The Destroyer

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The Destroyer
The Destroyer.png
Type Boss – Burrowing Enemy
AI Type The Destroyer AI
Max Life 80000 / 120000 Pc only.png
80000 Mobile only.png
60000 Console only.png
KB Resist 100%
Coins 12 Gold Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Soul of Might.png Soul of Might
• 20-40
Greater Healing Potion.png Greater Healing Potion
• 5-15
Hallowed Bar.png Hallowed Bar
• 15-35
Destroyer Mask.png Destroyer Mask
Pc only.png Console only.png
Destroyer Trophy.png Destroyer Trophy
Horned God Robe.png Horned God Robe
Console only.png
Treasure Bag (The Destroyer).png Treasure Bag (The Destroyer)
• in Expert Mode only Pc only.png
Destroyer Trophy.png "You feel vibrations from deep below..." Destroyer Trophy.png
For the painting, see The Destroyer (item).

The Destroyer is a Hardmode boss (one of the three Mechanical Bosses) that is essentially a harder, robotic version of the Eater of Worlds. Like the Eater of Worlds, The Destroyer is a very large Worm. Though it appears to be similarly made up of many segments, individual segments cannot die, and The Destroyer will not split apart into multiple enemies. The entire body has a single shared health bar, and The Destroyer will remain at full size until it is killed.

The Destroyer can spawn randomly on any given night once Hardmode begins, as long as you haven't defeated it in the current world. It can also be summoned using a Mechanical Worm at night. Night time is the only condition required for summoning. Its arrival is announced by one of two messages: "You feel a quaking from deep underground..." or "You feel vibrations from deep below...." It must be killed before dawn, otherwise it will despawn. If the player logs out when the message appears, The Destroyer will not spawn. Note that this applies to any boss that can spawn itself in this manner.

Each of The Destroyer's segments contains a red-lit Probe, which are independent flying enemies that are launched periodically as The Destroyer takes damage. They fire lasers at the player, both while within The Destroyer and when detached. Probes can be killed individually once detached. If the red light is missing from a segment, it means the Probe was already launched from that segment.

On the Pc only.png Desktop version, The Destroyer's body is immune to all debuffs, though the launched Probes are not.

Segments[edit | edit source]

The Destroyer Head
The Destroyer (technical).png
Type Enemy
Damage 70 / 280 Pc only.png
50 Console only.png
60 Mobile only.png
Defense 0
Internal NPC ID: 134
The Destroyer Body
The Destroyer Body.png
Type Enemy
Damage 44 / 72 (laser)
55 / 93 (melee) Pc only.png
35 (melee) Console only.png
40 (melee) Mobile only.png
Defense 30 Pc only.png Mobile only.png
26 Console only.png
Internal NPC ID: 135
The Destroyer Tail
The Destroyer Tail.png
Type Enemy
Damage 40 / 68 Pc only.png
20 Console only.png Mobile only.png
Defense 35 Pc only.pngMobile only.png
30 Console only.png
Internal NPC ID: 136
Type Flying Enemy
AI Type Flying
Damage 50 / 88 (laser)
50 / 80 (melee) Pc only.png
50 (melee) Mobile only.png
40 (melee) Console only.png
Max Life 200 / 300 Pc only.png
200 Mobile only.png
180 Console only.png
Defense 20 Pc only.png
18 Console only.png
KB Resist 20% / 28%
Item (Quantity) Rate
Heart.png Heart
Pc only.png 33%
Console only.png Mobile only.png 100%
Internal NPC ID: 139

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Buckets of Bolts.png Buckets of Bolts is the achievement you earn for defeating The Destroyer, The Twins, and Skeletron Prime for the first time.

Achievement Mecha Mayhem.png Mecha Mayhem is the achievement you earn for defeating the three Mechanical Bosses in one battle together.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If you use a Magic Mirror or Recall Potion to escape from The Destroyer, it will not despawn, and will follow you to your spawn, no matter how far away it is. Because of this, a great strategy is to set your home near a Nurse and use your Magic Mirror when your health is low and to heal back up.
  • The Destroyer is an extremely long boss, measuring to 82 segments including head and tail, or 239 blocks in length.
  • In Expert Mode, his head can cause massive damage, dealing nearly 200 damage on full impact.
  • Before you could see The Destroyer through blocks, but as of, you now cannot. This feature was apparent first in the Console/Mobile versions.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating The Destroyer, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:The Destroyer strategies.

  • The Destroyer is the only one of the three Mechanical Bosses whose movement can be somewhat confined, when on screen. Due to being a worm-type, it needs blocks in order to maneuver. When The Destroyer is off screen it can move around freely, as if it was moving through blocks even through the air, as well as appearing to move much faster than when on screen.
  • Penetrating weapons along with a set of Orichalcum armor can strike multiple sections of The Destroyer, making them especially effective. Similarly, explosive weapons can catch multiple sections in their blast radius, dealing already high damage several times over.
  • Using a gun like the Shotgun in combination with exploding bullets is also very effective because the bullets will hit multiple parts of The Destroyer dealing extra damage.
  • The Fetid Baghnakhs are also very effective against The Destroyer because of its high speed and it is obtainable before killing any Mechanical Bosses.
  • The Destroyer spawns offscreen bunched up in a coil. If the player is quick enough, he/she can reach the Destroyer in that state and end the fight in a matter of seconds, using a piercing weapon such as a Repeater with Jester's Arrows.
  • In the Mobile only.pngMobile version, firing Heart Arrows at its head will immobilize it entirely.
  • Making a fully enclosed room and using Water Bolt is effective as the water ball will bounce of the walls of the room and attack the Destroyer repeatedly. However, practice is needed when fighting with Water Bolt as it does lesser damage than Hardmode weapons.
  • Pc only.png The Daedalus Stormbow with holy arrows and the Magic Quiver can obliterate The Destroyer in a matter of seconds, and is obtainable right after defeating the Wall of Flesh. This can also be used to attack The Destroyer if you find it in its coiled-up state.
  • Using the Slimy Saddle to summon the slime mount while fighting the boss will help you by not taking damage while falling on The Destroyer's body trying to dodge its attacks or just by jumping on it, Instead of taking damage he will take some extra damage.
  • The Cannon is extremely useful in this fight, if the Pirate Invasion has already been defeated. Making a small platform around 40 blocks above the ground and placing the cannon on it facing upwards will take The Destroyer out quickly. A Cobalt Shield or other shield to cancel knockback is highly recommended for this method, as you can keep firing the cannon in rapid succession.
  • The Nimbus Rod alone can kill The Destroyer under 3 minutes when the clouds are placed correctly and is obtainable before killing any Mechanical Bosses.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Destroyer had the most total health of any Boss before the Moon Lord was added. It still has the most health of any single enemy (NPC).
  • The Destroyer appears to sometimes despawn at 11 pm, causing you to have to re-fight it.

History[edit | edit source]

For changes that affect all the mechanical bosses, see Mechanical Bosses History.
  • Added Expert Mode drop, Mechanical Wagon Piece. It was also given a new sprite.
  • 1.2.3:
    • Health returned to 80000 (from 60000). Damage and defense increased:
      • Head damage increased from 50 to 70.
      • Body damage increased from 35 to 55. Defense returned to 30 (from 26).
      • Tail damage increased from 20 to 40. Defense returned to 35 (from 30).
    • Now has a chance to drop the Destroyer Mask.
    • The Destroyer's Probes drop hearts 1/3 times instead of 100%.
    • Drops now appear at the location of the segment that was closest to the player on defeat, instead of from the head.
  • Now immune to all debuffs.
  • 1.2:
    • Health reduced from 80000 to 60000. Damage and defense reduced:
      • Head damage reduced from 60 to 50.
      • Body damage reduced from 40 to 35. Defense reduced from 30 to 26.
      • Tail defense reduced from 35 to 30.
    • Now has a chance to spawn randomly during Hardmode with the message: "You feel vibrations from deep below...".
    • Will now drop 20-40 Souls of Might, instead of 20-30.
    • Now has a chance to drop the Destroyer Trophy.
  • 1.1: Introduced.
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