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Pumpkin Moon

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See also: Guide:Defending against events

The Pumpkin Moon is an endgame Halloween-themed event summoned with the Pumpkin Moon Medallion at night (7:30PM) and ends at dawn (4:30AM). During the event, unique and highly difficult enemies spawn at high rates and attack the player. It is similar to the Frost Moon event, though slightly less difficult, and was the second most difficult event in the game prior to 1.3 (the first being the Frost Moon). Visually, the moon turns into a jack-o-lantern, though remaining in its current phase. Unique music also plays.

The entire Pumpkin Moon event consists of 15 waves, which progress as you reach certain kill scores (though kill scores are not displayed to the player directly, a meter is still displayed in the 1.3 PC version). Each killed enemy increases the kill score by a differing amount. 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 event advances waves, 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. After the event a Solar Eclipse has a 5% chance to occur instead of the normal 4%.

The Pumpkin Moon Medallion that summons the Pumpkin 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. However, it can be triggered on a pre-Hardmode world. In the final waves, multiple boss-level enemies are fought at once.

Pumpkin Moon enemies drop powerful weapons and accessories. There are also pets 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. In the final wave, the Mourning Wood and Pumpking are both guaranteed to drop their respective Trophies.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Pumpkin Moon
Characters Unique Drops
Scarecrow.png Scarecrow
Splinterling.png Splinterling
Hellhound.png Hellhound
Poltergeist.png Poltergeist
Headless Horseman.png Headless
Mourning Wood.png Mourning
Pumpking.png Pumpking


Scarecrow Banner.png Scarecrow Banner
Splinterling Banner.png Splinterling Banner
Hellhound Banner.png Hellhound Banner
Poltergeist Banner.png Poltergeist Banner
Headless Horseman Banner.png Headless Horseman Banner

From Scarecrow:

Scarecrow Hat.png Scarecrow Hat
Scarecrow Shirt.png Scarecrow Shirt
Scarecrow Pants.png Scarecrow Pants

From Splinterling
and Mourning Wood:

Spooky Wood.png Spooky Wood

From Mourning Wood
(all uncommon):

Stake Launcher.png Stake Launcher
Stake.png Stake
Necromantic Scroll.png Necromantic Scroll
Spooky Hook.png Spooky Hook
Spooky Twig.png Spooky Twig
Cursed Sapling.png Cursed Sapling
Mourning Wood Trophy.png Mourning Wood

From Headless Horseman:

Jack 'O Lantern Mask.png Jack 'O Lantern

From Pumpking
(all uncommon):

The Horseman's Blade.png The Horseman's
Raven Staff.png Raven Staff
Bat Scepter.png Bat Scepter
Candy Corn Rifle.png Candy Corn Rifle
Jack 'O Lantern Launcher.png Jack 'O Lantern
Black Fairy Dust.png Black Fairy Dust
Spider Egg.png Spider Egg
Pumpking Trophy.png Pumpking Trophy

Waves[edit | edit source]

Points per kill[edit | edit source]

Wave scores & enemies[edit | edit source]

Wave Points Required Drop Rate Enemies
1 0 8.3% / 12.5% Scarecrow
2 25 8.3% / 12.5% Scarecrow, and Splinterling
3 40 9.1% / 14.3% Scarecrow, Splinterling, and Hellhound
4 50 10% / 16.7% Scarecrow, Splinterling, Hellhound, and Mourning Wood
5 80 11.1% / 20% Scarecrow, Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, and Mourning Wood
6 100 12.5% / 25% Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, and Mourning Wood
7 160 12.5% / 25% Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, and Pumpking
8 180 14.3% / 33.3% Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
9 200 16.7% / 50% Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, Headless Horseman, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
10 250 20% / 100% Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, Headless Horseman, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
11 300 20% / 100% Scarecrow, Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, Headless Horseman, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
12 375 25% / 100% Splinterling, Hellhound, Poltergeist, Headless Horseman, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
13 450 33.3% / 100% Poltergeist, Headless Horseman, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
14 525 50% / 100% Headless Horseman, Mourning Wood, and Pumpking
15 675 100% Mourning Wood, and Pumpking

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Pumpking is the only boss in the event that flies consistently through blocks and cannot be confined. It behaves similarly to Skeletron, and has a similar size.
  • The Pumpkin Moon does not stack with the Blood Moon. Summoning the Pumpkin Moon will cancel the Blood Moon if it is active.
  • Spawn rates for areas where Pumpkin Moon enemies cannot spawn are also increased. For example, there will spawn lots of Sharks and Crabs 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.
  • Pirates will cancel the Pumpkin Moon if summoned with the Pirate Map during the event.
  • Lingering enemies beaten after the event is over will never drop any rare items.
  • On the mobile version Mourning Wood is excluded on wave 8.
  • In Expert mode, the drop rates are calculated as if they were five waves higher, meaning trophies and guaranteed rare drops will start from wave 10 onwards.

Tips[edit | edit source]

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

  • Most Pumpkin Moon enemies are susceptible to the Ichor Debuff, which makes a Flask of Ichor or the Golden Shower spell very effective.
  • Players should kill the enemies as soon as they spawn, to ensure that more enemies can spawn continuously in order to increase the chances of reaching later waves.
  • Using Dynamite with an explosion-proof arena causes splash damage that can demolish early waves. Later waves with Mourning Woods and/or Pumpking is less effective as there are less grouped enemies around.

History[edit | edit source]

Random Events Rain • Pc only.png Slime Rain • Blood Moon • Console only.png Mobile only.png Solar Eclipse
Summoned Events Goblin Army • Frost Legion • Pirate Invasion • Pc only.png Solar Eclipse • Pumpkin Moon • Pc only.png Console only.png Frost Moon • Pc only.png Martian Madness • Pc only.png Lunar Events
Seasonal Events Mobile only.png Easter • Mobile only.png Oktoberfest • Halloween • Mobile only.png Thanksgiving • Christmas
Game mechanics
Combat Attack speed • Autoswing • Critical hit • Damage • Knockback • Minions • Velocity
Environment Ambient objects • Day and night cycle • Environment • Event • Map size • Moon • Music • NPC despawning • NPC spawning • Status messages
Interface Minimap • Title messages
Items Consumable • Crafting stations (By Hand) • Mining speed • Modifiers • NPC drops • Placement • Rarity • Storage • Use time • Value
Game Config.json • Camera mode • Data IDs • Difficulty • Expert mode • Game controls • Lighting mode • NPC names
Multiplayer Chat • Multiplayer
Player Breath meter • Buffs and Debuffs • Death • Defense • Fall damage • Ghost • Health • Inventory • Mana • Player stats • Spawn
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