Goblin Archer

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Goblin Archer
Goblin Archer.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
AI TypeFighter AI
Damage20/403672/6054108 (contact)
224466 (Wooden Arrow)
Max Life80/160176352/240264528
KB Resist30%/37%/44%
BannerGoblin Archer BannerGoblin Archer Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Coins2 SCPre-Hardmode: 5 SCHardmode: 4 SCPost-Plantera: 8 SC
Projectile created
Projectile created
Projectile created
  • Wooden Arrow (hostile)
    Wooden Arrow (hostile)

The Goblin Archer is a pre-Hardmode enemy that spawns during the Goblin Army event. It fires Wooden Arrows at players within its line of sight while stationary. Its attacks can be interrupted by knocking it back.


  • It is recommended to make this enemy a priority when dealing with an invasion. The Goblin Archer can attack from range and its attacks cannot be shot or struck down, making it a nuisance to players with low defense.
  • Unlike the Goblin Sorcerer, however, its arrows will not pass through blocks, allowing players to simply take cover when it shoots. It is also very useful to dig a three-block tall tunnel and stay cornered at the end so that its arrows cannot hit the player.
  • Its arrows are unaffected by banners, making them one of the more dangerous enemies that spawn in a Goblin Invasion.
  • Goblin Archers seem to shoot arrows on a timer. This is especially apparent when playing with multiple players, as more will spawn, and sometimes a huge flood of arrows will fly from the horde of Archers. Grenades are recommended for this situation.


  • The Confused debuff causes Goblin Archers to become very unstable, sometimes running faster than the Goblin Thief, and flipping between left and right in place.
  • Even with Blood and Gore turned off, its bow will still drop when it dies, just like a body part.
  • Goblin Archer and the Goblin Scout are the only goblin enemies with blue skin, with the former being the only event one to be blue.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Goblin Archer: "Lending ranged support to the Goblin Army, archers keep a distance and pick off distracted and overwhelmed foes."