Underground Desert

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See also: Desert.
A world view of an underground desert with a Pyramid.
A Corrupted Underground Desert
A partially Hallowed Underground Desert

The Underground Desert is a biome found directly under a desert Biome.

The entrance can be found on the surface in the form of a deep funnel shape, opening into the biome at the bottom. The entrance is always within one of the desert biomes created upon world generation. Each world will have only one Underground Desert, despite potentially having multiple Deserts.

The Underground Desert is made primarily of tunnels of Sandstone Blocks. The Underground Desert can also have Underground Cabins made of its biome-specific materials. It is very large when fully explored, rivaling even the dungeon in size. It has either a circular or oval shape.

The Underground Desert is home to several species of antlion, some of which are able to move and even fly. Due to their high life, defense, and damage, it is advised the player avoid this area until equipped with Gold Armor or better. Additionally, the enemies found here have high knockback resistance, which can prove difficult for players who do not possess strong weapons. Early players will often meet a swift death at the hands of one of the Tomb Crawlers, which can kill a new player in three hits.

In Hardmode, the Underground Desert becomes significantly more challenging. Along with harder enemies, the Underground Desert is extremely vulnerable to conversion by the Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow due to the biome being made of Hardened Sand and Sandstone, both of which being susceptible to conversion. Conversion further strengthens the Underground Desert's enemies, and in the Corruption and Crimson Underground Deserts, causes the spawn of Desert Spirits.

Removing the Sandstone background wall will essentially remove the biome, same as with the Spider Caves.

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Note: Additional Desert items can be found in the Underground Desert and in Pyramids.

Underground Desert
Characters Unique Drops
Antlion SwarmerAntlion SwarmerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Antlion ChargerAntlion ChargerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Tomb CrawlerTomb CrawlerDesktop VersionConsole Version

During Hardmode:

BasiliskBasiliskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sand PoacherSand PoacherDesktop VersionConsole Version
Lamia.pngLamia2.png LamiaDesktop VersionConsole Version
Dune SplicerDune SplicerDesktop VersionConsole Version
GhoulGhoulDesktop VersionConsole Version
Vile GhoulVile GhoulDesktop VersionConsole Version(Corrupted)
Tainted GhoulTainted GhoulDesktop VersionConsole Version(Crimson)
Dreamer GhoulDreamer GhoulDesktop VersionConsole Version(Hallowed)
Desert SpiritDesert SpiritDesktop VersionConsole Version(Corrupted, Crimson)
From Antlions and Antlion Swarmers:
Antlion MandibleAntlion Mandible

From Antlion Chargers:

Antlion MandibleAntlion Mandible
Mandible BladeMandible BladeDesktop Version

From all Ghouls in Hardmode:

Ancient ClothAncient ClothDesktop Version

From Vile Ghouls in Hardmode:

Cursed FlameCursed Flame
Dark ShardDark Shard

From Tainted Ghouls in Hardmode:

Dark ShardDark Shard

From Dreamer Ghouls in Hardmode:

Light ShardLight Shard

From Desert Spirits in Hardmode:

Desert Spirit LampDesert Spirit LampDesktop Version
Djinn's CurseDjinn's CurseDesktop Version
From Lamias in Hardmode:
Moon MaskMoon MaskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sun MaskSun MaskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Lamia MaskLamia MaskDesktop Version
Lamia WrapsLamia WrapsDesktop Version
Lamia TailLamia TailDesktop Version

From Basilisks in Hardmode:

Sturdy FossilSturdy FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version
Ancient HornAncient HornDesktop Version

From the terrain:

Hardened Sand BlockHardened Sand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sandstone BlockSandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Desert FossilDesert FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sand BlockSand Block
Ebonsand BlockEbonsand Block
Hardened Ebonsand BlockHardened Ebonsand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Ebonsandstone BlockEbonsandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Crimsand BlockCrimsand Block
Hardened Crimsand BlockHardened Crimsand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Crimsandstone BlockCrimsandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Pearlsand BlockPearlsand Block
Hardened Pearlsand BlockHardened Pearlsand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Pearlsandstone BlockPearlsandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The enemies are very dangerous early on, so it is advised to have ample Grenades on hand as well as some form of movement-based Accessory to make it less difficult to deal with them. Gold/Platinum armor is recommended due to the high damage dealt by the Antlion Swarmers and Chargers.
  • It seems that the underground desert always spawn as a circle or an oval.
  • While artificial Underground Deserts can be created by placing their respective blocks, no unique enemies will ever spawn due to lack of specialized back walls. It shares this trait with the Dungeon.
  • It seems that the Underground Desert has more Iron or Lead (Depending on what it spawns in the world) than other metals.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the real world, larval antlions create funnel-like pits in the ground and fling sand at prey that pass by. The entrance to this biome may be based on this behavior.

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