The Ballista

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The Ballista
  • The Ballista item sprite
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TypeWeaponCrafting material
Damage90 Ranged
Knockback8 (Very Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time19 Very Fast
TooltipShoots greatarrows that crush enemy armor and break into shards on death
Inflicts DebuffArmor CrunchArmor Crunch
100% chance

Debuff duration6 seconds (Arrow)
1 second (Fossil shard)
Debuff tooltipYour armor is shredded
RarityRarity Level: 8
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The Ballista is a craftable Hardmode bow that auto-fires. The arrows can pierce one enemy and shatter into fossil shards upon hitting a second, as well as upon hitting solid blocks. All projectiles will inflict the Armor Crunch debuff.

Its best modifier is Unreal.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipe[edit | edit source]

Crafting Station
Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil /
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
Ingredient(s) Amount
Marrow Marrow 1
Forbidden Fragment Forbidden Fragment 1
Ectoplasm Ectoplasm 10
The Ballista.png The Ballista 1

Used in[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Heavenly Gale AlluvionAlluvion Draedon's ForgeDraedon's Forge
Astreal DefeatAstreal Defeat
Clockwork BowClockwork Bow
Flarewing BowFlarewing Bow
Planetary AnnihilationPlanetary Annihilation
The BallistaThe Ballista
Auric Tesla BarAuric Tesla Bar (4)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Magic Quiver increases the damage of the arrows shot by The Ballista, but doesn't increase the speed.
  • The Ballista nets massive damage output against large ground-based enemies such as Astrum Aureus when fired at from above, due to both the arrows and the shrapnel all hitting the target.