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Golem Trophy.png “The stone-faced ritualistic idol of the lihzahrdian tribe...” Golem Trophy.png

Golem is a Hardmode boss, found at the end of the Lihzahrd Temple. It has high HP, high defense, and multiple limbs and phases.

EnvironmentJungle Temple
AI TypeGolem Body AI
Max Life39000 / 58500 (total)
16000 / 24000 (head)
9000 / 13500 (body)
7000 / 10500 (each fist)
Inflicts debuffOn Fire!On Fire!
50% chance

Debuff duration5-7 seconds (Fireballs) / 10-14 seconds (Fireballs)
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Immune toPoisonedVenomOn Fire!Confused
Coins15 Gold Coin
Map Icon Golem.png
Map Icon

Spawn Condition[edit | edit source]

Golem can be summoned by using the Lihzahrd Power CellLihzahrd Power Cell at the Lihzahrd AltarLihzahrd Altar.

The Fight[edit | edit source]

Golem has a total of four attackable targets, but only two are necessary to defeat:

  • Golem Head - This is the main target during the first form. It will frequently spew two fire balls that bounce. At half health it will begin to fire lasers that increase in frequency when its HP lowers.
  • Golem Body - This is the main target during the second form. Its main attack is a jump attack.
  • Right Arm - This is an optional target. It uses a punch attack with a reach that can extend across the arena. It is recommended that you take these out first because they will become brutal if you leave them on for the third and fourth phase.
  • Left Arm - This is an optional target with the exact same moveset as the Right Arm. It uses a punch attack with a reach that can extend across the arena.

First Form[edit | edit source]

Once summoned, Golem will move around while slowly attacking with its fists. The head will continuously spit two fireballs that will bounce around the arena. The head (15000 HP) and arms are the targets during this phase, with the head being the main target. The arms don't necessarily need to be destroyed, but they can become a nuisance as the fight goes on. Note that Lihzahrd enemies can spawn in the arena.

When Golem's head HP reaches 50% (8000 HP), it will begin using Eye lasers. They start out at an average interval, but as the head's HP is reduced, the frequency of the lasers will increase. When the head's hit points reaches zero the second form begins. The lasers signal a DPS race and all focus should be concentrated on getting through each laser phase.

Second Form[edit | edit source]

Destroying the head stops the laser assault and reveals Golem's true form. The body (9000 HP) is the main target and destroying it will end the fight. The body will jump around and if the arms still exist, they will punch devastatingly faster compared to phase one. The head will be attacking while flying around. Note that the Head can pass through blocks.

When the body has 50% health left, the head will begin firing lasers again. Like the first form, the laser frequency will increase as the body's hit points decrease.

General Strategies[edit | edit source]

General Tips[edit | edit source]

This content is transcluded from Guide:Practical Tips#Combat.

  • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's BlessingDesktop VersionConsole Version buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some coinscoins.
  • 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 MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with TrapsTraps and helpful HeartHeart and Star StatuesStar Statues. 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 timerstimers.
  • 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 Sharpening StationSharpening StationDesktop VersionConsole Version, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, Crystal BallCrystal Ball, and Bewitching TableBewitching TableDesktop VersionConsole Version before you go to explore or battle Bosses / Invasions. These will give class-specific boosts that are useful to take. They respectively give SharpenedSharpenedDesktop VersionConsole Version, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, and BewitchedBewitchedDesktop VersionConsole Version.

Terrain Preparation[edit | edit source]

If this is your first encounter with Golem, then you will not possess the PicksawPicksaw capable of shaping the Lihzahrd Temple's blocksLihzahrd Temple's blocks, so your customization is limited, unless you use actuatorsactuators to disable the blocks under the altar. The arena that the fight occurs in is also varied in width/height. There are a few ways you can customize the default arena to make the fight much easier.

  • Create a small wall dividing the entrance and the arena, leaving an opening for your projectiles to get through. This becomes difficult to build if your default layout has the entrance in the ceiling.
  • Create a much larger wall that divides the arena on either side of the altar leaving an opening at the top for you to leap through post-spawn and a spot for your weapons.
  • An assortment of small walls scattered through out the arena.
  • A small pit that you can leap into while Golem stomps and punches. This will allow you to deal heavy damage, but you have to be cautious about his eye lasers and fireballs. A heart statue in the pit with you can be useful in keeping you alive.
  • TeleportersTeleporters can be used for dodging the attacks and move safely and instantly from side to side.
  • If you decided to fight Golem in the temple, then LihzahrdLihzahrd and Flying Snake BannersFlying Snake Banners would be useful, because they will still keep spawning during the fight. It'll be much easier to get rid of them.

For safety reasons, you can use whatever Pickaxe you currently own and remove all of the traps, as these can be hazardous in the fight.

Gearing up[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

  • At minimum, players should use at least Hallowed armorHallowed armorHallowed armorHallowed armor or Chlorophyte armorChlorophyte armorChlorophyte armorChlorophyte armor, with the helmet to suit your class.
  • A Melee player can use Turtle armorTurtle armor, providing slightly more defense but losing a significant amount of stat bonuses compared to Chlorophyte armor.
  • Ranged characters can use Shroomite armorShroomite armorShroomite armorShroomite armor, which is the strongest armor available.
  • A Mage should use Spectre armorSpectre armor, using the Spectre HoodSpectre Hood only when at low health to maximize damage output.
  • The Squire armorSquire armorDesktop Version provides high health regeneration and the ability to use sentries.
  • Titanium armorTitanium armorTitanium armorTitanium armor is a very good choice because of the Shadow DodgeShadow Dodge set bonus and acceptable stat bonuses.
  • Tiki armorTiki armor is the best choice for summoners. If the Pumpkin Moon has been summoned, the Spooky armorSpooky armor is a stronger choice.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

All classes can fare well against Golem.

For Melee users:

  • The Death SickleDeath Sickle can easily defeat Golem, as you can change between lifesteal and damage. is extremely useful when using the wall strategy detailed above. The Chlorophyte PartisanChlorophyte Partisan is a weaker alternative.
  • Vampire KnivesVampire Knives is also another recommended melee item that is good for the fight with its lifesteal ability.
  • The Scourge of the CorruptorScourge of the Corruptor is extremely useful as it does good damage, splits into three and is homing.
  • The Paladin's HammerPaladin's Hammer's piercing is convenient, as it can hit the Fists and the Head at the same time and deal massive amounts of damage.
  • Flower PowFlower Pow will work against Golem if you have some decent dodging skills. Hold the left button with the flail and it will shoot flower petals at Golem.
  • The Eye of CthulhuThe Eye of CthulhuDesktop VersionConsole Version can be obtained by the first encounter (obtained during the Solar Eclipse, which can be easily summoned from items in the Jungle Temple), and with the Yoyo Bag, it can kill the Golem in 60 seconds.
  • Terra BladeTerra Blade can be very good as a secondary weapon.
  • The Mushroom SpearMushroom Spear works well due to its high damage and its long reach and if you are using the wall technique and if you have already obtained the Truffle NPC.
  • The Fetid BaghnakhsFetid BaghnakhsDesktop VersionConsole Version can also be a good weapon if used with a Cross Necklace and enough melee speed boost.

For Ranged users:

  • A MegasharkMegashark or Venus MagnumVenus Magnum coupled with Crystal BulletsCrystal Bullets is recommended.
  • The Candy Corn RifleCandy Corn Rifle will also work.
  • The Pulse BowPulse BowDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version with Venom ArrowsVenom Arrows is very effective, with arrows often hitting Golem many times.
  • A FlamethrowerFlamethrower is extremely effective in the first part of the battle as its large projectile deals high damage to the whole boss.
  • A Piranha GunPiranha Gun will stop Golem from attacking when shooting his fists, making the fight much easier. After destroying the fists, you may have to redirect the piranha to Golems head while dodging his lasers and fireballs.
  • The Tactical ShotgunTactical Shotgun's spread makes it a powerful secondary weapon.
  • The Rocket LauncherRocket Launcher or Grenade LauncherGrenade Launcher with Rocket IIIRocket III will tear through Golem's health and kill him very quickly.
    • In particular, the Nail GunNail GunDesktop VersionConsole Version is equally effective and much safer than using the Rocket Launcher in an enclosed space.

For Magic users:

Safe way to kill Golem using a Nimbus Rod.
  • The Nimbus RodNimbus Rod will provide constant damage. If you're using them with Wings and Hermes/Frostspark/Lightning Boots, then fly in with the wings and put clouds above his head.
  • The Magnet SphereMagnet Sphere, Bat ScepterBat Scepter, and Rainbow GunRainbow Gun will allow for great sustain.
  • Spamming the Inferno ForkInferno Fork on Golem's head is very effective as the explosion radius will damage the hands, stop the hands from attacking you and damage Golem heavily.
  • If you need an accurate weapon, the Leaf BlowerLeaf Blower can be used.
  • The Toxic FlaskToxic FlaskDesktop VersionConsole Version is a good alternative for the beginning of the fight, as it does a good amount of splash damage. Be mindful of its high mana cost.

For Summoners:

  • The Frost HydraFrost Hydra is extremely helpful. The Hydra will attack one of the side of Golem, making quick work of his fist.
  • The RavensRavens or even PygmiesPygmies will work nicely.

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Mobility is important due to the multiple ways damage is being dealt in the fight. Wings are very helpful and can be supported by accessories like Shiny Red Balloon and its equivalents. Wings may be dropped if one can jump multiple times, one would however need to equip more accessories. With equipping wings, players can also omit the Rocket Boots and its advancements, since running would mean hitting Golem and to fly over is a much safer alternative. If using wings, the Hoverboard is an excellent choice due to its ability to speed under Golem during its jumps and over its head during the first phases. Shield of Cthulhu, Tabi and Master Ninja Gear would suffice. However, players may get into trouble if they dashed into Golem with Shield of Cthulhu.

Charm of Myths is recommended since there is a lot of damage being passed around without a wall, so multiple potions may be necessary. The natural regeneration will also allow you to take advantage of easier phases of the fights. Alternatively, you can switch to Charm of Myths only when drinking health potions, and use another accessory for the rest of the battle. Star Veil and/or Obsidian Shield may also be useful to negate the chance of being clipped by multiple projectiles.

Avenger Emblem and other damage increasing emblems/accessories are very useful for quickly ending the 'hard' phases of the fight given the longer they last the bigger room for error. Magic Cuffs and Mana Flower can be useful for magic characters.

Potions[edit | edit source]

Specific Strategies[edit | edit source]

Spiky Balls Strategy[edit | edit source]

Grab all of the spike ball traps and wire from the temple as you pass through it, then when you get to the chamber at the end follow these instructions. Feel free to build a short wall in the entryway to the Golem's summoning chamber to block off the temple's monster spawns from interrupting your fight. Build a vertical wall halfway through the room with three holes in it big enough for you to pass through (3 blocks high). Then build a horizontal walking path on the half of the room opposite from the half Golem's altar is on (as in, not on that side of the room) (One of your vertical wall holes should be level with your walking path, the other should be where your wall meets the ceiling, and the last should be where your wall meets the floor). Make sure there is one hole in it big enough for you to pass through (2 blocks wide) and also make sure you have a small pool space for honey (1 block high, 2 blocks wide). On the side of the room with the altar, build a ceiling using any block type straight across (make sure that your ceiling only covers the open space and not any nooks or crannies). Below the ceiling install as many spike ball traps as will fit, and then hook them up to a pressure plate which you will locate anywhere on your walkway for your convenience. Place a campfire and a heart lantern anywhere that makes sense, and be sure you've got the best armor you can get your hands on, plus as many speed increasing modifiers and at least the Lightning boots. Summon the Golem, then spend the first few minutes of the fight standing in the lower corner (away from the Golem) slashing/shooting/casting magic at the fist that can cross the room to punch you until it breaks. Then hop/fly onto your walkway and proceed to rain deadly spike balls upon the Golem. Focus on hitting your pressure plate as often as you can, while dodging the Golem's laser eyes (Phase 2) as best as you can by flying around your little corner of the room and dunking yourself in your honey pool as often as you can. When Golem's head detaches (Phase 3) be sure to hop over your ceiling hole to make it follow you there, then when you jump back to your walkway it should just hover overhead (instead of right next to you). Continue dodging, dunking, and stomping on your pressure plate until Golem is nothing more than a big pile of dust and drops. This works very effectively when trying to farm for the Picksaw or for money with above tier armor.

Small Space Strategy[edit | edit source]

Make a vertical wall, but put a 3 block gap at the bottom and top so you can get in and out. Also build a horizontal line (with blocks, not platforms) with a 3 block gap somewhere along it. The horizontal line should stop at the vertical line.When Golem spawns, he should jump up on the horizontal platform, but not go back down. This allows you to hit him continuously (Death Sickle highly approved), without taking too many potions (max 2-3). This also allows you to kill him fast. Also someone on top of the vertical line shooting on Golem is very helpful.

Bunny Cannon[edit | edit source]

The Bunny Cannon works well against Golem: set it up in an area Golem cannot reach (if the blocks are set just right, Golem will not be able to chase you), and fire away. Calculate Golem’s health and divide it by the bunny cannon’s damage (350), and that should give an approximate number of explosive bunnies to use.

Heart Arrow & Frost Armor Method[edit | edit source]

Mobile version Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Mobile version of Terraria.

You Will Need:[edit | edit source]

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Excavate an area that allows running and jumping around, and add 3 to 5 layers of platforms. If needed, also add Honey pools, Heart Lanterns, Heart Statues and Campfires.

The Battle[edit | edit source]

Spawn Golem while standing on the platforms. Aim and stun his head, but when he punches you, you can stun his arms. In the second form, his head can shoot lasers rapidly and cannot be stunned, so just use a high damage weapon, like a Terra Blade or a Paladin's Hammer to destroy his body. The Frost armor will make the fight a lot faster, allowing Golem to be defeated in less than 2 minutes. For a video tutorial, see Merrick's Terraria Mobile: Heart Arrows VS Golem Video.