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PirateHardmode exclusive
PirateOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Pirate
Map Icon
AI TypePassive AI
Max Life250
KB Resist50%
This article is about the town NPC. For the enemies that spawn during the Pirate Invasion, see Pirates. For other uses, see Pirate (disambiguation).

The Pirate is a Hardmode NPC that appears after at least one Pirate Invasion has been defeated and a vacant house is available. He also has nearly the exact same texture as the Pirate Captain, an enemy from the Pirate Invasion.

On the PC version PC version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, Old Chinese version Old Chinese version, tModLoader version tModLoader version, and tModLoader 1 tModLoader 1.3-Legacy version, he will defend himself using either a gun or Cannon.

Items sold[]

Note: All item prices can be decreased by equipping a Discount Card or Greedy Ring. On the PC version PC version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and tModLoader version tModLoader version, prices can also be higher or lower based on the NPC's happiness level.
Item Cost Availability

CannonCannon 25 Always available.
CannonballCannonball 15 Always available.
Pirate HatPirate Hat 5 Always available.
Pirate ShirtPirate Shirt 5 Always available.
Pirate PantsPirate Pants 5 Always available.
SailSail 50 Always available.
Parrot CrackerParrot Cracker 375 When spoken to in an Ocean biome.
Bunny CannonBunny Cannon 50 When Party Girl is present, world is in Hardmode and one mechanical boss is defeated.
Explosive BunnyExplosive Bunny 35 When Party Girl is present, world is in Hardmode and one mechanical boss is defeated.
Any PylonAny Pylon 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Living preferences []


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Shimmered form []

Pirate (Shimmered) Map Icon Pirate (Shimmered)
Shimmered Pirate and his Map Icon.

When submerged in Shimmer, the Pirate will transform into his Shimmered form. This has no impact on gameplay or dialogue and is only a visual change. He can be returned to his classic look by submerging him in Shimmer again.


The Pirate may have any of the following names:

  • Black Beard
  • Captain Bullywort
  • Captain Morgan
  • Captain Stoney Dirt
  • David
  • Gunpowder Garry
  • Jack
  • Jake
  • James T. Beard
  • Red Beard
  • Wet Beard


Interaction quotes[]

    • "Stay off me booty, ya scallywag!"
    • "I'm no landlubber, but it's better to have lubbed and lost than never to have lubbed at all." (reference to "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" from Alfred Tennyson's poem In Memoriam A.H.H.)
    • "YAR! Funny ye should be mentionin' parrots b'cause...um...What t'were we talkin' 'bout?"
    • "*Yarr Blarr Harrdarr*"
    • "What in blazes are ye talkin' about? Moby Dick is mine!" (reference to the 1851 novel Moby-Dick)
    • "Yo ho ho and a bottle of....blinkroots!" (reference to the sea song "Dead Man's Chest")

    When Tavernkeep is present:

    • "About time we gotta barkeep around here! Me rum was almost gone!"

    If the player is female / Any gender :

    • "<Name of player>, Ye be one o' the finest lookin' lassies this here captain's seen in many a fortnight!"

    During a Party:

    • "After all that cake, you might have to call me White Beard for a while."

    During a Windy Day:

    • "Hoist the sails, ye curs! We pirates startin' a leg of a race! Yarharharr!"
    • "All hands on deck! A storm of wind be brewin'!"

    During Rain:

    • "Fish do fly in ye rainy skies! I seen it with me own eye!"
    • "Ha har! Rain!? Jus' another day fer a pirate."

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "Ahoy! Brace fer impact, swashbuckler! 'Tis a'mother of all tempests!"
    • "Great Charybdis! What manner of wrath er curses have ye sent on us now!?"

    When in a Graveyard:

    • "Hardee harr... the sea be a pirate's graveyard! Ye landlubbers waste ye time!"
    • "Arr... hate to say it, but many me mateys put these holes in the ground... if ye catch me drift!"
  • Happiness quotes []

  • When homeless:

    • "The open sea's me true home, but if I be landlocked for awhile... well I need me shelter, matey."

    When far from home:

    • "Me bed and me rum be callin' me name back home."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "'Tis like having me very own galleon, matey!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "Avast! Too many landlubbers on me ship be foulin' my mood."
    • "Ye too hate the feelin' that a mutiny be comin'? Too many scallywags gettin' close to me quarters."

    When in the Ocean:

    • "Hardy har har, matey, the Ocean is me true home!"

    When in the Caverns:

    • "Argh, the Underground be a bit cramped for me style, ye scurvy dog!"

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Arr, the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon be the foulest chunk 'o dry land ever traversed!"

    When near the Angler:

    • "Ahoy, me takes <Name of Angler> under me wing, landlubber. Me love raisin' sea pups!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "Yarr, <Name of Princess>'d fetch a hefty reward on the seas... jus' kidding, she's me favorite lass."

    When near the Tavernkeep:

    • "Har Har! Melikes how <Name of Tavernkeep> brings ye best bottle o' rum."

    When near the Stylist:

    • "Ye know me don't like that <Name of Stylist> tries to cut me beard, I've slit scurvy throats fer less!"

    When near the Guide:

    • "Me want to make <Name of Guide> walk ye plank, sea dog! Hate the coddlin' and the dastardly smell!"

    When neutral:

    • "Yarr. I be in ship shape!"
  • Notes[]

    • Like the Steampunker and Santa Claus, the pirate's spawn requirements do not necessarily require the world to be in Hardmode. However, at least one Hardmode world is required to obtain the event-summoning item.
    • Old-gen console version In the housing menu, his description states "I think he lost his boat".


    • The Pirate looks like the Pirate Captain from the Pirate Invasion (minus the gold gloves on the enemy's sprite).
    • Many of the Pirate's possible names allude to historical captains (though the "pirate" status of many of these figures is contested to this day):
    • Although the Cyborg says that the Pirate treats him favorably, the Cyborg does not appear to affect the Pirate's Happiness.
    • Rarely, both the Pirate and the Guide can have the same name (Jake or Jack).
    • During a Party, other than donning a party hat, his sleeves also appear different.
    • The flaming pumpkins from The Horseman's Blade will home in on the Pirate even though he is not an enemy.
    • Apparently the Pirate has a soft spot for the Angler and wants to teach him to be a pirate.
    • The Pirate sometimes defecates, similar to the pirate minion.
    • His party quote may be a reference to Edward Newgate from Anime/Manga One Piece

    The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Pirate: "Ahoy! The only good Pirate Captain is... one that sells cannons and weapons to take out all competing Pirate Captains!"

    • His shimmered form is likely a reference to the long-standing trope of ghost pirates, such as those of the Flying Dutchman.