Lock on

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Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo 3DS version
Desktop/Console/Mobile/3DS-Only Content: This information applies only to the Desktop, Console, Mobile, and 3DS versions of Terraria.
The Lock on feature being used against a Mimic, using the Gradient.

Lock on or Target Lock is a mechanic which allows players to automatically target enemies, bosses, and critters.


Left: A yellow triangle indicates the enemy that will be targeted.
Right: The enemy is now locked on.

Lock on is enabled at all times on the Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version. On the Desktop version Desktop version, it is automatically enabled when using a suitable controller.

Locking onto targets

  • Desktop versionConsole versionNintendo 3DS version The player can use any button assigned to Desktop versionConsole version "Lock On" / Nintendo 3DS version "Lock target" in the settings (X / square / Switch Y.png by default) to lock onto targets. The button can be pressed again to stop targeting or switch targets.
  • Mobile version The Lock On button (Mobile Lock On button.png) can be pressed to lock onto targets, and can be pressed again to stop targeting or switch targets.

While an NPC is being targeted, three yellow arrows will surround it, and from then on, all of the player's attacks will be directed towards it. Nintendo 3DS version If the targeted NPC goes off-screen, two arrows will point towards it.

Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version The "Lock On Priority" setting can be used to change how potential targets are sorted. Clearest Line will target the NPC closest to the cursor, based on line of sight from the player. Target Closest will target the NPC closest to the player, regardless of any intervening tiles.


  • Enemy caster spells can be targeted.
  • Invincible enemies, NPCs, and Players cannot be targeted.
  • Lock on often will deactivate when an enemy becomes invincible or loses its hitbox for a period of time, such as when certain enemies teleport.


  • Lock on is a useful compensation for the small screen size on the Mobile version Mobile version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version.
  • In the Expert Mode Brain of Cthulhu fight, auto-aim will always go for the true brain in the second phase.
  • Lock on only fires at the position the enemy is at when a weapon is used, making it disadvantageous to use against faster or smaller enemies, as well as weapon with slow proectiles as all shots may miss.


  • Mobile Improved responsiveness when FPS is below 50, resulting in a severe reduction of missed shots that go towards the cursor.
  • 3DS 1.05: Fixed various lock on issues with some weapons.