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Sanguine Staff
  • Sanguine Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage35 (Summon)
Knockback8 (Very strong)
Use time36 (Very slow)
TooltipSummons a sanguine bat to fight for you
RarityRarity level: 4
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffSanguine BatSanguine BatDesktop and Mobile versions
Buff tooltipThe sanguine bat will fight for you
Projectile created
  • Sanguine Bat
    Sanguine Bat
Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
DreadnautilusDesktop and Mobile versionsDreadnautilus.pngDreadnautilusDesktop and Mobile versions150% Desktop version
20% Mobile version
100% Desktop version
20% Mobile version

Summoning three Sanguine Bats to attack a Mimic.

The Sanguine Staff is a Hardmode summon weapon that has a Desktop version 50*1/2 (50%) / 100*1/1 (100%) or Mobile version 20*1/5 (20%) chance of being dropped by the Dreadnautilus during a Blood Moon. It summons a Sanguine Bat minion that remains by the player's side until an enemy is in sight, and attacks by flying in an elliptical loop between the player and enemy. They immediately return to the player's side once their target dies.

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 Sanguine Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.


  • The Sanguine Bats arrange themselves along a semicircle with the player's head as the center.
  • Unlike most minions, the bats will immediately return to the user's side, preventing them from getting stuck behind blocks and blocking the minion's field of vision.
  • The bats leave an afterimage while moving.
  • If dyed with Critter Shampoo, most basic and gradient dyes will have little effect on the bat's colors. Some dyes obtained from Strange Plants will be discolored due to the bat's glow (such as Reflective Gold Dye coloring the bats a fiery orange, and Negative Dye making them completely black). Bright dyes will work properly as they override the bat's color completely.
  • The bats give off a fair amount of red light which can assist with visibility in dark places, especially when several are summoned.


  • Like the Blade Staff and Terraprisma, the Sanguine Staff's precise movement, tracking and fixed idle position make it an ideal choice for assisting the player with faster bosses and for crowd control.
  • Due to the difficulty of spawning and taking down the Dreadnautilus, the Sanguine Staff can be hard to obtain until mid-Hardmode. Even so, it is still an effective weapon at that point due to the benefits mentioned above, and summoner armor will substantially improve its damage.
  • Due to its damage and speed, the Sanguine Staff could arguably be considered better than most pre-Golem staves.
  • Due to its far agro range, fast movement, and solid damage the Sanguine Staff is often used on the daytime fight against the Empress of Light.


  • Sanguine is an adjective meaning blood red. It is derived from Latin sanguis, which means blood