The Horseman's Blade
The Horseman's Blade
|Knockback||7.5 (Very Strong)|
|Use time||25 (Fast)|
|Tooltip||Summons Pumpkin heads to attack your enemies|
|Internal Item ID: 1826|
The Horseman's Blade is an auto-swinging Hardmode, post-Plantera sword that summons homing pumpkin heads upon striking an enemy. It was the third strongest sword in the game prior 126.96.36.199, being beaten only by the True Night's Edge and the Terra Blade by 13 base damage. However, this weapon's homing projectiles can add up to more damage per swing than the Terra Blade. Despite it being called Horseman's Blade, it drops from Pumpking, a boss from the Pumpkin Moon event.
Its best Modifier is Legendary.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The player is unable to turn while swinging the sword, similar to the Excalibur.
- The pumpkins do the same amount of damage as the sword and can also critically hit.
- The sword can be seen in darkness, but casts no light on other objects.
- Pumpkins may spawn and follow Spike Balls, enemy projectiles, and even bound NPCs.
- The pumpkins won't spawn or home in on other players in PvP, but can damage other players if they are already spawned and happen to make contact.
- Wearing full Frost Armor or a Fire Gauntlet, or using one of the many flasks that generate light on weapon swings, will cause pumpkin projectiles to glow as well.
- If you hit a critter with the sword, pumpkins will not spawn.
- If you hit a monster spawning from a statue, it will still summon pumpkins.
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Attacking large segmented enemies such as the Destroyer or Wyvern with the blade will cause many pumpkins to spawn and attack.
- Using an automatic slime farm, you can kill the slimes with the Horseman's Blade to make pumpkins spawn and attack other foes, which is especially useful while fighting bosses and during the Pumpkin Moon and Frost Moon.
- On the Console version and Mobile version, it is possible, due to the higher base damage, to get 115 damage using the Legendary modifier.
- Because the pumpkins home in on enemies, this weapon is useful in many situations, such as attacking large groups of enemies in the Dungeon.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Horseman's Blade (and the Headless Horseman enemy) is a reference to the Headless Horseman featured in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) by Washington Irving. In the story's climax the main character is chased by the Headless Horseman that ultimately throws his head at him, the head afterwards revealed (to the reader) to actually have been a pumpkin. The story has since been referenced many times, as well as linked to Halloween due to Jack-o'-lanterns. In Disney's film adaption (1949) it appears as a Jack-o'-lantern on fire, which this item likewise might be a reference to.
- On the Desktop version and Mobile version, a modifier prefix will be displayed incorrectly, such as "Godly The Horseman's Blade". This effect can also be seen on any other item starting with "The".
- The pumpkin projectiles are called "Flaming Jack" in death messages.
History[edit | edit source]
- 188.8.131.52: Fixed not summoning pumpkins against Lunar Invasion enemies.
- 184.108.40.206: Can now be Reforged.
- 1.2.1: Introduced.
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