Eye of Cthulhu
It’s not an S tier weapon, but it sure as hell isn’t C either.So, do we agree that on average Influx is B+ and Aerial Bane is A?
I also wanted to talk about Paladins Hammer. It is not that good.
1) Small range. You can extend that with high melee speed, but you'll end up crippling Terra blade's ranged abilities (overspeeding it, <7 frames), decrease general projectile damage for Seedler, SotC and Vampire Knives.
So either optimize all these weapons or (not and) Paladins Hammer only
Not worth it.
2)And even when Paladins Hammer is maxed out, its DPS is even lower than that of Vampire Knives vs single-target
Crowd control is still a problem because of range (for a primarily crowd weapon)
What do you think about that thing? Mine is in B--, almost C
Paladin’s Hammer really needs autoswing to work, but when you have it it becomes great, like many other boomerangs.
The thing isn’t notable for its range, it’s notable for its speed and ability to smash clusters. With autoswing, get near the group of enemies spamming the hammer and hit them repeatedly with the hammer, with almost no chance of missing your shots. You get very high DPS due to its speed and base damage, and it’s one of few examples of a short range weapon that benefits from its high knockback: it lets you run through the crowds spamming the hammer and basically just play snowplow.
In DPS, it’s roughly the same as Terra Blade beams when you give it autoswing. I’d argue that with more piercing against tight clusters, and and its knockback and immediate accuracy making it highly spammy, but not having a blade or much range as Terra Blade, it’s around the same in ability for crowds. It’s worth noting that range matters way less for crowds than for bosses, especially the Martians or earlier phases of the Moons.
Considering that and how it can’t be used for bosses like Terra Blade, I’d put it in A- / B+. B- or C feels way too harsh.
Also Vampire Knives may get more DPS if you land every single knife, but that’s not realistic. Vampire Knives have a spread the size of Neptune, and you usually only hit once or twice per swing. Even at close range, it’s only realistic to land about half of the shots. It’s one reason Vampire Knives aren’t regarded for their DPS.