Dungeon Guardian

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Dungeon Guardian
Dungeon Guardian.png
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeHead AI
Damage1000 / 2000
Max Life9999 / 19998
Defense9999
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedOn Fire!ConfusedCursed InfernoVenomShadowflamePenetratedCelledDaybroken
Drops
Map Icon Skeletron.png
Map Icon
For strategies on defeating Dungeon Guardians, see Guide:Dungeon Guardian strategies.

The Dungeon Guardian is an enemy that guards the Dungeon against intruders. If a player enters the Dungeon without killing Skeletron first and travels below zero depth (a horizontal invisible border separating the surface from the underground), one or more Dungeon Guardians quickly fly at the player, dealing 1000 / 2000 damage each, which will instantly kill most players if they are unprepared. Dungeon Guardians are large, very fast (traveling at around 41 mph in all directions), and travel through all blocks.

Any player who attacks a Dungeon Guardian, regardless of the weapon or other equipment, will deal only 1 damage, or 2 for critical hits. This means that the Dungeon Guardian will normally take an average of 1.04 damage.

While killing a Dungeon Guardian is possible (and will award the Bone Key pet summon), it requires careful preparation. See the Tips section for setups.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Version It is possible to survive two successive hits or one hit in Expert mode (without utilizing Shadow Dodge) by having maximum defense and damage reduction.
  • Dealing an average of 1.04 damage each hit, it takes an average 9614 hits to defeat the Dungeon Guardian.
  • The Dungeon Guardian is vulnerable to the Frostburn, Ichor, Stunned, and Bleeding debuffs.
    • However, Ichor does not increase the damage due to its high defense, and Bleeding is exclusive to Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DS version3DS, and Stunned is exclusive to 3DS version3DS. Frostburn is the only viable option available on all versions.
  • Entering the Dungeon before defeating Skeletron can be survived by quickly using a teleportation device, such as the Cell Phone, Ice Mirror, Magic Mirror, or Recall Potions before taking a hit.
  • To be considered in the Dungeon, the player must be in front of a Dungeon Wall. Simply having a large number of Dungeon Bricks on-screen will not count as being in the Dungeon.
    • The Dungeon Guardian will not spawn unless the player is standing in front of a naturally-spawned Dungeon Wall and is completely below zero depth.
  • The Dungeon Guardian will override all Dungeon spawns, so the Bound Mechanic and Angry Bones are impossible to come across, even if the player somehow endures the Dungeon Guardian, e.g. by utilizing third-party software.
  • There can only be up to 15 Dungeon Guardians spawned at any given time.
  • The Dungeon Guardian can drop Hearts and Stars, like all common enemies.
  • Ironically, defeating the Dungeon Guardian will not grant access to the Dungeon, despite the name. This means that Skeletron must be fought in order to enter the Dungeon.
  • Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version The Dungeon Guardian has a map icon.
    • Old-gen console version On the map, the Dungeon Guardian is a normal, red enemy dot.
  • Dungeon Guardians will adhere to the same spawn limits as any other enemy: If there are too many monsters on-screen at once, they will not spawn. Using the Duck Statue glitch and filling up all spawn slots will stop them from spawning, even below zero depth.
  • On some older versions of the game, players who mine too close to the Dungeon may cause Dungeon Guardian to spawn despite not being in the dungeon itself.

Tips[edit | edit source]

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

  • Because of the extreme effort that has to be taken to defeat a Dungeon Guardian, and because its only drop, the Bone Key, is a purely cosmetic item, defeating a Dungeon Guardian is pointless from a practical perspective.
  • In Expert modeDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, Dungeon Guardians will have double the health and deal double the damage. Due to this, it is recommended to try and defeat the Dungeon Guardian on a normal world to save time, money (as all enemies take money from the ground), and further troubles.
  • Weapons with a high rate of fire or splash damage are preferable, in order to compensate for the reduced damage. Viable options include:
  • High critical chance is crucial for fighting the Dungeon Guardian, as critical hits can tremendously speed up the fight.
  • Since the Dungeon Guardian moves at 41 mph, having high mobility is essential. The UFODesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version (41 mph) and Unicorn Mounts (61 mph) are suitable, and a Rod of Discord may facilitate turning around at the world's edge.
  • Frost armor is highly recommended for ranger and melee users because Dungeon Guardian is not immune to Frostburn debuff.
  • A good tactic is to equip full Titanium armor, allowing to occasionally dodge otherwise lethal hits.
  • Another good way to kill the Dungeon Guardian is to lure it into a circular hoik and throw a boomerang, effectively preventing it from reaching the player while it will constantly be taking damage from the boomerang.
  • In order to quickly reach the surface after spawning the Dungeon Guardian, it is recommended to dig a shaft into the Dungeon, flying up as soon as reaching zero depth.
  • To defeat a Dungeon Guardian, the Depth Meter or its upgrades would be helpful when trying to figure out its spawn range, or else it will most likely catch the player off-guard.
    • In multiplayer, it can simply be lured out by another player.
  • By using the Portal Gun in a way in which the player is always teleporting will make it nearly impossible for the Dungeon Guardian to hit them.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Originally, actual Skeletron Heads were spawning during the day, and they were extremely weak. Additionally, defeating all of them granted access to the Dungeon, skipping the actual Skeletron itself. The Dungeon Guardian was introduced to prevent this unintentional behavior.[1]
  • Despite being initially intended to be unbeatable, it is not invulnerable like Spike Balls, Blazing Wheels, and True Eyes of Cthulhu are.
  • It has no corpse on the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, Old-gen console version Old-gen console, and Mobile version Mobile versions, but on the 3DS version 3DS version, the remains of Skeletron's Hands will appear upon its death.
  • Its head spins clockwise when the player is going left and counterclockwise when going right.
  • The Expert modeDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Dungeon Guardian has the highest health of any non-boss and non-event enemy in the game.
  • In 2011, YouTuber Yrimir uploaded a video of him killing the Dungeon Guardian in, approximately, version 1.1. This prompted the developers to add the Bone Key as a reward for defeating it, as at the time, the Dungeon Guardian dropped nothing.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.0.1:
    • The speed of Dungeon Guardians and any other enemies with the Dungeon Guardian Al (Skeletron and Skeletron Prime during the day) have been buffed to move faster when flying in clear air.
    • If the Dungeon Guardian is going through blocks then its speed slows down.
    • When trying to outrun it with asphalt blocks, the Dungeon Guardian will chase you down and keep a certain distance near the player until you stop or if it goes through blocks.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • The AI-reset problem has now been fixed, causing Turtle armor to no longer deal massive damage. The damage is now reduced to 1, like all other attacks.
    • Defense raised from 9000 to 9999.
  • Desktop 1.2.0.3: Damage reduced from 9000 to 1000, to prevent Turtle armor from dealing too much damage, however, the exploit still works due to the Dungeon Guardian's AI resetting the damage.[3]
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PS4)
    • The speed of Dungeon Guardians and any other enemies with the Dungeon Guardian Al (Skeletron and Skeletron Prime during the day) have been buffed to move faster when flying in clear air.
    • If the Dungeon Guardian is going through blocks then its speed slows down.
    • When trying to outrun it with asphalt blocks, the Dungeon Guardian will chase you down and keep a certain distance near the player until you stop or if it goes through blocks.
  • Console 1.06:
    • Turtle armor now only deals 1 damage when deflecting attacks to the Dungeon Guardian.
    • Defense raised from 9000 to 9999.
  • Console 1.02:
    • Reduced damage from 9000 to 1000 in an effort to prevent the Turtle armor exploit.
    • Now drops a Bone Key upon death.
  • Mobile 1.3.0.7:
    • The speed of Dungeon Guardians and any other enemies with the Dungeon Guardian Al (Skeletron and Skeletron Prime during the day) have been buffed to move faster when flying in clear air.
    • If the Dungeon Guardian is going through blocks then its speed slows down.
    • When trying to outrun it with asphalt blocks, the Dungeon Guardian will chase you down and keep a certain distance near the player until you stop or if it goes through blocks.
  • Mobile 1.2.11212:
    • Turtle armor now only deals 1 damage when deflecting attacks to the Dungeon Guardian.
    • Defense raised from 9000 to 9999.
  • Mobile 1.2.6508:
    • Reduced damage from 9000 to 1000 in an effort to prevent the Turtle armor exploit.
    • Now drops a Bone Key upon death.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced, drops a Bone Key on death and has a damage stat of 1000.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0.5 Patchlog: “Entering the dungeon before defeating Skeletron now spawns a new NPC instead of Skeletron’s head. This should fix several issues with that event.”
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I6J977n_2k Terraria - Dungeon Guardian Kill (Revenge of the Fallen Terrarians)
  3. www.terrariaonline.com → Forums → Terraria → General Talk → PC → thread: I'm not sure if the devs know