Guide:Pirate Invasion strategies

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  • The Event

    Flying DutchmanHardmode exclusive
    Animated Flying Dutchman.gif
    Map Icon Flying Dutchman.png
    Map Icon
    Classic mode icon.png Classic
    Expert mode icon.png Expert
    Master mode icon.png Master
    AI TypeFlying Dutchman AI
    Max Life50/100/150 (core) + 80001600024000 (4 cannons)
    KB Resist100%
    Immune toAll debuffs
    Dutchman Cannon
    Dutchman Cannon.png
    Classic mode icon.png Classic
    Expert mode icon.png Expert
    Master mode icon.png Master
    Boss Part
    AI TypeRider AI
    Damage30/60/90 (contact)
    60120180 (Cannonball)
    Max Life2000/4000/6000
    KB Resist100%
    Immune toAll debuffs except Whip debuffs
    • Cannonball (hostile)
      Cannonball (hostile)

    The Pirate Invasion is an event where numerous pirates invade the spawn point. It can occur in Hardmode randomly or by using a Pirate MapPirate Map after an altar has been destroyed and the player has 200 or more max health. If those requirements have been fulfilled, there is a 3.27% chance if one has yet to be defeated, and a 1.96% chance if one has been defeated.


    • The ParrotParrot will fly about, trying to deal contact damage. It does not drop much and killing one will not help complete the event.
    • The Pirate CaptainPirate Captain uses a gun and a cannon. The gun rapid-fires bullets, and the cannon will fire projectiles that explode on contact with a solid object, dealing very high damage. The captain drops a vast amount of loot. Only one can exist at a time.
    • Pirate CorsairPirate Corsairs are the sword-wielding scalawags. They deal melee damage and move fairly rapidly. They drop even more loot than the Captain.
    • Pirate CrossbowerPirate Crossbowers are one of the ranged pillagers of the event. They use their crossbows to fire flaming arrows from a distance. They drop the same amount of loot as their low-class cousins (all but the captain, his parrots, his ghost, and his ship). With their debuff and considerable damage, they are one of the larger threats if in the open.
    • Pirate DeadeyePirate Deadeyes carry bullet-firing guns. They are very inaccurate and are likely to miss. Nevertheless, one should take care to avoid their bullets if in the open.
    • Unarmed Pirate DeckhandPirate Deckhands can only attack via contact damage.
    • Pirate's CursePirate's Curses(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) are the skeletal remains of the captain. They appear after the captain dies. They act like wraiths, flying through blocks, and are immune to traps. Specifically designed to thwart exploitation of the grounded enemies, these are a large threat to those in enclosed shelters.
    • The mini-boss of the event, the Flying DutchmanFlying Dutchman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) has four cannons that fire towards the player, and goes down once all four are destroyed. The Dutchman has the highest chance of loot drops.

    General Strategies

    General Tips

    This content is transcluded from Guide:Practical tips § Combat.

    • For nocturnal bosses, starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat the boss. In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone and their upgrades are also useful at night.
    • Boss battles can be won or lost before the battle ever starts. Choose your equipment and have it ready; find and/or make potions and placed buffs; use the highest-tier food you have available; set up an arena appropriate to the boss; learn the strategies for the boss you're facing.
    • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfireCampfires and Heart LanternHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Star in a BottleStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic. Bast StatueBast Statues(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden Gnomes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) (if underground) proper torch placement will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. The Torch God's Favor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) helps with this. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) SunflowerSunflowers provide the Happy!Happy!(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) buff to nearby players, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
    • Always carry around a stack of the highest-tier healing potion available, as relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea. Depending on the game stage, this can include items such as Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potions or HoneyfinHoneyfins. On the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions, Restoration PotionRestoration Potions are healing potions with a shorter cooldown.
    • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's Blessing(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some Silver Coincoins.
    • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
    • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with Dart TrapTraps and helpful Heart StatueHeart and Star StatueStar Statues. The former helps to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to 1 Second Timertimers to activate them infinitely.
    • In Hardmode, the Brand of the InfernoBrand of the Inferno(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and Sergeant United ShieldSergeant United Shield(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can be used to parry incoming contact damage.
    • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of Hearts. Note that this will prevent any Heart Statues from spawning new Hearts.
    • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening Station(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ammo BoxAmmo Box(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), Crystal BallCrystal Ball, Bewitching TableBewitching Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), War TableWar Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Slice of CakeSlice of Cake(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to have, with the first five being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpened(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ammo Box (buff)Ammo Box(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitched(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), StrategistStrategist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Sugar RushSugar Rush(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), respectively.

    Terrain Preparation

    Do not attempt to fight the Pirate Invasion in an open space during early Hardmode. The amount of enemies coupled with their abundant projectiles will quickly overwhelm an inexperienced or underequipped player. Instead, consider some simple preparation. With a secure, enclosed space, the event can be made easy. Simply construct a box-shaped building on or off the ground. When inside the box, no enemies will be able to reach the player. Attacking enemies will require weapons that can attack around or through blocks. If the player does not possess such weapons, their only option will be to place holes in the walls and fire projectiles through them, taking care not to be hit by enemy projectiles. It is best to place these holes in ceilings or floors to make it harder for ground enemies to fire into them. The Flying Dutchman cannot pass through blocks, so it will remain stuck against the walls of the box where the player can easily destroy its cannons. Do note that the Pirate's Curses, with trap immunity and the ability to fly through blocks, will be a large threat to those in shelter. It can help to make the shelter larger for space to dodge and fight the Curse.

    Gearing Up



    For Melee Users
    For Ranged Users
    For Magic Users
    • The Flower of FrostFlower of Frost is useful for debuffs. The Flower of FireFlower of Fire is a weaker version.
    • The Life DrainLife Drain(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is great against crowds, while the Clinger StaffClinger Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is useful for barriers. The Nimbus RodNimbus Rod can be used for damaging passersby. The Frost StaffFrost Staff is also good.
    • The Golden ShowerGolden Shower, the Cursed FlamesCursed Flames, and the Crystal StormCrystal Storm are all good weapons for debuffs and rapid damage respectively. The Demon ScytheDemon Scythe can be used for close combat.
    • The Sky FractureSky Fracture(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is a very powerful weapon and can deal high damage to both crowds and single targets. However, it requires a Magic MissileMagic Missile, necessitating exploration of the Dungeon.
    • The Medusa HeadMedusa Head(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can attack multiple enemies at once if obtained.
    • The Spirit FlameSpirit Flame(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) has homing and powerful damage.
    • The Crystal SerpentCrystal Serpent(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is good against crowds.
    • The Unholy TridentUnholy Trident is a good weapon, but it is dropped by deadly Red DevilRed Devils.
    • The Crystal Vile ShardCrystal Vile Shard(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is weak and possesses limited range, but attacks directly through blocks and is useful for attacking enemies stuck outside the player's shelter.
    For Summoners
    • The Spider StaffSpider Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) is available early, and a solid improvement over the Pre-Hardmode options, especially with the spiders' ability to latch onto enemies (putting walls behind the arena can make the spiders more mobile). If the Dreadnautilus has been defeated, the Sanguine Staff is a very powerful option.
    • For sentries, one should use the Queen Spider StaffQueen Spider Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) as it is the best one available.