North Pole

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North Pole
  • North Pole item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Damage80 (Desktop version) / 73 (Console, Old-gen console, Mobile and 3DS versions) (Melee)
Knockback6.7 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time30 (Average) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) /
25 (Fast) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Velocity4.75
TooltipShoots an icy spear that rains snowflakes
RarityRarity level: 7
Sell9 GC
Research1 required
Projectiles created
  • North Pole
    North Pole
  • North Pole Spear
    North Pole Spear
  • North Pole Snowflake
    North Pole Snowflake
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
EntityQty.Rate
Ice QueenIce Queen.pngIce Queen15.19–10.37%15.56–31.11%

The North Pole is a Hardmode, post-Plantera spear that fires an icy spear projectile that costs no mana or ammunition. The spear projectile travels in a straight line in midair for half a second before being affected by gravity and can pierce up two enemies before dissipating upon contact with a solid block or upon impacting a third enemy. Additionally, the icy spear leaves behind a trail of damaging snowflakes which fall downwards and dissipate upon contact with an enemy or surface. The North Pole's spear projectile inflicts 85% of the weapon's base knockback (5.695 (Average)), while snowflakes inflict 46.75% of its base knockback (3.132 (Weak)). However, the weapon's damage values differ depending on the version.

  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The North Pole Spear projectile deals 100% of the weapon's base damage.[1] The North Pole's snowflakes deal 70% of the weapon's damage (56 damage).[2]
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The North Pole Spear projectile deals 80% of the weapon's damage (58 damage).[3] The North Pole's snowflakes deal 64% of the weapon's damage (46 damage).[4]

The North Pole is dropped by the Ice Queen during the Frost Moon event with a 5.19%–10.37% (15.56%–31.11%) chance depending on the current wave.[5]

Its best modifier is Godly or Demonic. Both modifiers increase the average damage output by the same amount.

Using the North Pole to attack Target Dummies. Note how the main projectile dissipates upon contact with a solid block or upon impacting a third enemy.

Notes

  • Traveling horizontally, the projectiles move at 57 mph.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) There can only be 187 snowflakes on the screen at any given time. After reaching this cap, spear projectiles cannot produce any more until some snowflakes begin dissipating.[6]
    • Additionally, every snowflake after 100 will spawn with 1% less damage. This can make them deal extremely low damage if the spear projectiles are launched high into the air. For example, while the 100th snowflake will still deal 64% weapon damage (46 base damage) as normal, the 150th snowflake will only deal 32% weapon damage (23 base damage), and the 187th snowflake, the last possible one, will only deal 8.32% weapon damage (6 base damage).
    • The high number of projectiles might trigger anti-cheat systems on some servers.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The snowflakes are affected by the direction of the wind, so make sure to adjust the aim to compensate.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Like most spears, the North Pole does not have autoswing.
  • The projectiles are affected by liquids; when used underwater they travel half the normal distance before being affected by gravity and arc downwards very sharply. This does not reduce the number of snowflakes spawned per projectile, however, leading to a denser cluster of flakes.
  • Holding this weapon will reduce melee speed boosts by half, which reduces the velocity increasing of the projectile from the melee speed boost.

Tips

  • Fighting enemies with this weapon out in the open gives it a huge advantage, especially when tackling groups of enemies during events. The North Pole's snowflake projectiles can easily fall upon and dispatch multiple targets at once.
  • Aim it straight up and launch the missile upwards, allowing all the snowflakes to descend and rain damage against large targets. This has a much higher rate of damage than even the Solar Eruption or Daybreak and can destroy weaker bosses or immobile targets like the Celestial Pillars with ease.
  • This spear can easily take care of worm enemies, including The Destroyer. Firing it up into the air creates waves of snowflakes which can easily damage the body all at once.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Using the Feral Claws or any of their upgrades will provide autoswing, making this weapon much easier to use.

Trivia

  • The North Pole is the northernmost point of the Earth, traditionally stated as the location of Santa Claus's home and workshop. Being a spear, like a pole, it uses the North Pole as a pun for it being dropped during the Christmas-themed Frost Moon event.
  • It is the only weapon obtainable from the Frost Moon event which has a Rarity level: 7 rarity while the others have the Rarity level: 8 rarity.
  • There is unused and disabled code for the North Pole that gives it a slash similar to that of the Gungnir. It appears blue in game and uses the default sizing for this effect.
The North Pole with its extension code enabled.

History

  • Desktop 1.4.4.8: Flakes that are very close to each other will now slightly push away from each other, resulting in flake spread when falling.
  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Use time increased from 25 to 30.
    • Now spawns half as many projectiles, but the damage of the spear projectile now deals base damage and the flakes deal 70% base, compared to the previous 80% for the spear projectile and 64% for the snowflakes.
    • Removed the projectile cap.
    • Removed the impact of wind on flakes. Their spawning position is now semi-randomized, so that they don't all fall in the exact location.
    • Spear projectiles and flakes now have a much shorter projectile lifetime.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Damage reduced from 75 to 73.
    • Added a projectile cap.
    • Fixed a bug where the North Pole projectile could attain enough gravity velocity to pass through blocks.
    • Can no longer fire through walls.
  • Console 1.06:
    • Damage reduced from 75 to 73.
    • Now has a projectile cap.
    • Can no longer fire through walls.
  • Mobile 1.2.12773: Fixed a bug where it would fire automatically upon entering a world.
  • 3DS 1.03: Introduced with mechanics of Desktop 1.2.3.

References

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.2 source code, method AI_019_Spears() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.2 source code, method AI() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method AI_019_Spears() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.
  4. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method AI() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.
  5. Detailed drop rates in each wave:
    W11:5.19%15.56%
    W12:5.19%15.56%
    W13:5.19%15.56%
    W14:6.22%31.11%
    W15:6.22%31.11%
    W16:7.78%31.11%
    W17:7.78%31.11%
    W18:7.78%31.11%
    W19:10.37%31.11%
    W20:10.37%31.11%
    See Frost Moon § Loot for more information.
  6. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method AI() in Terraria.Projectile.cs.