Cursed Skull

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Cursed Skull
Cursed Skull.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeCursed Skull AI
Max Life40/8088/120132
KB Resist80%/82%/84%
BannerCursed Skull BannerCursed Skull Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Debuff tooltipCannot use any items
Duration4 seconds8 seconds10 seconds
Coins1 SC50 CCPre-Hardmode: 3 SC75 CCHardmode: 3 SC
Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version
Exclusive Variant
Dragon Skull
Dragon Skull.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Max Life75
Coins1 GC
Not to be confused with Giant Cursed Skull.

The Cursed Skull (and the Dragon Skull on Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version) is a flying enemy found only in the Dungeon. It is similar to the Meteor Head, with high damage, slow speed, and the ability to travel through tiles. It floats slowly towards the player, occasionally stopping to float in a circle around them for a while, before suddenly lunging forward to attack, similar to the Eye of Cthulhu. Upon striking a player, the Cursed Skull has a 1/3 (33.33%) chance of inflicting the Cursed debuff for 4 / 8 / 10 seconds. This renders the player unable to use items, including weapons, potions, and hooks, making it very difficult to avoid taking further damage.

Brick walls
Blue Brick WallGreen Brick WallPink Brick Wall
Faction flags
in this area:
Marching Bones BannerNecromantic Sign

The Cursed Skull spawns most often in areas of the Dungeon backed by brick walls. It can also spawn in other areas, but with a significantly reduced chance.


  • Cursed Skulls can be attacked through walls with melee weapons. Weapons with long range or can attack through blocks like spears or the Vilethorn work well. This may, however, result in drops being trapped inside of walls beyond the player's reach. However, this can be alleviated simply by mining into the wall or with items such as the Treasure Magnet(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).
  • Cursed Skulls and Dragon Skulls can, rather rarely, drop more than 3 (6) Bones when defeated.Verify
  • Cursed Skulls are effective enemies to farm for the Nazar since they spawn more often than the few other enemies that also drop it. This should preferably be done in Pre-Hardmode, since it is more difficult to obtain in Hardmode, especially when more enemy varieties start to spawn in the post-Plantera Dungeon.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Cursed Skull: "Exposed to dark rituals, this skull has begun floating around on its own, chasing the living. Its touch leaves its victims defenseless."


  • Desktop 1.0.5:
    • Flaming animation removed.
    • No longer makes a splash sound when hitting water.
    • Can now pass through walls.
    • Health increased from 30 to 40
    • Damage increased from 25 to 35.
    • Defense decreased from 30 to 6.
    • Name changed from Burning Skull to Cursed Skull.