Gold Worm

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Gold Worm
  • Gold Worm item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Bait Power50%
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 3
Research3 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Can Of WormsCan Of WormsCan Of Worms15*1/20 (5%)

The Gold Worm is a critter. It is a golden recolor of the ordinary Worm, with a 0.25*1/400 (0.25%) chance of spawning in place of the ordinary version.

Gold Worm has only 5 health and no defense, and can be damaged by other enemies and players.

Gold Worm can be caught with any Bug Net to be carried around in the inventory and released later, or crafted into animated decorative furniture (Gold Worm Cage). Once crafted, the Gold Worm cannot be released again. Gold Worm itself or the crafted furniture can be sold for 10.

Gold Worm can be used as bait for fishing, with 50% bait power.

Uniquely, the Gold Worm has an exceptionally low chance of being consumed as bait of 5*1/20 (5%).[1]

It can also be rarely obtained from opening a Can Of Worms.

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


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Gold Worm CageGold Worm CageBy Hand
Golden DelightGolden DelightCooking PotCooking Pot
Gummy WormGummy WormShimmerShimmer Transmutation


  • The Tackle Box and its upgrades have no effect on the Gold Worm's chance of being consumed when fishing.[1]


  • The Gold Worm is an excellent bait item due to its particularly low chance of being consumed. Other gold critters and other items with 50% bait power have a 10.71*1/9.333 (10.71%) (or 9.68*1/10.333 (9.68%) with the Tackle Box or its upgrades) chance of being consumed, so the Gold Worm will last more than twice as long as them on average.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Gold Worm: "Rarely, critters are found coated entirely in gold! They are worth great coin to shopkeepers and fish absolutely love golden bait!"


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • When used for fishing, has a particularly low chance of being consumed (only 1/20 chance). Is no longer affected by the Tackle Box and its upgrades.
    • Now used to craft the Gummy Worm via shimmer.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method ItemCheck_CheckFishingBobber_PickAndConsumeBait() in Terraria.Player.cs.