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Pumpking Full Body.png
Type Boss
Environment Pumpkin Moon
AI Type Pumpking AI
Damage 50 / 75 Desktop VersionConsole Version (body)
65 / 130 Desktop VersionConsole Version (arms)
80 / 160 Desktop VersionConsole Version (greek fire)
120 / 240 Desktop VersionConsole Version (scythe)
Max Life 22000 / 28600 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense 36
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: All debuffs
Coins Gold Coin

Higher item drop chance on Expert mode.

Item (Quantity) Rate
The Horseman's Blade.png
Bat Scepter.png
Black Fairy Dust.png
Spider Egg.png
Raven Staff.png
Candy Corn Rifle.png
Candy Corn.png
Candy Corn 
• 50-100
  • With Candy Corn Rifle
Jack 'O Lantern Launcher.png
Explosive Jack 'O Lantern.png
 Explosive Jack 'O Lantern 
• 25-50
  • With Jack 'O Lantern Launcher
Pumpking Trophy.png
Pumpking Trophy 
• Wave 15 (10-15 in Expert mode) only

Map Icon Pumpking.png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 327-328
Not to be confused with a pumpkin.

Pumpking is a Hardmode, post-Plantera boss that spawns during the Pumpkin Moon event. It is the event's most difficult enemy, being one of the two whose main body consistently travels through blocks (the other being the Poltergeist) and is also immune to most debuffs. Up to seven of them (more in multiplayer) can attack simultaneously during the event's final wave (wave 15).

Pumpking has two arms, each possessing a large scythe that periodically fires erratic projectiles. The hands otherwise act much like Skeletron's hands, swiping at the player to inflict melee damage. But unlike Skeletron, Pumpking's hands cannot take damage.

Like Mourning Wood, the later the wave Pumpking is killed in, the more likely it is to drop items. Pumpkings defeated during Wave 15 are guaranteed to produce one Pumpking Trophy along with one of its other items.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Pumpking's faces

Pumpking repeatedly switches between three different attack patterns at random. Its current attack mode is indicated by its facial expression. When transitioning to its next mode, its head rotates to reveal a different expression.

  • Mode 1: The face resembles a typical jack-o-lantern, with a sinister-looking grin. It attempts to remain directly on the player, and performs aggressive melee swipes with its scythe arms. About 5 seconds into this stage, it will rapidly move towards the player at a high speed for the rest of the time it is in this stage.
  • Mode 2: Pumpking's mouth is partially open. Its scythe arms fire large yellow scythe-shaped projectiles called Flame Scythes. Similar to the Demon Scythe, the projectiles are motionless for a few seconds, then gradually begin to spin and fly towards the player with increasing speed, dealing massive damage on hit.
  • Mode 3: The face looks surprised, with its mouth agape in an 'O' shape. Pumpking follows from a longer distance and spits "Greek Flame" projectile that are easily dodged, as they merely fall with little force. They remain on the ground for a short while and inflict damage on contact.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If not defeated before 4:30 AM, which is when dawn begins, all active Pumpkings will retreat straight down through the ground and despawn. This trait is also shared by Mourning Wood.
  • The further you get into the Pumpkin Moon, the more likely he'll drop his items upon defeat.
  • If all players are dead, all spawned Pumpkings will retreat underground.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Flairon can be very effective against the Pumpking, who tends to float right above players (well within range of the Flairon and its homing bubbles), causing very high damage per hit.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Strangely, the Horseman's Blade drops from Pumpking and not from the Headless Horseman.
  • Pumpking is a portmanteau of "Pumpkin" and "King".
  • Stray scythes thrown by Pumpking can travel far outside enemy spawn boundaries, able to kill NPCs in their houses.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop The duration of Pumpking’s scythe attack has been reduced.
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