The material used to create the weapon determines their tier. In general, higher tier tools have more durability (last longer), and provide more attack power (damage per hit). Higher tier tools will also require advanced material and crafting processes to create.
Type Material Weapon Description Tier 0 Wood Club Some weapons can be made from wood or metal scraps in an emergency or as first combat solutions in the early game. To get a scrap weapon, the player needs to craft a scrap weapon kit, which can be right clicked to receive either a random scrap weapon or scrap tool Metal scraps Club, Mace Tier 1 Stones Spear, Arrow Stone weapons are made by knapping. Only certain types of stone allow for knapping, though, meaning only granite, andesite, basalt, peridotite, obsidian, chert, or flint can be used to make weapons. Tier 2 Copper Spear, Longblade, Arrow Copper weapons can be made by either casting or smithing, offering better durability and attack power. Weapons can also be crafted from the rare base metals gold and silver Gold Silver Tier 3 Tin Bronze Spear, Longblade, Arrow Bronze alloy weapons can be made by casting or smithing, offering better durability and attack power. Bismuth Bronze Black Bronze Tier 4 Iron Longblade, Arrow Iron weapons can only be made by smithing. Only the Longblade and Arrowhead are available as iron weapons. Meteoric Iron Tier 5 Steel Longblade, Arrow Steel weapons can only be made by smithing. Only the Longblade and Arrowhead are available as steel weapons. Longblades additionally have an extra creative-only Admin material type.