Armored Skeleton

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Armored SkeletonHardmode exclusive
Armored Skeleton.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
DebuffBroken ArmorBroken Armor
Debuff tooltipDefense is cut in half
Duration2 minutes4 minutes

The Armored Skeleton is a Hardmode enemy which can be found in the Caverns. It has a 16.67*1/6 (16.67%) chance to inflict the Broken Armor debuff for 2 minutes / 4 minutes on contact.


Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
2 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode
3 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode › Post-Plantera
NPC ID Type Health Damage Defense KB Resist Coins
77 Armored Skeleton.png Armored Skeleton 260/520/780 40/80/120 28 60%/64%/68% 410
-15 Armored Skeleton.png Heavy Skeleton 400 50/101/151 32 66%/69%/73% 4591150


  • Approximately slightly above lava level, a larger and more powerful version of Armored Skeletons can spawn. It is called "Heavy Skeleton" internally.
  • Armored Skeletons are the only source of Armor Polish before having defeated Plantera.


  • Armored Skeletons appear to be wearing a bluer variation of the Ancient Cobalt Breastplate with spiked shoulder guards.
  • The Heavy Skeleton variant is one of the few enemies whose health does not increase in Expert or Master Mode. Because of this, their health is actually considerably lower than the regular armored skeleton in the latter, and comparable in the former.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Armored Skeleton: "Remnants of a long lost expeditionary force, these stout warriors mindlessly patrol the caves in which they died."


  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Health reduced from 340 to 260, damage reduced from 60 to 40, and defense reduced from 36 to 28.
    • Now has a chance to drop Armor Polish and/or a Beam Sword.
    • Heavy Skeleton variant no longer has a unique name, but it retains its stats.