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 a melee weapon that performs a short-ranged stabbing motion when used. It is an early-game metal shortsword and a counterpart of the Copper Shortsword.

A Tin Shortsword cannot autoswing. Its attack reaches two tiles in radius. At an optimal distance, the Tin Shortsword can pierce one enemy. However, multiple bodies will be damaged should they all line up for the player.

Despite being the second weakest shortsword after its Copper counterpart, the Tin Shortsword is not an ingredient in crafting the Zenith.

No light is emitted when using the Tin Shortsword. Its attacks also do not damage enemies behind a cover.

Variations of attacks exist depending on where Terraria is played. It can be in any direction (desktop, mobile, console) or locked horizontally (3DS, old-gen consoles).

Because of the limited range of motion and use time, the Tin Shortsword is ineffective against highly-mobile land or air enemies. Nonetheless, the player can still survive most weak fighter enemies.

Since the Tin Shortsword is a melee weapon, using all Flask types will imbue their respective properties that will have different effects on enemies.

Legendary is the best modifier to apply to the Tin Shortsword for overall stats improvement.

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

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Tin Shortsword


  • Extremely accessible.


  • Second-lowest damage potential.
  • Slow usage cooldown.
  • Dispensable option.
  • Better weapons of the same class exist.

How to get the Tin Shortsword

At an Iron Anvil or Lead Anvil, craft Tin Bar (5 (desktop, mobile, console) / 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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