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Martian Saucer

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Martian Saucer
Martian Saucer.png
EnvironmentMartian Madness
AI TypeRider AI
Damage50 / 100 (melee)
140 / 200 (deathray)
300 / 450 (deathray berserk)
60 / 100 (flames)
Max Life27,000 / 54,000 (all parts)
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
Map Icon Martian Saucer.png
Map Icon

The Martian Saucer is a large flying Hardmode, post-Golem mini-boss that spawns in the Martian Madness event. The Martian Saucer can move through blocks. It has four turrets with independent health meters that must each be destroyed before damaging the saucer itself becomes possible. The turrets include two rocket launchers and two laser machine guns. In addition, the saucer itself fires a large beam ("death ray") that can only fire directly downward, and which cannot be destroyed independently. The player can damage the core only if all four turrets have been destroyed. It can be considered a tougher Flying Dutchman.

After all four turrets have been destroyed, the boss shoots a deathray dealing the second highest damage in the game, only beaten by the Dungeon Guardian.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Martian Saucer has three attack phases it cycles through in order. It always moves a short distance between them.

  1. The Saucer locks onto your current location and shoots a volley of lasers at that location. This attack does not follow you if you move around.
  2. The Saucer fires multiple small homing missiles from its cannons.
  3. The Saucer positions itself above the player before unleashing its "death ray," traveling in the direction you were in.

After the turrets and cannons are destroyed, the saucer stops and shakes for a moment as its core becomes exposed. The core may be damaged during and after the transformation. In this stage, the Saucer will fire only its death ray, always moving towards the player. The death ray deals massive damage, even to those with Solar Flare armor. It also fires yellow flames that linger on the ground for a while that deal damage if touched, like the Greek Fire projectiles from the Mourning Wood.

Parts[edit | edit source]

Martian Saucer Turret
Martian Saucer Turret.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypeRider AI
Damage60 / 120 (melee)
35 / 60 (laser)
Max Life5000 / 10000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
Martian Saucer Cannon
Martian Saucer Cannon.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypeRider AI
Damage60 / 120 (melee)
50 / 74 (rocket)
Max Life3500 / 7000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
Martian SaucerMartian Saucer Core
Martian Saucer Core.png
TypeFlying Enemy – Boss Part
AI TypeMartian Saucer AI
Damage80 / 160 (melee)
Max Life10000 / 20000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If the Saucer is transitioning into enraged mode during its deathray attack, the deathray will stay in one place until the transition is complete.
  • Killing one adds 5 percent completion to the event.
  • Unlike the Goblin Summoner and the Flying Dutchman, it seems to qualify as a boss. The chat message: "Martian Saucer has been defeated" unusually appears upon its defeat and it increases player respawn time to thirty seconds in Expert mode.
  • The Saucer leaves if the player is killed, making it necessary to kill it in one time, unlike other event bosses.
  • If you are killed or if you leave the world and come back, the Saucer will respawn at full health.
  • The Radar counts the Saucer as 6 enemies total: one for each turret, one for each cannon, one for the hitbox part of the saucer, and one for the large invulnerable piece.
  • Because of how high the saucer's defense is, it will take only 1 damage from any weapon that does 50 damage or less. It is suggested to use weapons that do 80-90 damage or more.
  • Weapons from the Martian Saucer will never drop with modifiers.
  • There is a bug where the Martian Saucer will sometimes disappear if it is selected by the minion targeting reticle while it transitions into its enraged mode.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • To dodge its first attack, hover above or below its lasers. To dodge its second attack, run away from the Saucer as it shoots so that most of the missiles hit the ground in front of the player. To avoid its third attack, as well as its final enraged stage, simply stand under blocks.
  • A very easy way to defeat the Saucer's second stage is to create either a ceiling or bunker thick enough to block the laser and use a weapon that can pierce through blocks or fires from the skies. For mages this involves a Meteor Staff, Blizzard Staff, Nimbus Rod or, should the player have obtained it already, the Lunar Flare. Rangers can make use of a Daedalus Stormbow and while Holy Arrows aren't necessary, the stars they produce can deal a significant amount of damage. Melee characters are able to use a Death Sickle, as it may be useful if there are blocks above you that are making a shield. Yoyos such as the The Eye of Cthulhu, the Possessed Hatchet, Flying Dragon or Solar Eruption; however due to their limited range, landing a hit on the Saucer can prove very challenging. Summoners with a Stardust Dragon or Stardust Cell can easily sit the fight out. A Frost Hydra or Stardust Guardian can also be placed on top of the ceiling for some extra damage. The homing projectiles from the Scourge of the Corruptor can also be used to easily defeat the saucer from cover.
  • It is easy to dodge the Saucer during its berserk stage by moving away from the Saucer wherever it is while flying. This means that the "death ray" can't catch up to the player and that the player won't touch the yellow flames it produces.
  • With a decent weapon and armor, such as Nebula Blaze with Nebula Armor, the Martians may be killed quick enough to prevent the spawning of the Martian Saucer.
  • If the player is encased in any type of structure that is big enough to negate any splash damage from the rockets, the fight will be completely effortless. With a 1x1 hole for a Yoyo to fit through, even a Wooden Yoyo will be able destroy the Martian Saucer. However, this will take a great deal of time.
  • Unlike most bosses, the Martian Saucer does not possess any attacks capable of penetrating blocks. This can be exploited by latching onto the boss with the Piranha Gun and quickly going inside a safe bunker with walls and ceilings four blocks thick. To quickly exit and enter the bunker, do not make a "door" using Active Stone Blocks and Pressure Plates, because sometimes after the Piranha Gun is latched onto the Saucer, small enemies will follow the player into the bunker and can't be killed while the player remains latched onto the Saucer. Instead, use Teleporters between the inside and the top of the bunker. The player will need to reattach the Piranha Gun when the boss enters its second stage, but for the most part, they can simply wait as the Piranha Gun continuously deals damage while the boss is unable to attack.
  • If the "Wet" buff from Cute Fishron is activated (or the player is below half health), the player can fly slightly faster than the Saucer.
  • In the second phase of the Martian Saucer's attack, a great combo for taking it out is the Megashark with Chlorophyte Bullets, along with some Wings. The player should fly as high as they can, then descend and move side to side, avoiding the deathray while also firing.
  • The Aerial Bane is extremely effective against the Martian Saucer, as it deals extra damage to flying enemies, and splits on contact, dealing extra damage to the parts below; additionally the explosion damages multiple parts.
  • A way to defeat this without being damaged is taking advantage of the Spectre Mask, since it releases lost souls when damaged, you can use it to destroy it. Use statues; the more you use, the more souls are fired. Just make sure your weapon goes through enemies, and stay under blocks. It will take a while but it totally works.
A bunker that shields the player from attacks. The player can use weapons such as a Yoyo or a Shadowbeam Staff to attack the saucer from the inside.

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