Wyvern

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Wyvern
Wyvern.png
Statistics
TypeFlying EnemyBurrowing Enemy
EnvironmentSpace
AI TypeWorm AI
Max Life4000 / 8000 Desktop VersionConsole Version
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfused.pngPoisoned.pngVenom.pngOn Fire!.pngCursed Inferno.pngShadowflame.png
BannerWyvern Banner.pngWyvern Banner
Old-Gen Console only.png Mobile only.png 3DS logo.svg Old-gen console / Mobile / 3DS Exclusive Variant
Arch Wyvern
Arch Wyvern.png

Wyverns are large Hardmode enemies that spawn at high altitudes. They resemble oriental dragons, are long and white, and follow the Worm AI. They are immune to the Poisoned, On Fire!, Cursed Inferno, Venom, Shadowflame, and Confused debuffs.

Wyverns spawn at any lateral map location, day or night, but generally at Floating Island altitudes. They will follow descending players down to ground level, and can fly through blocks, but tend not to fly below ground unless they are Arch Wyverns. They won't spawn if one is already alive, and like most enemies able to pass through tiles, they won't be able to spawn if the player themself stays in front of player-placed walls, even if there are valid spawn points for the Wyvern. Outside of Crimson, Corruption, and Dungeon biomes, and except during events, having at least one NPC near the player will also prevent them from spawning.

Map Size Expected Depth
Small 360+ feet above
Medium 640+ feet above
Large 850+ feet above

Segments[edit | edit source]

Wyvern[edit | edit source]

Wyvern Head
Wyvern Head.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage80 / 160 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense10
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Wyvern Legs
Wyvern Legs.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage40 / 80 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense20
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Wyvern Body
Wyvern Body.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage40 / 80 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense20
Drops
Coins20 Silver Coin
Wyvern Body 2
Wyvern Body 2.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage40 / 80 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense20
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Wyvern Body 3
Wyvern Body 3.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage40 / 80 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense20
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Wyvern Tail
Wyvern Tail.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage40 / 80 Desktop VersionConsole Version
Defense20
Drops
CoinsGold Coin

Arch Wyvern Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version[edit | edit source]

Arch Wyvern Head
Arch Wyvern Head.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage89
Defense30
Drops
Coins0-2 Gold Coin
Arch Wyvern Legs
Arch Wyvern Legs.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage70
Defense40
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Arch Wyvern Body
Arch Wyvern Body.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage70
Defense40
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Arch Wyvern Body 2
Arch Wyvern Body 2.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage70
Defense40
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Arch Wyvern Body 3
Arch Wyvern Body 3.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage70
Defense40
Drops
CoinsGold Coin
Arch Wyvern Tail
Arch Wyvern Tail.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
Damage70
Defense30
Drops
CoinsGold Coin

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • It is possible to kill the Wyvern while its head is off the map, which can result in the loss of its drops.
  • Killing Wyverns can be hard for new hardmode players, so its recommended to stay away from them until you have preferable armor and weapons.
  • Wyverns are a total of 14 segments long. The first segment is the head, the second and seventh are the legs, the third through sixth and eighth through eleventh are body segments, and the last three are the tail segments.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more strategies on defeating Wyverns, see Guide:Harvesting Souls.

  • As with any multi-segmented enemy, piercing and explosive weapons can strike multiple segments at once, dealing several times their normal damage than non-piercing weapons.
  • Outrunning a Wyvern on foot is only possible over Asphalt Blocks.
  • The head of a Wyvern has lower defense than its tail or body segments, making it more vulnerable to damage as it charges the player. However, the head also deals twice the damage as the rest of the body on contact, making it risky to face a Wyvern head on.
  • It is easier to fight a Wyvern in space, as the low gravity helps you to dodge its attacks.
  • The Nimbus Rod is useful, as is the Shield of Cthulhu's dash, for dodging.
  • A long Minecart Track makes killing Wyverns very simple, even in Expert mode.
  • Using the Shadowflame Knife may be useful, as it does significant damage and its bouncing ability allows it to hit multiple segments of the Wyvern.
  • The Paladin's Hammer could work as a high damage weapon with the right modifier along with any On Fire! debuff Accessory like the Fire Gauntlet or the Frost armor with its Frostburn.
  • Using a Cobalt Repeater/Palladium Repeater with Jester's Arrows is a good way to kill the Wyvern.
  • The Golden Shower can be very effective against them as the arc can damage multiple segments of their body, killing them very quickly.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Although the name "Wyvern" refers to a type of western dragon depicted as having two wings and two hind legs, but no arms or forelegs, Terrarian Wyverns are shaped after Chinese dragons in Chinese folklore.
  • The Angler mentions in a quest that Wyverns are born and raised as tadpoles called Wyverntail.pngWyverntails.
  • Old-gen console versionWyverns take knockback, while Arch Wyverns do not.
  • The normal Wyvern resembles Haku's dragon form from the Studio Ghibli movie Spirited Away (image).

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.1.1: Wyverns are less common and are less likely to spawn near the ground.
  • Console 1.02: Arch Wyvern's sprite updated. The old sprite was: Arch Wyvern (old).png
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