Cochineal Beetle

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Cochineal Beetle
Cochineal Beetle.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Max Life40/80176/120264
KB Resist0%/10%/20%
BannerCochineal Beetle BannerCochineal Beetle Banner
Immune toConfused
Coins60Pre-Hardmode: 150Hardmode: 240

The Cochineal Beetle is an enemy that spawns rarely in the Cavern layer. It drops the Red Husk, which can be used to make Red Dye. The first part of its name is pronounced kaa-chuh-neel.

It is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer or its upgrades.


  • Despite the Cochineal Beetles' primary purpose being to provide dye crafting material, they can do substantial damage, especially to newer players who mistake them for passive critters.


  • The real-world cochineal is an insect native to South America and Mexico. It is used to create the red dye known as cochineal or carmine, which is mainly used in food and cosmetics. The cochineal is actually a scaled insect, rather than a beetle.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Cochineal Beetle: "Found in deep, dark caverns, these large beetles are sought out for the deep, blood-red secretions stored in their scaly exoskeleton."


  • Desktop 1.4.4: Reduced rarity from 2 to 1 in the Lifeform Analyzer.
  • Desktop 1.4.1: Increased rarity from 1 to 2 in the Lifeform Analyzer.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced, but doesn't drop the Red Husk.