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Illustrious Knives
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Damage400 Melee
Knockback3 (Very Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time11 Very Fast
TooltipThrows a flurry of homing knives that can heal the user
Inflicts DebuffHoly FlamesHoly Flames
100% chance

Debuff duration10 seconds
Debuff tooltipDissolving from holy light
RarityRarity Level: 16
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Illustrious Knife
Illustrious Knife

The Illustrious Knives are a craftable post-Moon Lord developer weapon. When used, the weapon launches a spread of 4-8 slow moving green knives, similar to the Vampire Knives. The knives are destroyed upon contact with tiles, but will rapidly accelerate and home in on nearby enemies. All knives will inflict Holy Flames upon striking an enemy.

When a knife hits an enemy, the player is healed by 1.5% of the damage dealt. This lifesteal is far stronger than either the Vampire or Empyrean Knives.

Its best modifier is Godly. It cannot get modifiers that affect size.



Crafting Station
Draedon's ForgeDraedon's Forge
Shadowspec BarShadowspec Bar5
Core of CalamityCore of Calamity3
Empyrean KnivesEmpyrean Knives1
Illustrious KnivesIllustrious Knives1


  • The Illustrious Knives have a slightly higher chance than Vampire Knives or Empyrean Knives to throw out greater amounts of knives per usage. While they all throw a minimum of 4 knives, the predecessors have 4 independent chances of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16 to increase the number of knives by 1, placing their average number of knives per throw at 4.94. The Illustrious Knives' 4 independent chances are 1/2, 1/4, 1/6, and 1/8, meaning its average number of knives is 5.04.


  • This weapon actually has a unique rarity, but is referred to here as Hot Pink for consistency between weapons.
    • This unique rarity alternates between mint green (#9AFF97 ●) and mauve (#E497FF ●) colors.