Solar Eclipse

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Sun and moon as seen during the event

A Solar Eclipse is a Hardmode event that occurs rarely after at least one Mechanical Boss has been defeated. A Solar Eclipse has a 1/20 (5%) chance of occurring on any particular day. (For comparison, the Blood Moon has a 7/72, or 9.72% chance, each night.) It is also possible to summon a Solar Eclipse using a Solar Tablet, which is made from Solar Tablet Fragments, which are obtained from all enemies (aside from Golem) in the Jungle Temple.

During a Solar Eclipse, unique and difficult enemies spawn at very high rates, even near NPCs. The event lasts for one entire day, from sunrise to sunset, regardless of the number of enemies that have been killed. The moon is visible in front of the sun, causing the ambient light level to drop to near-nighttime levels.

A Solar Eclipse is announced at the beginning of a day with the message, "A solar eclipse is happening!" The event only affects the surface layer, and can be avoided by burrowing well into the underground layer or below, or by using an Enchanted Sundial, but this carries the risk of triggering other events.

Content[edit | edit source]

Solar Eclipse
Characters Unique Drops For Sale
Swamp Thing.png Swamp Thing
Vampire.png Vampire
Eyezor.png Eyezor
Frankenstein.png Frankenstein
The Possessed.png The Possessed Pc only.png
Fritz.png Fritz Pc only.png
Creature from the Deep.png Creature from
the Deep
Pc only.png

After defeating all
Mechanical Bosses:

Reaper.png Reaper
Mothron.png Mothron Pc only.png
Baby Mothron.png Baby Mothron Pc only.png

After defeating Plantera Pc only.png:

Butcher.png Butcher
Nailhead.png Nailhead
Deadly Spheres.png Deadly Spheres
Psycho.png Psycho
Dr. ManFly.png Dr. ManFly


Swamp Thing Banner.png Swamp Thing Banner
Vampire Banner.png Vampire Banner
Eyezor Banner.png Eyezor Banner
Frankenstein Banner.png Frankenstein Banner
The Possessed Banner.png The Possessed Banner Pc only.png
Fritz Banner.png Fritz Banner Pc only.png
Creature from the Deep Banner.png Creature from the Deep Banner Pc only.png
Reaper Banner.png Reaper Banner
Mothron Banner.png Mothron Banner Pc only.png
Butcher Banner.png Butcher Banner Pc only.png
Nailhead Banner.png Nailhead Banner Pc only.png
Psycho Banner.png Psycho Banner Pc only.png
Dr. Man Fly Banner.png Dr. Man Fly Banner Pc only.png
Deadly Sphere Banner.png Deadly Sphere Banner Pc only.png

From Reaper:

Death Sickle.png Death Sickle

From Eyezor:

Eye Spring.png Eye Spring

From Vampire:

Broken Bat Wing.png Broken Bat Wing
Moon Stone.png Moon Stone

From Mothron Pc only.png:

Broken Hero Sword.png Broken Hero Sword
The Eye of Cthulhu.png The Eye of Cthulhu
Mothron Wings.png Mothron Wings

From Deadly Spheres Pc only.png:

Deadly Sphere Staff.png Deadly Sphere Staff

From Psycho Pc only.png:

Psycho Knife.png Psycho Knife

From Butcher Pc only.png:

Butcher's Chainsaw.png Butcher's Chainsaw

From Dr. ManFly Pc only.png:

Toxic Flask.png Toxic Flask

From Creature from the Deep Pc only.png:

Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell

From Nailhead Pc only.png:

Nailgun.png Nailgun
Nail.png Nail
(Always with Nailgun)

From the Cyborg:

Rocket IV.png Rocket IV

From Steampunker:

Red Solution.png Red Solution
(Crimson World)
Purple Solution.png Purple Solution
(Corrupt World)

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Kill the Sun.png Kill the Sun is the achievement you earn for surviving your first Solar Eclipse.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • It is possible for other events to occur at the same time as a Solar Eclipse, such as a Goblin Invasion or a Pirate Invasion. Other events may cancel Solar Eclipse enemy spawns (except in the PC version after 1.3).
  • Before defeating Plantera in the PC version and always in other versions, Swamp Things seem to be the most common Solar Eclipse enemies to spawn, followed by Frankensteins, Reapers, and Vampires, with Eyezor being the least common.
  • Unlike a blood moon, the solar eclipse allows only its own enemies to spawn on the surface, where blood moons have most regular enemies (with a few exceptions such as Dripplers and Blood Zombies). The only exceptions to this rule are the surface Corruption, Crimson and Ocean.
  • A Solar Eclipse can occur the day before or after a Blood Moon. One will not affect the chances of the other following, and the same event can follow the next day or night as well.
  • It is important to note that the more difficult enemies (with more powerful item drops) will not spawn as soon as the event is available. Reapers and Mothrons will only spawn after defeating all three Mechanical Bosses; Butchers, NailHeads, Deadly Spheres, Psychos, and Dr. ManFlies will only spawn after defeating Plantera.
  • Mobile only.png If you quit when the solar eclipse message is shown, the event will not occur.

Tips[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Solar Eclipse enemies (including those in 1.3) and their relationship to classic 20th century horror films.
  • Every enemy that spawns during a Solar Eclipse (barring the Reaper and Eyezor) share the theme of classic 20th century horror films. (See image on the right and each enemy's individual page for movie references.)
  • The type of Solar Eclipse experienced is an annular solar eclipse.
  • When loading a world with a Solar Eclipse in progress, the sun that rises and sets on the loading screen is also in its eclipsed state.
  • The moon icon of the Sextant turns red.
  • Originally, another enemy was planned for the Solar Eclipse, named the Severed Hand (it can still be seen in the image to the right). It exists within the game files, but it was unimplemented for unknown reasons.

History[edit | edit source]

Random Events Rain • Pc only.png Slime Rain • Blood Moon • 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 St. Patrick's Day • Mobile only.png Valentine's Day • Mobile only.png Easter • Mobile only.png Oktoberfest • Mobile only.png Thanksgiving • Halloween • 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 Pc only.png Settings (desktop version) Pc only.png Config.json • Pc only.png Camera mode • Data IDs • Difficulty • Pc only.png Expert mode • Game controls • Lighting mode • NPC names
Multiplayer Chat • Multiplayer
Player Breath meter • Buffs and Debuffs • Death • Defense • Drowning • Fall damage • Ghost • Health • Inventory • Mana • Player stats • Spawn