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Mimics
Mimic.png  Ice Mimic.png
Hallowed Mimic2.png Corrupt Mimic2.png Crimson Mimic2.png Jungle Mimic2.png
Statistics
Type
For the jumping chest that appears in the Underground during pre-Hardmode, see Old Shaking Chest.

Mimics are rare Hardmode enemies disguised as chests, appearing as the appropriate chest type for the environment.

Mimics can be spawned by the player using the Chest Statue, even in pre-Hardmode. However, Mimics spawned this way only drop the Mimic Banner.

Rare Hallowed, Corrupt, and Crimson Mimics can also be spawned manually by players via a Key of Light or Key of Night (see the Biome Mimic section below).

They are some of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer and its upgrades.

Common variants

MimicHardmode exclusive
Mimic.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeMimic AI
Damage80/160/240
Max Life500/1000/1500
Defense30
KB Resist70%/73%/76%
BannerMimic BannerMimic Banner
Immune toOn Fire!ConfusedPoisonedHellfire
Drops
Coins10 GC25 GC
Ice MimicHardmode exclusive
Ice Mimic.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeMimic AI
Damage80/160/240
Max Life500/1000/1500
Defense30
KB Resist70%/73%/76%
BannerMimic BannerMimic Banner
Immune toPoisonedFrostburnConfusedHellfireFrostbiteOn Fire!
Drops
Coins10 GC25 GC

Ordinary Mimics look like chests until approached or attacked, at which point they come to life and chase the player by hopping towards them. Before revealing themselves, they take on the appearance of chests normally found in the biome they are encountered in: regular Chests above the Underground layer, Gold Chests Underground, and locked Shadow Chests in The Underworld.

Mimics that spawn in a Snow biome on Ice or Snow Blocks take on the appearance of Frozen Chests and also have their own unique set of ice-themed drops.

Don't dig up and Get fixed boi

MimicPre-Hardmode variant
Mimic.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Drops
Coins2 GC5 GC
Ice MimicPre-Hardmode variant
Ice Mimic.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeMimic AI
Damage306090
Max Life300600900
Defense12
KB Resist70%/73%/76%
BannerMimic BannerMimic Banner
Immune toPoisonedFrostburnConfusedHellfireFrostbiteOn Fire!
Drops
Coins2 GC5 GC

In the Don't dig up and Get fixed boi secret world seeds, Mimics and Ice Mimics can spawn during pre-Hardmode, with reduced stats and different drops.

Their drops return to normal during Hardmode. However, due to the weapon progression switch, Mimics will drop the Wand of Sparking instead of the Magic Dagger; Ice Mimics will drop the Snowball Cannon instead of the Ice Bow.

Special variants

Corrupt MimicHardmode exclusive
Corrupt Mimic.png Corrupt Mimic2.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeBiome Mimic AI
Damage90/180/270
Max Life3500/7000/10500
Defense34
KB Resist90%/91%/92%
BannerCorrupt Mimic BannerCorrupt Mimic Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Immune toOn Fire!ConfusedPoisonedHellfire
Drops
Coins3 GC7 GC50 SC
Crimson MimicHardmode exclusive
Crimson Mimic.png Crimson Mimic2.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeBiome Mimic AI
Damage90/180/270
Max Life3500/7000/10500
Defense34
KB Resist90%/91%/92%
BannerCrimson Mimic BannerCrimson Mimic Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Immune toOn Fire!ConfusedPoisonedHellfire
Drops
Coins3 GC7 GC50 SC
Hallowed MimicHardmode exclusive
Hallowed Mimic.png Hallowed Mimic2.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeBiome Mimic AI
Damage90/180/270
Max Life3500/7000/10500
Defense34
KB Resist90%/91%/92%
BannerHallowed Mimic BannerHallowed Mimic Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Immune toOn Fire!ConfusedPoisonedHellfire
Drops
Coins3 GC7 GC50 SC
Jungle MimicHardmode exclusive
Jungle Mimic.png Jungle Mimic2.png
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeBiome Mimic AI
Damage90/180/270
Max Life3500/7000/10500
Defense34
KB Resist90%/91%/92%
Immune toOn Fire!ConfusedPoisonedHellfire
Drops
Coins3 GC7 GC50 SC

Biome Mimics are rarer and much more powerful in every way than the normal Mimics. These special variants only spawn in the vicinity of the underground version of their corresponding biome. The Jungle variant spawns only in Celebrationmk10 and Get fixed boi worlds.

Each type has its own set of unique drops, including powerful early Hardmode weapons, accessories, and tools. Like ordinary Mimics, they only spawn in Hardmode worlds.

Similar to ordinary Mimics, these special variants disguise themselves as "chests" until approached or attacked. However, they do not resemble any chest type in the game, and are significantly larger than ordinary chests.

Hallowed, Corrupt, and Crimson Mimics can also be summoned manually by the player, in Hardmode worlds only, by placing a Key of Light or a Key of Night inside an otherwise empty Chest; the Chest becomes a Mimic once it is closed. The natural evil biome of the current world determines whether a Corrupt or a Crimson Mimic is summoned via the Key of Night. Hallowed, Corrupt, and Crimson Mimics require 25 kills to be awarded completion of their Bestiary entry and corresponding banner, as opposed to the usual 50 kills.

All four special Mimics have the same attack patterns:

  • The Mimic hops toward the player, much like a normal Mimic would. After three successive hops, the Mimic will perform one of the three moves below before repeating the pattern:
    • It performs three rapid dashes, during which it can also jump extremely high.
    • It periodically shuts itself and remains stationary, during which it becomes invincible to attacks. In Expert Mode, it will reflect projectiles fired at it, which can damage the player firing. It can reflect bullets, arrows, and darts, but not rockets, and the projectiles of numerous other weapons. For the complete list, see the list of reflected projectiles.
    • It performs a "pound" attack, whereby it leaps into the air above the player and swiftly drops down (similarly to the Giant Tortoise and Ice Tortoise). During this attack, the Mimic can travel through blocks (unlike Giant or Ice Tortoises).
  • If the player attempts to escape, the Mimic dashes after the player at high speed (slightly over 51 mph). It can also travel through blocks when using this attack.

The Jungle Mimic has an additional "attack" called the "stuff cannon", which consists of hurling 10 of the following blocks (in "dropped form") at the player:[3]

  • Notes

    • Biome Mimics do not count towards and are unaffected by the Mimic Banner. With the exception of the Jungle Mimic, they have their own unique banners instead.
    • Wooden Mimics will only spawn in front of natural walls on the surface.
    • In drunk worlds(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), the type of evil Biome Mimic spawning will change each day.
    • If a common variant of Mimic gets hurt by lava in its disguised state, it will start attacking.
      • Biome Mimics in their disguised state will still remain stationary if hurt by lava.
    • The Corrupt and Crimson Mimics' drops encourage different play styles (not so for the dart weapons and hooks). This should be considered when selecting a biome evil when making a world.
      • The items from the Corrupt Mimic complement a distanced fighting technique: a strong knockback flail, a wall of flames to keep enemies away, and an accessory that decreases aggro range and increases damage to compensate for the low damage output of such a technique.
      • The items from the Crimson Mimic complement an aggressive fighting technique: one of the smallest melee weapons in the game, a weapon that provides health regeneration to recover lost health, and an accessory that increases aggro range and grants defense to compensate for the high damage intake of such a technique.

    Tips

    • Targeting Mimics can help players making their way through early Hardmode, as they drop high-damage weapons and good defensive accessories, as well as around 10 GC (25 GC), which can help with Hardmode's higher prices.
    • Battle Potions and Water Candles can be used to increase the chances of spawning, as with any enemy.
    • If a bridge was built in the Underworld to defeat the Wall of Flesh, Mimics can be found easily by walking back and forth and watching the Lifeform Analyzer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).
    • Due to their low jumps, they can be easily dealt with by using a ranged weapon while staying out of their reach on a Rope, ledge, or hook.
    • (3DS version) During February, all enemies have hearts floating on them. This makes the difference between Mimics and Chests blatantly obvious.
    • Console version With 3 or more players, Mimics will never stay in their disguised state.Verify
    • The Underground Jungle is a good place to farm Mimics, due to the increased spawns.

    Biome Mimics

    One way to safely kill a manually summoned Biome Mimic.
    • Biome Mimics, despite being significantly tougher, drop less money than the normal variants (only 3 GC / 7 GC50 SC). However, their item drops tend to be far more useful and valuable. Besides advanced weapons and tools, they drop Greater Healing Potions and Greater Mana Potions, which are handy in early Hardmode, before the player can craft their own.
    • Players should be careful when mining near the Underground Crimson/Corruption and Hallow biomes very early in Hardmode, lest a Biome Mimic spawns and catches the player unaware. Carrying a Lifeform Analyzer or one of its upgrades in the inventory can help warn the player.
    • Biome Mimics are very difficult to fight in a cramped area with limited mobility. Their attacks are very fast, allowing them to easily catch even players with early-Hardmode wings, and they can phase through tiles, meaning that players fighting them in close quarters in an area with limited space are at an extreme disadvantage, even well into Hardmode (especially in Expert or Master Mode). Players in early Hardmode should seriously consider only attempting to fight Biome Mimics in open areas such as larger caves with abundant room to maneuver.
    • Biome Mimics can easily be defeated in early Hardmode on flat ground and while riding a Basilisk Mount, helping the player gain extra speed to dodge attacks and having slanted horizontal blocks to the left or right going upwards. This gives the player some time to go to the other side and restore health or mana and it also helps while going back and forth to dodge the Mimic's jumps, invincible/deflecting state and pouncing.
    • Biome Mimics that are manually summoned can be easily defeated by using a platform very high in the air, such that the Mimics can barely reach the player. They will jump up constantly from the surface below (which will usually be slightly off-screen), in such a way that they are very easy to dodge with minimal movement. Note that they will be able to do a pounce and can potentially reach the platform.
    • Another safe way to defeat manually summoned Biome Mimics is to create a 2-tile wide shaft, pour lava at bottom of it, and place 2 platforms at the top of it for placing chests. Then, open the chest from the farthest interactable location and put the key into it (See image). As long as the player is standing at 3 tiles below the chest and does not approach the Biome Mimic, it will automatically fall into the lava below and take damage, but will not attack. Using this way, it is possible to kill multiple Biome Mimics at the same time.
    • Biome Mimics will travel through blocks in the duration of some of their attacks so simply grappling to a high spot will not work on them like it would on their less powerful relatives.
    • In Expert Mode, firing at a Biome Mimic with a high-damage, single-hit weapon such as the Sniper Rifle should be avoided. The reflected projectile from said weapon can easily kill the player if the Mimic is closed, especially when unprepared.
    • Biome Mimics can be outrun by moving in a straight line at a fast pace, e.g. in a hellevator, on a Minecart Track, or on a long platform with a fast mount or sprinting accessories (e.g. Dunerider Boots on sand). The Biome Mimic will constantly dash at the player, but will not be able to reach them.
    • If fought in an open area, wings are useful for dodging the Biome Mimic's attacks.
    • To spawn a Corrupt/Crimson Mimic in a world of the opposite evil, it is possible to buy seeds of the opposite evil from the Dryad while she is in a Graveyard in Hardmode. These can then either be used with grass to spread the evil, or it can be made into Thrown Water with which the player can make an artificial Underground Corrupt/Crimson biome.

    Identification

    While disguised, Mimics will not show a usual enemy tooltip when hovering the cursor over them. Below are some tips to help differentiate real chests from Mimics.

    • Mimics are easier to spot in already explored areas, wherein a player could notice a chest that was not present when they previously explored that area.
    • Hitting a disguised Mimic with any weapon, including ranged weapons, homing weapons, or a minion, will make it activate.
    • On the Desktop version Desktop version or Mobile version Mobile version with the Smart Cursor turned on, Mimics can be identified by their lack of yellow border (normally around chests) upon getting near them.
    • Real chests will show up on the minimap, but Mimics will not.
    • Spelunker Potion will not cause a Mimic to glow, but the Hunter Potion will. The Spelunker buff causes only normal chests to shine, while the Hunter buff colors all enemies red.
    • Mimics disguised as Gold Chests, Frozen Chests, or Shadow Chests will not produce their usual animated sparkle effect, as opposed to real chests. This does not work for Wooden Chests/Mimics.
      • This is especially apparent when there seem to be two chests nearby each other, which may rarely happen. If one of them is shining and the other one is not, the one that is not shining is a Mimic.
    • The Lifeform Analyzer will detect nearby Mimics. The Metal Detector can also give them away, as there will be no "Chest detected nearby!" message, provided there actually are no real chests nearby.
    • Mimics may not line up properly with blocks, as normal chests would. They can also spawn halfway inside blocks, partially hanging off a block over empty space, or in front of background objects and other enemies, where real chests cannot be placed.
    • Mimics cannot disguise themselves as unlocked Shadow Chests or Locked Gold Chests (in the dungeon).
    • Any Gold Chest found outside of Underground Cabins in maps generated between versions 1.3.0.1 and 1.4.0.1 is a Mimic. Between these two updates, Gold Chests did not naturally spawn outside of Underground Cabins anymore. However, on rare occasions, a Gold Chest may spawn below, beside, or above a Cabin due to structural generation errors.
    • Minions can be directed to target an enemy by pressing Open / Activate with a minion summoning item on an enemy. If it is a Mimic, a minion target indicator will show up.

    Trivia

    • Mimics first appeared in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, the primary bestiary sourcebook for monsters in the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, in 1977, and have appeared in countless publications since.
    • When Mimics were first introduced, it was possible for them to appear as a Skeleton instead. This was later fixed after an unknown update.Verify
    • Lost Girls act similar to Mimics; they disguise and then reveal themselves to be Nymphs and try to kill the player.
    • Despite Mimics having a rarity of 4 on the Lifeform Analyzer, they are one of the more commonly found "rare" enemies, when compared to the other rarity 4 enemies, Tim and the Rune Wizard.
    • Biome Mimics are one of the three non-boss enemies which are manually spawnable (excluding enemies spawnable with using statues). The others are Wraiths, which can be manually summoned by breaking an altar, and Ghosts, which can be spawned by destroying Tombstones.
    • Despite their name, Biome Mimics do not actually resemble the Biome Chests found in the Dungeon. In fact, they do not completely resemble any actual Chest in the entire game.
    • Regular Mimics drop the second most coins out of any non-boss enemy in the game, and even more than most pre-Hardmode bosses, only beaten by the Golden Slime. Despite this, the Mimic still drops the most coins out of any non-seed-specific enemy.
    • Biome Mimics each drop a melee, ranged, and magic weapon, as well as a grappling hook. In comparison to the Corrupt and Crimson Mimics, the Hallowed Mimic lacks an equipment item equivalent to the Putrid Scent or Flesh Knuckles.
    • There is no Bestiary entry for the Jungle Mimic, as it can only spawn in Celebrationmk10 and Get fixed boi worlds and cannot be manually spawned.
    • The Jungle Mimic drops several "useless" or "joke items", such as the Stink Potion and Coal.
    • Even though the Jungle Mimic was added along with the other Biome Mimics in 1.3.0.1, it went unused until 1.4.2.3.

    BestiaryBestiary entries

    • Mimic: "Talking to a chest doesn't cause craziness, but if the chest answers back, it may cause death! It still contains rare treasure, regardless!"
    • Corrupt Mimic: "Mimics which fall to Corruption grow larger and more powerful as a result. They can be birthed from ordinary chests by force."
    • Crimson Mimic: "Mimics which are enthralled by the Crimson are empowered dramatically. They can be birthed from ordinary chests by force."
    • Hallowed Mimic: "Mimics struck with the blessing surge with energy and become powerful. They can be birthed from ordinary chests by force."

    See also

    Gallery

    History

    • Desktop 1.4.2.3: Jungle Mimics can now spawn in the Jungle in the Celebrationmk10 secret world seed. They now drop a series of "useless" or "joke" items.
    • Desktop 1.4.1:
      • Fixed an issue where surface wooden Mimics were not capable of spawning naturally anymore.
      • Fixed a syncing issue with Biome Mimics that would result in erratic behavior in Multiplayer.
    • Desktop 1.4.0.3: Fixed a bug where Corrupt, Crimson, and Hallow Mimics left behind phantom ghost chest tiles.
    • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
      • Biome Mimics now have their own respective banners.
      • Ice Mimic now has its own ID.
      • Ice Mimic can now be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer.
      • Jungle Mimic no longer drops Greater Healing/Greater Mana Potions.
    • Desktop 1.3.0.1:
      • Introduced Corrupt, Crimson, and Hallowed special variants, and an unspawnable Jungle Mimic.
      • Mimics no longer drop the Compass.
    • Desktop 1.2: Introduced Ice variant and accompanying drops.
    • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
      • Introduced Corrupt, Crimson, and Hallowed special variants, and an unspawnable Jungle Mimic.
      • Mimics no longer drop the Compass.
    • Console 1.02: Introduced Ice variant and accompanying drops.
    • Mobile 1.4.0.5.0:
      • Biome Mimics now have their own respective banners.
      • Ice Mimic now has its own ID.
      • Ice Mimic can now be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer.
      • Jungle Mimic no longer drops Greater Healing/Greater Mana Potions.
    • Mobile 1.3.0.7:
      • Introduced Corrupt, Crimson, and Hallowed special variants, and an unspawnable Jungle Mimic.
      • Mimics no longer drop the Compass.
    • 3DS-Release: Introduced with Ice variant and accompanying drops.

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, method RegisterMimic() in Terraria.GameContent.ItemDropRules.ItemDropDatabase.cs.
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, method RegisterMiscDrops() in Terraria.GameContent.ItemDropRules.ItemDropDatabase.cs.
    3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, field ItemsForStuffCannon in Terraria.ID.ItemID.Sets.cs.