Brain of Confusion

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Brain of Confusion
  • Brain of Confusion item sprite
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TooltipHas a chance to create illusions and dodge an attack
Temporarily increase critical chance after dodge
May confuse nearby enemies after being struck
Rarity12*Rarity level: Rainbow
Research1 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffCerebral MindtrickCerebral MindtrickDesktop and Mobile versions
Debuff tooltipIncreased critical chance
Duration4 seconds

The Brain of Confusion is an Expert Mode accessory item from the Treasure Bag dropped by the Brain of Cthulhu. Upon taking damage with the Brain of Confusion equipped, nearby enemies have 60% chance of getting the Confused debuff, with the chance and duration increased by 0.4% per point of damage.

In Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version, the player wielding it has a 16.67*1/6 (16.67%) chance of dodging an attack, and receives an increase of 10% critical strike chance for 4 seconds if successful. The dodge can't however happen again until the buff is deleted, either by waiting 4 seconds or asking to the nurse to remove it.

Duration[edit | edit source]

The debuff duration is determined randomly, and the bounds depend on the amount of damage taken:[1]

\mathit{duration}_{min} = \left( 90 + \left \lfloor \frac{dmg}{3} \right \rfloor \right) \div 60, in seconds
\mathit{duration}_{max} = \left( 300 + \left \lfloor \frac{dmg}{2} \right \rfloor \right) \div 60, in seconds
Damage taken (dmg) 1 50 100 300
Minimum duration (durationmin) 1.5 seconds 1.77 seconds 2.05 seconds 3.17 seconds
Maximum duration (durationmax) 5 seconds 5.42 seconds 5.83 seconds 7.5 seconds

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The effect can be activated by any form of damage including damage taken by traps and thorny bushes.
  • The Brain of Confusion is not affected by dyes.
  • Desktop and Mobile versions Its dodge ability will only last a few seconds, similarly to the set bonus of the Hallowed armor.
  • Desktop and Mobile versions Its 1/6 chance to nullify incoming damage can be viewed as a dynamic ~17% damage reduction that is not a part of the overall defense system. However, this is not as reliable as a flat damage reduction bonus or defense bonus provided through other means such as the Worm Scarf.
  • Wearing the Dark Artist armor set will change the effects made from dodging from brains to blue flames.
  • Desktop and Mobile versions Cerebral Mindtrick is considered as a debuff by the game so it can't be overridden by buffs and can be deleted by the Nurse.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Console Version Some people consider the Brain of Confusion to be a disappointment compared to its Corruption counterpart, the Worm Scarf, which reduces damage taken by 17%. Despite this, it can still shine in certain moments, such as during events, or for preventing the player from being swarmed by enemies such as Cave Bats.
    • In the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version , the added chance to dodge nearly matches the percentage of damage the Worm Scarf prevents along with the extra critical bonus. This means that both accessories will, on average, prevent the same amount of damage but in a different way. This makes the Brain of Confusion significantly less disappointing and is arguably even better than the Worm Scarf, depending on the scenario. Often in Master Mode, taking damage in the first place can be extremely dangerous, so a chance to dodge can prove to be more useful in tight situations as taking 17% reduced damage from the Worm Scarf may still be too much.
      • The short term DPS increase from the critical hit chance increase after a successful dodge can allow the player to deal much more damage to enemies or bosses for a short period of time. Some could consider this to solidify the Brain of Confusion's place as the DPS version of the Worm Scarf.
        • However, the best of both worlds would be the use of both accessories at the same time, significantly increasing the player's chances of survival, while also improving DPS capability.
  • It has a 1/6 (16.67%) chance to dodge attacks, which is higher than Master Ninja Gear/Black belt's 1/10 (10%) but both items can be used together to have a 1/4 (25%) dodge chance. This can be extremely useful in master mode, especially against the daytime Empress of Light.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Halved the Critical chance bonus of the Mind Trick buff from 20% to 10%.
    • Reduced the duration of Mind Trick by 1 second.
  • Desktop A player wielding the Brain now has a chance to dodge attacks completely.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, function Hurt() in Terraria.Player.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is