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.png Antlion
Antlion Swarmer.png Antlion SwarmerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Antlion Charger.png Antlion ChargerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Tomb Crawler.png Tomb CrawlerDesktop VersionConsole Version

During Hardmode:

Basilisk.png BasiliskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sand Poacher.png Sand PoacherDesktop VersionConsole Version
Lamia.pngLamia2.png LamiaDesktop VersionConsole Version
Dune Splicer.png Dune SplicerDesktop VersionConsole Version
Ghoul.png GhoulDesktop VersionConsole Version
Vile Ghoul.png
Vile Ghoul Desktop VersionConsole Version
Tainted Ghoul.png
Tainted Ghoul Desktop VersionConsole Version
Dreamer Ghoul.png
Dreamer Ghoul Desktop VersionConsole Version
Desert Spirit.png
Desert Spirit Desktop VersionConsole Version
(Corrupted, Crimson)

From Antlions and Antlion Swarmers:
Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible

From Antlion Chargers:

Antlion Mandible.png Antlion Mandible
Mandible Blade.png Mandible BladeDesktop Version

From all Ghouls in Hardmode:

Ancient Cloth.png Ancient ClothDesktop Version

From Vile Ghouls in Hardmode:

Cursed Flame.png Cursed Flame
Dark Shard.png Dark Shard

From Tainted Ghouls in Hardmode:

Ichor.png Ichor
Dark Shard.png Dark Shard

From Dreamer Ghouls in Hardmode:

Light Shard.png Light Shard

From Desert Spirits in Hardmode:

Desert Spirit Lamp.png Desert Spirit LampDesktop Version
Djinn's Curse.png Djinn's CurseDesktop Version
From Lamias in Hardmode:
Moon Mask.png Moon MaskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sun Mask.png Sun MaskDesktop VersionConsole Version
Lamia Mask.png Lamia MaskDesktop Version
Lamia Wraps.png Lamia WrapsDesktop Version
Lamia Tail.png Lamia TailDesktop Version

From Basilisks in Hardmode:

Sturdy Fossil.png Sturdy FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version
Ancient Horn.png Ancient HornDesktop Version

From the terrain:

Hardened Sand Block.png Hardened Sand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sandstone Block.png Sandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Desert Fossil.png Desert FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version
Sand Block.png Sand Block
Ebonsand Block.png Ebonsand Block
Hardened Ebonsand Block.png Hardened Ebonsand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Ebonsandstone Block.png Ebonsandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Crimsand Block.png Crimsand Block
Hardened Crimsand Block.png Hardened Crimsand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Crimsandstone Block.png Crimsandstone BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Pearlsand Block.png Pearlsand Block
Hardened Pearlsand Block.png Hardened Pearlsand BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version
Pearlsandstone Block.png Pearlsandstone 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.

History[edit | edit source]

Biomes and Structures
Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • Evil Biome (The Corruption • The Crimson) • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Underground DesertDesktop VersionConsole Version • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Bee Hive • Dungeon • Granite CaveDesktop VersionConsole Version • Lihzahrd Temple • Marble CaveDesktop VersionConsole Version • Meteorite • Spider Nest
Structures and Other Biomes Chasm • Enchanted Sword ShrineDesktop VersionConsole Version • Floating Island • Heart ShrineMobile Version • Jungle Shrine/Jungle SanctumMobile Version • Living Tree (Living Mahogany TreeDesktop VersionConsole Version) • Pyramid • Ruined House • Underground Cabin
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