Headless Horseman

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Headless HorsemanHardmode exclusive
Headless Horseman.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeUnicorn AI
Max Life10000/15000/22500
KB Resist100%
BannerHeadless Horseman BannerHeadless Horseman BannerDesktop versionConsole VersionMobile version3DS version
Immune toOn Fire!ConfusedPoisonedHellfire

The Headless Horseman is a Hardmode, post-Plantera enemy that starts to spawn beginning with wave 9 of the Pumpkin Moon event.

The Headless Horseman is an exceptionally dangerous enemy due to its fast speed, high damage, and immunity to knockback. The Horseman's only attack is to charge forward and do a low, but quick jump to reach the player.

Killing a Headless Horseman during the Pumpkin Moon event will add 25 points.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • In Classic mode, the Jack 'O Lantern Mask's drop chance increases linearly with the wave the Headless Horseman is defeated in (lowest drop chance in wave 9, highest drop chance in wave 15). In ExpertDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions or Master ModeDesktop and Mobile versions, the drop rate is always 5%.
  • Despite having the name referring to the Headless Horseman, The Horseman's Blade is not a drop from the Horseman, but the Pumpking.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Due to its size, it cannot fit through 4 tile gaps or lower and can be taken out easily with ranged attacks.
  • Due to its immunity to knockback, it is ill-advised to attack it with close-range weapons since it can easily overwhelm the player. Hitting it with rapid fire weapons can still slow it down, however.
  • Similar to most of the Pumpkin Moon enemies, making an arena where you have plenty of space to fly around in can make it easier to take down. It is also possible to place some Wood Platforms high above the ground to fire down on it without fear of it reaching you, but a sufficiently long platform may allow more to spawn on it instead.
  • Its immunity to knockback can be used against it with weapons that do continuous damage, such as the Inferno Fork.
  • As it uses the same AI as the Unicorn enemy, it can be useful to practice avoiding the attacks of multiple Unicorns beforehand.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Headless Horseman: "This menacing nightmare rides out into the night to harvest living souls on his seeing-eye horse, for he has no head of his own."

History[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 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