Gold Beats Iron
Equipment/weapons made out of gold are shown to be stronger than similar things made out of iron
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-YES, gold is stronger than iron. What are they teaching these humans nowadays?
— Goblin Tinkerer, Terraria

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Gold. While it is valuable (in most cases), it's also a pretty soft metal. Plus, it's pretty darn heavy. So, if someone were to make a sword or some armor out of pure gold, it wouldn't be as effective as lighter, stronger materials like iron or steel.

Try telling that to the guy kitted out in golden armor who is happily slaying the crap out of a dragon with his shmancy golden sword.

Gold Beats Iron refers to any situation where an object made of gold is shown to be better than if it were made out of iron for no adequately explained reason. It should be noted, though, that gold really beats iron in some aspects (conductivity, corrosion resistance, and of course, value) - but iron pretty much beats gold in toughness and weight, something that writers often forgot when they make something that is supposedly ironclad uses gold instead. Indeed, this fallacy comes from the assumption that gold equals wealth and wealth equals power - and thus gold must be the most powerful!

Note that if the golden thing is explicitly enchanted, then it doesn't count.

See also Elemental Crafting.


Comic Books
  • Played with Iron Man: His Mark I armor is made of iron and isn't as tough as his later armors, which used gold alongside titanium mixed in an alloy.

Video Games
  • Appears in the Final Fantasy series. Evidently, the more valuable your equipment is, the better job it does of protecting you.
  • Lampshaded by the Goblin Tinkerer in Terraria, which provides the page quote.
  • Averted in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, where the Steel Armor gives a better defensive boost than the Gold Armor.
    • Played straight in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, however. This includes the Joyeuse, a solid-gold broadsword which is nowhere near as awesome as the Claimh Solais, but it's significantly better than many of the more mundane broadswords.
  • Averted in Minecraft, much to the surprise of many well-versed in the ways of this trope.

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