The Herring Staff is a Pre-Hardmode summon weapon that is found in the Shadow Chests in the Abyss. It summons a Herring which charges at enemies in order to attack them. Unlike most minions, the Herring only takes up half a minion slot, allowing the player to summon twice as many Herrings as one-slot minions.
Its best modifier is Ruthless. The Mythical modifier provides the widest array of stat bonuses, but these primarily affect the initial summon rather than the resulting minion. Additionally, minions cannot deal critical hits. The only lasting advantage a Mythical Herring Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.
- The Herring minions will not target any enemies off-screen.
- This weapon can also be obtained from the Abyssal Crate after Skeletron has been defeated.
- Despite being named "Herring Staff", the actual minion spawned by the staff doesn't quite look like a herring, since herrings have a distinctive reflecting silver-like color, while the minion's color is dark blue.