Stake Launcher

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Stake Launcher
  • Stake Launcher item sprite
Autofire
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Uses ammoStake
Damage75 (Ranged)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance14%
Use time12 (Very fast) Desktop version / 26 (Average) Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version
Velocity9
Rarity08*Rarity level: 8
Sell10
Research1 required
The Stake launcher piercing through 9 Dummies, breaking on the 10th hit.

The Stake Launcher is a Hardmode, post-Plantera repeater-like weapon which auto-fires Stakes as ammunition. Stakes are not affected by gravity, pierce through 9 enemies, hitting a total of 10 enemies, and travel faster than most arrows. On the Desktop version Desktop version, the Stake Launcher applies a 10% damage penalty to the next hit for each enemy a projectile pierces. The Stake Launcher has a base 14% critical strike chance as opposed to the usual 4%. Additionally, it receives a substantial damage boost of 1000% against Vampires.

The Stake Launcher is dropped by Mourning Wood during the Pumpkin Moon event, and is always accompanied by 30 to 60 Stakes. The rate at which they drop scales based on the wave, starting at 2% from wave 4 and reaching a maximum of 20% during wave 15. Additional stakes are sold by the Witch Doctor and Arms Dealer while the Stake Launcher is in the player's inventory.

Its best modifier is Unreal.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Stake Launcher is considered an arrow-type weapon by the Magic Quiver, Shroomite armor, Desktop and Mobile versions and Archery Potion, and the Stakes it fires cannot be retrieved. It can use the zoom from the Sniper Scope.
  • The 1000% damage boost against Vampires is applied to the combined damage of Stake Launcher and Stake after all damage calculations (e.g. armor, accessories, buffs, randomized deviation, etc.) have been completed. However, it is applied before the damage is reduced by the enemy's defense.
  • Because of the absurdly high damage dealt to Vampires, the Stake Launcher is prone to setting off anti-cheat measures when used in some multiplayer servers.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Stake Launcher is easily one of the most powerful ranged weapons obtainable, given its extremely high damage (base of 100 with the Stakes), powerful knockback, high velocity, automatic fire, cheap ammunition, and the fact that said ammunition can pierce up to nine times and is not affected by gravity.
    • Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version The only downside would be the fire rate, which is relatively slow in comparison to other high-tier ranged weapons, like the Megashark.
  • With the correct setup, the Stake Launcher can deal up to about 5000 damage to Vampires.
  • This weapon is very effective against multi-segmented enemies like worms, as its piercing effect can damage multiple segments.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Stake Launcher's damage bonus references vampire folklore, in which the only way to completely kill a vampire is to drive a wooden stake through its heart.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Use time decreased from 26 to 12.
    • Applies a 10% damage penalty to the next hit for each enemy a projectile pierces.