Bone Helm

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Bone Helm
  • Bone Helm item sprite
  • Bone Helm equipped
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipSummons shadow hands to attack your foes
'I've got a headache just looking at it.'
RarityRarity level: Rainbow
Sell2 GC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Shadow Hand (friendly)
    Shadow Hand (friendly)
Obtained from Obtained from
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Treasure Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Treasure Bag (Deerclops)Treasure Bag
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
The Bone Helm attacking Skeletons.

The Bone Helm is a pre-Hardmode accessory that summons Shadow Hand projectiles to damage enemies. These Shadow Hands spawn a distance from enemies before flying at them, piercing anything in their path including through blocks. Their flight behavior mirrors the Shadow Hands found in the Deerclops fight, either flying straight or swerving harshly in flight. The Bone Helm is always dropped from Deerclops' Treasure Bag in Expert Mode.


  • The Shadow Hand projectile deals 18 base damage and no knockback.[1] It can pierce up to two enemies, dissipating upon hitting a third one, and applies a 15% damage penalty to the next hit for each enemy the projectile pierces.[2]
    • The damage is classless, i.e. it is not affected by specific bonuses to melee/ranged/magic/summon damage.
    • The projectile also has 20 armor penetration.[2]
  • After summoning a Shadow Hand, the Bone Helm has a cooldown of between 0.33 seconds and 1.67 seconds until it spawns the next Shadow Hand.[1]
  • The accessory targets any random enemy that is within 31.25 tiles from the player.[1]


  • The Bone Helm is very useful in tier 1 of the Old One's Army, since the Shadow Hands can pierce many enemies and will also target the Etherian Wyverns.
  • Like other passively attacking accessories, it can be useful during menial tasks such as fishing or automated farming.


  • The Bone Helm is the third passively attacking accessory, following the Volatile Gelatin and the Spore Sac. All of these items are exclusive to Expert Mode, but only the Bone Helm can be obtained pre-Hardmode.
  • Despite being an accessory, the Bone Helm's sprite will override any cosmetic in the player's helmet slot.
  • The tooltip is a reference to Willow's examination quote for the Bone Helm in Don't Starve Together.
  • When wearing Yoraiz0r's Spell and the Bone Helm, the eye glow will be moved up to match the Bone Helm's eye socket, resembling the Ancient Fuelweaver from Don't Starve Together.

See also


  • Desktop Corrected the Bone Helm's offset on the minimap in reverse gravity.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method SpawnHallucination() in Terraria.Player.cs.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method Damage() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.