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Type Enemy
Environment Desert
AI Type Antlion AI
Damage 10 / 20 Desktop Version (Ranged attack)
10 / 20 (36) Desktop Version (Melee)
Max Life 45 / 90 (198) Desktop Version
Defense 5
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: Confused.png
Antlion Banner.png
Coins 60 Copper Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Antlion Mandible.png
Antlion Mandible 
• 1-2 Desktop Version
  • 1 Console VersionMobile only.png3DS logo.svg
33.3% Desktop Version
14.29% Console VersionMobile only.png3DS logo.svg
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
Coins 60 Copper Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Antlion Mandible.png

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 Version Console versionMobile only.pngMobile version, and 3DS logo.svg version, the Albino Antlion variant also appears.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Because the Antlion creates Sand Blocks as it attacks, sand is a renewable resource, although one renewed slowly.
  • 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.
  • If faced with a incline facing directly upward, Antlions will climb very slowly toward the player. This happens on all versions, and prevents them from burying themselves.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Antlion is based on real world 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. When the larvae grow up, they resemble the Antlion Swarmer.
  • The NPC ID Image contains only the Head. The Body, is stored not by an ID, but rather by its name: AntlionBody.png

History[edit | edit source]

    • May now drop up to two Antlion Mandibles.
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was: Antlion (old).png
    • 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.

Antlion.png Antlion • Albino Antlion.png Albino Antlion Console VersionMobile only.png3DS logo.svg • Antlion Charger.png Antlion Charger Desktop Version • Antlion Swarmer.png Antlion Swarmer Desktop Version
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