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This article is about the tool class. For the crafting material, see Hook (crafting material).
Using a Topaz Hook to climb a cliff.
Multi-hooks, like this Slime Hook, afford more versatile movement.
The Grappling Hook used on a platform.

Hooks are a class of tools which aid the player in traversing terrain. When used, hooks fire a chain that latches to a surface or platform and pulls the player towards it. A hook is an essential tool which offers significant freedom from terrain height restrictions, and will often be the first major mobility tool a player acquires. A variety of hooks are available at all stages of the game (see table below).

The Grapple hotkey activates the equipped hook in the player's equipment slot, or the first hook from the inventory (read from left→right, top→bottom) without requiring it to be in the player's hotbar. On the Mobile version Mobile version, dragging from the player outwards casts the Hook in the drag direction. On the 3DS version DS version, hooks can be fired with A.

Several higher-tier hooks, like the Ivy Whip, allow the player to grapple multiple surfaces simultaneously. If the character grapples one surface, then fires the hook a second time, another chain extends from the player without dislodging the first. Upon grappling a second surface, the player will be suspended in midair at a point midway between the two surfaces. This allows players more freedom during construction, or for navigating hazardous areas, such as above lava or Meteorite.

When the player first acquires a hook on Mobile version Mobile or 3DS version, a small tutorial box will pop up telling the player how to use it.

Types[edit | edit source]

Hooks vary in range, velocity, number of deployable hooks, and number of hooks that can remain latched simultaneously.

  • All crafted hooks are crafted at the Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil, with the exception of the Lunar Hook, crafted at the Ancient Manipulator.
  • Single hooks dislodge immediately if fired again while already latched to a surface.
  • Multi-hooks without simultaneous latching (Dual Hook; also the Fish Hook prior to 1.3) can fire a second chain before the first latches to a surface, but will dislodge the first chain when the second latches a surface.
  • A multi-hook can be fired again only after the previous chain latched a surface or fully retracted. The Fish Hook, Dual Hook, Web Slinger, and Lunar Hook are exceptions, and can be fired very rapidly; nearly as fast as the player can press the button.

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Source Reach
Velocity Hooks Latching Sell Rarity Notes
Grappling Hook Grappling Hook
Internal Item ID: 84
Crafted: 3 Chain + Hook
or Goblin Tinkerer (20000*2 Gold Coin.png)
18.75 11.5 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Amethyst Hook Amethyst Hook
Internal Item ID: 1236
Crafted: 15 Amethyst 18.75 10 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Topaz Hook Topaz Hook
Internal Item ID: 1237
Crafted: 15 Topaz 20.625 10.5 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Sapphire Hook Sapphire Hook
Internal Item ID: 1238
Crafted: 15 Sapphire 22.5 11 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Emerald Hook Emerald Hook
Internal Item ID: 1239
Crafted: 15 Emerald 24.375 11.5 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Ruby Hook Ruby Hook
Internal Item ID: 1240
Crafted: 15 Ruby 26.25 12 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Diamond Hook Diamond Hook
Internal Item ID: 1241
Crafted: 15 Diamond 28.125 12.5 1 Single 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 1
Web Slinger Web Slinger
Internal Item ID: 939
Web Covered ChestsWeb Covered Chests 15.625 10 8 Simultaneous 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 2
  • Can fire 8 times in rapid succession.
  • Shortest range of any hook.
Skeletron Hand Skeletron Hand
Internal Item ID: 1273
Skeletron (14.29%) 21.875 15 2 Simultaneous 9000*90 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 2
Slime Hook Slime HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 2585
King Slime (14.29%) 18.75 13 3 Simultaneous 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 3
  • Slightly transparent
Fish Hook Fish Hook
Internal Item ID: 2360
Angler (1%) 25 13 2 Simultaneous 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 3
  • Can fire 3 times in rapid succession.
Ivy Whip Ivy Whip
Internal Item ID: 185
Crafted: 12 Jungle Spores + 3 Vine 25 13 3 Simultaneous 4000*40 Silver Coin.png Rarity level: 3
Bat Hook Bat Hook
Internal Item ID: 1800
Goodie BagsGoodie Bags 31.25 15.5 1 Single 20000*2 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 3
  • Pulls in the user faster than any hook.
Candy Cane Hook Candy Cane HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 1915
PresentsPresents 25 11.5 1 Single 40000*4 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 7

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Source Reach
Velocity Hooks Latching Sell Rarity Notes
Dual Hook Dual Hook
Internal Item ID: 437
Mimics (14.29%) 27.5 14 2 Individual 40000*4 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 4
  • Glowing ends (red and light blue).
  • Can fire 2 times in rapid succession.
  • Two hooks can be fired, but only one may be latched at a time.
Thorn Hook Thorn HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3021
Plantera (10%) 30 15 3 Simultaneous 80000*8 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 6
Illuminant Hook Illuminant HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3022
Hallowed Mimic (25%) 30 15 3 Simultaneous 80000*8 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 6
  • Glowing ends.
Worm Hook Worm HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3023
Corrupt Mimic (20%) 30 15 3 Simultaneous 80000*8 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 6
Tendon Hook Tendon HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3020
Crimson Mimic (20%) 30 15 3 Simultaneous 80000*8 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 6
Anti-Gravity Hook Anti-Gravity HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 2800
Martian Saucer (11.11%) 31.25 14 3 Simultaneous 10000*1 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 7
  • Suspends user 12 tiles from latch point in any direction.
  • Allows player to orbit around the latch point.
Spooky Hook Spooky Hook
Internal Item ID: 1829
Mourning Wood (14.29%) 34.375 15.5 3 Simultaneous 40000*4 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 7
Christmas Hook Christmas Hook
Internal Item ID: 1916
Everscream (5%) 34.375 15.5 3 Simultaneous 40000*4 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 7
  • Glowing chain & ends.
Lunar Hook Lunar HookDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3572
Crafted: 6 Nebula Fragment + 6 Solar Fragment + 6 Stardust Fragment + 6 Vortex Fragment 34.375 16 4 Simultaneous 100000*10 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 10
  • Crafted at Ancient Manipulator.
  • Glowing chain & ends.
  • Each chain glows its respective color.
  • Can fire 4 times in rapid succession.
Static Hook Static HookDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3623
Steampunker (50 Gold Coin) 37.5 16 2 Individual 100000*10 Gold Coin.png Rarity level: 10
  • Two hooks can be fired, but only one is latched at a time.
  • Latching does not pull the player, unlike other hooks.
  • Players can adjust their distance from the latched point.
  • Players will not move while latching to a different point.
  • Longest range of any hook.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Hold on Tight!.png
Hold on Tight! • "Equip your first grappling hook."
Equip a Grappling Hook. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

The glow provided by certain Hooks: Dual Hook blue end (top), Dual Hook red end (middle), and Christmas Hook (bottom). No light sources other than the Hooks are present in this shot.
As shown is this image here, each hook on the Lunar Hook shines its respective color. Solar (top) shines orange/red, Nebula (right) shines purple, Vortex (bottom) shines teal, and Stardust (left) shines blue.
The Anti-Gravity Hook is unlike any other hook allowing the user to rotate around the grappling point.
The Static Hook in action, keeping the user in place when grappling to a new location and allowing the user to move back and forth at will.
Using a hook to instantly accelerate to sprinting speed.
  • Grappling a platform or rail with only one hook will pull the player inside the platform, meaning that the player will always hit that platform with subsequent grapples. You must jump to dislodge the hook if this happens.
  • Hooks reset a character's flight time when Rocket Boots or wings are equipped as soon as the hook latches on something. This also applies to items that allow more jumps midair, like the Cloud in a Bottle or Cloud in a Balloon.
  • All hooks can remain attached to a surface continuously for 10 minutes (10 hours in-game time) before they automatically disengage.
  • Players can remove hooks from their inventory while clinging to a surface and remain there until they jump, use another hook, or automatically disengage, even though the hook is no longer in their inventory.
  • When used via the hotbar, multi-hooks can be re-fired more rapidly, requiring only that the previous chain has fully extended first.
  • Mobile version3DS version There is a short in-game tutorial when the Grappling Hook is first obtained.
  • Attempting to use a hook on a slope will often cause the player to grapple the block they are standing on, as they are technically inside the block.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • When sprinting accessories are equipped, the burst of speed provided by a hook upon latching a surface can be used to accelerate a player to sprinting speed instantly. This can also be done with the Anti-Gravity Hook, but it will boost the player in the opposite direction.
  • The Ice Rod can provide blocks to grapple while flying with wings, repeatedly resetting flight time in midair.
  • Characters that have hooked to a block are immune to gravity and knockback. Grappling the ground in dangerous locations, such as near lava, can ensure one does not fall in when taking damage from an enemy.
    • Players can also exploit immunity to gravity by shooting the hook to the ground to prevent fall damage.
  • Simultaneous-latch multi-hooks are more useful for intricate maneuvers. When fast travel is preferred, individually-latching multi-hooks allow faster transit, since they immediately sling the player across gaps, rather than automatically suspending them midway.
  • Hooks that can be fired in rapid succession (Dual Hook, Web Slinger, Fish Hook, etc.) provide greater security when falling. If the first hook fails to latch onto a surface, the other hooks will provide additional chances to avoid fall damage.
  • If a player grapples onto the middle of a door and opens it while suspended, the player will fly out with immense speed in the direction that they grappled onto the door with. The same effect can be achieved with Actuators. When there are Frozen Slime Blocks on the other side of the door, this speed will be kept and can be used for very rapid transportation in a skybridge, etc.
  • While latched with the Anti-Gravity Hook and rotating around the latch point, mana and health will regenerate as if the player was standing still. It also provides a simple way to dodge quickly even when under the effects of reduced movement speed (such as from the Vortex Armor'sDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version special ability).
  • The Anti-Gravity Hook is very effective in avoiding quick enemies like Mothron, provided there is enough space.
  • Smooth walls can be climbed extremely quickly with the Anti-Gravity Hook by pressing the Grapple key quickly and holding the ▲ Up key while the mouse is in the top and slightly to the right of the middle of the screen.
  • Right-clicking a hook in the inventory will automatically equip it to the hook slot.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It was once going to be possible to grapple to trees. However, this feature was later scrapped, because Redigit found that it "interfered with gameplay in an annoying way".[1]
  • The Fish Hook is a play on words, using the term for the real-life fishing tool for a grappling hook with the same appearance.
  • The tooltip for the Grappling Hook, "Get over here!", is a reference to Scorpion's catchphrase in the fighting video game series Mortal Kombat.
  • The tooltip for the Lunar Hook "You want the moon? Just grapple it and pull it down!" is a possible reference to the quote "You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down." by George Bailey, protagonist of the 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama movie It's a Wonderful Life.
  • The Bat Hook is most likely a reference to DC Comics' fictional superhero Batman, who uses a grappling hook which reels in very quickly, usually launching him up onto ledges.
  • The Web Slinger is most likely a reference to Marvel Comics' fictional superhero Spider-Man, who is often referred to as the "Web Slinger" due to his ability to sling webs and attach them in order to enhance movement.
  • When using the Lunar Hook, the color fired always follows this order: First orange (Solar), second green (Vortex), third pink (Nebula), and finally blue (Stardust).
    • Because the Lunar Hook always follows this pattern, it is possible to cycle through the different hooks (i.e., shooting them out without latching onto an object) and latch onto objects with whichever desired color. Therefore, it is also possible to have four of the same type of hook out (four Solar, Nebula, Vortex, or Stardust hooks) at a time.
  • The Candy Cane Hook has the same sell value as the Hardmode hooks, although it can be obtained pre-Hardmode. It is also one of the few items with the Rarity level: 7 rarity that can be obtained pre-Hardmode.
  • The Thorn Hook resembles a miniature version of Plantera's Hooks.
  • If a player switches hooks while already hooked, the existing hook will keep the previous hook's sprite. However, re-shooting the hook will update the sprite.
  • When switching hooks from an older hook that has more ends to a newer hook with less ends, the new hook will initially replace the first hook shot out, but then will subsequently always replace the older hook. This is very unstable and can allow strange effects such as two static hooks latched at the same time.
  • The Static Hook has a rarity of Rarity level: 10 despite being acquirable after only one of the mechanical bosses has been defeated. It is also the only item with this rarity that can be purchased.

References[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Fixed Lunar Hook not allowing you to use the hooks freely unless at least 1 is placed.
  • Desktop Introduced Worm, Tendon, Illuminant, Thorn, Anti-Gravity, and Lunar Hooks, tweaked mechanics:
    • Hooks given a dedicated equipment and dye slot, and can no longer be fired from inventory.
    • Fish Hook changed to Simultaneous latching.
    • You can no longer grapple while frozen.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Fixed a bug where hooks would break if they tried to attach to blocks with liquid in them.
    • Using a Rod of Discord releases all grapples.
    • Using a teleporter tile releases all grapples.
  • Desktop 1.0.6: Grapple hotkey added. Removed 60-second auto-disengage.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced all hooks added up to 1.2.1 along with the Christmas Hook.