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

Needs More Examples. Could probably use a better title, too.

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 avoid examples where gold actually is better than iron, such as value, conductivity, or resistance to corrosion. Also avoid examples where the gold is enchanted -- in those cases, it's the magic that makes the gold stronger than iron, instead of gold being stronger on its own (improbable) merit.

Often happens due to Did Not Do The Research.


  • 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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