Guide:The Destroyer strategies
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|Type||Boss – Burrowing Enemy|
|AI Type||The Destroyer AI|
|Max Life||80000 / 120000|
|Immune to||All debuffs|
Spawn Conditions[edit | edit source]
The Destroyer can be spawned by fulfilling any of these conditions:
- Smash a / . It will then have a 10% chance of appearing when night falls. Note that this condition is shared with the rest of the trio, and thus the result is not guaranteed if they have yet to be defeated, and will only work if The Destroyer has yet to be defeated;
- Use a .
It must then be defeated before the night ends.
The Fight[edit | edit source]
The Destroyer is very similar to the Eater of Worlds, in that it digs underground to strike at players from below. This must be sidestepped (especially in Expert mode), as the head deals the highest amount of damage. Each segment will individually fire Death Lasers at players. These lasers deal less damage than the body segments, but the sheer quantity of projectiles makes it difficult to dodge them all.
The Destroyer also spawnsthroughout the fight. Probes will spawn periodically as the Destroyer takes damage, and the light on a segment will go out if its Probe has been released. Each Probe has a 33% chance to drop a heart when killed.
The Probes are both a blessing and a curse. They can deal significant damage with their lasers, and ram players to deal contact damage. However, the hearts that they drop can be a source of health. Drop to the ground if you need to gather dropped hearts, but only when doing so will not put you at risk of getting hit by the Destroyer itself.
The Destroyer has an enormous health pool to compensate for its vulnerability to piercing damage and almost-complete lack of evasion. As such, a weapon that pierces or deals area-of-effect damage is practically mandatory for this fight. However, while it may seem like a good idea to front-load a large amount of damage (for example, by summoning a Nimbus Cloud over the spot where he first spawns), because the Destroyer spawns Probes at the same rate it takes damage, you will probably find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of Probes spawning at once. Find a balance between damaging the worm and dealing with Probes to survive the fight.
If engaged on a flat plain, occasionally run across until The Destroyer surfaces. This can cause the worm to spread along the ground, making it an easy target from above. This long target is particularly vulnerable to projectiles. The Daedalus Stormbow, for example, can deal massive damage to this wide target. If you have the horizontal space and speed, make use of it by flying back and forth instead of only staying in a single horizontal level to help spread its body out vertically. The more of the body you can keep exposed above ground, the more opportunities you have to deal damage.
On the other hand, if you want to ground (e.g. to gather hearts), you can fly straight up and hover until The Destroyer flies straight up at you. You can then drop to the ground quickly to gather what you need while The Destroyer slowly turns from its attack attempt. The large worm takes time to loop back around from a high jump, since outside of solid blocks and tiles burrowing enemies have little control of their movement. This gives you the time to take a breather and gather hearts.
Expert Mode[edit | edit source]
It is very important not to get touched by the head, as it can deal massive damage, bringing players from full health to zero in only two hits. Otherwise, Expert mode does not introduce any special mechanics.
General Strategies[edit | edit source]
- Starting the battle as soon as the sun sets (at 7:30 p.m.) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat nocturnal bosses.
- Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, and for health regeneration, and for mana regeneration if you use magic.
- provide the Happy! buff to players within a 50-tile radius, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
- Always carry at least one stack of the highest-tier healing potion available (Health Regeneration is not a good idea.
, , , or ). Relying only on natural
- The same goes for , , , or , if you use Magic.
- It is suggested to build houses for the thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some . and the NPCs in your arena. The former casts the buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a
- Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
- Once you have freed the Dungeon, you can use to enhance your arena with and helpful and . The former help to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to . in the
- It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of hearts.
- Remember to use the , , , and before you go to explore or battle Bosses / Invasions. These will give class-specific boosts that are useful to take. They respectively give , , , and .
Terrain Preparation[edit | edit source]
Like with the Eater of Worlds, a tall, wide arena with multiple rows of Platforms can make dodging its main body easier.
Alternatively, standing on a rectangular box around 150 blocks into the air will make the Destroyer unable to reach the player while also protecting them from its lasers, leaving only the Probes as a threat.
Gearing Up[edit | edit source]
Armor[edit | edit source]
- provides the overall greatest increase to all stats.
- is a great choice due to its high stats and the buff.
- is especially powerful as its set bonus can hit many segments.
- provides lower stat bonuses, but the greatly increases natural regeneration.
- becomes a great choice if you have already defeated a Mechanical Boss.
- is the best choice for summoners.
- and provide weak stat bonuses, but allow you to mix different damage types.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
This boss is very large, not at all agile, and features many segments. Any weapon that pierces, has an area of effect, ricochets, or fires multiple projectiles will do well against it. If none of these are available, a fast autoswing weapon can be deadly against the main body, as you can dodge its lunge and attack continuously as it passes by. However, you will still need some way to attack at range, to deal with the Probes. As always, it is helpful to reforge your weapon(s) to get a good modifier.
- For Melee users
- are very effective at dealing damage to The Destroyer, especially if it attacks vertically. This takes out a lot of its health and if it keeps attacking you vertically, it will take a short amount of time to defeat it.
- Gungnir is very effective. If it is not available, spears such as the or the are acceptable alternatives. have great potential. If you have already defeated a Hardmode boss, the
- Yoyos such as , , , or a (if you killed at least one Mechanical boss) can easily damage multiple coils of The Destroyer quickly and with high accuracy. It does an even better job with a , as it gives a wide attacking area, as well as kill the heart-dropping Probes without having to directly target them.
- would also be able to deal significant damage, while allowing you to maintain some distance from the Probes.
- The incredibly high damage of the can destroy it in a matter of seconds, provided you have enough attack speed to maximize its potential.
- The is a powerful choice due to its ability to bounce and hit Destroyer and its Probes multiple times.
- The is very useful for the fight due to its good range and infinite piercing ability.
- can do significant damage across multiple body parts.
- For Ranged users
- The is a great weapon dealing large amounts of damage to any of the mechanical bosses killing them quite quickly especially when combined with or . The or also work well with these arrows.
- The Expert Mode. combined with or the combined with will kill it quite easily even on
- or used on any weapon with a fast firing rate will deal very high amounts of damage very quickly.
- The is the best gun available.
- The will also work very well if obtained.
- The Exploding Bullets is good against the Destroyer, as it is very easy to hit many segments at once even with the Gatligator's inaccuracy, and the Exploding Bullets can cause splash damage, hitting multiple segments. with
- If you already defeated mechanical boss Skeletron Prime, a could be used for this fight.
- For Magic users
- The The Destroyer, as it damages multiple segments at once, and can also strike down the Probes in a wide area. and can be great weapons for fighting
- Thanks to its piercing ability, the is extremely effective against the Destroyer, regardless of whether you are geared for magic or not.
- is a decent choice due to the fact that it can pierce multiple segments at once.
- Various other piercing magic weapons can obliterate this boss in no time. Most notably the , and the due to their piercing ability.
- The deals extreme amounts of damage at a high speed, but it burns through Mana extremely quickly.
- For Summoners
- is the best available at this point.
- A Sentry at this stage, and can contribute a small amount of damage at no cost. is the only viable
- If you have already beat The Twins, the is a very strong choice.
- If you defeated Skeletron Prime or The Twins first, you can buy a or , which can deal excellent damage to the Destroyer.
Accessories[edit | edit source]
There are many great accessories available at this point.
- The Star Veil) will make the barrage of laser bolts much more survivable. (or any of its upgrades such as the
- are the best wings available at this stage, but are reasonable substitutes. or better will provide better ground movement. Those two accessories will allow you to move almost freely through the air and on the ground, making it easier to evade The Destroyer's body.
- The or its upgrades prevents knockback and it is practically mandatory for melee users, but useful for any class.
- The Expert mode exclusive is also effective. is a defensive accessory that reduces damage if your health starts getting low. The
- The enhances survivability by providing regeneration and reducing the duration of Potion Sickness. To reduce the potion cooldown, it only needs to be equipped during the instant a health potion is drunk.
- An Emblem provides additional damage for your primary damage type; the Summoner Emblem and your best summoner equipment should be worn before summoning minions.
- Yoyo fighters should definitely use a Yoyo Bag, as it doubles a yoyo's damage output, as well as providing 2 extra counterweights that can do a bit more damage to him and his probes.
- should be used if using a Daedalus Stormbow or any Repeater with Jester/Unholy arrows.
- Magic users who wish to rely less on Mana Potions can equip a pair of / . Probes drop mana stars frequently.
- Since the fight takes place at nighttime, the will be active if equipped, and is a viable choice for melee users.
- provides a generic increase to DPS and is a decent filler accessory.
As with most situations in general, it is best to reforge your accessories with damage, critical strike chance or defense increasing modifiers.
Potions[edit | edit source]
- , , , and will greatly increase survivability.
- Any food item that provides the buff is good.
- is a must for mages.
- will increase mobility.
and will improve DPS.
- , , or and will further improve it for Mages, Rangers, Melee, and Summoner users respectively.
Other[edit | edit source]
- An interesting weapon is the Cannon: it can deal high damage and pierce through multiple parts, giving great damage potential. However, it may be hard to get a good shot. It is best to position the cannon on platforms high up (above the Destroyer's range), point the cannon straight up, and fire.
Specific Strategies[edit | edit source]
Fireworks Strategy[edit | edit source]
There is another way for people who have a lot of money. Buy a lot of fireworks from the Party Girl. Place them on your bridge and wire them all up to a switch. Wait until The Destroyer is oriented in such a way that he is parallel to the bridge, then flip the switch and launch the rockets. The Destroyer will die quickly, although you will have to farm money for this because you will need a great amount of fireworks and wires. Alternatively, if the player has trouble getting the Destroyer lined up to their exact location, they can create multiple platforms over each other, all filled with fireworks, then make sure that the Destroyer's body covers the firing range, before setting them off.
Small tanking box Strategy[edit | edit source]
A tricky alternative way of building an arena is by creating a small box, wire up a few Heart Statues around it and some honey inside it. Combine this with high defense, a Cross Necklace and a Charm of Myths. The Destroyer himself will only deal relatively low damage, less than your healing potential, making the fight very easy.