Guide:Dungeon Guardian strategies

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  • The Dungeon Guardian is statistically the strongest enemy in Terraria (if not counting invincible enemies), and only spawns when you move below -3 (underground) depth in the Dungeon before defeating Skeletron. Once Skeletron is defeated, Dungeon Guardians will no longer spawn. The only reason to fight it is for the Bone Key it drops.

    Terrain Preparation

    A skybridge used for killing Dungeon Guardians. A 'stairway' allows the player to quickly ascend to the skybridge when the Guardian has been summoned.

    You need to be in a world where Skeletron has not been defeated. Otherwise, it will not spawn. As it will instantly kill you when it touches you, the only way to defeat it is to outrun it. Therefore you have five good options for terrain:

    • The first option is simply use the whole map, by using Gravitation Potions to move around. You will fall faster than it and you can move diagonally to go even faster.
    • The second option is a very long Skybridge. You will be equally fast as the Dungeon Guardian when running horizontally and jumping with wings. If you want to outrun it make a diagonal skybridge or build the skybridge out of Asphalt.
    • The third option is to simply use a good pair of Wings or a flying mount such as the Cosmic Car Key, Witch's Broom (Expert Mode only) or Shrimpy Truffle (Also Expert Mode only) with a clear, open space.
    • The fourth option requires a rail system that goes in a circle, using a fast Minecart (Using a boosted Minecart is more useful) or Booster Tracks. This can also be automated with Traps, such as Spike Ball or Spear Traps within the rail circle of with summons and a Star Wrath.
    • The fifth option is to set up a Hoik loop. As the Dungeon Guardian spawns, use a recall potion to get to a spawn point set up near the Hoik loop, and mount it. If timed correctly, you will loop around fast enough to make the Dungeon Guardian constantly change direction, and, as a result, it will simply spin in tight circles in the center of the Hoik loop.

    To reliably "summon" the Dungeon Guardian, it is recommended to dig a shaft straight down from outside the dungeon. The Depth Meter or any of its upgrades are recommended for this.

    If the player has access to the Mechanic ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions)and Steampunker) it is possible to build a Teleporter arena (example). This can make the fight dramatically easier, especially if the Teleporters are automated with Timers. As the Mechanic is found in the Dungeon, it is required for the player to bring materials from a world where Skeletron has already been defeated.

    Gearing Up


    (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Frost HelmetFrost armor is a great choice, as the Dungeon Guardian is not immune against the Frostburn debuff, greatly increasing damage dealt. It also provides a good critical strike chance bonus.

    If using magic weapons, the Spectre MaskSpectre Armor(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) with the Spectre Mask will release extra projectiles which will deal even more damage to the Guardian.

    Another option is to use Beetle HelmetBeetle Armor with the shell along with defensive accessories and an Endurance Potion and Lifeforce Potion to give you a fairly good chance of surviving a hit from the Dungeon Guardian should it happen to hit you. (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)Titanium armor's set bonus allows the player to survive a hit every 30 seconds.

    You can also use Tiki MaskTiki Armor or Stardust HelmetStardust armor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) if you want to use Minions.


    Because of its massive defense, no weapon will deal more than 1 damage (2 with a critical hit), so it is much better to use weapons with a very high rate of fire or multiple projectiles. It is recommended to use any prefix that increases critical hit chance or firing speed.

    For Melee users
    • The FlaironFlairon releases many bubbles when used, which can deal rapid damage to the Guardian.
    • The Vampire KnivesVampire Knives, the Scourge of the CorruptorScourge of the Corruptor and SeedlerSeedler(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) are useful due to their multiple projectiles and fast rate of fire.
    • Solar EruptionSolar Eruption(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) has great reach and hits many times when used.
    • Though very late into the Game, the ZenithZenith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) provides a long range attack, whilst each sword deals hits, allowing for consistent, rapid damage to the Guardian
    For Ranged users
    • The best guns are the Chain GunChain Gun, S.D.M.G.S.D.M.G(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Vortex BeaterVortex Beater(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), MegasharkMegashark, GatligatorGatligator(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), MinisharkMinishark, or UziUzi, listed in decreasing order of effectiveness. Combine them with Crystal Bullets for additional damage from the released fragments.
    • The best bow is the PhantasmPhantasm(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), with the TsunamiTsunami and EventideEventide(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) as passable alternatives. Combine them with Holy Arrows or Luminite Arrows for more damage.
    • The Piranha GunPiranha Gun is very easy to use and deals damage at a decent rate.
    • (3DS version) A bow with Heart Arrows stuns the Dungeon Guardian, making the fight a lot easier.
    For Magic users
    • Some of the fastest magic weapons include the RazorpineRazorpine, Laser MachinegunLaser Machinegun(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Bat ScepterBat Scepter or Blizzard StaffBlizzard Staff. Out of these, the Razorpine is the most effective if used correctly.
    • The Lunar FlareLunar Flare(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) has a very high fire rate, along with a high critical strike chance, making it another useful weapon.
    • The Nebula ArcanumNebula Arcanum(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can hit a lot of times if used correctly.
    • The Last PrismLast Prism(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can also be used effectively, however you might need to use a Mana Flower and a large quantity of super mana potions.
    For Summoners
    • The Stardust Dragon StaffStardust Dragon Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Xeno StaffXeno Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and the TerraprismaTerraprisma(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) deal damage at a fast rate. The Blade StaffBlade Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), performs the best due to its very fast attack speed.


    As the Dungeon Guardian will instantly kill you, your defense is entirely irrelevant. For this reason, it is recommended that you use mobility accessories rather than defensive ones (it's possible to survive up to 3 hits with enough defense, damage reduction and a lifeforce potion, this however comes at the cost of damage output and mobility, making it unlikely to succeed without the use of teleporters, minecarts or some other mobility method). (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Note that any equipment that gives a chance to dodge an attack is ignored by the Dungeon Guardian. As with weapons, prefixes that boost your critical strike chance or movement speed will be much more valuable than damage or defense.

    • The best Wings to use are Fishron, Solar or Stardust Wings. The Hoverboard, Celestial Starboard, Betsy Wings, Vortex Booster, and Nebula Mantle have the ability to hover, which is very good as well. With any type of wings, the Frog Leg is very useful because it provides 50% increased flight speed.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)If you are in Expert Mode, the Soaring Insignia grants infinite flight time, which is invaluable during this fight.
    • Master Ninja Gear gives you the ability to dash, (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) as well as a chance to dodge a hit.
    • The Destroyer Emblem and Eye of the Golem increase critical strike chance.
    • The Pygmy Necklace, Necromantic Scroll and Papyrus Scarab increase the maximum number of minions.
    • If you use a Skybridge, a Cobalt Shield or better will prevent enemies from knocking you into the Dungeon Guardian.


    • The Cosmic Car Key and Shrimpy Truffle are both strong choices. The Witch's Broom, while being Expert Mode only, also boasts a greater horizontal speed than that of the Dungeon Guardian
    • The Blessed Apple is good if using a sky bridge.
    • Another trick is to use a looping minecart track and use the Mechanical Cart as its lasers can increase dps.
    • The Black Spot is a suitable choice due to its infinite flight, but it moves slower than the Dungeon Guardian horizontally and only matches its speed verically. It will, however, move faster when travelling diagonally.


    • The Rod of Discord allows you to teleport away from the Guardian. In combination with a sufficiently fast mount, such as the Blessed Apple or Ancient Horn, the Rod of Discord has the ability to render the fight extremely simple, so long as the player does not accidentally teleport into the Dungeon Guardian or wait too long to teleport away from it.


    • Gravitation Potions, in case you use that method.
    • Swiftness Potions and something to give you the Well Fed buff to increase your movement speed.
    • Any Mana Potions if you use magic weapons.
    • Rage Potions increase critical strike chance for all classes. An Ale or Crystal Ball will increase it further for Melee and Magic weapons respectively.
    • Potions that provide light, such as Hunter Potion, Night Owl Potion and Shine Potion allow you to see better at night.
    • A Summoning Potion can be used for an extra minion.
    • An Ammo Reservation Potion is great for saving bullets.

    Specific strategies

    Boosted Cart Method

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    Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.

    If you have killed the three Mechanical Bosses in Expert Mode, you will have access to the Minecart Upgrade Kit. It upgrades all minecarts to a speed which is faster than the Dungeon Guardian, but this means that you may end up despawning it. You should control your speed to allow it to keep up.

    Therefore, you can make a long, flat minecart track to traverse across with a boosted minecart to combat the Dungeon Guardian at a distance.


    When you are riding a Minecart on a track that's directly over a Teleporter and it is activated at that moment, it can teleport you and the Minecart you're riding to another rail that's on top of another Teleporter, keeping your momentum in the process. The branching rail on top is set to a passive state (you pass through it on the bottom line without switching on to it). The bottom Teleporter has a Pressure Plate Track over the Teleporter to trigger it, but the top one does not. The top rail has a bumper at the end of the line to make you turn around to the other direction without losing speed.

    Lastly, this only works if you are moving slowly enough such that the Dungeon Guardian is lured in between the two Teleporters upon teleporting. Otherwise, you'll simply run straight into him in the same manner of if you just had a bumper at the end of the rail.

    Hoik method

    With the use of Hoiks, the Dungeon Guardians won't be able to reach you, so the fight will be a lot safer. The Hoik should be the size of the first room in the Dungeon, anything bigger is unnecessary. After that, all you need to do is shoot at it or kill it with Minions such as the Stardust Dragon.

    UFO Method

    If you have the Cosmic Car Key, you can take advantage of the fact that the UFO mount's horizontal speed is the same as the Dungeon Guardian's at 41 mph. This means, that if you travel in a horizontal direction, the Dungeon Guardian is unable to catch you and will maintain a constant distance, allowing you to attack freely until it dies. However, the vertical speed of the Cosmic Car Key is less than 41 mph, if you travel upwards, the Dungeon Guardian can catch and kill you, so caution is required when changing direction. Because the Cosmic Car Key travels at 58 mph diagonally, you can increase the distance by travelling diagonally for a while. Reducing the distance can be done by releasing the left/right keys for a short time. It is also recommended that you use a high rate of fire gun or projectile shooting sword, like the Terra Blade, Influx Waver, or the Vortex Beater.

    Bee Mount Method

    If you have obtained the Honeyed Goggles from the Queen Bee, the Bee Mount can be used to outrun the Dungeon Guardian by moving up and down in a large sine wave, as its Diagonal Speed of 51 mph is enough to outrun the Dungeon Guardian. Pairing this with any long-ranged weapon, you can stay consistently not very far ahead of the Dungeon Guardian, whilst launching continuous damage at it. With this, you could defeat the Dungeon Guardian without even meeting the Wall of Flesh, and without any extreme prep time (outside of fighting several Queen Bees).

    Make sure to hold ▼ Downbefore the bee gets too tired after an ascent!

    Shadow Jousting Lance method

    The damage that a Shadow Jousting Lance(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) (or any lance) gets from momentum doesn't have a limit, therefore it can be paired with the Mollusk Whistle or the Inner Tube and a very deep pool of water to gain ridiculous amounts of momentum, and, in turn, damage, by surfacing from the bottom to the top of the pool of water. This damage appears to be able to one-shot the Dungeon Guardian with the right setup. See this demonstration of the strategy on YouTube.