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Stardust armor
  • Stardust armor equipped (male)
  • Stardust armor equipped (female)
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense38 (set)
Set BonusA stardust guardian will protect you from nearby enemies
RarityRarity level: 10
Sell3150 (set)
Grants Buff
BuffStardust GuardianStardust Guardian
Buff tooltipThe stardust guardian will protect you
Projectile created
  • Stardust Guardian
    Stardust Guardian

The Stardust Guardian attacking Mimics.

The attack of the Stardust Guardian.

Stardust armor is a post-Moon Lord set of armor that provides summon weapon boosts. It is currently the final summoner set available on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version, and tModLoader version tModLoader version. Crafting the full set requires a total of 36 Luminite Bars (144 Luminite) and 45 Stardust Fragments.

A full set of the Stardust armor will provide the following benefits:

  • +5 minion capacity
  • +66% minion damage
  • A unique Stardust Guardian minion will follow the wearer. It does not count against the player's minion capacity, and its function differs across versions:
    • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version, the Stardust Guardian is passive until an enemy is within a 30-tile radius from the player. It will quickly charge even through blocks towards the enemy, which it then strikes rapidly with a flurry of punches that each deal ~30 summon damage. Once there are no more hostile entities within range, the Stardust Guardian will return to following the player passively.
    • On the tModLoader version tModLoader version, it is passive until activated by double-tapping the ▼ Down key, which places it on the nearest block beneath the cursor position. Once placed, the Guardian becomes a sentry-style minion that can chase enemies for very short distances before returning to its original position. It periodically triggers explosions that deal 20 damage and cause enemies in the blast radius to target the Guardian instead of the player. It is deactivated by holding the ▼ Down key, which causes it to return to following the player passively.

Set[]

Stardust Helmet
  • Stardust Helmet item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense10
Body slotHelmet
TooltipIncreases your max number of minions by 1
Increases minion damage by 22%
RarityRarity level: 10
Sell7
Research1 required
Stardust Plate
  • Stardust Plate item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense16
Body slotShirt
TooltipIncreases your max number of minions by 2
Increases minion damage by 22%
RarityRarity level: 10
Sell14
Research1 required
Stardust Leggings
  • Stardust Leggings item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense12
Body slotPants
TooltipIncreases your max number of minions by 2
Increases minion damage by 22%
RarityRarity level: 10
Sell1050
Research1 required

Crafting[]

Recipes[]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Stardust HelmetStardust HelmetAncient ManipulatorAncient Manipulator
Stardust LeggingsStardust Leggings
Stardust PlateStardust Plate
total: 3 row(s)

Notes[]

A player with Stardust armor and a Stardust Guardian.

  • Due to the Stardust armor increasing all summon damage by 66%, including the damage of the Stardust Guardian, its base damage is about 43-47.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version:
    • The Stardust Guardian attacks about once every 0.25 seconds and will attack a target endlessly until the target dies or is out of range.
    • No blocks will halt the Guardian's attack on an enemy, and it will move freely to the enemy to continue the attack if it is within range.
    • Moving too far from the Stardust Guardian while it is attacking will cause it to return to the player as the enemies are no longer within its range.
  • On the tModLoader version tModLoader version:
    • Moving too far from the Stardust Guardian in its sentry position will cause it to return to the player.
    • The armor set's tooltip vaguely states that it increases minion capacity instead of a precise number. It actually grants 5 extra minions, 1 from Helmet, 2 from Plate and Leggings each.
    • All armors made from Luminite have no sell value.
  • The Stardust Guardian can be dyed via the pet slot in the player's equipment menu.
  • Like all armors made from Luminite, equipping Stardust armor makes the player give off light, in this case white. Unlike other Luminite sets, equipping just one piece of the set gives off the full amount of light.
    • Light given out from the armor does not stack with Shine Potion, and the brightness is exactly the same as Shine Potion.

Tips[]

  • Using Stardust armor and accessories and buffs, it is possible to have 11 minions, not counting the Stardust Guardian.
  • While it is a potent offensive set, Stardust armor has relatively low defense, and although its ability to attack any enemies that come within a far distance of the player compensates somewhat, the Stardust Guardian does not protect the user against projectiles which leaves them vulnerable. The Valhalla Knight's Breastplate can be substituted into the set to provide much greater survivability, sacrificing the Guardian, and two minion slots. It may be worth it to wear the full Valhalla Knight armor instead of the Stardust armor, as it has much more defense, movement speed, health regeneration, and 3 extra sentries at the cost of 5 minions, the Guardian, and 6% minion damage.
  • The Stardust Guardian can move through blocks to attack enemies regardless of whether or not it has targeted the player. This can be exploited by walling oneself in, allowing the Guardian to take care of enemies (this method may be futile to some enemies, such as the Cursed Skull).
  • The Stardust Guardian is affected by whips, including summon tag damage and critical strike chance, and debuffs which take effect when the afflicted target is hit by a minion.

Trivia[]

Developer comments on the origin of the Stardust Guardian. Click/tap to enlarge.

  • Stardust armor has the lowest defense of the four Luminite armors.
  • The Stardust Guardian was originally created as a reference to Algalon the Observer from the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft.[1] However, due to the community's enthusiasm in comparing the Stardust armor to Star Platinum from the Japanese manga/anime Stardust Crusaders, which is the third story arc of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, lead programmer Yoraiz0r has acknowledged the resemblance and said the armor can be a reference. The similarities have become more apparent with the rework of the Star Guardian's attack style in 1.4.0.1.: A barrage attack, referencing "Stand Barrage", an attack used by humanoid Stands (A "spirit" that helps it's owner fight), where the stand unleashes a flurry of punches.

See also[]

History[]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.1: The Guardian now automatically attacks enemies with a barrage of punches.
  • Desktop 1.3.0.3: The Guardian can now be dyed with dye used for the vanity pet slot.

References[]

  1. Cenx on Twitter May 26, 2016
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