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Highlights

  • The Summoner Class in Terraria relies on Summons for combat, with armor choice affecting versatility and efficiency in battle.
  • Gold, Platinum, and Ninja armor offer different bonuses for Summoners, from defense to movement speed and Thrown Item effects.
  • Different armor sets like Gladiator, Pumpkin, and Fossil armor provide varying bonuses and aesthetics for Summoners in Terraria.

Boasting some of the most unique gameplay in Terraria is the Summoner Class, allowing players to rely on Summons to do most of the heavy lifting for them. Despite their fragile nature, a Summoner’s Terraria experience can be made more versatile depending on the combination of creatures they summon on the battlefield.

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However, Summoners are only as efficient as the armor they wear. While the game offers players a multitude of options to choose armor parts they prefer, certain Armor Sets are just built to complement a Summoner’s spellcasting-heavy arsenal. The following examples are some of the best Summoner armor in Terraria.

Updated May 15, 2024 by Rhenn Taguiam: With the Terraria 1.4.5 update bringing new changes to Banners and Kites as well as the addition of Roller Skates, fans of the sandbox RPG may be interested in doing another playthrough as any of the game’s dynamic Classes. However, players who want to overwhelm enemies with Minions while they grind around the battlefield tracks with their Roller Skates may appreciate the flexibility of the Summoner Class.

Summoners in Terraria who want to get ahead of the competition and their opponents should equip themselves with the right armor. For lower-leveled Summoners, this means opting for the most ideal starting gear. These include rare but worthwhile sets of metal-themed armor, a thematic take on horror vegetation, an outfit commonly associated with stealthy characters, and even a callback to the Greeks.

1 Gold Armor

Ornate Appearance Hindered By Its Rarity

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Total Defense (Head, Chest, Legs)

16 (4/5/4)

Bonuses, Effects

+3 Defense

Source

75 Gold Bar at an Iron or Lead Anvil

In a game like Terraria where metals can be a basis for armor, the prospect of wearing Gold Armor can immediately give the idea of pristine awesomeness to a Class like the Summoner. After all, pulling off a rich vibe while summoning Minions can certainly set the mood in intense sessions.

However, despite its potent defense and +3 Defense bonus, its practicality as a basic armor can be questioned unless players acquire the full 75 Gold Bar cost. Likely, a player would already have access to a higher tier of armor by the time they aim for the Gold Armor Set. However, more careful players who take their time may see the potential benefits of Gold Armor as an early-to-mid-game armor while they’re saving up for more powerful variants.

2 Platinum Armor

Rock A Futuristic Armor For Hardmode

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Total Defense (Head, Chest, Legs)

20 (5/6/5)

Bonuses, Effects

+4 Defense

Source

75 Platinum Bar at Iron or Lead Anvil

Players who want their Summoners to get into Hardmode with a decent starter armor should look into completing the Platinum Armor. Its 20 Defense as a set makes it much stronger than Gold, despite its rather difficult method of acquisition. Moreover, appearance-wise, the Platinum Armor rocks a sleeker, mecha-esque armored look compared to the more plainly pristine aesthetic of the Gold.

However, similar to Gold Armor, players are only advised to get the Platinum Armor if they’re confident they’re able to secure its pieces. Players will likely get lower-Defense Armor sets with more benefits earlier in their gameplay. If this is the case, it’s better to skip the Platinum Armor outright.

3 Ninja Armor

Become A High-Tech Shinobi Summoner

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Total Defense (Head, Chest, Legs)

9 (2/4/3)

Bonuses, Effects

+2 Defense (Set), +20% Movement Speed, +33% Chance to not consume Thrown Item

Source

Has a 33.33% chance of being dropped by King Slime, and a 3% chance of being dropped by Lepus

The nature of the Summoner’s Minions to sometimes look like turrets and mechanized creatures can give the Ninja Armor a unique future-fantasy feel. When acquired from the King Slime or Lepus, players can enjoy a +33% chance to not consume a Thrown Item and even +20% Movement Speed, in addition to an awesome-looking after-image effect.

Due to its lower defensive numbers, the Ninja Armor might seem impractical for pure Summoner builds. However, in the earlier stages of the game where armor isn’t abundant, acquiring the Ninja Armor for flavor and its additional Movement Speed can give Summoners much-needed mobility. At the very least, the armor could be a placeholder for a mysterious ninja getup while players are gearing up with higher-level armor.

4 Gladiator Armor

Add An Imperial Flair To Summons

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Total Defense (Head, Chest, Legs)

16 (5/6/5)

Bonuses, Effects

Knockback Immunity

Source

Hoplite

Players who eventually get into the Marble Caves in their Terraria playthroughs may appreciate the unique appearance of the Gladiator Armor compared to other standard outfits. Acquired as a 14.29% chance drop from Hoplites, this armor easily gives players a much-deserved regal feel upon completion of the set.

Its fairly high drop rate can make the Gladiator Armor a more practical armor to build upon for Summoners instead of the similarly-rated Gold and Platinum Armor sets. The immunity to Knockback can make the Gladiator Armor a must-have for Summoners who want to get up close and personal against opponents while being assisted by their Minions.

5 Pumpkin Armor

Boost Base Damage In Early-Game Fights

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Total Defense (Head, Chest, Legs)

7 (2/3/2)

Bonuses, Effects

+10% Damage

Source

75 Pumpkin at a Work Bench

Being a Minion-heavy Class meant Summoners in Terraria suffer on the overall DPS front, making the hilarious-looking Pumpkin Armor a viable asset in their runs. While the whole set costs a hefty 75 Pumpkins, being able to rock a Halloween-themed vegetable-inspired look provides players not just with a unique aesthetic versus the earlier Wood Armor or Cactus Armor, but with better defenses overall.

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Moreover, Summoners may want to use Pumpkin Armor early on in their runs courtesy of its +10% Damage boost. Despite being minuscule compared to higher-level armor, its ease of acquisition and bonuses accrued can even make the weapon more powerful than Gold or even Platinum Armor.

6 Fossil Armor

Become A Ranged Attack Powerhouse

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

13 (4/5/4)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +4% Ranged Critical Strike Chance
  • +5% Ranged Damage
  • Set: +20% Chance to not consume Ammo

Source

Crafted from 60 Sturdy Fossils at an Iron or Lead Anvil

Resembling the bone motif of the Necromancer in Diablo 4, the Fossil Armor in Terraria also contains the rather horrific pretext of using monster bones as a backdrop of a menacing Summoner Armor. Players who want their Summoners to hit hard in combat may want to get the Fossil Armor, especially if they pair it with a ranged weapon due to its effects.

At its core, the main Set Bonus of the Fossil Armor gives players a +20% Chance not to consume their Ammo after firing, conserving their resources. Not only that, the Fossil Armor’s chest piece gives +5% Ranged Damage, while all pieces contribute +4% Critical Strike Chance each up to a total of +12% Critical Strike Chance with a complete set.

7 Flinx Fur Coat

Get An Extra Early-Game Minion

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

1 (0/1/0)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +1 Minion
  • +5% Minion Damage

Source

Crafted from Silk, Flinx Fur, and Gold or Platinum Bars at a Loom

Players who want their Summoners to resemble Wizards from Hogwarts Legacy can opt for a traditional robe via the Flinx Fur Coat. When equipped, its wearer gets stylish purple robes with lavender fur for both the collar and the dress ends. Its straightforward but posh appearance becomes in line with the Summoner’s more sophisticated flair compared to spellcaster builds in Terraria.

With a full set, the Flinx Fur Coat lets Summoners conjure another Minion, boosting their combat efficiency with more summons. Not only that, Summoners also boost their minions’ damage by 5%, allowing them to contend with their more aggressive comrades in any encounter.

8 Bee Armor

Make Minions More Dominant In The Early Game

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

13 (4/5/4)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +2 Minion
  • +13% Minion Damage
  • Set: +10% Minion Damage

Source

  • Crafted from 30 Bee Wax at an Iron or Lead Anvil
  • Bee Wax is dropped by Queen Bee in stacks of 16-29

The insect motif of the Bee Armor in Terraria resembles the Vespoid Armor from the Monster Hunter series, especially its integration of insect parts into the gear’s overall aesthetic. The Terraria armor itself seems to boast heavy yellows with gold details, giving the imagery of a chest plate and a chain-looking dress with yellow boots. Notable to the overall design is the appearance of spiked shoulder blades and headgear stylized to look like a bee.

When equipped as a set, the Bee Armor gives players +2 Minions, in line with the swarm motif that comes with the insect. Moreover, Summons get +23% Damage, making Bee Armor users more combative compared to their peers. Lastly, using the Bee Gun with the full set unlocks the “Not the Bees!” Achievement.

9 Obsidian Armor

Makes Whips And Minions A Viable Combo

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

15 (4/6/5)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +1 Minion
  • +16% Minion Damage
  • Set: +50% Whip Range, +35% Whip Speed, +15% Minion Damage

Source

Crafted from Obsidian, Silk, and Shadow Scales or Tissue Samples at a Hellforge

The hat-toting Obsidian Armor that players can obtain in Terriar has a striking resemblance to the Blue Mage of the Final Fantasy series, at least in terms of overall design motif. However, Summoners in Terraria looking for a change of pace may find the Obsidian Armor quite a stylish set, especially since the hat, the mouthpiece, and even the imposing backpiece can give them a more modern flair compared to other armor sets.

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When equipped, the Obsidian Armor gives quite a decent slate of balanced effects to boost the Summoner’s combat capabilities. Summoners wearing this set can get an extra Minion as well as boost their Summon Damage by 31%. Moreover, players can improve their Whip’s performance with +15% Speed and +30% Range.

10 Ancient Shadow Armor

Critical Strike Chance Boost Mesh Well With Offensive Kits

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

19 (6/7/6)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +15% Critical Strike Chance
  • Set: +15% Movement Speed, Afterimage Effect

Source

Each piece has a 1/525 (0.19%) chance of being dropped by an Eater of Souls

The heavy dark colors of the Shadow Armor closely match the motif of the Dark Knight in Final Fantasy 14, with the red details of the Ancient Shadow Armor adding a much-needed flair to its older aesthetic. Compared to the more imposing dragon head-like hood of the Shadow Armor, the Ancient Shadow Armor has a more prominent traditional helm for a cowl that, alongside its strong reds, gives it a familiar vibrance to the supposed original appearance of marbled Greek statues of yore.

Should Summoners get the Ancient Shadow Armor from the Eater of Souls, players get +15% Movement Speed and +15% Critical Strike Chance for the complete set. Not only that, players get a special after-image whenever they move as well as change the flame of the Rocket Boots to become purple. Most importantly, the Ancient Shadow Armor’s pieces could be interchanged with those of the original Shadow Armor to achieve the same bonuses.

11 Spider Armor

Access To More Minions Enhance Summoner's Overall Combat Potential

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

20 (5/8/7)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +3 Minion
  • +16% Minion Damage
  • Set: +12% Minion

Source

Crafted from 36 Spider Fangs

Unlike the sleek Spider-Man suit, the Spider Armor is a bulky armor that gives players four spider leg appendages on top of stylized biological protective gear. Despite its monstrous appearance, the Spider Armor is straightforward in terms of its benefits.

The boost in Minion count enables players to be more comfortable summoning more Minions to do the heavy lifting in terms of DPS, especially against tough foes like Plantera. While simple in terms of stats, the Spider Armor is superior for Summoners versus the Forbidden Armor.

12 Forbidden Armor

Extra Minion And Storm Mechanics Add Flair To Class

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

26 (6/12/8)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +2 Minion
  • +15%-25% Magic Damage
  • +15%-25% Minion Damage
  • +80 Mana
  • Double Tap: Summon an Ancient Storm to the cursor

Source

Crafted from 3 Forbidden Fragments and 46 Titanium Bars or Adamantite Bars

Fans who want their Terraria sessions to have a more artistic take on their Summoner’s appearance could go for the Forbidden Armor, especially since its design scheme and headdress seem to reference Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead. When worn as a full set, the Forbidden Armor releases the Forbidden Sign companion. This companion has an activated attack that summons a Sand Tornado.

Unlike other Armor Sets that either focus heavily on Summoners or have interchangeable parts to accommodate other Classes, the Forbidden Armor can prioritize both Summoner and Magic Classes.

13 Monk Armor

Extra Sentry Cements More Defensive Plays

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

46 (8/22/16)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +1 Sentry
  • +30% Minion Damage
  • +20% Melee Speed, Melee Damage
  • +10-15% Melee Critical Strike Chance
  • +20% Movement Speed
  • Set: +1 Sentry, Lightning Aura strikes and crits faster

Source

Purchased from the Tavernkeep after defeating any mechanical boss.

Despite the armor allowing players to sport the familiar look of a monk in a fantasy world, the Monk Armor has some of the best buffs for summon-heavy Terraria builds. The Monk Armor’s best feature is its buff to the Lightning Aura Sentry, encouraging builds that hold locations and eliminate enemies from afar - perfect for Plantera and mechanical bosses.

In terms of comparisons, the Monk Armor’s stats are tied close to the Squire Armor. Whereas the Monk Armor enables players to deal more damage, the more defensive Squire Armor is a better choice for often-fragile Summoners.

14 Squire Armor

Ballista Enhancement Encourages Frontline Combat

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

58 (13/27/18)

Bonuses, Effects

  • Increased HP Regen
  • +1 Sentry
  • +30% Minion Damage
  • +15% Melee Damage
  • +15-20% Melee Strike Chance
  • +15-20% Movement Speed
  • Set: +1 Sentry, Ballista pierces targets faster

Source

Purchased from the Tavernkeep after defeating any mechanical boss.

Taking on the visuals of a traditional Middle Ages knight, the Squire Armor lets players simulate the feeling of defending an area from sieges. After all, the Armor’s focus on Sentries gives the impression of players calling for fortress-defending ballista to add protections against powerful Terraria bosses.

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The Squire Armor can become a decent Hardmode Summoner Armor for both the early game and specific encounters. Its focus on Sentries makes the Squire Armor an alternative to the Minion-heavy Spider Armor, giving players more firepower if they’re looking to cover specific locations in combat.

15 Shinobi Infiltrator

More Sentry Options Expands Combo Potential

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

54 (10/26/18)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +2 Sentry
  • +60% Minion Damage
  • +20% Melee Damage, Speed
  • +20-25% Melee Critical Strike Chance
  • +20-30% Movement Speed
  • Set: +1 Sentry, Lightning Aura greatly enhanced

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Purchased from the Tavernkeep for 150 in total, after Golem has been defeated.

Set up as a direct upgrade to the Monk Armor, the Shinobi Infiltrator is an attack-heavy gear that once again focuses on Sentries, this time giving a massive boost to the Lightning Aura Sentry to make it a more formidable force on the battlefield.

While it has higher melee bonuses than the melee-based Solar Flare Armor, the Shinobi Infiltrator’s Sentry-heavy kit makes it ideal for Summoners to wear against tougher bosses like the Golem.

16 Hallowed Armor

Invincibility Option Can Drastically Boost Defensive Options

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

27 (1/15/11)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +7% Damage, Critical Strike Chance
  • +8% Movement Speed
  • +1 Minion Capacity
  • +10% Minion Damage
  • Set: +2 Minion, Immunity after striking an enemy

Source

Crafted from 54 Hallowed Bars (dropped by the mechanical bosses), or 90 / 78 Hallowed Bars for the full set including all four / three headpieces

The ceremonial gray-and-gold aesthetic of the Hallowed Armor can give players an experience akin to donning the knightly Armor Parts in a Mega Man game. This Hardmode set allows players to accommodate all Classes, with the Hallowed Hood allowing players to enjoy up to +3 Minions, with the Holy Protection buff allowing players to dodge an opponent’s second attack with a neat afterimage effect.

However, despite the Hallowed Armor having a regal appeal, its bonuses are subpar compared to other Summoner sets. On top of its overall defense being the lowest across all Hardmode gear, even the Spider Armor is superior in terms of Summon Damage. In turn, the Hallowed Armor may work better in Terraria events instead of difficult Hardmode bosses.

17 Tiki Armor

Multiple Minions Enhance Overall Summoner DPS

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

35 (6/17/12)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +3 Minion
  • +30% Minion Damage
  • Set: +1 Minion

Source

Purchased from the Witch Doctor for 1 PC 50 GC (set) after defeating Plantera and obtaining the Pygmy Staff

The Tiki Armor has high stats that make it a decent pre-Plantera Summoner Armor that should allow players to devastate enemy ranks with sheer Summon Damage alone. However, where the Tiki Armor shines once it’s crafted is its potential to have the highest Minion count with the right setup.

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When players get the Summoning and Bewitched Buffs on top of equipping the Necromantic Scroll, Papyrus Scarab, and the Pygmy Necklace, they should be able to summon a whopping 10 Minions.

18 Spooky Armor

Multiple Minions With Enhanced Damage Greatly Boosts Combat Potential Against Bosses

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

30 (9/11/10)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +3-4 Minion
  • +33% Minion Damage
  • +20% Movement Speed
  • Set: +25% Minion Damage

Source

Crafted from 750 Spooky Wood

Bearing a spiked purple wood design with orange markings, the Spooky Armor has a menacing appearance that hints towards its Summoning specialization. Unlike other higher-tier Summoner Armors, the Spooky Armor doesn’t have exceptional bonuses except for a grand total of +58% Summon Damage.

However, this aggro focus does make it effective when speedrunning against the likes of Duke Fishron. Its aggressive-leaning buff makes Spooky Armor a more combative contrast to the defensive Tiki Armor.

19 Stardust Armor

Stardust Guardian Adds Extra Firepower To Roster Of Minions

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

38 (10/16/12)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +5 Minion
  • +66% Minion Damage
  • Set: Summon Stardust Guardian that follows and defends the player

Source

Crafted from 36 Luminite Bars (144 Luminite) and 45 Stardust Fragments

Being one of the four Armor Sets available for crafting via Luminite Bars, the Stardust Armor boasts a majestic golden armor with blue crystalline highlights, giving a regal flair deserving of the Stardust’s status as one of the best endgame Summoner Armor in Terraria Hardmode sessions. Perhaps its most surprising component is the Stardust Guardian, an immortal pet-like follower that attacks enemies on sight and can be buffed by effects that boost Summon Damage.

However, despite the Stardust Armor giving decent offensive bonuses, its lack of defense still makes Summoners somewhat fragile. Thanks to the Stardust Guardian, players can find workarounds for this vulnerability, as they can simply wall themselves off and have the Stardust Guardian attack enemies without exposing themselves to danger.

20 Valhalla Knight Armor

Lack Of Minion Powerhouse Compensated By Stellar Defense

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Total Defense (Head/Chest/Legs)

68 (20/24/24)

Bonuses, Effects

  • +2 Sentry
  • +60% Minion Damage
  • +10% Melee Damage
  • +20% Melee Critical Strike Chance
  • +20-30% Movement Speed
  • Greatly Increased LIfe Regeneration
  • Set: +1 Sentry, Greatly Improves Ballista

Source

Purchased from the Tavernkeep for 150 in total, after Golem has been defeated.

Despite its Valkyrie-themed appearance, the Valhalla Knight Armor is a direct upgrade to the Squire Armor which has a similar bonuses scheme alongside a preference for the medieval Ballista Sentry.

Summoners who want to secure damage mitigation and survivability in the endgame should acquire the Valhalla Knight Armor. Despite Stardust Armor having better Summon buffs, the Valhalla Knight’s additional health regeneration and Ballista Sentry boosts give them the potential to solo much tougher opponents.

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