In the early stages of Terraria, the minishark is one of the best weapons you can obtain for yourself. While it is quite expensive to maintain, it is one of the highest damage per second weapons available in pre-hardmode. The minishark is a desirable weapon for players trying to play as a ranger class. The method to obtain the minishark is simple, but the cost of it may take some time for you to complete. This guide will show you how to obtain the minishark, ways to improve your damage, and tricks to use throughout the early stages of the game.
To get the arms dealer to move into a home, you will need to obtain bullets or a gun to keep in your inventory. Guns are fairly difficult to come by in the early stages of pre-hardmode, but there is a quick method to obtain a gun in any of your worlds. The hardest part would be to secure the 35 gold afterwards. Once you have 35 gold you can purchase the minishark from the arms dealer.
Let’s get a gun to get the arms dealer to move in. You will need to shatter a crimson heart or a shadow orb to get a musket or the undertaker gun. There are 6 potential item drops in the crimson, and 5 in the corruption which makes it easier to get the musket in the corruption.
Breaking three orbs or hearts will summon its respective boss, you can break the heart/orb to get the drops and then teleport away or die to the boss to keep trying. To reach some of the hearts/orbs you will most likely need bombs to reach most of them. You can find bombs commonly underground or buy them from the demolitionist.
Bomb your way into some crimson hearts or shadow orbs and break them with your hammer. The first two hearts/orbs you break will not cause any significant events, but the third will summon the biome respective boss. Each orb or heart you break will drop a decent weapon or piece of equipment.
You have as many chances as there are orbs/hearts in your corruption/crimson. If you manage to obtain the gun, you will need to make a vacant, valid house for the arms dealer to move into. The house needs to have 60 tiles within its area including the floor and walls. Place a table, chair, and a torch to make it valid housing.
Once the arms dealer moves in you can purchase the minishark from him with 35 gold. One of the fastest ways to make money in the early stages of the game is to kill the Eye of Cthulhu multiple times. If you want to avoid battles you can mine out a lot of ore, turn them into bars, and sell them to a vendor. Regardless of how you decide to make money, you will want extra gold to purchase musket balls to supply your minishark.
His wares will be cheaper if the arms dealer likes the biome he is in or the neighbors he has.
The minishark is one of the first few weapons that will continue to fire if you hold left click. Even though it has a 33% chance not to consume ammo, its fire rate is so high that it will eat through your supply of musket balls. It has a base damage of 7.
While the minishark is not particularly effective against groups of enemies, you can change the bullet types to become more efficient against different encounters. One of the first upgrades you can obtain for your gun is to farm meteorite ore to craft meteorite bullets. These bullets will pierce through one enemy as well as ricochet off of walls and floors.
You can point a gun with meteorite shots towards the sky to see where floating islands are. If you shoot upwards and the bullet bounces down, you know that there is something above you. It may just be a cloud, but it could also be a floating island that has pockets of ore and a chest to be looted.
Since the minishark has high damage per second potential, it is a good weapon for the Eye of Cthulhu and Skeletron. With meteorite shots it can perform well against the Brain of Cthulhu, Eater of Worlds, and the Wall of Flesh. It is a solid weapon choice against many enemies with high health values.
The minishark is one of the strongest pre-hardmode weapons you can obtain. It is versatile as your bullet choice can change its efficiency. How you obtain the minishark is relatively simple, but gathering the 35 gold can take you some time. It is well worth the time it takes, as the minishark can carry you all the way to the Wall of Flesh. The arms dealer is a good NPC to get to move in simply because he sells the minishark.
Congratulations, you now know how to obtain one of the best pre-hardmode weapons in the game. While smashing orbs/hearts can be frustrating to get the specific drop you want, you can take your character across worlds in order to guarantee that you get the gun to drop. The minishark is a weapon you do not want to skip if you are planning to play as the ranger class. It also has some utility as it can help you find floating islands with meteorite shots.
The undertaker or the musket is the earliest you can obtain a gun to get the arms dealer to spawn. You can get these items by smashing hearts/orbs in the crimson/corruption. The undertaker will drop 1/6 times and the musket will drop 1/5 times. You can attempt to break a heart/orb as soon as you find bombs and craft a hammer.
The arms dealer will sell silver bullets during a blood moon, or it will become fully available during hardmode. Certain guns with specified ammunition like the stake launcher or the candy corn rifle can be found at the arms dealer if the gun is in your inventory.
You will commonly be buying musket balls in Terraria as they are often used to craft stronger bullets. They are not found through many reliable means, and the arms dealer will sell infinite amounts of musket balls. You can buy a stack of musket balls for 70 silver.