Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (2024)

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The Summoner in Terraria isn’t for everyone because of the class’s low defenses and active playstyle. But with proper planning, Summoners can dish out explosive damage with their Minions and turn the tides of battle in an instant.If you're looking to take on the challenge, this post will guide you in putting together the best Summoner build in Terraria.

The Terraria Summoner Class: An Overview

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (1)In Terraria, Summoners don’t have high melee or ranged damage from their normal weapon attacks. Instead, players who dive into this class will utilize Minions to deal decent to significant damage to enemies.Aside from the low damage output from weapons, Summoners also run out of mana faster than other classes like the Melee and Ranged classes. That means players must have a consistent supply of mana potions to ensure they can keep summoning Minions, particularly when facing strong enemies.On top of this, Summoners have to deal with extremely weak defensive capabilities. Even when equipped with the Stardust armor, a Summoner has to avoid enemy attacks to avoid dying where other builds might feel safe.

Minions

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (2)In Terraria, Minions keep following the player that summoned them indefinitely. But some instances can occur when a Minion will cease to follow its Summoner, like:

  • The player dies
  • Another Minion replaces the current summon
  • The Summoner cancels the buff manually
  • The player leaves the world

Walls and other obstructions to players don’t hinder Minions’ movement. However, most Minions can’t attack through these barriers.A new Summoner can only summon a single Minion at a time. Moving forward with the game allows the player to increase the Minion summon cap to its eventual 11, however, unlocking the full potential of the playstyle.

Pre-Hardmode Minions

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Summoner WeaponMinion SummonedDamageHow To Get
Abigail’s FlowerAbigail6The grassy area near placed tombstones
Finch StaffFinch7Summoners start with this Minion in Journey Mode Also found in Living Wood Chests
Flinx StaffFlinx8Crafted using 6 x Flinx Fur and 10 x Gold or Platinum Bar
Slime StaffBaby Slime8Dropped by slime enemies
Vampire Frog StaffVampire Frog11Dropped by the Zombie Merman and Wandering Eye Fish
Hornet StaffHorent12Crafted using 14 x Bee Wax
Imp StaffImp17Crafted using 17 x Hellstone Bar

Hardmode Minions

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Summoner WeaponMinion SummonedDamageHow To Get
Blade StaffEnchanted Dagger6Dropped by killing the Queen Slime boss
Spider StaffSpider26Crafted using 16 x Spider Fang
Optic StaffTwins30Crafted by using 2 x Black Lens, 12 x Lens, 20 x Hallowed Bar, and 20 x Soul of Sight
Pygmy StaffPygmy34Dropped by killing the Plantera boss
Sanguine StaffSanguine Bat35Dropped by killing Dreadnautilus
Xeno StaffUFO36Dropped by the Martian Saucer mini boss
Pirate StaffPirate40Dropped by killing Pirates and the Flying Dutchman mini boss
Stardust Dragon StaffStardust Dragon40Crafted using 18 x Stardust Fragment at the Ancient Manipulator
Desert Tiger StaffDesert Tiger41Found in a Desert chest
Deadly Sphere StaffDeadly Sphere50Dropped by the Deadly Sphere
Tempest StaffSharknado50Dropped by the Duke Fishron mini boss
Raven StaffRaven55Dropped by killing the Pumpking boss
Stardust Cell StaffStardust Cell60Crafted using 18 x Stardust Fragment at the Ancient Manipulator
TerraprismaTerraprisma90Dropped by killing the Empress of Light boss Additional requirement: All damage should be dealt during the day

Sentries

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (5)Unlike Minions, Sentries don’t move from their summoned locations, making them a tricky tool to make use of for any Summoner in Terraria. Typically, Sentries will only last for 10 minutes before disappearing. However, Sentries can persist even if the player that summoned them dies.New Summoners can only summon a single Sentry at a time. Summoning a new Sentry while the previous one is still active will vanish the last summoned Sentry. Progressing through the game allows players to summon multiple Sentries at once with the help of specific equipment.

Pre-Hardmode Sentries

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Summoner WeaponSentry SummonedDamageHow To Get
Houndius ShootiusHoundius Shootius24Dropped by killing the Deerclops boss
Lightning Aura RodLightning Aura4Buy from the Tavernkeep
Flameburst RodFlameburst Tower17Buy from the Tavernkeep
Explosive Trap RodExplosive Trap24Buy from the Tavernkeep
Ballista RodBallista30Buy from the Tavernkeep

Hardmode Sentries

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Summoner WeaponSentry SummonedDamageHow To Get
Queen Spider StaffQueen Spider26Crafted by using 24 x Spider Fang
Staff of the Frost HydraFrost Hydra100Found in an Ice Chest
Lunar Polar StaffLunar Portal50Dropped by killing the Moon Lord boss
Rainbow Crystal StaffRainbow Crystal130Dropped by killing the Moon Lord boss
Lightning Aura CaneLightning Aura11Buy from the Tavernkeep
Flameburst CaneFlameburst Tower42Buy from the Tavernkeep
Explosive Trap CaneExplosive Trap59Buy from the Tavernkeep
Ballista CaneBallista74Buy from the Tavernkeep
Lightning Aura StaffLightning Aura34Buy from the Tavernkeep
Flameburst StaffFlameburst Tower88Buy from the Tavernkeep
Explosive Trap StaffExplosive Trap126Buy from the Tavernkeep
Ballista StaffBallista156Buy from the Tavernkeep

Best Armor for Summoners in Terraria

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (8)The Obsidian Armor, Bee Armor, and Stardust Armor sets are excellent for any Summoner in Terraria. These armors grant Summoners decent defense and survivability, despite falling short of better armor sets like the Solar Flare.

Obsidian Armor

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (9)The Obsidian Armor has the following stats:

  • 15 base defense
  • +31% Minion damage
  • +1 Minion slot
  • +15% whip speed
  • +30% whip range

Despite being an armor set, it doesn’t grant a set bonus. Players also need to gather the following materials to craft it:

  • 60 x Obsidian
  • 30 x Silk
  • 20 x Shadow Scales or Tissue Samples

Bee Armor

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (10)The Bee Armor has the following stats:

  • 13 base defense
  • +23% Minion damage
  • +2 Minion slots
  • +20% summon damage (full set bonus)

Players need to gather 30 Bee Wax to craft this armor set. Summoners can acquire the Bee Wax item by defeating the Queen Bee boss at least twice.

Stardust Armor

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (11)The Stardust Armor is only obtainable after defeating the Moon Lord. Its stats are as follows:

  • 38 base defense
  • +66% Minion damage
  • +5 Minion slots
  • +1 sentry slots
  • +30% whip range
  • A Stardust Guardian Minion appears and protects the player from enemies (full set bonus)

Crafting the Stardust Armor requires players to gather and combine 36 x Luminite Bars or 144 x Luminite and 45 x Stardust Fragments.

Other Armor Options

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (12)Aside from the armor sets already mentioned, other armor that Summoners can craft to increase their chances of survival in Terraria are the Flinx Fur Coat and the Spooky Armor.The Flinx Fur Coat is a good choice for a new Summoner to the game. Although it doesn’t provide additional defense, the Flinx Fur Coat grants the player +5% summon damage and +1 Minion slot.As for the Spooky Armor, this Hardmode armor set has the following stats:

  • 30 base defense
  • +4 Minion slots
  • +58% Minion damage
  • +20% movement speed
  • +25% summon damage (set bonus)

Crafting the Spooky Armor requires players to gather and combine 750 x Spooky Wood. The Stardust Armor is the only armor that beats the Spooky Armor in terms of base defense.

Best Weapons for Summoners in Terraria

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (13)A Summoner primarily uses a whip to deal damage to enemies in Terraria. However, it doesn’t mean this character class can only use that weapon type. Some weapons in the game pack better damage and utility than many of the available whips.

Zenith

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (14)The Zenith is arguably the best weapon in the game, and Summoners can equip it. It has the following stats:

  • 190 base melee damage
  • 6.5 knockback
  • 14% critical chance

Creating the Zenith is quite arduous, as players need to gather different materials, including various swords, to craft this weapon. Once crafted, swinging it will generate the swords used to prepare this weapon to attack on-screen enemies.Be mindful because this weapon doesn’t provide bonuses to summoning Minions or the damage they deliver. Nonetheless, its unique effect should be more than enough to deal additional damage numbers to groups of enemies.Read our Zenith crafting guide to know the requirements to make this weapon.

Leather Whip

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (15)The Leather Whip is a good starting weapon for a new Summoner in Terraria. Players can buy it from the Zoologist for 10 gold pieces. It also has a base weapon damage of 14.

Slime Staff

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (16)Like the Leather Whip, the Slime Staff is a good starting weapon for Summoners. It also grants the player the ability to summon the Baby Slime Minion.However, getting the Slime Staff is rare since it is less than 1% likely to drop from slime enemies.

Spinal Tap

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (17)If they equip the Spinal Tap, more prominent can start delivering more significant damage points to enemies after moving forward with the Leather Whip or Slime Staff. It has the unique ability to allow summoned Minions to focus on the struck enemy. This weapon also has a base damage of 27, which is decent for a new player.

Stardust Dragon Staff

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (18)The Stardust Dragon Staff is a Hardmode staff that can summon a dragon with the same name as this weapon. The summoned Minion will continuously fly on the player’s screen to damage enemies. It can also pass through blocks and surfaces, damaging hidden enemies as it moves.

Dark Harvest

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (19)The Dark Harvest whip has a unique ability to apply a “dark energy” aura to an enemy that it hits. The enemy with an active dark energy aura will receive additional damage when struck by a summoned Minion.Also, the Summoner using the Dark Harvest that hits an enemy with an active dark energy aura will receive the “Harvest Time” buff. This buff increases the player’s attack speed by 35% for 3 seconds. Each hit to the same enemy will refresh the buff’s timer. This whip also has a substantial base damage of 100.Players can kill the Pumpking boss during the Pumpkin Moon event for a chance to receive this whip.

Terraprisma

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (20)The Terraprisma is a sword with a base attack power that slightly falls short of the Dark Harvest. Despite this drawback, a Summoner wielding this weapon can summon a copy of the sword that autonomously damages nearby enemies.

Kaleidoscope

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (21)The Kaleidoscope is a Hardmode whip with the unique ability to grant summoned Minions critical hits to struck enemies. The chance to deal a critical blow is at a fixed 10% for all summoned Minions. This weapon also has a base attack of 180, making it one of the highest damaging whips in the game.Players have the chance to acquire the Kaleidoscope by defeating the Empress of Light boss.

Best Accessories for Summoners in Terraria

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (22)Accessories, like any other piece of equipment in Terraria, are important to help a Summoner increase their fighting advantage against enemies. Several accessories even offer benefits specifically to Summoner builds.With that, some of the best accessories for Summoners are:

Cloud in a Bottle

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (23)Obtainable from searching Gold Chests in the Cavern and Underground layers, the Cloud in a Bottle accessory grants players an extra jump. It allows new to intermediate players, regardless of class, to reach new heights and create openings for evading attacks.

Feral Claws

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (24)A Summoner that prioritizes using whips can take advantage of the Feral Claws accessory. It grants the player a 12% attack speed boost for melee weapons. Players need to search Ivy Chests, Bramble Crates, and Jungle Crates in Jungle Shrines and the Underground Jungle for a chance to find this accessory.

Hermes Boots

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (25)Players must explore the Underground and Cavern layers for chests containing the Hermes Boots. Like the name of the Greek god, this accessory grants the player wearing it a significant movement speed boost.

Celestial Shell

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (26)The Celestial Shell is a Hardmode accessory. Its effect combines the features supplied by the two accessories used to make it, which are:

  • Celestial Stone: +10% melee speed, +10% damage, +2% critical hit chance, +1 HP/sec life regeneration, +4 defense, +15% mining speed, +0.5 Minion knockback
  • Moon Shell: Turns the user into a werewolf at night and merfolk when entering bodies of water, along with stat boosts of +2% melee critical hit chance, +5.1% melee damage, +5.1% melee speed, +5% movement speed, +3 defense, +0.5 HP/sec life regeneration, and a slight increase to jump height and speed

Players can craft the Celestial Shell at the Tinkerer’s Workshop after acquiring the Celestial Stone and Moon Shell accessories.

Papyrus Scarab

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (27)Like the Celestial Shell, the Papyrus Scarab fuses the effects of the features supplied by the two accessories used to create it, which are:

  • Necromantic Scroll: +1 Minion slot and +10% damage to all summoned Minions
  • Hercules Beetle: +15% damage to all summoned Minions and +2 knockback for them

Summoner Emblem

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (28)The Summoner Emblem is a Hardmode accessory that grants the wearer +15% increased summon Minion damage. Players can only acquire this item by defeating the Wall of Flesh boss.

Additional Tips & Tricks

Terraria Summoner Build Guide: Best Weapons, Armors, and Tips & Tricks (29)Players that don the best weapon, armor, and accessory in the game for the Summoner class may still have problems in beating Terraria’s difficult enemies. Here are some tips and tricks that may help increase survivability while dishing out as much damage as possible:

  • Ditch the pure Summoner build if you’re having trouble. Players can start with a hybrid character until they get better gear to beef up their Summoners.
  • Practice dodging. As a Summoner, don’t rely on your armor too much, as you still have paper-thin defenses, especially compared to a pure Melee build.
  • Target your Minions. Right-click on an enemy to let the summoned Minions attack the target.
  • Summoned Minions can snapshot. That means that the summoned entities will keep the bonuses and effects from the time of summoning, regardless of the changes that occurred from the Summoner’s equipment and stats.

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