Ghouls

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Ghouls are Hardmode Underground Desert enemies who follow the Fighter AI (behaving similar to Zombies). Ordinary Ghouls spawn inside the normal Underground Desert, the Vile Ghoul inside Corrupt parts of the Underground Desert, the Tainted Ghoul inside Crimson parts of the Underground Desert, and the Dreamer Ghoul inside Hallowed parts of the Underground Desert.

Variants[edit | edit source]

GhoulHardmode exclusive
Ghoul.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage50/100/150
Max Life180/360/540
Defense26
KB Resist40%/46%/52%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Drops
Coins51250
Vile GhoulHardmode exclusive
Vile Ghoul.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage60/120/180
Max Life250/500/750
Defense30
KB Resist50%/55%/60%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Inflicts debuff
DebuffCursed InfernoCursed Inferno
Debuff tooltipLosing life
Chance100%
Duration714 seconds
Drops
Coins6501625
Tainted GhoulHardmode exclusive
Tainted Ghoul.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage64/128/192
Max Life220/440/660
Defense32
KB Resist50%/55%/60%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Inflicts debuff
DebuffIchorIchor
Debuff tooltipReduced defense
Chance100%
Duration714 seconds
Drops
Coins6501625
Dreamer GhoulHardmode exclusive
Dreamer Ghoul.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage54/108/162
Max Life300/600/900
Defense32
KB Resist60%/64%/68%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Inflicts debuff
DebuffConfusedConfused
Debuff tooltipMovement is reversed
Chance100%
Duration1428 seconds
Drops
Coins7501875

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Hallow and Corruption/Crimson variants inflict debuffs which can make exploring the Underground Desert dangerous even with pre-Plantera equipment, but can be easily avoided if approaching the enemy with care.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While a ghoul is a common enemy in many games, it is fitting that the Terraria version appears in Desert biomes. The ghoul's origin can be traced back to Arabic stories of monsters that feed on the flesh of desert travelers and desecrate the tombs of the buried.
  • It appears that the Corruption/Crimson and Hallowed versions have a liquid dripping down their chin while the normal version does not.
    • This is confirmed by their Bestiary entries.
  • Oddly enough, the Ghouls are not immune to the debuffs they inflict, except the Dreamer Ghoul.

BestiaryBestiary entries

  • Ghoul: "Wandering the dark caverns below the desert dunes, ghouls are the dessicated husks of zombies preserved by the arid environment."
  • Vile Ghoul: "Ghouls twisted by the Corruption ooze a nasty green bile that ignites on contact with skin, scorching their prey with cursed flames."
  • Tainted Ghoul: "Ghouls infested by the Crimson leak vile ichor from their mouths, weakening the defenses of their foes with every bite."
  • Dreamer Ghoul: "Ghouls cleansed by the Hallow possess a psychedelic saliva that renders their victims confused and distracted by visions and mirages."

History[edit | edit source]