Summoning Weapons are weapons that summon minions that attack enemies for you. Minions are allied creatures summoned from the weapons.
Minions can be divided into 2 categories, mobile and stationary. A stationary minion will act like a turret on the block it is summoned on, and does not move, or take up a minion slot. By default, there can only be one stationary minion from one staff active at one time until a buff is used to increase the maximum sentry capacity. Stationary minions despawn on their own after a certain amount of time has passed. As for the mobile minions, they will follow the player around until the game is closed or when unsummoned (by right-clicking the summon buff). You cannot do this on the mobile versions.
Armor sets from the Tavernkeep and some drops from the Ogre enemy from Old One's Army will still boost non-Old One's Army stationary summons, including the ones dropped by the Moon Lord, increasing the amount you can have up at one time.
The max number of mobile minions that can be summoned can be increased with certain armors and accessories. The max number of minions a player can summon at one time is 11, using Stardust Armor, Necromantic Scroll, Pygmy Necklace, Papyrus Scarab, Summoning Potion and Bewitching Table.
Minions do not have health, and cannot be targeted by the enemies.
The weakest summon weapon is the slime staff. This is also one of the rarest items in the game.
|Staff of the Frost Hydra||Stationary||Frozen Chest||100||-|
|Rainbow Crystal Staff||Stationary||Dropped by Moon Lord||150||-|
|Lunar Portal Staff||Stationary||Dropped by Moon Lord||50||-|
|Queen Spider Staff||Stationary||Crafted||19||24 Spider Fangs|
|Slime Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Slimes||8||-|
|Hornet Staff||Mobile||Crafted||9||14 Bee Wax|
|Imp Staff||Mobile||Crafted||21||17 Hellstone Bars|
|Spider Staff||Mobile||Crafted||25||16 Spider Fangs|
|Optic Staff||Mobile||Crafted||30||1 Black Lens, 2 Lenses, 12 Hallowed Bars, 20 Souls of Sight|
|Pirate Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Pirate Invasion||32||-|
|Pygmy Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Plantera||34||-|
|Raven Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Pumpking||37||-|
|Deadly Sphere Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Deadly Sphere||50||-|
|Tempest Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Duke Fishron||50||-|
|Stardust Cell Staff||Mobile||Crafted||60||18 Stardust Fragments|
|Stardust Dragon Staff||Mobile||Crafted||40||18 Stardust Fragments|
|Xeno Staff||Mobile||Dropped by Martian Saucer||36||-|