Pirate Staff

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Pirate Staff
  • Pirate Staff item spriteold Pirate Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage40 / 32 (Summon)
Knockback6 (Average) /
2 (Very weak)
Use time36 (Very slow)
TooltipSummons pirates to fight for you
RarityRarity level: 5
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe pirate will fight for you
Projectiles created
  • One Eyed Pirate
    One Eyed Pirate
  • Soulscourge Pirate
    Soulscourge Pirate
  • Pirate Captain
    Pirate Captain
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Flying DutchmanAnimated Flying Dutchman.gifFlying Dutchman16.67%
Pirate CaptainPirate Captain.pngPirate Captain10.4%
Pirate CorsairPirate Corsair.pngPirate Corsair10.1%
Pirate CrossbowerPirate Crossbower.pngPirate Crossbower10.1%
Pirate DeadeyePirate Deadeye.pngPirate Deadeye10.1%
Pirate DeckhandPirate Deckhand.pngPirate Deckhand10.1%

The Pirate Staff is a Hardmode summon weapon that spawns a Pirate minion, which attacks nearby enemies by pursuing and leaping onto the closest target while slashing at them with a small sword. Pirate minions attack enemies at a rate of once every 0.3 seconds per damaged enemy and trigger static immunity frames. Like other minions, the summoned Pirate 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 Pirate Staff has a 0.1*1/1000 (0.1%) / 0.05*1/2000 (0.05%) chance to be dropped by regular pirates (except Parrots) during the Pirate Invasion event. The Pirate Staff has an increased 0.4*1/250 (0.4%) / 0.2*1/500 (0.2%) chance to be dropped from Pirate Captains, and a higher 6.67*1/15 (6.67%) / 1*1/100 (1%) chance to be dropped by the Flying Dutchman.

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 Pirate Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.


  • The Pirate Staff is quite the rare item. On average, it will take 6–7 complete Pirate Invasions before this item drops (assuming the player can kill two Flying Dutchmen and 200 pirates per invasion).
  • In Celebrationmk10 worlds, the Pirate Staff can be purchased from the Princess for 5 after a Pirate Invasion has been defeated.


  • The Pirate Staff is exceptionally deadly against ground-based enemies and bosses, or enemies with multiple segments such as The Destroyer, as each pirate will deal its full listed damage on every segment.
  • Because the pirates are grounded minions with a limited jump height, the Pirate Staff is ineffective against flying enemies and bosses with very high mobility, such as The Twins.


  • Each time the pirate minion is summoned, it will randomly take on one of three possible sprite graphics, all of which are functionally identical. In the game code, they are called the "One Eyed Pirate", "Pirate Captain", and "Soulscourge Pirate".
    • The "One Eyed Pirate" variant seems to resemble a miniature version of the Pirate Deadeye enemy.
  • The pirates seem to use a miniature version of the Falcon Blade when attacking.
Pirate minion feces 1.png Pirate minion feces 2.png Pirate minion feces 3.png
The three variations of the minion's feces.
  • The pirates will defecate occasionally, similar to their behavior in the Pixel Piracy game, and similar to the effect of activating a Toilet. This has no functional effect.
    • This occurs every 30–40 seconds of the pirate not moving horizontally.[1]
  • This item is one of several crossover references to the game Pixel Piracy.
A parrot carrying a pirate minion.
  • If the player strays too far from a pirate, a parrot will carry it back to the player.
The Pirate Staff in use.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Drop rates doubled outright. The increased drop rate from Pirate Captains has also been doubled.
    • Flying Dutchman now has a substantially increased chance of dropping this item, with a 1/15 chance.
  • Desktop Can now be purchased from the Princess in Celebrationmk10 worlds after defeating a Pirate Invasion.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI_067_FreakingPirates() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is