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Pirate Staff
  • Pirate Staff item spriteold Pirate Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage40 / 32 (Summon)
Knockback6 (Average) /
2 (Very weak)
Use time36 (Very slow)
TooltipSummons pirates to fight for you
RarityRarity level: 5
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe pirate will fight for you
Projectile created
  • One Eyed Pirate
    One Eyed Pirate
  • Soulscourge Pirate
    Soulscourge Pirate
  • Pirate Captain
    Pirate Captain
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Flying DutchmanPC versionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile versionOld Chinese versiontModLoader versiontModLoader 1.3-Legacy versionFlying Dutchman.pngFlying DutchmanPC versionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile versionOld Chinese versiontModLoader versiontModLoader 1.3-Legacy version11%
Pirate CaptainPirate Captain.pngPirate Captain10.2%
Pirate CorsairPirate Corsair.pngPirate Corsair10.05%
Pirate CrossbowerPirate Crossbower.pngPirate Crossbower10.05%
Pirate DeadeyePirate Deadeye.pngPirate Deadeye10.05%
Pirate DeckhandPirate Deckhand.pngPirate Deckhand10.05%

The Pirate Staff is a Hardmode, pre-mechanical boss summon weapon. It spawns a pirate minion that attacks enemies by slashing them with a sword. Like other minions, the summoned Pirate is invincible and follows the player for an unlimited amount of time, unless the player dies, summons a replacement minion, cancels the buff, or leaves the world. The Pirate Staff is dropped with a 0.05*1/2000 (0.05%) chance by pirates or with a 1*1/100 (1%) chance by the Flying Dutchman.

Its best modifier is Ruthless. The Mythical modifier provides the widest array of stat bonuses, but these primarily affect the initial summon rather than the resulting minion. Additionally, minions cannot deal critical hits. The only lasting advantage a Mythical Pirate Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.


  • The Pirate Staff has a damage cooldown of 0.3 seconds per enemy. It does not trigger invulnerability frames.
  • The item is quite rare. On average, it will take 6–7 complete Pirate Invasions before this item drops (assuming the player can kill two Flying Dutchmen and 200 pirates per invasion).
  • In Celebrationmk10 worlds, the Pirate Staff can be purchased from the Princess for 5 after a Pirate Invasion has been defeated.


  • The Pirate Staff is exceptionally deadly against ground-based enemies and bosses, or enemies with multiple segments such as The Destroyer, as each pirate will deal its full listed damage on every segment.
  • Because the pirates are grounded minions with a limited jump height, the Pirate Staff is ineffective against flying enemies and bosses with very high mobility, such as The Twins.


  • Each time the pirate minion is summoned, it has a random one of three possible sprite graphics, all of which are functionally identical. In the game code, they are called the "One Eyed Pirate", "Pirate Captain", and "Soulscourge Pirate".
    • The "One Eyed Pirate" variant seems to resemble a miniature version of the Pirate Deadeye enemy.
  • The pirates seem to use a miniature version of the Falcon Blade when attacking.
Pirate minion feces 1.png Pirate minion feces 2.png Pirate minion feces 3.png
The three variations of the minion's feces.
  • The pirates will defecate occasionally, similar to their behavior in the Pixel Piracy game, and similar to the effect of activating a Toilet. This has no functional effect.
    • This occurs every 30–40 seconds of the pirate not moving horizontally.[1]
  • This item is one of several crossover references to the game Pixel Piracy.

A parrot carrying a pirate minion.

  • If the player strays too far from a pirate, a parrot will carry it back to the player.

The Pirate Staff in use.


  • Desktop Can now be purchased from the Princess in Celebrationmk10 worlds after defeating a Pirate Invasion.


  1. Information taken from the PC version PC source code, method AI_067_FreakingPirates() in Terraria.Projectile.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current PC version PC version is