Moss Hornet

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Moss HornetHardmode exclusive
Moss Hornet.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeFlying AI
BannerMoss Hornet BannerMoss Hornet Banner(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration102–10 or 20 seconds
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • 16.67% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • 1%2%
  • Tattered Bee WingTattered Bee Wing
    ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Only after one mechanical boss has been defeated
    (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) At any time)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1% / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 0.67%
Not to be confused with the Hornet, a similar pre-Hardmode enemy.

The Moss Hornet is a Hardmode flying enemy similar to the pre-Hardmode Hornet, being encountered in the Underground Jungle biome as well, and requires blocks of Jungle Grass in order to spawn.

Compared to the more random flying patterns of pre-Hardmode Hornets, Moss Hornets act more aggressively, hovering closer to the player's position and shooting their stingers in rapid bursts. The stingers have a 1/3 (33.33%) chance to inflict the Poisoned debuff to the player for 10 seconds. In Expert Mode(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), the chance is 1/3 (33.33%) for 20 seconds and 2/3 (66.67%) for 2–10 seconds. They cannot be destroyed with weapons and travel at about the same speed as the darts from a Dart Trap.

Moss Hornets have a (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/100 (1%) / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 1/150 (0.67%) chance to drop Tattered Bee Wing. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, it will only drop after one Mechanical boss has been defeated in the world. It is solely used in the creation of Bee Wings.


All variants of Moss Hornets have identical drops.

Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
2 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode
3 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode › Post-Plantera
NPC ID Type Health Damage Defense KB Resist Coins
-18 Moss Hornet.png Tiny Moss Hornet 176/352/528 56/112/168 (contact)
4896 (ranged attack)
17 40%/46%/52% 4 SC80 CC12 SC
-19 Moss Hornet.png Little Moss Hornet 198/396/594 63/126/189 (contact)
54108 (ranged attack)
19 45%/51%/56% 5 SC40 CC13 SC50 CC
176 Moss Hornet.png Moss Hornet 220/440/660 70/140/210 (contact)
60120 (ranged attack)
22 50%/55%/60% 6 SC15 SC
-20 Moss Hornet.png Big Moss Hornet 242 77 (contact)
66132 (ranged attack)
24 55% 6 SC60 CC
-21 Moss Hornet.png Giant Moss Hornet 264/528/792 84/168/252 (contact)
72144 (ranged attack)
26 60%/64%/68% 7 SC20 CC18 SC


  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Moss Hornets contribute towards the total for dropping the Hornet Banner and do not have their own banner.


  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Even though Moss Hornet seems to have a stinger on its sprite, they do not drop Stingers.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Moss Hornet: "The empowered flora of the Jungle has merged with these species of Hornet, strengthening their exoskeletons and stingers."

See also

  • BeeBee – a similar, but much less dangerous enemy
  • Bee MountBee Mount(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) – a rideable bee mount
  • Hornet StaffHornet minion(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) – a hornet minion which fights enemies
  • Baby HornetBaby Hornet – a hornet pet (which will not fight)
  • TiphiaTiphia(Old-gen console and 3DS versions) – a tiphia pet (which will do 1 damage to enemies every ~0.3 seconds, but not chase them)
  • HornetHornet – a pre-Hardmode version of the Moss Hornet
  • Alien HornetAlien Hornet(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) – a Vortex Pillar Hornet type enemy


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Now has a chance to drop Stingers.
    • Tattered Bee Wing drop rate increased from 1/150 to 1/100.