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The Owl is a critter that spawns on the surface Forest during the night. The Owl has only 5 health and no defense, and can be damaged by other enemies and players.

The Owl can be caught with any Bug Net to be carried around in the inventory and released later, or crafted into animated decorative furniture (Owl Cage). Once crafted, the Owl cannot be released again, unless the furniture item is de-crafted via Shimmer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

The Owl can be spawned by the Owl Statue, however statue-spawned critters cannot be caught with any Bug Net, and will disappear in a puff of smoke when the player attempts to do so.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Owl CageOwl Cage(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)By Hand
Owl StatueOwl Statue(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) and Ecto Mist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Owl: "A large, wise predatory bird which hunts nocturnally from the tree tops. "



  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, methods UpdateNPC_CritterSounds() in Terraria.NPC.cs and PlaySound() in Terraria.Audio.LegacySoundPlayer.cs. The type value of the sound in question is 46.
  2. Cenx on Twitter