Strange Brew

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Strange Brew
  • Strange Brew item sprite
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Heals Health70–120
Use time17 (Very fast)
TooltipSide Effects May Include:
-Unpredictable Healing
-Inconsistent Potion Sickness
-Brief Periods of Inexplicable Invulnerability
'It looks and smells terrible'
RarityRarity level: 1
Buy5 SC
Sell1 SC
Research30 required
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffPotion SicknessPotion Sickness
Debuff tooltipCannot consume anymore healing items
Duration40–70 seconds
  • Internal Item ID: 3001 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 21
Moon phase 1 (Full Moon) Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter) Moon phase 5 (New Moon) Moon phase 7 (First Quarter)
The Strange Brew is only available during moon phases 1 (Full Moon), 3 (Third Quarter), 5 (New Moon), and 7 (First Quarter).

The Strange Brew is a recovery potion that is purchased from the Skeleton Merchant during certain moon phases for 5 SC. The Strange Brew restores 70–120 health, inflicts 40–70 seconds of Potion Sickness, and has a 61/100 (61%) chance to grant up to 4 seconds of damage immunity upon being used.


  • The duration of Potion Sickness can range between 40 seconds and 1 minute 10 seconds. This duration is unrelated to the amount of health restored.[1] For instance, a Strange Brew could only restore 70 health but inflict 70 seconds of Potion Sickness, or it could restore 120 health but only inflict 40 seconds of Potion Sickness.
  • The Strange Brew can grant immunity frames as follows upon consumption:[2]
Duration Chance
4 seconds 11%
2 seconds 20%
1 second 30%
No immunity 39%


  • The Strange Brew heals an average of 95 health per potion, with an average Potion Sickness duration of 55 seconds. This means that on average, it gives slightly higher[a] (though very similar) healing to a Healing Potion, while having a chance to grant invincibility. However, the Strange Brew is much less consistent than a Healing Potion.[b]


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Now heals randomly between 70 and 120 health.
    • Potion Sickness is now variable, between 40 and 70 seconds.
    • May give a randomized period of damage invulnerability, with longer durations being rarer than shorter ones.
    • No longer restores mana at all.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method ApplyPotionDelay() in Terraria.Player.cs.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method ApplyLifeAndOrMana() in Terraria.Player.cs.
  1. On average, a Strange Brew would restore 1.73 health/second, whereas a Healing Potion restores 1.67 health/second.
  2. It can vary anywhere from 1.00–3.00 health/second in the best-case and worst-case scenarios.