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I crafted my first silver pickaxe in Terraria 1.1. I did not examine its stats until some time later. The name color is grey with -14% damage.

I have no problem mining with it but killing monsters especially cave bats (which I have been doing a lot) got weaker.

Can anyone give an insight into why this happened? I am split between weapon degradation and crafting fluke.

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You just got unlucky crafting it. "Damaged" is a random modifier (which decreases damage) assigned to items when they're crafted or drop from monsters. Similar negative modifiers, such as "Broken" and "Shoddy," also exist.

Apart from making a new one, there's not a whole lot you can do about it at this point in the game.

However, later on (after you've defeated your first Goblin Army), you can find and rescue the Goblin Tinkerer, who allows you to reforge weapons, tools and accessories, for a price. By then, you'll likely have a different, way better pickaxe, though.

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I'll just sell it and craft another. Thanks for your answer – Augustus Thoo Dec 5 '11 at 15:44
@AugustusThoo Is it really that big a deal? I mean, pickaxes are mostly for digging. You could craft a Silver Broadsword instead. Cheaper, and does more damage. – a cat Dec 5 '11 at 15:49
Getting 'damaged' items from crafting is a big of a deal to me. – Augustus Thoo Dec 5 '11 at 16:49
Since you aren't likely to do much fighting with you pickaxe, this is a non-problem. That modifier only refers to damage done to enemies. – Andy_Vulhop Dec 7 '11 at 17:11
It's less efficient than other, better modifiers you might get otherwise, but not a huge loss. You can craft a new one if you're scrapped for a good digging tool and hope for a better modifier. "Quick" or other aspects that make it go faster tend to be best for pickaxes. – Zibbobz Oct 2 '13 at 17:51

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