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PoltergeistHardmode exclusive
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeHovering AI
Max Life1250/1875/2812 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 2000 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
KB Resist60%/64%/68%
BannerPoltergeist BannerPoltergeist Banner(Desktop, Console, Mobile and 3DS versions)
Immune toAll debuffs except Whip debuffs
Coins45 SC1 GC12 SC50 CC
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • 25%

The Poltergeist is a Hardmode, post-Plantera enemy that starts to spawn beginning with (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) wave 4 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) wave 5 of the Pumpkin Moon event. It behaves similarly to a Wraith, (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) except it can fly freely through the air without needing solid ground to hover on.

Killing a Poltergeist during the Pumpkin Moon event will add (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 10 / 20 / 25 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 8 points to the final score.

The Poltergeist requires 100 kills to be awarded completion of its Bestiary entry and corresponding banner, as opposed to the usual 50 kills.


  • A poltergeist is a type of ghost or spirit that is responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. Most claims about or fictional descriptions of poltergeists show them as capable of pinching, biting, hitting, and tripping people. They are also depicted as capable of the movement or levitation of objects such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors.
    • Poltergeists in Terraria appear to wield a blue Book, a wooden Table, and a wooden Chair. They cannot actually drop or throw them, however, or move any objects.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Poltergeist: "The intense hateful energies emanating from these spirits grant them the ability to move objects, truly for the purpose of killing."


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Can now fly freely into the air, not just on the ground.
    • Health reduced from 2000 to 1250.
    • Pumpkin Moon wave progression points increased from 8 to 10.
    • Due to increased number present in the event, increased the kill count needed for a banner.