Deadly Sphere Staff

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Deadly Sphere Staff
  • Deadly Sphere Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage40 (Summon)
Knockback2 (Very weak)
Use time36 (Very slow)
TooltipSummons a deadly sphere to fight for you
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell10 GC
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffDeadly SphereDeadly Sphere(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Buff tooltipThe Deadly Sphere will fight for you
Projectile created
  • Deadly Sphere
    Deadly Sphere
  • Internal Item ID: 3249 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 161 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Projectile ID: 533
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Deadly Sphere(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Deadly Sphere.gifDeadly Sphere(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)13.33%6.56%
The Deadly Sphere Staff attacking a Mimic.

The Deadly Sphere Staff is a Hardmode, post-Plantera summoning weapon that summons a Deadly Sphere minion. The Deadly Sphere minion passively levitates around the player and attacks enemies by charging into them at high velocity. Once every three attacks, it briefly stops in place to cycle through one of four visual forms before continuing to attack its chosen target. The Deadly Sphere's forms are circulated in a predetermined order and are entirely cosmetic. It cannot move through blocks. Like other minions, the summoned Deadly Sphere is invincible and follows the player for an unlimited amount of time, unless the player dies, summons a replacement minion, cancels the buff, or leaves the world. The Deadly Sphere Staff has a 1/30 (3.33%) / 59/900 (6.56%) chance to drop from Deadly Spheres during the Solar Eclipse event.

Its best modifier is Ruthless. The Mythical modifier provides the widest array of stat bonuses, but these primarily affect the initial summon rather than the resulting minion. Additionally, minions cannot deal critical hits. The only lasting advantage a Mythical Deadly Sphere Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.


  • The minions can be summoned anywhere on the screen, even on solid tiles, and give off light, making the weapon useful for cave exploration.


  • The staff may appear or be reforged with the Deadly modifier, resulting in the name "Deadly Deadly Sphere Staff". A similar trick can be done with the Lucky Horseshoe, the Lucky Coin, and the Arcane Flower.
  • Like the enemy that drops it, this item is a reference to the 1979 American science fantasy horror film Phantasm.
  • One of the designs for the Deadly Sphere resembles a TIE Advanced, a fictional starfighter in the American epic space-opera media franchise Star Wars. However, it is actually a visual reference to a variant of the sphere seen in the 1988 American science fantasy action-horror film Phantasm II, the sequel to Phantasm.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Drop rate increased from 1/40 (2.5%) / 79/1600 (4.94%) to 1/30 (3.33%) / 59/900 (6.56%).
    • Damage reduced from 50 to 40.
    • Now uses local immune frames.
    • Aggro range has been increased, so it will attempt to engage enemies from further distances. Additionally, improved how its "dash" movement is able to engage enemies at a distance.
    • Deadly Spheres now return to the player more quickly.
    • Fixed a bug that caused Deadly Spheres to spontaneously de-aggro from enemies in the middle of combat.
  • Desktop Enemy immune frames caused by Deadly Sphere attacks have been reduced from 10 to 8.