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The Horseman's Blade
  • The Horseman's Blade item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage75 (Melee)
Knockback7.5 (Very strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time26 (Average)
TooltipSummons Pumpkin heads to attack your enemies
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Flaming Jack
    Flaming Jack
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master

The Horseman's Blade swinging animation. Note how the projectiles home onto targets.

The Horseman's Blade is a Hardmode, post-Plantera sword which summons homing pumpkin heads upon hitting an enemy. Despite it being called Horseman's Blade, it drops from Pumpking, a boss from the Pumpkin Moon event, not the Headless Horseman. It has a 1.79 - 14.29% chance of dropping from the Pumpking.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


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ResultIngredientsCrafting station
ZenithZenithMythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
total: 1 row(s)


  • The player is unable to turn while swinging the sword, similar to the Excalibur, Night's Edge, Keybrand, or Falcon Blade.
  • The pumpkins will do 1.5× the amount of damage of the sword's swing and can also critically hit.
  • The sword can be seen in darkness, but casts no light on other objects.
  • Pumpkins may spawn and follow Spike Balls, enemy projectiles, and even bound NPCs.
  • The pumpkins will not spawn or home in on other players in PvP, but can damage other players if they are already spawned and happen to make contact.
  • Wearing full Frost armor or a Fire Gauntlet, or using one of the many Flasks that generate light on weapon swings will cause pumpkin projectiles to glow as well. This and the homing, wall-ignoring projectiles, make it excellent for exploration or resource gathering once obtained.
  • On the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, hitting critters will also cause the pumpkins to spawn.


  • Attacking large segmented enemies such as The Destroyer or Wyverns with the blade will cause many pumpkins to spawn and attack, as each segment can be attacked, therefore counting them as different targets.
  • Using an automatic statue farm, it is possible to kill the statue-spawned enemies with the Horseman's Blade to make pumpkins spawn and attack other foes, which is especially useful while fighting bosses and enemies during the Pumpkin Moon and Frost Moon.
    • When doing this, make sure to use the respective banner of the statue enemy, as its buff will directly apply to the pumpkins. This will double the DPS in Expert Mode.
  • Because the pumpkins home in on enemies, this weapon is useful in many situations, such as attacking large groups of enemies in the Hardmode Dungeon or during events.
  • When comparing to the Terra Blade, the Horseman's Blade's very strong knockback and homing projectiles compensate for its slower, less-damaging swing.


  • It is the third strongest sword in the game in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version versions, being beaten only by the True Night's Edge and the Terra Blade.
  • The sword seems unusually larger than other swords when placed on a Weapon Rack.
  • Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo 3DS version Modifier prefixes are added in front of the "The" in its name, which can result in a grammatically incorrect name such as "Keen The Horseman's Blade". It shares this trait with all other items that can obtain modifiers and whose names begin with "The". This error is not present in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version.
  • In the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version, and tModLoader version tModLoader version, the projectiles can still gather at Moon Lord's hands and head despite them being taken out.
  • The pumpkin projectiles are called "Flaming Jack" in death messages. "Jack" may be just short for "Jack-o'-lantern".
  • The Horseman's Blade (and the Headless Horseman enemy) is a reference to the Headless Horseman featured in the 1820 gothic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by American author Washington Irving. During the story's climax, the main character is chased by the Headless Horseman who ultimately throws his head at him. The head is afterwards revealed to actually having been a pumpkin. The story has since been referenced many times, as well as linked to Halloween due to jack-o'-lanterns. In Disney's 1949 film adaptation The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, it appears as a Jack-o'-lantern on fire, which this item likewise might be a reference to.