Pirate Captain

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Pirate CaptainHardmode exclusive
Pirate Captain.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage70/140/210 (contact)
306090 (Bullet)
200400600 (Cannonball)
Max Life3000/6000/9000 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
2000 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Defense30 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
28 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
KB Resist100%
BannerPirate Captain BannerPirate Captain Banner(Desktop, Console, Mobile and 3DS versions)
Immune toConfused
Coins5 GC12 GC50 SC
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • 0.1% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
    0.05% (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
  • 0.2% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
    0.1% (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
  • 0.4% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
    0.2% (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
  • Pirate StaffPirate Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
    0.4% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
    0.2% (Old-gen console version)
  • Gold RingGold Ring(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • 2%
Projectiles created
Projectiles created
Projectiles created
  • Deadeye Bullet
    Deadeye Bullet
  • Cannonball (hostile)
    Cannonball (hostile)
This article is about the enemy. For the NPC that spawns after defeating the invasion, see Pirate.

The Pirate Captain is a Hardmode enemy which appears during the Pirate Invasion event. Upon being within line of sight of the player, he attacks using an assault rifle-like gun that shoots at a speed comparable to the Minishark, then stops to fire a single cannonball from its underbarrel mounted cannon while stationary. The cannonball has a short range and detonates upon impact with blocks, much like those fired from the Flying Dutchman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and deals immense amounts of damage.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, a Pirate's Curse will be spawned when a Pirate Captain is killed. It will slowly drift towards the player through walls much like Wraiths.

He is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) or its upgrades. The Pirate Captain requires 25 kills to be awarded completion of his Bestiary entry and corresponding banner, as opposed to the usual 50 kills.


  • Only one Pirate Captain can exist at a time, but multiple can spawn over the course of an invasion.


  • Like the Flying Dutchman, the Pirate Captain has a significantly higher chance to drop the rare items than other enemies, so focusing on him will help obtain said items. Compared to the other pirates, the Captains yield rare drops about 4 times as often.
  • Players may want to focus on taking out other pirates first, as Pirate Captains will spawn again after killing the first one, and make the same amount of progress after being killed.


  • The Pirate Captain drops the third most coins of any non-boss enemy, tied with the Paladin.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Pirate Captain: "A pirate captain's love for riches is only rivaled by his obsession with heavy gunpowder and large, rampart-shattering cannons!"


  • Desktop
    • Health increased from 2000 to 3000.
    • Defense increased from 28 to 30.
    • Can now drop his own respective banner.