Martian Madness

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BiomeBannerMartianMadness.png

Martian Saucer Trophy.png "Martians are invading!" Martian Saucer Trophy.png

Martian Probe.png Martian Probe (alarmed).png
The Martian Probe before spotting the player (left) and after (right). If the Probe is able to escape after detecting the player, the event begins.

Martian Madness is a Hardmode, post-Golem invasion-style event that includes several alien-themed enemies. It can only be triggered after Golem has been defeated.

Martian Madness is triggered by a Martian Probe, which spawns randomly in the two outer thirds of the map horizontally (with a higher spawn chance in the Space layer). When this small flying enemy detects a player or is attacked, it immediately attempts to fly away. If the Probe is allowed to escape without being destroyed by players, the Martian Madness event begins.

Once triggered, the status message "Martians are invading!" appears, and UFOs start flying in the background (see preview Banner); though Martian Madness enemies will not actually begin spawning until the player is located near the default spawn point or near an NPC with valid housing. As with other invasion-style events, a progress bar is shown in the bottom right corner while the event is ongoing. This bar fills as event enemies are defeated. When it reaches 100%, the event ends and new Martian enemies stop spawning.

Content[edit | edit source]

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Martian Madness progress bar icon
Martian Madness
Characters Unique Drops
Martian Saucer.pngMartian SaucerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Scutlix.pngScutlixDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Walker.pngMartian WalkerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Drone.pngMartian DroneDesktop VersionConsole Version
Tesla Turret.pngTesla TurretDesktop VersionConsole Version
Gigazapper.pngGigazapperDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Engineer.pngMartian EngineerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Officer.pngMartian OfficerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Ray Gunner.pngRay GunnerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Gray Grunt.pngGray GruntDesktop VersionConsole Version
Brain Scrambler.pngBrain ScramblerDesktop VersionConsole Version

Banners:

Martian Scutlix Gunner Banner.pngMartian Scutlix Gunner BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Scutlix Banner.pngScutlix BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Walker Banner.pngMartian Walker BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Drone Banner.pngMartian Drone BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Tesla Turret Banner.pngMartian Tesla Turret BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Gigazapper Banner.pngMartian Gigazapper BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Engineer Banner.pngMartian Engineer BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Officer Banner.pngMartian Officer BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Raygunner Banner.pngMartian Raygunner BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Gray Grunt Banner.pngMartian Gray Grunt BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Brainscrambler Banner.pngMartian Brainscrambler BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version

From all enemies:

Martian Conduit Plating.pngMartian Conduit PlatingDesktop VersionConsole Version

From all walking enemies::

Martian Costume Mask.pngMartian Costume MaskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Costume Shirt.pngMartian Costume ShirtDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Costume Pants.pngMartian Costume PantsDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Uniform Helmet.pngMartian Uniform HelmetDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Uniform Torso.pngMartian Uniform TorsoDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Uniform Pants.pngMartian Uniform PantsDesktop VersionConsole Version

From Scutlix Gunner:

Brain Scrambler (item).pngBrain Scrambler (item)Desktop VersionConsole Version

From Martian Saucer:

Laser Machinegun.pngLaser MachinegunDesktop VersionConsole Version
Xenopopper.pngXenopopperDesktop VersionConsole Version
Xeno Staff.pngXeno StaffDesktop VersionConsole Version
Cosmic Car Key.pngCosmic Car KeyDesktop VersionConsole Version
Laser Drill.pngLaser DrillDesktop VersionConsole Version
Electrosphere Launcher.pngElectrosphere LauncherDesktop VersionConsole Version
Charged Blaster Cannon.pngCharged Blaster CannonDesktop VersionConsole Version
Influx Waver.pngInflux WaverDesktop VersionConsole Version
Anti-Gravity Hook.pngAnti-Gravity HookDesktop VersionConsole Version
Martian Saucer Trophy.pngMartian Saucer TrophyDesktop VersionConsole Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Martian Madness seems to be the rarest event in Terraria, because it is the only invasion event that cannot be summoned manually and Martian Probe will not spawn in center third of map where most players create their base.
  • A Martian Probe will not spawn if the Lunar Events are active, if a Martian Madness event is already started, or if another Martian Probe is currently already present anywhere in the world.
  • Playing in Expert mode doesn't increase the drop rate of Martian Madness items.
  • It is possible to override Martian Madness with the Pumpkin Moon, Frost Moon, or other events.
  • Exiting the world just before the Probe despawns may prevent the event from occurring when it is re-entered.
  • Martian Saucers are much more common after 50% of the event has been completed.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • You may want to kill smaller enemies to allow more Martian Saucers to spawn during one event, as it has the most valuable drops. Moving to a small arena high enough above the ground makes it easier to ensure no ground-based enemies spawn around you.
    Martian Probe Portal Summon.gif
  • While most Minions will not deliberately target the Martian Probe, some can still accidentally kill it before it has the chance to detect players and escape, preventing the event from triggering. Minions should be dismissed if the player is trying to cause an invasion to occur.
  • By using two portals or teleporters placed about 1000 feet apart you can quickly despawn regular invasion enemies without progressing the event, giving Martian Saucer more chances to spawn.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Martian Probe is a reference to the Imperial probes used in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • The Tesla Turret is based upon the Tesla Coils, invented by Nikola Tesla, which can look similar and are often used to generate arcing electrical discharges ("artificial lightning").
  • The Martian Walker is a reference to the tripod-like Fighting Machines from H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds.
  • Unlike most other enemies in the game, Martians have purple blood when killed rather than red.
  • There is a reference to the show "Southpark" and many alien abduction stories and books in the "Tin-Foil Hatter" achievement (The probing part)
  • Although it says this event will swarm the world spawn, it reality, it swarms the area nearest to the player as long as NPC's are nearby. Ex. If a player is in the ocean while an invasion event is happening, the invasion will swarm spawn. While if the player has an NPC with a beach-side house at the ocean, the invasion will swarm that area instead.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Tin-Foil Hatter.png Tin-Foil Hatter • "Triumph over a martian invasion, when beings from out of this world come to scramble your brains and probe you in uncomfortable places."
Defeat the martian invasion for the first time. Desktop VersionConsole Version

History[edit | edit source]

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