The Destroyer

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The Destroyer
The Destroyer.png
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Max Life80000 / 120000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
(except StunnedStunnedMobile Version3DS Version)
Coins12 Gold Coin
Map Icon The Destroyer.png
Map Icon

Destroyer Trophy.png "You feel vibrations from deep below..." Destroyer Trophy.png

For the painting, see The Destroyer (item).

The Destroyer is a Hardmode Mechanical Boss which is essentially a more difficult version of the Eater of Worlds. Like the Eater of Worlds, The Destroyer is a very large Worm. Though it appears to be similarly made up of many segments, individual segments cannot die, and The Destroyer will not split apart into multiple enemies. The entire body has a single shared health bar, and The Destroyer will remain at full size until it is killed.

The Destroyer can spawn randomly on any given night once a Demon or Crimson Altar has been smashed, as long as it has not yet been defeated in the current world. It can also be summoned manually using a Mechanical Worm at night. Night-time is the only condition required for summoning (unlike Eater of Worlds, which requires a Corruption biome). Its arrival is announced by one of two messages: "You feel a quaking from deep underground..." or "You feel vibrations from deep below...." It must be killed before dawn, otherwise, it will despawn. If this message pops up and you log out, it will not spawn.

Each of The Destroyer's segments contains a red-lit ProbeProbe, which is an independent flying enemy that is launched periodically as The Destroyer takes damage. They fire lasers at the player, both while within The Destroyer and when detached. Probes can be killed individually once detached. If the red light is missing from a segment, it means the Probe was already launched from that segment. On the Desktop version Desktop version and Console version Console version, The Destroyer's body and its Probes are immune to all debuffs.

While The Destroyer is alive, music Boss 3 will play.

Segments[edit | edit source]

The DestroyerThe Destroyer Head
The Destroyer (technical).png
TypeBoss Part – Burrowing Enemy
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Damage70 / 280
Max Life80000 / 120000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
Coins 12 Gold Coin
The DestroyerThe Destroyer Body
The Destroyer Body.png
TypeBoss Part – Burrowing Enemy
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Damage55 / 93 (melee)
44 / 72 (laser)
Max Life80000 / 120000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
The DestroyerThe Destroyer Tail
The Destroyer Tail.png
TypeBoss Part – Burrowing Enemy
AI TypeThe Destroyer AI
Damage40 / 68
Max Life80000 / 120000
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs

And also see Probe.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Destroyer is extremely long, measuring 82 segments including head and tail, or 239 tiles in length.
  • When The Destroyer is off-screen it can move around freely, as though it were moving through blocks, even through the air.
  • The Destroyer can move along platforms.
  • The Destroyer is similar in nature to the Brain of Cthulhu due to its ability to spawn Probes, similarly to how the Brain of Cthulhu spawns Creeper minions.
  • The Destroyer isn't the only boss to drop Souls of Might. On the Mobile version Mobile version and 3DS version 3DS versions, Lepus, that can be spawned during Easter, has a 1% chance to drop 3 souls of might. Nothing can be done with them during Pre-Hardmode, however, as you need an Orichalcum or Mythril anvil to craft with them.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating The Destroyer, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:The Destroyer strategies.

  • If you get the status message "You feel vibrations from deep below..." in early hardmode, it's recommended to go Underground as this will prevent it from spawning.
  • Using a Magic Mirror or other methods to teleport away (i.e. Wormhole Potion) to escape from The Destroyer will not cause it to despawn. It will follow the player back to their spawn, no matter how far away it is.
    • With that in mind, Teleporters around the world is an effective strategy to heal and avoid the boss.
  • Piercing weapons can strike multiple sections, making them especially effective. Similarly, explosive weapons can catch multiple sections in their blast radius. Making a fully-enclosed room and using ricocheting weapons can also be effective.
  • An effective way to defeat the Destroyer quickly is using a Daedalus Stormbow with Holy Arrows, but if you don't have that you can also easily use the Nimbus Rod to quickly defeat him. Cannons sold from the pirate, are also an effective way to defeat the destroyer.
  • The head of The Destroyer has 0 defense. Although it can be very difficult to damage simply the head segment itself, you can possibly rake in higher damage than the usual body and tail segments.
    • In Expert modeDesktop VersionConsole Version, however, avoid the head at all costs, as it can cause massive damage.
  • If you are low on health, try killing The Destroyer's probes because they have a chance to drop hearts.
  • Using the Minimap to see where the Destroyer will surface may help with dodging.
  • Farming the Destroyer is a quick method for making money, as you can use its drops to craft multiple Light Discs, which sell for 10 Gold Coin each.
  • It's best to keep an eye on the probes, as they can shoot lasers, which can kill you pretty quick. Note that the more you continue to damage the Destroyer, the more probes will spawn.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Destroyer had the most total health of any Boss before the Moon Lord was added. It still has the most health of any single enemy, as the Moon Lord's total health is the combined health of all its body parts.
  • The Destroyer is the mechanical version of The Corruption's Eater of Worlds. However, there is no mechanical version of the Brain of Cthulhu from The Crimson, although the Probes it spawns are similar to the Brain of Cthulhu's Creepers.
  • The Destroyer will always have 10x as much health as the Wall of Flesh, even if it's a multiplayer game in Expert Mode.
  • The Destroyer has many small metal devices jutting out of it that can both resemble centipede-like legs or wheels.
  • Despite the status message saying "You feel vibrations from deep below..." or "You feel a quaking from deep underground...", The Destroyer won't spawn as long as the player is underground.
  • Some teasers for the Mobile version Mobile version release included The Destroyer having blue-lit segments instead of red.

See also[edit | edit source]

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 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 Version
Achievement Ride The Worm.png
Ride The Worm • "You have defeated The Destroyer!"
Defeat The Destroyer for the first time. Old-gen console version

History[edit | edit source]

For changes that affect all the mechanical bosses, see Mechanical Bosses History.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Health returned to 80000 (from 60000). Damage and defense increased:
      • Head damage increased from 50 to 70.
      • Body damage increased from 35 to 55. Defense returned to 30 (from 26).
      • Tail damage increased from 20 to 40. Defense returned to 35 (from 30).
    • Now has a chance to drop the Destroyer Mask.
    • The Destroyer's Probes drop hearts 1/3 times instead of 100%.
    • Drops now appear at the location of the segment that was closest to the player on defeat, instead of from the head.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Health reduced from 80000 to 60000. Damage and defense reduced:
      • Head damage reduced from 60 to 50.
      • Body damage reduced from 40 to 35. Defense reduced from 30 to 26.
      • Tail defense reduced from 35 to 30.
    • Now has a chance to spawn randomly during Hardmode with the message: "You feel vibrations from deep below...".
    • Will now drop 20-40 Souls of Might, instead of 20-30.
    • Now has a chance to drop the Destroyer Trophy.