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Headless HorsemanHardmode exclusive
Headless Horseman.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
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 Banner
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. He is an exceptionally dangerous enemy due to his fast speed, high damage, and immunity to knockback. The Horseman's only attack is to charge forward and do a low, quick jump to reach the player.

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


  • 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 Expert or Master Mode, 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.


  • Due to his size, he cannot fit through 4 tile gaps or lower and can be taken out easily with ranged attacks.
  • Due to his immunity to knockback, it is ill-advised to attack him with close-range weapons since he 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 him easier to take down. It is also possible to place some Wood Platforms high above the ground to fire down on him without fear of him reaching you, but a sufficiently long platform may allow more to spawn on it instead.
  • His immunity to knockback can be used against it with weapons that do continuous damage, such as the Inferno Fork.
  • As he uses the same AI as the Unicorn enemy, it can be useful to practice avoiding the attacks of multiple Unicorns beforehand.


  • 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."



  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