Beetle armor

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Beetle armor
  • Beetle armor equipped (male)old Beetle armor item sprite
  • Beetle armor equipped (female)
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
DefenseBeetle Scale Mail : 61 / Beetle Shell : 73 (set)
Set BonusBeetle Scale Mail : Beetles increase your melee damage and speed
Beetle Shell : Beetles protect you from damage
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell14 GC40 SC (set)
Beetle armor's effect with the Beetle Shell equipped.

Beetle armor is a Hardmode, post-Golem armor set that grants melee damage and defensive bonuses. It is the final melee armor set available on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, it is the penultimate melee armor set, followed by Solar Flare armor.

The set consists of the Beetle Helmet and Beetle Leggings, as well as two different chestpiece variants: the Beetle Scale Mail and Beetle Shell.

Crafting the full set while wearing either the Beetle Scale Mail or Beetle Shell grants a different set bonus: wearing the Beetle Scale Mail enhances damage output and grants the Beetle Might buff, whereas the Beetle Shell provides more defense and can grant the Beetle Endurance buff.

Crafting the full set with one chest piece requires 18 Beetle Husks and a full set of Turtle armor (54 Chlorophyte Bars (or (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 270 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 324 pieces of Chlorophyte Ore), and 3 Turtle Shells). Crafting all four pieces from scratch requires 26 Beetle Husks, 78 Chlorophyte Bars (or (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 390 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 468 pieces of Chlorophyte Ore), and 4 Turtle Shells.

Set

Beetle Helmet
  • Beetle Helmet item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense23
Body slotHelmet
Tooltip6% increased melee damage
Enemies are more likely to target you
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell6 GC
Research1 required
Beetle Leggings
  • Beetle Leggings item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense18
Body slotPants
Tooltip6% increased movement and melee speed
Enemies are more likely to target you
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell3 GC60 SC
Research1 required

Chest variants

Beetle Scale Mail
  • Beetle Scale Mail item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense20
Body slotShirt
Tooltip8% increased melee damage and critical strike chance
6% increased movement and melee speed
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell4 GC80 SC
Research1 required
Beetle Shell
  • Beetle Shell item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Defense32
Body slotShirt
Tooltip5% increased melee damage and critical strike chance
Enemies are more likely to target you
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell4 GC80 SC
Research1 required

Crafting

Recipes

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Beetle HelmetBeetle HelmetMythril AnvilMythril Anvil
or
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
Beetle LeggingsBeetle Leggings
Beetle Scale MailBeetle Scale Mail
Beetle ShellBeetle Shell

Notes

  • Beetle armor provides the following bonuses when fully equipped:
With Beetle Scale MailBeetle Scale Mail:
  • +61 defense
  • +8% melee critical hit chance
  • +14% melee damage
  • +12% melee speed
  • +12% movement speed
  • +500 aggro, with the Helmet and Leggings both adding 250.
  • Beetle Might offensive buff: increases melee speed and damage by increments of 10% when dealing melee damage to enemies. The boost can be raised up to 30%, and the rate at which it increases depends on total damage dealt per second. Dealing less than roughly 180 damage per second will not grant Beetle Might at all. The buff depletes at an accelerating rate as long as the wearer does not deal damage, meaning that the buff will reset very quickly outside of combat.
With Beetle ShellBeetle Shell:
  • +73 defense
  • +5% melee critical hit chance
  • +11% melee damage
  • +6% melee speed
  • +6% movement speed
  • +900 aggro, with the Helmet, Shell, and Leggings adding 250, 400, and 250, respectively.
Beetle.gif
Beetle Shell's effect
  • Beetle Endurance defensive buff: When the player avoids taking damage, this buff reduces damage taken on the next hit by 15%, with further boosts to 30% and 45% if the player continues to avoid damage for a longer duration. The buff gets first applied after 3 seconds from taking damage, and will then increase after another 3 seconds. When the player takes damage thereafter, each hit lowers the boost applied to the next hit by one step. This buff features a visual effect showing one to three "beetles" flying around the player, signifying the 15%, 30%, or 45% damage reduction boost currently in effect.
  • Although the Beetle Shell's set bonus says "Beetles protect you from damage", it will not prevent the full damage of attacks, but can only prevent a portion of damage instead.
  • The increased aggro has little effect when playing in singleplayer, and mainly affects multiplayer gameplay.
  • While the Beetle Shell is equipped without any items occupying the social slot, wings will not appear unless the player is in mid-air, similar to the Turtle armor, Leaf Blower, and Heat Ray.
  • Other damage-reducing effects, like the Endurance Potion, stack with the Beetle Endurance buff.

Tips

  • Beetle armor is not a true upgrade to Turtle armor. The offensive version has lower defense than Turtle armor, and the defensive version has lower offensive bonuses than Turtle armor. Neither version has the thorns effect, nor the unconditional 15% damage reduction that Turtle armor has. Nonetheless, the increased specialization of Beetle armor makes it a worthy upgrade in most cases.
  • When using the Beetle Scale Mail, it is recommended to use the Terra Blade to take advantage of its massive melee speed bonuses. Most other melee weapons do not fire faster with increased melee speed, making Beetle armor inferior to hybrid sets when using them (unless attacking at close range).
  • The Beetle armor with the Beetle Shell has the lowest damage boosts out of all Hardmode melee armor sets, with lower offensive boosts than even Molten armor. Due to these low bonuses, players can use ranged or magic weapons instead of melee weapons and deal similar amounts of damage.
  • The full set with the Beetle Shell has the highest defense of any pre-Moon Lord armor set. However, even higher defense (80) can be achieved by swapping the head and leg pieces for Hallowed Mask and Valhalla Knight's Greaves, which has the additional benefit of providing far better offensive melee bonuses.
  • Beetle armor at its 45% state, the Worm Scarf (17%), and the Endurance Potion (10%) will reduce damage by nearly 60%.
(100%-45%)×(100%-(17%+10%)) = 40.15% damage taken = 59.85% damage reduction
Frozen Turtle Shell (25%) will further increase it to almost 74%.
(100%-45%)×(100%-(25%+17%+10%)) = 26.4% damage taken = 73.6% damage reduction

Trivia

  • With the full Beetle Endurance buff and a Lifeforce Potion (600 HP) and/or Endurance Potion, it is possible to survive a hit from the Dungeon Guardian.
  • Beetle armor is the only armor set to have multiple chest piece variants as opposed to helmet variants.
  • Solar Flare armor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) provides more defense than either of the chest variants. However, the Beetle Shell provides 45% maximum damage reduction as opposed to the Solar Flare shield's maximum 30% reduction.

History

  • Desktop 1.4.4: Beetle's Might charges last about 33% longer, and it now takes slightly less time/damage to charge up to Beetle's Might tier 3.
  • Desktop 1.3.0.1: Updated female sprites and male worn Beetle Shell equipped sprite.