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PlanteraFirst FormHardmode exclusive
Map Icon Plantera (first form).png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePlantera AI
Damage50100150 (melee) [1]
4476114 (Seed)
5496144 (Poison Seed)
62108162 (Thorn Ball) Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
120 (Thorn Ball) Old-gen console version3DS version
Max Life300004200053550
Defense36 [1]
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Inflicts debuff
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Chance50%100% (Poison Seed)
Duration3-72-9 seconds
PlanteraSecond FormHardmode exclusive
Plantera (Phase 2).png
Map Icon Plantera (second form).png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePlantera AI
Damage70140210 Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions [1]
100 Old-gen console version3DS version
Max Life15000/3000021000/4200026775/53550
Defense10 [1]
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfusedPoisoned
Plantera's Hook
Plantera's Hook.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Boss Part
AI TypePlantera's Hook AI
Max Life4000/8000/12000
KB Resist0%/10%/20%
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Plantera's Tentacle
Plantera's Tentacle.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Boss Part
AI TypePlantera's Tentacle AI
Max Life1000/2000/2550
KB Resist0%/10%/20%
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeSpore AI
Max Life1
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfused

Plantera Trophy.png"The jungle grows restless..."Plantera Trophy.png

Plantera is a Hardmode boss that can be fought in the Underground Jungle after all three mechanical bosses (The Destroyer, Skeletron Prime, and The Twins) have been defeated. Plantera drops a Temple Key upon defeat, allowing access to the Jungle Temple.

While Plantera is alive, her exclusive music Plantera will play. When Otherworldly music Desktop and Mobile versions is enabled, the track Plantera (Otherworldly) will play instead.

Summoning[edit | edit source]

After all three mechanical bosses have been defeated, Plantera's Bulbs will randomly spawn in the Underground Jungle (indicated by the status message "The jungle grows restless..."). Destroying one of these bulbs will immediately cause Plantera to spawn, usually a fair distance off-screen. The bulbs will only break if mined with a pickaxe or drill, if they come into contact with lava, or if the Jungle grass underneath them is removed, e.g. via biome spread, actuating the blocks, or the Clentaminator. There is no other way to spawn this boss.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Plantera awoken

Enraged Plantera/second form.

Plantera moves through blocks slowly, using long vines to grapple foreground blocks, similar to multi-hooks. In the second phase Plantera also grabs background walls.

First form[edit | edit source]

Plantera creeps after the player, firing pink Seeds with increasing speed as she takes more damage. When below 80% health (24000 / 33600 / 42839), she begins dispensing bouncing Thorn Balls and firing green Poison Seeds.

Although Plantera attacks at range, contact can still occur if she gets too close, causing 50 / 100 / 150 damage.

Second form[edit | edit source]

Once Plantera is brought down to half of her maximum health(15000 / 21000 / 26774), she changes to her second form: her pink petals fall away to reveal a thorn-filled mouth. In this form, Plantera moves more aggressively in attempts to make contact; her melee damage increases to 70 / 140 / 210, but her defense decreases significantly to 10. She also sprouts additional mouths that are attached via vines (called "Plantera's Tentacles") to her body. Once all of the tentacles have been killed, they will never regrow, making Plantera much easier to fight.

Plantera will also release floating pink spore projectiles that drift towards the player, similar to the spores released by the Giant Fungi Bulb.

Enraged behavior[edit | edit source]

Plantera only becomes "enraged" if she follows the player out of the Underground Jungle, whether it be to the surface, to the Underworld, to a Corrupted/Crimsoned or Hallowed part of the Underground Jungle, or to a completely different biome. This causes her to obtain double damage, double defense (quadruple defense in the second form) and increased movement speed, as well as changing her attack patterns and directly rushing the player. Her projectiles also deal double damage. Plantera's behavior returns to normal upon re-entry of the Underground Jungle biome.

Attack types[edit | edit source]

  • Plantera's Hook.png Plantera's Hooks: The ends of Plantera's tentacles, which cling to surfaces and deal 60/120/180 damage on contact.
  • Plantera Seed (animated).gif Poison Seed (animated).gif Seeds (first stage): Similar to the stingers of the Hornets , Queen Bee, and petals of Flower Pow. The green Poison Seeds are more deadly than the more frequently fired pink Seeds, but are not fired until Plantera's health depletes past 80% life (24000 / 33600 / 42839). Pink and green Seeds deal 44 / 76 / 114 and 54 / 96 / 144 damage, respectively.
  • Thorn Ball.png Thorn Balls (first stage): Thorn Balls are similar to the Spiky Ball weapon. They bounce around erratically and can overwhelm the player if they stay in the same area for too long, as well as dealing 62 / 108 / 162 damage on contact. Plantera will not begin releasing Thorn Balls until she drops below 80% of her life (24000 / 33600 / 42839), similarly to the green poison seeds. She will stop releasing the Thorn Balls once she enters the second stage, although the Thorn Balls previously released may linger for a bit.
  • Plantera's Tentacle.png Plantera's Tentacles (second stage): Gnawing minions on "leashes", akin to smaller versions of The Hungry. They deal 60/138/206 damage and get in the way of the player's attacks, making piercing weapons more valuable. With 1000/2000/2550 life they are relatively weak and easily killed with proper equipment.
  • Spore.png Spores (second stage): Similar to the Fungi Spores fired by the Giant Fungi Bulb, traveling through blocks. Easily destroyed, similar to Burning Spheres and Water Spheres, but deal 70/140126/210189 damage if touched.

Expert mode[edit | edit source]

In Expert ModeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, there are a few significant differences in Plantera's attacks, aside from the default increased health and damage.

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Plantera's Seeds, that originally did not travel through blocks, now can and deal increased damage. They also have limited homing capabilities.

The Thorn Balls are also more common and home in on the player.

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Plantera's Tentacles, originally only attached to the body, now are attached to the Hooks and have increased in number (considering there are 3 more for each hook, there appear to be 9 extra tentacles). They also have more health than usual (including the default increased health). Plantera's body also does more damage and is faster than normal.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Plantera always drops a Temple Key, which grants access to the Jungle Temple and the Golem boss. In the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version, Temple Keys can also be combined with Biome Key Molds to craft Biome Keys; but in the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, Biome Keys drop in their respective biomes and no longer require molds.

A status message saying "Screams are echoing from the dungeon..." will appear, signaling that new, more difficult enemy types will begin spawning in the Dungeon (see details). These drop powerful new weapons, accessories, and other items. Dungeon Spirits will begin to appear when Dungeon enemies with more than 100 health are slain, which drop Ectoplasm, a new crafting material that offers access to the Pumpkin Moon and Frost Moon events, as well as Spectre BarsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions.


Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If Plantera is currently summoned and another bulb is broken, a second Plantera will not be summoned, though the bulb will be destroyed.
  • If Plantera has no surfaces to latch onto, she will slowly float upward, going up into the space portion of the map, or until she hits a space where she can latch onto again. Plantera's Hooks pass through blocks, so trying to trap her will be unsuccessful; she will simply latch out.
  • If the three mechanical bosses are defeated prior to the Wall of Flesh, killing the Wall of Flesh is still required to trigger the status message "The jungle grows restless..."
  • In the 3DS version 3DS version, Plantera's Thorn Balls do significantly more damage, hitting even harder than other platforms on Expert Mode.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement The Great Southern Plantkill.png
The Great Southern Plantkill • “Defeat Plantera, the overgrown monstrosity of the jungle's depths.”
Defeat Plantera for the first time. Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Plantera, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Plantera strategies.
  • Excavate a sizable area to allow easier dodging before summoning Plantera.
    • Widening a Bee Hive in the Underground Jungle is a fast and effective way of making an arena for fighting Plantera (but watch out for the Larva unless you want to intentionally summon Queen Bee).
    • Make sure the area has no background walls. This will significantly reduce Plantera’s mobility in phase 2 as they can hook onto walls.
    • Living Fire Blocks work excellently for lighting up the arena in place of torches; Plantera cannot grab onto them.
  • Using a Gravitation Potion can help the player avoid damage from Thorn Balls laying on the ground, as the Thorn Balls obey gravity and fall to the floor. Alternatively, the player can use an arena which has a large empty area at the bottom for Thorn Balls to bounce in, well below the player and out of harm's way.
  • Plantera's Bulbs can spawn in player-made Jungle biomes, which can provide a slightly easier way to fight Plantera.
  • Narrow passages slow Plantera as it takes more time for her to grip the surrounding terrain.
  • The use of a Hellevator combined with wings can make the Plantera fight drastically easier by spawning Plantera at a higher point in the jungle, and gliding downward while using a ranged weapon.
  • In Plantera's second form, her only ranged attack consists of the Spores which are very easy to kill. This means as long as the player maintains their distance, they could kill her while taking little to no damage as long as they have a decently-sized arena.
  • For players on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version, it is a good idea to keep the Temple Key for crafting Biome Keys, and enter the Jungle Temple with Actuators instead.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name "Plantera" is a play on the title of the former American groove metal band from the 1990's named Pantera, which is Cenx's favorite band. Plantera drops a hamaxe named "The Axe", that looks like a Gibson Flying V electric guitar. This boss and her drop is a tribute to Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Also, the achievement for defeating Plantera is called "The Great Southern Plantkill" in reference to Pantera's eighth studio album The Great Southern Trendkill, and their song named "The Great Southern Trendkill", both released mid 1996. Plantera's boss music is also metal-themed.
  • On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, the saving icon is one of the Thorn Balls that Plantera fires.
  • Plantera has the largest amount of drops in the game, beating even the Queen Bee at 16.
  • Plantera is one of 6 bosses with exclusive music, the others being Queen Slime, Empress of Light, Duke Fishron, Moon Lord and Queen Bee.
    • Plantera was also the first boss to have exclusive music, having her own music ever since she was added.
  • Plantera appears to be an overgrown snapdragon flower with its petals shut in her first phase, while the Spores are snapdragons with their petals shut.
  • According to Cenx, Plantera is female.[4]
  • Plantera and the Empress of Light have the only musical instrument drops of any boss, with The Axe and the Stellar Tune having the same drop chance as well.
    • Coincidentally, both are female bosses with enraged forms.
  • If including the Mud Bud, Plantera gives access to the most Pet summoning items of any boss, these being the Mud Bud, Seedling, and Plantera Seedling.
  • The Otherworldly music used for Plantera is named "Rage of Tarunnk" in the Terraria: Otherworld official soundtrack.
  • Plantera’s second form bears a striking resemblance to Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. This is further shown by her tentacles, which look similar to Audrey II’s buds, and her master mode pet, which references the line “What do you want from me, blood?” In its description.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for Plantera: "A dormant, yet powerful floral guardian awoken by the fallout of Cthulhu's destroyed machinations. Its reach spans the entire jungle."

See Also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Increased chance for The Axe to be dropped by Plantera from 0.5% to 2%.
    • Biome Chests can no longer be opened until Plantera is defeated.
    • Added Expert mode drop, Spore Sac.
    • Now has a chance to drop the Seedler.
    • Now drops 50-149 rockets, up from 20-49.
  • Desktop 1.2.4: Fixed bug where "The jungle grows restless" message would appear when you defeat Wall of Flesh, which occurs most often in online servers.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Now drops 15.
    • Now despawns when all players have been killed.
    • Is now required to be killed in order to summon Golem from the Lihzahrd Altar.
    • Now has a chance to drop the Plantera Mask.
    • Plantera bulbs no longer spawn until all 3 Mech bosses are defeated.
  • Desktop
    • Plantera is no longer needed for solar eclipses.
    • Its speed has been reduced.
    • Plantera now enrages when taken out of the Jungle or to the surface.
  • Desktop When killed for the first time the message "Screams are echoing from the dungeon..." will now appear.
  • Desktop
    • Fixed a problem that defeating plantera would force serverside characters.
    • Solar Eclipses now only happen after Plantera has been defeated.
  • Desktop
    • Plantera now must be defeated to allow Hardmode dungeon enemies to spawn.
    • Hardmode Crimson, Corruption, and Hallow spread is now slowed after killing Plantera instead of any Mechanical Boss.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI() in Terraria.NPC.cs (under aiStyle == 51). Note that several of Plantera's stats, including damage and defense, are hard-coded there. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is
  2. For the first time Plantera has been defeated in a given world, the Grenade Launcher will always be selected from the seven/six options. Otherwise, each option is equally likely.
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, methods RegisterBoss_Plantera() and RegisterBossTrophies() in Terraria.GameContent.ItemDropRules.ItemDropDatabase.cs and method DoDeathEvents_DropBossPotionsAndHearts() in Terraria.NPC.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is
  4. Cenx' message in #terraria-chat-1 on the official Terraria Discord server (permalink)