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Old One's Army

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The Old One's Army is a unique Dungeon Defenders 2 crossover event that can be triggered by placing an Eternia Crystal on the Eternia Crystal Stand. Waves of enemies begin spawning from portals on both sides of the crystal, seeking to destroy it. The objective is to protect it until all waves are cleared – if the crystal is destroyed, the event ends.

There are three different versions of the event: It first becomes available after defeating the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu (first tier), receives a substantial increase in difficulty after defeating any mechanical boss (second tier), and upgrades to its final version once Golem has been defeated (third tier).

Clearing later waves rewards the player with Defender Medals, a unique currency that can be used to purchase special weapons and armor from the Tavernkeep NPC. This gear is specifically suited for the event, due to its exceptional level of difficulty. Not only are its enemies extraordinarily resistant, it also employs numerous anti-cheat/exploit mechanisms, such as preventing the player from placing or removing blocks for its duration.

Summoning[edit | edit source]

To initiate the Old One's Army event, an Eternia Crystal Stand must be placed first. An Eternia Crystal must then be placed on it by pressing the Open / Activate key on the stand. Both the crystal and its stand are purchased from the Tavernkeep NPC for coins. The Tavernkeep can be found randomly in a world after the Eater of Worlds or the Brain of Cthulhu has been defeated.

Terrain requirements[edit | edit source]

Summoning this event has some unique requirements for the terrain around the summon area. If they are not fulfilled, the Eternia Crystal cannot be placed successfully, and a status message appears informing the player that the surface is inadequate.

  • A minimum clearing of 61 tiles horizontally is required on each side of the Eternia Crystal Stand, measured from the center of the stand (a 123-tile clearing in total, with the stand at the center tile). The enemy portals will spawn further away if given the space, however: up to 120 tiles away from the center of the stand on each side.
  • A minimum clearing of 10 tiles vertically is required (i.e., between the "floor" and the "ceiling", if there is one).

The player can build up to a height of three tiles before blocks are considered obstructing the necessary space. Platforms and inactive blocks do not count as part of a flat floor, and will count against the three-tile height allowance; but floor blocks with Actuators on them that are solid when the crystal is placed will count as flat, and can be successfully actuated after the event has started.

Waves[edit | edit source]

The event consists of a set number of waves, with each wave becoming progressively more difficult (see wave chart). At the end of each wave, there is a 30-second countdown to the next wave, signified by a timer appearing over the Eternia Crystal.

The event comes in three possible tiers, depending on game progression when the event is triggered:

  • Tier 1 consists of five waves, with one or more Dark Mages serving as mini-bosses in the final wave. Tier 1 is triggered when the event is summoned before any mechanical bosses have been defeated. The final wave will only end when a Dark Mage is killed; however, note that one of them does not give enough points to instantly end it. Completing Tier 1 awards 5 Defender Medals in total.
  • Tier 2 consists of seven waves, with one or more Ogres serving as mini-bosses in the final wave. Dark Mages will not appear in this tier. Tier 2 is triggered when the event is summoned in a Hardmode world after at least one mechanical boss has been defeated. The final wave ends when one Ogre is defeated. The Ogre's treasure bag is unobtainable, therefore it will not drop. Completing Tier 2 awards 25 Defender Medals in total.
  • Tier 3 consists of seven waves, with the boss Betsy spawning in the final wave. The Dark Mage and Ogre will also spawn during the previous three waves. Tier 3 is triggered when the event is summoned after Golem has been defeated. The final wave ends when Betsy is defeated. Completing Tier 3 awards 100 Defender Medals in total. In Expert Mode worlds, an additional bonus of 30-49 Defender Medals is dropped by Betsy's Treasure Bag.

In addition to the difference in bosses, the common event enemies also differ between Tiers, with stronger statistics and a more menacing appearance in higher tiers.

Defender Medals and Sentries[edit | edit source]

The completion of each wave, beginning with the third, awards the player Defender Medals, a special currency used to purchase items from the Tavernkeep NPC that can help players defeat future Old One's Armies. Among them are special sentry summon weapons, which are fueled by Etherian Mana, a resource that drops only during this event. Etherian Mana allows multiple sentry minions to remain placed simultaneously and permanently until the event is over, with more Etherian Mana allowing more sentries to be placed. All Etherian Mana disappears once the event is over, whether uncollected or within the player's inventory.

At the beginning of the event, the player will receive 10 Etherian Mana, allowing them to place one sentry. Note that sentries not obtained from the Tavernkeep (such as the Queen Spider Staff) do not and cannot use Etherian Mana, but can be summoned separately.

Each sentry type available from the Tavernkeep (Flameburst, Explosive Trap, Lightning Aura, Ballista) comes in three different tiers: Rod, Cane, and Staff, with the Staff being the most expensive and the most powerful.

Once the event is completed successfully in a world, the weapons can then be used outside the event with normal summoning rules.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Each boss and mini-boss in the event has a trophy (10% chance) and a mask (14.29% chance). Betsy also drops a Treasure Bag in Expert Mode (100% chance).

Several enemies also drop pets, vanity items, and powerful weapons and accessories. All enemy banners dropped during this event are non-functional, and do not provide the player with any of the usual defense or damage boosts that other enemy banners provide.

Enemies will not drop biome-specific drops, such as Biome Keys, or coins, even when wearing the Lucky Coin or its derivatives. They also do not drop Presents during Christmas, nor Goodie Bags during Halloween. However, they do have the universal 1/2500 (0.04%) chance to drop a summoning item for any Mechanical bosses that have not yet been defeated.

Content[edit | edit source]

Anti-cheat mechanisms[edit | edit source]

  • The Creative Shock debuff prevents placing or mining blocks during the event. It also prevents using Buckets to spill or collect any liquids.
  • All blocks: Blocks cannot be used to completely prevent event enemies from advancing. Old One's Army enemies are able to go to enter a "ghostly" state where they can move through blocks. They initially spawn in this state, then re-enter it whenever there is no clear path between them and the player. For example, if the player enters a tunnel below the arena, enemies will fall through the blocks to enter the tunnel.
  • TeleporterTeleporter: Event enemies are not affected by Teleporters, rendering them useless for the event. However, players are still able to use them.
  • LavaLava: Event enemies take no damage from lava, rendering it useless for the event.
  • CannonCannon: Cannons and Bunny Cannons deal no damage to event enemies, rendering them useless for the event. However, Explosive Bunnies will still deal damage to enemies if placed.
  • Dart TrapTraps: While traps will damage event enemies normally, they are less efficient than sentries; Traps can additionally make sentries less effective, since trap attacks cause invincibility frames in the enemies they hit, while sentries do not. Traps may still be useful in areas out of the reach of sentries.

Things that are still possible:

  • ActuatorActuators can be used to transform the arena after the event has started. Keep in mind that walls can result in the enemies simply moving through, but this can help protect the crystal from projectiles. (these might not work)
  • Ice RodIce Rod can place temporary ice blocks.
  • Dirt RodDirt Rod can be used to move Dirt Blocks in the area.
  • Weapons and tools that create placed blocks are usable and will produce blocks. However, these blocks cannot be removed with tools until the event is over.
  • Proximity Mine LauncherProximity Mine Launcher and Explosives can destroy blocks that are not explosion-proof.
  • Conveyor BeltConveyor Belts can be used to move Etherian Mana towards the player. Note that they do not move enemies, only the player, as usual.
  • Etherian ManaEtherian Mana : Prior to, can be placed in a chest, where it remains for use in the next Old One's Army, as long as the chest is not opened until then. As of, this will now only work in a Piggy Bank, Void Vault or similar left unopened between events.
    • It is possible to open a Piggy Bank, Void Vault, or chest with Autopause enabled to stop it from disappearing in between events.

Wave chart[edit | edit source]

Pre-Mechanical Boss (T1) After Killing One Mechanical Boss (T2) Post-Golem (T3)
Enemy Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 Wave 5 Wave 6 Wave 7
Etherian GoblinEtherian Goblin
Etherian Goblin BomberEtherian Goblin Bomber
Etherian Javelin ThrowerEtherian Javelin Thrower
Etherian WyvernEtherian Wyvern
Dark MageDark Mage + Old One's SkeletonOld One's Skeleton
Etherian Lightning BugEtherian Lightning Bug
Kobold GliderKobold Glider
Wither BeastWither Beast
Etherian ManaEtherian Mana Reward 20 20 20 20 20 20 30 20 40 20 30 30
Defender MedalDefender Medal Reward 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 11 6 25 15 60

Equipment chart[edit | edit source]

The Old One's Army event brings associated equipment. The armor and sentry weapons are available from the Tavernkeep in exchange for Defender Medals, while other weapons and accessories are dropped by event enemies. Though all of the equipment is coordinated with other equipment of the same class, the only specific benefit from this coordination is the buffs granted to each sentry by the corresponding armor set bonus; neither the weapons nor the accessories are involved in any additional unique bonuses, and so can be used with any other armor or exchanged for any other weapon at the player's preference.

Tier 2 items become available after one Mechanical Boss is defeated, and Tier 3 items become available after Golem is defeated.

Class Sentries Tier 2 Armor Tier 3 Armor Tier 2 Weapon Tier 3 Weapon Accessory


Flameburst Rod Flameburst Cane Flameburst Staff
Apprentice armorApprentice Dark Artist armorDark Artist Tome of Infinite WisdomTome of Infinite Wisdom Betsy's WrathBetsy's Wrath Apprentice's ScarfApprentice's Scarf


Explosive Trap Rod Explosive Trap Cane Explosive Trap Staff
Explosive Trap
Huntress armorHuntress Red Riding armorRed Riding Phantom PhoenixPhantom Phoenix Aerial BaneAerial Bane Huntress's BucklerHuntress's Buckler

(light melee)

Lightning Aura Rod Lightning Aura Cane Lightning Aura Staff
Lightning Aura
Monk armorMonk Shinobi Infiltrator armorShinobi Infiltrator Sleepy OctopodSleepy Octopod /Ghastly GlaiveGhastly Glaive Sky Dragon's FurySky Dragon's Fury Monk's BeltMonk's Belt

(tank melee)

Ballista Rod Ballista Cane Ballista Staff
Squire armorSquire Valhalla Knight armorValhalla Knight Brand of the InfernoBrand of the Inferno Flying DragonFlying Dragon Squire's ShieldSquire's Shield

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Eternia Crystal regenerates its health very slowly when not taking damage.
  • Bringing a Mechanical Boss summoning item to a Pre-Hardmode world and vanquishing one will still only produce Tier 1 of the invasion.
  • Traps like Spiky Ball Traps or Super Dart Traps can do a small amount of damage to the Eternia Crystal.
  • At the start of the 7th wave at T3, Betsy will spawn off screen on the ground instead of the mysterious portals.
  • The event is considered cleared once the final boss of each Tier is defeated, regardless of how many enemies are left at that point. The "cleared" status is indicated by white light surrounding the Crystal, as well as a change in music, by which point the event is considered won even if enemies then proceed to touch the Crystal or the player dies. The event can even be won posthumously, if the remaining sentries finish off the last boss.
  • The four Sentry-boosting accessories have identical effects and do not stack with each other. They differ only in appearance, each matching one of the Tier 2 armor sets.
  • If the player kills the boss while the crystal is broken, the game will still count it as a failure and the player won't get Defender Medals nor the victory message.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Old One's Army, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Old One's Army strategies.
  • Because of the Creative Shock debuff, any building work to prepare the arena must be completed before. It is not possible to place or remove blocks or furniture while the event is happening, not even between waves.
  • During the event, players can combine two different kinds of sentry with different limits:
    • The sentries (Queen Spider Staff, the Staff of the Frost Hydra, the Rainbow Crystal Staff, and the Lunar Portal Staff) work as normal: You pay a modest amount of mana, and each last the usual 2 minutes. By default you can only summon one at once, but Tavernkeep armor and/or Ogre drops will let you summon more.
    • During the event, the Tavernkeep sentries don't (and can't) be summoned with regular mana. Instead they cost 10 points of the event's Etherian Mana. The Etherian Mana supply is the only limit to how many you can summon, and they will last until the event ends. (Outside the event they work like any other sentry.)
    • In general, any player will struggle to finish an OOA invasion without a Tavernkeep sentry for the tier; for later tiers having a set of Tavernkeep armor will also help. The player gets a Tier 1 sentry for free; Saving up 250000*25 Defender Medalwill let them buy a Tier 2 sentry before facing the Tier 2 army. If they can save up a full 1000000*100 Defender Medal, they will also be able to buy Tier 2 armor up front! During Tier 2, they should focus on collecting at least 1000000*100 Defender Medalfor a Tier 3 sentry -- 3250000*325 Defender Medalwill let them get the armor as well. Note that both the sentries and the armor are also quite useful for regular gameplay.
  • As the presence of water does not impact terrain requirements, an arena filled partially or completely with water can allow use of certain mounts or items to allow increased 3-dimensional mobility. Superheated Blood can be obtained as soon as lava fishing is available and should be combined with a Gills Potion for a submerged arena. Shrimpy Truffle also provides increased damage under these circumstances and can be obtained, with difficulty, during the Tier 2 timeframe. A submerged arena should be well-lit with Coral Torches and carefully placed; when located in, for example, the Jungle or Ocean biomes, Arapaima or Sharks can spawn and attack the Eternia Crystal.
  • Boulder Statues on a Timer can be remarkably helpful, if the player can keep out of the boulders' way. Note that boulders can also damage the Crystal!
  • If you are in a Hardmode world but have yet to defeat a mechanical boss, you can easily farm the event with a Blessed Apple or Ancient Horn mount. Simply run back and forth. The damage the mounts do while charging will one-hit kill all enemies besides the Dark Mage. (This does not work if your world is on expert mode)
  • Players can use a one-block thick ceiling to their advantage, however, as it allows air enemies to be targeted by dedicated elevated sentries, where they are more likely to score hits.
  • Platform blocks can support sentry summons, by using free-standing platforms, you can elevate your sentries without blocking off your own attacks.
  • If you use the Clinger Staff, it can act as a barrier. Combined with a single Lightning Aura sentry, it can take down one side of the army until around Wave 4.
  • The Nimbus Rod is extremely effective in Tier 1, as it kills all enemies in one hit except the Dark Mage. If you place the cloud towards the crystal-facing side of a pillar, no enemies will get through aside from the Dark Mage, which the player can handle. You will need to replace the cloud every so often, though.
    • Pre-hardmode, a Water Bolt or Demon Scythe can be extraordinarily useful due to their piercing abilities and high damage.
  • The Seedler, when used with a completely flat arena, can be useful because the projectiles from the weapon can shoot out horizontally allowing you to stand in the center and have the projectiles fire towards both sides, killing enemies from both portals.
  • If the player enters a tunnel below the arena, enemies will fall through the blocks to enter the tunnel; this behavior can be exploited to make them unable to damage the Crystal as they move themselves behind barriers to attack the player instead.
  • Endgame strategies: A maxed out Summoner with 11 Stardust Cell Staff minions and a Legendary Star Wrath can finish the event through wave 6 trivially. Wave 7 requires a lot of dodging, but the boss will probably die before it destroys the crystal. The S.D.M.G. with Luminite Bullets, or the Phantasm with Luminite Arrows, are also very useful. Other useful endgame items: Last Prism, Shadowbeam Staff, Snowman Cannon, Toxic Flask, Meowmere, Spore Sac, Staff of Earth, Scutlix mount.
  • Hoiks can be used to some extent to fling Etherian Mana your way, but only to the right. A slower alternative are Conveyor Belts. This is of limited use since the break timer between waves offers plenty of time to gather Etherian Mana manually.
  • Hoiks can be used on the Eternia Crystal itself, and a hoik-loop can move the Crystal continuously so that it cannot be easily hit.
  • Due to the sheer amount of enemies, piercing ammunition, such as Jester's Arrows, can be quite useful. The Flying Knife is also very useful.
  • Although the second tier is unlocked after only one mech boss has been defeated, it will be hard to fight until after all of the three bosses, as even adamantite or titanium armor and gear may not be enough to progress to the later waves.
    • However, using the above strategies and/or the actuator drop strategy, It is possible and easy to defeat the second tier with weaker armor and weapons.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If you look closely, the Eternia Crystal slowly develops cracks as it gets more damaged.
  • In the bestiary, some of the enemies will appear as their Tier 3 variant, even before reaching the tier.
  • In the files a unused enemy known as DD2 Attacker test which looks identical to the Angry Tumbler enemy.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Fixed situations where the enemies would spawn invisible in multiplayer if they were too far from the player.