The Black Spot is a mount-summon item dropped by the Flying Dutchman in Master Mode with a 25*1/4 (25%) chance. It summons a rideable Pirate Ship Mount which can fly infinitely.
The Pirate Ship Mount has a max horizontal flight speed of 36 mph, a diagonal speed of 54 mph, and a vertical speed of 41 mph. It moves slightly slower (30 mph) when in a body of water.
Upon achieving 20 mph, a ring of gold particles appears around the player and trails behind the mount, imitating the visual of a sonic boom. Once these particles are displayed, the Pirate Ship Mount begins dealing 94-100 damage upon ramming enemies. The damage is boosted by items that boost summon damage.
The Flying Dutchman can be fought before beating any of the mechanical bosses, making it the only mount with infinite flight obtainable before any Hardmode boss fights. However, the immense difficulty of the Master Mode, early-hardmode Pirate Invasion leads most players to obtain it later.
However, since most enemies in Pirate Invasion have no attacks that pass through blocks (except the Pirate's Curse that spawns after defeating Pirate Captain), utilizing the Daedalus Stormbow, Meteor Staff or other weapons which can make effective attacks from inside an enclosed space, and making farming setups such as lava traps could enable efforts to farm The Black Spot in early Hardmode.
The Pirate Ship Mount matches Cute Fishron's underwater speed bonus, but maintains its speed whether in air or water. However, its acceleration, turning, and stopping rates are relatively slow, making it less agile than other flying mounts. The acceleration also makes its ramming capabilities difficult to utilize.
The mount is 5 blocks tall, unlike most other mounts which are 4. This can make it a bit of a pain to mine with horizontally compared to Toy Tank or most other mounts in general.
The item is a reference to the adventure novel Treasure Island by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, where pieces of paper marked with a black spot play an important role.
It may be possible that the item also refers to the real life black spot of pirate times, which meant death for a receiving pirate
The buff tooltip may be a nod to the movie Captain Phillips where the pirate Abduwali Muse says "I'm the captain now", a phrase commonly used within meme communities on the internet.
Prior to the 1.4.1 update, this mount was widely considered to be the best mount in the game, despite being obtainable before any of the mechanical bosses have been defeated. This lead to many of the upcoming boss fights to be easily cheesed, by being able to run away at such high speeds. Unfortunately there is no mount that is effective as this mount previously was.
The only mount that matches its prior speed is Cute Fishron in water or rain, that is very hard to gather in early Hardmode due to dropping from Duke Fishron, who is typically fought after Golem.
This page was last edited on 17 November 2020, at 07:04.
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