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PlanteraFirst Form
Plantera (First form).gif
EnvironmentUnderground Jungle
AI TypePlantera AI
Damage50 / 114 (melee)
44 / 76 (Seed)
54 / 96 (green Poison Seed)
62 / 108 (Thorn Ball) Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
120 (Thorn Ball) Old-gen console version3DS Version
Max Life30000 / 42000
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffPoisonedPoisoned
50% / 100% chance

Debuff duration3 - 7 seconds / 2 - 9 seconds
(green Poison Seed)
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Immune toPoisonedConfusedVenom
Coins150000*15 Gold Coin.png
Map Icon Plantera (first form).png
Map Icon
PlanteraSecond Form
Plantera (Second form).gif
EnvironmentUnderground Jungle
AI TypePlantera AI
Damage70 / 140 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
100 Old-gen console version3DS Version
Max Life15000/30000
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfusedPoisonedVenom
Coins15 Gold Coin
Map Icon Plantera (second form).png
Map Icon
Plantera's Hook
Plantera's Hook.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypePlantera's Hook AI
Damage60 / 120
Max Life4000 / 8000
KB Resist0% / 10%
Immune toPoisonedConfusedVenom
Plantera's Tentacle
Plantera's Tentacle.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypePlantera's Tentacle AI
Damage60 / 120
Max Life1000 / 2000
KB Resist0% / 10%
Immune toPoisonedConfusedVenom
AI TypeSpore AI
Damage70 / 140 (126)
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 will play.

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. She spawns a fair distance off-screen.

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-Grappling Hooks. In the second phase Plantera 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), 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 / 114 damage.

Second form[edit | edit source]

Once Plantera is brought down to half of her maximum health, she changes to her second form: her pink petals fall away to reveal a thorn-filled mouth. In this form, Plantera moves more aggressively and attempts to make contact. She also sprouts additional mouths that are attached via vines (called "Plantera's Tentacles") to her hooks. 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 or hallowed part of the Underground Jungle, or to a completely different biome. This causes her to obtain double damage (quadruple in the second form), double defense and increased movement speed, as well as changing her attack patterns and directly rushing the player. 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 damage on contact.
  • Plantera Seed (animated).gif Poison Seed (animated).gif Seeds (first stage): Similar to the stingers of the Hornets and petals of Flower Pow. In expert mode, these can travel through blocks. 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), similar to the Thorn Balls. Pink and green Seeds deal 44 / 76 and 54 / 96 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 damage on contact. Plantera will not begin releasing Thorn Balls until she drops below 80% of her life (24000 / 33600). 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 / 120 damage and get in the way of the player's attacks, making piercing weapons more valuable. With 1000 / 2000 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, travelling through blocks. Easily destroyed, but deal 70 / 140 (126) damage if touched.
  • Note: As long as the player has moderate to high health, Plantera's sub-attacks shouldn't have much effect on the player, Life Fruits or Life Crystals are obtainable in the Underground Jungle.

Expert mode[edit | edit source]

In Expert modeDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, 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 DS 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 VersionConsole VersionMobile Version.

For players on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version DS version, it is a good idea to keep the Temple Key for crafting Biome Keys and enter the temple with actuators.


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 VersionConsole VersionMobile Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If Plantera is currently summoned and you break another bulb, a second one will not be summoned, though the bulb will be destroyed.
  • If Plantera has no surfaces to latch onto, she will slowly float off, 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 if you try to trap her, Plantera will simply latch out.
  • If the three mechanical bosses are defeated prior to the Wall of Flesh, then killing the latter is still required to trigger "The jungle grows restless."
  • In the 3DS version DS version, Plantera's thorn balls do significantly more damage.
  • If the Underground Jungle becomes contaminated by the Mushroom biome, Corruption, Crimson or Hallow, Plantera will become enraged if the player gets too close to the infecting biome.
  • In Expert mode, it is possible to receive 16 items at once, counting a developer set with five items.

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).
  • Using a Gravitation Potion can help the player avoid any further 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 Hellavator combined with wings can make the Plantera fight dramatically easier by spawning Plantera at a higher point in the jungle, and gliding downward while using a ranged weapon.
  • Plantera spawns off-screen and is fairly easy to outrun, which means if the player intends for Plantera to chase them, they will need to stop periodically or move much more slowly than normal. Note that she moves faster and more aggressively in her second phase.
  • The Flamethrower could be considered for fighting Plantera due to the continuous stream of projectiles emitted, and is a pre-Plantera weapon which can easily be crafted after defeating Skeletron Prime.
  • Using Golden Shower, Ichor Arrows or Ichor Bullets to lower Plantera's defense is sure to make the fight less difficult. In addition, the Ichor debuff makes Plantera more visible, as it gives her a bright yellow shading.
    • The Golden Shower will also help with Planteras Tentacles due to it's piercing ability.
  • Summoning Queen Bee during the fight is a very easy way to gain a 200 HP heal that can be "left alone" until needed.
  • Using timed Teleporters and a Death Sickle can be an easy way to beat Plantera. Make sure to always be aware of Plantera's Hooks.
  • On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, if all players die while Plantera is alive, she will stay where the player died, so try to stay around a Bed or the spawn point. This will work on the Console version Console version in multiplayer as well.
  • Avoid using the Clentaminator near you to prevent Plantera from getting enraged during battle.
  • For players using a Neptune's Shell, clearing a large area and flooding it can make a great arena. Combining this with an item that increases swimming speed (preferably a Flipper Potion to free up an accessory slot) should render dodging the majority of Plantera's projectiles a relatively easy task.
  • 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.
  • If a player uses Fetid Baghnakhs, it will deal massive amounts of damage, usually enough to get Plantera to her second form in seconds. However, this can also kill the player if their defense and/or health isn't high enough, so it is recommended to do this in Multiplayer, where other players can pick up where the player left off.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name "Plantera" is a play on the title of the former American groove metal band Pantera, which is Cenx's favorite band. Plantera drops "The Axe", a tribute to Dimebag Darrell who was the guitarist of Pantera. Also, the achievement for defeating Plantera is called "The Great Southern Plantkill" in reference to Pantera's eighth studio album The Great Southern Trendkill, released 1996.
    • Plantera's music is a metal theme, likely because Plantera herself is a reference to the band Pantera. Parts of her music have a similar sound to the end of Pantera's song Domination from their fifth studio album Cowboys from Hell, released 1990.
  • "Plantera" is Swedish for the infinitive of the verb "to plant", and French for "will plant".
  • 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, surpassing even the Queen Bee at 18.
  • Plantera is one of three bosses with exclusive music for herself, the others being Moon Lord, and Queen Bee (Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version)
  • Plantera appears to be an overgrown snapdragon flower with its petals shut in her first phase, while the Spores are simply snapdragons with their petals shut. The Thorn Balls, though, look like black spores with purple dots in the middle.
  • According to Cenx, Plantera is female.[1]
  • The Thorn Balls deal much more damage on the 3DS and Old-gen console versions, even hitting harder than in Expert Mode.

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.
    • Temple Keys are no longer required to make Biome Keys.
    • Added Expert mode drop, Spore Sac.
    • Now has a chance to drop the Seedler.
    • In Expert mode seeds fired from Plantera now travel through blocks.
    • 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 Gold Coin.
    • 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.