Zombies

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Zombies are common surface Enemies that appear at night, and are a primary reason newer players will want to build a shelter before night arrives. Along with Demon Eyes, they are generally among the first nighttime enemies a player will encounter, as they appear in areas a player first spawns. Multiple NPCs living in the area will reduce or prevent local enemy spawns, including Zombies.

Zombies follow the Fighter AI and walk towards the player in order to make contact and deal damage. They can jump and navigate Platforms. Zombies will "kick" closed Doors in their path repeatedly, and can successfully open them during a Blood Moon event.

In Expert mode, some Zombies carry disembodied arms. These deal more damage on contact than other zombies and will stop to perform a 'slashing' animation when near the player, extending the range at which they can damage the player. These arm-wielding zombies are unable to open or interact with Doors.

Ordinary variants[edit | edit source]

Zombie
Zombie.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage14 / 28 (50) Desktop VersionConsole Version
35 (62) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life45 / 90 (198) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense6
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins60 Copper Coin
Bald Zombie
Bald Zombie.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage15 / 30 (54) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life40 / 80 (176) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense5
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins65 Copper Coin
Pincushion Zombie
Pincushion Zombie.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage16 / 32 (56) Desktop VersionConsole Version
40 (70) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life50 / 100 (220) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist55% / 60% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins65 Copper Coin
  • Internal NPC ID: 186 / 432 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Slimed Zombie
Slimed Zombie.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage13 / 26 (46) Desktop VersionConsole Version
32 (57) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life40 / 80 (176) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense6
KB Resist45% / 50% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins55 Copper Coin
  • Internal NPC ID: 187 / 433 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Swamp Zombie
Swamp Zombie.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage13 / 26 (46) Desktop VersionConsole Version
32 (57) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life45 / 90 (198) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist55% / 60% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins80 Copper Coin
  • Internal NPC ID: 188 / 434 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Twiggy Zombie
Twiggy Zombie.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage16 / 32 (56) Desktop VersionConsole Version
40 (70) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life45 / 90 (198) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense4
KB Resist45% / 50% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins70 Copper Coin
  • Internal NPC ID: 189 / 435 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Female Zombie
Female Zombie.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage12 / 24 (64) Desktop VersionConsole Version
30 (80) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life38 / 76 (250) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense4
KB Resist40% / 46% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Banner.pngZombie Banner
Drops
Coins65 Copper Coin
  • Internal NPC ID: 200 / 436 Desktop VersionConsole Version

Biome/Event variants[edit | edit source]

Raincoat Zombie
Raincoat Zombie.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentRain
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage16 / 32 (56) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life50 / 100 (220) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist55% / 60% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerRaincoat Zombie Banner.pngRaincoat Zombie Banner
Drops
Coins70 Copper Coin
Zombie Eskimo
Zombie Eskimo.pngExpert mode variant
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSnow Biome
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage16 / 32 (56) Desktop VersionConsole Version
40 (70) Desktop VersionConsole Version (claw attack)
Max Life50 / 100 (220) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist55% / 60% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerZombie Eskimo Banner.pngZombie Eskimo Banner
Drops
Coins80 Copper Coin
  • Internal NPC ID: 161 / 431 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Spore ZombieMushroom Zombie
Spore Zombie.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentMushroom Biome
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage40 / 80 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life180 / 360 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense10
KB Resist60% / 64% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerSpore Zombie Banner.pngSpore Zombie Banner
Drops
Coins10 Silver Coin
Spore ZombieMushroom Zombie Hat
Mushroom Zombie.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentMushroom Biome
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage38 / 76 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life220 / 440 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense16
KB Resist70% / 73% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerSpore Zombie Banner.pngSpore Zombie Banner
Drops
Coins12 Silver Coin
Doctor BonesRare Jungle Variant
Doctor Bones.pngOld-gen Console, Mobile, 3DS versions
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentJungleUnderground Jungle
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage20 / 40 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life500 / 1000 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense10
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerDoctor Bones Banner.pngDoctor Bones BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
Coins10 Silver Coin
The GroomRare Blood Moon Variant
The Groom.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentBlood Moon
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage14 / 28 (24) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life200 / 400 (440) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerThe Groom Banner.pngThe Groom BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
Coins10 Silver Coin
The BrideRare Blood Moon Variant Desktop VersionConsole Version
The Bride.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentBlood Moon
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage14 / 28 (24) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life200 / 400 (440) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
Coins10 Silver Coin
Blood ZombieBlood Moon Variant Desktop VersionConsole Version
Blood Zombie.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentBlood Moon
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage20 / 40 (36) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life75 / 150 (164) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist60% / 64% Desktop VersionConsole Version
BannerBlood Zombie Banner.pngBlood Zombie BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
CoinsSilver Coin 50 Copper Coin
Nurse ZombieHalloween Variant 1
Zombie Halloween Variant 1.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage20 / 40 (72) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life40 / 80 (176) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense6
KB Resist40% / 46% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
Coins85 Copper Coin
Superhero ZombieHalloween Variant 2
Zombie Halloween Variant 2.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage15 / 30 (54) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life60 / 120 (264) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense8
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
CoinsSilver Coin Copper Coin
Pixie ZombieHalloween Variant 3[1]
Zombie Halloween Variant 3.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage20 / 40 (36) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life34 / 68 (74) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense14
KB Resist70% / 73% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
CoinsSilver Coin 20 Copper Coin
Santa ZombieChristmas Variant 1 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Zombie Christmas Variant 1.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage14 / 28 (50) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life45 / 90 (198) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense6
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
Coins60 Copper Coin
Sweater ZombieChristmas Variant 2 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Zombie Christmas Variant 2.png
Statistics
TypeUndead Enemy
EnvironmentSurface
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage14 / 28 (50) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life45 / 90 (198) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense6
KB Resist50% / 55% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Drops
Coins60 Copper Coin

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Archaeologist.png Archaeologist • "Kill Doctor Bones."
Defeat Doctor Bones for the first time. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Achievement Til Death....png Til Death... • "Kill The Groom."
Defeat The Groom for the first time. Desktop VersionConsole Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Zombies sometimes spawn as either larger or smaller than normal; larger zombies have more health, damage, defense, and knockback resistance, while smaller zombies are faster.
  • Zombies attempt to leave the screen at dawn, but may still end up attacking the player, especially if their path off-screen is blocked. They will despawn immediately once off-screen.
  • A Zombie will leave if it can't find a clear path to the player. They will not consider Doors to be blocking their path, even if it is not a Blood Moon.
  • Blood Zombies will move faster the closer they are to you.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • While they may move slowly, they are surprisingly good jumpers. They also have a fair amount of health and cause significant damage to newer players. It is advisable that new players remain indoors at night until they gain better Weapons and Defenses.
  • The Swamp Zombie is the fastest zombie as well as having very high knockback resistance towards newer players.
  • A simple Wooden Sword swung repeatedly is enough to keep one or two zombies at bay. Three or more Zombies will likely be able to get past the sword and cause damage. Weapons that can hit multiple enemies work best. To kill zombies easily, build the Lava traps. The Spear or Vilethorn are ideal for this job. Ranged weapons also work well, like the Bow; Shuriken and Throwing Knives are ranged weapons that also pierce through multiple enemies, making them good candidates as well.
  • To increase the chance of Doctor Bones spawning, you can place a Water Candle, or you can hold a Water Candle and use a Battle Potion on the Jungle Surface during the Night. It will greatly increase the chance of him spawning. For better results, it is suggested that you do this during a Blood Moon. Doctor Bones has a higher spawn rate if the world has not entered Hardmode yet. This is because the new enemies spawning in larger amounts during Hardmode will decrease Doctor Bones' spawn chance, just like any other rare creatures.
    • Doctor Bones can spawn at any depth on Jungle Grass blocks, only during the night.

Blood Moon[edit | edit source]

  • If one wishes to avoid Zombies entirely during a Blood Moon, blockading doorways with any Block type will stop Zombies from entering your home. Placing a Wood Platform, Wooden Beam, or a piece of Furniture next to the door on the inside will prevent doors from swinging inward, which is the only way Zombies can enter.
  • Placing doors above ground level or digging a trench two blocks wide and deep forces Zombies to jump at the doors, during which they can't open these doors.
  • Another strategy is to place two doors parallel to each other, allowing NPC movement to be uninhibited by blockades. Doors won't open for Zombies during a Blood Moon, any Skeletons underground, or Hardmode enemies that can open up single doors by bashing on them, as the other door will block them from opening them inward. If the outer door is already open, though, this will not work.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Doctor Bones is a parody of Indiana Jones, also known as Doctor Jones, who is an archaeologist known to always retrieve his hat.
  • The Nurse Halloween variant is a possible reference to the Joker in The Dark Knight.
  • The achievement Til Death Is a reference to the phrase "Till death do us part" from the marriage liturgy.
  • An internal constant name, that corresponds to expert variant of female zombie, is called "ArmedZombieCenx", a reference to Cenx.
  • Occasionally, when a Pincushion Zombie takes damage, broken Wooden Arrow shafts will fall from their body which cannot be retrieved.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.0.8: Zombie names now display their types instead of just saying "Zombie".
  • Desktop 1.2.2: Added Santa and Sweater Zombie variants, which only spawn during the Christmas season.
  • Desktop 1.2.1.2: Costumed Zombies will not open doors when there is no Blood Moon.
  • Desktop 1.2.1: Added Nurse, Superhero, and Pixie Zombie variants, which only spawn during the Halloween season.
  • Desktop 1.2: New variants introduced: Pincushion Zombie, Slimed Zombie, Swamp Zombie, Twiggy Zombie, Rain Coat Zombie, Female Zombie, Zombie Eskimo, Spore Zombie, and Mushroom Zombie.

References[edit | edit source]

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