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Summon weapons are a type of weapon that spawns secondary characters that will aid during battle by automatically attacking enemies within range. They cannot be damaged or killed, and deal summon damage. Summon weapons come in two different categories:

  • Minions are mobile summons. They follow the player indefinitely until the player dies, summons a replacement Minion, or cancels their buff. There are several different Minions, some of which can walk or fly, and attack using melee or ranged means. A Minion costs 10 mana to summon initially, but follows the player indefinitely thereafter at no further cost.
By default, a player can only have a single Minion summoned at once. Various boosts can raise the player's Minion capacity, allowing multiple simultaneous Minions. With Minion cap boosts in effect, the same Minion can be summoned multiple times, or several different Minions can be summoned. Minion cap boosts do not affect Pets or Light Pets.
Minions follow players in a manner similar to Pets, flying and passing through blocks as necessary to keep pace with the player's movements, though most cannot move through blocks for the purposes of attacking. Exceptions are the minions summoned by the Tempest Staff, Xeno Staff, and Stardust Dragon Staff, which can attack through blocks.
On the Desktop Version Desktop version, the respective minion summoning items can be right-clicked to target the entity nearest to the cursor. As long as the minions have their target in within their line of sight, they will specifically attack it.
  • Sentries are the other type of summon available. Unlike Minions, Sentries cannot follow the player, and will instead remain rooted in place. Sentries will automatically disappear after a fixed amount of time, but can persist even after their owner dies.
By default, a player can only have a single Sentry summoned at once. Various boosts can raise the player's Sentry capacity, allowing multiple simultaneous Sentries. With Sentry cap boosts in effect, the same Sentry can be summoned multiple times, or several different Sentries can be summoned. On the Console and Mobile versions, the player has no Sentry capacity, but they are limited to only summoning one of each Sentry type.

Additionally, the set bonuses of the Stardust armor and Forbidden armor will summon an entity to fight for the player in a manner similar to minions, although they do not fall into either of the categories above.

There are currently 19 summon weapons on the Desktop Version Desktop version and 11 on the Console Version Console versionMobile only.pngMobile version, and 3DS logo.svg version.

Minion Summons[edit | edit source]

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Slime Staff.png Slime Staff  Baby Slime (minion) (animated).gif Baby Slime 8 n/a
Hornet Staff.png Hornet Staff Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Hornet (minion).gif Hornet 9 14 Bee Wax.png n/a
Imp Staff.png Imp Staff Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Flying Imp.gif Imp 21 17 Hellstone Bar.png n/a

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Spider Staff.png Spider Staff Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Spider Minion.png Spider 26 16 Spider Fang.png Each minion only counts .75 to the total minion capacity
Optic Staff.png Optic Staff Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Twins Minion.png Twins 30 2 Lens.png / 1 Black Lens.png / 12 Hallowed Bar.png / 20 Soul of Sight.png Both Twins are spawned as 1 minion
Pirate Staff.png Pirate Staff Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Pirate Minion.png Pirate 40 Pirates (0.05% or 1/2000 chance).

Flying DutchmanDesktop Version (1% or 1/100 chance).

n/a
Pygmy Staff.png Pygmy Staff 
Pygmy Types.png
Pygmy 34 Plantera (25% or 1/4 chance; 50% or 1/2 chance Desktop Version). n/a
Xeno Staff.png Xeno Staff Desktop Version UFO (minion).gif UFO 36 Martian SaucerDesktop Version (11% or 1/9 chance) n/a
Raven Staff.png Raven Staff  Raven (minion).gif Raven 37 Pumpking (1.79% to 14.29% chance depending on wave) n/a
Tempest Staff.png Tempest Staff  Sharknado (minion).gif Sharknado 50 Duke Fishron (20% or 1/5 chance) n/a
Deadly Sphere Staff.png Deadly Sphere Staff Desktop Version Deadly Sphere minion.gif Deadly Sphere 50 Deadly SphereDesktop Version (2.5% or 1/40 chance; 3.75% or 1/26 chance Desktop Version). n/a
Stardust Dragon Staff.png Stardust Dragon Staff Desktop Version Stardust Dragon minion (1 summon).png Stardust Dragon 40 18 Stardust Fragment.png Each extra minion summoned adds a segment to the main Dragon, increasing damage
Stardust Cell Staff.png Stardust Cell Staff Desktop Version Stardust Cell.gif Stardust Cell 60 18 Stardust Fragment.png n/a

Sentry Summons[edit | edit source]

Standard[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Queen Spider Staff.png Queen Spider Staff Queen Spider Minion.png Queen Spider 21 24 Spider Fang.png n/a
Staff of the Frost Hydra.png Staff of the Frost Hydra Staff of the Frost Hydra summoned.png Frost Hydra 100 Frozen Chest n/a
Lunar Portal Staff.png Lunar Portal StaffDesktop Version Lunar Portal.png Lunar Portal 50 Moon LordDesktop Version (11.11% or 1/9 chance) n/a
Rainbow Crystal Staff.png Rainbow Crystal StaffDesktop Version Rainbow Crystal.gif Rainbow Crystal 150 Moon LordDesktop Version (11.11% or 1/9 chance) n/a

Tavernkeep's sentries Desktop Version[edit | edit source]

Sentries summoned by items from the Tavernkeep are associated with the Old One's Army event. They are purchased with Defender Medals (instead of coins), which are awarded only during the event. At first, they can only be used within the event, where they will remain placed until the end of the event. Each sentry summoned will cost 10 Etherian Mana; at the beginning of the event, the the player immediately gets the 10 Etherian Mana for their first sentry, and can collect more as they kill enemies.

Each of the Tavernkeep's sentry summon weapons come in three tiers: Rod, Cane, and Staff; with the Staff being the most expensive and the most powerful. The Tavernkeep's various armor sets each enhance one of his four sentry types; see his article for full details.

After the event is completed once, these can be used outside the event, and will then function as normal sentries, costing ordinary mana to summon (5 points per tier) and lasting the usual two minutes. Etherian Mana cannot be used outside the event, so by default only one sentry can be summoned at a time. However, armor sold by the Tavernkeep, and accessories dropped by event bosses such as Ogres, can raise a player's sentry limit, allowing more than one sentry to remain summoned at once. This limit increase does include non-Tavernkeep sentries such as the Queen Spider.

Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Lightning Aura Rod.png Lightning Aura Rod Desktop Version Lightning Aura.png Lightning Aura 12 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Flameburst Rod.png Flameburst Rod Desktop Version Flameburst Tower.png Flameburst Tower 17 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Explosive Trap Rod.png Explosive Trap Rod Desktop Version Explosive Trap.png Explosive Trap 24 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Ballista Rod.png Ballista Rod Desktop Version Ballista.png Ballista 27 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Lightning Aura Cane.png Lightning Aura Cane Desktop Version Lightning Aura 2.png Lightning Aura 33 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Flameburst Cane.png Flameburst Cane Desktop Version Flameburst Tower 2.png Flameburst Tower 42 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Explosive Trap Cane.png Explosive Trap Cane Desktop Version Explosive Trap 2.png Explosive Trap 59 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Ballista Cane.png Ballista Cane Desktop Version Ballista 2.png Ballista 67 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Lightning Aura Staff.png Lightning Aura Staff Desktop Version Lightning Aura 3.png Lightning Aura 102 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Flameburst Staff.png Flameburst Staff Desktop Version Flameburst Tower 3.png Flameburst Tower 88 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Explosive Trap Staff.png Explosive Trap Staff Desktop Version Explosive Trap 3.png Explosive Trap 126 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a
Ballista Staff.png Ballista Staff Desktop Version Ballista 3.png Ballista 140 Sold by Tavernkeep. n/a

Armor Summons[edit | edit source]

Certain armor sets will summon a unique minion when the full set is worn:

  • Each player can only have one armor minion that remains active as long as the armor is worn, and can be directed by double-pressing the "down" key.
  • They do not count against either mobile or sentry minion caps.
  • See also the Leaf Crystal from Chlorophyte armor; This is not controllable like a minion, but does provide ongoing attacks against nearby enemies.
Item Minion Damage Acquired / Made From Bonus
Forbidden armor.png Forbidden armorDesktop Version Forbidden Sign.png Forbidden Sign 25 3 Forbidden Fragment.png / 46 ( Adamantite Bar.png or Titanium Bar.png ) n/a
Stardust armor.png Stardust armorDesktop Version Stardust Guardian minion.png Stardust Guardian 20 36 Luminite Bar.png / 45 Stardust Fragment.png n/a


Boost gear[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

Appearance / Name Minion Boost(s) Acquired / Made From
Bee armor.png Bee armor
  • +2 Minion capacity
  • +23% Minion damage
30 Bee Wax.png
Forbidden armor.png Forbidden armorDesktop Version
  • +2 Minion capacity
  • +15% Minion damage
  • +Ancient Storm
3 Forbidden Fragment.png / 46 ( Adamantite Bar.png or Titanium Bar.png )
Spider armor.png Spider armor
  • +3 Minion capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
36 Spider Fang.png
Apprentice armor.png Apprentice armorDesktop Version
  • Flameburst sentry field of view and range dramatically increased
  • +2 Sentry capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
Sold by Tavernkeep
Monk armor.png Monk armorDesktop Version Sold by Tavernkeep
Huntress armor.png Huntress armorDesktop Version Sold by Tavernkeep
Squire armor.png Squire armorDesktop Version
  • Ballista sentry projectiles pierce more targets
  • Grants Ballista Panic buff when you take damage, doubling the fire rate of Ballista sentries for 3 seconds.
  • +2 Sentry capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
Sold by Tavernkeep
Tiki armor.png Tiki armor
  • +4 Minion capacity
  • +30% Minion damage
Witch Doctor (Pygmy Staff in inventory, Plantera has been defeated)
Dark Artist armor.png Dark Artist armorDesktop Version
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Flameburst effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Shinobi Infiltrator armor.png Shinobi Infiltrator armorDesktop Version
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Lighting Aura effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Red Riding armor.png Red Riding armorDesktop Version
  • +3 Sentry Capacity
  • +60% minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Explosive Traps effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Valhalla Knight armor.png Valhalla Knight armorDesktop Version
  • +3 Sentry capacity
  • +60% Minion damage
  • Greatly enhances Ballista effectiveness
Sold by Tavernkeep
Spooky armor.png Spooky armor
  • +3 Minion capacity
  • +58% Minion damage
750 Spooky Wood.png
Stardust armor.png Stardust armorDesktop Version
  • +5 Minion capacity
  • +66% Minion damage
  • +Stardust Guardian Minion
36 Luminite Bar.png / 45 Stardust Fragment.png

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Boost(s) Acquired / Made From
Pygmy Necklace.png Pygmy Necklace
  • +1 Minion capacity
Witch Doctor (Pygmy Staff in inventory, Plantera has been defeated, at night)
Hercules Beetle.png Hercules Beetle
  • +15% Minion damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback
Witch Doctor (Pygmy Staff in inventory, Plantera has been defeated, in Jungle biome)
Apprentice's Scarf.png Apprentice's ScarfDesktop Version
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by OgreDesktop Version.
Monk's Belt.png Monk's BeltDesktop Version
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by OgreDesktop Version.
Huntress's Buckler.png Huntress's BucklerDesktop Version
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by OgreDesktop Version.
Squire's Shield.png Squire's ShieldDesktop Version
  • +1 Sentry capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Dropped by OgreDesktop Version.
Necromantic Scroll.png Necromantic Scroll
  • +1 Minion capacity
  • +10% Minion damage
Mourning Wood (2% to 20% chance depending on wave)
Papyrus Scarab.png Papyrus Scarab
  • +1 Minion capacity
  • +15% Minion damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback
1 Hercules Beetle.png / 1 Necromantic Scroll.png
Summoner Emblem.png Summoner EmblemDesktop Version
  • +15% Minion damage
Wall of Flesh (12.5% chance)
Avenger Emblem.png Avenger Emblem
  • +12% (All) Damage
1 Warrior Emblem.png or 1 Summoner Emblem.png or 1 Ranger Emblem.png or 1 Sorcerer Emblem.png / 5 Soul of Might.gif / 5 Soul of Sight.gif / 5 Soul of Fright.gif Desktop Version

1 Warrior Emblem.png / 1 Ranger Emblem.png / 1 Sorcerer Emblem.png Mobile only.pngConsole Version

Destroyer Emblem.png Destroyer Emblem
  • +10% (All) Damage
1 Avenger Emblem.png / 1 Eye of the Golem.png
Sun Stone.png Sun Stone
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
Golem (12.5% or 1/8 chance)
Moon Stone.png Moon Stone
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
Vampire (2.86% chance) , (4.29% chance) - Expert Mode
Celestial Stone.png Celestial Stone
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
1 Sun Stone.png / 1 Moon Stone.png
Celestial Shell.png Celestial ShellDesktop Version
  • +10% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
1 Celestial Stone.png / 1 Moon Shell.png

Buffs[edit | edit source]

Item Minion Boost(s)
Well Fed.png Well Fed
  • +5% (All) Damage
  • Increases Minion Knockback by 50%
Wrath.png Wrath Potion
  • +10% (All) Damage
Cute Fishron Mount (buff).png Cute Fishron Mount Desktop Version
  • +15% (All) Damage - (In Water/Under 50% Health)
Feral Bite.png Feral BiteDesktop Version
  • +20% (All) Damage
Damage Nebula.png Damage Nebula Desktop Version
  • +45% (All) damage for 8 seconds
Summoning (buff).png Summoning Potion
  • +1 Minion capacity
Bewitched.png Bewitching TableDesktop Version
  • +1 Minion capacity

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement You and What Army.png You and What Army?"Command nine summoned minions simultaneously."
Have nine minions summoned at the same time. Desktop Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Minions will never attack other players, making them useless in PvP. Some Minion Weapons can still damage players if specifically targeted (Frost Hydra, Rainbow Crystal Staff), or if they deal incidental contact damage (Ravens).
  • While all Summon weapons can obtain the Mythical Modifier, the Ruthless modifier offers the most effective Minion boost by solely increasing the Minion's damage per hit the most. The reduced mana cost, increased speed, critical strike chance, and knockback provided by Mythical are less useful because Summon weapons use mana only once (on the initial summoning rather than the minion attacks themselves), minions cannot deal critical hits, and their knockback is negligible even with modifiers.
  • Once summoned, the minion's attack will not change even if the player removes minion damage enhancing equipment.
  • It is not necessary to upgrade an Avenger Emblem to a Destroyer Emblem for the purpose of minion damage, since they cannot deal critical hits. However, the damage bonuses of the Avenger Emblem and Destroyer Emblem will stack, when both are equipped simultaneously.
  • Minions will not attack the Cultists at the Dungeon if they are not yet hostile to the player as the result of another attack. Minions that deal contact damage can still deal incidental contact damage to Cultists without specifically targeting them, which will then cause them to become hostile.
  • A minion's nominal damage can be increased by as much as 262%:
    • + 18% from Ruthless modifier on the minion-summoning staff.
    • + 66% from wearing Stardust armor.
    • + 15% from the Hercules Beetle accessory.
    • + 15% from the Summoner Emblem accessory.
    • + 12% from the Avenger Emblem accessory.
    • + 10% from the Destroyer Emblem accessory.
    • + 10% from the Celestial Stone or Celestial Shell accessories.
    • + 24% from reforging all six accessories to have +4% Damage.
    • + 5% from the Well Fed buff (from eating food).
    • + 10% from Wrath buff (from drinking a Wrath Potion).
    • + 15% from the Cute Fishron Mount buff (caused by riding the Cute Fishron in water or 6 seconds thereafter).
    • + 20% from the Feral Bite debuff (inflicted by Bats in Expert mode).
    • + 45% from a 3-stack of Damage Booster buffs (acquired from a teammate's Nebula armor).
    • = 280% (or 262% applied to the damage shown for a Ruthless minion-summoning staff). Example: An ordinary Stardust Cell Staff would summon a Stardust Cell hitting for 60 summon damage. After reforging the staff to have the Ruthless modifier, the staff would summon a Stardust Cell hitting for 60 + 18% = 71 summon damage. After wearing the above gear, eating food, drinking a Wrath Potion, dousing yourself with water while riding the Cute Fishron, getting bitten by a bat (in Expert mode), and picking up a 3-stack of Damage Booster buffs in multiplayer, the staff would summon a Stardust Cell hitting for 257 damage.
  • Desktop Version The maximum possible minion capacity is 11. It requires equipping Stardust Armor, and the Papyrus Scarab, Necromantic Scroll, and Pygmy Necklace accessories. It also requires being under the temporary effects of the Summoning Potion and the Bewitching Table.
  • Mobile only.png Console VersionThe maximum possible minion capacity is 9. It requires equipping Tiki armor, and the Papyrus Scarab, Necromantic Scroll, and Pygmy Necklace accessories. It also requires being under the temporary effects of the Summoning Potion.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Minions do not differentiate between enemies summoned by Statues and normal enemy spawns. This causes them to sometimes interfere with enemy-based engines, as they will zip off to slaughter any statue-summoned enemies in range (the Dragon from the Stardust Dragon Staff is especially prone to this behavior).
  • Summon weapons are the only weapon type that isn't regularly available in the first parts of the game. While the first summon weapon, the Slime Staff is technically the earliest obtainable weapon, it is extremely rare, and is likely to go unseen until far later in the game (perhaps when a player farms for it using a Slime Statue).
  • Keeping a minion around will help keep both night and daytime enemies off your back. Of course, more enemies will spawn to replace them, but those will be moving in from the edges of the screen.
  • Note that minions will attack slimes even during the day, when the slimes are nominally "neutral". In areas where King Slime can spawn in place of a regular slime (Surface layer, outer thirds of the map), the turnover can lead to repeat visits from the King.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • All minion summoning items and Tavernkeep's tier three sentries have the word "staff" in their names.
  • Most minions count as 1 unit of your max capacity, however there are two special cases:
    • For the Spider Staff, each minion counts as 0.75 (three-quarters) of a minion, so that a max of 3 allows summoning of 4 spiders.
    • The Optic Staff spawns two minions which together take up only 1 slot. It is not possible to spawn just one of the twins (say, to go with two spiders).
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