Stake Launcher

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Stake Launcher
  • Stake Launcher item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Uses ammoStake
Damage75 (Ranged)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance14%
Use time12 (Very fast) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) /
26 (Average) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Velocity9 (not affected by ammo)
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell10 GC
Research1 required
  • Stake item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage25 (Ranged)
Knockback4.5 (Average)
Base Velocity3
Velocity Multiplier
RarityRarity level: 0
Buy15 CC
Sell3 CC
Research99 required
Projectile created
  • Stake
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
EntitySpecial dropRate
Mourning WoodMourning Wood.gifMourning WoodStake LauncherStake Launcher
+ StakeStake (30–60)
The Stake Launcher piercing through nine Target Dummies, breaking on the tenth hit.

The Stake Launcher is a Hardmode, post-Plantera repeater-like weapon which auto-fires Stakes as ammunition. Stakes are unaffected by gravity and pierce through up to nine enemies, dissipating upon hitting a tenth, while also traveling faster than most arrows. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Stake Launcher applies a 10% damage penalty to the next hit for each enemy the Stake projectile pierces. The Stake Launcher has a base 14% critical strike chance as opposed to the usual 4%. Additionally, it receives a substantial damage boost of 1000% against Vampires.

The Stake Launcher is dropped by the Mourning Wood during the Pumpkin Moon event with a 2–20% (5–20%) chance depending on the current wave.[1] When dropped, the Stake Launcher is always accompanied by 30 to 60 Stakes. Additional Stakes are sold by the Witch Doctor and Arms Dealer for 15 CC each while the Stake Launcher is in the player's inventory.

Its best modifier is Unreal.


  • The Stake Launcher is considered an arrow-type weapon by the Magic Quiver, Shroomite armor, (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and Archery Potion, and the Stakes it fires cannot be retrieved. However, it is considered a gun by the Rifle Scope and its upgrades, allowing it to use the zoom function.
  • The 1000% damage boost against Vampires is applied to the combined damage of Stake Launcher and Stake after all damage calculations (e.g. armor, accessories, buffs, randomized deviation, etc.) have been completed. However, it is applied before the damage is reduced by the enemy's defense.
    • Note that this boost does not affect Vampire Miners(Old-gen console and 3DS versions).
  • Because of the absurdly high damage dealt to Vampires, the Stake Launcher is prone to setting off anti-cheat measures when used in some multiplayer servers.


  • The Stake Launcher is easily one of the most powerful ranged weapons obtainable, given its extremely high damage (base of 100 with the Stakes), powerful knockback, high velocity, automatic fire, cheap ammunition, and the fact that said ammunition can pierce up to nine times and is not affected by gravity.
    • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The only downside would be the fire rate, which is relatively slow in comparison to other high-tier ranged weapons, like the Megashark.
  • The Stake Launcher is very effective against multi-segmented enemies like worms, as its piercing effect can damage multiple segments.


  • The Stake Launcher's damage bonus references vampire folklore, in which the only way to completely kill a vampire is to drive a wooden stake through its heart.


  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Use time decreased from 26 to 12.
    • Applies a 10% damage penalty to the next hit for each enemy a projectile pierces.


  1. Pumpkin Moon enemies have a greater chance of dropping loot in later waves than in earlier waves (except for guaranteed drops such as Spooky Wood, and, on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, except for trophies – which never drop except in Wave 15 when they will always drop). Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method RegisterBoss_PumpkinMoon() in Terraria.GameContent.ItemDropRules.ItemDropDatabase.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is