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  • Wall of Flesh Trophy.png "The master and core of the world..." Wall of Flesh Trophy.png

    The Wall of Flesh is the final Pre-Hardmode boss. It is composed of two eyes which will blast the player with lasers, and a mouth in between. Defeating it is required to enter Hardmode.

    Wall of Flesh
    Wall of Flesh.png
    Map Icon Wall of Flesh.png
    Map Icon
    Classic mode icon.png Classic
    Expert mode icon.png Expert
    Master mode icon.png Master
    AI TypeWall of Flesh AI
    Damage50/150/225 (melee)
    Max Life8000/11200/14280
    KB Resist100%
    Immune toPoisonedConfusedCursed InfernoShadowflameOn Fire!Venom
    Inflicts debuffs
    Debuff tooltipYou have seen something nasty, there is no escape.
    DurationWhile the player is within 1800 feet (900 blocks) from the boss.
    DebuffThe TongueThe Tongue
    Debuff tooltipYou are being sucked into the mouth
    DurationWhen the player is within 1800 feet (900 blocks) behind the boss.

    Summoning[edit | edit source]

    To summon the Wall of Flesh, you must throw the Guide Voodoo DollGuide Voodoo Doll in the lava in The Underworld while the Guide is alive, or (in Desktop version Desktop version) have the Guide die in lava in the Underworld.

    Its sweep direction is determined by its spawn location. Summoning it anywhere left of the center of the world will cause it to sweep from left to right, while spawning it right of center will cause it to sweep right to left, regardless of the direction the doll was thrown into lava from. Maximum fight space can be achieved by spawning it at the extreme right or left of the world, though these areas have fewer natural structures and may require additional lava survival gear or construction.

    The Fight[edit | edit source]

    The Wall will steadily move toward you, so keep your distance and run. If you get behind the Wall, it will pull you in front of it. You will be a little bit disoriented and possibly heavily damaged, so staying in front of it is absolutely a top priority. On the other hand if you move too far away from the Wall it will also pull you back. Be cautious, as this can sometimes fling you into hazards such as Lava, which will usually easily kill a player without items that give immunity to lava, e.g. a Lava CharmLava Charm or an Obsidian Skin Potion.

    At the start of the fight you should focus on killing The HungryThe Hungry, preferably using piercing weapons or Explosives. When they get killed however, they detach, meaning that they will come to you. Kill them as fast as possible, while trying to damage the rest of the swarm.

    When the Hungry have been mostly eradicated, you can now focus on the Eyes and Mouth. They share health, and the Eyes don't have defense. Prioritize Eyes over Mouth.

    Close-ranged players may take hits from newly spawned Hungry in Expert/Master and the occasional direct hit from the Wall. Dodging the Eye lasers is easy: Jump up and down when the lasers are shooting, you'll avoid most of them. Just remember that the lasers come from both Eyes.

    Be careful though, as you will have to deal with the LeechLeeches. As they're worms, they need solid blocks in order to navigate around. Be mindful of the terrain (and bridge), and use your penetrating or melee weapons against these. They drop helpful heart pickups, so make sure to take them.

    As the Wall takes more damage, it moves faster and increases the fire rate and damage of the lasers. Keep dodging, and make sure to never stop running, even once.

    The Horrified debuff has the effect of instantly killing you when you use either a Magic MirrorMirror, Ice MirrorIce MirrorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, or a Recall PotionRecall Potion. It does so after you return to spawn, allowing you to recover your money (and items on Mediumcore) instantly. Do that if you ran out of space to defeat it. However, it's not useful on Hardcore difficulty.

    Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

    The already hard-to-obtain hearts are now more rare: Leeches have a 20% chance of dropping at least one, meaning that you get healed from the boss less often.

    The Hungry will respawn over time, making non-penetrating ammo less effective against the Wall.

    Not only does the Wall of Flesh have more health, but it's also faster. At low health, it'll almost outrun you, while lasers can reach extremely high fire rates, to the point of the lasers having no usable gap between them. You can minimize the chance of getting caught by making the last stretch more open beforehand.

    Master Mode[edit | edit source]

    In addition to the health and damage boost the Wall of Flesh receives, instead of flinging forward the player when in contact with the wall, it will instantly kill the player.

    General Strategies[edit | edit source]

    General Tips[edit | edit source]

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

    • Starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat nocturnal bosses. In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone are also useful at night.
    • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfireCampfires and Heart LanternHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Star in a BottleStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic.Bast StatueBast StatuesDesktop version will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden GnomesDesktop version will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
    • Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions SunflowerSunflowers 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 (Lesser Healing PotionLesser, Healing PotionNormal,Greater Healing PotionGreater, or Super Healing PotionSuper Healing PotionsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions). Relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea.
    • 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, Console, and Mobile versions 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 Silver Coincoins.
    • 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 Dart TrapTraps and helpful Heart StatueHeart and Star StatueStar 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 3 Second Timertimers.
    • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of Hearts. Note that this will prevent any Heart Statues from spawning new Hearts.
    • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening StationDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, Crystal BallCrystal Ball,Bewitching TableBewitching TableDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, and Slice of CakeSlice of CakeDesktop version before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to take, with the first four being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpenedDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, Ammo Box (buff)Ammo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitchedDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, and Sugar RushSugar RushDesktop version, respectively.

    Terrain preparation[edit | edit source]

    The Wall of Flesh benefits from having an arena prepared more than other bosses.

    The simplest arena is a long bridge of about 750-1000 blocks with some space above it for the player to maneuver. Placing the player out of danger from falling into lava and ensuring that they can keep a steady pace of progression allows the fight to go quickly and smoothly. Players may also wish to place lights and make holes to drain Lava from Lava Slimes along the bridge; alternatively, Obsidian Platforms can be used, as they do not break when contacting lava, and the materials to make them can be obtained in bulk by demolishing the Ruined Houses.

    However, one can skip the whole terrain preparation process by consuming Water Walking Potions or wearing Lava Waders instead. In 1.4 the Terraspark Boots may be preferable.

    Note that Underworld map generation tends to place Ruined Houses towards the middle third of the map, leaving the eastern and western wings mostly clean.

    The Wall of Flesh begins its attack from whichever side of the Underworld's map edge you're closest to. This allows you to control its direction of approach. Fight in the direction you're most comfortable with.

    Killing the Wall of Flesh will generate a bricked-in treasure box above your bridge. The bricks can serve as kill-markers, but they may interfere with movement if your next fight runs close to that spot.

    Alternatively, you can build the arena with Minecart TrackMinecart Tracks, because you can keep a safe distance with a MinecartMinecart with decent speed. However, take note that jump mobility is limited in a Minecart.

    While tedious, risky, and generally not worth it. You could use the Superheated Blood Mount to collect all the nearby lava. However, it does require a lot of mining and setting up. And it is generally much easier to just use accessories, potions and other items that provide invulnerability against lava and/or fire.

    Gearing up[edit | edit source]

    Having 400 health is essentially required at this point, especially since Hardmode will start immediately after the Wall's defeat.

    Armor[edit | edit source]

    Molten Armor has the highest defense and melee damage bonuses. If the fight is done with a Sword or a Spear, Shadow armor with its extra melee speed can prove to be useful as well.

    Crimson armor provides a very noticeable boost to life regeneration and a small amount of extra damage. For a defensive build, this is the most efficient option.

    The Necro armor is the best pure set for a Ranger. If a Gi is available, it can be replaced for the Necro Breastplate to get more offensive bonuses in exchange for its set bonus, which has no significant effect in combat as it only affects ammo consumption (Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version).

    The Wizard set, consisting of a Wizard hat is the strongest magic set available. Note that the wizard set gives 4 defense so Jungle and Meteor armor may work better.

    A summoner's only choice is the Bee armor.

    Weapons[edit | edit source]

    For Melee users: Due to Melee's relatively short range, especially in Master Mode as the wall is able to kill the player when in contact with the wall, finishing the fight with a melee player can prove to be extremely difficult, however players can make the fight much easier by simply running away, turning the tussle into a trivial trifle.

    • The Falcon BladeFalcon Blade has autoswing and doesn't turn the player around in the direction they are facing, making it the most efficient sword for the fight. Since it attacks in an arc, it can hurt the Wall of Flesh and keep the Hungries away in the same swing, unless they come from below.
    • The Bee KeeperBee Keeper can be use to maximize bee damage against the Hungry and the Wall of Flesh, as the bees can also damage the Wall of Flesh itself.
    • The Dark LanceDark Lance has high DPS when compaired to other melee weapons of a similar progression point, however it's incredibly inefficient against the Hungries due to its small hitbox, making it more efficient near the end of the fight.
    • The CascadeCascadeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions has much more range than a close range sword, especially with a String. However, due to the nature of Yoyos it is easy to get overwhelmed by the Hungries if not playing carefully.
    • The StarfuryStarfury may be used to damage both the Wall and Hungries if your arena is low enough (and sufficiently far from the Underworld ceiling) so that its stars don't get stuck.
    • The SunfurySunfury pierces with medium range, making it effective at both the hungry and the wall, and on Desktop version Desktop version can prevent the Hungry from touching you at all.

    For Ranged users:

    • The Hellwing BowHellwing BowDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions is the strongest bow available due to its rapid fire and piercing projectiles. Since it only requires Wooden Arrows to shoot its bats, ammunition for it will be pretty easy to obtain. The Bee's KneesThe Bee's KneesDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions has similar properties but is overall weaker.
    • The Molten FuryMolten Fury does a very efficient job when used with Jester's ArrowJester's Arrow.
    • The Phoenix BlasterPhoenix Blaster is the best gun available. Use Meteor ShotMeteor Shot for maximum effectiveness.
    • While it's hard to get ammo for it, the Star CannonStar Cannon is an extremely efficient weapon to use due to its great stats and piercing. It can kill the Wall of Flesh in mere seconds.

    For Magic users:

    • The Demon ScytheDemon Scythe is one of the strongest weapons against the Wall, as its projectiles can hit the Wall and the Hungries multiple times per hit.
    • The Book of SkullsBook of Skullsis a very strong choice, as it has high base damage, and the ability to hit a target three times before disappearing.
    • The Water BoltWater Bolt is also extremely efficient, being able to hit all 3 body parts in one cast if shot into the ceiling to make it ricochet.
    • The Space GunSpace Gun is always an efficient combo when paired with Meteor armor, due to the rapid fire and piercing.
    • The Gray ZapinatorGray ZapinatorDesktop version is great choice because of its ×10 damage attack. Even more so, it is also affected by Meteor armor's set bonus.

    For Summoners:

    • The Imp StaffImp StaffDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions is the strongest minion available.
    • Of the sentry weapons sold by the Tavernkeep, the best options are the Ballista RodBallista RodDesktop and Console versions and the Explosive Trap RodExplosive Trap RodDesktop and Console versions. The Ballista Rod has incredibly high damage and their bolts are capable of piercing, while the Explosive Trap Rod inflicts damage in an area of effect. While the sentries themselves are slow to attack, you can continually re-summon them to make them immediately attack, significantly reducing the cooldown time.
    • The SnapthornSnapthornDesktop version can be used to attack any Hungry that gets too close. However, this will cause your summons to switch to attacking the Hungries instead of the Wall of Flesh.

    For Throwing users:

    • Molotov CocktailMolotov CocktailDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions can be used to kill some of the Hungry. The fire left behind by the Molotov Cocktail will do some extra damage to the Wall. These are recommended if you are not very accurate with your explosive throwing skills(100-150 to kill the WoF).
    • The BeenadeBeenade is arguably the most effective weapon against the Wall of Flesh of any class. They deal consistent and rapid damage to all of the boss's parts, including The Hungry, and can do so from a great distance.
    • Explosives, such as the GrenadeGrenade, may work as well, quickly clearing the Hungry. Even DynamiteDynamite can be used to great effect, although the timing may require some practice. The drawback is that using most explosives this way will cause major environmental damage.
    • Although expensive, Holy Hand GrenadeHoly Hand Grenade3DS version is a great option. They deal extreme area of effect damage, capable of quickly killing The Hungry and hitting multiple parts of the Wall itself.

    Accessories[edit | edit source]

    • Variants of the Lightning BootsLightning Boots and Cloud in a BottleCloud in a Bottle will help you maneuver around the lasers shot by the Wall.
    • Lava WadersLava Waders or Terraspark BootsTerraspark BootsDesktop version allow you to walk on the surface of the underworld's many lava lakes unharmed, which is necessary without a hellbridge.
    • The only true offensive accessory in Pre-Hardmode is the Shark Tooth NecklaceShark Tooth NecklaceDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and its upgrade, the Stinger NecklaceStinger NecklaceDesktop version, which increases damage dealt by 2-3 points, and the stinger necklace also releases bees when you're hit. Melee users have Feral ClawsFeral Claws, but their help will only be noticeable when using a Sword or Spear.
    • The Expert exclusive Shield of CthulhuShield of CthulhuDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and Worm ScarfWorm ScarfDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions help greatly with mobility and survivability respectively. On Desktop version Desktop version, the Brain of ConfusionBrain of ConfusionDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions's dodge ability and increased crit chance are a must for worlds that generate with Crimson.
    • An Obsidian ShieldObsidian Shield is mandatory if doing the fight with a close ranged melee weapon, as knockback is a great issue when standing close to the Wall.

    As always, make sure to have your accessories reforged to Warding, Menacing or Lucky to get the most out of each slot.

    Potions[edit | edit source]

    Specific Strategies[edit | edit source]

    Boulders Head-start[edit | edit source]

    If you can jump BoulderBoulders, then you should set up a few at the beginning of the run and Wire them to a Pressure plate in the course, so you can step on the pressure plate, and the Wall of Flesh gets hit by a few boulders. However, mistiming your jump can be deadly, as Boulders deal high damage. Explosives (or just thrown Dynamite) can be used in a similar manner for even greater damage.

    Mouth-only Tunnel Strategy[edit | edit source]

    One strategy which has worked for some players is to build a 3-7 block high tunnel so that the WoF can not use the laser eye attack since it cannot shoot through blocks. For regeneration purposes, use full Crimson armor and Campfires every 20 blocks to help. A good weapon to use is the Diamond Staff, but if you have multiple people, the Ruby Staff will work as well. If you intend to solo the WoF, use Molten armor or Shadow/Crimson armor.

    Autofarm Strategy with Boulder Statues Desktop version[edit | edit source]

    An example of a Guide's house for a WoF farm
    An example of a Guide's house for a farm
    An example of WoF farm in Singleplayer Classic
    An example of WoF farm in Singleplayer Classic

    One more strategy could be to set up a farm that can kill the Wall of Flesh without the player even being in the Underworld. This strategy involves killing the Guide in Lava so that Wall of Flesh spawns, and then killing it with Boulder Statues.

    To do this, you must make a house for the Guide in the Underworld at the edge of the world and set up Timers that actuate blocks to make him fall in the lava at least every 20 seconds. Put Lava beneath the blocks that are actuated and make sure that there is always a floor so that the Guide will never spawn somewhere else. Place a Pressure Plate in Lava to detect when the Guide falls in it. You should also put some other kind of trap to be sure that the Guide dies quickly in Lava, as it could take a while if he has a lot of Defense.

    After setting up the Guide's house, you just have to set up the Boulder Statues. The Wall of Flesh speeds up when it's damaged, so place Boulder Statues with space between them varying: 10 with a space of 2, 5 with a space of 4 and 10 with a space of 6. This should beat it every time in Classic Mode. The Wall of Flesh will be killed endlessly, and you can let this farm run while continuing to play, gathering the drops as you see fit.

    Aftermath[edit | edit source]

    After defeating the boss, the loot will be enclosed suspended in a box, so that lava is not a problem. However, your world will enter Hardmode if it has yet to enter it.

    After defeating the Wall of Flesh, you will have access to stronger weapons and emblems, making the fight a lot easier when you come back to it. Furthermore, after killing the WoF, you can immediately summon him again (of course waiting for the Guide to respawn). This can be a great source of income or loot.