Desert Tiger Staff

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Desert Tiger Staff
  • Desert Tiger Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage41 Desktop version / 33 Mobile version (Summon)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Use time36 (Very slow)
Velocity40 (effective)
TooltipSummons a white tiger to fight for you
Rarity08*Rarity level: 8
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffDesert TigerDesert TigerDesktop and Mobile versions
Buff tooltipThe desert tiger will fight beside you
Projectile created
  • Desert Tiger
    Desert Tiger
  • Desert Tiger
    Desert Tiger
  • Desert Tiger (tier 1)
    Desert Tiger (tier 1)
  • Desert Tiger (tier 2)
    Desert Tiger (tier 2)
  • Desert Tiger (tier 3)
    Desert Tiger (tier 3)

The Desert Tiger Staff is a Hardmode, post-Plantera summon weapon. It summons a Desert Tiger that deals contact damage to enemies. Every six seconds,[1] the tiger can curl up and perform a pounce attack at nearby enemies, dealing Desktop version 61 / Mobile version 49 damage (1.5× the base damage),[2] and passing through blocks to reach them. Additionally, it can deal critical hits with this attack. The Desert Tiger Staff can always be found inside the Dungeon's Desert Chest, which can only be unlocked by a Desert Key after Plantera has been defeated.

Tiger damage
# Contact Pounce
Desert Tiger (tier 1).png
Tier 1
1 41 Desktop version / 33 Mobile version 61 Desktop version / 49 Mobile version
2 57 Desktop version / 44 Mobile version 77 Desktop version / 60 Mobile version
3 73 Desktop version / 55 Mobile version 94 Desktop version / 71 Mobile version
Desert Tiger (tier 2).png
Tier 2
4 90 Desktop version / 66 Mobile version 110 Desktop version / 82 Mobile version
5 106 Desktop version / 77 Mobile version 127 Desktop version / 93 Mobile version
6 123 Desktop version / 88 Mobile version 143 Desktop version / 104 Mobile version
Desert Tiger (tier 3).png
Tier 3
7 139 Desktop version / 99 Mobile version 159 Desktop version / 115 Mobile version
8 155 Desktop version / 110 Mobile version 176 Desktop version / 126 Mobile version
9 172 Desktop version / 121 Mobile version 192 Desktop version / 137 Mobile version
The Desert Tiger pouncing toward and proceeding to attack a Mimic.

The Desert Tiger Staff is special in that if used more than once, multiple tigers do not spawn – instead, the spawned tiger becomes stronger (Desktop version +16 damage; 40% of the base damage[2] / Mobile version +11 damage; 33.33% of the base damage) and faster for each additional summon. The tiger will appear as a baby if summoned 1 to 3 times, an adult if summoned 4 to 6 times, and an armored adult if summoned 7 or more times. Other minions may be used in addition to the Desert Tiger.

Its best modifier is Ruthless. The Mythical modifier provides the widest array of stat bonuses, but these primarily affect the initial summon rather than the resulting minion. Additionally, minions cannot deal critical hits. The only lasting advantage a Mythical Desert Tiger Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback. Note that the minion does deal critical hits when pouncing, though this attack is performed rather infrequently, in comparison.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Although classified as a ground melee minion, it can still attack aerial enemies because of its pouncing ability.
  • Mobile version When pouncing, the tiger is capable of dealing magic critical hits,[3] i.e., its critical strike chance can be amplified by both general crit-chance increases, like the effect of the Rage Potion, and magic crit-chance increases, like the Clairvoyance buff. On the Desktop version Desktop version, it deals regular, non-class-specific critical hits.
  • The cooldown of the pounce attack is reduced to five seconds for a tiger of tier 2, and to four seconds for a tiger of tier 3.[1]
  • The tiger can only pounce at enemies that are within a 100×50-tile rectangle centered on the player.[4]
  • The tiger will pounce at enemies instantly once it is summoned; re-summoning the tiger will allow it to pounce repeatedly.
  • Mobile versionOnly the initial pouncing attack triggers the Spectre armor set bonus.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The reforge cost of this weapon is disproportionately high compared to other summon weapons.
  • The tiger kills any critters it comes in contact with. This may lead to a very surprising and unwanted Empress of Light summon, should the Prismatic Lacewing get pounced on by the tiger while it is engaging other enemies.
  • It is better suited for singular targets rather than crowds. This is because, unlike most other summon weapons, additional summons only strengthens the initial summon, rather than summon additional minions. As such, the player may wish to use a different summon weapon for events or farming, such as the Pygmy Staff.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Stardust Dragon Staff is the only other summon weapon that does not spawn a new minion but enhances the existing one.
  • The Desert Tiger bears resemblance to real-life white tigers.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Now "bounces on" its current target if that target is in the air, staying more firmly latched on and dealing damage
    • Increased scaling damage per "minion slot" expended slightly (from 33% of base damage to 40% of base damage).
  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Base damage increased from 33 to 41.
    • Hitbox size while using the pouncing attack increased.
    • Can no longer deal magic critical hits while pouncing, only regular critical hits.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI_067_FreakingPirates() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method SetDefaults() in Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is
  4. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI_067_TigerSpecialAttack() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.