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Pirate CaptainHardmode exclusive
Pirate Captain.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage70/140/210 (melee)
200400600 (cannonball)
306090 (gun)
Max Life3000/6000/9000
KB Resist100%
BannerPirate Captain BannerPirate Captain Banner
Immune toConfused
This article is about the enemy. For the NPC that spawns after defeating the invasion, see Pirate.

The Pirate Captain is a Hardmode enemy which appears during a Pirate Invasion. He attacks using an assault rifle-like gun that shoots at a speed comparable to the Minishark, then stops to fire its underbarrel mounted cannon. The cannonball has a short range and detonates upon impact with blocks, much like those fired from the Flying Dutchman. The Pirate Captain is immune to knockback.

When a Pirate Captain is killed, a Pirate's Curse is spawned, and will slowly drift towards the player through walls much like Wraiths.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version, he is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer or its upgrades.


  • Only one Pirate Captain can exist at a time, but multiple can spawn over the course of an invasion.
  • He does not attack if there are solid blocks in the line of sight.


  • Like the Flying Dutchman, the Pirate Captain has a significantly higher chance to drop the rare items than other enemies, so focusing on him will help obtain said items. Compared to the other pirates, the Captains yield rare drops about 4 times as often.
  • Players may want to focus on taking out other pirates first, as Pirate Captains will spawn again after killing the first one, and make the same amount of progress after being killed.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Pirate Captain: "A pirate captain's love for riches is only rivaled by his obsession with heavy gunpowder and large, rampart-shattering cannons!"


  • Desktop
    • Health increased from 2000 to 3000.
    • Defense increased from 28 to 30.
    • Can now drop his own respective banner.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Now immune to Confused debuff.
    • Fixed bug where pirate captains would drop 5 heads as corpse parts and no arms or legs when killed.