The Horseman's Blade

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The Horseman's Blade
Stack digit 1.png
The Horseman's Blade inventory icon
Type Weapon
Damage 75 (Melee)
Knockback 7.5 (Very Strong)
Critical chance 4%
Use time 25 (Fast)
Velocity 12
Tooltip Summons Pumpkin heads to attack your enemies
Rarity Rarity Level: 8
Sell 10 Gold Coin
Internal Item ID: 1826
Animation of the Horseman's Blade when using auto-swing.

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, 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. This is not the case on the Mobile only.pngMobile version, where pumpkins will spawn regardless of what is hit.
  • If you hit an enemy 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 only.png Console version and Mobile only.pngMobile 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 Pc only.png Desktop version and Mobile only.pngMobile 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]

Projectile Melee Weapons
Sword Projectiles Enchanted Sword Beam.png • Beam Sword Beam.png • Excalibur Beam.png • Night's Edge Beam.png • Terra Blade Beam.png • Projectile 451.png
Other Projectiles Frost Projectile.png • Bee Projectile.gif • Mushroom Spear projectile.gif • Starfury (Projectile).png • Ice Sickle Projectile.gif • Saber Projectile.gif • Frost Projectile.png • Saber Projectile.gif • Projectile 483.png • Flower Pow Petal.png • Golden Shower (projectile).png • Death Sickle Projectile.gif • Mushroom Spear projectile.gif • Ghast.png • Projectile 405.png • Charged Blaster Orb.gif • North Pole projectile.gif • Tree Sword Projectile.gif • Claymore Projectile.gif • Horseman's Blade Projectile.png • Flying Dragon (projectile).png • Star Wrath (projectile).png • Terrarian Projectile.png • Projectile 502.png
Projectile Only Shadowflame Knife.png • Vampire Knives Projectile.png • Scourge of the Corruptor Projectile1.png • Daybreak.png
Weapons (List):

Terra Blade.png Melee Weapons ( Gungnir.png Other) • Pulse Bow.png Ranged Weapons ( Stynger.png Other) • Spectre Staff.png Magic Weapons  • Pygmy Staff.png Summoning weapons • Holy Water.png Thrown weapons