|AI Type||Mimic AI|
|Flower of Frost||28.5%|
A Mimic is an aggressive Hardmode enemy disguised as a Chest, appearing as the appropriate Chest type for the environment. Mimics will look exactly like Chests until approached, at which point they will chase the player.
Mimics take on the appearance of Chests that would normally be found in a given area: normal brown chests closer to the surface, gold chests found underground, Ice Chests in a Snow biome, and locked Shadow chests in The Underworld.
- Using a Spelunker Potion will not cause a Mimic to glow. However, Using a Hunter Potion will.
- Mimics disguised as Gold Chests or Shadow Chests will not sparkle as the real versions do.
- If a new Chest appears at any point in an area you know well, it is a Mimic (unless someone else places it in multiplayer). Naturally-occurring Chests are only placed at World creation.
- Mimics can sometimes be identified by the fact they do not always perfectly fit the tile 'grid', and thus do not line up perfectly with blocks, as normal Chests would.
- Mimics spawned underwater will appear as Gold Chests, not Water Chests.
- Real Chests will never be situated directly over any empty tile spaces, so if you see a Chest on top of any empty tiles (including those resulting from sloped land), it is a Mimic.
- Real Chests will never spawn on top of other background objects, such as Life Crystals, since real chests are background objects themselves.
- Shooting a stationary disguised Mimic with a ranged attack will cause it to become active and start chasing the player. Suspicious-looking Chests can therefore be tested from a safe distance by firing at them.
- Real chests will show up on the map, mimics however will not.
- Rarely, Mimics will have slightly thicker outlines than a normal chest.
- The Magnet Sphere will attack a disguised Mimic.
- Minions will attack a disguised Mimic.
- By hovering your cursor over a suspicious-looking chest, it will display a tag if it is a real chest.
- Mimics are immune to the Cursed Inferno and Confused debuffs.
- A great way to farm these for their multiple rarer drops is to use a Battle Potion and Water Candle during Blood Moon in hardmode. Players can easily get 7-10 to come to them with this method.
- Mimics drop large amounts of money compared to most creatures.
- While disguised, Mimics will not show a usual enemy tooltip when hovering the mouse cursor over them (though they will once they become active).
- Mimics are much easier to beat on flat land with high tier Spears.
- It seems that a brown Mimic's only spawn requirement is a naturally generated dirt backwall; if you dig out a mountain but leave the backwall, Mimics can occasionally spawn.
- On the iOS and android version, Mimics appear before Hardmode.
- During the Frost Moon, players may also encounter Present Mimics.
- Mimics seem to spawn more frequently in Underground Jungle biomes.
- Mimics will always drop a unique item.
- Mimics first appeared in Dungeons & Dragons in 1977, and have appeared in countless RPGs since.
- Chest statues, which spawn mimics, are sometimes generated on top of wires connected to a pressure plate from a trap. This can result in a mimic attacking and killing you early on in the game.