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Santa-NK1.png     Santa-NK1 phase 2.png
Type Boss
Environment Frost Moon
AI Type Santa-NK1 AI
Damage 120 / 180 Desktop only.png (melee)
72 / 144 Desktop only.png (chain gun)
160 / 320 Desktop only.png (spike balls)
84 / 168 Desktop only.png (missiles)
100 / 200 Desktop only.png (presents)
Max Life 18000 / 23400 Desktop only.png
Defense 56
KB Resist 100%
Immune to: Confused.pngPoisoned.pngVenom.png
Coins 1 Gold Coin

Higher item drop chance on Expert Mode.

Item (Quantity) Rate
Elf Melter.png
Chain Gun.png
Santa-NK1 Trophy.png
4.17% - 12.5% (wave 15+)

Map Icon Santa-NK1.png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 346

Santa-NK1 is a Hardmode, mini-boss that spawns during the Frost Moon event. When below half health, the face and beard of the Santa mask will be torn apart to reveal a rather morbid skull underneath.

Attack Phases[edit | edit source]

Santa-NK1 repeatedly cycles through three attack phases:

  • First phase: Chain gun fires bullets at the player.
  • Second phase: Presents launch high, then rain down via parachute from above, causing damage on contact with players. These travel through blocks.
  • Third phase: Rocket barrage. These also travel through blocks.

While moving, it also drops large spiked balls on the ground that deal high damage (120-150+ with Chlorophyte armor). These increase in frequency as Santa-NK1 takes damage.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The drop rate linearly increases from Wave 13 (or 15) to 20.
  • Santa-NK1 currently has one of the highest damage rates in the game.
  • He also has one of the highest defenses in Terraria, at 56.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Note that his Present launch and rocket barrage attacks are highly inaccurate.
  • If you use wings you can fly over him back and forth and make it harder for him to hit you with the chain gun and the rocket barrage.
  • If you have obtained the Razorpine and Golden Shower then you can hit him with the Golden shower to lower his defense then fire your razorpine at him. This is highly effective with Spectre armor as it fully heals you no matter how low you are. This seems to be more effective in the Mobile only.pngmobile version because the spectre hood still has its old stats, which increase magic damage, instead of lowering it.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "Santa-NK1" is a play on the portmanteau of Santa and Tank, "Santank." The name used when the enemy was first announced. The image in the game files used for when the face is ripped off uses the name "SantaTank.png."
  • Its arm appears to be the Chain Gun, which it sometimes drops.
  • Mobile only.png In the Mobile version, Santa-NK1's face does not get torn off when its health is depleted, instead will tear off upon death.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Its Projectiles are fired slower and do less damage.
  • 1.2.2: Introduced.
Frost Moon Enemies
Small Enemies Present Mimic.png Present Mimic  • Flocko.png Flocko  • Gingerbread Man.png Gingerbread Man  • Zombie Elf.png Zombie Elf  • Elf Archer.png Elf Archer
Medium Enemies Nutcracker.png Nutcracker  • Yeti.png Yeti  • Elf Copter.png Elf Copter  • Krampus.png Krampus
Mini Bosses Everscream.png Everscream  • Santa-NK1.png Santa-NK1  • Ice Queen.png Ice Queen
Characters: Blue Slime.png Pre-Hardmode Enemies • Pixie.png Hardmode Enemies • Goblin Warrior.png Event Enemies • Skeletron Head.png Bosses
Bunny.png Critters • Guide.png Friendly NPCs • Baby Dinosaur.png Familiars