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  • Vilethorn item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage10 (Magic)
Knockback1 (Extremely weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time28 (Average)
TooltipSummons a vile thorn
Rarity01*Rarity level: 1
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Vilethorn (base)
    Vilethorn (base)
  • Vilethorn (tip)
    Vilethorn (tip)
Animation of Vilethorn use in-game.

The Vilethorn is a magic weapon that extends a 15 tile-long spear-like projection from the player's position. It extends through blocks, piercing multiple enemies, and scores a rapid succession of up to 7 hits per enemy. Its total effect lasts roughly 1.5 seconds. It is one of the possible drops from destroying a Shadow Orb in the Corruption, but it can also be obtained from Corrupt Crates, which are caught from fishing in the Corruption.

The Vilethorn also inflicts minuscule knockback for each hit, which can stun-lock enemies.

Its best modifier is Mythical.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Vilethorn is the earliest weapon available to players that consistently travels through blocks.
  • The Vilethorn is rather mana-efficient for its damage potential.
  • With appropriate modifiers or accessories, it is possible to recover full mana between shots if the player stands still, allowing for sustained fire.
  • Because it needs to hit multiple times in order to reach its full damage potential, the Vilethorn is susceptible to enemies with high defense, as the damage reduction is applied to each hit rather than the total amount. This weapon scales very poorly in Hardmode as a result. It shares this trait with other low-damage but high-firing rate weapons, such as the Minishark.
    • For the same reason, accessories, modifiers and buffs that increase damage or lower enemies' defenses can be especially useful for the Vilethorn.
  • The Vilethorn is the counterpart to the Crimson's Crimson Rod, as the Crimson Rod is the magic weapon drop from Crimson Hearts and also pierces through enemies.
  • The Nettle Burst and Crystal Vile Shard operate similarly to the Vilethorn, and can be considered its Hardmode upgrades. The Crystal Vile Shard is dropped from Hallowed Mimics and Nettle Burst is only obtainable by defeating Plantera, a late-Hardmode boss. The Rainbow Gun, a similar post-Plantera weapon, produces the Vilethorn's freezing effect but does not travel through blocks.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The most useful trait of the Vilethorn is its ability to fire through solid blocks and pierce all enemies caught in it. Exploiting this, whenever a threat is encountered, the player can quickly set up a sealed bunker made of solid blocks and attack enemies with impunity from within.
    • This makes it effective against Blood Moons, the Goblin Army and any situation with swarming enemies. However, the Goblin Army's Goblin Sorcerers may still be a pain as their ranged attacks pass through solid blocks.
  • This trait also makes the Vilethorn useful against worm-type enemies who, ironically, are meant to stop players from simply walling themselves in. Bosses with multiple parts, such as Brain of Cthulhu's first stage, are also vulnerable.
  • Because enemies that are vulnerable to knockback are essentially stopped in their tracks, and the Vilethorn has a duration just barely long enough for a player to recover all their mana and fire again before the effect ends, a player can essentially just lay down a constant thorn that paralyzes any enemy that passes nearby.
  • Caster-type enemies such as the Fire Imp, Dark Caster and Tim cease attacking once they take any damage, and will not resume attacking for a while after. The Vilethorn can be useful for reaching these enemies so as to stop their assault.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Fixed projectiles making liquid ripples when they shouldn't.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Damage increased from 8 to 10.
    • Mana cost reduced from 12 to 10.
    • Use time decreased from 29 to 27.