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While Cthulhu itself never made an appearance, a number of enemies and items in Terraria include direct and indirect references to Cthulhu.
Bosses[edit | edit source]
- Eye of Cthulhu – One of the first bosses that will be faced by the player. According to the official game lore, it is one of the organs ripped out from Cthulhu when he was defeated.
- Brain of Cthulhu – The pre-Hardmode boss of The Crimson. – According to the official game lore, while the Mechanic has almost finished recreating Cthulhu, his complete restoration would require a brain. The brain in question is the Brain of Cthulhu, one of the vital organs ripped off when he was defeated. Also, the lore claims that only "chunks" of the brain was ripped out, meaning that the Brain of Cthulhu is one of the fragments of the actual unseen brain, which can be presumed to be much larger than the Brain of Cthulhu
- Skeletron – The pre-Hardmode boss that guards the entrance to the Dungeon. – According to the official game lore, Skeletron originally was a part of Cthulhu's skeleton that the Dryads ripped from him.
- Mechanical bosses – – According to the official game lore, the Mechanic was forced by the Lunatic Cultist to rebuild a mechanical version of Cthulhu to replace the vital organs that were ripped from him before his disappearance. The three mechanical bosses are the mechanical parts of Cthulhu's organs, with The Destroyer being the spine, The Twins being the eyes, and Skeletron Prime being the skeleton.
- Moon Lord – The final boss in the game. It resembles common depictions of Cthulhu.
Bosses' servants[edit | edit source]
- Servant of Cthulhu – A minion summoned by the Eye of Cthulhu.
- True Eye of Cthulhu – An invincible enemy summoned by Moon Lord.
- Ancient Vision – A minion summoned by the Lunatic Cultist. It resembles Cthulhu's head and is also reminiscent of the head of Moon Lord.
Items[edit | edit source]
- The Eye of Cthulhu – A post-Plantera yoyo dropped by Mothron during a Solar Eclipse, referencing the namesake boss.
- Shield of Cthulhu – An Expert Mode-exclusive item dropped by the Eye of Cthulhu.
- The Fish of Cthulhu – A quest item for the Angler. It resembles a Demon Eye.
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
- Cthulhunado – A larger version of the Sharknado summoned by Duke Fishron. In Lovecraftian mythos, Cthulhu is often depicted as living in the deep ocean. Besides this, it is mostly irrelevant to Cthulhu himself, save for the name.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Cthulhu was a possible boss. The development team was considering its addition at one point, but he was replaced by Moon Lord.
- – According to the official game lore, before the events of the game, Cthulhu did exist in the world and almost destroyed it, before an ancient race of Dryads defeated him at the cost of almost their entire race. Cthulhu was not killed, but was crippled when a few organs were ripped from him. After that, he retreats to the Moon and plans for another attack. (Which contributes to proving his relevancy with Moon Lord.)
- The Lunatic Cultist plans on restoring Cthulhu and has forced the Mechanic to forge mechanical organs of Cthulhu. However, since she has never completed the mechanical brain, the restored Cthulhu cannot function, and thus, he never appeared again.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the concept art, he is missing one of his eyes, presumably because the missing eye became the Eye of Cthulhu boss.