Summon weapons

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A Summon weapon is a weapon that spawns a helpful secondary "Minion" character that follows the player, aiding during battle by automatically attacking enemies within range. Minions cannot be damaged or killed, and follow the player indefinitely until the player dies, summons a replacement Minion, or cancels their buff. There are several different Minions, some of which can walk or fly, and attack using melee or ranged means. A Minion costs 10 mana to summon initially, but follows the player indefinitely thereafter at no further cost. Although they cost mana initially, Minions deal summon damage, rather than magic damage. Minion kills count towards the summoning player's kill count.

By default, a player can only have a single Minion summoned at once. Various boosts can raise the player's Minion capacity, allowing multiple simultaneous Minions. With Minion cap boosts in effect, the same Minion can be summoned multiple times, or several different Minions can be summoned. Minion cap boosts do not affect Pets or Light Pets.

Minions follow players in a manner similar to Pets, flying and passing through blocks as necessary to keep pace with the player's movements, though most cannot move through blocks for the purposes of attacking. Exceptions are the minions summoned by the Tempest Staff, Xeno Staff, and Stardust Dragon Staff, which can attack through blocks.

On the Pc only.png Desktop version, the respective minion summoning items (not including sentry-style) can be right-clicked to target the entity nearest to the cursor. As long as the minions have their target in within their line of sight, they will specifically attack it.

Sentries are exceptions to the above: While they similarly deal summon damage, they are temporary, cannot move at all, and do not count against the player's Minion cap. Since 1.3.4, however, they count against a separate Sentry cap.

There are currently 19 Minions on the Pc only.png Desktop version, 11 on the Mobile only.pngMobile version, and 11 on the Console only.png Console version.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From
Slime Staff.png Slime Staff  Baby Slime Minion.png Baby Slime 8
Hornet Staff.png Hornet Staff  Hornet Minion.png Hornet 9 14 Bee Wax.png
Imp Staff.png Imp Staff  Imp Minion.png Imp 21 17 Hellstone Bar.png

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From
Spider Staff.png Spider Staff  Spider Minion.png Spider 26 16 Spider Fang.png
Optic Staff.png Optic Staff  Twins Minion.png Twins 30 2 Lens.png / 1 Black Lens.png / 12 Hallowed Bar.png / 20 Soul of Sight.png
Pirate Staff.png Pirate Staff  Pirate Minion.png Pirate 40 Pirates (0.05% or 1/2000 chance).

Flying Dutchman (1% or 1/100 chance).

Pygmy Staff.png Pygmy Staff 
Pygmy Types.png
Pygmy 34 Plantera (25% or 1/4 chance; 50% or 1/2 chance).
Xeno Staff.png Xeno Staff Pc only.png Pc only.png Minion UFO.png UFO 36 Martian Saucer (11% or 1/9 chance)
Raven Staff.png Raven Staff  Raven Minion.png Raven 37 Pumpking (1.79% to 14.29% chance depending on wave)
Tempest Staff.png Tempest Staff  Tempest Minion.png Sharknado 50 Duke Fishron (20% or 1/5 chance)
Deadly Sphere Staff.png Deadly Sphere Staff Pc only.png Pc only.png Deadly Sphere minion.gif Deadly Sphere 50 Deadly Sphere (2.5% or 1/40 chance; 3.75% or 1/26 chance).
Stardust Dragon Staff.png Stardust Dragon Staff Pc only.png Pc only.png Stardust Dragon minion (1 summon).png Stardust Dragon 40 18 Stardust Fragment.png
Stardust Cell Staff.png Stardust Cell Staff Pc only.png Pc only.png Stardust Cell.gif Stardust Cell 60 18 Stardust Fragment.png

Sentry-style[edit | edit source]

Sentries are unique in that they are temporary and don't follow the player. Instead, they remain stationary until their time is exhausted. They don't count against the player's mobile minion cap, so traditional minions will not be affected by summoning a sentry. The sentry minion cap differs between versions.

  • On the Pc only.png Desktop version, the player can normally only summon one sentry. Certain items can increase this sentry cap, allowing them to summon multiple sentries of the same type, or multiple types of sentries.
  • On all other versions, the player can summon only one of each type of sentry, but can summon multiple sentries as long as they are of different types.

There are two magic weapons which create sentries: The Crimson Rod and Nimbus Rod; neither of which deal "summon damage" nor count towards the minion cap.

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From
Queen Spider Staff.png Queen Spider Staff Queen Spider Minion.png Queen Spider 21 24 Spider Fang.png
Staff of the Frost Hydra.png Staff of the Frost Hydra Staff of the Frost Hydra summoned.png Frost Hydra 100 Frozen Chest
Lunar Portal Staff.png Lunar Portal Staff Pc only.png Lunar Portal.png Lunar Portal 50 Moon Lord (11.11% or 1/9 chance)
Rainbow Crystal Staff.png Rainbow Crystal Staff Pc only.png Rainbow Crystal.png Rainbow Crystal 150 Moon Lord (11.11% or 1/9 chance)

Tavernkeep's sentries Pc only.png[edit | edit source]

Sentries summoned by items from the Tavernkeep are associated with the Old One's Army event. They are purchased with Defender Medals (instead of coins), which are awarded only during the event. At first, they can only be used within the event. After the event is completed once, they can be used outside the event, and will function as normal sentries.

The Tavernkeep's sentries remain placed permanently throughout the entire event, and Etherian Mana collected during the event allows additional sentries to remain summoned. Etherian Mana cannot be used outside the event, but armor sold by the Tavernkeep can allow multiples to be summoned outside the event.

Each of the Tavernkeep's sentry summon weapons come in three tiers: Rod, Cane, and Staff; with the Staff being the most expensive and the most powerful.

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From
Lightning Aura Rod.png Lightning Aura Rod Pc only.png Lightning Aura.png Lightning Aura 12 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Flameburst Rod.png Flameburst Rod Pc only.png Flameburst Tower.png Flameburst Tower 17 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Explosive Trap Rod.png Explosive Trap Rod Pc only.png Explosive Trap.png Explosive Trap 24 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Ballista Rod.png Ballista Rod Pc only.png Ballista.png Ballista 27 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Lightning Aura Cane.png Lightning Aura Cane Pc only.png Lightning Aura 2.png Lightning Aura 33 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Flameburst Cane.png Flameburst Cane Pc only.png Flameburst Tower 2.png Flameburst Tower 42 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Explosive Trap Cane.png Explosive Trap Cane Pc only.png Explosive Trap 2.png Explosive Trap 59 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Ballista Cane.png Ballista Cane Pc only.png Ballista 2.png Ballista 67 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Lightning Aura Staff.png Lightning Aura Staff Pc only.png Lightning Aura 3.png Lightning Aura 102 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Flameburst Staff.png Flameburst Staff Pc only.png Flameburst Tower 3.png Flameburst Tower 88 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Explosive Trap Staff.png Explosive Trap Staff Pc only.png Explosive Trap 3.png Explosive Trap 126 Sold by Tavernkeep.
Ballista Staff.png Ballista Staff Pc only.png Ballista 3.png Ballista 140 Sold by Tavernkeep.

Armor[edit | edit source]

Certain armor sets will summon a unique minion when the full set is worn. Each player can only have one that remains active as long as the armor is worn, and can be directed by double-pressing . They do not count against either mobile or sentry minion caps.
Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From
Forbidden armor.png Forbidden armor Pc only.png Forbidden Sign.png Forbidden Sign 25 3 Forbidden Fragment.png / 46 ( Adamantite Bar.png or Titanium Bar.png )
Stardust armor.png Stardust armor Pc only.png Stardust Guardian minion.png Stardust Guardian 20 36 Luminite Bar.png / 45 Stardust Fragment.png


Boost gear[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

Appearance / Name Minion Boost(s) Acquired / Made From
Bee armor.png Bee armor
  • +2 Minion capacity
  • +23% Minion damage
30 Bee Wax.png
Forbidden armor.png Forbidden armor Pc only.png
  • +2 Minion capacity
  • +15% Minion damage
  • +Ancient Storm
3 Forbidden Fragment.png / 46 ( Adamantite Bar.png or Titanium Bar.png )
Spider armor.png Spider armor
  • +3 Minion capacity (+4 if using only Spider minions)
  • +30% Minion damage
36 Spider Fang.png
Apprentice armor.png Apprentice armor Pc only.png
  • Flameburst sentry field of view and range dramatically increased
  • +2 Sentry capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
Sold by Tavernkeep
Monk armor.png Monk armor Pc only.png Sold by Tavernkeep
Huntress armor.png Huntress armor Pc only.png Sold by Tavernkeep
Squire armor.png Squire armor Pc only.png
  • Ballista sentry projectiles pierce more targets
  • Grants Ballista Panic buff when you take damage, doubling the fire rate of Ballista sentries for 3 seconds.
  • +2 Sentry capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
Sold by Tavernkeep
Tiki armor.png Tiki armor
  • +4 Minion capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
Witch Doctor (Pygmy Staff in inventory, Plantera has been defeated)
Dark Artist armor.png Dark Artist armor Pc only.png
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Flameburst effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Shinobi Infiltrator armor.png Shinobi Infiltrator armor Pc only.png
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Lighting Aura effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Red Riding armor.png Red Riding armor Pc only.png
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Explosive Traps effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Valhalla Knight armor.png Valhalla Knight armor Pc only.png
  • +3 Sentry capacity
  • +60% Minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Ballista effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Spooky armor.png Spooky armor
  • +3 Minion capacity
  • +58% Minion damage
750 Spooky Wood.png
Stardust armor.png Stardust armor Pc only.png
  • +5 Minion capacity
  • +66% Minion damage
  • +Stardust Guardian Minion
36 Luminite Bar.png / 45 Stardust Fragment.png

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Boost(s) Acquired / Made From
Pygmy Necklace.png Pygmy Necklace
  • +1 Minion capacity
Witch Doctor (Pygmy Staff in inventory, Plantera has been defeated, at night)
Hercules Beetle.png Hercules Beetle
  • +15% Minion damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback
Witch Doctor (Pygmy Staff in inventory, Plantera has been defeated, in Jungle biome)
Apprentice's Scarf.png Apprentice's Scarf Pc only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre.
Monk's Belt.png Monk's Belt Pc only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre.
Huntress's Buckler.png Huntress's Buckler Pc only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre.
Squire's Shield.png Squire's Shield Pc only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre.
Necromantic Scroll.png Necromantic Scroll
  • +1 Minion capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Mourning Wood (2% to 20% chance depending on wave)
Papyrus Scarab.png Papyrus Scarab
  • +1 Minion capacity
  • +15% Minion damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback
1 Hercules Beetle.png / 1 Necromantic Scroll.png
Summoner Emblem.png Summoner Emblem Pc only.png
  • +15% Minion damage
Wall of Flesh (12.5% chance)
Avenger Emblem.png Avenger Emblem
  • +12% (All) Damage
1 Warrior Emblem.png or 1 Summoner Emblem.png or 1 Ranger Emblem.png or 1 Sorcerer Emblem.png / 5 Soul of Might.gif / 5 Soul of Sight.gif / 5 Soul of Fright.gif Pc only.png

1 Warrior Emblem.png / 1 Ranger Emblem.png / 1 Sorcerer Emblem.png Mobile only.pngConsole only.png

Destroyer Emblem.png Destroyer Emblem
  • +10% (All) Damage
1 Avenger Emblem.png / 1 Eye of the Golem.png
Sun Stone.png Sun Stone
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
Golem (12.5% or 1/8 chance)
Moon Stone.png Moon Stone
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
Vampire (2.86% chance) , (4.29% chance) - Expert Mode
Celestial Stone.png Celestial Stone
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
1 Sun Stone.png / 1 Moon Stone.png
Celestial Shell.png Celestial Shell Pc only.png
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
1 Celestial Stone.png / 1 Moon Shell.png

Buffs[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Boost(s)
Well Fed.png Well Fed
  • +5% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
Wrath.png Wrath Potion
  • +10% (All) Damage
Cute Fishron Mount (buff).png Cute Fishron Mount Pc only.png
  • +15% (All) Damage - (In Water/Under 50% Health)
Feral Bite.png Feral Bite Pc only.png
  • +20% (All) Damage
Damage Nebula.png Damage Nebula Pc only.png
  • +45% (All) damage for 8 seconds
Summoning (buff).png Summoning Potion
  • +1 Minion capacity
Bewitched.png Bewitching Table Pc only.png
  • +1 Minion capacity

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement You and What Army.png You and What Army?"Command nine summoned minions simultaneously."
Have nine minions summoned at the same time. Pc only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Minions will never attack other players, making them useless in PvP. Some Minion Weapons can still damage players if specifically targeted (Frost Hydra, Rainbow Crystal Staff), or if they deal incidental contact damage (Ravens).
  • While all Summon weapons can obtain the Mythical Modifier, the Ruthless modifier offers the most effective Minion boost by solely increasing the Minion's damage per hit the most. The reduced mana cost, increased speed, critical strike chance, and knockback provided by Mythical are less useful because Summon weapons use mana only once (on the initial summoning rather than the minion attacks themselves), minions cannot deal critical hits, and their knockback is negligible even with modifiers.
  • Once summoned, the minion's attack will not change even if the player removes minion damage enhancing equipment.
  • It is not necessary to upgrade an Avenger Emblem to a Destroyer Emblem for the purpose of minion damage, since they cannot deal critical hits. However, the damage bonuses of the Avenger Emblem and Destroyer Emblem will stack, when both are equipped simultaneously.
  • Minions will not attack the Cultists at the Dungeon if they are not yet hostile to the player as the result of another attack. Minions that deal contact damage can still deal incidental contact damage to Cultists without specifically targeting them, which will then cause them to become hostile.
  • A minion's nominal damage can be increased by as much as 262%:
    • + 18% from Ruthless modifier on the minion-summoning staff.
    • + 66% from wearing Stardust armor.
    • + 15% from the Hercules Beetle accessory.
    • + 15% from the Summoner Emblem accessory.
    • + 12% from the Avenger Emblem accessory.
    • + 10% from the Destroyer Emblem accessory.
    • + 10% from the Celestial Stone or Celestial Shell accessories.
    • + 24% from reforging all six accessories to have +4% Damage.
    • + 5% from the Well Fed buff (from eating food).
    • + 10% from Wrath buff (from drinking a Wrath Potion).
    • + 15% from the Cute Fishron Mount buff (caused by riding the Cute Fishron in water or 6 seconds thereafter).
    • + 20% from the Feral Bite debuff (inflicted by Bats in Expert mode).
    • + 45% from a 3-stack of Damage Booster buffs (acquired from a teammate's Nebula armor).
    • = 280% (or 262% applied to the damage shown for a Ruthless minion-summoning staff). Example: An ordinary Stardust Cell Staff would summon a Stardust Cell hitting for 60 summon damage. After reforging the staff to have the Ruthless modifier, the staff would summon a Stardust Cell hitting for 60 + 18% = 71 summon damage. After wearing the above gear, eating food, drinking a Wrath Potion, dousing yourself with water while riding the Cute Fishron, getting bitten by a bat (in Expert mode), and picking up a 3-stack of Damage Booster buffs in multiplayer, the staff would summon a Stardust Cell hitting for 257 damage.
  • The maximum possible minion capacity is 11, using Stardust armor, Papyrus Scarab, Necromantic Scroll, Pygmy Necklace, Summoning Potion and the Bewitching Table.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Minions do not differentiate between enemies summoned by Statues and normal enemy spawns. This causes them to sometimes interfere with enemy-based engines, as they will zip off to slaughter any statue-summoned enemies in range (the Dragon from the Stardust Dragon Staff is especially prone to this behavior).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Every minion summoning item has the word "staff" in it.
Weapons (List):

Terra Blade.png Melee Weapons ( Gungnir.png Other) • Pulse Bow.png Ranged Weapons ( Stynger.png Other) • Spectre Staff.png Magic Weapons  • Pygmy Staff.png Summoning weapons • Holy Water.png Thrown weapons