Pirate Captain

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Pirate CaptainHardmode exclusive
Pirate Captain.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage70/140/210 (melee)
200400600 (cannonball)
306090 (gun)
Max Life3000/6000/9000 Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
2000 Old-gen console version3DS version
Defense30 Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
28 Old-gen console version3DS version
KB Resist100%
BannerPirate Captain BannerPirate Captain BannerDesktop versionConsole VersionMobile version3DS version
Immune toConfused
This article is about the enemy. For the NPC that spawns after defeating the invasion, see Pirate.

The Pirate Captain is a Hardmode enemy which appears during a Pirate Invasion. It attacks using an assault rifle-like gun that shoots at a speed comparable to the Minishark, then stops to fire its underbarrel mounted cannon. The cannonball has a short range and detonates upon impact with blocks, much like those fired from the Flying DutchmanDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions. The Pirate Captain is immune to knockback.

When a Pirate Captain is killed, a Pirate's CurseDesktop and Mobile versions is spawned, and will slowly drift towards the player through walls much like Wraiths.

On the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version, it is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform AnalyzerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Only one Pirate Captain can exist at a time, but multiple can spawn over the course of an invasion.
  • It does not attack if there are solid blocks in the line of sight.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Like the Flying Dutchman, the Pirate Captain has a significantly higher chance to drop the rare items than other enemies, so focusing on it will help obtain said items.
  • Players may want to focus on taking out other pirates first, as Pirate Captains will spawn again after killing the first one, and make the same amount of progress after being killed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Pirate Captain: "A pirate captain's love for riches is only rivaled by his obsession with heavy gunpowder and large, rampart-shattering cannons!"

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Health increased from 2000 to 3000.
    • Defense increased from 28 to 30.
    • Can now drop its own respective banner.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Now immune to Confused debuff.
    • Fixed bug where pirate captains would drop 5 heads as corpse parts and no arms or legs when killed.