Solar Eclipse

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Sun and moon as seen during the event

"A Solar Eclipse is happening!"

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. On the Pc only.png Desktop version, it is also possible to summon a Solar Eclipse using a Solar Tablet (crafted from Solar Tablet Fragments dropped by Lihzahrds and Flying Snakes 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 status 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.

Content[edit | edit source]

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

Pc only.png After defeating all
    Mechanical Bosses:

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

Pc only.png After defeating Plantera:

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


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

From Eyezor:

Eye Spring.png Eye Spring

From Reaper:

Death Sickle.png Death Sickle

From Vampire:

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

From Butcher Pc only.png:

Butcher's Chainsaw.png Butcher's Chainsaw Pc only.png

From Creature from the Deep Pc only.png:

Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell

From Deadly Spheres Pc only.png:

Deadly Sphere Staff.png Deadly Sphere Staff (Post-Plantera) Pc only.png

From Dr. ManFly Pc only.png:

Toxic Flask.png Toxic Flask (Post-Plantera) Pc only.png

From Mothron Pc only.png:

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

From Nailhead Pc only.png:

Nailgun.png Nailgun
Nail.png Nail
(Only if Nailgun dropped)

From Psycho Pc only.png:

Psycho Knife.png Psycho Knife Pc only.png

Console only.pngMobile only.png From Frankenstein &
Swamp Thing
Broken Hero Sword.png Broken Hero Sword

From the Cyborg:

Rocket IV.png Rocket IV

From Steampunker:

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

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Kill the Sun.png Kill the Sun"Survive a solar eclipse, a day darker than night filled with creatures of horror."
Survive a solar eclipse. Pc only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

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

  • Like the Blood Moon, the effects of Water Candles and Battle Potions stack with the event's spawn rate, increasing the chances for rare drops.
  • Solar Tablet Fragments, which are used to create the event summoning Solar Tablet, can be acquired before gaining access to the Jungle Temple. This can be done by waiting just outside the Jungle Temple, and killing the Lizhards that spawn, who will drop the Solar Tablet Fragments.
    • However, crafting the Solar Tablet requires a Hardmode Anvil, so gathering the fragments pre-hardmode won't be of any benefit until one is obtained.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Solar Eclipse enemies and their relationship to classic 20th century horror films.
  • Every enemy that spawns during a Solar Eclipse (except 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 displayed 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.
  • During an Eclipse, the moon icon on the Sextant will turn 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 was never added to the game, for unknown reasons. Despite this, there is still an unobtainable Severed Hand Banner.

History[edit | edit source]

Random Events Rain • Pc only.png Slime Rain • Blood Moon • Pc only.png Sandstorm • 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  • Pc only.png Party  • Pc only.png Old One's Army
Seasonal Events Mobile only.pngChinese New Year • Mobile only.pngValentine's Day • Mobile only.pngSt. Patrick's Day • Mobile only.pngEaster • Mobile only.pngOktoberfest • Mobile only.pngThanksgiving • Halloween • Christmas