|Knockback||2 (Very weak)|
|Use time||36 (Very slow)|
|Tooltip||Summons a stardust dragon to fight for you|
'Who needs a horde of minions when you have a giant dragon?'
- Stardust Dragon 1
- Stardust Dragon 2
- Stardust Dragon 3
- Stardust Dragon 4
Stardust Dragon minion summoned 1 time (top) and 2 times (bottom).
The Stardust Dragon Staff is a Hardmode, post-Lunatic Cultist summon weapon that summons a Stardust Dragon that attacks enemies. The Stardust Dragon constantly flies around the screen surrounding the player, and flies through blocks, attacking enemies by flying through them. It leaves a trail of sparkles that provide periodic bursts of light as it moves.
The Stardust Dragon Staff is special in that if summoned more than once, multiple Dragons do not spawn — instead, the first spawned Dragon becomes longer by one segment for each additional summoning, broadening its area of attack and increasing its damage output.
The Stardust Dragon hits ten times per second. It inflicts damage according to the formula:
summon dmg*(1.69 + .46(summon length - 1)), which is then all multiplied by a random multiplier between 0.85 and 1.15. All segments, including the head and tail, deal the same amount of damage.
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 Stardust Dragon Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.
- Piercing attacks do not damage the target when it is under attack by the Stardust Dragon. This can be circumvented by using non-piercing weapons, such as most bullet-firing guns. While Luminite Bullets do not create piercing invincibility frames of their own, they are still classified as piercing damage, and do not work against a target that is being attacked by a Stardust Dragon.
- Like most minions, right-clicking an enemy while the Staff is held will cause the Stardust Dragon to focus on that enemy, but it may change targets before killing the enemy it was focused on.
- The Stardust Dragon Staff is useful for farming, as high-level summons of it are capable of killing even the toughest non-boss enemies.
- With proper minion damage bonuses the Stardust Dragon can easily take out all bosses, including the Moon Lord.
- The Dragon will inadvertently damage any entities it flies over, including Critters and Cultists, which will be killed quickly or instantly. Dispel the Dragon minion or hold the Guide To Critter Companionship in your inventory if you are trying to avoid killing them.
- The Stardust Dragon has a frequent habit of attacking off-screen enemies. Keep that in mind in case you are searching for a specific rare item drop.
- Due to its high amount of damage with many segments, the Firecracker's tag can deal immense amounts of damage in one hit when used alongside it.
- The Stardust Dragon buff icon is also used internally as the Daybroken debuff icon. It is merely a placeholder icon, as it cannot be inflicted upon players, so the icon never actually displays in-game.
- The Desert Tiger Staff is the only other summon weapon that does not spawn a new minion but enhances the existing one.
- Its buff tooltip is similar to the buff tooltip for the Stardust Guardian, being "The stardust guardian will protect you" and "The stardust dragon will protect you", respectively.
- Desktop 220.127.116.11: Fixed certain issues with the Stardust Dragon's damage and rebalanced it to be more in line with other minions. (Damage has been decreased from 60 to 40.)
- Desktop 18.104.22.168: Fixed size bugs of the Stardust Dragon. Changed sell price from 20 silver to 10 gold.
- Desktop 22.214.171.124: Introduced.
- Console 1.0.933.1: Introduced. ()
- Console 1.0.750.0: Introduced. ()
- Switch 1.0.711.6: Introduced.
- Mobile 126.96.36.199: Introduced.