Frost Moon

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See also: Guide:Frost Moon strategies

The Frost Moon is an endgame Christmas-themed event summoned with the Naughty Present at night, and ending at dawn (4:30 a.m.). It can be summoned any time of year, and does not require the actual Christmas season. During the event, unique and highly difficult enemies spawn at high rates and attack the player. It is similar to the Pumpkin Moon event, but more difficult. Visually, the moon turns into a snowman head, though remaining in its current phase. Unique music also plays.

The entire event consists of 15 waves, plus 5 "bonus waves". Waves progress as you reach certain kill scores (though kill scores are not displayed to the player before wave 20). After a wave's required score is met, the next wave begins, and the kill score is reset to 0. Chat messages will indicate when the wave has advanced, and which wave has been achieved. See the table below (Waves) for the points awarded for each enemy and the score required for each wave.

The Naughty Present that summons the Frost Moon requires materials only available in Hardmode worlds where the player has already defeated Plantera. As such, it is intended to present a challenge even to players with the best possible equipment. In the final waves, multiple boss-level enemies are fought at once.

Frost Moon enemies drop powerful weapons, as well as pet and vanity items. Most drop with extreme rarity, and even players who manage to complete the event will find they need to do so several times before obtaining them. Drop chances for items dropped by bosses increase as waves are completed. At wave 15 there is a 25% chance each Ice Queen, Santa-NK1 and Everscream killed will drop their respective trophies. This increases to 33% at Wave 17 and 50% at Wave 19.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Frost Moon
Characters Unique Drops
Present Mimic.png Present Mimic
Flocko.png Flocko
Gingerbread Man.png Gingerbread Man
Zombie Elf.png Zombie Elf
Elf Archer.png Elf Archer
Nutcracker.png Nutcracker
Yeti.png Yeti
Elf Copter.png Elf Copter
Krampus.png Krampus
Everscream.png Everscream
Santa-NK1.png Santa-NK1
Ice Queen.png Ice Queen

Banners Pc only.png:

Present Mimic Banner.png Present Mimic Banner
Flocko Banner.png Flocko Banner
Gingerbread Man Banner.png Gingerbread Man Banner
Zombie Elf Banner.png Zombie Elf Banner
Elf Archer Banner.png Elf Archer Banner
Nutcracker Banner.png Nutcracker Banner
Yeti Banner.png Yeti Banner
Elf Copter Banner.png Elf Copter Banner
Krampus Banner.png Krampus Banner

From Zombie Elf:

Elf Outfit.png Elf Outfit

From Everscream:

Christmas Tree Sword.png Christmas Tree Sword
Razorpine.png Razorpine
Festive Wings.png Festive Wings
Christmas Hook.png Christmas Hook
Everscream Trophy.png Everscream Trophy

From Santa-NK1:

Elf Melter.png Elf Melter
Chain Gun.png Chain Gun
Santa-NK1 Trophy.png Santa-NK1 Trophy

From Ice Queen:

Blizzard Staff.png Blizzard Staff
North Pole.png North Pole
Snowman Cannon.png Snowman Cannon
Baby Grinch's Mischief Whistle.png Baby Grinch's Mischief Whistle
Reindeer Bells.png Reindeer Bells
Ice Queen Trophy.png Ice Queen Trophy

Waves[edit | edit source]

Points per kill[edit | edit source]

Wave scores & enemies[edit | edit source]

Wave Points Required Enemies
1 0 Zombie Elf, and GingerBread
2 25 Zombie Elf, and Elf Archer
3 40 Zombie Elf, Elf Archer, GingerBread and Nutcracker
4 50 Everscream, Zombie Elf, Elf Archer, and GingerBread
5 80 Everscream, Zombie Elf, Elf Archer, and Nutcracker
6 100 Everscream, Elf Archer, Nutcracker, and Elf Copter
7 160 Santa-NK1, GingerBread, Elf Archer, and Zombie Elf
8 180 Santa-NK1, Elf Copter, Elf Archer, Nutcracker, and Krampus
9 200 Santa-NK1, Everscream, Nutcracker, Elf Copter, and GingerBread
10 250 Santa-NK1, Everscream, Krampus, Zombie Elf, and Elf Copter
11 300 Ice Queen, Flocko, Zombie Elf, and GingerBread
12 375 Ice Queen, Everscream, GingerBread, Yeti, and Zombie Elf
13 450 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, GingerBread, and Flocko
14 525 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Everscream, Yeti, and Krampus
15 675 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Everscream, Yeti, and Elf Copter
16 850 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Everscream, Yeti, and Flocko
17 1025 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Everscream, Yeti, Krampus, and Elf Copter
18 1325 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Everscream, Yeti, Nutcracker and Krampus
19 1550 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Everscream, and Yeti
20 2000 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, and Everscream
  • Total points required to reach Wave 20: 10160

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Ice Scream.png Ice Scream is the achievement you earn for reaching Wave 15 of the Frost Moon for the first time.

Notes[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Frost Moon, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:Defending against events.

  • Water Candles, Battle Potions and Calming Potions have no effect during the invasion.
  • If the player is killed during the event, the event is not cancelled. The player will keep re-spawning and can continue fighting its enemies as the event continues until dawn. In single-player games, exiting the world and reloading it will cancel the event.
  • The Frost Moon does not stack with the Blood Moon. Summoning the Frost Moon will cancel the Blood Moon if it is active.
  • Spawn rates for areas where Frost Moon enemies cannot spawn are also increased. For example, many Sharks and Crabs will spawn in the Ocean, allowing the player to farm for Pirate Maps.
  • The event can be triggered in pre-Hardmode worlds if its summoning item is brought there.
  • Even though the monster's name is Elf Copter, the wave counter refers to it as the Elf Helicopter.
  • Everscream, Santa-NK1 and Ice Queen can drop their trophies before wave 15 in Expert mode.

History[edit | edit source]

Random Events Rain • Pc only.png Slime Rain • Blood Moon • Solar Eclipse
Summoned Events Goblin Army • Frost Legion • Pirate Invasion • Pc only.png Solar Eclipse • Pumpkin Moon • Pc only.png Console only.png Frost Moon • Pc only.png Martian Madness • Pc only.png Lunar Events
Seasonal Events Mobile only.png St. Patrick's Day • Mobile only.png Valentine's Day • Mobile only.png Easter • Mobile only.png Oktoberfest • Mobile only.png Thanksgiving • Halloween • Christmas
Game mechanics
Combat Attack speed • Autoswing • Critical hit • Damage • Knockback • Minions • Velocity
Environment Ambient objects • Day and night cycle • Environment • Event • Map size • Moon • Music • NPC despawning • NPC spawning • Status messages
Interface Minimap • Title messages
Items Consumable • Crafting stations (By Hand) • Mining speed • Modifiers • NPC drops • Placement • Rarity • Storage • Use time • Value
Game Pc only.png Settings (desktop version) Pc only.png Config.json • Pc only.png Camera mode • Data IDs • Difficulty • Pc only.png Expert mode • Game controls • Lighting mode • NPC names
Multiplayer Chat • Multiplayer
Player Breath meter • Buffs and Debuffs • Death • Defense • Drowning • Fall damage • Ghost • Health • Inventory • Mana • Player stats • Spawn
Post-Plantera entities
Accessories Celestial Stone • Pc only.png Console only.png Festive Wings • Ghost Wings • Hercules Beetle • Hoverboard • Master Ninja Gear • Necromantic Scroll • Papyrus Scarab • Pygmy Necklace • Rifle Scope • Sniper Scope • Spooky Wings • Sun Stone • Tabi • Tattered Fairy Wings • Pc only.png Solar Wings • Pc only.png Vortex Booster • Pc only.png Nebula Mantle • Pc only.png Stardust Wings
Armor Pc only.png Console only.png Beetle armor • Shroomite armor • Spectre armor • Tiki armor • Spooky armor • Pc only.png Solar Flare armor • Pc only.png Vortex armor • Pc only.png Nebula armor • Pc only.png Stardust armor
Bosses Golem • Mourning Wood • Pumpking • Pc only.png Everscream • Pc only.png Console only.png Santa-NK1 • Pc only.png Console only.png Ice Queen • Pc only.png Martian Saucer • Pc only.png Lunatic Cultist • Pc only.png Celestial Tower • Pc only.png Moon Lord
Crafting Autohammer • Pc only.png Ancient Manipulator • Pc only.png Console only.png Lihzahrd Furnace • Ectoplasm • Pc only.png Spectre Bar • Shroomite Bar • Spooky Wood • Pc only.png Console only.png Beetle Husk • Pc only.png Luminite Bar • Pc only.png Solar Fragment • Pc only.png Vortex Fragment • Pc only.png Nebula Fragment • Pc only.png Stardust Fragment
Enemies Blue Armored Bones • Bone Lee • Diabolist • Dungeon Spirit • Flying Snake • Giant Cursed Skull • Hell Armored Bones • Lihzahrd • Necromancer • Paladin • Ragged Caster • Skeleton Commando • Skeleton Sniper • Tactical Skeleton
Events Pumpkin Moon • Pc only.png Console only.png Frost Moon • Pc only.png Martian Madness • Pc only.png Lunar Event
Tools Picksaw • The Axe • Pc only.png Shroomite Digging Claw • Spectre Pickaxe • Spectre Hamaxe • Spectre Paintbrush • Spectre Paint Roller • Spectre Paint Scraper • Pc only.png Laser Drill • Pc only.png Solar Flare Pickaxe • Pc only.png Solar Flare Axe • Pc only.png Solar Flare Hamaxe • Pc only.png Solar Flare Hammer • Pc only.png Solar Flare Drill • Pc only.png Solar Flare Chainsaw • Pc only.png Vortex Pickaxe • Pc only.png Vortex Axe • Pc only.png Vortex Hamaxe • Pc only.png Vortex Hammer • Pc only.png Vortex Drill • Pc only.png Vortex Chainsaw • Pc only.png Nebula Pickaxe • Pc only.png Nebula Axe • Pc only.png Nebula Hamaxe • Pc only.png Nebula Hammer • Pc only.png Nebula Drill • Pc only.png Nebula Chainsaw • Pc only.png Stardust Pickaxe • Pc only.png Stardust Axe • Pc only.png Stardust Hamaxe • Pc only.png Stardust Hammer • Pc only.png Stardust Drill • Pc only.png Stardust Chainsaw • Pc only.png Drill Containment Unit
Weapons Bat Scepter • Pc only.png Console only.png Blizzard Staff • Candy Corn Rifle • Pc only.png Console only.png Chain Gun • Pc only.png Console only.png Christmas Tree Sword • Pc only.png Console only.png Elf Melter • Flower Pow • Grenade Launcher • Golem Fist • Heat Ray • Inferno Fork • Jack 'O Lantern Launcher • Keybrand • Leaf Blower • Magnet Sphere • Nettle Burst • Pc only.png Console only.png North Pole • Paladin's Hammer • Piranha Gun • Possessed Hatchet • Proximity Mine Launcher • Pc only.png Console only.png Pulse Bow • Pygmy Staff • Rainbow Gun • Raven Staff • Pc only.png Console only.png Razorpine • Rocket Launcher • Scourge of the Corruptor • Shadowbeam Staff • Sniper Rifle • Pc only.png Console only.png Snowman Cannon • Spectre Staff • Staff of Earth • Stake Launcher • Stynger • Staff of the Frost Hydra • The Horseman's Blade • Vampire Knives • Venus Magnum • Wasp Gun • Pc only.png Laser Machinegun • Pc only.png Xenopopper • Pc only.png Electrosphere Launcher • Pc only.png Charged Blaster Cannon • Pc only.png Influx Waver • Pc only.png Solar Eruption • Pc only.png Daybreak • Pc only.png Vortex Beater • Pc only.png Phantasm • Pc only.png Nebula Arcanum • Pc only.png Nebula Blaze • Pc only.png Stardust Cell Staff • Pc only.png Stardust Dragon Staff • Pc only.png Star Wrath • Pc only.png Celebration • Pc only.png Last Prism • Pc only.png Lunar Flare • Pc only.png Rainbow Crystal Staff • Pc only.png Lunar Portal Staff • Pc only.png S.D.M.G. • Pc only.png Terrarian • Pc only.png Meowmere
Other Items Temple Key • Console only.png Mobile only.png Biome Key Mold • Biome Key • Wisp in a Bottle