It takes 1 second to begin playing the Pan Flute after clicking it. Mobs will be put into a deeper sleep than usual, allowing the player to move closer to them without waking them up; for example, the Tallbird.
If a mob that was put to sleep is attacked, all of the similar nearby mobs will wake up after a couple of seconds. Mobs sometimes sleep all day after they have been put to sleep by the Pan Flute.
The Pan Flute can be used to get an advantage over enemies, shave Beefalo, or steal Tallbird Eggs and Pengull Eggs. The Pan Flute also complements the Feather Hat when looking for Morsels and Feathers.
In the Reign of Giants DLC, the Pan Flute has a 75% chance to be found around the Glommer's Statue. Players also have a small chance of finding Green Gems inside Tumbleweeds, thus making the Pan Flute renewable through the use of a Deconstruction Staff.
- The Pan Flute is named after Pan, the Greek god of animals and music.
- The Pan Flute is one of the 6 ways to put mobs to sleep, the others being the Sleep Dart, the Life Giving Amulet, Wickerbottom's book Sleepytime Stories, and eating or cooking a Mandrake.
- Using a Pan Flute near a Bird in flight will cause it to fall to the ground, ready to be picked up.