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In-depth Hardmode weapon tier list

Baconfry

Terrarian
For a quick proof, try these swords against everscreams and santanks with and without projectiles
It seems like Everscream is the only one that truly takes massive damage from this combo due to its size, which causes it to take damage twice from a single beam. Against the slightly smaller Santa-NK1 I was pulling numbers like:

(beetle scale mail) ~1600 beam, ~4600 combined
(hallowed/monk/squire) ~1800 beam, ~3700 combined

Presumably, this is because Santa-NK1 is large enough that the beam can still hit it after the iframes from the blade have worn off. When testing against Target Dummies, it becomes rather obvious that small enemies are not meant to get hit by both the blade and beam in one swing.

So whether it's worth the risk or not depends on whether you think it's a good idea to stand on top of a big enemy like Santa-NK1 or Everscream while trying to attack with the blade. Personally I don't think it's worth it, and I don't think it's worth running a suboptimal armor set like Beetle, either.
 

AngryNimbus

Terrarian
It seems like Everscream is the only one that truly takes massive damage from this combo due to its size, which causes it to take damage twice from a single beam. Against the slightly smaller Santa-NK1 I was pulling numbers like:

(beetle scale mail) ~1600 beam, ~4600 combined
(hallowed/monk/squire) ~1800 beam, ~3700 combined

Presumably, this is because Santa-NK1 is large enough that the beam can still hit it after the iframes from the blade have worn off. When testing against Target Dummies, it becomes rather obvious that small enemies are not meant to get hit by both the blade and beam in one swing.

So whether it's worth the risk or not depends on whether you think it's a good idea to stand on top of a big enemy like Santa-NK1 or Everscream while trying to attack with the blade. Personally I don't think it's worth it, and I don't think it's worth running a suboptimal armor set like Beetle, either.
Against 1 dummy (solar flare set) it varies, sometimes it around 7k for sword+beam, sometimes 3.5-4k
In the absolutely same situation!
My assumption would be: if the 1st beam attack is during sword's i-frames, then all consecutive beam attacks do not count (or vice versa)
Against lunatic cultist (small enemy) – it behaves the same
All other swords are stable, thats why I thought that only terra has this ability, seems kinda random, so investing in melee speed is indeed not a reliable choice
 
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qwerty3.14

Terrarian
I've been doing some testing with post plantera summons (desert tiger, raven, tempest, , I did a pure summoner build and plan to test out some other sorts of builds, as I imagine some summons get more out of tag bonuses than others.
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All this is reforged to menacing.
Offensive buffs include summoning, bewitched, wrath, and ichor flask, I also had food in every situation except duke fishron (because I forgot on some of the first trials)
Since the duke fishron fights were short and easy to summon I ended up doing 5 trials for each scenario.
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Desert Tiger + firecracker, and the xeno staff seem to perform the best. Everything else seems to be roughly comparable
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Xeno staff is the clear winner here
Sanguine performed much worse than the other minions
Suprisingly the raven staff got 2nd place.
Desert tiger and tempest are in between sanguine and raven
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I tried out @AngryNimbus advice of resummoning here. Turns out resummoning the desert tiger on the first phase of the martian saucer is less effective than just using the kaleidoscope. I used the firecracker on the second phase both times.

Xeno staff is again the best but it is pretty close to desert tiger and raven. With how quickly the saucer dies on each trial it is entirely possible that rng (like where the saucer spawned and how I reacted to it) was a bigger factor here.
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I only recorded 1 trial for each minion this time, since the pumpkin moon is a lot longer than a boss fight.
Although I died a lot on wave 15 I made sure there weren't any deaths before that, the times are how long it took to reach wave 15.

For the desert tiger I used kaleidoscope to clean up small enemies, since it took to long for the tiger to run over and activate blazing energy, I tried to use firecracker on the minibosses, but that may have caused a few deaths on wave 15 due to the short range.
Keep in mind this is probably the most unreliable data, since there was a lot of rng and death in the 15th wave of the pumpkin moon. Still might be useful though.
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Edit: Turns out I missed a candy corn rifle, and pumpking trophy I think that was from my desert tiger trial since that was the last one I did.
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AngryNimbus

Terrarian
I've been doing some testing with post plantera summons (desert tiger, raven, tempest, , I did a pure summoner build and plan to test out some other sorts of builds, as I imagine some summons get more out of tag bonuses than others.
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All this is reforged to menacing.
Offensive buffs include summoning, bewitched, wrath, and ichor flask, I also had food in every situation except duke fishron (because I forgot on some of the first trials)
Since the duke fishron fights were short and easy to summon I ended up doing 5 trials for each scenario.
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Desert Tiger + firecracker, and the xeno staff seem to perform the best. Everything else seems to be roughly comparable
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Xeno staff is the clear winner here
Sanguine performed much worse than the other minions
Suprisingly the raven staff got 2nd place.
Desert tiger and tempest are in between sanguine and raven
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I tried out @AngryNimbus advice of resummoning advice here. Turns out resummoning the desert tiger on the first phase of the martian saucer is less effective than just using the kaleidoscope. I used the firecracker on the second phase both times.

Xeno staff is again the best but it is pretty close to desert tiger and raven. With how quickly the saucer dies on each trial it is entirely possible that rng (like where the saucer spawned and how I reacted to it) was a bigger factor here.
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I only recorded 1 trial for each minion this time, since the pumpkin moon is a lot longer than a boss fight.
Although I died a lot on wave 15 I made sure there weren't any deaths before that.

For the desert tiger I used kaleidoscope to clean up small enemies, since it took to long for the tiger to run over and activate blazing energy, I tried to use firecracker on the minibosses, but that may have caused a few deaths on wave 15 due to the short range.
Keep in mind this is probably the most unreliable data, since there was a lot of rng and death in the 15th wave of the pumpkin moon. Still might be useful though.
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I'll add "if there are dense crowd of more than 7-8 ememies and for Martian Saucer phase 1" to Desert Tiger recast tip for now. Will test it later, if efficiency really does not improve, delete this tip.
For raven staff vs EoL – strange enough, in my fights they chase me instead of her half of the time. Not to run away from her? But then daytime is impossible...
 
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qwerty3.14

Terrarian
For raven staff vs EoL – strange enough, in my fights they chase me instead of her half of the time. Not to run away from her? But then daytime is impossible...
The ravens had no trouble keeping up with me. Although I haven't recorded it, I don't remember any trouble with using ravens against daytime empress in the past.
 

whoneedsnamestbh

Eye of Cthulhu
Sanguine performed much worse than the other minions

I thought as much. I never understood why everyone was always so quick to jump to Sanguine when fighting Empress - yeah it’s reliable, but its DPS by post-golem just flat out doesn’t keep up.

On another note, I’m curious how Dark Harvest compares to Kaleidoscope/Firecracker for Pumpkin Moon or first phase Martian. It’s always been my go-to above Kaleidoscope for crowds, but I’m not entirely sure it actually does better.
 

AngryNimbus

Terrarian
I thought as much. I never understood why everyone was always so quick to jump to Sanguine when fighting Empress - yeah it’s reliable, but its DPS by post-golem just flat out doesn’t keep up.

On another note, I’m curious how Dark Harvest compares to Kaleidoscope/Firecracker for Pumpkin Moon or first phase Martian. It’s always been my go-to above Kaleidoscope for crowds, but I’m not entirely sure it actually does better.
In 1.4 (not 1.4.1), ironically enough sangune was the only viable option for pre-Golem EoL.
Ravens were not buffed, deadly spheres and pygmies simply didn't work. (And now they don't)
Now Tiger has almost the same tracking + moer DPS, ravens are faster.

In moons and P1 Saucer, Dark Harvest>Kaleidoscope with sangune, blade, raven
Kaleidoscope>Harvest with Tiger, Tempest
Terraprisma – hard to tell, kills so fast
 

whoneedsnamestbh

Eye of Cthulhu
In 1.4 (not 1.4.1), ironically enough sangune was the only viable option for pre-Golem EoL.
Ravens were not buffed, deadly spheres and pygmies simply didn't work. (And now they don't)

Raven’s damage and speed buff actually did come in 1.4, not 1.4.1. And Xeno still existed as an option that surprisingly nobody used and isn’t that much harder to get - and has actually been *nerfed* in 1.4.1. Sanguine has just never seemed like a good choice for Empress.
 

AngryNimbus

Terrarian
Raven’s damage and speed buff actually did come in 1.4, not 1.4.1. And Xeno still existed as an option that surprisingly nobody used and isn’t that much harder to get - and has actually been *nerfed* in 1.4.1. Sanguine has just never seemed like a good choice for Empress.
Honestly, for me it is still Tiger& Sanguine > Xeno& Raven.
Xeno often tends drastically decrease its attack rate in speedy fights, total DPS is about the same.
I'll go now and test recasts and minions vs EoL with precise numbers
 

qwerty3.14

Terrarian
Everyone's talking about what the best summon is, but I would like to add that, although it seemed to overall be the worst. I was surprised at how well the tempest staff did considering its former reputation.

The thing even got a comparable time to desert tiger against empress of light.
 

qwerty3.14

Terrarian
For raven staff vs EoL – strange enough, in my fights they chase me instead of her half of the time. Not to run away from her? But then daytime is impossible...
I equiped some hallowed armor and fought against daytime empress of light using the kalediscope and some ravens, I almost killed her on my first try, and beat her on my 2nd attempt.
This is actually the first time I beat Daytime Empress of light as a pure summoner.
 

AngryNimbus

Terrarian
We all have different experiences)
My results, all summons were successful, even in Master mode.
Loadout (+bewitching table, summoning potion, 10 minions total):

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Tests:

No whips, Journey mode (3x difficulty), standing still, godmode.

PM tiger final wave times:

Desert Tiger, no recasts – 11.43
Desert Tiger, recasts – 10.54

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Empress times: Journey mode (3x difficulty), real fight, no whips. Targets are focused via holding staff + RMB

Every Empress is summoned at 7.30 PM.
  • Tiger 9.28
  • Xeno 9.37
  • Sanguine 10.43
  • Ravens 12.10
  • Tempest 12.57
With Whips, Xeno *should* be the first due to its synergy with Kaleidscope, which is easier to use than short Tiger’s Firecraker.
Tiger recasting is moderately effective, saves about 40 seconds in PM.

Screenshots were taken a couple of seconds after kills.

Tiger:
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Xeno:
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Sanguine:
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Raven:
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qwerty3.14

Terrarian
On another note, I’m curious how Dark Harvest compares to Kaleidoscope/Firecracker for Pumpkin Moon or first phase Martian. It’s always been my go-to above Kaleidoscope for crowds, but I’m not entirely sure it actually does better.
I did some more test on the martian saucer for the dark harvest. I still used kaleidiscope 2nd phase.
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AngryNimbus

Terrarian
You should be using whips in 'no recast' mode? That's what it's competing against.
I tested pure minion performance – for reference. Firecracker adds a "fixed amount" of damage to these results.
Thus, Tiger+recast+firecracker > Tiger+firecracker, too
 
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