Pirate Invasion

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A group of pirates.

The Pirate Invasion is a Hardmode event where Pirate enemies spawn and swarm the map's original spawn point. A Pirate Invasion can occur after certain conditions are met, or alternatively, when the player uses a Pirate Map, which has a 1% chance of dropping from enemies killed within an Ocean biome.

For a single-player invasion, the player is required to kill 120 Pirates before the event is completed. This number increases with each additional player.

Defeating your first Pirate Invasion unlocks the Pirate NPC.

Criteria[edit | edit source]

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The criteria for a random Pirate Invasion to occur is as follows:

  • No other events are currently in progress.
  • The Wall of Flesh must have been defeated.
  • At least one Demon Altar or Crimson Altar must be destroyed.
  • The player must also have 200 or more maximum life, one of the same requirements that apply to a Goblin Army, oddly enough. If the player doesn't meet this requirement, they will be unable to use the item. However, this requirement is usually met prior to hardmode, so it is normally a non-issue.

Chances[edit | edit source]

  • First, the Goblin Army event must fail to occur. (59/60 chance)
  • Then, there is a 1/30 chance that the Pirates will invade that day if they haven't invaded yet, otherwise the chance is 1/50
  • The final probability comes out as 3.27% each morning for the first invasion and 1.96% for subsequent ones.
  • On average, you will get a random invasion about every 20 hours and 20 minutes of playing Terraria.
  • If, however, there is another invasion in progress, then there is no chance until the other invasion ends.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Pirate Invasion
Characters Unique Drops
Pirate Deckhand.png Pirate Deckhand
Pirate Deadeye.png Pirate Deadeye
Pirate Corsair.png Pirate Corsair
Pirate Crossbower.png Pirate Crossbower
Pirate Captain.png Pirate Captain
Parrot.png Parrot
Flying Dutchman.png Flying Dutchman
Pc only.png


Pirate Deckhand Banner.png Pirate Banner
Pirate Deadeye Banner.png Pirate Deadeye Banner
Pirate Corsair Banner.png Pirate Corsair Banner
Pirate Crossbower Banner.png Pirate Crossbower Banner
Pirate Captain Banner.png Pirate Captain Banner
Parrot Banner.png Parrot Banner

From all enemies
(except Parrots):

Cutlass.png Cutlass
Coin Gun.png Coin Gun
Pirate Staff.png Pirate Staff Pc only.png Mobile only.png
Lucky Coin.png Lucky Coin
Discount Card.png Discount Card
Gold Ring.png Gold Ring Pc only.png

From all Pirates
(except Captains):

Eye Patch.png Eye Patch
Sailor Hat.png Sailor Hat
Sailor Shirt.png Sailor Shirt
Sailor Pants.png Sailor Pants
Buccaneer Bandana.png Buccaneer Bandana Pc only.png
Buccaneer Tunic.png Buccaneer Tunic Pc only.png
Buccaneer Pantaloons.png Buccaneer Pantaloons Pc only.png


Golden Chair.png Golden Chair
Golden Table.png Golden Table
Golden Candle.png Golden Candle
Golden Toilet.png Golden Toilet
Golden Lamp.png Golden Lamp
Golden Bed.png Golden Bed
Golden Lantern.png Golden Lantern
Golden Door.png Golden Door
Golden Candelabra.png Golden Candelabra
Golden Bookcase.png Golden Bookcase
Golden Chandelier.png Golden Chandelier
Golden Clock.png Golden Grandfather Clock
Golden Sink.png Golden Sink
Golden Sofa.png Golden Sofa
Golden Piano.png Golden Piano
Golden Bathtub.png Golden Bathtub
Golden Dresser.png Golden Dresser

From the Flying Dutchman:

Flying Dutchman Trophy.png Flying Dutchman Trophy Pc only.png

Initial event[edit | edit source]

When a Pirate Invasion spawns or is summoned using a Pirate Map, a message will appear saying that "Pirates are approaching from the (East/West)!"

The message will repeat several times until the Pirates reach the initial spawn of the world or any area of the world above the surface which has a nearby NPC. When the Pirates' initial wave reaches the spawn, their arrival is announced with "The Pirates have arrived!"

Flying Dutchman[edit | edit source]

During a Pirate Invasion, no matter if your world is in Expert or Normal, the Flying Dutchman will spawn. The Flying Dutchman is a bosslike enemy with four cannons on the side of the ship. In order to defeat the enemy, you must destroy the four cannons. Defeating the Flying Dutchman will not end the Pirate Invasion, though it is worth more than a single pirate towards the completion percentage. More than one of these enemies may spawn, but not at the same time, similar to the Martian Saucers.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Walk the Plank.png Walk the Plank is the achievement you earn for defeating a Pirate Invasion for the first time.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Flying Dutchman spawns if you use a Pirate Map in the Pre-Hardmode world.
  • If you start a Pirate Invasion while a Flying Dutchman is still alive from another invasion, any pirates spawned from it and killed after using the pirate map will count towards the invasion progress, even before the second invasion officially starts.

Tips[edit | edit source]

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

  • Pirates are essentially a harder version of the Goblin Army. Many of the same tactics and preparations will still prove effective.
  • If fought while using a Flask of Gold, one can average between 45-55 Gold Coin per event, thus making this one of the easiest ways to make money.
  • The Biome Keys for the Crimson, Corruption, Hallow, Jungle, and Frost Biome Chests can easily be obtained if you arrange for the pirates to fight you in that biome. One way to do so is to set up an artificial biome near the spawn point. The other is to simply go near your spawn point to trigger the invasion, then fly to an existing biome that has been prepared to handle an invasion.
  • Pirates themselves can drop Pirate Maps if fought within the Ocean biome.
  • Using Goblin Battle Standard in the Ocean can give you a few Pirate Maps with little effort.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Random Events Rain • Pc only.png Slime Rain • Blood Moon • 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
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
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