Pirate Staff

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Pirate Staff
  • Pirate Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage40 (Summon)
Knockback6 (Average)
Use time36 (Very slow)
TooltipSummons pirates to fight for you
Rarity05*Rarity level: 5
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe pirate will fight for you
Projectile created
  • One Eyed Pirate
    One Eyed Pirate
  • Soulscourge Pirate
    Soulscourge Pirate
  • Pirate Captain
    Pirate Captain
The Pirate Staff in use.

The Pirate Staff is a ground melee Hardmode, pre-mechanical boss summon weapon that spawns a pirate minion that attacks enemies via a melee sword attack. Like other minions, the summoned pirate is invincible and follows the player for an unlimited amount of time, unless the player dies, summons a replacement minion, or cancels the buff. The Pirate Staff is dropped with a 0.05*1/2000 (0.05%) chance by pirates or with a 1*1/100 (1%) chance by the Flying DutchmanDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions.

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 Pirate Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.

The Pirate Staff has a damage cooldown of 0.3 seconds per enemy. It does not trigger invulnerability frames.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The item is quite rare. On average, it will take 6-7 complete Pirate Invasions before this item drops (assuming the player can kill two Flying Dutchmen and 200 pirates per invasion).

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Pirate Staff is exceptionally deadly against ground-based enemies and bosses, or enemies with multiple segments such as the Destroyer, as each pirate will deal its full listed damage on every segment.
  • Because the pirates are restricted to being on the ground with only their jumping providing vertical mobility, the Pirate Staff is less effective, and almost useless, against flying enemies and bosses with very high mobility, such as The Twins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A parrot carrying a pirate minion.
  • Each time the pirate minion is summoned, it has a random one of three possible sprite graphics, all of which are functionally identical. In the game code, they are called the "One Eyed Pirate", "Pirate Captain", and "Soulscourge Pirate."
    • One of the variants seems to resemble a miniature version of the Pirate Deadeye enemy.
  • This item is one of several crossover references to the game Pixel Piracy.
  • The pirates will defecate randomly, similar to their behavior in the Pixel Piracy game. This has no functional effect.
  • If the player strays too far from a pirate, a parrot will carry him back to the player.

History[edit | edit source]