Rune Wizard

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Rune WizardHardmode exclusive
Rune Wizard.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeCaster AI
Damage200/400/600 (melee)
90180 (magic)
Max Life600/1200/1800
KB Resist70%/73%/76%
BannerRune Wizard BannerRune Wizard BannerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Immune toPoisonedConfused

The Rune Wizard is a rare Hardmode caster-type enemy that is found in the lower Cavern layer. Upon spawning, he will proceed to fire magical "Rune Blast" projectiles at the player that penetrate terrain, similar to the Fire Imp's Burning Spheres. However, unlike Burning Spheres, the Rune Wizard's projectiles cannot be destroyed with weapons. The Rune Wizard will teleport to a new location after firing 8 projectiles in random intervals. He will always drop the Rune Hat and Rune Robe upon death.

It is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform AnalyzerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Rune Wizard can only spawn below a certain depth level. This level can be determined by adding the absolute depths of the bottom of the underground layer and the bottom of the Underworld, and dividing that by 2. Due the randomized world generation, these values will be different for every world.
    • In general, areas with lava are a good indicator of where the Rune Wizard will spawn.
  • Despite making no attempt to touch players as part of his attacks, the Rune Wizard inflicts extreme contact damage, enough to kill most players in around 3 hits. His spells deal far less damage, but he can nonetheless be very dangerous to players with weak Hardmode items, especially if he spawns in an unreachable place.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • An easy way to fight the Rune Wizard is to continually attack him. This will essentially paralyze him, preventing his attacks and teleportation. Lighting him on fire can be a very effective way to fight him.
    • The Megashark is extremely effective at keeping the Rune Wizard paralyzed due to its high rate of fire.
  • Due to the extreme contact damage, it is easiest to fight the Rune Wizard using ranged weapons. However, due to the narrow caves where he spawns, this can be difficult.
    • The Piranha Gun is very effective against the Rune Wizard, given that the player manages to hit the enemy, since it follows teleports.
  • Minions and sentries, provided they assail the Rune Wizard, can prove to be a great way to combat the enemy due to their ability to effectively paralyze the enemy.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Rune Wizard can be considered the Hardmode version of Tim. The vanity items dropped closely resemble the same items dropped by Tim. The two also have similar spawn depths, attack patterns and drop unique items only obtainable by defeating them. Also, according to the Bestiary, the Rune Wizard is Tim's older brother.
  • Due to the Rune Wizard's extremely low spawn rates and its spawn location requirements, it can easily be considered the rarest enemy in the game.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Rune Wizard: "Tim's more powerful and much better-looking older brother. He, too, prefers the heat, but not excessively."

History[edit | edit source]