Hornet Staff

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Hornet Staff
  • Hornet Staff item spriteold Hornet Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage12 / 9 (Summon)
Knockback2 (Very weak)
Use time22 (Fast)
TooltipSummons a hornet to fight for you
RarityRarity level: 3
Sell70 !!Error: Invalid EICONS input! / 1
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe hornet will fight for you
Projectile created
  • Hornet
This article is about the minion summoning item. For the bee pets, see Beeswax and Nectar.
The Hornet Staff attacking a Skeleton.

The Hornet Staff is a pre-Hardmode summon weapon. It spawns a hornet minion that follows the player and attacks enemies with a ranged stinger attack, similar to the Hornet enemy's attack. The stingers travel in a straight line, do not pierce, and inflict the Poisoned debuff for 4–7 seconds. Like other minions, the summoned Hornet 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 Hive Pack increases the firing rate of Hornet summons by about 30%.

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 Hornet Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Hornet StaffHornet StaffIron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil


  • The Hornet Staff has one of the fastest attack speeds out of all the ranged minions, comparable to the Stardust Cell Staff.

See also


  • Desktop 1.4.4: The Hive Pack now increases the firing rate of Hornet Summons by about 30%.
  • Desktop
    • Added requirement of 10 mana.
    • Fixed a bug where the minion buff did not disappear upon leaving a world.