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Death by falling.
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The Demolitionist

Death is what happens when a player's health reaches zero. A death message is displayed dependent on how the player died. For example, "<Player name> tried to swim in lava." is one that is displayed if the player died from lava damage.

When a player dies, a Tombstone is dropped at the location of their death. When it finds a suitable space, it will become a 2×2 tile. It stores text, much in the way the Sign functions, with the player's death message. Being affected by physics, a Tombstone will fall after the player's death if they were moving at the time. If there is no flat 2-block space for a Tombstone, it will get stuck before it despawns.

Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions If the player holds more than 100000*10 when they die, the spawned tombstone will be one of the following golden tombstones: Golden Tombstone.png Golden Headstone.png Golden Gravestone.png Golden Grave Marker.png Golden Cross Grave Marker.png

Upon death, a large red text saying "You were slain..." will be displayed on the center of the screen. Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions The amount of dropped coins will be shown underneath, Desktop Version and a timer will display showing how long until the player respawns.

Causes of Death[edit | edit source]

Death may occur from:

Difficulty Differences[edit | edit source]

A Softcore character will drop half, three-quarters (both rounded up), or all of each type of coins a player is carrying at the moment of death. Coins stored in storage items are not affected.

A MediumcoreDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions character will drop all carried items, including money and ammo. Any additional max health or mana is not lost.

A HardcoreDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions character will drop all of their items upon death. The character is deleted upon death and the player turns into a ghost, unable to interact with the environment, but still able to observe, move about, and chat with other players.

Death Messages[edit | edit source]

Default Death Messages[edit | edit source]

  • "<Player name> was slain."
  • "<Player name> was eviscerated."
  • "<Player name> was murdered."
  • "<Player name>'s face was torn off."
  • "<Player name>'s entrails were ripped out."
  • "<Player name> was destroyed."
  • "<Player name>'s skull was crushed."
  • "<Player name> got massacred."
  • "<Player name> got impaled."
  • "<Player name> lost his/her head." (Console version)
  • "<Player name> was torn in half."
  • "<Player name> was decapitated."
  • "<Player name> let their arms get torn off."
  • "<Player name> watched their innards become outards."
  • "<Player name> was brutally dissected."
  • "<Player name>'s extremities were detached."
  • "<Player name>'s body was mangled."
  • "<Player name>'s vital organs were ruptured."
  • "<Player name> was turned into a pile of flesh."
  • "<Player name> was removed from <world name>."
  • "<Player name> got snapped in half."
  • "<Player name> was cut down the middle."
  • "<Player name> was chopped up."
  • "<Player name>'s plea for death was answered."
  • "<Player name>'s meat was ripped off the bone."
  • "<Player name>'s flailing about was finally stopped."
  • "<Player name> had their head removed."

PvP Death Messages[edit | edit source]

PvP death messages will use the default death messages from above, but will additionally state the name of the player's murderer along with the weapon or projectile with which the killing blow was landed.


  • "<Player name 1>'s face was torn off by <player name 2>'s Ball O' Hurt."

Enemy Death Messages[edit | edit source]

Enemy death messages work like PvP death messages.


Falling Death Messages[edit | edit source]

  • "<Player name> fell to their death."
  • "<Player name> didn't bounce."
  • "<Player name> fell victim of gravity." (Console version)
  • "<Player name> faceplanted the ground." (Console version)
  • "<Player name> left a small crater." (Console version)

Drowning Death Messages[edit | edit source]

  • "<Player name> forgot to breathe."
  • "<Player name> is sleeping with the fish."
  • "<Player name> drowned."
  • "<Player name> is shark food."

Lava Death Messages[edit | edit source]

  • "<Player name> got melted."
  • "<Player name> was incinerated."
  • "<Player name> tried to swim in lava."
  • "<Player name> likes to play in magma."

Debuff Death Messages[edit | edit source]

When killed by On Fire!, Burning, Cursed Inferno, or Frostburn:

  • "<Player name> couldn't put the fire out."

When killed by Poisoned, or Venom:

  • "<Player name> couldn't find the antidote."

When killed by Suffocation:

  • "<Player name> couldn't breathe."

When killed by ElectrifiedDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions:

  • "<Player name> couldn't contain the watts."

When killed by fall damage while StonedDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions:

  • "<Player name> shattered into pieces."
  • "<Player name> can't be put back together again." [sic]
  • "<Player name> needs to be swept up."
  • "<Player name> just became another dirt pile."

When killed by using the Rod of Discord with Chaos State:

  • "<Player name> didn't materialize"
  • "<Player name>'s legs appeared where his head should be." (male character)
  • "<Player name>'s legs appeared where her head should be." (female character)

Other Death Messages[edit | edit source]

When the Wall of Flesh reaches the far boundary of the world and the player is in front:

  • "<Player name> was licked."

When killed by Paladin's Shield:

  • "<Player name>"

When attempting to teleport away from the Wall of Flesh with a Magic/Ice Mirror, Recall Potion, Teleportation Potion, or Teleporter:

  • "<Player name> tried to escape."

When killed by failing to destroy an Altar, the Wall of Flesh's body, or a Jellyfish's shock attackDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions:

  • "<Player name> was slain..."

When killed by the Companion Cube'sDesktop VersionConsole Version stab:

  • "<Player name> was stabbed."

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If a player is killed by a ranged attack, the death message will not include the name of the entity that launched the projectile, but instead the name of the projectile. Example: "<Player name> was slain by greek fire."
  • There is a 15-second delay between death and respawn, which is doubled in duration during Expert ModeDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions and Master ModeDesktop Version boss fights.
  • PvP deaths will cause the player to respawn with full health. This also applies to self-inflicted deaths with items such as explosives.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Tombstone mechanic can be very useful for locating items/coins dropped after death, since the Tombstone will usually fall within the vicinity of where the player died.
    • Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions On the minimap, a cross symbol (Map Death.png) will display where the player died most recently, allowing the player to quickly find the location again.
  • During multiplayer boss fights, the last surviving player should play defensively until the other players can return to the fight after respawning. The boss may despawn if all players are too far away from the fight.
  • 3DS Version If the Worm PetWorm Pet is active at death, it will say, "Bye bye!", and will drop a Strange Looking TombstoneStrange Looking Tombstone.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The text that appears after death saying "You were slain..." does not appear in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version of the game.
    • On the Console version Console version, the "You were slain..." message will have a faded and translucent version of itself behind the opaque text that flickers around in an eerie twitching motion.
  • Several death messages from 1.3Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions entities do not explicitly mention the cause.
  • One of the death messages displayed when dying from the StonedDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions debuff, "<Player name> can't be put back together again.", is a reference to the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, which has a verse: "All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again".
  • The death message displayed when the player is killed by a Paladin's Shield used to be displayed when the player attempted to destroy a Demon or Crimson Altar with an insufficient hammer power instead.
  • The death message "<Player name> tried to swim in lava." may be a reference to a death message in the sandbox video game Minecraft, which says the same thing.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Tombstones now display the real-world date of the related death.
  • Desktop 1.3.5: Fixed petrification death messages being broken for a long while now.
    • Death screen now has a timer until the player respawns.
  • Desktop 1.2.4: Fixed a bug where you would die on entering the world from fall damage.
  • Desktop Fixed bug where Hardcore characters couldn't open the menu after death.
  • Desktop 1.2.3: Players have a longer respawn delay after a non-PVP death with a boss alive in multiplayer. Fixed dying by demon altar having no message.