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This article is about the event. For the Items, see Sandstorm in a Balloon and Sandstorm in a Bottle.

A Sandstorm is an event that occurs randomly in the desert. During this event, a few enemies often found in the Underground Desert appear on the surface, as well as Angry Tumblers, Sand Elementals, and Sand Sharks. If the player is standing in the desert while this event is active, the Mighty Wind debuff will be inflicted on the player if he/she is not behind a background wall.

The flying sand effect of a sandstorm

Sandstorms are one of the few events to not restrict other enemy spawns, meaning that enemies found within the biome you fight in may spawn as well.

During a sandstorm, the background will turn a dusty yellow and a vignette will be applied to the player's screen. Particles of sand can also be seen flying across the screen. The effects are amplified with Color and White lighting, but using Retro or Trippy will remove much of the background dust, which may be resource intensive on some computers.

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Characters Unique Drops


Antlion ChargerAntlion ChargerDesktop VersionConsole Version


Sand SharkSand SharkDesktop Version
Sand ElementalSand ElementalDesktop Version
Dune SplicerDune SplicerDesktop VersionConsole Version

Both Pre-Hardmode and Hardmode:

Angry TumblerAngry TumblerDesktop Version

Hardmode Hallowed Desert:

Crystal ThresherCrystal ThresherDesktop Version

Hardmode Corrupt Desert:

Bone BiterBone BiterDesktop Version

Hardmode Crimson Desert:

Flesh ReaverFlesh ReaverDesktop Version
Sand Shark BannerSand Shark BannerDesktop Version
Sand Elemental BannerSand Elemental BannerDesktop Version
Angry Tumbler BannerAngry Tumbler BannerDesktop Version
Crystal Thresher BannerCrystal Thresher BannerDesktop Version
Bone Biter BannerBone Biter BannerDesktop Version
Flesh Reaver BannerFlesh Reaver BannerDesktop Version
Dune Splicer BannerDune Splicer BannerDesktop VersionConsole Version

From Sand Shark, Crystal Thresher,
Bone Biter, and Flesh Reaver:

Shark FinShark Fin

From Sand Elemental:

Forbidden FragmentForbidden FragmentDesktop Version

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  • Sandstorms are universal events; this means that if one desert has a sandstorm, all deserts will have a sandstorm.
  • Sandstorms only occur in Deserts. The background will appear as normal everywhere else.
    • They can also occur in player-made deserts.
  • The particle color changes depending on the type of sand in the desert (Such as Ebonsand, Pearlsand, or Crimsand)
  • A Sandstorm has a 1 in 518,400 chance of occurring per game tick (there are 60 ticks per real-world second.) Therefore, approximately, there is a 1/8640 chance of one happening every second, and a 2/13 chance of one happening every in-game day.
  • Shark Fins dropped by Bone Biters will appear dark or black (similarly to the different color gel from Slimes)
  • Sandstorms come and go without any notification, so to experience one start to finish, the desert will have to be checked frequently.
  • A Sandstorm's length is determined by the following formula:
3600 * (8 + <random decimal from 0.0 to 1.0> * 16)
Which means that a Sandstorm lasts from 28800 to 86400 ticks, or 8 to 24 minutes real-time.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Since the Sandstorm only occurs in the surface layer of the desert, the player can fly over it.

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