Terraria (Wiki): Tin Shortsword


In this page, you will learn everything about the Tin 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 Tin Shortsword is an ore-based shortsword that deals damage to enemies.

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

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

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Tin Shortsword


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


  • Short range.
  • Second weakest shortsword.
  • Least effective in combat.
  • Better broadswords exist for waves of enemies.

How to get the Tin Shortsword

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

Stats & Attributes of the Tin Shortsword

General Type: Melee Weapon
Damage value: 7 Health Points
Rarity: White
Knockback: 4
Sell-Value: 1 Silver Coin & 5 Copper Coins
Buy-Value: Not sold
Critical Size: 4%
Use Time: 12
Required Research: 1
Velocity: 4.2
Special Properties: None

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