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The Destroyer

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The Destroyer
The Destroyer.png
Statistics
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Max Life80000 / 120000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
(except StunnedStunnedMobile Version3DS Version)
Drops
Coins12 Gold Coin
Map Icon The Destroyer.png
Map Icon

Destroyer Trophy.png "You feel vibrations from deep below..." Destroyer Trophy.png

For the painting, see The Destroyer (item).

The Destroyer is a Hardmode mechanical boss which is essentially a more difficult version of the Eater of Worlds. Like the Eater of Worlds, it is a very large worm. Although it appears to be similarly made up of many segments, individual segments cannot die, and The Destroyer will not split apart into multiple enemies. The entire body has a single shared health bar, and The Destroyer will remain at full size until it is defeated.

The Destroyer can be summoned manually using a Mechanical Worm at night. Nighttime is the only condition required for summoning (unlike Eater of Worlds, which requires a Corruption biome). It can also spawn naturally upon dusk with a chance of 10% once a Demon or Crimson Altar has been smashed, as long as it has not yet been defeated in the current world. If spawning this way, its arrival is announced by the status message: "You feel vibrations from deep below..." (Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version alternatively "You feel a quaking from deep underground..."). It must always be killed before dawn, otherwise, it will despawn.

Each of The Destroyer's segments contains a red-lit ProbeProbe, which is an independent flying enemy that is launched periodically as The Destroyer takes damage. Probes fire lasers at the player, both while within The Destroyer and when detached. They can be killed individually once detached. If the red light is missing from a segment, it means the Probe was already launched from that segment. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, The Destroyer's body and its Probes are immune to all debuffs.

While The Destroyer is alive, music Boss 3 will play.

Segments[edit | edit source]

The DestroyerThe Destroyer Head
The Destroyer (technical).png
Statistics
TypeBoss Part – Burrowing Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Damage70 / 280
Max Life80000 / 120000
Defense0
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
Drops
Coins 12 Gold Coin
The DestroyerThe Destroyer Body
The Destroyer Body.png
Statistics
TypeBoss Part – Burrowing Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Damage55 / 93 (melee)
44 / 72 (laser)
Max Life80000 / 120000
Defense30
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
The DestroyerThe Destroyer Tail
The Destroyer Tail.png
Statistics
TypeBoss Part – Burrowing Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Damage40 / 68
Max Life80000 / 120000
Defense35
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When spawning naturally, The Destroyer spawns exactly 81 seconds after the status message has appeared.
    • Being in a layer lower than the surface at that moment, or, in singleplayer, exiting the world during that timespan, will prevent The Destroyer from spawning naturally.
  • The Destroyer is extremely long, measuring 82 segments including head and tail, or 239 tiles in length.
  • When The Destroyer is off-screen it can move around freely, as though it were moving through blocks, even through the air.
  • The Destroyer can move along platforms.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Buckets of Bolts.png
Buckets of Bolts • "Defeat the three nocturnal mechanical menaces: the Twins, the Destroyer, and Skeletron Prime."
Defeat all three Mechanical Bosses. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Achievement Mecha Mayhem.png
Mecha Mayhem • "Do battle against the Twins, the Destroyer, and Skeletron Prime simultaneously and emerge victorious."
Defeat all three Mechanical Bosses simultaneously in a single battle. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Achievement Ride The Worm.png
Ride The Worm • "You have defeated The Destroyer!"
Defeat The Destroyer for the first time. Old-gen console version

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating The Destroyer, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:The Destroyer strategies.

  • Using a Magic Mirror or other methods to teleport away (e.g. Teleportation Potion) to escape from The Destroyer will not cause it to despawn. It will always follow the player, no matter how far away they are.
    • With that in mind, teleporting around the world is an effective strategy to heal and avoid the boss.
  • Piercing weapons can strike multiple sections, making them especially effective. Similarly, area-of-effect damage can catch multiple sections in its radius. Making a fully-enclosed room and using ricocheting weapons can also be effective.
  • Some highly effective weapons are the Daedalus Stormbow with Holy Arrows, the Nimbus Rod, and the Cannon.
  • The head of The Destroyer has 0 defense. Although it might be very difficult to damage simply the head segment itself, doing so can greatly speed up the battle.
    • Note that in Expert modeDesktop VersionConsole Version, the head can cause 280 damage. Risky positioning should therefore be avoided.
  • Probes serve as a steady source of Hearts.
  • Using the Minimap to see where the Destroyer will surface may help with dodging.
  • Farming the Destroyer is a quick method for making money, as its drops can be used to craft multiple Light Discs, which sell for 100000*10 Gold Coin.png each.
  • Probes should not be ignored, as their lasers can cause severe harm. Note that Probes keep spawning as The Destroyer takes damage.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Although there is no mechanical version of the Brain of Cthulhu, The Destroyer is partially resemblant of it due to its ability to spawn Probes, similarly to how the Brain of Cthulhu spawns Creeper minions.
  • The Destroyer had the most total health of any boss before the Moon LordDesktop VersionConsole Version was added. It still has the most health of any single enemy, as the Moon Lord's total health is the combined health of all its body parts.
  • The Destroyer will always have 10 times as much health as the Wall of Flesh, even if it is a multiplayer game in Expert modeDesktop VersionConsole Version.
  • The Destroyer has many small metal devices jutting out of it that can both resemble centipede-like legs or wheels.
  • Despite the status message saying "You feel vibrations from deep below..." or Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version "You feel a quaking from deep underground...", The Destroyer will not spawn if the player is underground.
  • Some teasers for the Mobile version Mobile version release included The Destroyer having blue-lit segments instead of red.
  • The Destroyer is not the only boss to drop Souls of Might. On the Mobile version Mobile version and 3DS version DS version, Lepus, which can be spawned during Easter, has a 1% chance to drop 3 Souls of Might. However, they are of no use during pre-Hardmode, as crafting any item from them requires a Hardmode Anvil.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

For changes which affect all the mechanical bosses, see mechanical bosses history.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Health returned to 80000 (from 60000). Damage and defense increased:
      • Head damage increased from 50 to 70.
      • Body damage increased from 35 to 55. Defense returned to 30 (from 26).
      • Tail damage increased from 20 to 40. Defense returned to 35 (from 30).
    • Now has a chance to drop the Destroyer Mask.
    • The Destroyer's Probes drop hearts 1/3 times instead of 100%.
    • Drops now appear at the location of the segment that was closest to the player on defeat, instead of from the head.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Health reduced from 80000 to 60000. Damage and defense reduced:
      • Head damage reduced from 60 to 50.
      • Body damage reduced from 40 to 35. Defense reduced from 30 to 26.
      • Tail defense reduced from 35 to 30.
    • Now has a chance to spawn randomly during Hardmode with the message: "You feel vibrations from deep below...".
    • Will now drop 20-40 Souls of Might, instead of 20-30.
    • Now has a chance to drop the Destroyer Trophy.