209.85%

Counting the Universal and Common modifiers, the average value boost for ranged modifiers is +21.27%. With 25% unmodified, this becomes +15.95%.

Magic[edit | edit source]

All magic weapons can be reforged with one of the following modifiers, in addition to the top two categories. The best overall magic modifier is Mythical. Magic weapons which are unable to inflict knockback (such as the Nimbus Rod or Last PrismDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version), cannot receive a modifier that alters knockback. Therefore, the best modifier for these weapons is Mystic or Demonic. Magic weapons must use at least 4 mana upon use to receive any modifier that decreases mana usage.

For summon weapons, different priorities apply. The reduced mana cost, increased speed, critical strike chance, and knockback provided by Mythical are less useful: Summon weapons use mana only for the initial summoning, minions cannot deal critical hits, and their knockback is negligible even with modifiers. For summon weapons, the Ruthless modifier offers the most effective minion boost by solely increasing the minion's damage per hit the most.

There are 12 magic modifiers.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Speed Critical Strike Chance Mana Cost Knockback Tier Value
Mystic +10% - - -15% - +2 +60.02%
Adept - - - -15% - +1 +32.25%
Masterful +15% - - -20% +5% +2 +92.83%
Inept - - - +10% - -1 -19.00%
Ignorant -10% - - +20% - -2 -48.16%
Deranged -10% - - - -10% -1 -34.39%
Intense +10% - - +15% - -1 -12.58%
Taboo - +10% - +10% +10% +1 +18.59%
Celestial +10% -10% - -10% +10% +1 +43.50%
Furious +15% - - +20% +15% +1 +11.94%
Manic -10% +10% - -10% - +1 +18.59%
Mythical +15% +10% +5% -10% +15% +2 +209.85%

Counting the Universal and Common modifiers, the average value boost for magic modifiers is +20.20%. With 25% unmodified, this becomes +15.15%.

Complete List[edit | edit source]

Only swung melee weapons (including shortswords) can have their size modified. Only ranged weapons can have their velocity modified. Only magic weapons can have their mana cost modified. Certain weapons cannot have their speed, knockback, damage, or mana cost modified.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Speed Critical strike chance Mana Cost Size Velocity Knockback Tier Value
Large - - - - +12% - - +1 +25.44%
Massive - - - - +18% - - +1 +39.24%
Dangerous +5% - +2% - +5% - - +1 +31.47%
Savage +10% - - - +10% - +10% +2 +77.16%
Sharp +15% - - - - - - +1 +32.25%
Pointy +10% - - - - - - +1 +21.00%
Tiny - - - - -18% - - -1 -32.76%
Terrible -15% - - - -13% - -15% -2 -60.49%
Small - - - - -10% - - -1 -19.00%
Dull -15% - - - - - - -1 -27.75%
Unhappy - -10% - - -10% - -10% -2 -46.86%
Bulky +5% -15% - - +10% - +10% +1 +16.62%
Shameful -10% - - - +10% - -20% -2 -37.27%
Heavy - -10% - - - - +15% - +7.12%
Light - +15% - - - - -10% - +7.12%
Sighted +10% - +3% - - - - +1 +35.96%
Rapid - +15% - - - +10% - +2 +60.02%
Hasty - +10% - - - +15% - +2 +60.02%
Intimidating - - - - - +5% +15% +2 +45.81%
Deadly +10% +5% +2% - - +5% +5% +2 +75.38%
Staunch +10% - - - - - +15% +2 +60.02%
Awful -15% - - - - -10% -10% -2 -52.60%
Lethargic - -15% - - - -10% - -2 -41.48%
Awkward - -10% - - - - -20% -2 -48.16%
Powerful +15% -10% +1% - - - - +1 +11.45%
Mystic +10% - - -15% - - - +2 +60.02%
Adept - - - -15% - - - +1 +32.25%
Masterful +15% - - -20% - - +5% +2 +92.83%
Inept - - - +10% - - - -1 -19.00%
Ignorant -10% - - +20% - - - -2 -48.16%
Deranged -10% - - - - - -10% -1 -34.39%
Intense +10% - - +15% - - - -1 -12.58%
Taboo - +10% - +10% - - +10% +1 +18.59%
Celestial +10% -10% - -10% - - +10% +1 +43.50%
Furious +15% - - +20% - - +15% +1 +11.94%
Keen - - +3% - - - - +1 +12.36%
Superior +10% - +3% - - - +10% +2 +64.51%
Forceful - - - - - - +15% +1 +32.25%
Broken -30% - - - - - -20% -2 -68.64%
Damaged -15% - - - - - - -1 -27.75%
Shoddy -10% - - - - - -15% -2 -41.48%
Quick - +10% - - - - - +1 +21.00%
Deadly +10% +10% - - - - - +2 +46.41%
Agile - +10% +3% - - - - +1 +35.96%
Nimble - +5% - - - - - +1 +10.25%
Murderous +7% +6% +3% - - - - +2 +44.54%
Slow - -15% - - - - - -1 -27.75%
Sluggish - -20% - - - - - -2 -36.00%
Lazy - -8% - - - - - -1 -15.36%
Annoying -20% -15% - - - - - -2 -53.76%
Nasty +5% +10% +2% - - - -10% +1 +16.87%
Manic -10% +10% - -10% - - - +1 +18.59%
Hurtful +10% - - - - - - +1 +21.00%
Strong - - - - - - +15% +1 +32.25%
Unpleasant +5% - - - - - +15% +2 +45.81%
Weak - - - - - - -20% -1 -36.00%
Ruthless +18% - - - - - -10% +1 +12.78%
Frenzying -15% +15% - - - - - - -4.45%
Godly +15% - +5% - - - +15% +2 +111.63%
Demonic +15% - +5% - - - - +2 +60.02%
Zealous - - +5% - - - - +1 +21.00%
Legendary +15% +10% +5% - +10% - +15% +2 +209.85%
Unreal +15% +10% +5% - - +10% +15% +2 +209.85%
Mythical +15% +10% +5% -10% - - +15% +2 +209.85%

Tips[edit | edit source]

See below for the best possible modifiers for each weapon or weapon type.
  • It is straightforward (but sometimes expensive) to force a given modifier, by reforging the item until it receives the desired modifier. Note that reforging has no "memory": Upon each reforge, there is an equal chance of getting any of the modifiers possible for that item. A casual guess at "how many tries will it take" is likely to be misleading, because statistics are tricky: In practice, it is better to consider that at any given moment, there is an even (50%) chance of getting the desired modifier in a given number of tries:
    • 10 for weapons with only the 14 universal modifiers
    • 13 for accessories with their 19 modifiers
    • 16 for weapons which can also have the common modifiers (24 modifiers total)
    • 25 for weapons with magic or ranged modifiers (36 total)
    • 28 for weapons with melee modifiers (40 total)
This applies regardless of how many tries have been made before. Being willing to settle for more than one modifier will simplify the process: For example, if the player accepts any of the five +4 stat accessory modifiers (Lucky, Menacing, Quick, Violent, or Warding), they have an even chance of receiving one after just two reforges. If they settle for any of three modifiers for a melee weapon, they have even odds of getting one of them in 10 tries. (Note: All of the above numbers make no account of modifiers forbidden for individual weapons, but that will just make things easier.)
  • The fact that existing modifiers affect an item's value can be used to the player's advantage while reforging items with autopause enabled. For example, an Avenger Emblem will cost 144000*14 Gold Coin.png 40 Silver Coin.png to reforge if it has a +4 stat modifier. Using this knowledge, the player can quickly determine whether they want to reforge their Avenger Emblem again.

Best Modifiers[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Due to various limitations with certain weapon classes, determining the best possible modifiers may not be as simple as comparing statistics, and players can waste money trying to acquire modifiers that are impossible to achieve for their given weapon. Here is an easy rundown of the most desirable possible modifiers for each weapon or weapon type in most situations:

Category Modifier Damage Speed Critical Strike Chance Mana Cost Size Velocity Knockback Tier Value
Melee weapons that are not swung overhead
(excluding shortswords)
Godly +15% - +5% - - - +15% +2 +111.63%
Tools
(such as pickaxes, axes, or hammers)
Light - +15% - - - - -10% - +7.12%
All other melee weapons Legendary +15% +12% +5% - +10% - +15% +2 +209.85%
Ranged and magic weapons with no knockback Demonic +15% - +5% - - - - +2 +60.02%
All other ranged weapons Unreal +15% +10% +5% - - +10% +15% +2 +209.85%
All other magic weapons Mythical +15% +10% +5% -10% - - +15% +2 +209.85%
Summon weapons Ruthless +18% - - - - - -10% +1 +12.78%

In case the player bears low maximum mana, Masterful may be preferred over Mythical.

If the Lucky Coin is equipped, the following modifiers yield more coins per enemy:

Weapon type Modifier
Melee Damaged
Ranged Frenzying
Magic Manic
Summon Broken

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Effect Modifier Stat Change Tier Value
Defense Warding +4 +2 +44.00%
Mana Arcane +20 +1 +32.25%
Critical strike chance Lucky +4% +2 +44.00%
Damage Menacing +4% +2 +44.00%
Movement speed Quick +4% +2 +44.00%
Melee speed Violent +4% +2 +44.00%

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2.3.1:
    • Fixed bug where modifiers were not getting set properly on a world load.
    • Fixed bug where modifiers would be lost when you buy an item from the shop with right click.
  • Desktop 1.2.1.2: Critical Strike increase on accessory reforges have been doubled.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Reforging items now costs half of the item's buy value. Previously, it cost five times the item's value.
    • You can now reforge in all languages.
  • Desktop 1.1.1:
    • Items dropped on death for hardcore and mediumcore characters will retain their conditions.
    • Water Bolt and Harpoon can now be reforged.
    • Space Gun is no longer 1 Copper Coin to reforge.
    • Spears can no longer have any modifier that increases size.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.3.5.3 source code, function Prefix() in Terraria.Item.cs.
  2. Mobile 1.2.12785 https://forums.terraria.org/index.php?threads/mobile-exclusive-prefixes.48089/