Eye of Cthulhu

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Eye of Cthulhu
(First Form)
Eye of Cthulhu.png
Statistics
Type Boss
AI Type Eye of Cthulhu AI
Damage 15 / 30 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life 2800
3640 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense 12
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: Confused.png
Drops
Coins Gold Coin

Map Icon Eye of Cthulhu (first form).png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 4
Eye of Cthulhu
(Second Form)
Eyeofcthulhu.png
Statistics
Type Boss
AI Type Eye of Cthulhu AI
Damage 23 / 36 (40 when at 1/25 health) Desktop VersionConsole Version
Max Life 1400/2800
2365/3640 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense 0
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: Confused.png
Drops
Coins Gold Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Demonite Ore.png
Demonite Ore 
• 30-87 in Corrupt worlds
100%
Unholy Arrow.png
Unholy Arrow 
• 20-49 in Corrupt worlds
100%
Corrupt Seeds.png
Corrupt Seeds 
• 1-3 in Corrupt worlds
100%
Crimtane Ore.png
Crimtane Ore 
• 30-87 in Crimson worlds
100%
Crimson Seeds.png
Crimson Seeds Desktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
• 1-3 in Crimson worlds
100%
Lesser Healing Potion.png
100%
Eye of Cthulhu Mask.png
14.29%
Eye of Cthulhu Trophy.png
10%
Binoculars.png
2.5% / 3.3% Desktop VersionConsole Version
Treasure Bag (Eye of Cthulhu).png
100% Desktop VersionConsole Version

Map Icon Eye of Cthulhu (second form).png
Map Icon

Eye of Cthulhu Trophy.png"You feel an evil presence watching you..."Eye of Cthulhu Trophy.png

Not to be confused with The Eye of Cthulhu, a Hardmode yoyo, or True Eye of Cthulhu, a minion of the Moon Lord.

The Eye of Cthulhu is a pre-Hardmode boss. In most cases, this is the first boss a player encounters, as it spawns automatically when a relatively early level of game advancement is achieved. It can also be summoned manually with the Suspicious Looking Eye (see Spawn below). It can be considered the second easiest boss in the game (the first being King Slime), though can still present a challenge to newer players.

While the Eye of Cthulhu is alive, music Boss 1 will play.

Spawn[edit | edit source]

The Eye of Cthulhu can be summoned manually using a Suspicious Looking Eye at Night (beginning at 7:30pm in-game time).

It also has a 1/3 chance of spawning automatically each night, if the following conditions apply:

  • The Eye of Cthulhu has not yet been defeated in the current world.
  • At least one player in the world has at least 200 life and more than 10 defense.
  • At least three Town NPCs are acquired.

When spawning automatically, its approach is signaled with the status message: "You feel an evil presence watching you..." After 81 seconds since this message's appearance, the Eye of Cthulhu will appear and begin attacking the player.

If the Eye of Cthulhu is not defeated by Dawn (4:30am), or if all players die or run away while fighting it, it despawns.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Eye of Cthulhu flies through blocks in a manner similar to that of the Spazmatism and Enchanted Sword. Like most bosses, it travels through blocks.

The Eye of Cthulhu has two phases. During the first, it attempts to float directly above the player, while spawning 3-4 Servant of Cthulhu.png Servants of Cthulhu, which drop Hearts and Stars on death. After spawning a round of those, it rams at the player 3 times in succession, before repeating the cycle.

When the Eye of Cthulhu falls below half health (65% in expert mode), it transforms into its second form (which sheds it's pupil into a mouth), which rams the player more aggressively 3 times, then hangs in the air for a period. It no longer spawns Servants, and has no defense.

In Expert mode, the boss spawns more Servants than normal, as well as 4-5 Servants upon transforming. The second form has an additional powerful, rapid dash attack, which also increases its defense significantly. These become more rapid as the Eye of Cthulhu's life is lowered, and it can dash nearly continuously when close to death.

Likewise, if morning comes before it is killed, it will fly off the screen and despawn.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If all surviving players are underground when the time comes for the Eye to spawn (81 seconds after the warning message), the Eye will not spawn.
  • In single-player, if the player logs out after the message appears, the Eye of Cthulhu will not spawn.
  • Attempting to use a second Suspicious Looking Eye while the Eye of Cthulhu is already spawned will not work, and the item will not be used.
  • However, using a Suspicious Looking Eye after the message for a natural spawn appears (but before the boss spawns) will spawn the boss normally, without canceling the natural spawn, so the player will be fighting two Eyes of Cthulhu at once.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Eye of Cthulhu, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:Eye of Cthulhu strategies.

  • The Eye of Cthulhu drops either Demonite Ore or Crimtane Ore. Armor and many tools at this tier also require Shadow Scales or Tissue Samples respectively, which the Eye doesn't drop. (The player will have to fight the Eater of Worlds or Brain of Cthulhu for those.) However, the ore can be used to make a few weapons and tools immediately: Sword, bow, axe, yo-yo, and a fishing rod, any of which may be useful for a while.
  • Due to the ease of crafting its summoning item and relatively low difficulty, farming the Eye of Cthulhu is one of the more effective ways of making money prior to Hardmode. It drops 3 gold up front, plus ore which can be sold (as bars) for twice (Demonite) or three times (Crimtane) that amount.
  • The Eye of Cthulhu will only spawn randomly if a player has 10 or more defense. Taking defense-boosting equipment off before sundown can prevent it from spawning randomly.
  • The boss looks at the player it will follow, which can be helpful information in multiplayer.
  • Using Shurikens can be effective, as they pierce through both the Servants and the boss and drop back again, making it possible to hit the Eye of Cthulhu twice each.
  • When it is spinning, it is most vulnerable because it cannot attack, except for in expert mode.
  • Because there are no location-based requirements for summoning, slaying multiple Eye of Cthulhu in an area can be an effective setup for harder boss fights as the hearts can be picked up mid-fight as needed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cthulhu is an entity from the works of writer H.P. Lovecraft, first appearing in his short story, The Call of Cthulhu. Cthulhu is described as a slumbering cousin to the old ones who will destroy all living things should he ever awaken.
  • In the Desktop version Desktop version and Console version Console version, the final boss of the game, Moon Lord, is somewhat like a brother to Cthulhu, according to Cenx.
  • The Merchant NPC will mention sensing something evil watching them once you meet the requirements to battle the Eye of Cthulhu.
  • It is not required to defeat the Eye of Cthulhu as it has no unique drops required for game progression. It will however continue spawning until beaten at least once.
  • It is possible to outclass the Eye of Cthulhu with late-game weapons or Heart Arrows, causing it to never transform into its second form. However, its remains will be unaffected once killed.
  • The trophy dropped by the Eye of Cthulhu seems to be a tooth, which is only physically seen in its second form.
  • The Eye of Cthulhu seems to have Central Heterochromia.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Eye on You.png Eye on You • "Defeat the Eye of Cthulhu, an ocular menace who only appears at night."
Defeat the Eye of Cthulhu for the first time.Desktop VersionConsole Version

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Mobile 1.2.12715:
    • Fixed a bug where the Eye of Cthulhu would not spawn Servants of Cthulhu.
    • Fixed a bug where the Eye of Cthulhu would play the wrong music.
  • Mobile 1.2.0061:
    • Nerfed Eye of Cthulhu, does less damage in its second phase.
    • Increased Heart drop chance of Servants of Cthulhu.
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