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Skeletron Prime
Skeletron Prime.pngOld-gen Console, Mobile, 3DS versions
AI TypeSkeletron Prime Head AI
Damage47 / 79
94 / 158 (while spinning)
Max Life28000 / 42000
48 (while spinning)
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedOn Fire!ConfusedCursed InfernoVenomShadowflamePenetratedCelledDaybroken
Coins120000*12 Gold Coin.png
Map Icon Skeletron Prime.png
Map Icon

Skeletron Prime Trophy.png "The air is getting colder around you..." Skeletron Prime Trophy.png

Not to be confused with Skeletron, the pre-Hardmode boss.

Skeletron Prime is a Hardmode mechanical boss which is essentially a more difficult version of Skeletron. It consists of a head and four limbs, but, similar to Skeletron, only the head needs to be defeated to defeat the boss.

Skeletron Prime can be summoned manually using a Mechanical Skull at night. It can also spawn naturally upon dusk with a chance of 10% once a Demon or Crimson Altar has been smashed, as long as it has not yet been defeated in the current world. If spawning this way, its arrival is announced by the status message: "The air is getting colder around you..." (Old-gen console version3DS Version alternatively "You feel the air getting colder around you..."). If it is not defeated before dawn, it will gain an extraordinary increase in damage, defense, and speed.

While Skeletron Prime is alive, music Boss 1 will play.

Arms[edit | edit source]

Prime Cannon
Prime Cannon.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypePrime Cannon AI
Damage30 / 51 (melee)
40 (grenade)
Max Life7000 / 10500
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedOn Fire!ConfusedVenom
Prime Saw
Prime Saw.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypePrime Saw AI
Damage56 / 95
Max Life9000 / 13500
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedOn Fire!ConfusedVenom
Prime Vice
Prime Vice.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypePrime Vice AI
Damage52 / 88
Max Life9000 / 13500
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedOn Fire!ConfusedVenom
Prime Laser
Prime Laser.png
TypeBoss Part
AI TypePrime Laser AI
Damage29 / 49 (melee)
50 / 100 (death laser)
Max Life6000 / 9000
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedOn Fire!ConfusedVenom

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Skeletron Prime has four limbs which are all immune to the Poisoned and On Fire! debuffs:

  • Prime Cannon fires bombs that do not destroy blocks, usually up into the air rather than directly at the player. It usually stays above the player.
  • Skeletron Prime's Prime Saw and Prime Vice both act similarly to the The Twins when they are charging, but the Prime Laser acts similarly to Retinazer or the Wall of Flesh while shooting laser beams.
    • Prime Saw usually remains under the player, then swipes upwards or downwards.
    • Prime Vice will swipe around wildly, making occasional lunges at the player. It usually remains diagonal to the player.
  • Prime Laser shoots red death lasers similar to those of Retinazer and The Destroyer, and is always pointed at a player. It usually stays horizontal to the player.

Skeletron Prime will occasionally enter a "rage mode", in which its attacks become more aggressive:

  • Skeletron Prime's Head will grow spikes and start spinning towards the player slowly. Damage and defense are doubled to 94 / 158 and 48, respectively.
  • Prime Cannon will aim at the player directly and fire rapidly.
  • Prime Saw will begin homing directly towards the player's location.
  • Prime Vice becomes more aggressive and frequently lunges towards the player.
  • Prime Laser will fire more frequently.

Skeletron Prime is generally much more mobile than its predecessor Skeletron, and will regularly move off-screen. Like Skeletron, if it is not beaten by dawn, it begins to continually headspin like a Dungeon Guardian, dealing enough damage to kill most players in a single hit and gaining 9999 defense. During this time, it travels at a speed of 65 mph. Skeletron Prime will still drop items if it is defeated this way.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When spawning naturally, Skeletron Prime spawns exactly 81 seconds after the status message has appeared.
    • Being in a layer lower than the surface at that moment, or, in singleplayer, exiting the world during that timespan, will prevent Skeletron Prime from spawning naturally.
  • The bombs fired by the Prime Cannon will only detonate if they hit solid blocks. They will pass through platforms without detonating.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Buckets of Bolts.png
Buckets of Bolts • "Defeat the three nocturnal mechanical menaces: the Twins, the Destroyer, and Skeletron Prime."
Defeat all three Mechanical Bosses. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Achievement Mecha Mayhem.png
Mecha Mayhem • "Do battle against the Twins, the Destroyer, and Skeletron Prime simultaneously and emerge victorious."
Defeat all three Mechanical Bosses simultaneously in a single battle. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Achievement Bona Fide.png
Bona Fide • "You have defeated Skeletron Prime!"
Defeat Skeletron Prime for the first time. Old-gen console version

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Skeletron Prime, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Skeletron Prime strategies.

  • Standing on platforms far from blocks can mostly nullify the effects of the Prime Cannon, as its projectiles only detonate on blocks, while passing through platforms harmlessly.
  • Unhindered movement is crucial when Skeletron Prime's head starts spinning, as it deals double the regular damage. Wings greatly aid in moving vertically, and flattened terrain or a sky bridge are convenient for horizontal movement.
  • Although it is a little more time-consuming, focusing on the arms first is very rewarding. Once Skeletron Prime's head is no longer shielded by anything, the fight gets a lot easier.
  • Due to Skeletron Prime's overall high defense, inflicting it with Ichor is effective. Note that most Ichor weapons comparatively lack in damage, though, so they should only be used periodically for inflicting the debuff.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Skeletron Prime will open and shut its mouth for the entire battle. This is a purely cosmetic effect.
  • It is the only mechanical boss whose name contains the pre-Hardmode boss's name. Furthermore, it is the only mechanical boss to share boss music with its pre-Hardmode variant.
  • Unlike Skeletron, Skeletron Prime's defense doubles when its head is spinning.
  • Skeletron Prime's head is immune to the Cursed Inferno, Penetrated, Celled, and Daybroken debuffs. Its arms, however, are not.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

For changes which affect all the mechanical bosses, see mechanical bosses history.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Increased health, damage and defense of most parts.
    • Now drops Skeletron Prime Mask.
    • Fixed bug where the player could defeat Skeletron Prime by destroying the Prime Cannon hand and not Skeletron Prime itself.