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 version Desktop version and Console version Console 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 FritzDesktop VersionConsole Version
Reaper.png Reaper Old-gen console versionMobile Version
The Possessed.png The PossessedDesktop VersionConsole Version

Desktop VersionConsole Version After defeating all
    Mechanical Bosses:

Baby Mothron.png Baby MothronDesktop VersionConsole Version
Mothron.png MothronDesktop VersionConsole Version
Reaper.png Reaper Desktop VersionConsole Version

Desktop VersionConsole Version After defeating Plantera:

Butcher.png ButcherDesktop VersionConsole Version
Deadly Spheres.png Deadly SpheresDesktop VersionConsole Version
Dr. Man Fly.png Dr. Man FlyDesktop VersionConsole Version
Nailhead.png NailheadDesktop VersionConsole Version
Psycho.png PsychoDesktop VersionConsole Version


Eyezor Banner.png Eyezor Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
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 VersionConsole Version
Creature from the Deep Banner.png Creature from the Deep Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
Deadly Sphere Banner.png Deadly Sphere Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
Dr. Man Fly Banner.png Dr. Man Fly Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
Fritz Banner.png Fritz Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
Mothron Banner.png Mothron Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
Nailhead Banner.png Nailhead Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
Psycho Banner.png Psycho Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version
The Possessed Banner.png The Possessed Banner Desktop VersionConsole Version

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 ButcherDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Butcher's Chainsaw.png Butcher's ChainsawDesktop VersionConsole Version

From Creature from the DeepDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Neptune's Shell.png Neptune's Shell

From Deadly SpheresDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Deadly Sphere Staff.png Deadly Sphere Staff (Post-Plantera) Desktop VersionConsole Version

From Dr. Man FlyDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Toxic Flask.png Toxic Flask (Post-Plantera) Desktop VersionConsole Version

From MothronDesktop VersionConsole Version:

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

From NailheadDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Nail Gun.png Nail GunDesktop VersionConsole Version
Nail Desktop VersionConsole Version
(Only if Nail Gun dropped)

From PsychoDesktop VersionConsole Version:

Psycho Knife.png Psycho KnifeDesktop VersionConsole Version

Old-gen console versionMobile Version 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 VersionConsole Version

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 version Mobile version, if you quit the game when the Solar Eclipse message is shown, the event will not occur.
  • On the Mobile version Mobile version and Old-gen console version Old-gen 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.
  • On the 3DS version you can escape the enemies spawned by the Solar Eclipse by going on a floating island, but it will not stop the enemies that spawn naturally there from spawning. eg. Harpy, Wyvern.

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, like it does with a Blood Moon.
  • 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]

  • Desktop
    • 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.
Random Events Rain • Slime RainDesktop VersionConsole Version • Blood Moon • SandstormDesktop Version • Solar Eclipse
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Seasonal Events Valentine's DayMobile Version3DS version • St. Patrick's DayMobile Version • EasterMobile Version3DS version • OktoberfestMobile Version3DS version • ThanksgivingMobile Version3DS version • Halloween • Christmas
Unimplemented Events Chinese New YearMobile Version
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