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Empowerments are special stat-improving effects that originate from Bard weapons or equipment. These buffs have a short duration, but can be extended by wearing certain Bard equipment.


Weapon Empowerments

Weapon Empowerments are generally given by Symphonic weapons. These have 4 levels, with each level increasing in power. Only 1 level of the same empowerment can be active, and when receiving multiple levels of the same empowerment, only the highest level version will be kept. After receiving this type of empowerment, a bard orb will orbit around the player, with their color representing the empowerment type and the size representing the empowerment level.

Category Orb Empowerment Effect Hardmode
Empowerment - Attack Speed.png Attack Speed
  • Increases melee, firing, casting, throwing, healing, and playing speed by 3%/6%/9%/12%
Empowerment - Critical Strike Chance.png Critical Strike Chance
  • Increases critical strike chance by 5%/10%/15%/20%
Empowerment - Damage.png Damage
  • Increases damage by 5%/10%/15%/20%
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Empowerment - Flat Damage.png Flat Damage
  • Increases damage by 1/2/3/4
Empowerment - Aquatic Ability.png Aquatic Ability
  • Increases underwater breathing time and swimming speed by 25%/50%/75%/100%
Empowerment - Flight Time.png Flight Time
  • Increases flight time by 10%/20%/30%/40%
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Empowerment - Jump Height.png Jump Height
  • Increases jump height by 1/2/3/4 blocks
Empowerment - Movement Speed.png Movement Speed
  • Increases movement speed by 10%/20%/30%/40%
Empowerment - Damage Reduction.png Damage Reduction
  • Increases damage reduction by 4%/8%/12%/16%
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Empowerment - Defense.png Defense
  • Increases defense by 4/8/12/16
Empowerment - Invincibility Frames.png Invincibility Frames
  • Increases duration of time invulnerable after taking damage by 0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8 seconds
Empowerment - Life Regeneration.png Life Regeneration
  • Increases life regeneration by 1/2/3/4 life/second
Empowerment - Maximum Resource.png Maximum Resource
  • Increases maximum mana, exhaustion, and inspiration by 5%/10%/15%/20%
Empowerment - Resource Consumption Chance.png Resource Consumption Chance
  • Increases the chance for you to not consume resource by 5%/10%/15%/20%
Empowerment - Resource Grab Range.png Resource Grab Range
  • Increases collection range of resource items by ×3/×6/×9/×12
Empowerment - Resource Regeneration.png Resource Regeneration
  • Increases mana, exhaustion, and inspiration regeneration by 5%/10%/15%/20%
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Empowerment - Empowerment Prolongation.png Empowerment Prolongation
  • Extends duration of existing empowerments by 1/1.5/2/2.5 seconds



  • Overhauled empowerment system:
    • Added Aquatic Ability, Empowerment Prolongation, Flat Damage, Flight Time, Invincibility Frames, Jump Height, Maximum Resource, Resource Consumption Chance, Resource Grab Range, and Resource Regeneration.
    • Removed "Ammo Consumption", "Mana Regen", "Max Health", and "Max Mana".
    • Now granted on instrument use instead of on enemy hit.
    • Durations are now all equal, defaulting at 5 seconds.
    • Now sorted into groups by instrument category, instead of being arbitrarily spread out.
  • Removed Accessory Empowerments; now innate to Subwoofers.
  • Empowerments no longer use buff icons. Instead they show up as bard orbs that orbit around the player and the buff is shown upon receiving.
  • Default duration of empowerments was increased.
  • Added new Weapon Empowerments:
    • Ammo Consumption.
    • Maximum Life.
    • Maximum Mana.
  • Introduced.