Ghouls

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Ghouls are Hardmode Underground Desert enemies who follow the Fighter AI (behaving similarly to Zombies). Ordinary Ghouls spawn inside the normal Underground Desert, the Vile Ghoul inside Corrupt parts of the Underground Desert, the Tainted Ghoul inside Crimson parts of the Underground Desert, and the Dreamer Ghoul inside Hallowed parts of the Underground Desert.

Variants

GhoulHardmode exclusive
Ghoul.gif
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage50/100/150
Max Life180/360/540
Defense26
KB Resist40%/46%/52%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Drops
Coins5 SC12 SC50 CC
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • Ancient ClothAncient Cloth(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
    10%
Vile GhoulHardmode exclusive
Vile Ghoul.gif
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage60/120/180
Max Life250/500/750
Defense30
KB Resist50%/55%/60%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
DebuffCursed InfernoCursed Inferno
Debuff tooltipLosing life
Chance100%
Duration7 seconds14 seconds17.5 seconds
Drops
Coins6 SC50 CC16 SC25 CC
Tainted GhoulHardmode exclusive
Tainted Ghoul.gif
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage64/128/192
Max Life220/440/660
Defense32
KB Resist50%/55%/60%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
DebuffIchorIchor
Debuff tooltipReduced defense
Chance100%
Duration7 seconds14 seconds17.5 seconds
Drops
Coins6 SC50 CC16 SC25 CC
Dreamer GhoulHardmode exclusive
Dreamer Ghoul.gif
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage54/108/162
Max Life300/600/900
Defense32
KB Resist60%/64%/68%
BannerGhoul BannerGhoul Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
DebuffConfusedConfused
Debuff tooltipMovement is reversed
Chance100%
Duration14 seconds28 seconds35 seconds
Drops
Coins7 SC50 CC18 SC75 CC

Tips

  • The Hallow and Corruption/Crimson variants inflict debuffs which can make exploring the Underground Desert dangerous even with pre-Plantera equipment, but can be easily avoided if approaching the enemy with care.

Trivia

  • While a ghoul is a common enemy in many games, it is fitting that the Terraria version appears in Desert biomes. The ghoul's origin can be traced back to Arabic stories of monsters that feed on the flesh of desert travelers and desecrate the tombs of the buried.
  • It appears that the Corruption/Crimson and Hallowed versions have a liquid dripping down their chin while the normal version does not.
    • This is confirmed by their Bestiary entries.
  • Oddly enough, the Ghouls are not immune to the debuffs they inflict, except the Dreamer Ghoul.

BestiaryBestiary entries

  • Ghoul: "Wandering the dark caverns below the desert dunes, ghouls are the dessicated husks of zombies preserved by the arid environment."
  • Vile Ghoul: "Ghouls twisted by the Corruption ooze a nasty green bile that ignites on contact with skin, scorching their prey with cursed flames."
  • Tainted Ghoul: "Ghouls infested by the Crimson leak vile ichor from their mouths, weakening the defenses of their foes with every bite."
  • Dreamer Ghoul: "Ghouls cleansed by the Hallow possess a psychedelic saliva that renders their victims confused and distracted by visions and mirages."

History