Goblin Warlock

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The Goblin Warlock is an enemy that can spawn when a Goblin Invasion occurs during Hardmode. She summons Shadowflame Apparitions to attack the player. She can be considered a mini-boss, since she drops significant weapon upgrades at the beginning of Hardmode and involves a lengthy fight with multiple attack patterns. She has a chance to drop weapons which are themed after Shadowflame, all of which accordingly inflict the Shadowflame debuff.

Because of her high stats and relatively high difficulty compared to other goblins, she will present a challenge for new players.

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


  • In order to summon Shadowflame Apparitions, she seems to need to be close to the player. Otherwise, she will fire Chaos Balls at the player.
  • She will try to close in on the player by jumping and dashing towards the player, also dealing contact damage. While dashing, she can pass through blocks.
  • She can jump/fly fairly high into the air (almost as high as a player with wings), but can be avoided by standing on a somewhat high platform and attacking her with ranged weapons.
  • Knockback can stop the Goblin Warlock from flying to the player, which can be used with the aforementioned tactic to constantly attack the warlock without her being able to get close.


  • She can be easily defeated with a ranged weapon (a rapid-fire ranged weapon may be recommended, as they have enough knockback to freeze her in place), a long platform suspended in the air, and Hermes Boots (or a Unicorn Mount/Minecart Track). Simply run away from the warlock continuously – if she is constantly moving she will not summon the Shadowflame Apparitions.


  • The term, "Warlock" is used to describe a male practitioner of witchcraft.
    • Despite this, the Goblin Warlock is explicitly confirmed to be female through her Bestiary entry.
  • Although the Goblin Warlock drops various Shadowflame weapons, she will never use any of them in battle. Even the Shadowflame Hex Doll, which is clearly part of her sprite, is never used.
  • The Goblin Warlock is the only Hardmode-exclusive Goblin.
  • If one slows down the death sound of the Goblin Warlock by about 50%, then they will be left with an audio that sounds like she screams "Help!".
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Goblin Warlock: "Gifted in the darkest of magics, she conjures unfathomable shadowflame ghasts through a powerful hex."