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Summon weapons are a type of weapon that spawns secondary characters that will aid during battle by automatically attacking enemies within range. They cannot be damaged or killed, and deal summon damage. Summon weapons come in two different categories:

  • Minions are mobile summons. They 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.
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 Desktop only.png Desktop version, the respective minion summoning items 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 the other type of summon available. Unlike Minions, Sentries cannot follow the player, and will instead remain rooted in place. Sentries will automatically disappear after a fixed amount of time, but can persist even after their owner dies.
By default, a player can only have a single Sentry summoned at once. Various boosts can raise the player's Sentry capacity, allowing multiple simultaneous Sentries. With Sentry cap boosts in effect, the same Sentry can be summoned multiple times, or several different Sentries can be summoned. On the Console and Mobile versions, the player has no Sentry capacity, but they are limited to only summoning one of each Sentry type.

Additionally, the set bonuses of the Stardust armor and Forbidden armor will summon an entity to fight for the player in a manner similar to minions, although they do not fall into either of the categories above.

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

Minion Summons[edit | edit source]

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Slime Staff.png Slime Staff  Baby Slime (minion) (animated).gif Baby Slime 8 n/a
Hornet Staff.png Hornet Staff Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png Hornet (minion).gif Hornet 9 14 Bee Wax.png n/a
Imp Staff.png Imp Staff Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png Flying Imp.gif Imp 21 17 Hellstone Bar.png n/a

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Spider Staff.png Spider Staff Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png Spider Minion.png Spider 26 16 Spider Fang.png Each minion only counts .75 to the total minion capacity
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 Both Twins are spawned as 1 minion
Pirate Staff.png Pirate Staff  Pirate Minion.png Pirate 40 Pirates (0.05% or 1/2000 chance).

Flying Dutchman Desktop only.png (1% or 1/100 chance).

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

Sentry Summons[edit | edit source]

Standard[edit | edit source]

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

Tavernkeep's sentries Desktop 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 Bonus
Lightning Aura Rod.png Lightning Aura Rod Desktop only.png Lightning Aura.png Lightning Aura 12 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Flameburst Rod.png Flameburst Rod Desktop only.png Flameburst Tower.png Flameburst Tower 17 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Explosive Trap Rod.png Explosive Trap Rod Desktop only.png Explosive Trap.png Explosive Trap 24 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Ballista Rod.png Ballista Rod Desktop only.png Ballista.png Ballista 27 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Lightning Aura Cane.png Lightning Aura Cane Desktop only.png Lightning Aura 2.png Lightning Aura 33 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Flameburst Cane.png Flameburst Cane Desktop only.png Flameburst Tower 2.png Flameburst Tower 42 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Explosive Trap Cane.png Explosive Trap Cane Desktop only.png Explosive Trap 2.png Explosive Trap 59 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Ballista Cane.png Ballista Cane Desktop only.png Ballista 2.png Ballista 67 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Lightning Aura Staff.png Lightning Aura Staff Desktop only.png Lightning Aura 3.png Lightning Aura 102 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Flameburst Staff.png Flameburst Staff Desktop only.png Flameburst Tower 3.png Flameburst Tower 88 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Explosive Trap Staff.png Explosive Trap Staff Desktop only.png Explosive Trap 3.png Explosive Trap 126 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Ballista Staff.png Ballista Staff Desktop only.png Ballista 3.png Ballista 140 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a

Armor Summons[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 Bonus
Forbidden armor.png Forbidden armor Desktop only.png Forbidden Sign.png Forbidden Sign 25 3 Forbidden Fragment.png / 46 ( Adamantite Bar.png or Titanium Bar.png ) n/a
Stardust armor.png Stardust armor Desktop only.png Stardust Guardian minion.png Stardust Guardian 20 36 Luminite Bar.png / 45 Stardust Fragment.png n/a


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 Desktop 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
  • +30% Minion damage
36 Spider Fang.png
Apprentice armor.png Apprentice armor Desktop 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 Desktop only.png Sold by Tavernkeep
Huntress armor.png Huntress armor Desktop only.png Sold by Tavernkeep
Squire armor.png Squire armor Desktop 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 Desktop only.png
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Flameburst effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Shinobi Infiltrator armor.png Shinobi Infiltrator armor Desktop only.png
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Lighting Aura effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Red Riding armor.png Red Riding armor Desktop only.png
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Explosive Traps effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Valhalla Knight armor.png Valhalla Knight armor Desktop 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 Desktop 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 Desktop only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre Desktop only.png.
Monk's Belt.png Monk's Belt Desktop only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre Desktop only.png.
Huntress's Buckler.png Huntress's Buckler Desktop only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre Desktop only.png.
Squire's Shield.png Squire's Shield Desktop only.png
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by Ogre Desktop only.png.
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 Desktop 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 Desktop 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 Desktop 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 Desktop only.png
  • +15% (All) Damage - (In Water/Under 50% Health)
Feral Bite.png Feral Bite Desktop only.png
  • +20% (All) Damage
Damage Nebula.png Damage Nebula Desktop only.png
  • +45% (All) damage for 8 seconds
Summoning (buff).png Summoning Potion
  • +1 Minion capacity
Bewitched.png Bewitching Table Desktop 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. Desktop 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.
  • Desktop only.png The maximum possible minion capacity is 11. It requires equipping Stardust Armor, and the Papyrus Scarab, Necromantic Scroll, and Pygmy Necklace accessories. It also requires being under the temporary effects of the Summoning Potion and the Bewitching Table.
  • Mobile only.png Console only.pngThe maximum possible minion capacity is 9. It requires equipping Tiki armor, and the Papyrus Scarab, Necromantic Scroll, and Pygmy Necklace accessories. It also requires being under the temporary effects of the Summoning Potion.

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).
  • Summon weapons are the only weapon type that isn't regularly available in the first parts of the game. While the first summon weapon, the Slime Staff is technically the earliest obtainable weapon, it is extremely rare, and is likely to go un-dropped until far later in the game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • All minion summoning items and Tavernkeep's tier three sentries have 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