Eater of Worlds
|Debuff tooltip||Physical abilities are decreased|
- Internal Buff ID: 33
"Screams echo around you..."
The Eater of Worlds is not a single target, but a string of 50 segments (1 head, 48 body, 1 tail) with individual life counters. When any inner segment is destroyed, it splits into multiple smaller worms, each with their own head and tail. Each section of the Eater must be killed in order to defeat the entire boss. The Eater of Worlds, like all worms, is immune to lava.
Defeating the Eater of Worlds is the only way to obtain Shadow Scales, and is one of the ways to obtain usable quantities of Demonite Ore. Individual segments drop some of these when killed, with a larger bonus drop upon defeating the entire entity. Defeating the Eater of Worlds allows the Tavernkeep NPC to spawn.
Its Bestiary entry states: "Conceived from the bottomless malice of the Corruption, this mighty abyssal worm tunnels wildly to devour all in its path."
While the Eater of Worlds is alive, the music Boss 1 will play.
Segments[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- If the player dies or leaves The Corruption, the Eater of Worlds will stop following the player and start burrowing into the ground until it despawns.
- Trying to summon the Eater of Worlds with Worm Food while another is still alive will not work and the item will not be consumed. Breaking multiple Shadow Orbs will still allow multiple Eaters of Worlds to spawn. Regardless of how many are summoned, only the last head alive will display the defeat message.
- Note that actually defeating the Eater of Worlds is not completely necessary to progress, as a certain amount of segments may drop the needed amount of materials.
- The different sections of the Eater of Worlds are not equivalent: the Head section will deal significantly more damage than the Body or Tail, but also has less health and defense.
- Individual segments cannot survive on their own. Killing one segment, when that part had only consisted of two segments, will kill both.
- When the Eater of Worlds splits, the segment that becomes the tail will fully recover. The segment that becomes the head will not heal. Newly formed worms tend to retreat into the ground.
- Depending on where exactly the Eater of Worlds is summoned, it may get stuck underneath empty terrain such as a cave. It will only be stuck for a few seconds, however, since it can travel through blocks.
- The Eater of Worlds spawns in a coiled state and unravels from there. Attacking it with piercing weapons in this state will damage all its segments, which can kill it in seconds.
- The Eater of Worlds only takes 65% of the usual damage from Molotov Cocktails.
Expert Mode changes[edit | edit source]
- In Expert mode, the Eater of Worlds periodically shoots Vile Spit projectiles from all body parts. These projectiles have a 5% (1/20) chance to inflict the Weak debuff onto the player for 10 minutes.
- In Expert mode, the Eater of Worlds takes 80% less damage from most explosives.
- This damage reduction does not seem to apply to Bouncy Bombs.
- It has a ~20% speed increase compared to normal mode.
- When fought above the ground, the Eater of Worlds moves quicker and constantly fires vile spit at the player.
Master Mode changes[edit | edit source]
- All Expert mode changes apply.
- In Master mode, the Eater of Worlds gains a 27.5% health increase. This brings its original Expert mode health of 10479 health up to 13361 health.
- The Vile Spit debuff is increased from 10 minutes to 13 minutes.
- It has a 30% speed increase compared to expert mode.
Achievement[edit | edit source]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Effective weapons include piercing or area-of-effect weapons, such as the Vilethorn, the Water Bolt, or Grenades, and fast melee weapons, such as the Falcon Blade and the Terragrim or Arkhalis.
- Like other worm-types, once the Eater's head passes a given point, every body segment must follow. This allows the player to stand next to the body, attacking every segment as it goes by. The player should be wary of the head looping back around.
- If possible, try to aim for the head or tail of each section, as if they die first, the Eater will not split. Note that the head is far more vulnerable.
- Using a Hook, it is possible to tank the Eater of Worlds by allowing the Eater to pass through the player and aiming for its head, quickly tearing the Eater apart while tanking any damage through the hearts dropped by the destroyed head segments.
- If fighting in a chasm, be wary of getting surrounded, which can lead to death very quickly, especially in Expert or Master mode. A quick way to escape is to have a bed to teleport to (using Recall Potions, Magic or Ice Mirror) over the battle area.
- Farming the Eater of Worlds is particularly profitable, being one of the most effective ways of making money prior to Hardmode.
- With a defense of ~25 (Using the warding modifier if necessary), the danger of the Eater of Worlds is reduced to primarily its head.
- Converting the Demonite Ore to Bars, selling its drops will yield an average of
190000*19 per kill.
- If Vile Mushrooms run short, Vile Powder (for Worm Food) can be bought from the Dryad during a Blood Moon.
- Since each segment can drop loot when killed, it can be a good source of Presents during Christmas, and Goodie Bags, Bloody Machete and Bladed Gloves during Halloween.
- In Hardmode, it can provide other items as well:
- The Eater of Worlds will start to flee underground if the player leaves the Corruption biome, but will not immediately despawn. Players can utilize this mechanic to keep the Eater of Worlds away from themselves without despawning it by moving in and out of the Corruption, watching for the boss's icon on the minimap to make sure it does not leave.
- The Slimy Saddle tends to be very effective, allowing the player to bounce on the Eater's segments while dealing damage. This can be somewhat harder to pull off in Expert mode, due to the Eater of World's Vile Spit.
- Using a mace will block any Vile Spit from hitting the player when left-click is held down.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Eater of Worlds is the only boss that does not have its own AI.
- It might spawn outside of map boundaries on rare occasions when breaking Shadow Orbs.
- The Eater of Worlds is sometimes abbreviated as "EoW."
- It is immune to many debuffs, whereas its counterpart, the Brain of Cthulhu, is only immune to Confused.
- – According to the official game lore, the Destroyer is a simulacrum of Cthulhu's spine. Despite the Destroyer taking heavy influence from it, the Eater of Worlds has no connection to Cthulhu and is not mentioned to be a former body part, unlike other pre-mech forms.
See Also[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
- Desktop 1.3.5: Sprite updated.
- Desktop 184.108.40.206: Reduced damage of the Vile Spit attack.
- Desktop 220.127.116.11:
- Desktop 18.104.22.168: Now has a chance of dropping a Blend-O-Matic, this is meant to be the Eater's Bone drop however, is bugged.
- Desktop 1.1.2:
- The Eater of Worlds can now spawn when a third Shadow Orb is broken within the Hallow, but will still flee due to not being in the Corruption.
- Desktop 1.0.6:
- No longer defeated when it flees.
- Head health reduced from 80 to 65, damage reduced from 43 to 22.
- Body health reduced from 210 to 150, damage reduced from 18 to 13, armor reduced from 7 to 4.
- Tail health reduced from 300 to 220, damage reduced from 15 to 11, armor reduced from 10 to 8.
- Desktop 1.0.5:
- No longer drops Shadow armor.
- Can no longer follow players out of the corruption.
- Head health reduced from 140 to 80, damage reduced from 50 to 43.
- Body life reduced from 230 to 210, damage reduced from 25 to 18.
- Tail life reduced from 350 to 300.
- Desktop 1.0.4:
- Fixed a bug where simply selecting Worm Food in your quick bar summoned the Eater of Worlds.
- Head life increased from 120 to 140, damage increased from 40 to 50, armor increased from 0 to 2.
- Body life increased from 200 to 230, damage increased from 10 to 25, armor increased from 4 to 7.
- Tail life increased from 300 to 350, damage increased from 10 to 15, armor increased from 8 to 10.
- Desktop-Release: Introduced.
- Console-Release: Introduced.
- Mobile-Release: Introduced.
- 3DS-Release: Introduced.