Chaos Elemental

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Chaos ElementalHardmode exclusive
Chaos Elemental.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Max Life370/740/1110
KB Resist60%/64%/68%
BannerChaos Elemental BannerChaos Elemental Banner
Immune toPoisoned
Coins6 SC15 SC
Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version
Exclusive Variant
Spectral Elemental
Spectral Elemental.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Max Life400
BannerSpectral Elemental BannerSpectral Elemental Banner(Old-gen console version)
Coins6 SC
This article is about the enemy in the Underground Hallow. For other uses, see Elemental.

The Chaos Elemental is a Hardmode enemy that spawns on Pearlstone, Pearlsand and Pink Ice Blocks in the Cavern layer. It runs around and teleports quickly, attempting to damage the player by making contact. It will teleport anywhere in a random position within 20 tiles from its target, but at least 4 tiles away, and only into a space that is at least 4 tiles tall and 3 tiles wide. It will not teleport into lava, though it can easily fall into it after teleporting.

The Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version also feature the exclusive Spectral Elemental variant.

Like many Underground Hallow enemies, Chaos Elementals have a glowing pink after-image.


  • Chaos Elementals may also spawn if the player is not specifically in the Underground Hallow. They only require a block of Pearlstone, Pearlsand, or Pink Ice to spawn on.[1]
  • Chaos Elementals will only attempt to teleport if they are not directly damaged by a player for an extended period of time. Traps such as lava will not stop them from teleporting.
  • Chaos Elementals will only spawn if the following conditions are fulfilled:
    • The player is not standing in front of a safe background wall.
    • No NPCs are housed nearby.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) In the past 5 seconds, the player has either used an item or has moved. (At at least 0.25 mph, which is practically any movement at all.) [2]
  • None of the above conditions are required when the player is within range of a Shadow Candle; i.e. a player may stand completely still and still spawn Chaos Elementals.
  • In Celebrationmk10(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) worlds, the drop rate of the Rod of Discord is increased to 1/100 (1%).


  • Elementals are magical entities who embody or personify a force of nature. Historically, elementals personify one of the four classical elements: earth, water, air, or fire (sometimes plants, and later included aether). In the fantasy role-playing game Dungeon & Dragons, elementals which are fusions and other unconventional elementals have been introduced.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Chaos Elemental: "Once living beings infused by the blessing, they erratically make chase with an uncontrollable surge of luminous power."


  • Desktop 1.2.3: No longer spawns in the Underground Hallow if the world is not in Hardmode.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method SpawnNPC() in Terraria.NPC.cs.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, property IsStandingStillForSpecialEffects in Terraria.Player.cs and field AFKTimeNeededForNoWorms in Terraria.NPC.cs.