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PC Tier List: Pre-Hardmode Weapons

652Graystripe

Plantera
652Graystripe said:
Other than that, I've decided to add an icon to the thread for "point of contention" that marks weapons that are up for change.
It looks like this.

To get it applied to an item - well, that's easy. You just have to say "I think X should be in Y tier", and it'll get applied, simple as that. If more people (e.g. one other person or more) back you up - I count as "more people" as well - I'll move it over.
Hope this makes the thread easier to navigate.
From my last two threads on the topic, which you can view here.

Early to Mid-Hard Mode
Late Hard Mode

It's a fact: some weapons are better than others. This thread is intended as a community-input encyclopedia on what weapons are the best and worth getting, pretty decent and useful, or not so useful at all. This also includes the "piece of crap" category, also known as the Unholy Trident.

When commenting as to why you think a weapon should be moved up or down, be sure you formulate a logical argument. "I like this weapon" or "I did something cool with this weapon" doesn't count. What we like most here are factual, stat-backed-up responses that can be done by anyone - just play around with the weapon and you'll see.

The following variables are taken into consideration:

-How much damage does the weapon do?
-Is it a single- or multi-target weapon?
-How useful is it in a variety of scenarios?
-Is it extremely useful in a single scenario?
-Is it difficult to get ammo or mana to sustain it?
-How hard is it to obtain?
-Any other factors that determine its usefulness, such as accuracy?

The thread covers all weapons that are available between the start of the game and the Wall of Flesh's defeat. Keep in mind that all weapons are not tiered against each other; they are tired judging by the next credible threat. For example, the Wand of Sparking might be balanced against underground monsters, while the Diamond Staff would be balanced against the Goblin Invasion and Skeletron.

If you disagree with this thread, feel free to tell me. It's only starting with my opinions; it will be changed according to that of the community. I am only the poster for something that I hope will become much larger. Thanks.
Note that, with the 1.4 update, this list has been shaken up quite a bit! An asterisk (*) denotes weapons that are either new or significantly modified, and as such require reevaluation. I will also include a section for weapons that I don't feel able to rank, since I haven't played as much as I would like since the update.

S Rank

These weapons are the best of the best and are suitable in almost all situations, doing their job very well. They should almost invariably be acquired for their stage of the game.
Minishark
Molten Fury (
)
Phoenix Blaster
Space Gun*
Vilethorn

A Rank
These weapons are excellent and well-rounded, but lack a certain something that prevents them from reaching their highest potential.

A+
Beenade
Grenade
Musket
Muramasa*
Night's Edge
The Rotted Fork
Trident
Water Bolt*

A
Amazon
Amber Staff
The Bee's Knees
Blade of Grass
Bone Javelin*
Bone Throwing Knife*
Cascade
Diamond Staff
Imp Staff*
Javelin
Shuriken
Snapthorn*
Spear
Starfury (
)
Sticky Grenade
Sunfury*
Revolver
The Undertaker (
)

A-
Blowgun
Blue Moon*
Bone Glove* (
)
Bouncy Grenade
Boomstick
Code 1
Demon Scythe
Emerald Staff
Fiery Greatsword
Flamelash*
Flaming Mace*
Hellwing Bow
Magic Missile*
The Meatball*
Poisoned Knife
Ruby Staff
Sickle
Star Anise
Throwing Knife
Swordfish

B Rank
Weapons in this category begin to become iffy - they lack attributes that would be greatly useful, or have some other quirk that prevents them from seeing widespread use. Although useful, they're less-than-ideal and often should not be farmed for.

B+
Bee Gun
Blood Rain Bow*
Bone Sword (
)
Cactus Sword*
Candy Cane Sword
Dark Lance
Enchanted Boomerang
Falcon Blade
Fruitcake Chakram
Gray Zapinator*
Handgun
Harpoon
Hornet Staff
Ice Boomerang (
)
Ice Blade
Mace*
Paintball Gun
Quad-Barrel Shotgun*
Red Ryder
Sapphire Staff
Spiky Ball
Storm Spear*
Thorn Chakram
Valor (
)
Vampire Frog Staff

B
Amethyst Staff
Ball O'Hurt*
Bee Keeper*
Blood Butcherer
Bone
Book of Skulls*
Chain Knife
Crimson Rod (
)
Enchanted Sword
Finch Staff*
Flamarang (
)
Flower of Fire
Frost Daggerfish
Katana
Mandible Blade
Phaseblade
Shroomerang*
Snowball Cannon
Star Cannon
Topaz Staff
Wand of Sparking* (
)
Wooden Boomerang (
)
Wooden bows

B-
Aqua Scepter
Bladed Glove
Bloody Machete
Demon Bow
Exotic Scimitar
Flintlock Pistol
Light's Bane
Metal bows
Molotov Cocktail (
)
Purple Clubberfish
Tendon Bow
Zombie Arm

C Rank
This is the lowest usable category - weapons here have some merit, somewhere, but in general are very poor choices and should only be used as a last resort.

C+
Ale Tosser
Artery
Blowpipe
Happy Grenade
Malaise
Snowball
Other wood swords

C
Metal swords
Rotten Egg
Shortswords*
Stylish Scissors
Thunder Zapper*
Wooden Sword
Wooden Yoyo

C-
Flare Gun
Rally
Ruler*
Sandgun (
)
Tragic Umbrella*
Umbrella*

Need ranking
Due to my limited time playing the 1.4 update, I haven't been able to play with these new weapons, and so they need ranking. Suggest starting ranks!
Combat Wrench
Gladius
Leather Whip
Terragrim


Unranked
Arkhalis* (
)
Slime Staff (
)
Though they're both extraordinarily good weapons, they're so rare they're not even worth categorizing.
With 1.4 the Arkhalis has a different method of obtaining - anyone care to comment on it?

30/9/16: Removed Gatligator. Harpoon down to B+.
6/10/16: Added Snowball Cannon (B), Rockfish (B+), Purple Clubberfish (B-), Swordfish (A-).
7/10/16: Added Beenade, Grenade (A+), Shuriken, Bone Throwing Knife, Javelin, Bone Javelin, Sticky Grenade (A), Throwing Knife, Poisoned Knife, Star Anise, Bone Glove, Molotov Cocktail (A-), Spiky Ball, Bouncy Grenade (B+), Frost Daggerfish (B), Snowball, Happy Grenade (C+), Rotten Egg (C).
19/10/16: Mandible Blade down to B, Ice Blade up to B+.
28/10/16: Added Point of Contention symbol and added it to Wand of Sparking, Molten Fury, Flamarang, Ice Boomerang, Wooden Boomerang, Hellwing Bow.
30/10/16: Added Paintball Gun (B+).
3/6/17: Musket to A+. Undertaker and Falcon Blade marked for contention. Thread revived.
4/6/17: Flower of Fire up to B, Cactus sword down to B. Arkhalis, Slime Staff and Star Cannon marked for contention.
12/6/17: Amazon up to B+, Bee Keeper up to B-, Water Bolt, Bouncy Grenade, Bone Sword and Valor marked for contention.
19/6/17: Blade of Grass up to A, Boomstick up to A-. Starfury and Crimson Rod marked for contention.
20/6/17: Water Bolt no longer marked for contention.
7/7/17: Bee Keeper marked for contention.
23/11/18: Thread refurbished. Amazon up to A, Hellwing Bow up to A-, Falcon Blade up to B+, Bladed Glove and Bee Keeper up to B. Bee's Knees and Bone Glove marked for contention.
30/11/18: Bouncy Grenade up to A-, Wooden Yoyo up to C.
1/12/18: Red Ryder down to B+.
6/13/20: Thread refurbishing for 1.4 begun. Several weapons moved around, asterisks added. Several new weapons added as well.
6/15/20: Gem staffs split up. Diamond to A; Ruby/Emerald to A-; Sapphire to B+; Topaz and Amethyst to B.
6/18/20: Added Vampire Frog Staff and Blood Rain Bow, both in B+. Thanks to @Mental Mouse for help ranking them!
7/9/20: Added Sickle at A-. Thanks to @Mental Mouse and @Thorfinn for bringing it to my attention!
7/18/20: Bee's Knees up to A.
 
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0cra_tr0per

Spazmatism
The gatligator is hardmode only.

Also the wand of sparking is comparable to the shortswords, or as I call them, :red:swords.
 

652Graystripe

Plantera
The gatligator is hardmode only.

Also the wand of sparking is comparable to the shortswords, or as I call them, :red:swords.
Ah, my bad. I didn't realize it'd be restricted to HM. Damn shame, I love that thing.
Wand of Sparking, I didn't really feel comfortable putting in the "utter crap" category, given as it's the only magic weapon obtainable at its stage. The closest you come are the gem staves, which are a ways off, at least until you can get some gems and some metals.
 

Tyrian3k

Duke Fishron
Hmm, I'm missing fishing weapons here: The Purple Clubberfish, the Swordfish and the Rockfish.
All of them can be acquired relatively easily, especially the Swordfish, if you get youself an iron pole, some bait from smashing rocks and plants (especially in the surface jungle) and get yourself some corals and waterleaf on the way to craft yourself some sonar potions to not waste the bait.

Yes, the Rockfish is technically a hammer, but unlike other tools, it is actually very powerful as a weapon. 24 damage, 6 knockback and autoswing at 23 use time put this weapon on the level of the Muramasa, but all you need to do to get it is to fish underground. As a weapon, this could easily be in A-Rank.

The Purple Clubberfish is quite similar to the Rockfish, dealing the same damage and autoswinging, but has 7 knockback and a slow use time of 34. I'd still give it a B- or so. Caught in Corruption.

The Swordfish is a pretty powerful spear. Being caught in the ocean means you're already in the place to get every ingredient for Sonar Potions, and don't even need to prepare a fishing pond. Not quite as easy as the Trident, but not much harder, either. At 19 damage, it is a lot stronger than the Trident, though, which only deals 11 damage. This should quite easily be in A-Rank.

The other thing I'm missing are the throwing weapons: Shurikens, Throwing Knives, Grenades etc.
Since we have throwing armor sets, these are actually not all that insignificant.
 
I'm missing the Snowball Cannon. I lived on that thing for quite some time. Otherwise, this is a very well-done and helpful list.
 

chapapote

Terrarian
Hmm, I'm missing fishing weapons here: The Purple Clubberfish, the Swordfish and the Rockfish.
The other thing I'm missing are the throwing weapons: Shurikens, Throwing Knives, Grenades etc.
Since we have throwing armor sets, these are actually not all that insignificant.
Yeah! Even without ninja or fossil armor, shurikens are extremely effective against the EoC. Spiky balls work against the EoW as well, since they stay on the ground and it hits them when it comes back.

Also, I suppose you ranked wooden bows higher than metal bows because they're easier to come by?
 
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652Graystripe

Plantera
Yeah! Even without ninja or fossil armor, shurikens are extremely effective against the EoC. Spiky balls work against the EoW as well, since they stay on the ground and it hits them when it comes back.

Also, I suppose you ranked wooden bows higher than metal bows because they're easier to come by?
Done - added all the throwing weapons.

Also, yeah. Metal bows are rarely worth it, while wooden bows can be a useful weapon, especially in Expert against the armed zombies.
 

Redstonetam15

Eater of Worlds
I'd move the Musket down to A+. Even though it has amazing damage, it has a terrible use time. If you can click pretty fast, you can do more DPS with the Pheonix Blaster.
 

652Graystripe

Plantera
I'd move the Musket down to A+. Even though it has amazing damage, it has a terrible use time. If you can click pretty fast, you can do more DPS with the Pheonix Blaster.
What puts the Musket there is how early it can be obtained - no bosses even need be defeated, and bombs are all that's strictly necessary. Amazing weapon for how early it's gotten.
 

Xylia

Terrarian
This list seems a little odd... I think I would have broken it down by tiers (Pre-Boss, EoC+Evil Biome, Jungle/Dungeon, Pre-WoF) because otherwise this list looks all kinds of wonky.

Like... you say the Ice Boomerang is better than the Flamarang... despite the Flamarang being better in every way with ~9 more damage and the ability to set enemies on fire. And oddly enough, you put the Ice Boomerang as being better than the Ice Blade. What's weird, is that you say that the Mandible Blade is better than both, while the Ice Blade does everything the Mandible Blade does, and better, and is easier to get (opening a few chests in the Underground Ice vs killing 50-200 almost invincible Antlion Chargers to get the stupid Mandible Blade to actually drop).

Also, I found it rather strange that you put the Molten Fury in S rank but the Cascade in A rank. The Molten Fury is just too slow to get anything done with it. I used to use it, before yo-yos and the Hellwing Bow.

The only two things I would ever use the Molten Fury on, WoF and Skeletron, I've discovered there are far better weapons: The Flamarang will beat the Molten Fury every time on Skeletron and for WoF, the Hellwing Bow does better because of its much faster fire rate and how you can get two hits per arrow if you hit it right, and how the "arrows" pierce right through the hungries in front of it.

The only gripe I have about Flamarang is how you need an Enchanted Boomerang first, but meh. Those are usually common enough.

And..... Wooden Boomerang, as a B weapon? lul? That thing is useless even if you pick it up out of the first chest in the game because of how dirt poor the damage is. Yeah, it's a mildly ranged weapon, but uh what are you going to actually use it on, again? Maybe it might see a little use for killing demon eyes the first couple nights, but there are other weapons that do better (a bow...).

So ya, I think this woulda been better split into tiers.
 

652Graystripe

Plantera
Effectively, the way I organized it is in comparison with similarly-tiered weapons. Thus, the Ice Boomerang - fairly easy to obtain near the very beginning of the game - would be better than the Flamarang, which not only has other weapons vying for its spot (Sunfury, Thorn Chakram, Dark Lance, etc.) but is harder to obtain proportionally. The Wooden Boomerang is a similar case.

Mandible Blade, I'll move it down to put it on par with the Ice Blade if not below. I personally loved it because it was a bit faster, but you're right, it's not too much better.

In the case of the Hellwing Bow - I love the thing for the Wall of Flesh, but it's subpar otherwise, mostly because of accuracy. I had to keep in mind just general survival as well as the one boss fight.

Molten Fury and Flamarang, I may well revise should more people suggest it be done. This was just based off my own opinions, so I don't have a lot to go on.
 

652Graystripe

Plantera
Hey, folks. Added a little something to make the thread easier to navigate.

652Graystripe said:
Other than that, I've decided to add an icon to the thread for "point of contention" that marks weapons that are up for change.
It looks like this.

To get it applied to an item - well, that's easy. You just have to say "I think X should be in Y tier", and it'll get applied, simple as that. If more people (e.g. one other person or more) back you up - I count as "more people" as well - I'll move it over.
Hope this makes the thread easier to navigate.
 
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