Frost Staff

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Frost Staff
  • Frost Staff item spriteold Frost Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage46 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 43 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Magic)
Knockback5 (Average)
Mana12 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 14 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Critical chance4%
Use time12 (Very fast) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 20 (Very fast) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
TooltipShoots a stream of frost
RarityRarity level: 5
Sell4 GC
Research1 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffFrostbiteFrostbite(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Debuff tooltipIt's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts
Chance100% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Duration7 seconds
Projectile created
  • Frost Bolt
    Frost Bolt
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Ice ElementalIce Elemental.pngIce Elemental12%
Icy MermanIcy Merman.pngIcy Merman12%
Not to be confused with Staff of the Frost Hydra.
The Frost Staff in action. Notice how it pierces the first enemy, but not the second.

The Frost Staff is a Hardmode magic weapon that has a 1/50 (2%) drop chance from Icy Mermen and Ice Elementals, both of which are found in the Snow biome or Ice biome. The Frost Staff shoots a frost bolt which travels in a straight line, pierces a single enemy, then disappears after striking a second and (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) also inflicts the Frostbite debuff upon contact.

Its best modifier is Mythical.


  • If obtained early in Hardmode, it can be fairly effective until better weapons are obtained. With its fast speed, average and fair knockback, it can deal with crowds of enemies.


  • The Frost Staff functions somewhat similarly to a gem staff.
  • It is shaped very similarly to the Imp Staff.
  • In's official changelog, this weapon is incorrectly referred to as "Staff of Frost"

See also

  • Ice RodIce Rod, a similarly snow/ice-themed weapon. It is purchased from the Wizard NPC.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Use time decreased from 16 to 12.
    • Now inflicts Frostbite.
  • Desktop
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was: Frost Staff (old).png
    • Use Time decreased from 20 to 16.
    • Mana cost decreased from 14 to 12.
  • Desktop Unknown: The projectile shot by the Frost Staff is no longer stacked; if an enemy had more health than a single projectile could hit, the other projectile would also hit the enemy, meaning that piercing would only apply if the enemy could be killed with a single projectile.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Damage decreased from 53 to 43.
    • Mana usage increased from 10 to 14.