Frost Moon

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The Frost Moon is a post-Plantera 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 (though it can still be summoned in Pre-Hardmode worlds). 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 (Boss)
Santa-NK1.png Santa-NK1 (Boss)
Ice Queen.png Ice Queen (Boss)

Banners Pc only.png 3DS logo.svg:

Present Mimic Banner.png Present Mimic Banner (Not all waves)
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 Man
2 25 Zombie Elf, and Elf Archer
3 40 Zombie Elf, Elf Archer, Gingerbread Man and Nutcracker
4 50 Everscream, Zombie Elf, Elf Archer, and Gingerbread Man
5 80 Everscream, Zombie Elf, Elf Archer, and Nutcracker
6 100 Everscream, Elf Archer, Nutcracker, and Elf Copter
7 160 Santa-NK1, Gingerbread Man, 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 Man
10 250 Santa-NK1, Everscream, Krampus, Zombie Elf, and Elf Copter
11 300 Ice Queen, Flocko, Zombie Elf, and Gingerbread Man
12 375 Ice Queen, Everscream, Gingerbread Man, Yeti, and Zombie Elf
13 450 Ice Queen, Santa-NK1, Elf Copter, Gingerbread Man, 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 15: 13555, Wave 20: 47130
  • Present Mimics may spawn at any wave, instead of wave-appropriate enemies, if there are currently less than four Present Mimics around.
  • The maximum number of bosses at once depends on the wave. While this number is reached (or possibly exceeded, for example if the player manages to somehow reach Wave 9 without killing two Everscreams from Wave 6), no more of this type of boss will spawn.
Wave Everscream.png Everscream Santa-NK1.png Santa-NK1 Ice Queen.png Ice Queen
4 1 - -
5 1 - -
6 2 - -
7 - 1 -
8 - 1 -
9 1 1 -
10 1 2 -
11 - - 1
12 1 - 1
13 - 1 1
14 1 1 1
15 3 2 1
16 4 2 2
17 5 3 2
18 6 4 3
19 7 5 4
20 Unlimited

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Ice Scream.png Ice Scream"Reach the 15th wave of a frost moon, where the festive season quickly degrades into madness."
Reach the 15th wave of a Frost Moon. Pc only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

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

  • Water Candles, Battle Potions and Calming Potions have no effect during the invasion, as the same with some other events.
  • 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 while a Blood Moon is active will result in a regular Frost Moon.
  • 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 • Pc only.png Sandstorm • Solar Eclipse
Summoned Events Goblin Army • Frost Legion • Pirate Invasion • Solar Eclipse • Pumpkin Moon • Frost Moon • Pc only.png Martian Madness • Pc only.png Lunar Events  • Pc only.png Party  • Pc only.png Old One's Army
Seasonal Events Mobile only.pngChinese New Year • Mobile only.pngValentine's Day • Mobile only.pngSt. Patrick's Day • Mobile only.pngEaster • Mobile only.pngOktoberfest • Mobile only.pngThanksgiving • Halloween • Christmas