Tempest Staff

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Tempest Staff
  • Tempest Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Knockback2 (Very Weak)
Use time36 Very Slow
TooltipSummons sharknados to fight for you
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell50000*5 Gold Coin.png
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe sharknado will fight for you
Summons Minion
  • Tempest
A Tempest Staff being used to shoot at a slime.

The Tempest Staff is a Hardmode summon weapon. It spawns a small tornado (or "Sharknado") that follows the player for an unlimited amount of time, and attacks enemies automatically by firing shark-shaped projectiles which splatter against enemies and blocks. Its attack is akin to a miniature version of Duke Fishron's tornado/shark attack. The Tempest Staff has a 20% chance of being dropped by Duke Fishron.

The Tempest Staff's tornado moves to intercept enemies at significant range, and can pass through blocks. The tornado itself also damages enemies on contact. This minion counts toward the minion cap, so it will replace a current summoned minion if no minion boosts are in effect.

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 Tempest Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Even though the sharks deal a lot of damage, they are not very accurate due to slightly arcing mid-flight. They sometimes fail at hitting quick enemies. Despite this flaw, the Sharknado itself is non-solid (can pass through all blocks) and attack enemies outside of the player's sight.
  • As the tornado itself deals damage to critters, take care when using the staff while catching them.
  • They are somewhat useless in small areas because they hover over the player's head. Consider using the Optic Staff because the eyes will hover and hit solid blocks.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This weapon is a reference to the 2013 movie "Sharknado", which features a tornado filled with sharks.
  • Even when PvP is turned on, like all other summons the sharks will not attack players.
  • Summoned Sharknadoes will turn translucent when passing through blocks, similarly to what Duke Fishron and Pigrons do.
  • Old-gen console version3DS Version The Tempest Staff has the highest base damage of all minion-summoning staves, with the exception of the sentry Staff of the Frost Hydra.
  • The Tempest Staff displays an odd tooltip on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version: 1 minute duration. This is a bug, and the Sharknadoes will follow the player indefinitely.
  • It is the only weapon dropped by Duke Fishron that doesn’t have its color scheme.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Now requires 10 mana.
    • Sell price increased from 1 Gold Coin to 5 Gold Coin
  • Console 1.07: Introduced with mechanics from Desktop
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced with mechanics from Desktop