I might do a playthrough where I only use weapons, ammo, and accessories of C- tier or lower. Just because I feel like I would enjoy the challenge...
You're not just underestimating the Queen Spider, you're overestimating the Ballista. I did some similar testing to yours myself, comparing all post Golem sentries + Queen Spider against Plantera.
Nah, it's true but A tier is probably fine for it. It's not like the daedalus stormbow which can even kill the duke...I do think the Shadowflame Knife should be higher tier though. With a good reforge + flasks of ichor it could carry you all the way to golem, or at least past Plantera so you could get scourge or vampire knives.
I did notice that Frost Hydra had the highest single-target DPS, but when you consider what single targets you'll actually need it for (Mothron, Martian Saucer, Lunatic Cultist, Duke Fishron), it's probably going to contribute almost nothing to those fights. To be fair, neither will the other sentries, but at least they can take care of stuff on the ground more effectively. Maybe C at best for its performance against Golem.You're not just underestimating the Queen Spider, you're overestimating the Ballista. I did some similar testing to yours myself, comparing all post Golem sentries + Queen Spider against Plantera.
With 3 sentry slots against Expert Plantera (42k hp), wearing Squire armor and some other damage accessories:
The Ballistas left her at 37,8k
The Lightning Aura left her at 35,5k*
The Explosive Traps left her at 35,2K*
The Flameburst left her at 37k
The Queen Spider left her at 37k
The Frost Hydra left her at 33,3k
The Ballistas, with the Panic activated, left her at 33k**
The Lightning Aura, with Monk armor's set bonus, left her at 33,7k*
* All three sentries were attacking her at once, this is realistically never going to happen.
** I used Hero's Mod to make it permanent, it won't be this powerful in a real case.
So as you can see, the Ballista is the weakest sentry without the Panic and the Hydra is by far the Strongest against single targets, although you still gave it the pathetically low rank of D+...
To be fair, you can also decide by yourself what you will find useful to keep using and what not.You should make a calamity mod/thorium mod tier list, so I can actually know what to keep instead of having to switch between 5 guns in my hotbar or 8 swords in my hotbar and 10 stacks of potions and 3 armor sets in my inventory.
Maybe when I play calmity mod for a couple of weeks on end, I'll make an entire tier list of worst to best weapons with abilities and special uses if applicable.To be fair, you can also decide by yourself what you will find useful to keep using and what not.
Been able to review and rate modded weapons also requires full knowledge to the mod's content. Which will require a huge effort if one's not even into these mods.
Trust me, we need pre hardmode weapons first.You should make a calamity mod/thorium mod tier list, so I can actually know what to keep instead of having to switch between 5 guns in my hotbar or 8 swords in my hotbar and 10 stacks of potions and 3 armor sets in my inventory.
I know this is super late, but flasks of ichor exist.you're actually going to have to use the pearlwood bow as your only ranged method of inflicting ichor lmaooooooo
wait, you’re counting ammo too? guess you don’t get to use ichor at all, then. in which case i hope you’re good with a shotgun, it’s probably your best bet