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Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version
Exclusive Variant
Albino Antlion
Albino Antlion.png
Damage10 (ranged)
10 (melee)
Max Life45
BannerAlbino Antlion BannerAlbino Antlion Banner
Antlion.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeAntlion AI
Max Life45/90198296/135297444
KB Resist100%
BannerAntlion BannerAntlion Banner
Immune toConfused
Coins60Pre-Hardmode: 150Hardmode: 240Post-Plantera: 360

The Antlion is an enemy found in Deserts during the day and in Underground Deserts. It remains stationary with its head sticking out of the ground, and will shoot sand projectiles at the player every 3.33 seconds[1] when they are in its line of sight. It can only launch its projectile at an upwards angle (within about 45 degrees to the left and right), so players approaching from lower ground are usually out of its line of fire. The sand projectiles turn into clumps of Sand Blocks when hitting an object, and will gather on the ground, similarly to the projectiles fired by the Sandgun.

On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, the Albino Antlion variant also appears.


  • Because the Antlion creates Sand Blocks as it attacks, sand is a renewable resource, although one renewed slowly.
  • If faced with an incline facing directly upward, Antlions will climb very slowly toward the player. This happens on all versions, and prevents them from burying themselves.
  • The Antlion's head is the only part that takes/deals damage. Thus, arrows or bullets aimed at its body will fly through. Likewise, a player that touches the Antlion's body will not take damage.


  • The Antlion is based on real-life antlion larvae, which dig sand pits as traps for other insects. The antlion will throw sand at escaping prey, causing its victims to tumble down into the center of the pit where the hungry antlion is waiting. When the larvae grow up, they resemble the Antlion Swarmer.
    • Due to the large presence of Antlion enemies in the Underground Desert and its funnel-like entry point, it could be assumed that the Underground Desert is in fact a large Antlion nest.
  • The NPC ID image contains only the head. The body is stored not by an ID, but rather by its name, AntlionBody.xnb.
  • The projectiles the Antlion shoots can damage other enemies, not just the player.
  • Antlion is commonly mispronounced as antillion, when, since it is based on the insect, it can be assumed that one would pronounce it the same as the insect – ant-lion.
  • This is one of only two or three creatures besides the player that can place blocks in the world, the others being the Snow Balla and, debatably, the Wall of Flesh.
  • The Albino Antlion is the only exclusive variant of an enemy that has the exact same stats and drops as the original enemy (apart from the Banner).
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Antlion: "When antlions are nesting, they hide in the surface. To defend their eggs, they projectile vomit hard globs of sand at trespassers."


  • Desktop
    • Now has a chance to drop Banana Split.
    • Fixed an issue where stray Antlion sand balls would land in the Dungeon and prevent Cultists from spawning.
    • Fixed an issue where Antlions would spawn anywhere, if the background was sandstone.
  • Desktop
    • May now drop up to two Antlion Mandibles.
    • Sprite updated.
    • Now has new sound effects.
  • Desktop 1.1:
    • Chance of dropping Antlion Mandible increased from 10*1/10 (10%) to 14.29*1/7 (14.29%).
    • Projectile damage reduced from 20 to 10.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI() in Terraria.NPC.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is