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Type Enemy
Environment Desert
AI Type Antlion AI
Damage 10 / 20 (Ranged attack)
10 / 20 (36) (Melee)
Max Life 45 / 90 (198)
Defense 5
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: Confused.png
Antlion Banner.png Antlion Banner
Coins 60 Copper Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible
• 1Console only.pngMobile only.png
  • 1-2Pc only.png
14.29%Console only.pngMobile only.png
33.3%Pc only.png
Internal NPC ID: 69
Console only.png Mobile only.png Console/Mobile
Exclusive Variant
Albino Antlion
Albino Antlion.png
Type Enemy
Damage 10 (Ranged attack)
10 (Melee)
Max Life 45
Defense 6
Albino Antlion Banner.png Albino Antlion Banner
Coins 60 Copper Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible

The Antlion is an enemy found in Deserts during the day, and are also found in Underground Deserts. They remain stationary with their head sticking out of the ground, and will shoot sand at players when they enter their line of sight. They can only launch their projectile at an upwards angle (straight upwards or within ~45 degrees to the left or right), so approaching from lower ground means you will usually be out of their line of fire. Antlions will climb up walls if they are touching a wall. They can be rather annoying to less experienced Terraria players.

On the Console only.png Console versions and Mobile only.pngMobile versions, the Albino Antlion variant also appears.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Because the Antlion creates Sand Blocks as it attacks, sand is a renewable resource.
  • If you have a lead/iron bow, use unholy arrows and stay more than 30 blocks back. It won't always hit you and you will kill it quickly.
  • It has been seen in the Mobile only.pngMobile version that Antlions have somewhat rare and limited movement across the desert, instead of being entirely stationary.
  • if faced with a incline facing directly upward, Antlions will climb very slowly toward the player. It is yet unconfirmed if this happens on other versions.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Antlion is based on real life antlion larvae which dig sand pits as traps for other insects. The antlion will throw sand at escaping prey, causing its victims to fall down and tumble down into the center of the pit where the hungry antlion is waiting.

History[edit | edit source]

    • May now drop up to two Antlion Mandibles
    • Sprite updated
    • Now has new sound effects
  • Can now drop its respective banner.
  • 1.1:
    • Chance of dropping Antlion Mandible increased from 1 in 10 (10%) to 1 in 7 (14.29%)
    • Projectile damage reduced from 20 to 10
  • 1.0.5: Introduced.

Albino Antlion.png Albino Antlion Console only.pngMobile only.png • Antlion.png Antlion  • Antlion Charger.png Antlion Charger Pc only.png • Antlion Swarmer.png Antlion Swarmer Pc only.png
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