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Frost Moon

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See also: Guide:Defending against events

The Frost Moon is an endgame Christmas-themed event summoned with the Naughty Present at night, and ending at dawn (4:30AM). 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). 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 Boss-dropped items increase the later the wave in which they spawn. 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:

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

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]

Events
 
Random Events Rain • Pc only.pngSlime Rain • Blood Moon • Solar Eclipse
Summoned Events Goblin Army • Frost Legion • Pirate Invasion • Pumpkin Moon • Pc only.pngConsole only.png Frost Moon • Pc only.pngMartian Madness • Lunar Events
Seasonal Events Mobile only.pngEaster • Mobile only.pngOktoberfest • Halloween • Mobile only.pngThanksgiving • Christmas
Game mechanics
 
Ambient objects • Attack Speed • Autoswing • Breath meter • Buffs • By hand • Camera mode • Chat • Config.json • Consumable • Crafting station • Critical hit • Damage • Data IDs • Day/Night • Death • Debuffs • Defense • Difficulty • Environment • Event • Expert mode • Fall Damage • Game controls • Ghost • Health • Inventory • Knockback • Lighting mode • Mana • Map Size • Minimap • Mining Speed • Minions • Modifier • Moon • Multiplayer • Music • NPC drops • NPC Despawning • NPC Spawning • Placement • Player stats • Rarity • Spawn • Status messages • Storage • Title messages • Use time • Value • Velocity
Post-Plantera entities
 
Accessories Celestial Stone • 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 • Solar Wings • Vortex Booster • Nebula Mantle • Stardust Wings
Armor Beetle armor • Shroomite armor • Spectre armor • Tiki armor • Spooky armor • Solar Flare armor • Vortex armor • Nebula armor • Stardust armor
Bosses Golem • Mourning Wood • Pumpking • Everscream • Santa-NK1 • Ice Queen • Martian Saucer • Lunatic Cultist • Celestial Tower • Moon Lord
Crafting Autohammer • Ancient Manipulator • Lihzahrd Furnace • Ectoplasm • Spectre Bar • Shroomite Bar • Spooky Wood • Beetle Husk • Luminite Bar • Solar Fragment • Vortex Fragment • Nebula Fragment • 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 • Frost Moon • Martian Madness • Lunar Event
Tools Picksaw • The Axe • Shroomite Digging Claw • Spectre Pickaxe • Spectre Hamaxe • Spectre Paintbrush • Spectre Paint Roller • Spectre Paint Scraper • Laser Drill • Solar Flare Pickaxe • Solar Flare Axe • Solar Flare Hamaxe • Solar Flare Hammer • Solar Flare Drill • Solar Flare Chainsaw • Vortex Pickaxe • Vortex Axe • Vortex Hamaxe • Vortex Hammer • Vortex Drill • Vortex Chainsaw • Nebula Pickaxe • Nebula Axe • Nebula Hamaxe • Nebula Hammer • Nebula Drill • Nebula Chainsaw • Stardust Pickaxe • Stardust Axe • Stardust Hamaxe • Stardust Hammer • Stardust Drill • Stardust Chainsaw • Drill Containment Unit
Weapons Bat Scepter • Blizzard Staff • Candy Corn Rifle • Chain Gun • Christmas Tree Sword • Elf Melter • Flower Pow • Grenade Launcher • Golem Fist • Heat Ray • Inferno Fork • Jack 'O Lantern Launcher • Keybrand • Leaf Blower • Magnet Sphere • Nettle Burst • North Pole • Paladin's Hammer • Piranha Gun • Possessed Hatchet • Proximity Mine Launcher • Pulse Bow • Pygmy Staff • Rainbow Gun • Raven Staff • Razorpine • Rocket Launcher • Scourge of the Corruptor • Shadowbeam Staff • Sniper Rifle • 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 • Laser Machinegun • Xenopopper • Electrosphere Launcher • Charged Blaster Cannon • Influx Waver • Solar Eruption • Daybreak • Vortex Beater • Phantasm • Nebula Arcanum • Nebula Blaze • Stardust Cell Staff • Stardust Dragon Staff • Star Wrath • Celebration • Last Prism • Lunar Flare • Rainbow Crystal Staff • Lunar Portal Staff • S.D.M.G. • Terrarian • Meowmere
Other Items Temple Key • Biome Key Mold • Biome Key • Wisp in a Bottle