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BasiliskHardmode exclusive
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Max Life270/540/810
KB Resist70%/73%/76%
BannerBasilisk BannerBasilisk Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Coins8 SC20 SC
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • Sturdy FossilSturdy Fossil(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) (1–3)
  • Ancient HornAncient Horn(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

The Basilisk is a Hardmode enemy found in the Underground Desert biome. The Basilisk attacks by charging quickly towards the player while being highly resistant to knockback. It drops 1 to 3 Sturdy Fossils and has a rare chance to drop the Ancient Horn, which summons a mount version of the Basilisk.


  • When fighting Basilisks, fighting them from above or with weapons that deal high knockback is a good idea.
  • Ranged weapons with a high rate of fire and decent knockback, such as the Megashark, but also the Shadowflame Knife, are effective against Basilisks from longer distances. However, these weapons have limited range, such as the Shadowflame Knife, or in the case of the Megashark, accuracy best used in medium-ranged encounters. Because of that, it is best to walk backward as a Basilisk approaches or use a minion to weaken it.


  • In European bestiaries and legends, basilisks are often depicted as snake-like creatures that can kill with their gaze or poisonous breath.
    • Contrary to this, the Basilisks in Terraria resemble lizards. They seem to be inspired by the physical appearance of the thorny devil lizard, which is a real lizard that is endemic to the deserts, scrubland, and grasslands of Australia.
    • Also unlike mythological basilisks, the Basilisks in Terraria do not kill the player with their gaze, nor do they have poisonous breath attacks.
  • The Basilisk can be considered a much stronger version of the Antlion Charger.
  • The internal name for the Basilisk is DesertBeast.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Basilisk: "Sturdy as a rock, these lizard-like beasts roam the desert in search of food. Their hardened bodies make them formidable threats."


  • Desktop 1.4.1: Increased drop chance of Sturdy Fossils from 1/3 (33.33%) to 100% and quantity from 1 to 1–3.
  • Console 1.17: Now has a 1/50 (2%) chance to drop the Ancient Horn.