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Solar Eclipse

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Sun and moon as seen during the event

"A Solar Eclipse is happening!"

A Solar Eclipse is a Hardmode event that occurs rarely after at least one Mechanical Boss has been defeated. A Solar Eclipse has a 1/20 (5%) chance of occurring on any particular day. On the Desktop only.png Desktop version, it is also possible to summon a Solar Eclipse using a Solar Tablet (crafted from Solar Tablet Fragments dropped by Lihzahrds and Flying Snakes in the Jungle Temple).

During a Solar Eclipse, unique and difficult enemies spawn at very high rates, even near NPCs. The event lasts for one entire day, from sunrise to sunset, regardless of the number of enemies that have been killed. The moon is visible in front of the sun, causing the ambient light level to drop to near-nighttime levels.

A Solar Eclipse is announced at the beginning of a day with the status message, "A solar eclipse is happening!" The event only affects the surface layer, and can be avoided by burrowing well into the underground layer or below.

Content[edit | edit source]

Solar Eclipse
Characters Unique Drops For Sale
Eyezor.png Eyezor
Frankenstein.png Frankenstein
Swamp Thing.png Swamp Thing
Vampire.png Vampire
Creature from the Deep.png
Fritz.png Fritz Desktop only.png
Reaper.png Reaper Console only.pngMobile only.png
The Possessed.png The Possessed Desktop only.png

Desktop only.png After defeating all
    Mechanical Bosses:

Baby Mothron.png Baby Mothron Desktop only.png
Mothron.png Mothron Desktop only.png
Reaper.png Reaper Desktop only.png

Desktop only.png After defeating Plantera:

Butcher.png Butcher Desktop only.png
Deadly Spheres.png Deadly Spheres Desktop only.png
Dr. Man Fly.png Dr. Man Fly Desktop only.png
Nailhead.png Nailhead Desktop only.png
Psycho.png Psycho Desktop only.png


Eyezor Banner.png Eyezor Banner Desktop only.png
Frankenstein Banner.png Frankenstein Banner
Reaper Banner.png Reaper Banner
Swamp Thing Banner.png Swamp Thing Banner
Vampire Banner.png Vampire Banner
Butcher Banner.png Butcher Banner Desktop only.png
Creature from the Deep Banner.png Creature from the Deep Banner Desktop only.png
Deadly Sphere Banner.png Deadly Sphere Banner Desktop only.png
Dr. Man Fly Banner.png Dr. Man Fly Banner Desktop only.png
Fritz Banner.png Fritz Banner Desktop only.png
Mothron Banner.png Mothron Banner Desktop only.png
Nailhead Banner.png Nailhead Banner Desktop only.png
Psycho Banner.png Psycho Banner Desktop only.png
The Possessed Banner.png The Possessed Banner Desktop only.png

From Eyezor:

Eye Spring.png Eye Spring

From Reaper:

Death Sickle.png Death Sickle

From Vampire:

Broken Bat Wing.png Broken Bat Wing
Moon Stone.png Moon Stone

From Butcher Desktop only.png:

Butcher's Chainsaw.png Butcher's Chainsaw Desktop only.png

From Creature from the Deep Desktop only.png:

Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell

From Deadly Spheres Desktop only.png:

Deadly Sphere Staff.png Deadly Sphere Staff (Post-Plantera) Desktop only.png

From Dr. Man Fly Desktop only.png:

Toxic Flask.png Toxic Flask (Post-Plantera) Desktop only.png

From Mothron Desktop only.png:

Broken Hero Sword.png Broken Hero Sword
Mothron Wings.png
Mothron Wings 
The Eye of Cthulhu.png
The Eye of Cthulhu Desktop only.png

From Nailhead Desktop only.png:

Nailgun.png Nailgun
Nail Desktop only.png
(Only if Nailgun dropped)

From Psycho Desktop only.png:

Psycho Knife.png Psycho Knife Desktop only.png

Console only.pngMobile only.png From Frankenstein &
Swamp Thing
Broken Hero Sword.png Broken Hero Sword

From the Cyborg:

Rocket IV.png Rocket IV

From Steampunker:

Purple Solution.png
Purple Solution 
(Corrupt World)
Red Solution.png
Red Solution 
(Crimson World)

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Kill the Sun.png Kill the Sun"Survive a solar eclipse, a day darker than night filled with creatures of horror."
Survive a solar eclipse. Desktop only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • There is a 5% chance for a Solar Eclipse to occur each dawn, even if one happened the previous day. It is possible for multiple Solar Eclipses to occur in a row. It is also possible for a Blood Moon to follow a Solar Eclipse, or vice-versa.
  • It is possible for other events to occur at the same time as a Solar Eclipse, such as a Goblin Invasion or a Pirate Invasion. Prior to, these events may also cancel Solar Eclipse enemy spawns.
  • Unlike a Blood Moon, a Solar Eclipse only allows its own enemies to spawn on the surface, except for in Corruption, Crimson, and Ocean areas.
  • On the Mobile only.pngMobile version, if you quit the game when the Solar Eclipse message is shown, the event will not occur.
  • On the Mobile only.pngMobile version and Console only.png Console version, instead of getting the Broken Hero Swords from Mothron, you get them from Frankensteins and Swamp Things.
  • It is possible to fight some bosses during an eclipse.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Solar Eclipse, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:Defending against events.

  • Like the Blood Moon, the effects of Water Candles and Battle Potions stack with the event's spawn rate, increasing the chances for rare drops.
  • Solar Tablet Fragments, which are used to create the event summoning Solar Tablet, can be acquired before gaining access to the Jungle Temple. This can be done by waiting just outside the Jungle Temple, and killing the Lizhards that spawn, who will drop the Solar Tablet Fragments.
    • However, crafting the Solar Tablet requires a Hardmode Anvil, so gathering the fragments pre-hardmode won't be of any benefit until one is obtained.
  • Fetid Baghnakhs are great weapons in surviving Solar Eclipses because of the fast speed and high damage
  • The KO Cannon is very effective against the pre-mechanical boss version.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Solar Eclipse enemies and their relationship to classic 20th century horror films.
  • Every enemy that spawns during a Solar Eclipse (except the Reaper and Eyezor) share the theme of classic 20th century horror films. (See image on the right and each enemy's individual page for movie references.)
  • The type of Solar Eclipse displayed is an annular solar eclipse.
    • In real life, such eclipses are extremely rare, happening less than once a year and rarely where people can see it.
  • When loading a world with a Solar Eclipse in progress, the sun that rises and sets on the loading screen is also in its eclipsed state.
  • During an Eclipse, the moon icon on the Sextant will turn red.
  • Originally, another enemy was planned for the Solar Eclipse, named the Severed Hand (it can still be seen in the image to the right). It was never added to the game, for unknown reasons. Despite this, there is still an unobtainable Severed Hand Banner.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Chance of a natural Solar Eclipse occurring decreased.
    • Slightly increased the chance for a Solar Eclipse to happen, from 1/30 to 1/25, but they will now only happen after killing a Mechanical Boss.
    • Solar Eclipses are no longer persistent between worlds.
  • 1.2: Introduced.
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