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See also: Underground Desert.
The heat distortion effect added in 1.3.3
Corrupted Desert
Crimson Desert
Hallowed Desert

The Desert is a sandy biome. Each map will generally contain at least two desert areas. Drained Oceans also become deserts. Pools of water can appear in deserts, taking on a sandy yellow color. Pyramids can rarely appear in Desert Biomes, generated at world creation.

An area is considered a Desert biome if there are at least 1000 sand blocks, causing the water and background to change, but desert plants and enemies can spawn on even a single block of sand. Deserts are overridden by most other biomes. Rain will occur in deserts just as in any other surface biome. Sandstorms may also occur periodically, which causes special enemies to spawn as well as slowing down the player according to the sandstorm's direction.

During Hardmode, the increased spread of the Corruption/Crimson and Hallow is likely to eventually convert any normal Deserts. Corruption/Crimson deserts spawned upon world creation may also be turned into Hallow ones if they are inside the world part that is instantly converted at the beginning of Hardmode. All variations will be similar to their main biomes (e.g. The Corruption or The Hallow): the music theme is the same, the mobs are the same (excepted the Dark and Light Mummies), and the background is just slightly different. The sand will be replaced by ebonsand, crimsand, or pearlsand. Although their color will change, cacti still drop cactus when cut, and waterleaf are also able to grow on hallowed desert.

This is the only biome to not contain special fishing catches.

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Note: Additional Desert items can be found in the Underground Desert, during Sandstorms, and in Pyramids.

Characters Unique Drops For Sale
Antlion.png Antlion
Albino Antlion.png Albino Antlion
Console only.png Mobile only.png
Antlion Swarmer.png Antlion Swarmer Desktop only.png
Antlion Charger.png Antlion Charger Desktop only.png
Vulture.png Vulture
Sand Slime.png Sand Slime Desktop only.png

During Hardmode:

Mummy.png Mummy
Light Mummy.png Light Mummy
Dark Mummy.png Dark Mummy
(Corrupted, Crimson)
Shadow Mummy.png Shadow Mummy
(Corrupted) Console only.pngMobile only.png
Spectral Mummy.png Spectral Mummy
(Hallowed) Console only.pngMobile only.png


Scorpion.png Scorpion
Black Scorpion.png Black Scorpion
From normal, Dark,
Light Mummies:
Mummy costume.png Mummy costume

From normal Mummies:

Mummy Banner.png Mummy Banner
Fast Clock.png Fast Clock

From Dark Mummies:

Dark Mummy Banner.png Dark Mummy Banner
Dark Shard.png Dark Shard
Megaphone.png Megaphone
Blindfold.png Blindfold

From Light Mummies:

Light Mummy Banner.png Light Mummy Banner
Light Shard.png Light Shard
Trifold Map.png Trifold Map

From Shadow Mummies:

Shadow Mummy Banner.png Shadow Mummy
Console only.pngMobile only.png
Dark Shard.png Dark Shard
From Antlions:
Antlion Banner.png Antlion Banner
Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible

From Antlion Swarmers:

Antlion Swarmer Banner.png Antlion Swarmer Banner
Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible

From Antlion Chargers:

Antlion Charger Banner.png Antlion Charger Banner
Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible
Mandible Blade.png Mandible Blade Desktop only.png

From Vulture:

Vulture Banner.png Vulture Banner

From vegetation:

Cactus.png Cactus
Waterleaf.png Waterleaf
Pink Prickly Pear.png Pink Prickly Pear

From the terrain:

Sand Block.png Sand Block
Ebonsand Block.png Ebonsand Block
Crimsand Block.png Crimsand Block
Pearlsand Block.png Pearlsand Block
From the Painter:
Secret of the Sands.png Secrets of
the Sands

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Sand blocks can be crafted into Glass, which can be crafted into Mugs, which are filled at a Keg to produce Ale, which has a sell price of 20 Copper Coin each. Though the sell price is low, this is one of the only sources of coins in the game that is always readily available. Assuming the player carries only a Pickaxe and one other Weapon for fighting off any enemies encountered, while keeping all other Inventory and ammo slots available for sand collection: 41,958 sand blocks (42 slots x 999 max sand stack per slot) = 20979 Glass blocks = 20979 Mugs = 20979 Ale x 20 Copper Coin each = 419580 Copper Coin ; or 41 Gold Coin 95 Silver Coin 80 Copper Coin.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.3.3:
    • Added Sandstorm event.
    • Added a heat distortion visual effect.
  • Added Underground Desert, including new mobs and blocks.
  • 1.2.3: Fixed a bug where Crimsand deserts were not making the water show up red.
  • 1.2:
    • Water in desert is now yellow.
    • Now has its own specific music.
  • 1.1:
    • Cacti no longer damage the player.
    • Now has own specific background.
  • 1.0.6:
    • Cacti no longer cause knockback when damaging players and no longer destroy blocks above when growing.
    • Desert spawn slightly farther away from initial spawn point.
  • 1.0.5: Cactus, Waterleaf, Antlion, and Vulture added to desert biomes.
  • 1.0.2: Sand no longer spawns within a certain distance of the spawn location. This removes the chance of spawning in a desert with no wood to use.
  • Pre-Release: Introduced.
Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • The Corruption • The Crimson • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Desktop only.png Underground Desert • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Meteorite • Desktop only.png Granite Cave • Desktop only.png Marble Cave • Spider Nest • Bee Hive • Dungeon • Lihzahrd Temple
Other Living Tree • Desktop only.png Enchanted Sword Shrine • Floating Island • Underground Cabin • Chasm • Pyramid • Jungle Shrine • Desktop only.png Living Mahogany Tree • Mobile only.png Jungle Sanctum • Ruined House