Terraria whips guide: How to get the new summoner whips

Terraria had hundreds of weapons before its final update, Journey’s End. But what it didn’t have is whips. Which is a bit off, when you think about it. This is a game about exploring caverns and ancient ruins. There’s a fedora and an archaeologist’s outfit that makes you the spitting image of Indiana Jones. So why no whips? Finally that oversight’s been corrected, and in Journey’s End there are now a set of whips to craft, if you can get ahold of the resources needed to make them.

The first few whips are relatively easy to make, but the more powerful variants require playing in Hardmode and defeating some powerful bosses. Here’s the basic lowdown on Terraria’s whips, and how to unlock them.

Terraria’s whips: what you need to know

Whips are a weapon for Terraria’s Summoner class. Terraria doesn’t have a strict class system, but its weapons and armor are categorized into classes (Melee, Ranger, Summoner, Mage) and the armor, accessories, and potions for those classes have specific buffs that complement them.

Primary summoning weapons like staves spawn creatures that attack for you, while whips give you a backup source of damage and can also buff the damage of your summon friends. Hitting an enemy with a whip will make your summon target it. They’re considered melee weapons, so stack some attack speed buffs to swing them much faster.

One important note: Whips can’t deal crit damage.

How to unlock Terraria’s whips

As far as we know, there are eight whips in Terraria, and all but the first two are exclusive to Hardmode. Get ready to work for them.

Whip name Dmg Knockback Special Difficulty How to get
Leather Whip 14 .5 Any Buy from the Zoologist NPC
Snapthorn 18 1 Hitting enemies increases attack speed Any Craft: 3 vines, 3 jungle spores, 12 stingers (Iron/Lead Anvil)
Firecracker 40 2 “Blazing energy explodes from enemies hit by summons” Hardmode Dropped by Wall of Flesh boss
Cool Whip 50 1.5 “Strike enemies to summon a friendly snowflake” Hardmode Craft: 1 Frost Core, 8 Soul of Light, 8 Soul of Night (Mythril/Orichalcum Anvil)
Durendal 55 2 Hitting enemies increases attack speed Hardmode Craft: 12 Hallowed Bar (Mythril/Orichalcum Anvil)
Dark Harvest 100 3 “Dark energy jumps from enemies hit by summons” Hardmode Dropped by Pumpking boss, Mourning Wood mini-boss
Kaleidoscope 165 4 “10% summon tag critical strike chance” Hardmode Dropped by Empress of Light boss
Morning Star 180 11 “5% summon tag critical strike chance” Hardmode Dropped by Armored Bones in Hardmode Dungeon (after defeating Plantera boss)

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