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 stats bonuses, but these primarily affect the initial summon rather than the resulting minion. Additionally, Minions cannot deal Critical hits. The only significant advantage a Mythical Tempest Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.
- 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.
- During rain, the shark projectiles may resemble umbrellas
- 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.
- Desktop 188.8.131.52: Removed tooltip ‘1 minute duration’. This is probably because the time limit was never actually implemented.
- Console 1.07: Introduced with mechanics from Desktop 184.108.40.206.
- 3DS-Release: Introduced with mechanics from Desktop 220.127.116.11.