Terraria (Wiki): Copper Shortsword


In this page, you will learn everything about the Copper Shortsword. That includes how the weapon works, ways of obtaining, some useful tips and tricks for maximized efficiency, and more.

Everything you need to know

General Information

The Copper Shortsword is an ore-based shortsword that deals damage to enemies. Upon character creation (non-Journey), a Copper Shortsword with a possibility of an attached modifier will spawn in the player's inventory (desktop, mobile, console, old-gen consoles). It is one of the key components in crafting the Zenith.

The Copper Shortsword, like other shortswords, has limited range and stabs in any direction (desktop, mobile, console) / horizontally in front of the player instead of an arc (3DS, old-gen consoles). It is the weakest shortsword among all shortswords due to its damage output, range, and weak knockback.

Combat-wise, the Copper Shortsword is somewhat effective against weaker fighter-type enemies because of its high attack rate despite being the weakest shortsword. However, it is useless against flying or jumping enemies.

The Copper Shortsword is best modified with Legendary to improve all stats.

Type: Weapon
Type of Weapon: Shortsword
Mode: Pre-Hardmode

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Copper Shortsword


  • Easy to obtain.
  • Great for slime-hunting.
  • Effective to weaker enemies.


  • Short range.
  • Slowest among all shortswords.
  • Weakest shortsword.
  • Least effective in combat.

How to get the Copper Shortsword

At an Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil, craft Copper Bar (5 (desktop, mobile, console) / Copper Bar (7 (3DS, old-gen consoles) to create a Copper Shortsword. It can be crafted as early as Pre-Hardmode.

Stats & Attributes of the Copper Shortsword

General Type: Melee Weapon
Damage value: 5 (desktop, mobile, console) / 7 (3DS, old-gen consoles) Health Points
Rarity: White
Knockback: 4
Sell-Value: 70 Copper Coins
Buy-Value: Not sold
Critical Size: 4%
Use Time: 13
Required Research: 1
Velocity: 4.2
Special Properties: None

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