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Headless Horseman

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Headless Horseman
Headless Horseman.png
Statistics
Type Enemy
Environment Pumpkin Moon
AI Type Unicorn AI
Damage 130 / 195 Desktop only.png
Max Life 10000 / 15000 Desktop only.png
Defense 40
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: All debuffs
Banner
Headless Horseman Banner.png
Drops
Coins 1 Gold Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Jack 'O Lantern Mask.png
0.83-5%
Internal NPC ID: 315

The Headless Horseman is a Hardmode, post-Plantera enemy that starts to spawn after wave 8 of the Pumpkin Moon event.

The Headless Horseman is a very fast and dangerous enemy that can rush at the player and deal large amounts of damage. It is an exceptionally dangerous enemy due to its fast speed, high damage, and immunity to knockback. The Horseman's only attack is to charge forward and do a low, but quick jump to reach the player.

Headless Horsemen are immune to all debuffs.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Headless Horseman will flee at dawn unless it gets damaged by the player.
  • In the Mobile only.pngMobile version, it does not flee at dawn.
  • Drop chance increases linearly with the wave it is in (lowest drop chance in wave 9, highest drop chance in wave 15).
  • Despite having the name referring to the Headless Horseman, The Horseman's Blade is not a drop from the Horseman, but the Pumpking.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Due to its size, it cannot fit through 4 tile gaps or lower and can be taken out easily with ranged attacks.
  • Due to its immunity to knockback, it is ill-advised to attack it with close-range weapons since it can easily overwhelm the player.
  • Similar to most of the Pumpkin Moon enemies, making an arena where you have plenty of space to fly around in can make it easier to take down. It is also possible to place some wood platforms high above the ground to fire down on it without fear of it reaching you.
  • Its immunity to knockback can be used against it with weapons that do continuous damage, such as the Inferno Fork.
  • As it uses the same AI as the Unicorn enemy, it can be useful to practice avoiding the attacks of multiple Unicorns beforehand.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Headless Horseman originates from a short story published in 1820 called "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" By Washington Irving.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.3.0.1:
    • Sprite updated.
    • Can now drop its own respective banner.
  • 1.2.1: Introduced.
Pumpkin Moon Enemies
 
Small Enemies Scarecrow.png Scarecrow  • Splinterling.png Splinterling  • Hellhound.png Hellhound
Medium Enemies Poltergeist.png Poltergeist  • Headless Horseman.png Headless Horseman
Mini Bosses Mourning Wood.png Mourning Wood  • Pumpking.png Pumpking
Characters: Blue Slime.png Pre-Hardmode Enemies • Pixie.png Hardmode Enemies • Goblin Warrior.png Event Enemies • Skeletron Head.png Bosses
Bunny.png Critters • Guide.png Friendly NPCs • Baby Dinosaur.png Familiars