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  • Starlight item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage80 (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance14%
Use time18 (Very fast)
Rarity08*Rarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Starlight
Starlight being used on a Target Dummy and Mimics

The Starlight is a Hardmode melee weapon that has a 25*1/4 (25%) chance to be dropped by the Empress of Light boss. While the attack button is held, short-range light beams fire rapidly, at no mana or ammo cost.

Its best modifier is Legendary. However, its damage output with a Godly or Demonic modifier is exactly the same.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Despite their bright appearance, the beams do not emit any light.
  • The beams are not able to deal damage to enemies through walls, unless the enemy itself is able to pass through walls.
  • Despite being able to get speed modifiers, it is completely unaffected by those and melee speed bonuses.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The quick attack speed and infinite piercing of the weapon allow it to quickly mow down hordes of enemies on the ground.
  • This is an efficient weapon for farming slow-moving bosses like Plantera, Ogre, and Golem, killing them in seconds.
  • With the Legendary modifier, and when used against a single target, it is able to reach a DPS of around 1,100 with no additional equipment.
  • Due to its rapid attack rate, it is an effective weapon for killing the Dungeon Guardian.
  • Because of its short range, it may be preferable to use a projectile sword or Yoyos when fighting bosses.
  • With the Legendary modifier, this weapon can easily outclass other late game weapons such as the Terra Blade and even the Solar Eruption.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is technically the strongest shortsword in the game.
  • As the weapons that the Empress of Light drops are based on her attacks, the Starlight seems to be based off of her Sun Dance.
  • The beams created by the Starlight use the same sprite as those created by the Rainbow Crystal Staff.
  • The weapon itself seems to be a rapier, a thin sword popular in Western Europe used for thrusting.
  • It is currently one of the strongest true-melee weapons in the game.
  • Like the Last Prism, the Starlight has secret color themes for developers and beta testers. This is triggered by using a specific set of character names:
 List of names 
Name Color(s)
Acamaeda Green/Yellow/Red
Alchemystics Red/Pink/Purple
Anythesis Light Blue/Black
Aurora3500 Purple/Blue/Green
Cenx Pink/Green
Criddle Yellow/Orange
Crowno Purple
Darthkitten Red/White
darthmorf Red/Black
Doylee Red/Pink/Blue
Ghostar White/Blue/Black
Grox The Great Light Blue/Green
Jaxrud Green/Yellow
Jenosis Yellow/Red/Pink
Kazzymodus Green/Black
Khaios Dark Green/Black
Lazure Red/Pink/Blue
Leinfors Purple
Loki Red/Black
ManaUser Blue/Green
Mid White/Red/Black
Nike Leon Orange/Red
ppowersteef Yellow/Red
RBrandon Dark Orange
Redigit Blue
Serenity Pink/White
Sigma Yellow/Red
Unit One Blue/Yellow
Vulpes Inculta Purple
Waze3174 Red/Yellow/Green
Xman101 Orange/Black
Yoraizor Pink
Zoomo Purple

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 70 to 80.
    • Now has a bonus 10% critical strike chance.