Antlion

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Antlion
Antlion.pngOld-gen console version and 3DS version
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeAntlion AI
Damage10 / 20 (36) (54)
Max Life45 / 90 (198) (296)
Defense6 / 6 (12) (18)
KB Resist100%
BannerAntlion BannerAntlion Banner
Immune toConfused
Drops
Coins60*60 Copper Coin.png
Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DS versionDS Exclusive Variant
Albino Antlion
Albino Antlion.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage10 (Ranged attack)
10 (Melee)
Max Life45
Defense6
BannerAlbino Antlion BannerAlbino Antlion BannerOld-gen console version
Drops
Coins60 Copper Coin

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 stackable sand at players when they enter their line of sight. They can only launch their projectile at an upwards angle (within about 45 degrees to the left and right), so approaching from lower ground means you will usually be out of their line of fire. They can be rather annoying to less experienced Terraria players.

On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version DS version, the Albino Antlion variant also appears.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Because the Antlion creates Sand Blocks as it attacks, sand is technically a renewable resource, although one renewed slowly.
  • If faced with an incline facing directly upward, Antlions will climb very slowly toward the player. This happens on all versions, and prevents them from burying themselves.
  • The Antlion's head is the only part that takes/deals damage. Thus, if an arrow is aimed at its body, it will fly through. Likewise, a player that touches the Antlion's body will not take damage.

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 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"
  • The projectiles the Antlion shoots can damage other enemies, not just the player.
  • "Antlion" is commonly mispronounced as "antillion", when, since it's based on the insect, it can be assumed that one would pronounce it the same as the insect – "ant-lion".

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.0.1:
    • May now drop up to two Antlion Mandibles.
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was: Antlion (old).png
    • Now has new sound effects.
  • Desktop 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.