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GastropodHardmode exclusive
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeHovering AI
Damage60/120/180 (melee)
50100150 (ranged)
Max Life220/440/660
KB Resist20%/28%/36%
BannerGastropod BannerGastropod Banner
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DS3DS version
Exclusive Variant
Spectral GastropodHardmode exclusive
Spectral Gastropod.png
Max Life250
BannerSpectral Gastropod BannerSpectral Gastropod BannerOld-gen console version
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • GelGel (10-25)

The Gastropod is a flying Hardmode slime that spawns frequently at the surface of The Hallow at night, and fires pink lasers which emit a faint light.

The Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS3DS version version also feature the exclusive Spectral Gastropod variant. The Spectral Gastropod fires a slow-moving orb that disappears after a short time.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Gastropods will enter water to chase the player, and can continue flying and firing while submerged, unlike many other flying enemies.
  • Gastropod lasers will keep traveling as long as they are in sight.
  • Striking the Gastropod while it is preparing its laser will interrupt the attack and prevent it from firing.
  • Gastropods do not look like Slimes, despite technically being considered slimes.
    • While they are considered slimes, they do not drop the Slime Staff.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Like all slimes, Gastropods become harmless when the Royal GelDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions is equipped.
  • Newer Hardmode players may want to avoid the Hallow's surface at night entirely, as Gastropods fire frequently, spawn often, and their lasers are difficult to dodge – especially when more than one Gastropod is on the screen (and there usually are). In Expert mode, the Hallow is less dangerous at night as players can equip Royal Gel.
  • Gastropods drop much more Gel than any other non-boss slime, making them useful for gathering Flamethrower ammo. Using the Flamethrower to kill Gastropods is fast and will yield more Gel than the weapon consumes.
  • The Bee Gun and similar weapons are effective at preventing Gastropods from firing, as its bees can attack continuously, leaving no pause for Gastropods to fire.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Real-life gastropoda are a class of mollusk that includes snails and slugs.
  • Desktop and Mobile versions Sometimes Gastropods can be seen flying in the Hallow background at night as ambience.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Gastropod: "Touched by the blessing, these nocturnal slimes evolved into a levitating snail-like creature which spits powerful beams of light."
  • This entry explains that the Gastropods are Hallow-enhanced nocturnal slimes, though it is not clear what connection these have with real-life gastropods. Two possible reasons are that both have very soft and jelly-like bodies, and that both are said to leave behind a trail of ooze-like substances as they move.

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History[edit | edit source]