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The Horseman's Blade

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The Horseman's Blade
  • The Horseman's Blade item sprite
Autoswing
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
TypeWeapon
Damage75 Melee
Knockback7.5 (Very Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time25 Fast
Velocity12
TooltipSummons Pumpkin heads to attack your enemies
RarityRarity Level: 8
Sell10 Gold Coin
The Horseman's Blade attack animation

The Horseman's Blade is a Hardmode, post-Plantera sword that summons homing pumpkin heads upon hitting an enemy. It is a rare drop and despite it being called Horseman's Blade, it drops from Pumpking, a boss from the Pumpkin Moon event, not the Headless Horseman.

Its best Modifier is Legendary.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The player is unable to turn while swinging the sword, similar to the Excalibur, Keybrand, or Falcon Blade.
  • The pumpkins will do the same amount of damage as the swing of the sword did and can also critically hit.
  • The sword can be seen in darkness, but casts no light on other objects.
  • Pumpkins may spawn and follow Spike Balls, enemy projectiles, and even bound NPCs.
  • The pumpkins won't spawn or home in on other players in PvP, but can damage other players if they are already spawned and happen to make contact.
  • Wearing full Frost Armor or a Fire Gauntlet, or using one of the many flasks that generate light on weapon swings, will cause pumpkin projectiles to glow as well.
  • If you hit a critter with the sword, pumpkins will not spawn. This is not the case on the Mobile version Mobile version and 3DS version 3DS version, where pumpkins will still spawn.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Attacking large segmented enemies such as the Destroyer or Wyvern with the blade will cause many pumpkins to spawn and attack, as each segment can be attacked, therefore counting them as different targets.
  • Using an automatic Statue farm, you can kill the statue-spawned enemies with the Horseman's Blade to make pumpkins spawn and attack other foes, which is especially useful while fighting bosses and enemies during the Pumpkin Moon and Frost Moon.
    • When doing this, make sure to use the respective banner of the statue enemy, as its buff will directly apply to the pumpkins. This will double your DPS in expert mode.
  • Because the pumpkins home in on enemies, this weapon is useful in many situations, such as attacking large groups of enemies in the post-Plantera Dungeon or during events.
  • When comparing to the Terra Blade, the Horseman's Blade's very strong knockback and homing projectiles compensate for its slower, less-damaging swing.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It's the third strongest sword in the game in Old-gen console version Old-gen console, Mobile version Mobile, and 3DS version3DS versions, being beaten only by the True Night's Edge and the Terra Blade by 13 base damage.
  • The Horseman's Blade can be considered a direct upgrade to the Bee Keeper.
  • The sword seems unusually larger than other swords when placed on a Weapon Rack.
  • Desktop versionConsole versionMobile Version3DS version Modifier prefixes are added in front of the "The" in its name, resulting in a grammatically incorrect name, such as "Legendary The Horseman's Blade". It shares this trait with all other items that can possess Modifiers and whose names begin with "The". This error is not present in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version.
  • In the Desktop version Desktop version and Console version Console version, the projectiles would still gather at Moon Lord's hands and head despite the True Eyes of Cthulhu have been summoned.
  • The pumpkin projectiles are called "Flaming Jack" in death messages. "Jack" may be just short for "Jack-o'-lantern".
  • The Horseman's Blade (and the Headless Horseman enemy) is a reference to the Headless Horseman featured in the 1820 gothic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by American author Washington Irving. During the story's climax, the main character is chased by the Headless Horseman who ultimately throws his head at him. The head is afterwards revealed to actually having been a pumpkin. The story has since been referenced many times, as well as linked to Halloween due to jack-o'-lanterns. In Disney's 1949 film adaptation The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, it appears as a Jack-o'-lantern on fire, which this item likewise might be a reference to.

History[edit | edit source]