Fortune and glory, kid.Expert Mode-Only Content: This information applies only to Expert mode and Expert mode worlds.
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- 1 Summary
- 2 The Beginning
- 3 Mining and Resource-Gathering
- 4 Preparing for the Bosses
- 5 The First Boss Fights
- 6 Eater of Worlds
- 7 Brain of Cthulhu
- 8 Queen Bee
- 9 Skeletron
- 10 The Dungeon
- 11 Preparing for Hardmode
- 12 Wall of Flesh
- 13 The Twins
- 14 The Destroyer
- 15 Skeletron Prime
- 16 Plantera
- 17 Golem
- 18 Duke Fishron
- 19 Moon Lord
- 20 General Tips
Summary[edit | edit source]
Expert mode is a world mode that provides greatly increased difficulty with the benefit of more and better loot. It offers harder enemies, longer durations of debuffs, and unique boss items. It is recommended to play the normal gamemode of the game before playing this gamemode because it is far more difficult and represents a challenge for even the most experienced normal mode players. If you are playing, make sure to take no unnecessary risks.
The Beginning[edit | edit source]
Starting in an Expert mode world, you most likely already know the basics (gather wood, break pots, and grab surface chests). It is pretty useful to use a ranged character for the beginning of the game since, the enemies are far stronger and do a lot of damage when they touch you. Don't go exploring at night until you have silver/tungsten armor or better because the zombies will be swarming you, and can kill you very quickly.
Dig a hole straight down next to your base, (and don't forget to make a way up and a way down as well) until you find a large cave. Find minerals until you get stronger armor and weapons. And be sure to grab any chests you find.
If you want to, you can build a house upon spawning and that will benefit you greatly because you will be able to do more if you start building one ASAP.
Getting higher defense early on can be advantageous. An easy way to gain a little extra defense before you fill up on useful accessories is to craft Strings (30 Cobwebs each) until you receive one with the "Warding" Modifier (+4 defense).
Before you gear up, the NPCs are better at fighting than you. You can use this to your advantage by building houses with 2-block high gaps that they can shoot through. Another way to protect your base is to build a monster pit. It should be at least 5x7 with a block overhang on each side. The overhangs prevent monsters from jumping out.
You may also want to build your NPC base now, as several useful NPCs can move in, notably the merchant.
Mining and Resource-Gathering[edit | edit source]
It is also recommended to get a Grappling Hook ASAP. Not only are they good for navigating terrain and avoiding enemies, but they can also be used for mobility in boss fights. If you come across one, a spider biome (although dangerous) is a potential Web Slinger which can help a lot early game.
If you find a large amount of money, return to base and stash it. If you die far from your base, you have a high chance of losing any money you may have obtained (you drop 75% of coins on death instead of the usual 50%).
If you are having trouble finding ore or chests, a Spelunker Potion will be useful.
Preparing for the Bosses[edit | edit source]
Bosses are harder in Expert mode because they have 2x health and 2x damage, and sometimes they even have a third stage when normally they only have one or two, so be prepared.
Note: If you play Expert mode in Multiplayer, boss health increases depending on the number of players.
At this point you would've obtained a few Heart Crystals and have 180 Health, if you find another Heart Crystal don't consume it because if you do, it will trigger the 1 in 3 chance of spawning the Eye of Cthulhu while unprepared, so keep that one until you have gear like these:
- Gold/Platinum armor
- Musket or The Undertaker
- Ice Blade or with some luck, Enchanted Sword
- Cloud in a Bottle (Tsunami, Blizzard or Sandstorm if you can get one)
- Hermes Boots or its derivative accessories
- A very well-made Arena will give you more chances to win.
- Minecarts are very cheap against the Eye of Cthulhu, as you can then travel faster than the boss itself.
- Food. If you do not have the Well Fed buff, your regeneration will be stunted in Expert mode.
- All the combat potion buffs. Almost all combat potion buffs can be obtained Pre-Hardmode, and can prove to be quite beneficial.
- Molten Armor, if possible (obtainable after acquiring the Reaver Shark). Expert mode bosses are difficult! Molten Armor can make the impossible fight doable.
The First Boss Fights[edit | edit source]
King Slime[edit | edit source]
Fighting King Slime can be done easily and without armor if a proper arena is set up. To build an arena, place exactly 30 rope upwards and climb to the top. No matter what King Slime does, he can't reach you. Then just spam with your bow until he dies.
Note: King Slime has a small chance of spawning in place of a regular slime on the outer 2/3s of the map. If you build the arena next to the ocean, you can fish and wait for him to spawn, then run to the arena to fight him.
It is recommended to farm King Slime until you get a Slime Hook. This makes the upcoming fight much easier.
Eye of Cthulhu[edit | edit source]
Eye of Cthulhu is much harder in Expert mode. It is recommended to have:
- At least 160 Life
- Lead armor or better
- A decent Hook
- Shurikens/throwing knives (for the small eyes)
- A metal bow with either Flaming or Frostburn Arrows
- Hermes Boots or better
- Cloud in a Bottle or other vertical movement accessories
The arena for the eye is relatively simple. First, flatten out the land at least 1 screen wide. (The longer, the better, but it doesn't need to be too long.) Then, put a row of platforms 7-10 blocks above the land. You can do more layers of platforms, but it is not completely necessary. Also, making Campfires and using Sunflowers help with the fight.
In the first phase, the fight is relatively normal. Shoot the eye with your bow, and kill the servants with your piercing weapon. When the eye transitions into his next phase, he spawns a lot of servants, so it is recommended to spam at him with the piercing weapons. When the eye starts dashing at you, run in one direction with the boots. If you get to the end of your arena, turn around. You can use the hook to accelerate yourself into the sprint.
As the eye's health gets lower, he starts attacking more frequently. When he is almost dead, it becomes a DPS race. Keep running, dodging, and shooting. It can help to have grenades, as they explode on contact with the eye. Throw the grenades out so you can focus on dodging. Once he dies, you get a very useful Shield.
An alternate method is to use Minecart Tracks to make the fight easier. Make a minecart track at about 100 tracks, and hammer the ends twice. This will make your minecart bounce of the edge instead of losing all of its momentum. Use a Gold/Platinum Bow and then shoot at him with Frostburn/Flaming Arrows, but Frostburn is recommended over flaming because of the extra damage. You should also make a house for the Nurse close to the track and use Autopause to heal whenever you need.
Eater of Worlds[edit | edit source]
Eater of Worlds is a much harder boss in Expert Mode than in Normal Mode, but he also drops a very useful accessory: the Worm Scarf. However, its segments shoot vile spit, it travels/digs at a much steeper rate, and it has overall boosted damage and health.
- A simple weapon of choice would be at least a Gold/Platinum Bow with Jester's Arrows. These arrows can pierce the segments to hit more than one at the right angle.
- Avoid using Yoyos, they're great in general but not against worms like this.
- The Inferno Potion would help against the vile spit but assuming you're not in Hardmode, you can only get this from Shadow Chests, and therefore is completely optional.
- The Water Bolt and Aqua Scepter are terrific magic weapons.
- Spiky Balls can be bought from the Goblin Tinkerer and they're still great in expert mode!
- Put platforms along the ground to avoid uneven terrain and potentially any water that is in the caverns. Remember to place campfires.
- If you broke 1-2 Orbs and let a meteor fall, the Meteor armor along with the Space Gun work wonders to kill him.
Brain of Cthulhu[edit | edit source]
The Brain of Cthulhu has a few differences, such as the debuffs it inflicts, so make sure you dodge as much as you can. In the first phase, the creepers are twice as aggressive. In the second/last phase, it spawns decoys to try and confuse the player, and the lower the health, the more visible the decoys are.
- Spiky Balls exploit the entire nature of this boss, the #1 weapon of choice
- A long weapon like the Muramasa is great for the Creepers
- A multi-leveled arena made of platforms to move up and down helps a lot for dodging
Fighting the brain gives resources needed to make the Deathbringer Pickaxe, but his expert mode item (the Brain of Confusion) is gimmicky and not very useful. This fight can be quite tedious and unnecessary by fishing for a Reaver Shark.
Since the decoys move based on the relative position of the player to the brain, it is possible to figure out which is the real brain by moving immediately when it teleports. The decoys move very rapidly to keep the player in the center, and the real brain will only move at its regular pace.
Queen Bee[edit | edit source]
Queen Bee only has differences when it comes to speed and buffed stats. Still, it's important you exploit her nature, in different ways.
- The stingers still can't pass through blocks.
- She can still only shoot downwards.
- The lower the health, the faster she shoots the stingers.
- The lower the health, the faster she dashes.
- The lower the health, the more bees she'll spawn at a faster rate.
- Use spiky balls and travel in a circle, posing yourself on the opposite side of her. This will make her try to move above you, and as the bee is below you she'll get caught in the spiky balls.
- The Bezoar negates the poison damage of the stingers and makes the fight a little bit easier
- If you don't like moving around in circles, you can build an arena where there's platforms in tall rows, with half the arena covered in solid blocks. Because the stingers can't pass through blocks, this is a probable choice to use.
- If you aren't quite confident in your ability to dodge her rapid dashes near the end phase, you can use the Shield of Cthulhu to dash into her when she charges you, simultaneously negating the damage of her charge and dealing a small amount of damage to her. Watch out for stingers while you do this, as they can still deal their damage if she charges right after firing them.
Skeletron[edit | edit source]
Skeletron is one of the hardest bosses you'll ever fight in Expert Mode, the head's health is nearly doubled, the hands' health are nearly tripled, you have to defeat the hands before attacking the head, and once they're removed he shoots skulls that can be hard to avoid and have high damage. That said, here's a few tips:
- Shield of Cthulhu, obtained after defeating Eye of Cthulhu, is a very useful accessory for mobility.
- Try building an Arena that is both good for vertical and horizontal movements. It's easy to make the mistake of making a straight row of platforms, so make sure you have a tall arena as well.
- Tracks and a Minecart can be very useful to avoid his hands and skulls, but be careful: if you build your tracks too long, Skeletron will despawn. Due to his high speed and acceleration, the best shape for track arena would be a circle or an ellipse.
- If you want to challenge yourself and fight Skeletron before the Eye of Cthulhu, use a Hook with minecart tracks to hook to. With a nice hook, Sapphire Hook or better, the boots aren't even mandatory. However, it is highly suggested that you at least use the accessories as said above for Eye of Cthulhu.
- The head when spinning must be avoided, as it can leave you trapped and it's game over. You can escape the trap by using a Slime Mount to jump out of it.
- In the second phase, if you get used to the tempo of the skulls, you can cut through every few of them at the right time.
- If fighting him for the first time, try moving around in a circle when he starts shooting the skulls.
- If you fight the Queen Bee before and obtain the Bee's Knees, it will make killing Skeletron nearly three times as fast. Drink an Archery Potion and he will be a piece of cake.
- He only shoots his skulls if you are in line of sight. Hiding under a layer of dirt or other solid block and using a yoyo can whittle his health down, and then running away while he spins. If you can take care of the hands, this is a good way to fight him.
The Dungeon[edit | edit source]
After fighting Skeletron, it is time to raid the dungeon. You want to get in and out as fast as possible, because there is a high chance of dying. The important things to get are:
- Alchemy Table
- Bewitching Table
- Cobalt Shield
- And optionally, the Muramasa and Handgun (for the Terra Blade and Phoenix Blaster)
If you want to stay to farm money or get more items, go ahead. But, the top three things are only what is really necessary.
Preparing for Hardmode[edit | edit source]
The main thing about preparing for hardmode is making sure you have good items. It also helps to be organized and make a chest room, sorting items by category. The items you want include:
- Ivy Whip
- Molten armor. Regardless of class, having the extra defense is really useful for early hardmode.
- Magic Mirror
- The Dungeon items (Listed above)
- Potion ingredients and seeds. (See also: Guide:Gardening)
- Good weapons
In addition to gathering items, it is important to do other things such as:
- Obtain maximum health and mana
- Reforge weapons and accessories (Warding is recommended for going into hardmode)
- Optionally, create quarantines. Quarantining existing evil biomes, sectioning off certain areas (your base, the jungle, and the oceans), and digging a helevator all help maintain the spread of the evils.
- Create a surface mushroom biome (for the Truffle)
- Make an arena with campfires and Heart Lanterns (consider honey, the Nurse, heart and star statues)
- Make extra NPC housing
Wall of Flesh[edit | edit source]
The Wall of Flesh is another boss that will shred you in Expert Mode if you don't run away soon enough. Not only does it have buffed stats, but The Hungry respawn, so a piercing weapon is essential. Also, the lower the health, the faster he gets, which is like normal mode, except he can get fast enough to outrun your Hermes Boots. Here's a few tips:
- A Demon Scythe with Jungle armor and Magic power potions will allow you to slaughter it off-screen by simply aiming in the direction of an eye and staying ahead with movement accesories.
- Keep him off-screen, this will make the lasers easier to dodge and stop you from getting hit by the wall.
- Beenades with a Hive Pack will cause defeat in a mere minute. No strategy needed, just roll them out.
- Phoenix Blaster with Meteor Shot is still a nice weapon of choice, due to the rapid damage+pierce.
- Build a bridge covering at least half of your world for safety measures. It'll really pay off.
- You can use Water Walking Potions against him and keep him way off screen, so you won't need a bridge.
- You can also build a massive Rail Road System to make his speed not an issue.
- Spam dynamite or grenades, as they explode on impact.
Once you have unlocked hardmode, always be aware of enemies. Many can kill you in a few hits. In fact, it may just be like starting over. However, you should have full health and mana, so you might be able to survive.
One recommend thing to do is to go to the spider biome. They cant follow you through 2 block spaces, so just grapple and you will be fine. The spider set will help you to reach the Hallow and Corruption or Crimson. Once there, farm 50 of the souls.
If you break demon altars they will spread the evil biomes and the Hallow. This will also spawn valuable ores. Once you have Titanium armor (from mining or Crates) it's time for the mechanical bosses.
The Twins[edit | edit source]
The Twins aren't much of a difference in expert mode, they just move faster and have buffed stats as most bosses have. Still however, here's a few tips to help out dodging:
- Spazmatism's cursed ball flames cause a lot of damage so it's important to dodge these for a safety measure. Simply move up and down at the right tempo to cut through the flames, and once he starts charging move to the side and fly away. Repeat process until he hits second form.
- Retinazer is a difficult component because the laser attack is unpredictable. When he starts dashing it's at longer strides at slower rates comparing to Spazmatism, so watch out for the dashes.
- Spazmatism's second form is simply faster and deadlier than on normal mode, so make sure you don't move in a straight line, shift up and down at opposite sides, reflecting off of the x-axis. In other words, move up when he dashes down, and move down when he dashes up. It will exploit the nature and make the fight 10x easier.
- Retinazer's second form tends to be the most difficult part for most people on average. But if you move in a circle, you'll most likely be fine.
- In general, like normal mode, make sure you kill one before getting the other in second form. (Spazmatism and then Retinazer is suggested)
- Another way to kill the Twins for signal players is to get the meteor staff, spider staff, and spider armor and hang out in the nurses house. Spawn the spiders in the house. When you are low on health, heal with the nurse. When the nurse is low on health, she will heal herself (And possibly YOU!). When one of The Twins charge at you, the spiders inside the house emit venom to that twin. When the twins are outside that house, use the meteor staff to attack. If you have damage boosting accessories, use them to your content. Make sure to have many mana potions (It doesn't matter what kind) and inventory pause ON.
The Destroyer[edit | edit source]
120,000 Health on The Destroyer sounds like a long road to drive on. But if you follow these tips, you'll pass the test with no problem:
- Daedalus Stormbow is a very popular bow for a particular reason: It's super cheap. Use it with Holy Arrows and the boss will go down in seconds.
- If you prefer Magic weapons, Medusa Head can damage each of The Destroyer's components, dealing 100-300 damage each hit. Using it can down The Destroyer in a few seconds.
- Avoid touching the head at all costs, as it does nearly 300 damage on contact. If a hit is unavoidable, try to hit a body segment, as they do considerably less damage.
- Long Swords are preferable, as The Destroyer is a Worm-boss type.
- Make a small 5x5 room, with the middle block on the bottom of it be a platform. Then just stand inside and throw dynamites.
- If you're still having trouble, ride in a minecart!
- (These tips can also be used in normal mode)
Skeletron Prime[edit | edit source]
Skeletron Prime has the least difference out of the three mechanical bosses in expert mode, but here's a few tips anyways:
- Destroy the Prime Laser first, then go for the head.
- Make an Arena with platforms and not solid blocks, else the bombs will explode as you touch the solid ground on impact. The bombs are deadly so this is essential without tank gear.
- A great weapon of choice is the Megashark or even better, Shadowflame Knife. Shadowflame Knife is the weapon of choice against only this boss, although you can still use it for the Twins. Because the Knives bounce around on impact, you can target the head and as they bounce off, they can still hit the arms. Also apply the Shadowflame debuff, so with Frost armor and a Fire Gauntlet, the debuffs will make him melt to pieces. (It should, however, be noted that his head is immune to Shadowflame, both head and arms cannot be set on fire, and on the Desktop version and Console version the Fire Gauntlet cannot be obtained before defeating him anyway.)
Plantera[edit | edit source]
For most people, Plantera is the hardest boss to surpass without any cheesing. Here's a few tips:
- Make a very tall arena with the platforms near the top, this will help the Spiky Balls she shoots out to be easier to dodge as they'll fall towards the bottom.
- Make sure to not lead Plantera away from the Underground Jungle, as this will make it enter an enraged state where it's attacks and defense are boosted.
- An even cheaper trick than the one above is the Fetid Baghnakhs trick. Enclose in a tight space, use Titanium armor, Cross Necklace, and a bunch of buffs as well as offensive accessories, and you can kill Plantera in a mere few seconds. You don't even have to move one bit.
- Teleporters can also be useful to move from one end of your arena to the other, especially during Plantera's second form, so that you don't get cornered by the tentacles.
- Many projectiles can't go through blocks, so you can exploit this. You could use the chlorophyte spear to damage it through blocks.
Golem[edit | edit source]
Golem barely has any difference in expert mode, just higher damage and health. Here's a few tips:
- Destroy the hands first.
- When the head starts shooting lasers, move back and forth above him in a "rainbow" formation.
- Build a simple platform near the ground, around 15 blocks above. It'll make the fight just a bit easier.
- Dart Pistol if you have a crimson world is superior to this boss, using Crystal Darts for the hands and head, then use Ichor Darts for the body.
- Also, if you were lucky enough have a crimson world and obtain a Crimson Key, use Vampire Knives if you want to steamroll him.
- If you have corruption, Scourge of the Corrupter is an absolute choice as well.
- Above all, Megashark is still considerable, with Chlorophyte Bullets.
- Suggested armor: Turtle Armor or above.
Duke Fishron[edit | edit source]
Duke Fishron is a fun boss to fight, especially in expert mode, with a new third stage at the end that will make your adrenaline go nuts. Here's a few tips:
- Possessed Hatchet is the #1 weapon of choice, especially for melee class characters.
- For a ranger, use the Tactical Shotgun with Chlorophyte Bullets.
- For a mage, use the Spectre Staff or the Leaf Blower.
- Tips for Sharknados, make sure that they spawn on each edge of the ocean, switching left and right. This is very easy in the first stage, but in the second stage, be careful!
- For Duke Fishron, you can exploit his third form by jumping at a steady tempo, it may take a few tries but if you have a bottle equipped and you just jump up and down, falling/jumping RIGHT as he teleports each time, you'll be off the hook.
Moon Lord[edit | edit source]
It is essential that you dodge his deathray, as it will kill you in seconds. Also, you should make sure that all his eyes die at a close time, so that the true eyes don't overwhelm you.
Make sure you have Super Healing Potions.
General Tips[edit | edit source]
Expert mode doesn't just make you prepare more, it makes you more cautious with getting hit. You can actually get so good at dodging that a Worm Scarf or Band of Regeneration won't be needed at all. Here's a few tips:
- Blizzard in a Bottle (or, even better, a Sandstorm in a Bottle) instead of Cloud in a Bottle make a tremendous difference in the long run.
- Sandstorm in a Bottle will give you the opportunity for the Bundle of Balloons without even traveling in another world, an extremely useful accessory. Just get the other two bottles, and then fish up in the sky for the Sky Crates and get two Shiny Red Balloons, the third can be gotten from a floating island originally in your world.
- The tips above include bottles because these accessories are essential for dodging, vertically. If you were fighting Duke Fishron, and he dashes towards you, if you were just wearing Wings, you'd most likely get hit. But if you had the Bundle of Balloons equipped, he would be a piece of cake.
- If you don't know what accessories to replace with these bottles, replace the Cobalt Shield/Obsidian Shield or any other type of accessory that neglects knockback. This is a possibility because dodging is much more important, and if you never get hit, you'd never need the shield. Besides, the shield makes getting hit less annoying, while the bottles and balloons help you get hit less often. Easy to say which method is more useful.
- Yoyos are a great addition to the game, and the name is shouted in Expert Mode. Amazon and Yelets are some of the cheapest ones to get. Amazon can be crafted for little materials right in the beginning of the game in the Jungle. Amarok can be gotten from any enemy by chance in the Ice biome in Hardmode. Yelets can be obtained from any enemy by chance in the Jungle biome after at least one Mechanical Boss is defeated in Hardmode.
- Banners are much more important in Expert mode: with their effect doubled, they essentially revert the affected enemies to their Normal mode stats -- except your Defense is still buffed compared to Normal mode. Take care to hold on to all the banners you can obtain and hang them in the areas you frequent most often, and your life will be much easier.